Stocking a Vibrant & Versatile Pantry

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by: Christina Ross

A balanced pantry should always have nutritious staples to whip together a meal, satisfy a snack craving, remedy a weak immune system and equipped with ready to grab and go items. A key to having a balanced pantry is to have it well organized as this will help ensure that you never run out of your favorite staple items and that you use your ingredients before the expiration date. Chalkboard paint can be applied to the inside of your cabinet doors to keep a tally of what you’re running low on. The next time you go grocery shopping snap a photo of your chalkboard door to have your eco-convenient-shopping list on hand. Air-tight glass jars and clear top storage tins are great for storing nuts,seeds, grains, flours and spices or anything else that you want to prevent from going stale. Label your jars and tins for extra help spotting just the right ingredient when your whipping up your next fresh out of the pantry culinary creation.

NUTS, SEEDS & DRIED FRUITS

Nuts(cashews, pistachios,almonds,brazil,pecans,walnuts,hazelnuts,pine nuts)
Dry seeds for sprouting (garbanzons, alf alfa, lentils, buckwheat)
Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, poppy, chia, hemp,flax)
Nut Butters (Almond,cashew,coconut, peanut butter)
Dried Fruit (raisins, dates, apples, figs, cranberries,apricots)

CONDIMENTS & BAKING SUPPLIES

Cacao powder
Non- Dairy Milks (almond, coconut, rice, hemp, etc…)
Palm Sugar, agave, maple,stevia,honey (unrefined sweeteners)
Whole vanilla beans
Cacao nibs
Miso paste (dressings, soups, sauces, very versatile seasoning)
Nutritional Yeast (B12 vitamins and cheesy flavor)
Coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar (great for salad dressing and baking)
Gluten free flours (almond, coconut, garbanzo, fava bean)
Flax meal (great egg substitute for vegan baking)
Vegetable bouillon cubes
Pure tomato sauce
Tamari (soy sauce)
Sesame oil
Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
Flax oil
Coconut oil

GRAINS, BEANS & SPICES

Spices(bay leaf, cumin, turmeric, coriander, black pepper, sea salt, red pepper flakes, etc…)
Grains(quinoa, brown rice, millet, buckwheat)
Soba noodles
Peas
Beans
Olives
Lentils

IMMUNITY BOOSTERS

Bee pollen
Maca
Lucuma
Vita minerals green
Matcha Green Tea

SUPER SNACKS

Crackers (made from flax, nuts and/or seeds)
Nori (for veggie wraps and homemade sushi)
Raw Gluten Free granola
Dehydrated snacks such as kale chips and fruit leathers
Fruit and nut bars (raw/vegan varieties)
Decaf Teas

 

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