Sometimes it’s just buying the same things out of habit that keep us from making better choices. Healthy pantry staples can help make a healthier choice an easier choice.
Stocking a pantry is so helpful for those last minute meals when we have little in the fridge or the times we really spread out our grocery shopping.
How often do you order take-out because you have no food in the house? A well stocked pantry usually cuts down on this habit. This is generally better for our health and our bank account.
Whether you are just starting to stock your healthy pantry or are looking for more options and ideas to add to yours, I’m hoping the lists below will serve as a helpful guide.
How To Stock A Healthy Pantry
Clean Out Your Pantry
First things first. Take inventory of what you already have. Dispose of the old, donate what you don’t want, and clean out the space. This will allow you to see what you need to buy and make room for the new.
What Should You Buy First
I would start by buying the things you know you will use and eat the most. From there you can branch out and slowly add in others with time. For example, if you know you’ll use pasta, lentils, oats, coconut milk, and tomato paste on the regular, stock up really well on those. If you only bake a few times a year, then the baking items don’t need to be your top priority right away.
How Much Should You Buy
As far as how much of each item you buy, well that depends. If you have more people in your home and have the space, you can stock up more. If you are like me and have a smaller pantry cabinet, you may have to limit what you buy. You can also choose to stock up more when you see an item on sale. When there is a sale on pasta or strained tomatoes, I generally stock up really well. This is also why my cabinet is usually bursting at the seams.
Healthy Pantry Staples
This an extensive list, but I wanted to make sure you had plenty of options to choose from based on your diet, household, and lifestyle.
- Banza Chickpea Cavatappi – update: I stopped buying this one for the most part since there is Xanthan Gum in it. Not the worst thing ever, but it’s not needed as there are so many other GF pastas now.
- Jovial Brown Rice Elbow Noodles
- ZenB Pasta made from 100% yellow peas – the penne is my favorite (post on it here)
- Bionaturae Gluten-Free Pasta
- Whole Foods Red Lentil Spaghetti
- Whole Foods Chickpea Shells
- Tolerant Green Lentil Rotini
- Sweet Potato Glass Noodle
Beans, Lentils, & Sprouts
- Organic Canned Black Beans
- Organic Canned Chickpeas – I usually buy boxed chickpeas at whole foods
- Dried Organic Black Beans – I usually buy dried beans and cook them in the instant pot.
- Dried Organic Garbanzo Beans/Chickpeas
- 365 Organic Green Lentils
- Canned Brown Rice & Green Lentils
- Green Mung Beans
- Food To Live Alfalfa Sprouts – I use this sprouter.
Gluten Free Grains
- One Degree Organic Sprouted Oats – I buy mine from Costco.
- Organic Millet
- Puffed Millet (cereal & rice crispies)
- Lundberg Organic Short Grain Brown Rice
- Lundberg Organic Basmati Rice
- Kirland Organic Quinoa – It’s much cheaper at Costco.
- Lotus Foods Brown Rice Millet Ramen Noodles
- Siete Almond Flour Wraps, ingredients vary on these depending on where you buy them, crazy I know, read to see if it passes your test
- Gluten Free Sourdough Bread & Rolls
Tomatoes, Olives & Artichokes
- Organic Strained Tomatoes – I make pasta sauce using this as the base.
- Organic Tomato Paste
- Sundried Tomatoes
- Artichoke Hearts – There is citric acid in canned artichokes, so when I have time I soak them for a bit prior or at least rinse them in a strainer.
- Cured Black Olives
- Black Olives
Rolls, Curry, & Stir Fry
- Raw Nori Sheets
- Vietnamese Brown Rice Spring Roll Wrapper
- Coconut Aminos
- Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste
- Organic Toasted Sesame Oil – I buy it at Trader Joe’s.
- Coconut Milk
- Pure Maple Candy
- Bare Banana Chips
- Bare Apple Chips
- Dried Organic Mango
- Go Raw Pizza Crackers
- Go Raw Ginger Cookies
- Made In Nature Organic Dried Apricots
- Organic Sun-Dried Figs
- Lara Bar – Cherry, Key Lime, or Cashew Cookie
- Solely Fruit Jerky
- Medjool Dates – I buy mine from Costco.
- Raw Almond Butter – I buy from Trader Joe’s.
- Organic Apple Sauce
- Organic Raisins – I buy from Trader Joe’s.
- Hu Dark Chocolate Bar – If you eat chocolate, this is one of the healthier options that is sweetened.
Chips & Crackers
- Mary’s Gone Crackers Jalapeno
- Simple Mills Crackers Pita Cracker – has sunflower oil which I usually avoid on the norm.. but on occasion
- Siete Dip Chip
- Siete Sea Salt Chips
Nuts & Seeds
- Almonds – I actually keep all my nuts and seeds in the fridge, but still included it here.
- Brazil Nuts – These are a great deal at Costco.
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Hemp Seeds
- Flax Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Dragon Fruit Powder
- Barley Grass Juice Powder
- Spirulina Powder
- Amla Powder
- Turmeric Powder
- Atlantic Dulse Flakes
- Hemp Protein Powder
Baking & Cooking
- Coconut Oil – I usually buy the Trader Joe’s brand, but this is a great one.
- Coconut Butter
- Shredded Coconut
- Cacao Paste
- Organic Canned Pumpkin – I get from Trader Joe’s.
- Dried Cranberries
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Himalayan Sea Salt
- Vanilla Extract Without Alcohol – I buy the Trader Joe’s brand.
- Vanilla Bean Powder
- Almond Flour
- Almond Meal
- Toasted Oat Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Millet Flour
- Chickpea Flour
- Cassava Flour
- Arrowroot Starch/Flour
- Potato Starch
- Tapioca Starch/Flour
Unrefined Sugars & Sweeteners
- Organic Coconut Sugar
- Maple Crystals
- Maple Syrup
- Nature Nate’s Raw Honey – I get honey from Farmer’s Markets & local beekeepers when I can.
- Wildflower Honey – This is one of my favorite store-bought honey’s if you see it by you.
- Raw Honey Sticks
- Maple Cream
- Pure Vermont Maple Cream
- Maple Butter
- Jam – The few times I want jam, I just mash fresh strawberries with a little bit of honey.
I hope these lists were helpful to you! Let me know by commenting below. 🖤 xx Riane
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