With a well-stocked pantry, nourishing meals are attainable – even on your family’s busiest days. These healthy pantry makeover tips (plus our free printable staples list) will help you keep real foods on hand at all times.
Even if your cupboards currently look like the snack aisle at Target, you can start transitioning from packaged, process stuff to more real food in your kitchen.
A healthy pantry makeover doesn’t have to happen all at once. It’s a great opportunity to start slowly replacing some of your old flours, pastas, spices, and cooking oils with refreshed healthier versions.
Where to Buy High Quality Real Food & Pantry Staples
When it comes to buying these items, choose local and organic whenever you can. We belong to our local CSA and make a regular Saturday morning visit to our local farmers market. This is a great place to get organic vegetables, seasonal fruits and berries, local raw honey, and sometimes flours and baked goods.
If you live in an area without a Whole Foods-type of store and your local grocer doesn’t carry much by way of healthier options, we’ve found it super easy to shop online with Amazon’s Subscribe & Save option. You can find organic and non-GMO products at extremely competitive prices.
To make the meal planning and pantry stocking process easier, download our free printable Meal Planner and Pantry Staples List.
Your list may look different depending on any food sensitivities or personal preferences within your family. This is simply a guide – a reference to build upon or take away from. And if your kitchen is vegan, disregard any dairy or animal stocks from this list.
Healthy Pantry Staples List
Oils and Fats
Grains, Pasta, Rice, Legumes
Whole grain oats
Chickpeas / Garbanzo beans
Gluten free pasta
Wild blend rice
Seasonings & Spices
Celtic sea salt
Organic Black Peppercorn
Seeds, Nuts, & Nut Butters
Local, raw honey – try your local farmers market or look at Local Honey Source
Pure maple syrup – Grade B if you can find it
Natural vanilla extract – or make your own
Pure almond extract
Stocks & Broths
Organic vegetable stock
Free range chicken broth
Pre-made bone broths or homemade bone broths to freeze
Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids
Once your healthy pantry makeover is underway, talk to your kids about what new snacks they’d like to try – as well as what favorites they may not be ready to give up. You can generally find improved versions of the cereals and snacks kids love at Trader Joe’s. That doesn’t make them health foods, but at least they’re not laden with chemicals and pesticides.
To expand your child’s healthy snack palate, try some of these…
- apple slices with almond butter or sunflower seed butter
- WASA crackers with honey butter
- veggies in kid-sized slices
- yogurt with fresh granola or berries
- broccoli with melted freshly grated cheese
- whole grain chips or organic corn chips with salsa
- kale popcorn or crispy kale chips
- veggie or fruit ice pops
- cheese, freshly cut salami, whole grain crackers and sunflower honey
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