PANTRY STOCKING: SETTING UP FOR NUTRITIOUS CHOICES DURING BUSY TIMES

Now that I am away from home for most of the week, I can truly appreciate how important pantry stocking is. A properly stocked pantry can help you make the right choices when arriving home exhausted and not ready to face the stores (or facing closed stores in this part of the world), can help your family and the babysitters survive a busy week without you and generally set the whole family up for making nutritious choices for snack, lunch and dinner times.

Here is a list of items we have in our pantry at all times for easy meal prepping. Besides that, I always try to have some type of energy balls stocked up in the fridge for snacks and some portions of oat bread, muffins and lentil dahl ready to defrost in the freezer. That means we are always prepared and set up for long working days, babysitter evenings and hungry toddlers begging for snacks due to delayed meals. And for those times when we do not have the time to go hunting for fresh produce and have to make a plan with what´s in the pantry and left I n the fridge..

Our pantry

Nuts and seeds

  • Almonds
  • Cashew nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Macademia nuts
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Coconut (flaked / desiccated)
  • Almond or cashew nut butter
  • Peanut butter
  • Psyllium husks
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Linseeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Sesame seeds

Grains, non-grains, beans, lentils

  • Quinoa
  • Chickpeas
  • Kidney beans
  • Butter beans
  • Red lentils

Oil, butter, yeast and condiments

  • Coconut oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Rice oil
  • Flax oil
  • Fresh yeast
  • Soy sauce
  • Tabasco

Milks & flavours

  • Rice milk
  • Almond milk
  • Oat milk
  • Cacoa powder
  • Acai powder

Dried fruits and sweeteners

  • Raw honey
  • Raisins
  • Dates
  • Prunes
  • Apricots

Pasta and rice

  • Brown basmati rice
  • Wholegrain pasta
  • Soba noodles (buckwheat noodles)
  • Udon noodles
  • Risotto

Flours and grains

  • Wholegrain spelt flour
  • Rice flour
  • Chickpea flour
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Cous cous
  • Oats

Others

  • Tinned plum tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Canned tuna
  • Tins of sardines

Enjoy meal prepping!

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