How To Stock A {Mostly} Healthy Pantry

Learn how to stock a mostly healthy pantry with our easy guide! Featuring a downloadable PDF with a list of comprehensive pantry items, such as flours, whole grains, legumes, spices and much more.

Small bowls filled with whole grains, dried cranberries and chocolate chips.
We’re taking a quick break from the recipes today for another installment of my Meal Planning 101 series!

You seem to really love meal planning *almost* as much as I do, so I thought it would be fun to occasionally pop in with more posts.

So, let’s dive in and talk about today’s topic.

How To Stock A Mostly Healthy Pantry

I’ve found that having a well-stocked pantry really encourages me to make meals at home as often as possible.

It makes my weekly grocery shopping much easier – unless I’m restocking something that I’m low on, each week I am mostly buying perishable items, like fruits, veggies, etc.

It also means that when we get back from trips (or for weeks when life happens and I haven’t had time to obsessively meal plan), I can usually throw something together from what I have in the house.

And something that is at least mostly on the healthy side.

Two ball jars filled with wild rice and lentils.

The List – A Few Important Points

  • Please know that this is not an exhaustive list of everything I have in my house at a given time – just those items that I consider staples. There are plenty of other items that I pick up as needed at the grocery store but don’t worry about keeping in the house on a regular basis.
  • Please also know that this list is what I consider pantry staples! What’s right for me and my family may be different for you. This list is just meant as a great starting point.
  • A lot of these items I store in the fridge, especially once opened (like the condiments, nut butters, raw nuts, etc.) but I consider them pantry items so they are on the list.
  • I’m calling this list mostly healthy because I certainly like baking special treats, eating dark chocolate, you know, that sort of thing. So all of that is on the list as well.

A Quick Explanation Of Each Category

I put everything into categories as best I could – there are certain items that could fall under several headings but I only included them in one to avoid duplicates.

  1. Oils / Vinegars: My go-to oils for cooking and baking, along with the vinegars I use for salad dressings, other sauces, etc.
  2. Whole Grains / Legumes: All of these are favorites in our house. I love to cook oatmeal or even pots of lentils, beans, quinoa, you name it, on the weekends to have during the week for meals.
  3. Flours: White whole wheat flour is my absolute favorite, but all of those listed I use on a regular basis for my baking needs.
  4. Sweeteners: My absolute go-to natural sweeteners are honey and pure maple syrup. But a lot of the others I use when making indulgent goodies for a treat!
  5. Condiments: For making sauces, dressings and just to have on hand.
  6. Baking: My go-to items (other than flours) for most of my baking needs.
  7. Miscellaneous: Things that don’t neatly fit into a category, like canned diced tomatoes. As much as I love making everything homemade as often as possible, having jarred marinara sauce really comes in handy for quick meals!
  8. Raw Nuts / Seeds / Dried Fruits: The amount I keep in the house may seem excessive to some, but we eat pretty much all of these all the time.
  9. Spices: My favorite spice rack items – this is definitely not all the spices I have on hand, but the ones I reach for constantly.

And now, the list! A link to a printable PDF version is at the bottom of the post.


A PDF preview of a How To Stock A Healthy Pantry printable.


A PDF preview of a How To Stock A Healthy Pantry printable.


Grab the printable version using the link below:

How To Stock A Mostly Healthy Pantry – Printable PDF

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