Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My Top 10 Must-Have Ingredients

Thanks to Jenna at www.myjoyfulhaven.com for offering the idea to discuss this topic! Here is the list of my top 10 ingredients that I always enjoy on a weekly basis and cannot live without. They are in no particular order -- all good eats!

Photo courtsey of Shi Yali

1. Garlic - in bulb form or peeled whole (refrigerated).

2. Coconut oil - cold-pressed, virgin, organic. I use this in my tea in between meals, on top of steamed veggies, the list goes on and on!

Photo courtesy of woodleywonderworks
3. Eggs (the perfect food!) - I'm looking for no-soy eggs right now... tough to find but I will keep looking!

4. Wild salmon - canned or fresh. I can eat this stuff for breakfast!

5. Good Celtic or Himalayan salt or RealSalt - regular salt can have dextrose (from corn!) added to it!

Photo courtesy of djprybyl
6. Kale - I love this green raw in a salad or baked like a chip!

7. Butter - preferably organic & grassfed... I'm going to try raw grassfed organic butter as soon as my current supply of Kerry Gold unsalted butter dwindles. I love it on top of steamed cauliflower & other veggies, eggs, etc.

8. A probiotic foods of some sorts: kimchi, kefir (my first attempt to make @ home today!), yogurt, etc.

9. Kombucha - yes, the weird, fizzy, slightly vinegary- and sweet-tasting drink. I'm gearing up to make this at home soon. It deserves its own category.. I'm so addicted to it!

10. Bones - for making homemade bone broth. Good for digestion, multiple uses, easy to make.

That's all, folks! What's on your favorite 10 list??? Please share!


  1. Hi Erica,

    I like your list! I'm addicted to Kombucha too and recently started brewing my own. I will try your Kale chips too, thanks for the recipe! We have a lot in common and I LOVE your blog :-)


    Kara Sorensen

  2. Kara, I love your website! People don't realize that cravings aren't just cravings -- they are signals we need to listen to from our bodies. Most of the time, we don't know how to listen! I aspire to have a practice like yours in the future. Keep up the great work! ~Erica

  3. Great list, Erica! It is hard to narrow it down to just 10, isn't it? We love kale, too. My mouth is watering now and it's 10:45 pm...hmmm...not a good thing. LOL.

  4. Hm.. I know what you mean. I just had a frozen strawberry. Yum... late dessert to cool me down after a full bellydance practice!

  5. What an interesting list! I've never heard of no-soy eggs. Are most eggs from chickens that are fed soy? Does this cause a problem for people who are allergic to soy? (I'm not - just curious.)

    We like kale, too. We usually cook it with garlic and olive oil.

  6. Hi Stefanie!

    Yes, most eggs do have soy, unless you can buy them from a local farmer that does not use soy in their feed.

    I am allergic to soy. After two years of avoiding it directly, I still break blood vessels internally when I eat soy. Not fun. After I ate a 3-4 omega 3, organic vegetarian-fed eggs, I felt sick and had a racing pulse (signs of a bad body reaction). I have avoided eggs since then and am waiting for a local farmer to reopen business so I can buy some soy-free eggs!

    I've heard someone say, "You are what you eat and what you eat, eats."

    I love kale... can't get enough!

  7. Love this! And thanks for visiting my site and commenting. I will be back here for sure. My list would pretty much be the same, although we haven't been successful with kefir yet. But garlic - there is no such thing as too much garlic.

  8. That's right, there is no such thing as too much garlic!! =)