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24 Pantry Must Haves for Healthy Eating

by Angela Counsel


organised pantryAs we are focusing on healthy eating this month, I thought the pantry would be a good place to talk about.

First of all, check out this picture of the pantry on the right. My pantry DOES NOT look like that. In fact, I’d probably be a little scared of actually getting anything out of it and messing it all up if I did. And what’s with the colour coding?? 😉

My pantry is a little more haphazard but importantly, it’s full of the good stuff. And the bad stuff? Well, it simply does not make it through the front door.

So here are my must have items for the pantry that will help you make healthy eating become part of your daily life.

  • raw cacao powder
  • macadamia oil
  • olive oil
  • coconut nectar
  • coconut sugar
  • quinoa
  • chia seeds
  • coconut water (are you seeing a theme here)
  • nuts
  • seeds
  • quinoa flakes
  • dried herbs
  • shredded coconut
  • linseeds
  • dates
  • cacao nibs
  • coconut flour
  • spelt flour
  • almonds
  • rapadura sugar
  • rolled oats
  • kelp noodles
  • chickpeas
  • apple cider vinegar


These items form the basis for all the baking and cooking I do. They are healthy alternatives to the processed, chemical-laden items that exist out there. You’ll notice in the recipes I post on the blog or share on our monthly eZine that most of these items figure somewhere in there. These are staples for myself and the whole family.

What I suggest you do is every week when you do your food shopping add 2 or 3 of these items to your trolley. You can find most of these in the health food aisle or at a health food shop.

Once you have them, research how to use them in your cooking and baking and start to phase out the item it is replacing (if it is indeed replacing something).

The following week get a couple more items from this list and do the same thing.

That way you’re not going crazy at the health food shop spending hundreds of dollars on products that you’re not sure how to use yet.

Make it easy on yourself. It’s a slow and steady way to win the healthy eating race.

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