Products Marie Loves

Here you will find a continuously updated treasure trove of products that deliver natural wellness, effectiveness, convenience, flavor, chemical-free beauty, home and personal care.  Some of the products are from the top recommendations in my book, Optimize Your Immune System:  Create Health & Resilience with a Kitchen Pharmacy, but here you will also find additional categories and supplement options.  More in-depth product explanations can be found in my book and blog

New items will be marked with new   for the first 3 month’s that they appear on the list.  

Things I look for:  toxin-free (did you know that some tea bags are made of plastic?), fair-trade, worth the $, tasty, makes healthy cooking easy, organic, non-GMO, companies that test for contaminants, products that stand out from the competition, products that solve a problem, and small companies that do it better because that’s just who they are.

In order to provide pricing options, I sometimes include more than one listing for a supplement.  The less costly options may contain fewer nutrients but are nonetheless good choices.  Whenever possible, I also provide a variety of dosage strengths and formats such as capsule, syrup, drops and powder to meet individual preferences.

Safety Tip:  Review all product labels to make sure they do not contain any ingredients that you have a sensitivity to.  Even natural products can contain an ingredient that does not work with your personal biology. Supplements listed below are for adults, unless indicated otherwise.  Consult the Disclaimer & Important Safety Notes below.
Enjoy!

Categories:

FOOD

 4th & Heart – Original Grass-Fed Ghee

Ancient Harvest – Pagodas (gluten-free pasta)
Annie Chun’s – Pad Thai Brown Rice Noodles

Bob’s Red Mill – 1 to 1 Baking Flour (gluten-free)

Bob’s Red Mill – Organic White Quinoa
Bob’s Red Mill – Steel Cut Oats (available in organic and gluten free)

Biotta – Beetroot Juice
California Olive Ranch – 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Casina Rossa Truffle and Salt – Premium Gourmet Sea Salt
Foods Alive – Nutritional Yeast
Guittard – Organic 74% Chocolate Baking Wafers

Kettle & Fire – Bone Broth

King Oscar – Skinless & Boneless Sardines Spanish Style
Lotus Foods – Organic Volcanic Rice, all varieties
Lundberg – Sprouted Short Brown Rice
Lundberg – Thin Stackers
Mount Hagan – Instant Coffee

Nada Moo – Dairy Free Frozen Desert any flavor

Napa Valley Naturals – Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Natura Health Products – Beyond Whey Grass Fed Whey Protein Concentrate

Nature’s Path – Qi’a Superfood Gluten-Free Oatmeal, Creamy Coconut

Shiloh Farms – Zante Currants
South River – Miso, all varieties
Sprout Revolution – Sprouted Ground Flax

The Mountain Valley – Spring Water

Wild Planet – Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Lemon

SPICES

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Bragg – Organic Sprinkle
Penzy’s – Cinnamon
Primal Palate Organic Spices Apple Pie Spice
Simply Organic – Curry Powder
Simply Organic Cumin
The Organic Pantry – Organic Peppercorns
The Spice Way – Zatar
Viva Doria – Rainbow Blend Peppercorn

Also see Trader Joe’s below

Alternative
Sweeteners

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Would you like to enjoy sweet treats without the sugar guilt? Personally, I love using natural sugar and calorie free sweeteners for homemade cookies, brownies and other baked treats. The best way to achieve good flavor is to combine 1-2 of the calorie and sugar-free items below with regular sugar in your recipes. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, use ½ cup of regular sugar and ½ cup of a sugar-free option. To further enhance the sweet flavor, you can also add one of the liquid sweeteners.

The dry maple sugar provides a great sweet maple flavor punch in a small amount.

All Natural and Sugar-Free:
Lakanto – Monk Fruit Sweetener (Golden)
NOW – Real Food Organic Monk Fruit Liquid
So Nourished – Monk Fruit Erythritol Blend
Whole Earth Sweetner Co – Stevia Leaf and Monk Fruit
Contains Sugar:
Coombs Family Farms – Pure Organic Maple Sugar (Dry)

Dragon Herbs – Longan Fruit

SALT

Salt

There is a whole version of salt, often referred to as “sea salt.” Whole salt is unprocessed and contains the natural balance of minerals present in the water it was harvested from. Processed salt has 2 minerals. The amount of sodium in seal salt is in balance to the other minerals present in the salt. Authentic sea salt has up 85 minerals, which provide additional flavor and essential nourishment for the healthy functioning of your cells. It doesn’t contain any “anticlumping” agents commonly added to regular table (processed) salt. True sea salt is never white, which indicates that the essential minerals have been washed out. The products I love are grey and pink in color, indicating the presence of healthy sea minerals.

