Top 12 Vitacost Staples to Stock Up on this Summer

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With two months of summer left, there’s still a whole lot of fun under the sun to take advantage of. Replace conventional, preservative-heavy products loaded with artificial flavorings with better-for-you essentials at Vitacost.com.

Woman Holding Two Stacked Vitacost Boxes Filled with Healthy Foods for Summer | Vitacost.com/BlogThe following items are perfect for upcoming backyard barbecues, small family gatherings and all the impromptu get-togethers in between. Ranging from zesty barbecue sauce to refreshing hibiscus iced tea, here are 12 summer pantry staples to stock up (and save!) on.

1. Uncle Dougie’s Organics Way More Than Barbecue Sauce

Uncle Dougie's Organics Way More Than Barbecue Sauce | Vitacost.com/Blog

Made with sweet ginger and garlic, this organic barbecue sauce has a slight zing to it. Try adding this to any of your meat dishes for some flavor and variety!

2. Allrecipes Bamboo Skewers

Allrecipes Bamboo Skewers | Vitacost.com/Blog

You can’t forget skewers for your barbecue! This 50-pack of bamboo skewers is a great deal for your next gathering. Use them to make Tofu-Veggie Kebabs with Chili-Garlic Peanut Dipping Sauce or Indian-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower Kebabs – yum!

3. Sir Kensington’s Condiment Sample Pack

Sir Kensington's Condiment Sample Pack | Vitacost.com/Blog

This sweet sample pack includes non-GMO mayo, ketchup and spicy brown mustard – the ultimate trifecta! The mayonnaise is made with certified humane, free-range eggs and bright hints of citrus, while the ketchup is made with crushed tomatoes and raw sugar. The spicy brown mustard is made with a blend of brown and yellow mustard seeds, while Vermont maple syrup adds just a hint of sweetness.

4. YeeHaw Pickle Co. No Frills Dills Pickles

YeeHaw Pickle Co. No Frills Dills Pickles | Vitacost.com/Blog

These premium, hand-packed pickles are free of artificial preservatives, color additives and refined sugar. They’re extremely high quality and a good choice for those with dietary limitations, or those who prefer a diet with clean, natural ingredients.

5. Ener-G Hamburger Buns

Ener-G Hamburger Buns | Vitacost.com/Blog

If someone in your household has food allergies, you’ll want these in your pantry! In addition to being GMO-free, these hamburger buns are wheat-, gluten- and dairy-free. Ener-G Foods also produces egg-, soy-, yeast- and nut-free products, so be sure to look at the rest of their selection at Vitacost if you exclude those ingredients from your diet. Enjoy with homemade gluten-free black bean burger patties, plus the YeeHaw pickles and Sir Kensington’s condiments!

6. Good Health Inc. Kettle Style Avocado Oil Potato Chips

Good Health Inc. Kettle Style Avocado Oil Potato Chips | Vitacost.com/Blog

Moving onto snacks, these kettle style sea salt chips are kosher, gluten-free, low sodium and made with 100 percent avocado oil. These crispy chips are sure to satisfy your salty craving.

7. Simply Organic Guacamole Dip Mix

Simply Organic Guacamole Dip Mix | Vitacost.com/Blog

If you like pairing your chips with guac, this organic dip is a good choice! All you have to do is mix this with two cups of diced or pureed avocados for the perfect guacamole, then chill for 30 minutes.

8. Tazo Iced Passion Herbal Tea

Tazo Iced Passion Herbal Tea | Vitacost.com/Blog

This herbal iced tea is a personal favorite and a summer classic. Made with a blend of hibiscus, orange peel and rose hips, this truly tastes like summer in a drink. It’s the perfect blend of tropical and refreshing. One box makes six pitchers (or 48 servings), so it’s also a great deal. You really get your money’s worth here, and it’ll save you time and extra trips to Starbucks.

9. Santa Cruz Organic Mango Lemonade

Santa Cruz Organic Mango Lemonade | Vitacost.com/Blog

If you’ve been searching for a summer drink that requires absolutely zero prep time, look no further. This refrehing mango lemonade is organic, gluten-free, and will surely satisfy your sweet tooth.

10. Dash of That 9-in. Ceramic Pie Pan

Dash of That 9-in. Ceramic Pie Pan | Vitacost.com/Blog

Summer is the perfect time to go fruit picking, and one of the best desserts to make with fruit is pie! This white nine-inch pie pan should be a staple in the kitchen for all of your baking days. For pie recipes galore, including Vegan Peanut Butter Pie and 6-Ingredient Gluten-Free Cherry Cobbler, click here!

11. Nature’s Charm Coconut Whipping Cream

Nature's Charm Coconut Whipping Cream | Vitacost.com/Blog

This coconut whipping cream is made in Thailand from the best quality coconuts and is vegan, dairy-, gluten- and soy-free. It’s ultra rich and creamy without including any palm or vegetable oil, and it’s also trans-fat-free. You can use this to top off your pies, cakes, cupcakes and more. Try this recipe: Sweet Potato-Butterscotch Gingerbread Trifle with Coconut Whip.

12. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Brownie Mix

Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Brownie Mix | Vitacost.com/Blog

Last, but certainly not least, this list would be incomplete without brownies. This gluten-free, kosher brownie mix is made with high-quality cocoa powder for an incredibly rich, fudgy texture and flavor. Ending a summer day with delicious brownies is always a fantastic idea!

Save on these essentials, and so much more, at Vitacost.com! Order now, and we’ll ship ‘em directly to your door.