Healthy Pantry Staples

Many people have asked me to list what I keep on hand in my cupboards so I’m able to make delicious goodies without having to run out to the grocery store for each and every recipe.  So, I’ve decided to let you all in on what I keep in my house on a very consistent basis. It may seem like a lot, but once you have everything, you just pick things up as you run out or things go on sale and then you’ll always have stuff on hand to bake or cook almost anything nice and clean. Here goes!
I don’t actually HAVE a pantry so I keep almost everything I can in glass jars on a shelf in my kitchen. It’s great for inspiration when I don’t know what I’m going to make for dinner (like TODAY) and I know when I’m getting low on certain items.20140911_131110

I also came up with a grocery list (thanks to my slightly OCD husband) that I print up on the computer so I can just grab a new one when I need it. I pretty well get the same stuff every week for the kids so it made sense to check boxes on a list rather than write everything down all the time!  Keep things easy and simple. Think about what you buy weekly and leave room for things that are bi-weekly or monthly.

Meatless Monday has been such a wonderful phenomenon. Meat does not have to be the main event in every single dinner! Having one meal a week that is vegetarian doesn’t have to be scary. Just replace the meat with one other ingredient…and beans usually do the trick. I always have some around for meatless meals, hummus or soups.

BEANS PLUS MORE! Dried or canned (BPA free), these are a must have.

  • Garbanzo beans (chick peas)
  • Turtle beans (black beans)
  • Kidney beans
  • Navy beans
  • Lentils

Chipmunks know what they’re doing. Nuts and seeds are packed full of dense nutrients that help keep us healthy and full! They are an excellent snack on their own and great when added to baked goods or any meal for that matter! Breakfast with fruit and yogurt, banana muffins or even a big Cobb salad with any combination.

NUTS and SEEDS

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)20140911_131059

Some people believe that eating clean means not eating bread. Well, I am here to tell you that is not the case. You just have to be careful which bread you choose. White bread is off the menu! I actually have a ridiculous amount of different flours, but this is a list of what I use the most…

FLOURS and BREADS…we are not gluten free or grain free or anything free in this house

  • Whole grain bread and crackers
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Quinoa flour
  • Spelt flour
  • Vital Wheat gluten
  • Arrowroot flour
  • Buttermilk powder
  • Wheat germ
  • Whole wheat/panko bread crumbs

I certainly have a sweet tooth and living with kids means the occasional treat! I love to bake and would never give up making cookies with my kids…just tweaked a little! You CAN eat clean and have your sweet tooth too! In fact, I believe it’s important to indulge…carefully…every once in a while.

SUGARS…once again, no white sugar here!

  • Coconut sugar
  • Organic evaporated cane juice
  • Sucanat
  • Maple syrup (real, preferably grade B…the dark stuff)
  • Honey
  • Dates

Some women like to buy shoes…I like to stock up on oils and vinegars. Besides, my Sasquatch feet makes shoe shopping incredibly frustrating…ANYWAY…I have a ton of bottles in my cupboard filled with all kids of oils and vinegars. Drives my husband bananas, but he never complains when I come up with a new salad dressing that is super delicious! Here are the must haves:

OILS and VINEGARS

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Apple Cider vinegar
  • Red/white wine vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar

When I started writing this list, I knew I couldn’t categorize everything…darn. Oh well-here are some randoms but definite staples in this house. I always have these on hand.

OTHER STUFF:

  • Salsa
  • mustard
  • bee pollen
  • Oatmeal, steel cut
  • Quinoa
  • Whole wheat couscous
  • Brown rice
  • Whole wheat/Brown rice pastas

SPICES! Oh man…I have a ridiculous amount of spices but I’ll go through the ones I use the most…

  • Himalayan pink sea salt
  • Black peppercorns in a grinder
  • Garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Curry paste/powder
  • Tumeric
  • Oh…hot sauce! Sriracha is SO GOOD. Does that count as a spice? Oh well.
  • Basil, oregano, dill, thyme, cilantro
  • Cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, nutmeg

That’s a pretty good starter list. I have more in my pantry, cupboards and my fridge…oh my fridge…that will be another post! Hope this is helpful to those thinking about making a transition to a lifestyle that’s a bit more clean. Remember, don’t do it all at once. Add one or two things a week and slowly but surely you won’t have room for any of the bad stuff!

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!