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Food & Other Products from Amazon

I’ve put together this shopping list to share some of the products that my family and I use. You can click on any of the images or product names to go directly to that page on Amazon (US site). There, you can check out the official description and other reviews.

If you don’t see anything on this list below that you need or want right now, the following links will take you directly to the Amazon home page for your country, where you current specials may be featured: Amazon US • Amazon UKAmazon Canada • Amazon France.

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Food Items Homemade Sushi Beverages Kitchen Glassware Kids & Babies Health & Beauty Podcasting Miscellaneous Books Homemade Baby Formula

Food

After looking at the list of food we buy from Amazon, you might think I’m a grainabeanatarian! I assure you, I’m not. In fact, this is my diet (opens in a new tab). All of the fresh food in my diet comes from local markets. Oh, and if you’re wondering why grains and legumes show up on my shopping list at all (Paleo, right?), please read this article: Plant Paleo Part 2: Grains, Legumes, Fiber, and Antinutrients.

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats
I enjoy these fantastic oats almost every morning for breakfast. One-half cup dry is my typical serving, and they’re ready in just seven minutes! You’d be amazed at how versatile these oats are. They’re great in traditional breakfasts with fruit and honey or maple syrup. But they’re also amazing in savory dishes with tons of vegetables and almost any sauce you can imagine, like curries. Paleolithic humans enjoyed oats, and the scientific evidence showing them to be a heart healthy part of the diet is solid. This product has a total weight of 5.5 lbs.

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Hull-less Barley
Whole barley is another versatile grain. It’s great in soups, on salads, and with just about any kind of sauce or gravy you can imagine. They have an excellent mouth-feel that’s chewy, like an al dente pasta. The Bob’s Red Mill product always turns out great. These do take a while to cook, though—about 40 minutes. It’s a good idea to make more than you need and store a little extra in the fridge, so you can throw together quick meals with leftovers. 3.25 lbs

Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley
This stuff’s delicious! Ingredients: Long grain parboiled brown rice, black barley, and daikon radish seeds. What a perfect combination of flavors and textures! We’ve added this delicious mixture to everything from veggie bowls to bean burritos. It makes a great side dish, too. I’ve been tempted to try this in sushi for the heck of it. 2 lbs. Note: We buy ours from Trader Joe’s where it’s cheaper, but if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s where you live, this isn’t a bad deal for having it home delivered.

Lundberg Eco-Farmed Short Grain Brown Rice
Great product that makes perfectly cooked rice consistently. We mostly use this for making sushi, and it does a great job because it turns out a little on the softer and stickier side, as brown rices go. It also works well in rice dishes, or mixed with beans as a salad topper, or in soups for a heartier meal. Check out the reviews, and also after you click through to Amazon, check out the other Lunderg rice options—we also like the brown, organic, sprouted variety. 12 lbs.

Palouse Non-GMO Lentils
Palouse is a cool company; you can even scan a code on the bag to identify the field where the lentils were grown. Lentils are a high-fiber food, quick cooking for a legume, and versatile. Great with rice, in soups, on salads, in wraps, or by themselves. Look for studies focusing on lentils, and you’ll find they are associated with excellent health outcomes.  5 lbs.

Palouse Non-GMO Garbanzo Beans
Palouse garbanzo beans are super flavorful. They’re great for hummus, cold or warm salad topper, and anything else you would use chickpeas. Kosher and Non-GMO Project Certified. Garbanzo beans feature firmly in Mediterranean diets. 5 lbs.

Bob’s Red Mill Black Turtle Beans
These beans are thought to have originated in South America over 7,000 years ago, and they sure are delicious—I can see why they’ve been kept around! These are great in soups, on salads, burritos, wraps, etc. The Amazon description suggests trying them in place of pintos for refried beans. Haven’t tried that yet, but I bet it would be great. Fiber-rich and a solid whole food associated with good health. We soak them overnight, sometimes sprout them, and we don’t add salt to the cooking water. 6.5 lbs.

