What does a dietitian keep in her pantry at all times? These are the healthy pantry essentials I keep on hand in order to make healthy eating more convenient.
When it comes to eating a nutritious, balanced diet, it’s a heck of a lot easier when you’re prepared. And by that I don’t mean meal prepping every Sunday or even planning your next week’s meals (although those things can certainly help). I mean having the basics on hand to whip up a quick meal or snack that’s both balanced and tastes good.
It’s nearly impossible to consistently stick to a healthy, balanced diet if you don’t have any food in your kitchen. But that doesn’t mean you have to run to the grocery store every time you’re hungry. That’s why I always have a basic stock of nutrient-rich staples in my pantry at all times. With a variety of pantry staples, you’ll have the ingredients on hand to make a nutritious meal or snack out of almost anything. Pair these healthy pantry essentials with the refrigerated and frozen items you have on hand to always have something delicious and nutritious at your fingertips!
A Dietitian’s Healthy Pantry Essentials:
These are essential for healthy, filling breakfasts, lunches and dinners in my house. I keep a large variety of grains on hand, but I make sure to stock these ones as soon as I’m running low.
- Old fashioned oatmeal
- Brown rice
- Whole wheat pasta
- Natural peanut butter
- Natural almond butter
Canned goods are essential for convenience. Whether it’s throwing some beans on a salad for protein, or adding tomatoes to soup or salsa, these canned goods are must-haves for me. Look for low sodium versions.
- Tuna packed in water
- Black beans
- Diced tomatoes
Heart-healthy oils should be in everyone’s pantry. They help you to cook healthier dishes and make your own dressings.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Avocado oil*
- Oil Spray*
*I use Chosen Foods. Use code LIVELYTABLE20 for 20% off your order.
A few other pantry items I keep on hand to make my life in the kitchen easier.
- White whole wheat flour
- Dried fruit
- Flax seeds
- Chia seeds
- Dried lentils and beans
- Low sodium chicken/vegetable stock
While all of these items are essentials that I personally use frequently, they are just suggestions. Remember that wasted food is wasting money, so don’t buy products you won’t ever use, and don’t feel like you have to eat something just because somebody else does!