What’s in your cupboard? A Shopping List for a Healthy Pantry


Many people ask me what I have in my pantry, since I always say that stocking a healthy one is the key to preparing quick, nutritious meals.

To answer that question, I decided to make a list of everything I have on hand and, in doing so, realized this would make a great shopping list for my readers!

Cheat Sheet

So, here you are! It’s your shopping cheat sheet from my kitchen to yours. Feel free to print the below, and use it as a guide when you’re at the market. There’s just one caveat: Clean out your pantry first. Throw away the junk food, the processed foods and the old, expired packaged goods. Then, you’ll be organized and ready to cook anything healthy in minutes with little effort and lots of satisfaction.

Pantry Staples

Baking powder, Baking soda, Beans, canned: garbanzo beans, red kidney beans, white beans, Beans, dried: great northern, lima, lentil, split pea, black, pinto, Bread crumbs: seasoned and plain, Broth, low-sodium: beef, vegetable, chicken, Cereal, hot: old fashioned oatmeal, Chocolate: unsweetened squares, semisweet chips, cocoa powder, Coffee: beans, ground, instant, espresso, Cooking spray, Cornmeal, Cornstarch, Crackers: low-fat, whole grain, Dried fruits: raisins, apricots, cherries, cranberries, Extracts: vanilla, lemon, rum, orange, Flour: All-purpose, whole wheat, cake, bread, Fruit preserves: jam, honey, agave nectar, Garlic: fresh and minced, Gelatin: powdered, unflavored, Lemons: fresh, Limes: fresh, Milk: evaporated, powered , Nuts: almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, Onions: purple, yellow, Oil: olive, sesame, peanut, Pasta, dried (semolina and whole wheat): spaghetti, linguini, angel hair, penne, noodles, Peanut, Almond and other Nut Butters, Potatoes, fresh: russet, white, Rice: long-grain, wild, basmati, Arborio, brown, Sugar: natural granulated, confectioner’s, light and dark brown, Tea: loose leaf and bagged, Tomatoes: canned whole, crushed, chopped, puree, sauce, fresh, Tuna, canned in water, Vinegar: Balsamic, white, red wine, and finally, Yeast, dry active.



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