Bob’s Red Mill Pinto Beans
Your basic high fiber legume here, and it’s basically delicious, too. These are so good, you can cook them, scoop some into a bowl and enjoy them with a bit of salt and pepper. But of course, you can also make oil-free refried beans and many other dishes. Stock up for the zombie apocalypse. Hahah! 6.75 lbs.

Frontier Whole Fennel Seeds
Half a handful of whole fennel seeds are a wonderful post-meal digestive and breath freshener. If you’ve ever been offered these seeds after a meal at an Indian restaurant, these are the reasons why. Also, if you have just recently switched to a more plant based diet and are experiencing gas or bloating, fennel seeds can provide quick and reliable comfort during your transition. I chomp on a couple of tablespoons of these almost daily. Oh, don’t buy these if you don’t care for the taste of black licorice or anise…it’s definitely in that family of flavors. 2 lbs.

African Chew Sticks, Licorice Root
Here’s another product in the black licorice flavored remedy department. Licorice root is a traditional toothbrush. Just whittle away the outside bard revealing the inner root. When you chew on it, the root will fray and turn into a sinewy type of brush. Then, you can use the root to brush your teeth. Chewing on licorice root is also sometimes used as a tool to help with quitting smoking. An acquired taste.  1 lb.

Hikari ORGANIC White Miso Paste
Miso is a popular food in Japan produced by fermenting soy beans. Add a little bit of this paste to your favorite soups for a nice flavor kick, or just perfect your own miso soup recipe. This is a wonderful way to get some fermented food and seaweed into your diet. Miso is also a part of the famed Okinawa diet, known for producing a long-lived population in years past.  1 lb. 1.6 oz 

For Homemade Sushi

Organic Sushi Nori from Washington State
Nori is excellent for wraps, snacking, and of course for making homemade sushi. Harvested in Washington State, some may feel more comfortable with this brand versus those harvested in China or in Japan, near Fukushima. Seaweed is loaded with minerals and nutrients, and it’s an excellent source of dietary iodine. But most importantly, we have a lot of fun making sushi at home! You can get creative and try rolls you’ll never see in a restaurant. 50 sheets. 

Bamboo Rolling Mat Sushi Kit
This is pretty much all you need to roll sushi like a pro. You can cover the mats in saran wrap or place them in a gallon plastic bag container to keep them clean (don’t zip the bag closed)—that’s also a good idea if you want your rolls to have the rice on the outside. Just be sure to moisten the wrap or bag a bit. You can totally make sushi rolls without a mat, but it’s a lot easier to roll them tightly and neatly with a mat.  4 pieces. 

Non-stick Sushi Chef Knife
One good sushi knife is pretty much all anyone needs in the kitchen. I’ve operated on that principle since reading Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential several years ago. This chef knife totally exceeded my expectations. It’s great for sushi and everything else. How it costs under $10, I don’t understand. It’s sharp as all get out and stays sharp. The holes are great, allowing you to cut through sticky objects, like sushi. I’ve only had mine for a little while now, so I’m not sure how long it will last. At this price, it’s practically disposable…but I like buying things that last. If it doesn’t hold up, I’ll be sure to replace this item with one that will hold up. So far so good, though.  4.5 stars/695 reviews. 

Lundberg Eco-Farmed Short Grain Brown Rice
(Same rice as listed above) Great product that makes perfectly cooked rice consistently. We mostly use this for making sushi, and it does a great job because it turns out a little on the softer and stickier side, as brown rices go. It also works well in rice dishes, or mixed with beans as a salad topper, or in soups for a heartier meal. Check out the reviews, and also after you click through to Amazon, check out the other Lunderg rice options—we also like the brown, organic, sprouted variety. 12 lbs.

