The Whole food kitchen

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I’m on a wee foodie adventure around the Hawkes Bay, soaking up all the organic goodness I can.  Someone told me the whole of this area is GE free?  If that’s true I would be truly amazed.

My favourite place so far is Cornucopia in Hastings where I feasted on buckwheat and corn pancakes – the picture looks as good as they tasted!  Their store was A-mazing, with a wide selection of produce, household goods and yummy treats – health porn!  I was in there browsing for 40 minutes and came out with tea and cookies and some Kiwi herb stuff.

Some other favourites are the Chantal Whole food store in Napier, Hapi the vegan cafe (their paleo bread is devine – it should be @ $30 a loaf!) and the latest is Tonic in Napier.  They do fabulous juices, smoothies and food.  I called in to have a Hydrenator a mix of cacao, coconut water and superfoods and a delicious salmon and avo wrap…I might have also sneaked out with a huge piece of brownie…(egg, gluten, dairy, refined sugar free = guilt free??)

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I pulled my vitamix out to make a smoothie this morning and a German woman stopped to chat when she saw it.  She’s a naturopath.  Generally only healthfood geeks (raw foodies mainly) know what a vitamix is..so we whiled away an hour comparing stories of travelling with our chilly bins, appliances and coconut oil.  I’m a little excessive…my boot is a bit of a travelling pantry…but its much more convenient (and less costly) to do that than keep restocking along the way.  Alas I can’t afford to eat at organic cafes everyday.

Heres a snippet list of the ingredients for any good wholefood pantry.  I don’t carry them all around, but the travel staples I’ve marked with any asterisk, just in case you’d like to fill your boot too 🙂

Oils
All virgin cold pressed and if possible, raw
*Coconut oil
Olive oil
*Hemp seed oil

Nuts and seeds
Activated is far better for digestion.  This requires soaking to remove phytates then dehydrating for storage.  Once you’ve tried the crunch of activated nuts and seeds you won’t go back.
*Almonds
Cashews
*Brazil
Nut butters
Nut & seed mylks
Sunflower seeds
*Pumpkin seeds
Hemp seeds
*Linseed (flax)
*Chia seeds
*Quinoa
*Tahini
Coconut milk and cream and water

Sea veges
Nori
Wakame
Kombu
Agar agar
*Karengo
Kelp

Legumes
Lentils
Black beans
Chickpeas

Grains
Buckwheat
Millet
Amaranth
Spelt
*Rolled oats

Herbs and Spices and seasonings
*Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Garam masala
Turmeric
Cumin
Cardamon
Coriander
Cloves
Chilli powder
Fenugreek
Smoked Paprika
Ginger powder
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Cayenne pepper
*Himalayan or sea salt
*Freshly ground black pepper
*Tamari (wheat free soy)
Coconut aminos (soy free seasoning)
Braggs all purpose seasoning (wheatfree)
*Raw, unpasteurised, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
Nutritional yeast

Fermented or cultured food
Miso
Sauerkraut
Kimchi
*Kefir
Kombucha
*Coconut yoghurt

Sweeteners
Maple syrup
*Dates
*Eurythritol (or xylitol)
Stevia
Raw unpasteurised honey
Coconut palm sugar
Coconut palm nectar
Brown rice syrup
Blackstrap molasses

Baking
Dessicated coconut
Coconut flour
Almond flour
Besan (chickpea) flour
Arrowroot
Tapioca flour
Brown rice flour
Non aluminium, gluten free baking powder

Superfoods/Adaptogens
Cacao powder and nibs
*Spirulina
Chlorella
*Maca
Wheatgrass
Cordyceps – Reishi and Chaga mushroom tea

Other
*Sundried tomatoes
Sun dried olives

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