Inside my Healthy, Stocked Pantry

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a strong affection for office supplies, coffee and healthy living. Lately, I’ve been focusing on eating well for as little coast as possible. In my quest to find new and simple ways to save money in our food budget without sacrificing quality, I’m focusing on keeping a stocked pantry full of healthy, non-processed essentials. I also like to ensure that I always have these staples in my house so that even on the worst of nights, I can always throw together a quick meal that’s both healthy and economical.

I’ve quickly transformed my pantry into my own mini grocery store filled with all the spices, beans, legumes and pastas that I need to throw together a meal. It’s easy and budget friendly because I buy bulk. All you need are some mason jars and a good bulk food section or store to go to. The only drawback is there is sometimes extra prep work involved but the savings it gives our family is totally worth having to leave myself a sticky note reminder to soak beans overnight. This gives me more financial freedom to buy fancy pens and sticky notes from Staples to feed my other addiction.

Here is a peek at some of the essentials I keep on hand:

I always have several types of dried beans, chickpeas, ground flax, chia, goji berries, pasta, oats (quick and rolled), lentils, brown rice, quinoa etc.


Nutritional Yeast. Yes…it really does look like fish food.


Goji Berries. I love adding them to home-made trail mix or oatmeal
Red Quinoa. So pretty and tasty! I use this in salads. A great way to add some umph to your meal and even with dressing on it, it only tastes better with time!

There are more things and I’m working on a list of must-have items to keep on hand. But for now, bask in the glory of my mason jars while I go make my pantry and fridge more presentable (the drawback of having little hands that like to re-arrange my cupboards on a daily basis).

What are some of your essential foods that you keep on hand? 



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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

22 Responses to Inside my Healthy, Stocked Pantry

  1. Love the mason jar idea! Now you have a reason to buy a label maker at Staples too! Although knowing you, I wouldn’t be surprised if you had one already. :)
    I always keep quinoa, brown rice and organic pasta in my pantry. So many great meals can be made with these three.
    Where do you buy your Chia seeds from and what’s your favourite thing to use them on?

    • Believe it or not…no label maker (yet!). I get my chia at the bulk store. Bulk barn is good but I LOVE the Scoop’n’Weigh on Taylor near Route 90. It’s a great mom and pop shop and they have measuring cups on hand so you always get the right amount for the jars. GNC also has them in bigger bags too. I put them in overnight oats, green monsters, salads, stir fries. They don’t have any taste so they go pretty much with anything :)

  2. mmmm! i always have chia and goji berries also!! one of my serious staples is oats and nut butters. i just tried red quinoa for the first time. i thought it was great!! have a fantastic friday! spa love!

  3. Yum! …and am happy to say that is in my pantry as well. But, how do you use the nutritional yeast? I only have 2 recipes that call for it and feel like I should use it more often. I have a dressing and one other recipe that calls for it. I am still clueless how to really use it!

    • I use it when I make Vegan meals. I’ve used it in salad dressings, alfredo sauce (vegan), and vegan cheese sauces. So far, I haven’t ventured into using it outside of other people’s recipes.

  4. I would like to know how to use the nutritional yeast as wel – never seen that. My staples are whole grain pastas, rice, quinoa (never tried the red kind though). I am trying to incorporate more beans and lentils though – need the sticky note too about soaking :)

  5. in addition to your wonderful list I have a bag of raw cacao nibs and a bag of triphala powder for smoothies.
    Nutritional yeast instead of or with sea salt on popcorn is our favorite.

  6. As an older mom (54) and gramma, and small farmer who was always using magazines for info before the internet I have learned that fancy and organizing and labelling and “high end ingredients” dont really mean a whole lot to feeding your family properly. Yeast is yeast, if you are paying premium dollars for “nutritional” yeast your urine is highly expensive, raw means your food may have sat for days or weeks and lost nutrients when a comparable frozen food vegetable from a giant facility which was frozen on the day of harvest has optimum food quality. Salt is salt, etc. it is ALL in the marketing. Grow a garden, take a look at what a tomato looks like when it is ready to eat, taste it. An organic tomato from a health food store can be so far from what it should be that it can be unnutritious, weeks after picking. We had a family farm where we had real free range chickens that we let out and that even ventured into the forest next to our farm. They never were fed by us except during winter. A local health food store told us that our eggs were corrupted because we had one rooster in the flock of over 100 chickens. He said that “virgin” eggs were the only organic ones. So many people followed his advice it was so silly. Dont believe every thing you read. Research your ingredients,ask your family doctor, look at other sites than the marketing sites. Always keep in the front of your mind that no matter how true a testimonial is, they CAN and are always almost FROM A company trying to sell you something. A business trying to sell you a salt product will have a nice women seeding other sites with testimonials. Same with nutritional yeast testimonials. Nice picture, nice comments. JUST A MARKETING GIMMICK.

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