Beverages

Kirkland Green Tea
If you’re a Costco member, buy this tea at your local store. It’s a few bucks cheaper there. If you’re not a Costco member, fortunately, this wonderful green tea is still available to you. I drink this tea almost daily. The packaging is excellent. The product is fresh. And each bag even includes a small amount of powdered matcha.  You know that toasty flavor in Genmatcha Green tea that you get at your favorite sushi restaurant? You can replicate that by dropping a toasted rice cake in your water to infuse the toasted rice flavor in there. Be sure to follow the instructions for water temperature and steep times; it makes a big difference. 100 bags 

Guayaki Yerba Mate Tea
A few things right up front: I’m not crazy about the flavor of Yerba Mate; making Yerba Mate from tea bags is convenient but not traditional; and I would personally avoid drinking Yerba Mate daily. That being said, it’s effects are very interesting. It provides users with focus and energy without the jittery side effects some people experience from coffee. In fact, it’s kind of strange. If you decide to quit coffee Yerba Mate and Dandy Bland could make a great team for you. 25 bags 

Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Beverage with Dandelion
I enjoy an occasional Dandy Blend these days. Since it’s caffeine free, it’s especially night for those cozy nights when you want something hot to drink without it keeping you up late. When I did my 30-day no-coffee experiment, I drank Dandy Blend daily, and I think it helped me get over my coffee addiction. It’s not magical, just a nice substitute. Some people love it, some don’t. There are small sizes available, but this one represents the best value by far. 2 lbs, 454 servings! 

Dandy Blend Single-Serving Pouches
Same as above, but in a 25-count container with each serving individually wrapped. This could be a good option to see if you like it, even though it’s not as good of a value as the 2-lb container. If you are purchasing this to experiment, you may want to try different serving sizes by combining a couple of pouches, or 1-1/2, etc. I typically use a tablespoon of Dandy Blend to a regular sized mug. 25-count 

For the Kitchen

Non-stick, Ceramic Pan Set
This is the set of non-stick pans we bought for Christmas ’14 when deciding to try cooking without oil. This is a reasonably priced set, they’re attractive, and they’ve held up really well (10 months, as of this writing). There are more expensive options and less expensive ones, too—this one’s right in the middle with lots of happy customers. It also comes in a dark red color. Sautéing with broth instead of oil is a breeze, and they fry a perfect egg every time. You do have to baby them, though, because they’re not iron skillets, after all.  10 pieces. 

Portable Slow Cooker
Not only are slow cookers super convenient, they’re one of the healthiest ways to cook. This crock pot is also very portable, which means you can start cooking something before you leave for work in the morning, swing by the house to pick up the crockpot, and go straight to that potluck without fussing around with additional containers. Check this one out and shop around for the one that’s right for you.  6 Quarts. 

Oster Large Capacity Countertop 6-Slice Digital Convection Toaster Oven, Black/Polished Stainless
We don’t own a microwave, so our toaster oven probably gets a little more use than most. I spent a ton of time researching these devices, and I couldn’t be happier with this unit. My initial reaction to it was that the electronic panel was overkill and added needless complexity. That was wrong. This oven is the perfect size (it can handle just about anything). The convection baking speeds up many tasks. And, the controls are extremely easy to use and more precise than the standard toaster oven with mechanical dials. I also think it’s attractive for a toaster. Ours has been very reliable. I use it for everything from baking potatoes and sweet potatoes, to reheating certain leftovers, and even for the occasional toast. 

George Foreman Ceramic Grill
Foreman grills are awesome. They do a great job cooking meat, fish and poultry and leaving them tender. But don’t think they’re just for meat. This is a fantastic tool for all kinds of oil-free cooking, too! We use ours for mushroom patties, sweet potato patties, and many other foods. Heck, Amy has even made whole-wheat pancakes on them. Clean up is a breeze, and when you’re all done, into the cabinet it goes. I’m a fan. Large, 5-serving Grill Surface. 

