GUIDE TO ONLINE FOOD SHOPPING

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MEAT

Wild Planet Wild Skipjack Light Tuna – There’s so many bad choices on the market for canned tuna. This one offers the best in quality and value. It comes in a BPA-free can, it’s not packed with any low-grade oils and it’s line caught.

Crown Prince Natural Chunk Light Tongol Tuna – Another good choice for canned tuna from Amazon. It’s wild caught, BPA-free and affordable.

Grass Fed Beef Jerky – This serves as an excellent afternoon snack at work or out hiking/camping. This jerky does have a bit of brown sugar in it, however, it is void of all the other poor ingredients typically found in jerky.

TEA & SPICES

The benefits of shopping online means anyone, anywhere can get affordable organic spices directly to your front door. The taste varies greatly between some, not to mention the quality and radiation as seen on some brands. Two brands of honorable mention are Simply Organic and Frontier Organic for their quality products. If you’re fortunate enough to have a grocery store with a bulk aisle of spices you can just buy them as you need to be sure that they are fresh. And remember to store your spices in a cool cupboard, not over your hot stove where they can prematurely age from the heat.

Simply Organic Gourmet Starter 12 Spices Set – This one offers a great selection if your entire spice rack needs an overhaul.

Simply Organic also sells spices individually on Amazon. It’s a great add-on if you need something to get you up to $35 worth of spend for the free shipping.

Organic Ceylon Cinnamon – This might seem out-of-place here, but it’s not. One can supplement their diet with spice, also. Studies show that this type of cinnamon can give a natural and safe solution for reducing postprandial blood sugar spikes. Max dosage: 1tsp per day.

Old Bay Seasoning for Seafood – We use this often in our fish recipes. It’s the easiest way to cook fish. You can use it as a dry rub to fry it in a pan or mix the seasoning with butter and bake/broil in the oven. Also available in a lower sodium version. Old Bay Seasoning with 30% Less Sodium.

Old Bay Blackened Seasoning – A different spice blend from the same company as above. This seasoning mix works well on chicken or fish. This is one of our favorite spice mixes.

Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste – This affordable curry paste has great flavors and can be found in most grocery stores for $2-4. While it’s not organic, all of the ingredients are easy to recognize and without anything bad. It’s always much more expensive to buy it online. The Thai and True brand is a better value if you must buy curry paste online.

Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste – Same as the one above, just a different flavor profile. Cheaper in stores than buying it online.

Thai and True Peanut Sauce – One of our favorite peanut sauces, both to buy online or in the grocery store. It’s made in Oregon by Thai natives. And it’s low in carbs, with good ingredients.

Thai and True Red Curry Paste – The same great brand as above. If you cannot find the Thai Kitchen curry pastes in the store, these are the best value to buy online. The online prices are approximately the same as the in-store prices.

Thai and True Green Curry Paste – Same as the one above, just a different flavorful blend of ingredients.

Peppermint Oil – This oil can be used for desserts, smoothies, sauces, teas and much more. The scent of peppermint oil can be used to naturally suppress your appetite.

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Eucalyptus Oil – Used primarily for neti pot’s or other respiratory devices.

Lavender Essential Oil – A great oil for putting a few drops into your relaxing epsom salt bath. The smell of lavender is known to be calming. It’s relaxing effects can help you fall asleep.

Pure Himalayan Salt – Add naturally occurring minerals back into your diet with this unrefined salt.

Celtic Sea Salt – Another excellent choice for an unrefined salt.

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Tazo Assorted Tea Sampler – Quality tea in the easiest to use format, the modern tea bag. If you take a liking to tea, you should consider buying loose leaf tea, as it offers the best value. Tao of Tea is a local Portland company that is available on Amazon (loose leaf).

Chamomile Organic Tea (bagged) – Relax at the end of a stressful day with a calming cup of chamomile tea. It’s mild sedative properties can help ease you into sleep.

Black Tea (bagged) – Studies have shown black tea can reduce post-stress cortisol and induce greater relaxation. Earl Gray Black Tea is also available in loose leaf format.

Oolong Tea (bagged) – Additional studies have shown the effectiveness of fat oxidation from this type of tea in men. Black Dragon Oolong Tea is also available in loose leaf format.

Stevia is the godsend to diabetics. It is a natural, not artificial, replacement for sweeteners. And it’s been shown to lower insulin resistance and blood sugar levels. It’s starting to catch on these days and you’ll notice some stevia beverages and chocolates on the market. These listed below are either liquid or granular for cooking. Add these liquid drops to some club soda for a guilt-free, sweet soda.

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OIL, VINEGAR & SAUCES

MCT Oil – Medium Chain Triglycerides is what this acronym means. Adding this [cold use] oil to salad dressings and smoothies has been proven to increase weight less. MCT’s are also available through avocados, coconut and a few other sources.

Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil 14 oz – Dr Bronner’s delivers when it comes to coconut oil. It’s fair trade, organic and fresh pressed. Coconut oil is good for medium to high heat cooking. This also comes in a 30 oz size.

