Note: Definitely not my actual pantry
What’s In My Pantry
I often get asked about my favorite items to have on hand in my pantry. What do you use to bake, to cook, where to shop, what do you stock up on, etc. Our pantry plays a huge role in what we eat, so it is an important way to stay healthy. Below I’ve listed the pantry staples that help make 90% of the recipes on my website, where I get them, and why I choose these foods. Once you stock up on these basics, you will be ready to make whole-food nutritious meals and snacks!
A future blog post will cover my favorite products to buy from Trader Joe’s and Costco.
If you are in need of a pantry makeover to start the new year and would like guidance on where to start, I’d love to help you in person or remotely to clean up and restock your pantry, I’ll even go grocery shopping with you! You can find these and other new offerings on my store page.
Pink Himalayan sea salt – see why
Black peppercorns – from a grinder
21 Seasoning salute – TJ’s
Everything but the bagel seasoning – TJ’s
Red pepper flakes – for heat & health
Madras Curry Powder
Dried mustard powder
Coconut Aminos or Tamari
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Rice Wine Vinegar
Healthy Cooking Fats:
Coconut oil – why I am still using it!
Coconut butter – homemade: coconut flakes in food processor
Avocado oil – use for higher smoke point
Extra Virgin Olive oil
Sesame Seed oil
Almond Butter/ Sun Butter
Vital proteins collagen peptides
Vital proteins beef gelatin
Gluten-free Rolled oats – TJ’s
Oat flour – ground rolled oats in processor
Pure Maple Syrup – Costco
Organic Dates – Costco
Arrowroot flour or Tapioca flour – thickening agents
Dark Cocoa/ Cacao Powder – I use both!
Enjoy Life Chocolate chips – for Dairy free
Roasted Almonds – for homemade almond butter
Raw organic cashews – Costco
Organic Chia Seeds – Costco
Raw Organic Pepitas / Pumpkin seeds – Costco
Raw Sunflower seeds – TJ’s
Dried Organic Quinoa – Costco
Organic coffee – Costco
Matcha tea – Four Sigmatic (use code ‘Chelseajyoung’ for 10% off)
Soda water – la Croix – Costco
Dry /Canned Goods:
Organic full fat coconut milk – Taste of Thai or TJ’s
Nutritional yeast – bulk bins or TJ’s
Organic Garbanzo beans
Organic Black Beans
Organic Chicken bone broth – Costco
Organic Vegetable Stock
Organic Diced tomatoes
Organic Marinara Sauce – no sugar added
Organic Black bean noodles – TJ’s
Organic Red lentil noodles – TJ’s
Thai curry paste – taste of Thai is brand I use
Organic Tahini Paste – TJ’s
Hot Sauce – my go-to is Franks
Fish Sauce – Red boat TJ’s
If you have questions on why I use any of the above, please comment below or feel free to reach out! I try to follow the 4 quick and dirty rules below after experimenting with foods for 10+ years, it just seems to capture all of my food choices for our family.
I’m continuously learning as I go and hope to share and learn with you in my health journey. If you have a staple that you LOVE, let me know so we can all try it out!
My Quick & Dirty Pantry Rules:
- Whole ingredients! If you cannot pronounce the ingredients or there are more than 3 unrecognizable ingredients I don’t buy it.
- No refined sugar white or brown – if you want to read why no sugar google: “sugar addiction”
- No High Fructose Corn Syrup – this tends to sneak into EVERYTHING these days – read the labels!
- Nothing “Hydrogenated” – or anything with trans fat
What are your quick & dirty rules of thumb when stocking your pantry?