There are three main reasons I shop on Amazon:
- It carries items that I can’t find in my local stores
- It offers the same products at a cheaper price when compared to my local stores
- I don’t have to leave my house to shop
The third reason was particularly important to us when we lived in Los Angeles and didn’t want to deal with heavy traffic. I’d order my toothpaste on Amazon simply to avoid driving to Target! (We became Amazon Prime members to get free 2-day shipping.) Now I choose to shop from home to avoid juggling two young kids in the store. Getting them both in and out of their car seats is exhausting, so I try to avoid doing that any more than I already have to. Saving money is just an added bonus!
Here’s what I regularly buy on Amazon:
Pantry Staples & Baking Supplies
Organic Hemp Hearts. We use hemp hearts daily in our smoothies as a sort of whole food “protein powder.” We usually go through at least a pound each month, so I’ll often make this part of our Subscribe & Save order to save an extra 15% on everything we buy that month.
Organic Raw Cacao Powder. This is another ingredient we use daily, either to make Freezer Fudge or my Chocolate Superfood Shake. I’ll often buy the ridiculously large 2-pound bag because I can get it for the best price that way!
Organic Chia Seeds. Chia seeds are another ingredient we use almost every day, either in pudding, smoothies, or as a vegan egg-replacement. So, I always keep a large bag on hand! (Like most things, they are cheaper when you buy them in bulk.)
Organic Coconut Flour. I’m not brand-loyal when it comes to coconut flour. If I’m at Trader Joe’s, I’ll buy their brand, and if I’m at Whole Foods I’ll buy whatever they carry (usually it’s Let’s Do Organic brand), but when I’m looking on Amazon I’ll just buy whatever brand is the most affordable at the time since they’re usually pretty comparable.
Spirulina. We always have a jar of spirulina (blue-green algae) in our fridge to add to our day smoothies for extra nutrients. According to the label, spirulina naturally contains protein, iron, beta carotene, minerals, vitamin B12, zeaxanthin, chlorophyll, and more. This jar is much more expensive in my local stores, so I order it on Amazon to save money.
Agar Agar. This seaweed is a vegan alternative to gelatin, which I love to use when making vegan cream pies and chocolate mousse. I used to be able to find this ingredient at Whole Foods in the area where they sell Nori sheets and other sushi making supplies, but it’s been harder to find it lately, so now I pretty much always have to order it online.
Organic Coconut Sugar. Again, I’m not brand loyal when it comes coconut sugar, either. (Or really any ingredient? I always look for the cheapest high-quality option.) When Costco carries it, I’ll buy it there for the best price (they usually carry Big Tree Farms brand), but otherwise I usually find it most affordably on Amazon.
Collagen Peptides. I started adding collagen to my smoothies when I was pregnant in the hopes that it would help keep my skin healthy– particularly on my growing tummy. Even though I’m not pregnant anymore, I still add a scoop of collagen to our smoothies every now and then for extra protein and to help promote skin health.
Real Salt. This is my favorite brand of sea salt because it’s affordable and very fine in texture, so it blends seamlessly into recipes. I buy the big refill packs for the best price and pour it into a reusable glass jar that I measure from daily.
Raw Tahini. It’s impossible to find raw tahini at my local stores anymore. Sometimes I’ll buy raw hulled seeds and make my own using this method, but otherwise I buy jars of prepared raw tahini on Amazon.
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Before getting my Costco membership, I had never seen a jar of coconut oil as large as this 54-ounce one by Carrington Farms. Now, it’s the size I almost always buy so I don’t run out for quite a while! When it’s not at Costco, I buy it on Amazon.
Gluten-Free Oat Flour. You can easily make your own oat flour by grinding gluten-free oats in a high-speed blender or coffee grinder, but sometimes I just buy it already prepared for convenience. Saving just a few minutes in the kitchen can sometimes make a big difference!
Healthy Snacks & Treats
Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers. When I don’t have time to make my own healthy crackers, like my Almond Pulp Crackers or Sweet Potato Crackers from No Excuses Detox, we turn to Simple Mills for their delicious crackers made with almond flour. The Farmhouse Cheddar flavor tastes like a Cheez-it, so they’re my son’s favorite.
Larabars. Larabars have always been one of my favorite healthier snack bars since they’re made with only dates, nuts, and other fruits, and we can usually find them at the most affordable price on Amazon. These snack-size bars are perfect for toddlers, since my son rarely finishes the normal sized bars on his own.
Mary’s Gone Crackers. These crunchy gluten-free crackers are one of our go-to snacks in my pantry, with the “Everything” flavor being my favorite. (They seriously remind me of the bagels!) They sometimes sell-out at my local Whole Foods, so Amazon is a good way to guarantee I’ll find the flavor I love.
Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bars. When you buy 12 bars at once, the price is definitely cheaper than buying the individual bars in the store. There was a point where my pantry looked like a grocery store because I would have 2-3 flavors in stock! (The Dark Forest Mint is another favorite of mine– it tastes like a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie.)
