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How to Stock Your Pantry Like a Natural Food Chef

August 13, 2013

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Eating a nutritious whole foods diet is much easier when you have a strong and healthy foundation to stand on in the kitchen! If you keep most of the basic dry goods and frozen items in your kitchen at all times, you will just need to buy fresh produce and meat to go with it when you go to the grocery store. Stock your pantry and freezer like a natural food chef so you always have what you need on hand to whip up a healthy meal for you and your family on a moment’s notice! 

The Pantry

Pro Tip – If you are buying dry goods, invest in a few glass jars to keep in your pantry. Then you can shop in the bulk section of your local grocery or health food store, which saves you money and eliminates packaging waste!

Grains and Legumes

  • Quinoa
  • Polenta
  • Farro
  • Gluten-free oats
  • Lentils
  • Brown rice
  • Whole wheat or quinoa pasta
  • Variety of dried beans like black, pinto or garbanzo
  • Chia and flax seeds
  • Nuts like walnuts or almonds
  • Nut butter

Oils and Vinegars

  • Olive oil
  • Grape seed oil – high smoking point, so it’s great for stir-frying!
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Coconut Oil 


  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Variety of dried herbs
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Cayenne
  • Cumin
  • Curry powder 


  • Whole wheat flour
  • Almond meal
  • Agave or organic honey
  • Coconut palm sugar


  • Curry paste
  • BPA free canned organic tomatoes
  • Miso – will need to be refrigerated
  • Tamari
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Organic agave ketchup


  • Sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh garlic


Pro Tips – Now is the perfect time to freeze fruit, berries and vegetables to use all winter long. Lay sliced fruit or whole berries out on a baking sheet and put it in the freezer to flash freeze them. Once all of the pieces are individually frozen you can consolidate them into a freezer safe container or bag.

Next time you make tomato sauce, make a double batch so you can freeze half of it to always have on hand! 

  • Variety of berries
  • Sprouted grain bread
  • Variety of organic vegetables like green beans or broccoli
  • Homemade tomato sauce
  • Organic, free-range meat like chicken or beef
  • Homemade chicken broth – Just boil the bones from your roasted chicken in water for 30 to 40 minutes after dinner, then freeze the liquid.

What is your go-to healthy pantry item?