Healthy Pantry Staples

My goal everyday is to make YOUR life easier. So today, I want to help you stock up your kitchen with some healthy essentials. And more specifically — healthy pantry staples that you should always have on hand.

These ingredients and products are amazing for making quick meals, and ensuring that you always have healthy options available to you. I also wanted to give you a few ways to use each of these ingredients and products to spark your inspiration.

After you stock up on these healthy foods for your pantry, you may also want to check out these healthy foods for your refrigerator. You’ll soon be on your way to a kitchen full of amazing meals and healthy ingredients!

Canned Tuna or Salmon – An old school classic…but still a perfect go-to’s for a quick and convenient source of protein when you need it. You can make a super quick 5-minute tuna salad for an easy sandwich, or you can top a salad with some tuna for some extra protein. This is a product where not all brands are created equal…so be careful when choosing and read the ingredients carefully. I like Wild Planet or Safe Catch for trusted brands that are eco-conscious and safe.

Snack Bars – When it comes to making meal prep easier, snack bars are KEY. And they are perfect for you girls-on-the-go! But it’s important to remember that NOT all snack bars are created equal healthy. ALWAYS choose the most natural and “whole” snack bars that you can. Make sure when you choose a bar to look at the ingredients, and pick ones only with ingredients that you can pronounce. I’ve created a list of some healthy snacks bars that are totally Live Fit Girls approved if you need some inspiration. Or you can try your hand at some Homemade KIND Bars.

Healthy Grains – Healthy grains and carbs are essential for a healthy metabolism and for keeping your energy up. Plus, they are so easy to meal prep. You can cook and freeze brown rice, quinoa, and almost every other grain for a super “minute-made” option for busy weeknights! Oats are another great staple for things like overnight oats, or making some healthy granola. You can even stock up on oat flour — or make your own — as a great healthy swap for baking. Check out this list of healthy grains for your pantry to get some ideas of what to stock up on.

Raw Nuts – Nuts are amazing because they’re filled with both healthy fats AND protein. They can add bulk to your meals — especially for vegetarians. They’re also great as a snack, or can even be used as the base for many baking recipes. You can make a infinite number of recipes with just a few different nuts. You can add them to trail mixes, or top them on salads, you can make snack bars, or you can even make nut butters at home. Grind them up and make homemade “flours” out of almonds, cashews, or peanuts, to make grain free baked goods. I always have almonds, walnuts, cashews, and unsalted peanuts in my pantry, but keep any kind you like in yours — try brazil, nuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, or pine nuts. Having a variety of nuts available also helps you get different nutrients from each kind, too!

Beans or Lentils – Beans and legumes are another amazing vegetarian option 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 helps cleanse your system and can help with weight loss. My favorites to have on hand are no salt added black beans and chickpeas, and green lentils!

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 some of my favorites are these fat burning spices if you need some ideas of what to load up on!

Vital Proteins – If you’ve been following for a while you’ve probably noticed that I am obsessed with Vital Proteins. I add a little collagen to just about anything I can…coffee, smoothies, muffins, soups….literally anything I can. So, of course, this has to make the list. I especially make sure to have the collagen peptides, vanilla peptides, Beauty Greens, and some of the to-go packs. I have a whole post on the benefits of collagen, but just for a little quick info, collagen (which is essentially protein) is amazing for hair, nails, skin and also joints, digestion, recovery and SO much more. See all the benefits here!

Honey – Honey is an amazing healthy substitute for healthier cooking and baking. I LOVE buying local, and honey is probably my favorite thing to buy locally because there is actually a HUGE difference in taste. I’ve lived all over the country, from New England to the south, to NYC, to the midwest, and now in sunny SoCal, and each place has really different honey…I’ve actually started collecting honey from places I visit now, too! Having honey on hand can make healthy baking, healthy salad dressings, and just everything a little tastier without using regular sugar.

Healthy Oils – Certain oils are better for certain things, and having a few options to choose from can actually make your food taste better, and can have so many benefits for your health. Here are a few different oils to stock in you pantry and how to use them. One oil I want to point out in particular is coconut oil. It’s amazing in baking, a substitute for butter, and even great as a natural skincare product! I keep a separate jar stocked in my bathroom just for skincare.

Healthier Condiments – Ok, really this starts to run into your refrigerator…but I’m still going to go here. Some people are condiment junkies…and I totally get it, but make sure you stock your pantry with HEALTHIER condiments. Be sure you check out the ingredients label when you buy your sauces, dips, and dressing. Only buy brands that have ingredients you can pronounce. I LOVE Sir Kensington for ketchup, mustard, and mayo. And coconut aminos are a great alternative to soy sauce.

Just be conscious of what you are buy, and if you can…why not make your own condiments? Salad dressings, BBQ sauce, and dips are super easy to make AND taste WAY better….But if all else fails check out these healthier condiments to have on hand if you don’t feel like making them yourself!

So there it is! These are some foods I ALWAYS have on hand. What do you always stock up on in your pantry?

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  1. I love Tazo Tea!! ..and coconut oil! …and honey! …and dark chocolate!! Haha, I was scrolling through your post and I was like, LOVE That, LOVE that, and that!!! hahaha! Great list!!

    1. I know I’m obsessed with Tazo Tea…I also love making a healthier, less-sweet version of Passion Tea Lemonade (like Starbucks!) in the summer….hmmm probably gonna have to post that recipe!

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