Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
We are already nearly two weeks into the New Year. Have you restocked your pantry yet?
I’m teaming up with Whole Foods today to bring you some of my favorite pantry staples. These are foods I ALWAYS keep on hand. They are great for quick dinners, making something out of nothing when you’re in a pinch, or just to have for random recipes and baking creations.
What I usually do is start by making a master list. Then, I’ll take note of what I do have on hand in the pantry, and lastly, I’ll go to the store and get what I need.
Pantry staples are important for SEVERAL reasons. Not only are they a basis for so many recipes, but they are great to always keep for those nights where you need something quick, but nutrient-dense. They have a longer shelf life and are made to make your life easier.
The objection I hear the most from clients is that they don’t have time to prepare healthy meals. We all have the same amount of time in the day. I truly feel that if you set yourself up for success (stock your pantry with quality, nutritious staples), you can make time to put together healthy meals.
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I love having a variety of whole grains on hand, depending on how I’m feeling. Obviously oats are a staple for oatmeal or baked oatmeal (great for portable breakfasts – you can use any fruits)! I also love switching up my oatmeal for quinoa in the mornings (this breakfast recipe).
Some of my favorites:
Whole Wheat Tortillas/Pitas
Whole Wheat Pasta
I love the Whole Foods 365 brand because they are both high quality and budget friendly. On another note, I also love using the bulk bins for grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, etc. if I need a small or large quantity.
Pulses & Legumes
Pulses are FULL of protein and in my opinion, necessities to always keep stocked. I actually prefer canned beans because I’m usually pretty spontaneous when I decide I want to use them. If I’m looking for a quick, protein and fiber packed dinner, I’ll always add canned beans. Just remember to wash them; you can save up to 30% of the sodium that way!
Canned or dried black beans
My nut preference is very limited since I’m allergic to tree nuts, but I can have peanuts. So, I always keep those on hand. Sometimes just for munching, or sometimes to make my own peanut butter.
I also love
Peanut Butter Flour (I use this allll the time – baking, adding to yogurt, oatmeal and even ice cream)
Dried mango, cherries, apples (depends on what’s on sale and the season!)
I’ve been on an avocado oil kick lately. It’s a neutral taste, but allows for high heat cooking, unlike olive oil. Coconut oil is also a good alternative for that. I love olive oil in my homemade dressings.
My top choices:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
I also like to use butter (prefer Kerigold grass fed) when sauteeing sometimes, too!
White Whole Wheat Flour
Coconut Sugar (Note: This is still sugar!! I just like the taste, it’s a little more caramel/brown sugar-esque)
Canned Tuna and Salmon
Fair Trade Coffee Beans
Canned Full Fat Coconut Milk (love using it to make whipped cream!)
Spices (my essentials are cinnamon, garlic, basil, turmeric and italian seasoning!)
As you can see, there is so much you can do if you have a solid foundation of pantry staples! For more ideas, you can check out this 30 minute dinner post!
And if you’re looking to stock your pantry for ingredients for running and activity, this post on pantry staples for runners may help.
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What are your top 5 pantry staple items and what do you make with them?