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!


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 🙂


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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