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Non-dairy protein powder 70:30 pea:rice

70:30 pea:rice blend… is seen as the vegan alternative to whey due to their similar amino acid profiles.”1

If you need a  protein powder that’s vegan and dairy-free and low cost, look for a pea-rice blend. Orgain protein powder awaits you at the nexus of Costco (low cost and convenience if you are a Costco shopper) and a Primal-ish yet busy lifestyle.

There are of course things I don’t like about Orgain.
1)  Real food is always a better option, IF that food is paleo style.
2)  Whey protein (non-denatured) is better, if you can.  My #1 reason is brain neurotransmitters.
3)  The fat that it does contain not ideal an ideal form. High Oleic Sunflower Oil.
4)  It can have a bit of a chalky taste.  I fear this is rancidity.  The large Costco size is not a great idea if you’re not going to consume it regularly. Don’t let it sit around a long time. Perhaps keeping it in the fridge is a good idea. I keep mine in pantry because my fridge is too full of real food. Maybe keeping a smaller portion out, while the bulk of it sits in a deep freezer is a compromise.

Good points:
1) Good blend of Pea and Rice
3) Chia seed and hemp protein added
2) Sweeteened with erythritol, stevia, and monk fruit extract. Not overly sweet
3) chocolatey

My 12 year old is making a lot of food choices that I’m not going to create a battle about. One of them currently is he prefers Orgain over whey powder.  He says he likes the way it tastes.

Quick SHAKE:

1 scoop hydrolyzed collagen (this is not vegan, but it is dairy free and it is high in glycine for a brain-calming effect)
1 scoop (half serving) of Organi
Milk of your choice. (My son prefers our whole, non-homogenized, low-temp pasteurized milk, which happens to be a convenience purchase in Minneapolis.)
Shake in a jar  (I use smaller mayonnaise jars)

When I need really fast protein, I grab this.  For my son, I will work at finding a whey protein recipe that he likes. I suspect it could be plain whey (not vanilla) with Mt. Hagen coffee granules.  Stay tuned.

Where to shop for groceries

In this post, I will boil down my years of honing my shopping strategies for groceries, including food, pantry and cleaning products, and health and body products.

Where to purchase groceries is an individual decision based on budget, quality & types, breadth of selection/stock, timing, and convenience/location. But, among my friends and family, most people are making similar kinds of choices. So, there are some assumptions to be made that might apply to most of us. Continue reading

Costco rocks! The Mayo

Rachel’s Costco Picks


  • Orgain protein powder
  • Amazing Grass Green Food powder (but check ingredients – I cannot tolerate the FOS/inulin)
  • Vanicream sunscreenpurchase at Costco pharmacy. Use your Health Savings Account (HSA) to pay for this, tax-free! (Also avail at Target)
  • Epsom Salt. Put this in your bath and soak 20 minutes to get an infusion of magnesium. Helps tired, cramped muscles.



Organic Tortilla Chips. Honorable mention for cheapest, most popular and versatile snack crunchy thingy.


Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers with 6 seeds. GLUTEN FREE. Hexagon-shaped crackers. Tastier than Mary’s Gone Crackers.

Mary’s Gone Crackers. GLUTEN FREE. A very simple cracker with big crunch. Simple ingredients


Mateo’s Gourmet Salsa. Erik’s favorite

Kirkland Oven-Dried Organic Roma Tomatoes. Large jar. Tons of flavor. Add to pizza, tomato sauce, sauteed veggies like zucchini, cheese, Italian-themed dinners or starchy Primal/gluten free crust/bread of your choosing.

Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes Fire Roasted. 6-pack cans. Good base of flavor for a soup, chili, or sauce to go on sauteed vegetables. Better flavor than non-roasted tomatoes.

Artichoke Hearts in Water. 2-pack Large Jars. Use this for a recipe which I will post soon.

Olives. There are several varieties available. Kalamata in a large jar are good. I happen to like canned black olives.

Red Lentil Penne One Ingredient Pasta. GLUTEN FREE and higher in protein than other pastas. My other pasta choice would be brown-rice pasta.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil in glass bottle.