Freeze-Dried Fruit Snacks. These freeze-dried fruits have no added ingredients and make a great travel snack. It’s really challenging to find kid-friendly healthy snacks that aren’t perishable, so I usually keep a bag of these stashed in my purse for hunger emergencies. (And to help avoid toddler meltdowns.)
Go Raw Cookies. There was a time when my son was going through a bag of these cookies each week, so ordering them online was our most affordable option. They contain only 3 organic ingredients: coconut, sesame seeds, and dates!
Health & Beauty Items
Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant. I discovered this natural deodorant on a trip to Portland nearly 4 years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s one of the only natural deodorants that I’ve tried that smells good and actually works. (They also have a sensitive skin deodorant made without baking soda if you find that it irritates you.)
Unrefined Shea Butter. I wouldn’t know where to begin looking for this ingredient in a local store, so I’m happy that Amazon carries it with free shipping. I use it to make my 2-ingredient lotion recipe and stretch mark prevention cream.
Weleda Salt Toothpaste. This has been my favorite fluoride-free toothpaste since my first pregnancy, when I could no longer stand the traditional sweet mint-flavored toothpastes.
Weleda Diaper Cream. Whenever my kids get a diaper rash, this cream gets rid of them fast– usually by their next diaper change.
Badger Sunscreen. I’ll admit that I’m overwhelmed by picking a “healthy” sunscreen for my children. There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about how safe traditional sunscreens are, so we choose to cover our kids in swimsuits with some UV protection, and then we use this sunscreen if I feel the need for extra protection. The ingredients are the best I’ve found, but feel free to let me know if there’s a better one out there!
Dr. Bronner’s Lemongrass Lime Pump Soap. I’ve trusted Dr. Bronner’s brand of soaps for years, to the point that I actually used to brush my teeth with their peppermint castile soap. (That stopped once I got pregnant… ha.) I love that they offer a pump soap now– it can even be used as a shampoo!
Please note that I’m listing supplements below that I use myself, but this should NOT be considered a prescription or medical advice. Speak with your doctor or health provider before adding any supplements to your routine.
Raw Aloe Juice. I think this brand is the best raw aloe juice on the market, and the only place I can find it is on Amazon. I use it to soothe digestion and as a natural stool softener. (It was great for me post-pregnancy!)
Pure Encapsulations Magnesium Glycinate. I don’t take many supplements, but if I feel the need for one, I always look for Pure Encapsulations brand first, as they use as few ingredients as possible. When I drink too much coffee or eat too much sugar (hey, it happens) I usually supplement with magnesium because those two behaviors can deplete magnesium in the body. For me, a lack of magnesium usually results in muscle cramps, headaches, or constipation, and I’ve read that the glycinate form is the best for overall absorption in the body. If you’re looking to take magnesium for its laxative effects, I’ve heard that magnesium citrate is the most effective form for that, but you should always talk to your doctor before adding any supplements to your routine.
Raw Vitamin C. I love Garden of Life’s “Vitamin Code” supplements because they are made from whole foods rather than synthetics. Before having children, I almost never got sick, but now that my son is around sick kids ALL the time in his toddler classes, I feel like I need the extra protection.
Bio-Kult Probiotics. I started taking this brand of probiotics when I was pregnant, and I felt like they were more effective than the brand I had been taking previously. I’ve heard it’s good to switch-up your probiotics every few months, so I’ll rotate these with Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics throughout the year.
Organic Kids Probiotics. I started giving my toddler a probiotic supplement about 6 months ago, when I felt like he was catching colds more often than he should be. He can’t swallow pills yet, and he can’t be trusted to finish a drink with probiotic powder added to it, so for now we’re using these chewable options. They taste great, and I love that they don’t contain any zero-calorie sweeteners, since we avoid those in our house.
Raw Zinc and Garlic. I take these two supplements when I feel symptoms of a cold coming on. When I take them at the first sign of a cold, I feel like they help shorten it or avoid it all together. (Beware, the garlic pills BURN in your stomach. I feel like they’re killing everything in there!)
Raw Prenatal. I found it really overwhelming to pick a prenatal vitamin, but I went with this one because it’s whole food based– so it contains folate instead of synthetic folic acid– and didn’t cause me to have constipation or nausea.
Sonnes 7. Sonnes 7 is simply bentonite clay suspended in purified water. You can read more about how bentonite clay works here, but I tend to use it when I’m feeling run down or when I catch a cold and want to get over it faster. It’s my go-to remedy in my medicine cabinet, and I’ve given it to my toddler diluted in his drinking water and even my dog! (The bottle has recommended dosages by weight.)
I hope this shopping series helps you find the items you’re looking for as conveniently and affordably as possible. I know many of you have requested that I share what I buy at Costco next, so I’ll be working on that! I’ve also been checking out Thrive Market since I’ve heard that they can even beat some of Amazon’s prices on healthy ingredients. Stay tuned!!
Reader Feedback: Anything that I’ve missed on Amazon? Share your favorite finds in the comments below!