Resources I Trust and Recommend
Hello and welcome to The Wellness Balance’s resources page!
This is a carefully prepared list of sites and products I personally use, trust and recommend.
I want to save you time and money by not making the same mistakes I did!
The list is organized into the following categories:
- Food and Supplies
- Kitchen Equipment – coming soon!
- Books – coming soon!
- Physical Health – coming soon!
Before jumping in further, please be aware some of these resources may be affiliate links.
This means I receive a very small commission if you make a purchase and feel that the purchase will help you. There is no additional cost as part of your purchase.
But … the recommendation is based on my experience with their products, customer service and to share what I’ve learned, not to receive a financial reward. I will never recommend something I haven’t tried and believe in.
Food and Supplies
1. Vital Choice Seafood
Vital Choice delivers high quality wild seafood delivered to your door – even in Arizona and even in summer!
Fish is frozen, insulated and packed with dry ice to arrive in the best possible condition. Individually wrapped portions also make it easy to defrost only what you need.
Choose from salmon, halibut, sardines, tuna, scallops, shrimp and enjoy all the health benefits of freshly caught seafood – no matter where you live!
Thrive Market is a membership service that donates a free membership to those in need for each paid membership. Seeing the difference this has made in many people’s lives gets my support.
They have many private label products from coconut flour and sugar to nuts to cleaners. And frequent offers of free or discounted products to try.
When you sign up for Thrive Market’s newsletter, you’ll learn heaps of tips for the season, new recipes and stay up to date with the latest health and wellness trends.
3. Home Fermentation Supplies
Don’t be fooled thinking Hannah and the Kombucha Kamp folk only know about Kombucha.
They are my go to resource for kefir grains too! One of the things I love about Kombucha Kamp is that they provide live cultures, rather than dehydrated cultures.
I’ve had consistently better results with live cultures and am willing to pay a little extra for a quality product that saves me time and money in the long run.
When you visit their site, make time to peruse their many resources and sign up for the newsletter for more fermented goodness!
Yes, I know this may come as a surprise, but amongst all the processed foods, Costco has some great organic produce and healthy staples.
And if you’re in a large metro area, they’ve just added a delivery service for perishable items! This isn’t available where we live, but if you can avoid a warehouse visit, it’s got to be a plus!
Here are the highlights when I head to Costco:
- Meat – Grass-fed ground beef, bison and organic chicken – whole, thighs and breasts. The only seafood I’ll buy is wild sockeye salmon as just about everything else is farm raised or contains preservatives
- Cheese – I absolutely love mature cheddar cheese – and if you know me, you know that’s an understatement! Selections differ by location, but Coastal Cheddar is pretty much everywhere and aged for 24 months. Not only it is tastier, but mature cheddar cheese contains less lactose or milk sugar and can be easier to digest.
- Produce – be sure to buy what’s in season for the best value and nutrition. There’s always spinach, kale, spring mix, mushrooms and other in season vegetables. In summer, the berries are available as an organic option and many other conventionally grown choices.
- Healthy Staples – nuts, nut butters, raw honey, quinoa, grass fed butter, olive oil, avocado oil
- Books – the selection of fiction and non fiction books for all ages is incredible! There are so many choices during the year, and during the holidays too!
I like the variety of food, supplements and home products offered by VitaCost.
They have some private label vitamins and food products but also well recognized brands including Garden of Life, Tom’s of Maine, Dr Bronner’s, Yogi Tea and so many more!
There’s no subscription fee, all orders over $49 ship for free and with promotions each month, I will continue to support them.
6. Grindstone Bakery
I discovered Grindstone Bakery while on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and was ecstatic!
Not only do they offer certified organic gluten free bread made with quinoa and millet – the only ‘grains’ allowed during the gut healing protocol – but they use a sourdough starter AND ship once a week!
As I type this, I’m salivating about a piece of Grindstone Bakery bread toasted!
But there is more to tell – each loaf feels like a brick and is very filling, and is baked fresh each week.
The loaves are expensive but the quality is consistent and a major taste treat if being gluten free or grain free for the immediate future.
I love the cinnamon raisin and sprouted seed loaves – in case you need any encouragement 😉
7. Vital Farms Eggs
Eggs are nature’s fast food, and deliver nutrients in the right proportions.
If you don’t have your own chickens, it can be difficult to find a resource for truly free range chickens with access to grass, worms, sun and the great outdoors. Chickens are not intended to be vegetarian!
Eggs from Vital Farms‘ small family farms have firm whites and consistently bright yellow yolks. They offer economical one and a half dozen packs with coupons on their website too!
8. Espresso Zone
This may come as surprise, but great coffee is an important part of my day! I’d rather go without than suffer through a weak, bitter or burnt cup of coffee – can you relate?!
Espresso Zone sells machines, coffee and supplies and regularly offers specials.
My go to is Miscela D’Oro with whole bean, ground and pod options.
I love the rich flavor and the crema on top of each cup!
Subscribing to their newsletter will keep you informed of their sales – most recently 15% off in addition to free shipping and bulk discounts.
I’ll be adding to this page in the near future with resources related to kitchen equipment, books and physical health. Let me know in the comments if there are other resources you’re interested in!