Non-Stick Utensil Set
Pretty much all you need to take care of your non-stick cookware. A nice little touch of color to liven up the kitchen. If you do like keeping your utensils on the counter, this set comes with a nice stand. The hefty handles make give them a nice hand-feel. As of this writing, 175 reviews averaging 5 stars. Not bad! 7 pieces, including stand. 

32-oz Wide-mouth Canning Jars
I’m a big fan of using canning jars for storage. They’re inexpensive, glass, and the lids stay on securely. Oh, and they’re great for actual canning, too. The nice thing about the wide-mouth jars is that it’s a lot easier to get the contents out versus a regular-mouth jars. Pack of 12. 

16-oz Wide-mouth Canning Jars
Sometimes you don’t need a 32-oz jar. These are great for jams, and they even make a good drinking glass.  Pack of 12. 

Plastic Storage Caps
Save the metal lids that come with your jars for those times when you are doing some actual canning. You’re really not supposed to use those more than once, and using them prior to canning can interfere with creating a good vacuum seal. Plus, these plastic lids actually keep liquids in and they’re reusable. Trust me, if you have mason jars that you use for storage, these are the way to go.  Pack of 8. 

Marble Mortar and Pestle
This is a great little mortar and pestle for small jobs like crushing flax seeds, herbs, spices, etc. It’s a lot quicker than most electric devices, especially when you take clean-up time into account. Speaking of flax seeds, I recommend you never buy them pre-ground or in oil form. Whole seeds will stay fresh and you can quickly grind what you need. Nobody wants rancid flax…and they’re quite sensitive. 4.5″ diameter. 

Large, Polished Granite Mortar and Pestle
This thing’s huge. It has an 8″ diameter and it weighs in at 14 lbs. Perfect for making batches of pesto, or for crushing and grinding larger portions of herbs, seeds, or spices. We get a lot of use out of ours. Pro-tip: “Season” your mortar and pestle by crushing rice into a fine powder a few times, and then blast the inside with high-pressure water hose. By ‘high-pressure’ I mean something like your typical garden hose spray adapter. 8″ diameter. 

Ulu Knife, Stand & Cutting Board
I tend to agree with Anthony Bourdain’s knife philosophy: all you really need is a good chef’s nice. In fact, that’s all we have…besides this ulu. Amy’s parents brought it back to us as a gift from their Alaska cruise…and I love it! The round chopping board is a must (be sure to keep it seasoned with a light coating of oil). I like chopping herbs with it. It’s also wonderful for cutting fish. 8″ diameter. 

Glassware

I’m a big fan of glass plates, bowls, cups, mugs, etc. Glass is a clean material (be sure to only use food-grade glass, others can contain lead). There are some good options on Amazon, but ultimately they all seem to be overpriced, in my opinion. For example, they sell a set of 4 Ikea dinner plates for $20; they’re only $0.99 each at Ikea. Personally, we use pie baking dishes we found years ago at a huge discount (they’re cool because they have those raised sides).

Here’s an Amazon glassware search—should you find anything awesome, let me know! As I find items, I will list them below.

Glass Coffee Mugs
These are great coffee mugs that should go with just about any glassware set. Reasonably priced and easy to replace. They’re dishwasher safe, too. Ours lasted us a long time, but we’ve ended up replacing broken ones with an eclectic (i.e. mismatched) set of mugs.  Set of 4, 13 oz. 

Kids Stuff

iBert Safe-T Front Mounted Child Seat
This is one of the best purchases I ever made. I’ve ridden so many miles with Lucy on board and the front position allowed us to chit chat all the way. I’ve never used a rear mount seat, but I have to think Lucy enjoys riding up front a lot more than staring at my back. Here’s a full review I did a while back.  38-lb capacity. 

