Healthy pantry staples are extremely essential, especially in times of uncertainty, emergency and crisis when extra trips to the grocery store might be something we woul'd like to avoid.
If you are on a restrictive diet, I understand how this can be difficult so I thought it would be helpful to highlight several items with nutrients that you can make work in this time period.
When there is an emergency and food becomes scarce, give yourself grace and do the best you can. stress can negatively effect your immune system and can lead to more harm than the "unhealthy" foods you have previously avoided.
So, take a deep breath & check out this list to give you some helpful ideas of what to keep in your pantry in the midst of this crisis!
HEALTHY PANTRY STAPLES
Gluten Free Oatmeal - healthy and filling option that keeps several months in the pantry. Great for meals and baking.
Coconut milk- a great option for smoothies, adding to soups or a creamer for coffee. (helpful to have a canned option for milk when you need it but have none in the fridge!)
Rice/Quinoa - can last for several years, so its a good option to have on hand!
Beans and Legumes - dried beans can keep in the pantry for 3-5 years & make a great addition to meals for added fiber & nutrients.
Potatoes - Store in a cool dry place And can be kept for 3-5 weeks.
Dried fruit - great for snacking or adding to nuts for a healthy trailmix
Grain-free flours - such as almond, coconut, tapioca & arrowroot are helpful to have for baking.
Plantain Chips - a great option when you want something salty and crunchy to snack on!
Nut Butters - great for snacking & baking. Can be stored in the pantry unopened for 2-3 months.
Gluten- Free pasta - I always have pasta on hand in case I need a backup dinner option, this practice has come in handy in the last couple weeks! Banza is a great gluten/grain free option!
Spaghetti Squash - a great alternative to gluten free pasta if you are wanting lower carb, and get be stored in a dry cool place for 1-2 months.
(same goes for butternut & acorn squash)
Spices and herbs - oregano, garlic, seasoning salute (my fave from Trader joes), onion powder, cumin, etc. Last up to 4-5 years
Celtic Sea Salt - great alternative to table salt as it contains over 80 different minerals, helps replace electrolytes, provides body with necessary sodium and potassium & helps to season food.
coconut oil - great option for healthy baking & cooking. contains many antiviral/antibacterial properties.
REFRIDGERATED OR FROZEN Foods
meats - grass-fed beef, fish, chicken are great to have on hand and last up to 6 months in the freezer
Eggs - Can last weeks in the fridge or in the freezer for about 6-8 months.
Soups - make ahead soups are a great option for future use as they can be frozen up to 6 months!
frozen veggies -kale, spinach, zucchini are some of my favorites I keep on hand to add to smoothies!
bone broth - Bonafide is my favorite and can be kept in the freezer for several months.
frozen fruit- banana, strawberries, mango, wild blueberries freeze well and make great smoothies!
What staples do you keep in your pantry? Would Love to hear your ideas!