First things first: Clean out your pantry! Throw out old food and junk food. Replace with healthy foods, preferably all organic. Steer clear of added sugars, sodium, preservatives, artificial colors and artificial flavors. That’s a start!
This is generally what is in my pantry at all times. Some items should be stored in fridge after opening. Add these to your favorite recipes or use as inspiration for news ones!
22 Days protein bars
Warm cereals- amaranth, kasha, steel cut oats, quick oats
Cold cereals- muesli or anything low in sugar
Granola- low in sugar
Milks- unsweetened and carrageenan free
Cereal and smoothie additions- unsweetened coconut, chia seeds and flax seeds
Protein powder- I like “Garden of Life”
Note- mix amaranth or kasha with steel cut or quick oats for a protein packed warm cereal. Top with nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruits, chia seeds and more! Never buy cereal or oatmeal packets; they are full of sugar, sodium, preservatives and other artificial junk.
Greens First powder
Paleo wraps- these are great substitutes for tortillas! Use for tacos or a wrap.
Pasta- preferably made from ancient grains such as truRoots
Wheat and spelt berries
Dry beans- black, chickpea, pinto, kidney, navy, black-eyed peas, baby lima
Lentils- green, red
Coconut milk- whole fat, unsweetened. Great for curries and sautés.
Diced tomatoes- use in quick soups and sauce
Beans- for when you don’t have time to soak and cook dry beans
Note- always look for “BPA-free” and “no salt added”
Corn tortilla chips
Mary’s Gone Crackers
Note- these are a treat. Try for unsalted or low in sodium versions as well as organic.
Nuts and Dried Fruit
Note- make your own trail mix! Premade mixes have added sugar and salt. Nuts should be raw and unsalted. Dried fruit should be unsweetened and unsulphered.
Bragg’s liquid amino acids
Vegan butter or ghee
Shoyu- good replacement for soy sauce
Tamari- reduced sodium- good replacement for soy sauce
Note- add them into your favorite foods. You can’t go wrong. They will just add flavor! With nut butters, look for “no salt added” and “no sugar added”.
Garbanzo bean flour
Roasted dandelion root
Note- teas are great antioxidants and taste great hot or cold. Add in mint, lemon or raw honey.
Kids and Baby
I recommend making your own baby food. If you need food for traveling or going out, make sure it is organic and there are no additives. I always stay away from anything with high sugar.
Oils and Vinegars
Apple Cider Vinegar
Brown rice vinegar
Cold pressed olive oil
Grape seed oil
Safflower oil spray
Ume plum vinegar
White wine vinegar
Note- try to use coconut oil whenever possible. It does not break down in high heat. Rotate your oils and vinegars.
Brown rice syrup
Bragg’s 24 Herbs & Spices Seasoning- my favorite!
Celtic sea salt