Are you ready for some Spring cleaning?!
This is a perfect opportunity to clean out your kitchen and restock it with things that support your immune system and living a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re like me, your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer can easily become overwhelming and stocked with things that we don’t remember buying, forgot we even had, don’t/won’t eat and/or aren’t aligned with our health and fitness goals.
Having a well thought out pantry allows you to create meals that are not only easy, but are nutritious, convenient and tasty! Hopefully, the following ideas will help you navigate the clean out process with ease and set you up with a pantry, refrigerator, and freezer full of staples to create these nutritious and convenient meals.
Step 1: Clean Out
Always begin by taking everything out – yes, we are diving right in!
Wipe down EVERYTHING! Clean spaces look and feel so good!!!
Discard expired items & items that you won’t utilize.
Match up categories of items
- Canned goods
- Cooking oils
Replace items & organize by categories above. Do this for each of your 3 spaces: pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.
Here are a few things that might help you with organization…
Farmhouse Metal Wire Food Storage Organizer – I LOVE these!
Step 2: Stock with Staples
Here are pantry, refrigerator & freezer staples that will come in handy when throwing together easy, yet nutritious meals. BEFORE you head to the store or go online to order, make a list of what you need to re-stock your kitchen.
During this time, do the best you can with stocking your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. I love to get all of my pantry staples from Thrive Market. Think of it as an online version of Costco for healthy food. CLICK HERE to shop and learn more. Shipping times may be delayed right now.
Canned Proteins – make for a great protein punch in a time pinch and/or lack of other protein resources
Gluten Free Oatmeal – can be utilized for quick breakfast options & nummy tasting energy balls.
Gluten Free Pasta – I tend to prioritize a chickpea or black bean pasta, as they have a higher protein content.
Rice & Quinoa – both are great carbohydrate sources & quinoa also adds some extra protein to your meal.
Jarred Sauce – tomato sauce can be used for almost ANYTHING and although you are more than welcome to make it yourself, having some jars on hand can make life a little easier
- Tomatoes – sauce, diced, crushed (buy in a jar or box if you can because tomatoes are so acid a can isn’t ideal)
- Enchilada sauce – Siete has a great one
- Marinara sauce – Rao’s is AMAZING
- Curry sauce – Yai’s has clean healthy ingredients
- Pizza sauce
Canned Beans – diced tomatoes & chiles, assorted beans (no sauces added)
- Cannellini/Navy beans
- Garbanzo/chickpeas beans
- Eniva Cooking Oil – BEST for high heat
- Avocado Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil – more ideal for salad dressing and low heat
Spices – some basic must-haves
- Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Salt & Pepper
- Chili powder
- Italian seasoning
Nuts & Seeds – I always strive to create rotation in the nuts & seeds we have on hand, as to not develop any sensitivities to one nut or seed in particular. Also, don’t forget about those nut butters (hint: look for that nut or seed & maybe sea salt as the ONLY ingredient)
NOTE: Once I open a bag of nuts or a jar of nut butter, I store it in the refrigerator to keep them fresh longer.
Protein Powder – Eniva Whey Protein
Snacks – it’s a great time to restock your pantry with healthy snacks. Here is what you will find in our pantry.
- Crackers – Mary’s Gone Crackers & Simple Mills
- Lesser Evil Popcorn
- Siete Chips
- Dark Chocolate – aim for 70% or greater
- Coconut Butter
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Coconut sugar
- Tapioca starch
- Arrowroot starch
- Chocolate chips – I like dark chocolate chips from Enjoy Life
- Cacao powder
- Extra coconut flour & almond flour – once open I store it in the refrigerator
- Canned coconut milk for cooking and baking
- Balsamic vinegar
- Extra Primal Kitchen salad dressings & mayo
- Bone broth – I always have Kettle & Fire bone broth on hand in our pantry
Eggs – I LOVE to have farm fresh eggs on hand; however, when we don’t we opt for the cage-free version at the grocery store.
Fresh Proteins – having 2-3 fresh protein sources available for consumption during the week provides options and allows your body to absorb different nutrients from multiple sources. Below are some examples.
Salad Greens & Assorted Vegetables – I always strive to have 3-4 vegetable options (again allows your body to absorb different nutrients – eat the rainbow) in my refrigerator week to week to either be utilized or frozen for future usage. Favorites in our rotation are:
- Salad greens – arugula, spring mix, spinach
- Brussel sprouts
Condiments – I love Primal Kitchen condiments, as they are made with avocado oil (can withstand high heat processing) and have limited, whole ingredients.
- Salad Dressings
- Coconut Aminos
Drinks – we always have the following on hand when we want something different than water
- Sparkling water – Spindrift is my favorite brand
- Kombucha – I love GT Synergy brand and have a variety of flavors
- Kombucha Live soda – you can get this at Lakewinds
- Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk – we don’t drink this, we only use it for protein shakes
Supplements – we have a well-stocked fridge of Eniva supplements to support our bodies and our minds.
Frozen Fruits – perfect for smoothies, a sweet treat or for topping yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
Frozen Vegetables – although I prefer the fresh vegetable taste over frozen, I always have a plethora of frozen vegetable bags available for time pinches or lack of fresh availability. Below are what I have stocked all the time.
- Riced cauliflower
- Green beans
- Cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joe’s
Frozen Proteins – grass-fed, organic burger patties & free-range, organic chicken breasts, and salmon are always a staple in our freezer.
Step 3: Create!
Try some of these delicious recipes with your newly-stocked kitchen!
Protein Shake or Smoothie
Scrambled Eggs (your way) w/ oatmeal & cinnamon
Oatmeal Cups by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Egg Cups 3 Ways by Cafe Delites
3-Ingredient Breakfast Skillet by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Tex-Mex Breakfast Hash by The Real Food Dieticians
Lunch Or Dinner
Chicken Salad Recipes (can be served over salad greens, lettuce cups, rice or quinoa)
Tuna Salad by The Real Food Dieticians (can be served over salad greens, lettuce cups, rice or quinoa)
Paleo Burrito Bowls by Paleo Running Mama (can be served over rice, quinoa, cauliflower rice)
Gluten Free Tuna Noodle Casserole by Fed and Fit
Chicken Tacos by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Gluten Free Pasta w/ Protein & Vegetable(s) of Choice
Veggies & hummus
Chicken or tuna salad with veggies to dip
Energy bites by The Real Food Dieticians
In Health & Happiness,