I try to feature ingredients that are readily available to most families; while mainstream supermarkets have improved over the years I realize it’s still sometimes hard to find everything there. Specialty food stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joes are obviously great places to shop for healthy family food, but the internet can be a fabulous resource as well.

I buy a lot of items in bulk on Amazon, often through their subscribe & save program and/or using coupons.This link will take you to Amazon’s grocery sales & specials page, where they often have coupons for healthy snacks and pantry staples.

My favorite site to discover smaller brands and harder to find goodies (especially for allergies and special diets) is Abe’s Market. Sign up for their newsletter and follow them on Facebook to be in the known about sales and specials here.

You can also use the button below to purchase my healthy pumpkin and apple e-cookbook: $4.50 for 35 sweet and savory recipes; they are all free of processed ingredients with particular attention to food sensitivities. Once you receive the email PDF file, please save to your computer, as the software will not allow you to open it more than once. Thank you!




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Kellie October 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Hi Susan.
I wanted to buy more of those snacks you recommended a few weeks ago. If I go directly to my order history on amazon will my order still go through you? Or do I need to go through site? If so, I don’t see them listed and would like to order them through you.


Susan October 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Hi Kellie! Thanks so much for being supportive πŸ™‚
Was it this one?:

If not, any Amazon link you click through on the site will work for you to order through me, even if you order something other than the product you originally clicked through.

Let’s try to connect next week! We are away for Columbus Day but otherwise around.


Missy MacRhodes January 22, 2014 at 5:50 am

Hi Susan. Thanks so much for all your experience and advice and super great recipes. I wondered if you had a recommendation on where to find out more about substituting healthier flours for white flour. I have been using half the all purpose flour a recipe calls for and substituting coconut, rye, etc flours for the remainder if the flour. The consistency of my baked goods aren’t quite right. Too soft, almost mushy. I’m hoping to learn a wee bit more about the basic chemistry behind baking and the flours. Any ideas? Thanks a lot, missy


Susan January 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Hi Missy!
Great question! Have you ever tried spelt flour? I am a HUGE fan. It has a mild nutty sweetness to it, but is not nearly as dense as wheat flour. While not technically gluten free, it is easier to digest than wheat-based flours, and very high in protein. The nice thing is you can use it as a straight sub for white flour and get great results!

Coconut and almond flour are great grain-free options, but they are entirely different animals. Coconut needs a LOT of moisture, and there’s no real way to sub either flour for traditional white. Your best bet if you want to experiment with them is to look for recipes based around them. I have some here on the site, and could definitely point you toward me (especially if there’s a certain recipe you’d like to recreate).

Brown rice flour is another healthy gluten-free option I really like. Again, you can’t use it as a straight sub for white flour, as without the gluten it needs something to help it bind like xantham gum. It has a nice mild flavor, though, and works really well for traditionally gluten-loaded recipes like pizza dough.

I think the reason you haven’t had success in combining is that without sufficient gluten your baked goods won’t have the elasticity needed for a good texture. Here’s a good article on gluten:

Let me know what specific recipes or dishes you’re after, or what flours you’d like more info about and I will definitely hook you up! Thanks πŸ™‚


sandra Fox September 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm

Hi Susan,

It’s Sandra from the Daily Voice. I met you and your kids today at Blue Jay Orchards in Bethel.

I would like to write a feature on you and your blog for the Daily Voice.

Please send me an email at


Looking forward to hearing from you soon,

Warm regards,



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