Pantry Must Haves

It’s no secret that we love organizing pantries.  Every time we get our hands on a new pantry space, we’re always so curious to see what new and interesting food goodies we’ll discover – and if they’re as healthy as they are delicious, that’s always a bonus!  Since this is a topic that’s of such interest to us, we reached out to our friend Katie Jasper of Prescribe Nutrition to give us her expert advice on the best items to stock in a perfectly organized pantry… 

Take it away, Katie!

~ J & K

When Joni & Kitt invited us over (literally and figuratively) to Practically Perfect for some Prescribe Nutrition words on what we keep in our pantry at all times, we jumped at the chance.  Here’s the deal: having an inventory list of some healthy staples is instrumental to keeping our bodies fueled and our goals in tact.  So just like that, we have a list for you of what and – most importantly – why we keep these goods up to par (inventory term, ya know) in our homes.  Call them random, call them quirky, we’ll take it.  Let’s do this!

(Items are listed in no particular order)

Almond Milk (in the carton): We always need to have this on hand to throw some in coffee, make overnight oats or smoothies.  It’s necessary!

Nut Butter: Maybe it’s an addiction, but we don’t care.  We love having nut butter on hand to enjoy with apples and sliced veggies, pop into a smoothie or, heck, just a quick spoonful for energy.  Quick, easy, filling snack = done.

Raw Walnuts, Almonds, Dried Mulberries, Cacao Nibs:  We take all of these five and make our own trail mix – we have it almost every day!

Ghee: Amazing for cooking and often with coffee.  Who knew?

Collagen Powder: This to keep us young.  Okay, there are more reasons why we love it here.

Tuna: Never will we have a cupboard without chunk white tuna.  Easy (and might we say cheap) protein source. 
Filler up.

Olive Oil Mayo: This follows the tuna tip pretty darn smooth, as whipping up a tuna salad is everything when it comes to making lunch happen in a pinch.

Olives: Always have a jar of these on hand.  Another fast and easy way to get healthy fats.

Olives: Always have a jar of these on hand.  Another fast and easy way to get healthy fats.

Nuun Tablets:  Listen up, these bad boys are a hydration lifesaver.

Braggs ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar): Where, oh where, do we start?  You can drink it, use it as hair rinse, and add it to a hot bath!

Coconut Oil: Use for skillet cooking, baking, mix with essential oils and put on as lotion.

Sardines: These little sneakers contain a little bit of almost every nutrient that the body needs. They are close to being perfect, from a nutritional standpoint. Whoa, huh?

There we have it folks.  We promised you our favorite gems.  We encourage you to add to this list based on your preferences and your own needs.  Having a pantry list and keeping it stocked is like having a mini parachute in your kitchen.  Let this inspired you to get organized (as Joni and Kitt would love us all to do!)

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Katie Jasper is a Nutritionist and Co-Founder of Prescribe Nutrition, where they believe that life shouldn’t be spent on a diet and that there is no one right way of eating. Prescribe Nutrition empowers people to understand how to eat for their bodies with our revolutionary, on demand approach to nutrition and wellness counseling.