How to Eat Healthy Tip #3: Stock your shelves, your fridge, and your freezer!

As my youngest daughter once observed, “There’s nothing to eat in the house, but we have all the ingredients to make just about anything.”

Poor kid.

She was right.

I’ve discovered it’s a whole lot easier to make healthy food when you have the right ingredients on hand. Then, when you come across a recipe, you have no excuse not to make it immediately! Plus, it’s less tempting to eat out. Therefore, I typically keep the following ingredients in the house at all times…

In my pantry:

canned goods-beans (garbanzo/chick peas, black, navy, cannellini, navy, adzuki),  tomatoes (whole, diced, sauce, paste), pumpkin


grains-rice, amaranth, millet, quinoa, wheat berries,, old fashioned oatmeal

lentils-red, green, brown

noodles-soba, udon, spelt, whole wheat

raw nuts-almonds, cashews, peanuts, pine, walnuts


seeds-chia, flax, hemp, pepitas, sunflower, popcorn


nut butters-peanut, almond, cashew, sunbutter

canned “milk”-coconut milk, coconut cream

dried fruit-dates, raisins, cherries, cranberries, goji berries

flour-spelt flour, whole wheat flour, coconut flour, garbanzo flour


baking ingredients-cacao powder, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, almond extract

sweeteners-date sugar, coconut sugar, rice syrup, agave


chips-carob, vegan chocolate (mini, regular and chunk), cacao nibs


spices-nutritional yeast, Bragg’s liquid aminos, garlic bulbs, ginger root, and TONS of dried spices


potatoes-sweet, red

onions-vidalia, red

vinegar-white, apple cider, balsamic

oils-olive, hempseed, grape seed, coconut

weird stuff-silken tofu, VEGA ONE, spirulina, maca, acai

coffee/tea/vegetable broth

In my fridge:

milk-soy, coconut, almond, cashew

leafy greens-kale, spinach 

veggies-(I try to buy seasonal) broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, brussels sprouts, asparagus, celery, mushrooms


fruit-(I try to buy seasonal) lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, berries, cherries, apples

condiments- tamari, coconut aminos, vegan worcestershire, mustard, vegan mayo, ketchup


things I can’t figure out how to categorize-apple sauce, coconut water, tahini, maple syrup, extra firm tofu, Daiya “cheese” slices and shreds


In my freezer:

fruit-cherries, berries, mango, pineapple, BANANAS 


veggies-kale, green beans, corn, edamame

bread/buns-sprouted grain like



cubes-coffee, nut milk 

 ice cream-soy (This just happens to be Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream delivered to me from a student whose parents just happen to own the local ice cream shoppe in town!)


On my counter:

bananas, avocados, tomatoes

Self disclosure:

wine, wine, and more wine


So what are you waiting for? Go! Head to the grocery store! Fill your pantry…your fridge…your freezer!

Next post: What the heck do I do with all the food in my pantry, fridge and freezer?

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