Here is a look inside my kitchen with real food pantry staples and a healthy checklist you can take to the grocery store.
Original Post written September 14th, 2017:
Hi there and thanks for stopping by the blog today and Yay for Friday Eve! This past weekend I spend a few hours running errands, which led to me hauling several grocery bags up to our townhouse, hello extra cardio. But it means I now have a fully stocked pantry. I thought it would be fun to take you through some of my must have healthy pantry staples.
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While I feel I have a stocked pantry, I’m still missing a few of the staples on the list. My pantry is the size of a broom closet, lol. I am always working on the organization, my pantry is far from anything Pinterest worthy. But here are a few of the items I can’t live without.
Lately we’ve been loving jasmine or brown basmati rice, try either paired with my Jamaican Jerk Chicken or Italian Chicken Kabobs. I also always have quinoa and my favorite Banza pasta. Pasta can easily be combined with your favorite marinara, a lean protein, and some roasted veggies for a quick balanced meal.
And I always have rolled and steel cut oats as they’re my favorite breakfast, which you well know from my What I Ate Wednesday posts.
Along with Oats I also like to keep some granola for snacks and some of my favorite bars like RX Bars or Larabars.
Nuts and Seeds
I probably have a whole shelf that stays stocked with nut butters. Smuckers Peanut Butter and Target Creamy Almond Butter are our favorites. Nut butters are great on toast, in oatmeal or try making my Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites with your favorite nut butter as a healthy snack. I also like Cashew Butter as a healthy baking alternative.
If I’m not snacking on something made with nut butter then I always have raw nuts readily available as well. Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, etc. Try to purchase the unsalted or lightly salted varieties.
Seeds such as sunflower or pepita (pumpkin) are my favorite way to add some crunch to a salad. Chia seeds are the perfect addition to overnight oats. And if you have a nut allergy sunflower butter can replace nut butter in just about any recipe.
When baking indulgent desserts I use white flour, but for healthy cooking and baking I keep coconut flour, almond flour, flaxseed meal, and whole wheat flour. Bob’s Red Mill is obviously a favorite brand. And can pretty much be found at any food store, I find it cheapest at Target.
We all know I have a sweet tooth. To make healthy desserts I use honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar as sweeteners. I also think cinnamon, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract give a dish a little sweet flavor. I combine many of these in my Blueberry Lemon Baked Oatmeal.
And how could we forget the chocolate, dark chocolate of course. I try to buy bars with about 70% cocoa or higher but this can sometimes be hard to find. Below is what my pantry is currently stocked with. And I love cocoa powder in smoothies or my Chocolate Caramel Protein Fudge. Cocoa powder has no sugar and 2 grams of fiber per serving!
Dried fruits also help add a sweet flavor to any dish. They’re also very good for keeping your gut healthy and are a natural laxative (just don’t eat too many in one go!) My favorites are dates and raisins. I recently picked up this package of blueberries too. I look for dried fruits with no added sugars.
There are many different pre/post workout supplements you can take, there’s CBD Gummies UK to help with joint health and stress relief, fish oil is also good for joint health too. Most people take the simple protein shake after a workout and honestly that’s a decent supplement if gaining muscle is on your agenda, whey protein based shakes are an excellent source of vegetarian protien. As for the supplements I use, personally, I keep it pretty simple with vegan or whey protein and collagen powders. If you’re vegan as well make sure to check with the supplement manufacturer because some whey supplements have animal products or derivatives added to them.
Oil, Vinegar, and Spices
I have two cabinets full of spices, oils, and vinegars. I am always stocked with extra virgin olive oil, cooking spray, coconut oil, and wine vinegars just to name a few. And as for spices, in case you haven’t noticed from Instagram I’ve been trying to organize my spice cabinet with some new jars. I have more spices than room in my cabinets……
You’ll have to subscribe to my emails to get the full list. But I love adding canned diced tomatoes to flavor a dish or beans such as black, garbanzo, or chili beans for plant based protein. I also love to make homemade tomato sauce, but sometimes life is crazy, so I always keep some our favorite marinara on hand.
I also keep some canned corn in the pantry and a variety of frozen fruits and vegetables in the freezer. The frozen fruit is great for smoothies.
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Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud and Heather for Friday Favorites and Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five. Enjoy your weekend and be sure to read previous Friday Favorites posts here.
What are some of your healthy pantry staples?
Name a pantry item you can’t live without.
What are your weekend plans?