Updated: 5 Must-Have Foods To Add To Your Shopping List

You’ve tagged your favourite healthy recipes, are excited about embracing a more nutritious way of living, and now, Happies, it’s time to hit the shops and fill your pantry with more body-friendly staples than Gwyneth Paltrow’s kitchen.

To make the entire process even easier, I thought I’d give you a shopping list of some of my favourite oils, sauces, noodles and salts, so that you can cut out and keep for your next visit to the health food aisle of your grocery store. Hooray!

1. A Good Cooking Oil

I wanted to update this particular point because there are so many mixed reviews about oils, and cooking oils, and what’s right for you. So, rather than focus on one, I wanted to delve deeper into a few of the most popular.

Firstly, olive oil is a great option for cooking with. My dad is Turkish and I’ve grown up on the stuff, but personally I prefer to buy the organic cold pressed stuff and pour it over salads etc raw, rather than cook with it.

Secondly, coconut oil is an absolute WINNER when it comes to cooking. Its flavour is strong though, so I find it better for Asian and Indian dishes, rather than, say, Italian.

And finally, we come to the most controversial oil of the three – Grapeseed oil. Known for its ability to withstand serious heat, grapeseed oil has been high-fived for its ability to promote heart health, improve your skin, and not burn your food due to its high smoking point. That said, others believe that due to grapeseed being a polyunsaturated fat, it should never be exposed to heat as it can cause inflammation and irritation in your body. Some say it’s fine, others say it’s not. I think if you’re going to use it, stick to the purest, most unrefined form, keep it in the fridge, and use it sparingly.

2. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

I recommend the brand ‘Bragg’, as it uses 100% organic apples, is unfiltered, unpasturized, untreated, and generally awesome to use in everything from sauces, to marinades, to salad dressings. While vinegars are acidic, apple cider vinegar actually has an alkalizing affect on the body. BONUS POINTS! Plus, this stuff has been linked to helping improve everything from skin, to weight loss, to high cholesterol. GET IT IMMEDIATELY.

3. Organic Nama Shoyu

We eat a lot of Asian inspired food in our house. Gorgeous stir fries, packed with every vegetable under the sun, as well as sashimi, sushi, Japanese-inspired salmon with buckwheat soba noodles and Asian greens. The common thread? This unpasterized soya sauce that is subtle in flavour but bloody brilliant on taste. Bring it!

4. Buckwheat Soba Noodles

Speaking of buckwheat soba noodles, I cannot recommend these highly enough. Replace your refined white rice noodles with these babies and watch your tastebuds squeal with delight. In fact, I had them for lunch today. Yumyumyumyum! Try to get the 100% buckwheat version, especially if you’re avoiding, or cutting down on your gluten intake.

5. Himalayan Rock Salt

Forget that crappy table salt you may have in your cupboard, you may as well be eating poison. Salt is an essential part of your diet, but when health experts refer to salt and minerals, they’re not talking about the refined white stuff in a plastic pouch. Oh no, Happies, they’re talking about the good stuff. I personally am a fan of Himalayan Rock Salt, as it’s a great way to regulate water content in your body, alkalize your system, absorb nutrients, support your libido, AND prevent muscle cramps, to name just a few. Celtic Sea Salt is also pretty good. Whatever you do, just buy the good stuff. That is all.

Stay Happy,

Yaz xx



  1. Rachael · October 28, 2011

    Roomie! You’ve been reading Kimberly’s book I see. Me too! My cupboard looks so different now than from a couple of years ago. Going to attempt the Thyroid Boosting Macaroons this weekend

  2. Yaz Turker · October 28, 2011

    OMG – No! Who is Kimberly? I need to read this book obviously. Please share. Yxx

    • Rachael · October 28, 2011

      Go and buy The Beauty Detox. Today . It’s all about Alkaline foods. You will lose it. xx

  3. Yaz Turker · October 28, 2011

    Amazing! I will absolutely go and get it tomorrow. SO EXCITED. I love book recommendations. Thanks Roomie. Yxx

  4. Danielle · October 28, 2011

    What do you use the apple cider vinegar for?

  5. memybestandi · October 28, 2011

    Yaz- gold as always!!

    I’ve been using coconut and olive oil but love the heat stability sound of this- hate smoking oil!! SOLD

    I’ve been gong ho on the apple cider vinegar but this one sounds great as its organic which I’m trying to stick to. I think they do Bragg at my local health food store

    I always chose buckwheat noodles- the Hakubaku – Soba Noodles brand here is in Woolies so dead handy and organic too and like $3!

    Nama Shoyu- I’ve never heard of this , but will have a look for it , I’ve been trialling tamari and its great – in fact I think its nicer than bog standard soy.

    Himalayan Salt- you already had me hunting for that and its fantastic- extra salty, love it!

    PS Can I ask what your stance is on stock- I hate the salt factor that comes with most- any recs there?

  6. Annette @ Wellnesss WA · October 28, 2011

    Awesome again, thanks Yaz. Like memybestandi I lurve coconut oil and throw olive oil around on my vegetables like nothing else (love topping it with sesame seeds too – yummers).

    I had a brief stint with ACV years ago … not sure if it helped me much but I found the taste very strong!

    Been super keen on himalayan salt for AGES now, but never tried. Must do this.

    Thanks again xo

  7. evie · October 29, 2011

    Ooooh just found this blog via primped. Love it!

    I have never seen the big chunks of pink salt before. Amazing.

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