After so much great feedback after my fridge reveal, it’s time! You guys asked and today I’m giving you the behind-the-scenes peek inside my pantry! And like—not to be a dramatic about it, but a well stocked pantry can (and will) save your life. I’m being 100% serious.
And the best part? You just stock that baby once a month or so, and then your work’s pretty much done. Wipe your hands clean, hang up those reusable grocery bags, and get ready to have a way easier cooking life.
For any occasion, for all the snacks and quick healthy meals you can imagine, for new recipes you’re wanting to try from new cookbooks on your shelf (hinty hint, this one’s on your shelf right now, right?)… a stocked up pantry can legit get half the work done for you. I talk about it a lot in the new book, because it’s one of those monthly/seasonal rituals that makes a big impact.
At the end of the day, stocking your pantry well is one of the. best. healthy rituals you can do. It will save you time, it will save you money, it will save you from stress and so much hassle and take out all of the excuses we have for eating healthy by just equipping you with everything you need to have healthy meals and snacks.
That’s a win in my world– especially so on full and fast moving days (um, hi, my daily life these days over here) where all I want is a simple, healthy meal that tastes good, without running to the store every other day.
I get a lot of them at Thrive Market, because hello free delivery of heavy things like tomato sauce, coconut milk, etc, and I can use the app to add things slowly as I think of them before placing one big order. But places like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods or any grocery store can be great too– just be sure to double check the ingredients to make sure it’s truly a healthy option. Thrive is like pre-vetted and pre-approved REAL FOOD & healthy products and companies only, at wholesale pricing, so if you know you go through stuff fast (like if you have a family), it’s such a great resource! And time saver.
Oh, you’re into that too?! I thought so.
Ok, let’s get into it!
Tap to watch my pantry walk-through video below, OR just scroll down to find the full list of every healthy pantry staple you need in your life.
The healthy pantry staples you need:
K, so full disclaimer, we don’t have a *real* pantry. Our kitchen just didn’t come with one so we actually had to convert a closet into a “pantry”, but hopefully this is just encouraging to you, no matter your space, the size of your kitchen. Even if it’s just a shelf, filling it with the RIGHT things, the things that you’ll get use of and that help you to cook healthy meals, then that’s enough.
Also if you’re like, “That’s nice but what about my fridge and freezer,” I got you girl! I put together ALL. THE. THINGS. you need for real-food options in your pantry, fridge, and freezer in this free little checklist. And it’s printable! So go ahead and bring that baby to the store with you and get ready to simplify your entire world. For real.
My pantry number ones:
+ Dried beans & lentils: things I can easily throw in the instant pot and crock pot and have an easy, healthy meal. I keep them allll stocked up, all the types, colors, varieties. The more the merrier when it comes to these guys. Throw in some carrots and onions– you got a soup for an easy dinner.
+ Jars of really good pasta sauce, salsa, fancy mustard (dijon is fancy, k?): these are true staples that keep forever and you can use for soo many things: chili, zucchini noodles with sauce, marinades, pizza sauce on brown rice or cauliflower crust, healthy pastas.
+ Baking staples: almond flour, garbanzo bean flour, chocolate (obvi) to keep baking clean and simple. The new book has an insane garbanzo bean socca flatbread using this garbanzo flour.
+ Organic bone broth: for sautees, healing bevvies, soups… ALL the things. I love bone broth plain, dressed up, in a bowl, in my mug. You can’t go wrong.
+ Nuts: if they haven’t been opened, go ahead and put them in the pantry. I like to put them in the fridge after opening to keep them more fresh. Use to make your own granola, nut milks, or throw into smoothies for added creaminess and protein. Great in baking too, of course.
+ A good protein powder: for smoothies and smoothie bowls to add some more substance.
+ Smoothie adders: GF granola (with clean ingredients, I love this brand), hemp hearts, mulberries, cacao nibs. All the fun things to add to smoothies or baking.
+ Mary’s Gone Crackers: the best crunchy snack (or crumbled over salads) and they’re made of seeds, not flour. So good!
+ Canned/jarred veggies: black olives, pepperoncinis, quartered artichoke hearts, beans, green salsa, basically anything easy I can throw in the crock pot or add to a soup for more flavor or protein.
+ Chickpea & red lentil pastas: a little more substance and protein than regular pastas and taste just the same.
+ Wild caught canned tuna: such an quick and easy meal smashed up with Primal Kitchen mayo!
+ Snacks: salmon bites, broccoli bites from Trader Joe’s (you guys know how I love these), pistachios– just things that are quick and easy when I’m running out the door and need something fast.
+ Fun stuff! Chocolate, dried fruit, nut butters, but most importantly, just… chocolate. This is my all time favorite brand, it’s so clean and soooo good– the dark mint please. I hoard it and don’t like to share.
See? Simple simple simple. All things you can use on a weekly basis, if not daily. That will make eating healthy a no brainer, no matter how much time you have or what kind of day went down. That’s something worth prepping for, and I hope this list helps get you started!
And don’t forget to get the FULL free pantry, freezer, and fridge guide here!
Love this post? You’d love the cookbook then too. My second book, Simply Real Eating also just came out, so make sure you grab your copy here. And be sure to check out the seasonal meal plans (or the new Easiest DINNER ONLY Plan)! It’s what we literally eat for dinner every week.