Moby Wrap
Looking at this now brings back so many memories. I loved wearing Lucy when she was a baby and after trying several carriers and wraps, the Moby was by far my favorite. This dark brown color was great for both Amy and me. It’s an extremely versatile wrap with a bazillion YouTube videos you can find for ideas and shortcuts. We still have ours in a memory box. It looks like it would be easy to make, but the material they use is perfect. A bit stretchy and breathable. Up to 35 lbs. 

Shopping Cart Cover
Our Lucy runs around in the dirt all day when the weather permits, and she’s in the mud when it doesn’t. We’re pretty far from being clean freaks…but let’s face it shopping carts can be gross. People pick up and handle raw foods and then touch their cart handles. Plus they’re made of uncomfortable metal and plastic. Works on restaurant high chairs, too. The sippy-cup strap came in super handy.  

Outlet Safety Covers
To be totally honest, I didn’t buy these until after I saw Lucy literally trying to poke an outlet with a paperclip. A paperclip! I couldn’t believe it. You can’t protect those outlets soon enough. I still feel like crap when I think about what could have happened and how a $3 tool would have prevented it. There are a lot of options on these. Here’s a search.

Health & Beauty

Herban Cowboy Men’s Deodorant
This is the only ‘healthy’ deodorant that I’ve been able to find that both a) protects against odor and b) actually smell nice. On the other hand, I’ve found plenty that either don’t work or smell horrible, or both. This stuff contains no aluminum chlorohydrate, triclosan alcohol, or propylene gycol, etc. Also, this deodorant goes on nicely, dries quickly, and doesn’t stain clothing. I use the ‘Forest’ scent, but there are many others; ‘Dusk’ is my second favorite. 2.8 oz.

Herban Cowboy Women’s Deodorant
Amy has never liked ‘alternative’ deodorants and stuck with a simple anti-persperant for the odor protection and variety of scents offered. But after trying this Herban Cowboy ‘Blossom’ scented deodorant, she’s been hooked. It smells like rose, and I’m a big fan (I’m sensitive to scents, but I’ve always liked the smell of rose perfumes). Just like the men’s version, it goes on easily, dries quickly, and doesn’t stain. 2.8 oz.

Herban Cowboy Cologne
If you like to layer on the scents, Herban Cowboy has you covered. I live in the forest and don’t have much use for colognes anymore, but I do keep a bottle of this in the medicine cabinet to wear on occasion. A little goes a long way. Check out the reviews on Amazon for other opinions. This is a great product. 1.7 fl. oz. 

Herban Cowboy Perfume for Her
Again, I’m a big fan of the rose smelling Blossom scent and so is Amy. It’s mild and delicate, but most importantly, it doesn’t give me a headache like a lot of scents do these days. It’s long lasting and a little goes a long way. Made without phthalates, parabens or animal ingredients, and it’s certified cruelty free. 1.7 fl. oz.

Kirk’s Castille Soap
This bar soap is long lasting and priced great, especially when purchased in this 12-pack. From the product description: no animal by-products, never tested on animals, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, no synthetic detergents.  As of this writing, 89% of reviews are 5-star. We keep a bar next to the sink and one in the shower. Some people even use this soap as shampoo. 12-pack. 

Bürstenhaus Redecker Beechwood and Natural Fiber Nail Brush
I don’t mind getting dirty, but when it’s time to get clean…I like to get clean. This nail brush is great to keep in the shower to help scrub out the dirt from under your nails. A must-have for gardeners. 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Podcasting

Rode Podcaster
I get a lot of compliments on the audio quality of Latest in Paleo. The Rode Podcaster microphone definitely gets a good chunk of the credit. What I like about it is that it’s USB and it offers hardware-based live monitoring. This means, you can plug in your favorite headphones directly into the microphone, and then you can hear yourself talking into the mic. This feedback is huge. Also, it’s extremely well built and solid. I’ve been using mine for at least 4 years now.  For Mac, Windows, & Linux. 

