My Favorite Pantry/Fridge Staples

Healthy Pantry (Healthy Pantry)Healthy oils – my favorites are EVOO, coconut, sesame, and avocado

Spices – the ones that I use the most are Himalayan salt, parsley, cumin, coriander, chili powder, curry, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon

Vinegar - balsamic, apple cider (I use to on salads or in salad dressings)

Coconut Aminos or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or a low-sodium soy sauce)- great for adding flavor to stir-fries or rice and beans

Fresh Vegetables (and some frozen veggies) –carrots, peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, jicama, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potatoes, beets, and cauliflower

Fresh fruit – especially fruit that doesn’t go bad fast, like apples and pears…but I like to get a huge variety

Salad greens – I typically like to get a blend of the higher nutrient greens like spinach, kale, etc.

Grains – My favorite breakfast grain = steel-cut oats, plus I like to have some granola handy.  Other grains that I prefer are quinoa and brown rice, but my family also likes whole-wheat pasta and tortillas.

Legumes (preferably dried, but low-sodium canned works in a hurry) – black beans, pinto beans, lentils, garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas)

Nuts/Seeds – almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans (good on sweet potatoes and oatmeal), pine nuts, sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds

Nut butters – my favorite is raw pecan butter or raw almond butter, but any natural or organic nut butter is good to have

Honey & maple syrup (or preferred natural sweetener) – I use raw honey and Grade B maple syrup, plus I also like to have maple flakes on hand to sprinkle on my baked sweet potatoes.

Canned tomatoes (diced) - can be used to make sauces for meals (add to sautéed onions and garlic)

Organic salsa and pasta sauce – easy additions to complete a meal

Yogurt – I eat non-dairy yogurt (So Delicious Coconut), but you can choose the dairy versions…Greek yogurt has more protein

Low-fat milk – I use non-dairy milk (e.g., unsweetened almond/coconut milk or I prefer unsweetened Milkadamia or unsweetened vanilla Milkadamia)

For non-vegans:

Canned tuna or salmon – great to throw on a salad…and to get extra omega-3

Eggs – can be scrambled or boiled (to eat as a snack or add to a salad)

Chicken/Ground Turkey – can add to a salad or grill quick for added protein to a meal

String cheese – can eat with a fruit or veggie as a snack