My Search for Great Ingredients Leads to New Resource Guide

Cross section of exotic fruit on tray

I take great care to mention in every recipe where to source any unfamiliar ingredients. I want everyone to be able to make and eat these wonderful, anti-aging recipes. That’s why I wrote my cookbook in the first place. I also have launched a new EATING WELL RESOURCES section on to offer a list of resources for some of my ingredients.

Part of the fun for me is to discover new foods, especially when they are loaded with healthy benefits that can help us all age better. I find a lot of exciting produce at Whole Foods and Amazon, which are good resources. I also love to shop at Asian and other ethnic markets for exotic foods and spices. is also one my go-to sources for many of my favorite, age-defying fruits and vegetables that I use in my recipes.

Here is a list of more great resources for you:



Barry FarmBarry Farm is an internet retail grocer specializing in unusual and bulk foods that offers a wide variety of groceries available in single or bulk sizes. For over three decades, Bob’s Red Mill has been providing quality grains, beans, seeds and baking goods. It’s this passion for providing the best nutritional whole grains that has helped make Bob’s Red Mill one of the leading names in health foods. Bragg Live Food Products produces natural and organic food products and food supplements, including high-quality Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Organic Apple Cider Vinegar All Natural Drink products. Under the leadership of Dr. Patricia Bragg, the company is committed to producing products that are completely safe and that promote good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Bragg’s uses only U.S. organically grown apples that are USDA certified organic to make its Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and products.

Cereals in wooden box

Cereals in wooden box Eden is the oldest natural and organic food company in North America and the largest independent manufacturer of dry grocery organic foods. Over 95% of EDEN foods are sold in natural food stores, co-ops, and supermarkets via traditional natural and grocery distribution channels, web site, employee, and wholesale sales make up the remainder. Eden buys all food from farmers, and pays farms directly getting more cash to them. Most is grown a few miles to a few hundred miles from home base. In the Midwest, the company sources wild rice, beans, spelt, soybeans, cabbage, apples, tart cherries, strawberries, pastry wheat, and tomatoes. Other North American family farm organic food includes grains, almonds, pistachios, brown rice, flax seed, mustard seed and more. — Fresh herbs and spices make a difference when added to any meal: their flavor, color, aroma. Let’s be honest, when you are busy, particularly during the week, fresh herbs aren’t practical. Avoid wilt guilt… no more throwing out countless bunches of slimy blackened and wilted herbs after only a few days. These herbs, which are GMO-free, stay fresh for weeks with no waste so you can have a herb garden at your fingertips every day.

Chilli PeppersiHerb.comSince 2006, iHerb sells nutritional supplements and other healthy. iHerb carries one of the largest selections of high-quality nutritional products in the world.

Melissas.comOver 1000 items available at any given time, Melissa’s imports and distributes a full line of organic and exotic fresh fruits and vegetables from around the globe. Located in the Vernon district of Los Angeles, CA.

Penzeys Penzeys offers wonderful spices, herbs, and seasonings from around the globe – curries from India, cinnamons from Indonesia, chiles from New Mexico and India, vanillas from Madagascar and Mexico, and other delightful spices for salads and baking.

Moringa Oleifera Plant

Moringa Oleifera Plant

Plant Delights Plant Delights Nursery is an award winning online nursery in Raleigh, NC, specializing in rare, and unusual perennials. At any time, this website has over 1700 online plants for sale. Many of their nurseries plants are available nowhere else in the U.S. as they represent rare plants collected by Plant Delights founder Tony Avent during his more than 60 plant hunting expeditions to places like China, Crete, Taiwan, South Africa and Argentina or distributed by some of the many specialty plant organizations of which Plant Delights is a member. Plant Delights sells ashitaba and moringa plants, both of which are loaded with age-fighting benefits and are ingredients I like to use in some of my recipes like my Shrimp and Moringa Curry, Grilled Artichokes with Moringa Dip, Moringa Muffins  and Ashitaba Potato Salad (both recipes in my new cookbook – The AGE BEAUTIFULLY Cookbook).

Roland Foods — For 80 years Roland Foods has provided customers with exceptional gourmet food. Our dedication to providing quality and consistency has made us a leader amongst specialty food importers and suppliers. They offer artisanal pastas and sauces; condiments and spices; chocolates and desserts; snacks, grains, vegetables, seafood. and more. You’ll find many of their products on Amazon.

About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that.
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