A Dietitian’s Pantry

I’ve been thinking lately about writing about a pantry makeover (pantry being an all-inclusive term here). Since I can’t see into your pantry, I will quite simply give you a peak into mine.  The first thing that goes into filling the cupboards is meal planning. You must have a plan of attack before you shop in order to be successful at this thing called healthy eating.

This blog about simple living does a great job of describing meal planning. Lots of helpful tips that are WORTH it! Check it out!

Also, check out this post for a good idea of what some of my meals look like. See below for a few of  my pantry favorites.

Pantry Staples:

  • low sodium chicken broth
  • tuna packets (low sodium preferred)
  • oats
  • granola
  • beans, assorted
  • whole grain pasta, assorted
  • quinoa
  • brown rice
  • whole grain cereal
  • wheat thins/ triscuits
  • dried fruit: apricots, cranberries, raisins
  • canned pumpkin
  • canned tomatoes, no salt added and italian seasoned
  • white whole wheat flour
  • tortilla chips
  • spray canola oil
  • vinegars
  • tea

Spices and Seasonings:

  • italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • cumin
  • cinnamon
  • taco seasoning (reduced sodium)
  • paprika
  • cocoa
  • red pepper flakes!!!! (i put on EVERYTHING)
  • onion and garlic powder

In the Fridge:

  • skim milk
  • nonfat, plain Greek yogurt
  • eggs
  • natural peanut butter and almond butter
  • hummus
  • reduced fat cheese
  • spray butter
  • no trans fat margarines
  • all fruit jam
  • peppers, romaine, celery, carrots, cucumber, kale/spinach
  • oranges and grapefruit (in the winter)
  • lean meats depending on the meal plan for the week; usually no more than 1 or 2 at a time (salmon, chicken, beef, pork loin, etc.)
  • yogurt based salad dressings
  • mustard
  • low sodium soy sauce
  • fat free whipped cream 🙂

In the Freezer:

  • veggies galore
  • lean meats
  • edamame
  • low fat ice cream
  • dark chocolate chips
  • almonds/walnuts/pecans
  • fruit (for smoothies!)

On the Counter:

  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • whole grain breads
  • garlic
  • bananas
  • sweet potatoes
  • olive oil

Favorite Quick Pick from the Supermarket:

  • Rotisserie Chicken!

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By no means is this everything in my pantry. But these are some of my favorites and certainly the things used most to make my meals.

What are your top 5 “pantry” favorites… that you just couldn’t live without??

hmmm…I think mine would be: nut butters, oats, milk, tea, and dark chocolate 🙂

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Also, if you live in the Ohio/Pennsylvania/Maryland regions, you may be able to win an awesome prize to makeover your pantry! Check out this link for the info.

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