Healthy Pantry Must-Haves

healthy pantry staples

Over the years I've found that there are certain things that I always have stocked in my refrigerator and pantry. These staples make it easy to whip up a healthy meal or snack, even when I'm short on time.

I often wonder what others consider staples; so I put this question out to several health-minded bloggers and asked them to share their own must-haves for a healthy pantry.

I'll go first 🙂

My staples include: fruit/veg (carrots, broccoli, celery, bananas, apples), walnuts, avocado, eggs, maple syrup, mustard, hummus, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, coconut oil, spinach, oatmeal, and quinoa. I pretty much have these in the house at all times. I also usually have some sort of frozen veggie burger for days when I really don't feel like cooking.

Trifina Sofian  -  Young and Cancer Free

Trifina youngandcancerfree.comAyam Brand canned Coconut Milk (Non-BPA lined), Green tea Matcha powder and turmeric spice have potent anticancer properties, Cacao Powder, Chia seeds, Dried Soba Noodles, Dried Shitake Mushrooms - This is such a great immune booster, and Babas curry powder so I can make a curry out of anything in the fridge.

Ciara Doran  -   Cool Things I Love

My healthy kitchen staples are Greek yoghurt, cauliflower and olive oil. I have lots of recipes to make with those as I love them all.

Dr MJ  -  The Babywearing Health Coach

Dr MJMy staples are wholegrains like brown rice, oats and quinoa. I also have love dried rice noodles and sweet potato noodles. Throw some colourful vegetables into the wok and the noodles in, add a palm food of protein. Ta-Da dinner!

Amy Miller  -  I Heart the New Me

Amy MillerMy healthy food staples are melba toast, dark chocolate, tuna packets and roasted almonds.

Olivia Crawford  -  Olivia Crawford

Olivia CrawfordFresh fruit and veg, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils, brown rice, buckwheat, macadamia oil, coconut oil, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, eggs, dried herbs and spices, sauerkraut, coconut nectar, maple syrup, coconut, and cacao powder.

Wendy Hodge -  Wendy’s Way to Health

Wendy HodgeThese are my main kitchen staples and the basis for everything I create: Greek yoghurt, olive oil, coconut oil, butter, honey, oats, ground flaxseed, cacao powder, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, various herbs & spices, eggs, rice.

Joanna Zervas  -  Balanced Posture Online

Joanna ZervasRoasted Almonds and Walnuts. I buy these in bulk and measure them into little containers and keep them in my work bag. I also crush them and put them on salads, chicken or fish, or on my yogurt instead of muesli. They help to increase your healthy fats and protein content for the day, keeping you fuller for longer which is great right before a meeting or before your commute home. Frozen blueberries are always in my freezer as well, I love them in smoothies with a spoonful of peanut butter and cinnamon for a healthy snack or meal (tastes like a treat!). Berries are sweet, high in anti-oxidants and fibre, yet lower in fructose so they are great choice for fruit with less sugar. They are also easy to buy in bulk when in season and freeze them, or buy frozen organic.

Cassie Spanner  -  Be Forever Healthier

Cassie SpannerFresh fruit and vegetables are my staples. I love eating salads, veggie bowls and mini fruit salads. They’re simple, easy and delicious. Other staples would be balsamic vinegar, olive oil, almond milk, chia seeds, and various seasonings like garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper.

Amanda Barnes  -  Amanda Barnes Nutrition

Amanda BarnesOlive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemons, quinoa, and onions. When I think of staples I think of items that can be used in most things that I cook. I love to roast veggies and make my own dressings (so easy and much healthier than store bought). All of these staples are so versatile and can be used in most recipes. I also start my day with apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and water.

Susan Minich - My Real Dish

Susan MinichFruits and vegetables (especially avocados, bananas, and salad / smoothie ingredients), olive oil, coconut oil, non-dairy milk, quinoa, rice, quinoa noodles, beans, dark chocolate, nuts, and hemp hearts.

I hope we've given you a few ideas of what to stock in your kitchen the next time you go shopping. Leave a comment below to share your healthy pantry must-haves.

9 Comments

  1. Susan Minich
    November 15, 2017

    I didn’t think about veggie burgers! I love them too!

    Reply
    1. chantal
      November 16, 2017

      I almost forgot to include them in my list, but was heating one up as I wrote 🙂

      Reply
  2. Lennis
    November 16, 2017

    I love this article! Great tips from everyone. My health staples in the kitchen are: moringa powder, chia seeds, and definitely fruits and vegetables. Dates are my sweet treat, filled with fiber and no added sugars ?

    Reply
    1. chantal
      November 16, 2017

      I usually have dates too. I haven’t tried moringa powder, I should check it out.

      Reply
  3. Fiona
    November 21, 2017

    Extra virgin olive oil, herbs and spices, pasta, rice, canned beans (cannellini, black beans), canned sweetcorn, tinned tomatoes, frozen spinach, frozen green beans, cheese, milk, walnuts, eggs. I generally have plenty of fresh veg around, but even if I’ve not made it to the shops and my veggie garden is bare, this lot means I can whip up a meal in less than half an hour.

    Reply
  4. Jessica
    July 5, 2018

    Great kitchen staple ideas! I noticed many people listed apple cider vinegar. I’m curious what people tend to use it for! Any suggestions?

    Reply
    1. chantal
      July 9, 2018

      Hi Jessica, Apple cider vinegar is great as a salad dressing with a little olive oil and dijon or grainy mustard. I love it!

      Reply
      1. Jessica
        July 12, 2018

        That sounds delicious! I’ll have to try it! Thanks!

        Reply
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