Your pantry can make or break your diet. Hiding that bag of chips in the back and old cans of green beans won’t do you any good! Set yourself up for success by keeping your pantry stocked with healthy goodies and staples.
What You Need in Your Pantry and Why:
Canned Beans –
Any canned item that has protein, fiber, vitamins and can be used in less than five minutes is exactly what any pantry needs. You can drain and rinse any type of bean and use it in soups, salads, as a side dish, etc. My favorites are chickpeas, black beans, and lentils.
Canned Tuna –
This might bring you back to childhood, but canned tuna is an awesome and convenient protein. You can whip up some tuna salad with Greek yogurt and lemon in just a few minutes!
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Cooking Oils (Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, etc.) –
You can’t go wrong with having options to cook with. Olive oil and coconut oil are staples, but there are quite a few others to try.
Flour Alternatives (Almond Meal, Oat Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, etc.) –
Whether you’re baking or breading some protein you should have options here too! Each type of flour alternative gives you a slightly different taste and texture.
Grains (Quinoa, Oats, Brown Rice, Whole Wheat Pasta, etc.) –
By having multiple grains in your pantry, you can rest assured that you will be able to meet your fiber needs each day. It is recommended that most people get 20-30 grams of fiber per day. Let your pantry (and fresh fruits and vegetables) help with that!
Herbs & Spices –
You will never have a dull meal if your herbs and spice collection is up to par. Think: Italian seasoning, turmeric, cinnamon, chili powder, dried rosemary, etc. Bonus: add flavor without sodium!
Nuts & Seeds, Dried Fruit –
You can create multiple types of trail mixes and granolas if you’ve got these on hand. No excuses when it comes to snacking!
Protein Powder –
I love having protein powder in my pantry for baking and smoothies. I’m sure most of you have this for protein shakes, but think outside the box and use it in more creative ways.
Varieties of Tea –
Need to relax before bed? Chamomile tea. Want an afternoon energy boost? Green tea. There are so many reasons to have a cup of tea. It’s nice to just grab some out of the pantry and sweeten it with a little honey or agave that is also in your pantry.