Shopping List

Many of you have been asking, “What the bleep are we going to eat on The Community Cleanse?”  So I’ve spent some time this week in grocery stores looking through brands and products.  I know you don’t all live here in Napa, some of you don’t even live in the USA or Canada.  Ten percent of the web site’s hits are coming from Australia and there are Community Cleansers in Mexico, Europe, the UK and other countries as well.  I’m not certain you’ll find all the exact same brands, but you should find similar products. 

We’re all going to have to read labels.  I looked at the ingredients in my favorite veggie burgers and there is organic cane sugar added so I can’t eat them…so sad.  You will quickly realize sugar is in almost everything…seriously annoying!  Regardless, there are many things we can eat and I have compiled a list to hopefully make things a little easier for you all.  I’ve listed some brands where I found at least one product that worked, but I have not read through all the flavors.  So read, read, read.  I’ve also included fast, ready-to-eat options as well.  This list is of course not exaustive…hopefully it’s just enough to get you inspired and going.


First things first – Coffee Substitutes

  • Green tea – yes green tea has caffeine but the benefits are great.  Limit: one per day.
  • Herbal teas (there are so many to choose from)

Vegetables and fruits of all kinds (try and limit fruit to two to three pieces per day).

  • Veggie examples might include; bell peppers, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, arugula, spinach, peas, cabbage, onions, asparagus, dandelion greens, and so on.
  • Fruit examples might include; apples, pears, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, avocados, lemons, oranges, figs, dates, prunes and so on. 

Herbs and Spices

  • Ginger, parsley, cilantro, garlic, basil, mint, chives and so on.

See prior post on Everyday Breakfast Smoothie

Animal Protein

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Ground turkey and extra lean ground beef
  • Canned wild salmon and tuna

Veggie Protein

  • Tofu – I like using firm tofu for cooking
  • “Turtle Island Tempeh”
  • “Turtle Island Tofurky”
  • Ground soy protein – read because most have sugar
  • Nuts ans seeds
  • Legumes and grain combinations


  • “Alvarado St. Bakery” sprouted breads
  • “Ezekiel 4:9 “sprouted breads (in freezer section)
  • “Ezekiel 4:9” wraps
  • Corn tortillas (look for organic, non-GMO)


  • Brown rice
  • Wild rice
  • Quinoa
  • Spelt flour to replace white flour in cooking and baking
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Kamut soba noodles
  • Brown rice pasta

Legumes / Beans

  • Black beans, lentils, kidney beans, adzuki beans, garbanzo beans, edamame, pinto beans, brown beans, and so on.

Soups and Sauces

  • “Amy’s” organic chili
  • “Imagine Organic Soups” and “Amy’s Organic Soups”
  • Pasta sauce – “365 Whole Foods Brand” and “Classico”


  • Almond milk – unsweetened
  • Soy milk – unsweetened
  • Rice milk – unsweetened


  • “Shredded Wheat”
  • “Ezekiel 4:9” cereal
  • “Kashi 7 whole grain Nuggets”
  • “Nature’s Path Organic Millet Rice”
  • “Nature’s Path Organic Instant Hot Oatmeal”
  • “Bob’s Red Mill Organic Steel Cut Oats”

Nut Butter and Jam

  • Organic peanut butter
  • Almond butter
  • “Dalfour Jams” – sweetened with fruit juice



  • Almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts


  • Hummus
  • Baba Ganoush


  • “Triscuit” rye with caraway seeds and many other flavors
  • “Edward & Sons Baked Brown Rice Snaps”
  • “Mary’s Gone Crackers”

Granola Bars (remember that cocoa contains caffeine) – If you can’t find these at your grocery store you can order on line.

  • “Vegan Whole Food Vibrancy Bars”
  • “Larabar”
  • “GNU Foods Flavor and Fiber”
  • “Organic Green Superfood”


  • “Odwalla Superfood Smoothies”
  • “Naked Superfood” juices
  • “Boathouse” juices – try the carrot juice

Rice Cakes

  • “Lundberg” brown or wild rice cakes
  • “Suzie’s” kamut or spelt puffed cakes


  • Bragg’s amino acids (kind of like soy sauce – add to stir frys)
  • Salsa – so many good brands
  • “Annie’s” natural salad dressings
  • “Vegenaise Grapeseed Oil ” mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Coconut milk
  • “Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste”

 Like Dessert

  • “Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts and Bars”
  • Applesauce

Fast, Frozen, Prepared Foods

  • “Amy’s California Veggie Burger”
  • “Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers”
  • “Amy’s Enchilada with Spanish Rice & Beans”
  • “Amy’s Bowls” – Brown Rice and Vegetables
  • “Amy’s Black Bean Burrito” – the ingredients say organic wheat and whole wheat, but if this saves my friend Lela who’s travelling often from eating a processed sandwich I say, heck yes.

See prior posts as well; Meal Suggestions for Cleanse and Basic Recommendations – Community Cleanse

If you have a Whole Foods, Caper’s or other large health food store around you, you are very lucky and will most likely camp out there while cleansing.  If not, look for a community health food store or do your best with your local grocery store.  I went into Safeway and Raley’s and found many options.  If you can’t find something like breads without sugar or white flour, ask your grocer to bring in a new brand for you.

Tomorrow I will post “Eating Out and Travelling”.  Since My Community Cleanse Contract doesn’t start until Monday, tonight we’re going out and I’m going to eat cheese and drink wine…


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Andrea Johnston on October 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Absolutely fabulous list. Just what we needed for the cleanse. I haven’t signed up yet but will before the weekend is out.

    Auntie A

  2. Posted by Andrea Johnston on October 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    BTW would apple butter do as well. I bought an organic one that lists apples and apple juice as the ingredients. Or do apples have too much surgar?

  3. Posted by Julie on October 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I’ll see you at Whole Foods! Thanks for the list!

  4. Posted by Big Mama on October 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks so much for this. A lot of great suggestions!

  5. Posted by Stephanie on October 17, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Thank you! How about polenta or risotto? Is arborio considered “white”? Whole wheat pita or naan? Curries made w/ the coconut milk? Eggbeaters? Pesto? Sorry so many questions:) Love you Laura!!

  6. Polenta and risotto (and arborio) are fine as long as you aren’t using dairy in the cooking of the dishes. Try to also incorporate brown rice into the diet. Whole wheat pita and naan are fine but read for hydrogenated oils, added white flour and sugar. Curries in coconut milk are great!! I would avoid Eggbeaters – better to use whole eggs. Pesto’s perfect, but again read for dairy. I will be posting a recipe for arugula, dandelion greens pesto this week – Yummy! Thanks for the questions.
    Laura Levesque-Page
    The Healthy Junkie

  7. Posted by Chris on October 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Awesome job, Laura! I noticed you had lots of herbal teas as coffee substitutes, but it’s worth mentioning yerba mate in particular. I’m going on just about 20 years of drinking it and I still believe in its “magical” properties, much like the Guyaki tribe in Paraguay.

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