Rode Podcaster Shock Mount
Shock mounts help absorb external vibrations that the microphone would otherwise pick up. With this installed, I can move my microphone around while I’m recording without any noticeable sound in the final product. This is the shock mount designed by Rodes specifically for their Podcaster microphone. This will readily attach to any standard microphone stand.  Durable. 

Rode Podcaster Desk Mounted Microphone Stand
I have been using this desk mounted Microphone stand in conjunction with the Rode Podcaster and shockmount for a couple of years now, and it’s held up very nicely. It’s quiet to move around. It stays where you place it. It handles the hefty weight of the Rode Podcaster no problem. This is a little more pricey than some other options, but I believe it’s well worth it.  For Mac, Windows, & Linux. 

Sony MDRXB950BT/B Extra Bass Bluetooth Over-Ear Headset
Since I work at home, I end up wearing headphones a lot while I’m at my desk to eliminate external noise and help me focus. The over-ear design is very comfortable, allowing me to wear these for hours at a time. Bluetooth offers nice flexibility, and I use this option about 1/2 of the time. I really like that it can connect to my computer and my phone at the same time. So, I can listen to music from my computer and I don’t have to worry about missing a call. As for sound quality, read the reviews. IMO, they offer far superior quality when compared to the Beats Solo2 on-ear headphones, they’re far more comfortable, and more affordable, to boot. There are higher end headphones available, no doubt, but after a long search that included side-by-side comparisons in electronic stores, these had everything I was looking for at the best value. Bluetooth / Over-ear. 

Miscellaneous

Bluetooth Receiver Dongle
This little device adds bluetooth capability to your favorite speakers, your car stereo, and any other device with an AUX input. We use this on an old Bose speaker that we have, which is in great condition, but required us to leave our phone plugged into it, if we wanted to stream music in the living room. Not anymore.  Includes micro-USB charging cable. 

Oontz Angle PLUS
This is a fantastic little bluetooth speaker by Cambridge Soundworks. I spent a good amount of time researching my options and this one is a spectacular value. There are 2 speakers on one side and a small subwoofer on the other. It’s even water resistant. It’s rechargeable battery delivers 15 hours of playback on a full charge. Non-bluetooth devices can connect to the unit via a 3.5mm AUX connection. Most importantly, the sound quality and volume are excellent. This is a small speaker, though, so don’t expect floor-shaking bass; just crisp, beautiful sound. I like to listen to audiobooks, podcasts, and music whenever I can…so ours was purchased for the bathroom. By the way, it even has a built-in microphone for totally hands-free phone connections, too.  Includes micro-USB charging cable. 

Bludio Bluetooth Headphones
These are the headphones I use while on walks and hikes. They pair up to my phone quickly, the sound quality is a B+ (which is definitely more than enough for audiobooks, and more than adequate for music), and the value is ridiculously good at under 20 bucks. It’s really nice not having the cord running from my head to my pocket, although I can’t say for sure the bluetooth signals are entirely safe. See the Podcasting section for my choice in higher quality bluetooth headphones. Bluetooth 4.1. 

Earbud Tip Replacements
These earbud tips make a huge difference. They isolate external sound and greatly improve the sound quality of in-ear headphones. I use these on the Bludio above, and they made all of the difference in the world. Ironically, they cost as much as the earbuds, but you get three pairs, and I’m still on my first pair after a lot of use. I think they will last a very long time. 4-star average out of over 600 reviews. 

Kinzi Jump Rope
Most jump ropes suck, this one doesn’t. It features a fast-speed cable with smooth, fully rotating handle connections (never gets tangled), and thumbscrew length adjustability. Best jump rope I’ve used. Why jump rope? The hopping around is great for improving bone density and coordination.  Adjustable, up to 9 feet long. 