Eden – organic seaweed Gomasio

Selina Naturally – Celtic Sea Salt

Discounted Healthy
Foods & Organic
Produce

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I like to save money wherever possible. There are now many companies working towards providing home deliveries of discounted wholesome foods and produce. Thrive Market is an on-line retailer that has many options – sort of like a health food supermarket. For a small monthly fee you get access to deeply discounted organic brands from top companies. They often have new member promotions, such as a free gift with a value of up to $22. This is a shopping service I regularly use for my family.

*THRIVE MARKET

The Misfits Market delivers organic fruits and vegetables right to your door at up to 40% less than grocery store prices. I use this service every other week to save on organic produce, including items that are not available at my local market. Sometimes the items are a little misshapen. Overall, the quality is excellent.

MISFITS MARKET: Use COOKWME-CS4QFO for 25% off on your first order link

TEAS

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Teas with a purpose are a flavorful way to increase your daily fluid intake. There are teas to promote a more restful sleep, for soothing sore throats, and for strengthening immunity – just to name a few. Just sipping a cup of warm tea can create a spa-like moment of calm. Go easy on the raw honey or use an alternative sweetener from the list above.

Bedtime Blends
Traditional Medicinals – Nighty Night
Ttwinings – organic nightly calm tea
Yogi – bedtime tea
The Republic of Tea – Get Some zzz’s
Immunity Blends
Buddha Teas – Organic Thyme Leaf
Gaia Herbs – Bronchial Wellness
Organic India – Tulsi Original
Organic India – Tulsi Turmeric Ginger
Organic India – Tulsi Green
Organic India – Tulsi Turmeric Rooibos
Rishi – Turmeric Ginger
Traditional Medicinals – Breathe Easy
Traditional Medicinals – Throat Coat (any variety)
Twinings – Organic Peppermint
Dragon Herbs – Eetee Green (powder)
Yogi – Green Tea Blueberry Slim Life
Detox Blends:
Mighty Leaf – Organic Detox Infusion
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Trader Joes

Below you will find some favorites that help me to get wholesome, delicious meals onto the table. They have many great refrigerator items that vary seasonally, so I have only included a few that tend to be available all year. Not all of these items meet all of the criteria from my rating system, but each one offers something very worthwhile such as convenience, flavors that may be appealing to poor-vegetable eaters and good value for your dollar. Trader Joe’s foods contain too much sugar or unhealthy oils, such as canola, and GMO’s, so they will not be found here.
Frozen:

Cut Butternut Squash

Crushed Garlic

Crushed Ginger

Organic Broccoli Florets

Wild Blueberries

Refrigerated:

Cruciferous Crunch Collection

Mirepoix

Organic Baby Kale

Organic Broccoli

Sauerkraut with Pickled Persian Cucumbers

Steamed and Peeled Baby Beets

Vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil Pesto Sauce

White Bean and Basil Humus

Shelf Stable:

Blanched Almond Flour

Fair Trade Cacao Powder

Just Beets (chips)

Kalamata Olives

Organic and Fair-Trade Coffee

Organic Basmati Rice

Organic Black Beans

Organic Garbanzo Beans

Organic Reduced Sugar Strawberry Preserves

Raw Almond butter

Raw Nuts (Brazil, Cashews, Walnuts, Pecans)

Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds

TriColor Quinoa

Spices:

21 Seasoning Salute

Chili Lime Seasoning

Pumpkin Pie spice

Everything but the Bagel spice

Kitchen
Equipment

Breville – The Juice Fountain Cold XL Breville (Centrifugal Juicer)

Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel Cookware, Dutch Oven, 5-quart
Chef’n – Garliczoom Garlic Chopper
Chef’n – VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper
CHEMEX – Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker – Classic Series
Cuisipro – Surface Glide Technology 4-Sided Boxed Grater
FROGTAPE – CF 120 Painter’s Tape, Multi-Surface Green (for labeling leftovers)
JaceBox – Food Storage Containers (stainless steel)
Klee Utensils – 3-Piece Reusable Stainless Steel Food Storage Containers
Kuhn Rikon – Serrated Paring Knife with Safety Sheath (2 knives, 1 serrated)
Mac Knife Series – Hollow Edge Chef’s Knife
Nordic Ware – Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet
NutriBullet – Pro 900 Hi-Speed Blender/Mixer, 9-piece Set
Onyx – POP004 Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold
OXO Good Grips – Freezer-to-Oven Safe 3 Qt Glass Baking Dish with Lid

Peugeot Paris u’Select – 9-Inch Pepper Mill, Chocolate

Pura Kiki – Aqua Sport Sleeve Bottle 28 Ounces
Pyrex – Simply Store Meal Prep Glass Food Storage Containers (BPA Free Lids, Oven Safe)
RED LMLDETA – Heat Resistant 550 Degree Oven mitt, Silicone Oven Hot Mitts
Rorence – Stainless Steel Non-Slip Mixing Bowls With Pour Spout
Rubbermaid – Brilliance Storage 24-Piece Plastic Lids
SMARTAKE – Parchment Paper Baking Sheets, Precut (for use with pan below)
Swiss Diamond – Nonstick Fry Pan, 7-Inch
Utopia Towels – Kitchen Bar Mops
Yeti – Rambler 14 oz Mug, Stainless Steel
Youcopia – TeaStand 100+ Tea Bag Organizer

Supplements

Energy
Each energy supplement listed below works in a different way. It may take some experimentation to find the right combination for you. Caffeine-containing products have an immediate effect. Others such as B12 and NADH may be most helpful when used consistently for a few months. For an immediate but gentle physical and cognitive boost that will provide sustained energy and focus without the crash, try combining one from each category, such as Ribo-CarniClear + Ningxia Nitro.
Caffeine-Free:
Designs for Health – Ribo-CarniClear
RLC Labs – a Drenal
Seeking Health – Active B12 with L-5-MTHF, 60 Lozenges
Seeking Health – NADH + CoQ10 25 mg NADH + 50 mg CoQ10 Lozenges
Contains Caffeine:
Amazing Grass – Green Superfood Energy

Immunity

Timing is everything when it comes to getting ahead of a virus. It’s a good idea to keep your kitchen pharmacy stocked with 2-3 supplements that strengthen your immune response. By having them on hand you will be able to take 1-2 as soon as you have been exposed to an unhealthy person or are starting to feel under the weather. This can help bring virus replication (which is what makes you eventually feel sick) to a halt.

Refer to my book, Optimize Your Immune System, for more specific information on my top immune supplement recommendations, the 3 phases of immune support, and what to take during each phase – plus immunity on a budget recommendations. Below, you will find some of the products recommended in my book plus a wider selection to choose from to meet a variety of needs. Choose 1-2 to take and follow label directions.

Elderberry is one of my favorite immune support supplements. It comes in many forms. Many of my students use it every day during the fall and winter. The syrup is a delicious topper for pancakes or stirred into yogurt. Gaia is a company that owns their own farms and makes excellent products. The Nature’s Way product is a great combination product for anyone who needs to get more of the important immune nutrients, vitamin C and zinc.

Biocidin – Throat Spray
Designs for Health – EGCG Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract
Enzymedica – MucoStop
Gaia Herbs – Black Elderberry Extra Strength Immune Support Gummies
Gaia Herbs – Goldenseal Propolis Throat Spray
Gaia Herbs – Immune Shine
Gaia Herbs – Black Elderberry Capsules
Gaia Herbs – Black Elderberry Night Time Syrup
Gaia Herbs – Black Elderberry Syrup
Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract Formula 103 Immune Formula
Kyolic – My Community (extract or capsules)
Host Defense – Aged Garlic Extract Formula 103 – Immune
Life Extension – Super Bio-Curcumin
Metagenics – Immune Active
Natura Health Products – Botanical Treasures
Natura Health Products – Flew Away
Natura Health Products – Mushroom Synergy
Natural Factors – Anti-V Formula
Nture’s Way – Sambucus Elderberry (also contains vitamin C and Zinc)
Nutribiotic – GSE Grapefruit Seed Extract
Pharmax – Garlic Freeze Dried
Pure Encapsulations – Grapefruit Seed Extract
Quick Silver Scientific – Vitamin C + Elderberry
Source Naturals – Wellness Formula Daily Immune Support (capsules)
Y.S. Eco Bee Farms – Propolis 1000

