Chris Plavidal


How to Stock a Healthy Kitchen

What to stock, what to toss, and the local eats that can't be beat.

It’s both hard and easy to eat well in Dallas. On one hand, there’s a biscuit bar or a gelato shop on every second corner. On the other, there are plenty of resources for cleaning up your diet and moving toward a healthier life. In pursuit of the latter, we asked Megan Lyons of The Lyons’ Share Wellness to help us out.

Stock Up On… 

  • Vinegar (red wine, champagne, rice, apple cider)
  • Avocado oil, extra-virgin olive oil, and ghee
  • Cumin, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and basil
  • Canned tuna and canned salmon
  • Rice and quinoa
  • Organic diced tomatoes
  • Organic seeds, nuts, and nut butters
  • Canned beans (black, garbanzo, cannellini)
  • Olives
  • Chocolate

Toss Out… 

  • Hydrogenated oils: Read the labels on packaged snacks and baked goods, coffee creamer, peanut butter, and more.
  • High-fructose corn syrup: usually sauces, dressings, packaged sweets.
  • Artificial coloring: Look for a number and color together—like Red 40, Blue 2, Yellow 6—in anything colored, such as fruit snacks, chips, cereal, and sports drinks.
  • Low-fat products: Reduced-fat goods are usually loaded with sugar.

Healthy Local Eats That Can’t Be Beat

Holy Kombucha
The fizzy fermented tea comes in more than a dozen flavors.

Get it at: Whole Foods Market

Stocks & Bondy Broth
Joanne Bondy’s bone broths are as healing as Mother Teresa.

Get it at: Dallas Farmers Market

Julie’s Real Nut Butters
Stock up on jars of coconut vanilla bean cashew butter.

Get it at: Royal Blue Grocery

Texas Olive Ranch Olive Oil
The cold-pressed oil has a flavor worthy of the Lone Star State.

Get it at: Jimmy’s Food Store

Dragon’s Snacks
Spicy taro root chips are a guilt- and gluten-free joy.

Get it at: Dallas Farmers Market

Elliott Grows Greens
Bibb lettuces, sorrel, and arugula are grown hydroponically in Denton.

Get it at: Coppell Farmers Market

Paisley Farm Eggs
Bob and Melinda Austin believe happy chickens lay fabulous eggs.

Get it at: Saint Michael’s Farmers Market

Latte Da Dairy Products
Goats in Flower Mound produce award-winning cheeses from chevre to feta.

Get it at: Central Market

This Drink Makes Apple Cider Vinegar Taste Good (Seriously)

For Drinking
Apple cider vinegar has myriad health benefits, but the taste often outweighs the advantages. Enter Mother Beverage. Allison and Stephen Ellsworth created the company to override objections and offer the benefits—better digestion, stabilized blood sugar, antibiotic properties—with none of the ugh factor. In carbonated artisan flavors like blueberry sage, raspberry rose, and strawberry vanilla, Mother sparkles. Available at most grocers.

For Cleaning
While ACV is good for your body, plain white vinegar is good for your home. A natural disinfectant and odor neutralizer, it has dozens of household uses: glass and tile cleaner, fabric softener, carpet and mattress disinfectant, pet odor remover, and more.


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