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
The last thing most of us need is more TV in our lives, but I’ve been a cord cutter for well over a decade (no cable), and I watch about an hour a day of TV. Mostly at night before bed. I used to be an Apple TV person, but I switched to the Roku 3 for two main reasons: 1) Amazon Prime support and 2) the headphone connection in the remote.  Amazon Prime offers some great original programming and has a very nice library of streaming video, but Apple and Amazon don’t play nice. The headphone thing might seem gimmicky at first, but since we share our room with one of our kiddos, it’s a great feature that allows us to watch TV in bed without disturbing anyone’s sleep (a splitter allows for 2 headphones to be plugged in). Hundreds of channels are offered and it also features Plex support for even more flexibility. Just a really good device. Includes remote & (low-end) headphones. 

UPS Tripp Lite Battery Backed Up Power & Surge Protector
This is your very basic Uninterrupted Power Supply. I have two of them. One is at my desk protecting two desktop computers. The other is in the living room powering my Internet equipment (cable modem + router). When the power flickers, I don’t lose any data and I don’t have to wait on an Internet connection while the network equipment reboots. In the event of a longer power outage, these provide about 20 minutes of extra power, so everything can be shut down properly. Out here in the country, these are not an option. Includes 3-year warranty & 100,000 equipment protection insurance. 

Dewalt Cordless Power Tool Set
Dewalt power tools have a huge and loyal following for a reason: they rock. There are other comparable tools and even some better ones, perhaps, but after shopping around, I think Dewalt is the sweet spot for me. Their 18v line of tools are extremely popular, and all of the tools can use the same 18v batter. This one includes an impact driver (I love this thing), a drill driver, a reciprocating saw (sawzall), a shop light, two 18v rechargeable batteries, a charger, and a great bag for storing it all in. Having 2 batteries means, one is charging while the other is in use…never run out of power. And as you add more Dewalt tools, your batteries will work on those, too. 8 pieces. 

Electric Chainsaw, Self-sharpening
I was extremely hesitant about buying an electric chainsaw versus a gas-powered one, but I’m so glad I took a chance on this tool. It’s extremely powerful and gets the job done, which is most important. But, it also features a tool-less chain tensioning system; it sharpens itself; and has an instant chain brake for safety. Unlike its gas-powered counterparts, maintenance is a breeze. Add to this no fumes, and an engine that’s not constantly running and making noise between cuts. Yep, it’s a winner. Be sure to check out the reviews. 18″ with 2-year warranty. 

 

Books

For a list of books that I’ve been recommending on Latest in Paleo, please visit the Books & Audio books Page (opens in new tab).

The Book
The Demon Haunted World
You Are Not So Smart
Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Born to Run
The Ascent of Humanity
Food Politics
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Jobs
Wrong
Ender's Game
Stranger in a Strange Land

Omnimore's Dilemma
Fooled by Randomness
Sacred Economics
iWoz

The Happiness Hypothesis
A Brief History of Nearly Everything


Homemade Baby Formula

Our daughter, Lucy Namaste, was born at just 28.5 weeks gestation. In the hospital, I had to fight very hard to get her donor milk from milk banks around the western United States. When we got our daughter home, we kept her on breast milk, which was being supplied by friends — some were shipping it to us from as far away as Oregon.

We started transitioning Lucy slowly to the Weston A. Price Raw Milk formula. Over the course of about 3 months she went from a 90/10 blend of breast milk to homemade formula to 100% formula. We were exceedingly pleased with this formula, it got our doctor’s seal of approval, and in fact, almost all health professionals we talked to about this were very impressed that we were making our own formula at home.

Today, our daughter has grown, is considered advanced in motor skills and language skills. The only reason we know this, is because preemies end up going through a lot of testing in their early years. We’ve had a few scares with Lucy, but they’ve all been false alarms. She’s doing amazingly well. No complications, ever.

Lucy Namaste shopping at ye ol' Trader Joe's.

Lucy Namaste shopping at ye ol’ Trader Joe’s.

