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I feel like this post is wayyyyyyy over due, it’s been over a year since I wrote about the healthy foods I keep in my fridge and this topic has been on my list ever since!
I wanted to create a resource for you of healthy foods to have on hand in your pantry! These Healthy Pantry Staples are great ingredients to have for whipping up quick and healthy meals in no time. I ALWAYS make sure to have my pantry stocked with these foods incase I need a last minute sweet treat or when I’m meal prepping for the week.
The key to success is being prepared! And being prepared means being stocked up on essentials. So with out further ado…here are my Top 10 Healthy Pantry Staples!
Healthy Pantry Staples
Raw Nuts – I usually have 5 or 6 different nuts in my pantry at any given time. There are always almonds, walnuts, cashews, and unsalted peanuts. I grind up my own nuts to make flours like almond flour for Banana Nut Muffins or to make homemade nut butters. I’ll sprinkle some nuts over salads, or make desserts and snack bars like my amazing Homemade KIND Bars!
Quinoa & Brown Rice – Both quinoa and brown rice are a big part of my diet. I prepare a big batch each weekend and these are some of the main carbs I eat through out the week. I almost always pair some rice or quinoa with Herbed Salmon or as a base for some Mango Chicken.
Tea – Just like nuts, I can have as many as 5 different types of tea in my pantry on any day. My favorites include Tazo’s Ginger Green Tea, Lemongrass Green Tea, and their Passion Tea. I mix and match these teas together too to make big batches to enjoy throughout the day. I especially love infusing iced green tea for fat burning benefits all day!
Beans & Legumes – Beans and legumes are amazing vegetarian options for a protein-packed meal. They are great topped on a salad, added to soups or chili for a little extra protein boost, or mashed up to make black bean burgers! YUM! Not only are beans and legumes rich in protein, but they are also VERY high in fiber, which help cleanse your system and can help with weight loss. My favorites are black beans and chickpeas!
Spices – Adding spices to foods adds extra flavor and packs a nutritional punch with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and even medicinal properties. Spices help enhance the flavor of foods without adding any calories, fat, or sodium. My pantry is literally overflowing with spices, and I can guarantee I have at least 40 different spices right now. But my favorites are these Fat Burning Spices.
Oat flour/Oats – My baking flour of choice is usually oat flour. I love using oat flour as a substitute to regular flour for things like pancakes, waffles, and muffins! I always have a bag of oat flour in my pantry as well as rolled past. Rolled oats make the most perfect overnight oats and granola for a healthy and filling breakfasts.
Coconut oil – Coconut oil is my most favorite oil out there! I use it a lot as a substitute for butter in my baking recipes and love making popcorn with it! Not only is this a pantry staple, but I ALWAYS keep a jar in the bathroom too! It’s my absolute favorite beauty product! It’s a miracle oil for sure! 😉
Granola – I love granola, especially homemade granola. I love being able to control the amount of sweeteners that go into my granola as well as the nuts and dried fruit I use. I love granola in Greek yogurt parfaits or even as a cold cereal with some coconut or almond milk.
Honey – I am a huge supporter of buying local, and one of my absolute favorite things to buy local is honey! I buy local, raw honey no matter where I am living – Connecticut, North Carolina, Brooklyn NY, and now Minneapolis! Here’s a sample of a few types of honey I currently have. It’s amazing at how different honey can taste depending on where you buy it, I suggest giving it a try when you travel! I use honey as a substitute for most of my baking, in smoothies, and even in healthy salad dressings!
So there it is! These are some foods I ALWAYS have on hand.
What do you always stock up on in your pantry?