Grassfed Organic Ghee – This is sometimes called clarified butter. It is heated to remove the milk fat solids so it’s low in lactose, which makes it easier on those who have dairy intolerance. It’s also easy to make yourself.

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar –  This is organic, raw and unpasteurized.

Colavita Balsamic Vinegar – Great in salad dressings and sauces.

Organic Wheat Free Tamari Sauce – A great alternative to soy sauce. And it tastes better, too.

San-J Thai Peanut Sauce – These sauces make for an easy way to marinate meat with ingredients that are both low carb and flavorful. Keep an eye out for these in your grocery store in the Asian aisle. These links are for Amazon, but the most affordable way to buy them is as a 6 pack. Make sure that you like that flavor before committing to a year’s worth of marinade. Also check out these other flavors: Teriyaki Cooking Sauce and Szechuan Sauce.

BAKING

Healthworks Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder – This cocoa powder is unsweetened and blends well with stevia to make chocolate for diabetics.

Hershey’s Unsweetened Cocoa Can, 100% Cacao – This is not organic, but a more affordable version of cocoa powder without any sweeteners.

Organic Coconut Flour – This flour offers less of a carbohydrate load than conventional flours and is gluten-free.

Almond Meal/Flour – Similar to the coconut flour, this almond flour is gluten-free and has less of a carb load.

Cold Water Soluble Gelatin and Warm Water Soluble Gelatin – Gelatin has a world of uses beyond Jell-O®. It’s primary use is in desserts, but gelatin, from good sources, also promotes healthy joints, skin and hair.

Nustevia Cocoa Syrup – A syrup for baking needs that is sweetened with stevia, perfect for a diabetic’s needs. Use it to make chocolate milk (with hemp, almond or coconut milk). For recipes, 1/4 cup is as sweet as 1 cup of sugar.

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OTHER GOODNESS

Organic Dijon Mustard – One of the few mustard choices without any sugar or HFCS.  They offer a decent yellow mustard as well.

Java Organic Coffee, Whole Bean – These beans make for a full-bodied cup of java. And coffee is one plant that gets heavily treated with pesticides, so it’s important to use an organic bean, especially for those who consume it. My only complaint is that Amazon does not offer this product on their Subscribe and Save program.

Cafe Don Pablo Organic Coffee Whole Bean – This is a medium-dark roast, so a bit lighter than the one above. It’s also more affordable, but still organic. This product would also be nice for the Subscribe and Save program.

Pea Protein Powder – This unflavored, non-dairy powder is an excellent source of protein that works well in most smoothies.

Organic Hemp Protein Powder – I prefer this protein powder for green smoothies. Hemp is one of the very few protein sources with a complete amino acid profile. And hemp is also low on the inflammatory scale, relative to other protein sources, which means it’s easier on your digestive track. This powder does not do well in sweet or non-green smoothies. It’s also available for Amazon’s subscribe and save program.

Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds – Similar to hemp protein powder, the hemp seeds are also an excellent source of protein and nutrients. These can be used to make your own hemp milk, used in smoothies or in salad dressings/sauces. While hemp and marijuana do originate from the same plant species, they are very different indeed. There are no psychoactive properties to hemp, nor will it make you fail a drug test. Before hemp fell victim to Monsanto’s lobbying efforts, our government was a large proponent of farmers growing hemp for the world wars that we fought in because it’s such an efficient plant.

Paleo Bread – This bread is made from almond and coconut flour with some egg and a few other ingredients. It’s a bit expensive, but it serves as a decent replacement for those who cannot imagine a life without bread.

Scandinavian Bran Crispbread – These crispbreads offer an easy, safe way to make a snack with only 2g of net carbs.

Ground Sesame Tahini – This paste is often used in Mediterranean cooking and can be incorporated into salad dressings and sauces. Sesame has been shown to reduce oxidative stress in diabetes induced lab rats. If your budget can afford it, buy the Organic Tahini.

Sencha Green Tea and Moroccan Mints – A flavorful mint seemingly made for the needs of diabetics with stevia and sorbitol.

NutiLight Hazelnut and Cocoa Spread – Think of this as a the nutella for diabetics. It’s made with erythritol to have a low net carb impact.

Dante Confections 98% Cocoa Chocolate Bars – A chocolate bar suitable for dessert, baking or to use for baking dessert.

Hot Cocoa Sweetened with Stevia – Cozy up to a warm cup of hot cocoa that has a low carb impact due to it being sweetened with stevia.

Stevia Sweetened 70% Dark Chocolate with Whole Dry-Roasted Almonds – A great no fuss dessert when you’d like to indulge in some sweets.

 

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FRANK FALAT

I am the resident Diabetic Lifestyle Advocate at Five Hour Diabetic. Here I debunk conventional thinking about nutrition and exercise. My purpose is to enable diabetics to take back control of their health. And make simple recipes that honestly don’t suck.

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