Homemade Baby Formula – Amazon Shopping List

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This is a delicious olive oil made from olives originating from the Cornicabra olive groves in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Very fruity, beautiful color, and I really like the container which does an excellent job of keeping air and light out. 2 containers, 25.5 oz ea. 

Nutiva Virgin, Organic Coconut Oil
This is some excellent coconut oil. 63% MCT. Nutiva also donates 1% of sales to sustainable agriculture, over $2 million to date. 4.7 out 5 stars with over 6,000 reviews! 2 containers, 15 oz ea. 

100% Pure Lactose
Now Foods Lactose is derived from whey. Lactose is the primary carbohydrate in breast milk. It’s also believed to be an important component in helping babies maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria. 6 packages, 16 oz ea. 

High-vitamin Butter Oil
This product is made from certified 100% grass-fed milk. Rich in vitamins like A, E, and K. It contains no artificial flavors, colors, salt or preservatives. 13 oz. 

Gelatin
This is beef gelatin…and I can think of anything to add to that. There are, however, over 400 reviews on Amazon, though. Check them out. 2 16-oz containers. 

Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast is a great source of B vitamins, and even fiber. This is the product we currently use in our house. When we were making homemade formula, however, we used the Frontier brand flakes. Having eaten both kinds myself, I prefer this one by far and would use this for homemade baby formula should we have to again. 8 oz. 

Solaray Babylife 3 Billion Probiotic Supplement
This product arrives at your door refrigerated (at least it did when we ordered it). If not, I’d return it and buy from a local supplement store. 2.5 oz. 

Organic Acerola Powder
Sari Foods is a favorite of mine. They appear to be dedicated to making extremely high quality, organic products. This product is 100% food based from Acerola cherries. 6 oz. 

Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, Lemon
This is the cod liver oil we used in our daughter’s formula. Some say you have to use the fermented types, others say it’s not important. This is a high-quality product, as far as I could tell, and our daughter seemed to like it more than other brands. Maybe it was the lemon flavor. She used to ask for a bit in her milk all the way up until she was three years old. 16.9 fl oz (500 ml). 

Organic Sunflower Oil
Certified organic and non-GMO. Expeller pressed from organic sunflower seeds. 3 containers, 16.9 oz. 

 

Ingredients & Instructions

It is important to follow the directions carefully. Here are the ingredient and instruction lists as they appear on the Weston A. Price web site:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole raw cow’s milk, preferably from pasture-fed cows
  • 1/4 cup homemade liquid whey — Do NOT use powdered whey or whey from making cheese (which will cause the formula to curdle). Use only homemade whey made from yoghurt, kefir or separated raw milk.
  • 4 tablespoons lactose
  • 1/4 teaspoon bifidobacterium infantis
  • 2 or more tablespoons good quality cream (preferably not ultrapasteurized), more if you are using milk from Holstein cows
  • 1/2 teaspoon unflavored high-vitamin or high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil or 1 teaspoon regular cod liver oil (we used regular cod liver oil)
  • 1/4 teaspoon high-vitamin butter oil (optional — we used it)
  • 1 teaspoon expeller-expressed sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons Frontier brand nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 teaspoons gelatin
  • 1-7/8 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 teaspoon acerola powder1

Instructions

  • Put 2 cups filtered water into a pyrex measuring pitcher and remove 2 tablespoons (that will give you 1-7/8 cups water).
  • Pour about half of the water into a pan and place on a medium flame.
  • Add the gelatin and lactose to the pan and let dissolve, stirring occasionally.
  • When the gelatin and lactose are dissolved, remove from heat and add the remaining water to cool the mixture.
  • Stir in the coconut oil and optional high-vitamin butter oil and stir until melted.
  • Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients into a blender.
  • Add the water mixture and blend about three seconds.
  • Place in glass bottles or a glass jar and refrigerate.

Note: Before giving to baby, warm bottles by placing in hot water or a bottle warmer. NEVER warm bottles in a microwave oven.