I often get asked about the ingredients and equipment we use. So I wanted to provide you with quick links to the exact items we use at the shop and at my home. Below you will find kitchen equipment, books that taught me the importance of a plant-based whole-food diet, and supplements that my family and I take. These are items I trust, and use to make decadent treats and plant-based whole-food meals.
I hope this is useful for you!
I generally don't want more equipment cluttering my kitchen, so I'm not one to buy the latest trendy kitchen equipment. But these are tools I use on a regular basis.
I absolutely love my Vitamix blender and use it at least two or three times a day at home. My family and I use it to make smoothies, nicecream, vegan cheeses, yogurt, soup, creamy dressings, pastry cream, hummus, etc. It is also the only blender I trust to use at the shop.
Nut Milk Bag
All of our milk at the shop is handmade. These nylon bags are large and sturdy and last the longest. You might be able to find less expensive nut milk bags at your local grocery store, which are great for learning at first, but they just don't hold up very long.
There are three types of juicers: Centrifugal, which are the most affordable and fastest countertop juicers; Masticating, which are a little slower but extract more juice from your produce; and Cold-press, which extract the most juice and nutrients, but are labor intensive and the most costly. For juicing at home I recommend a centrifugal juicer. I use an old Jack LaLanne centrifugal juicer, and it has lasted me over 10 years. We only replace the blade after it gets dull. However, that is only needed if you use your juicer quite often. I also included the best cold-pressed juicer for your home.
I prefer the smaller spiralizer because it is compact and costs less, but you can only fit small veggies in it. If you want to spiralize a variety of fruit and veggies, then I would recommend the larger spiralizer above.
A food processor is great for making raw pastries, sauces, salads, etc.!
I use these supplements by adding them into my smoothies or sprinkling them on top of salads, and take them when I think I might be getting a cold.
I always try to find the organic, vegetarian, gluten freewhole-food supplements. There are many studies which show that if vitamins are derived from only one nutrient from the plant and not the whole-food, they have little to no positive effect. Below are a few items my family and I love. Information provided by Karma Apple and staff should not be interpreted as a substitute for a physician’s consultation, evaluation, or treatment.
Spirulina & Chlorella
We love adding extra greens to our smoothies to give us a boost of energy and nutrients. Spirulina and Chlorella are both algaes and are made from the whole plant. They are also a great source of protein and chlorophyll.
Hemp Seeds are a great source of protein and fiber. The ones above are shelled. I blend them into smoothies, put them on my salads and bowls, and make milk or creamy dressings with them.
Oil of Oregano
Oil from the oregano plant has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. If any of us are feeling like we are coming down with a cold or sniffles we take a few drops of oregano oil. It has a spicy taste, so my kids take it with a little rice milk to cover up the spice. You can also use a few drops with a carrier oil and rub it on the bottom of their feet when they are sleeping.
Chia Seeds are full of nutrients, protein and fiber. We add them to smoothies, salads, or make pudding with them.
Garlic Ear Oil
Whenever my kids or I get an ear ache or ear infection we put a few drops of this garlic oil in the ear. Garlic is a natural antibiotic.
Flax seeds are good for so many things! They are one of the best sources of omega 3's, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are high in fiber and lignans. Studies have shown that they assist with high-blood pressure and fight cancer. I add organic ground flax seeds to smoothies, salads and baked goods.
Flax Seed Oil & Turmeric
My husband has a severe gluten allergy. Whenever he gets glutened, he immediately takes some flaxseed oil and turmeric capsules, which assists with inflammation and decreases his gluten symptoms immediately. I take them occasionally when I have inflammation.
This is a natural antibiotic that I use occasionally when I feel like I might be getting a cold.
Lysine is an amino acid. This one is vegan and gluten free. I take Lysine when I am stressed and feel a cold sore coming on. This helps immediately, I haven't had a cold sore in many years.
My family and I use elderberry Syrup to boost our immune systems when we know colds are going around. It contains no added sweeteners. Elderberries contain a high amount of vitamin C and antioxidants.
The China Study
For more than 40 years, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, has been at the forefront of nutrition research. In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”
The traditional “gold standard” of nutrition research has been to study one chemical at a time in an attempt to determine its particular impact on the human body. These sorts of studies are helpful to food companies trying to prove there is a chemical in milk or pre-packaged dinners that is “good” for us, but they provide little insight into the complexity of what actually happens in our bodies or how those chemicals contribute to our health.
How Not To Die
Dr. Michael Greger examines the top causes of premature death - heart disease, cancers, diabetes and more - and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to enjoy better health. Full of practical, actionable advice and surprising, cutting-edge nutritional science, these doctor's orders are just what we need to live longer, healthier lives.
Eat to Live
Hailed a "medical breakthrough" by Dr. Mehmet Oz, EAT TO LIVE offers a highly effective, scientifically proven way to lose weight quickly. The key to Dr. Joel Fuhrman's revolutionary six-week plan is simple: health = nutrients / calories. When the ratio of nutrients to calories in the food you eat is high, you lose weight. The more nutrient-dense food you eat, the less you crave fat, sweets, and high-caloric foods.
Prescription for Nutritional Healing
Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the nation's #1 bestselling guide to natural remedies. The new fifth edition incorporates the most recent information on a variety of alternative healing and preventive therapies and unveils new science on vitamins, supplements, and herbs. With more than 800 pages of comprehensive facts about all aspects of alternative ways to wellness, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition, unites the best of age-old remedies with twenty-first- century science.
A Cancer Therapy
In 1958, based on thirty years of clinical experimentation, Dr. Max Gerson published this medical monograph. This is the most complete book on the Gerson Therapy. Dr. Gerson, who developed the Gerson Therapy, explains how the treatment reactivates the body's healing mechanisms in chronic degenerative diseases. The book incorporates extensive explanation of the theory with scientific research and the exact practice of the therapy, as well as a presentation of fifty documented case histories. Also included is a modified version of the Gerson Therapy for use with nonmalignant diseases or preventative purposes.
The Gerson Therapy
Cancer. Hepatitis. Migraines. Arthritis. Heart Disease. Emphysema. For years, the medical establishment has called these chronic or life- threatening diseases "incurable." But now, The Gerson Therapy offers hope for those seeking relief from hundreds of different diseases. One of the first alternative cancer therapies, The Gerson Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years.
The Acid Alkaline Food Guide
In the last few years, researchers around the world have increasingly reported the importance of acid-alkaline balance. The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide was designed as an easy-to-follow guide to the most common foods that influence your body’s pH level. Now in its Second Edition, this bestseller has been expanded to include many more domestic and international foods. Updated information also explores (and refutes) the myths about pH balance and diet, and guides the reader to foods that can help the body achieve a healthy pH level.