Healthy Pantry Staples

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I believe that the keys to success in most areas of life are preparation and perseverance. Of course, there are tons of other things that go into success - knowledge, support, and talent to name just a few. But, you can take away some of those things and still be a success. Perseverance and preparation can go a long way when talent is lacking. 

If one of your goals for 2018 is to eat healthier, what will it take? You guessed it - preparation and perseverance. (Too bad we can just snap our fingers and make it happen, right?!?)

Today is all about preparation and stocking your pantry with healthy staples. It's a lot easier to stick to your goals of better eating when you actually have healthy choices on hand. Since my family follows a plant-based diet, I am including only plant-based staples. Take these suggestions as a baseline and tweak them to work for you and your family. 

While this is not an exhaustive list, it is a long one. It is not necessary to purchase these items all at once. Start with items that you will use frequently like beans, whole grains, and oils. Maybe some of the healthy snack items. Perhaps, replace less healthy items you run out of with a healthier pantry staples from the list. Or, choose a set number of items to stock up on per week or month. Eating healthy does not need to break the bank! 

Beans & Legumes

  • Dried and/or Canned Beans
  • Some Favorite Beans: Chickpeas, Black, Kidney, Pinto
  • Lentils

      Whole Grains

      • Brown Rice
      • Quinoa
      • Barley
      • Oats

      Nuts, Seeds, & Nut Butters

      • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
      • Chia Seeds
      • Flax Seeds
      • Sunflower Seeds
      • Almonds
      • Walnuts
      • Raw Cashews
      • Almond Butter
      • Peanut Butter

      Snacks

      • Whole Grain Crackers
      • Tortilla Chips
      • Unsweetened Applesauce
      • Unsweetened Dried Fruit (Dates, Raisins, Pineapple, Apricots, Mango, Etc.)
      • Freeze Dried Fruit
      • Popcorn

        Non Dairy Milks

        • Coconut Milk
        • Soy Milk
        • Almond Milk

        Baking Essentials

        • Whole Grain Flour (Wheat, Rice, Rye, Buckwheat, etc.)
        • Corn Meal
        • Baking Soda
        • Baking Powder
        • Vanilla
        • Salt

        Vinegars

        • White
        • Red Wine
        • Apple Cider
        • Balsamic
        • Rice

        Prepared Foods

        • Pasta Sauce
        • Pesto
        • Tahini
        • Fruit Spreads (Low Sugar)
        • Whole Grain Cereal
        • Whole Grain Pasta
        • Soups (Butter Nut Squash, Tomato Basil, etc.)
        • Vegetable Broth

        Miscellaneous

        • Dried Herbs & Spices
        • Nutritional Yeast
        • Canned Pumpkin
        • Maple Syrup
        • Stevia
        • Canned Tomatoes (Crushed, Diced, Sauce, Paste)

        Essential Oils

        Did we miss anything? Leave a comment to add to the list.

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