Avacado Oil Mayonnaise.

Seasonally. Look for bag of dried mushrooms. I pulverize these to add flavor to homemade ranch dressing (even Erik, who doesn’t like mushrooms at all, will eat my homemade ranch!) Mushrooms are high in some minerals and are low-carb.

Black Beans. ORGANIC

Tasty Bite Madras Lentils. Yellow & Red box. Lazy food which my 9 year old loves. Hey, try a box when they’re on sale. Can go Mex or Indian.


Coconut Oil. Orange lid. 2-pack plastic jars.

Peanut Flour – Honeyville brand ORGANIC peanut flour

Organic raw honey. I actually don’t buy this because I use local honey (Ames Farm from The Wedge).

Pecans. or Walnuts. Toast these at home. They add great flavor to snacks, treats, salads. Freeze to store excess before toasting.


Chia seeds. PRIMAL

Hemp Hearts (shelled seeds). High protein and high in GLA, an important Essential Fatty.


Kirkland Chunk Light Skipjack Tuna in Water. Responsibly harvested. 12-can pack with Turquoise wrapper.

Kirkland Chicken stock or vegetable stock ORGANIC. This is NOT the same as homemade stock—homemade stock is vastly more nutritious. But, I keep this on hand for helping me make certain dishes. Since it is shelf-stable there’s no reason not to keep some on hand.


Cucumbers. Often used in lieu of crackers for dips.



Shrimp cocktail in deli tray. Super Lazy.

Hummus cups. These are an easy addition to lunch box. Because they are single-serving, you don’t end up with moldy left-over hummus! They actually keep in the fridge for a good long while. File the box upright in the fridge (like a book on a shelf) to save space. Sesame Tahini is a super food. This is one way to get it.


Holland Goat Cheese. This cheese has a great flavor like cheddar, creamy, melts. I use on pizza, salads, snacking, crackers, marinara, with summer sausage. If I want a non-cow cheese to eat plain or with a glass of wine, this is the one!

TNUVA *Kosher Feta, Sheep’s Milk. Look near the Kosher foods which is by the dips and smoked fish (packaged deli goods)

Kerrygold Butter. Shiny gold box. THE LUCK OF THE IRISH. I stock up on this and plan to never run out! Put in a ziploc bag and freeze some.

Silk Almond Milk. Unsweetened. Non-GMO. Three in a box. Keeps in the fridge if you have space. I almost never have almond milk go bad.


Get your toilet paper and laundry soap, especially if there’s a sale. You can stock up for the apocalypse. People say they don’t have enough room in their house. Hey, there’s plenty of room! Find a nook or a cranny. Even if you forget about it for now, if the apocalypse does come, you’ll be thinking, “Hey, I wonder if I have any T.P. hidden away somewhere. You’ll go looking and it will be there for you when  you need it and then you’ll be thanking The Lazy Primalist.

This is a great chance to get the Eco-Friendly laundry soap or the Free & Clear (if you have sensitive skin at all).


Suja Juice. My main reason for this is to get my lemon juice in the morning in the fastest way. I just can squeeze them that early in the day.


Quinoa & Kale. ORGANIC. Totally Lazy.

Berries. Primal at it’s best. Nutritionally sound and keeps for a good while. Raspberries defrost in a bowl for one of the easiest Lazy treats ever.

Pineapple. Use to make a blender smoothie with: fresh avocado, lime juice, almond/coconut milk, egg yolk.

Jones Sausage links. Maybe. I list this for the Lazy folks. Hey, they’re pre-cooked, People!

Udi’s bread. This is a very large loaf. The loaves in the health food store are smaller. But, you can keep it in the freezer. I actually prefer the Chia-Millet variety from other stores. But, this is a cheaper go-to option.

Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Cakes. Mostly potato but green enough to indicate that they do have spinach in them. Good onion flavor. Best browned in butter. Serve with apple sauce and either sour cream or yogurt (sheep’s milk yogurt).