Vitamin D

In addition to strengthening your immune system, vitamin D is an essential nutrient for overall wellness. Its best to take vitamin D along with vitamins K1 and K2. These added nutrients make sure the increased calcium that’s absorbed as a result of taking vitamin D, will get ushered to the right place and not wind up in your arteries and joints where it can wreak havoc. Vitamin A in the second entry below provides extra barrier immune support.

If you regularly eat foods high in vitamin K1 and K2, you can get the less costly products that contain only vitamin D.

See my book for additional information on optimal D levels, testing and calculating the right dosage.

Vitamin D with Vitamin K1 and K2:
Designs for Health – Vitamin D Supreme with 5,000 IU of D
Natural Health Products – Vitamin D+A+K
Vitamin D Only:
Carlson – Liquid Super Daily D3 drops with 1,000 IU of D
Nature’s Way – Vitamin D3 with 2,000 IU of D

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential immune nutrient that is also a multitasker. Consume high vitamin C foods every day along with a vitamin C supplement to get the full amount needed for optimal health. Take extra C during times of stress and infection.
Garden of Live – Living Vitamin C Antioxidant Blend, 250 mg
LivOn Laboratories – Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C 1,000 mg (liposomal)
Natural Factors – Big Friends Chewable Vitamin C, 250 mg
Natural Factors – C 500 mg, fruit-flavor chew in a peach, passionfruit and mango blend
PERQUE – Potent C Guard (buffered powder), 1,584 mg
Pioneer – Vitamin C , 500 mg

Zinc

Designs for Health – Zinc Supreme, 30 mg
Garden of Life – Vitamin Code Raw Zinc, 30 mg
Natura Health Products – Zinc, 25 mg

Multivitamins

Even if you try to eat healthy, you are most likely not getting enough nutrients since the soil our food is grown on is very nutrient depleted. Continue to do your best to have healthy meals and snacks and then fill the nutrient gaps with a good multivitamin. My Whole Foods Quick Start Guide with Tracker can help you make healthy food choices. It is best to spread out your multivitamins instead of taking the full dose at one time. The products below split the daily dose into 2-6 tablets, making it easy to spread them out.
Designs for Health – Twice Daily Multi
Nature’s Way – Doctor’s Choice 45+ Women
Nature’s Way – Doctor’s Choice 50+ Men

Thorne – Basic Nutrients II

Joint & Ligament

Designs for Health – Inflammatone
New Chapter – Zyflamend Whole body

Home &
Personal Care

Skin Care
6 Piece Bamboo Sheets 100% Organic Bamboo Sheets Bamboo Bed Sheets
Daiwa Felicity – Chi Swing Machine USJ-815 Deluxe Exerciser Vitality Swing
InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid & Vit E

Young Living

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As a trainer with Young Living I teach about the safe use of essential oils for everyday wellness and for using essential oil infused products to replace chemical-containing items for personal care and cleaning. You can refer to my Young Living page to learn more about ordering products and the benefits of joining my private membership community.

*When you use my affiliate links, I earn a small commission.

Disclaimer and Important Safety Notes

All recommendations are for non-pregnant, non-nursing adults. The contents of Product’s Marie Loves are for educational purposes only. It should not be used in any way as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment with your physician or other qualified healthcare provider. Recommendations are not provided to diagnose, prescribe or treat any condition. All recommendations are for general guidance only. Information for strengthening the immune system and supporting the healthy function of your body, is not intended as a or diagnosis of any sickness. Every foreign invader has unique characteristics and may respond in a manner that differs from the activity demonstrated in the research. Since every person has a unique physiology and responds differently, you should consult your primary physician or qualified healthcare provider prior to using any new food, supplement or product. Supporting one’s immune system is in no way a guarantee against any illness.
There is no assumed responsibility or liability for errors, inaccuracies or omissions in this content. The author warrants that any information contained within is fully complete and shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this list, nor do I make any claims or promises of your ability to be well.