Your Radiant Pantry

By making sure you have healthy staples on hand, you’ll find weekly shopping to be much easier—it’s a great way to set yourself up for success!

 

WHOLE GRAIN FLOURS:

If you live in an arid climate, these will store indefinitely in airtight (preferably glass) containers at room temperature. If you live in a more humid area, you can freeze (or refrigerate) what you won’t be able to use up within a month or two.

  • Whole wheat pastry flour—the perfect whole-grain replacement for white flour in any recipe. (You may substitute gluten-free all-purpose flour if you’re on a gluten-free diet.)
  • Whole wheat flour (You may substitute gluten-free all-purpose flour if you’re on a gluten-free diet.)
  • Cornmeal
  • Dry polenta

WHOLE GRAINS:

Ah, the staff o’ life! These nourishing grains will usually keep for several months in airtight (preferably glass) containers at room temperature.

  • Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah)
  • Amaranth (tiny pearls of fabulousness)
  • Rolled oats
  • Long grain brown rice
  • Short grain brown rice
  • Popcorn

NATURAL SWEETENERS:

Aside from the maple syrup, these will store for several months in airtight (preferably glass) containers at room temperature.

  • Pure maple syrup (this should be refrigerated)
  • Liquid stevia
  • Coconut sugar
  • Raw organic agave nectar

DRY LEGUMES:

These can usually be bought in bulk at your local health food store. They will store for several months or more in airtight (preferably glass) containers at room temperature.

  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans
  • White beans (navy, cannellini, or great white northern)
  • Red and brown lentils
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Mung beans

BAKING ITEMS:

These will all store at room temperature for several months.

  • Aluminum-free baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Arrowroot (a healthy cornstarch substitute)
  • Carob powder
  • Sea salt
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Mint extract

LIQUID SEASONING STAPLES:

  • Tamari, shoyu, or soy sauce (or nama shoyu)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coconut oil (non-virgin will be the most versatile)
  • All-purpose oil (non-virgin olive, sunflower, or non-toasted sesame)
  • Toasted (dark) sesame oil
  • Vinegars: apple cider vinegar, umeboshi (ume plum) vinegar, brown rice vinegarvinegar, and balsamic vinegar
  • Sriracha Thai chili sauce (there is an organic brand called Sky Valley) and other hot sauces of your choice (such as tabasco or habanero)

ALWAYS ON THE COUNTERTOP:

  • Ripening bananas (smoothie fodder once they’re ripe enough to freeze), eight or more

IN THE FREEZER:

  • Frozen bananas, 8 or more (for smoothies and shakes)
  • Sliced, frozen shiitake mushrooms (“Woodstock Farms” brand), two bags
  • Organic corn tortillas, one package (regular or sprouted)
  • Sprouted whole grain tortillas (“Alvarado Street” tortillas are made from sprouts and whole grains, making them soft yet hearty), one package
  • Sprouted bread (“Food For Life” Ezekiel bread is a great choice), one loaf

IN THE FRIDGE:

Organic produce is the rock star of my fridge! I keep it in a highly visible, accessible spot such as the top shelf. Doing this makes it easy to stay focused on the most health-supporting food of all—vegetables! No more tossing them where they’re out of sight and out of mind. However, in the vegetable crisper, it can be helpful to keep staple veggies on hand. Here’s what goes in your radiant fridge:

  • Onions (3 lb bag)
  • Carrots (3 lb. bag)
  • Whole seeds (raw): sesame, chia, and flax
  • Nuts: raw almonds, raw walnuts, dry-roasted peanuts, and raw cashews
  • Ground flax meal (ground flaxseeds)
  • Dark (or red) miso
  • Mellow white miso
  • Organic ketchup
  • Mustards: dijon and yellow
  • Organic peanut butter, smooth
  • Nondairy milk, plain and unsweetened (one quart)

CUPBOARD STAPLES:

  • Organic canned beans (pinto, garbanzo, kidney, white, and black beans)
  • Canned, diced organic tomatoes
  • Raw cacao nibs
  • Raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder if unavailable)
  • Raw maca powder (optional)
  • Your favorite whole grain pasta (my current favorite is the brown rice/quinoa pasta from Trader Joe’s!)
  • Brown rice vermicelli and brown rice pad Thai noodles
  • Organic, high fiber breakfast cereal
  • Spring roll skins (rice paper wrappers), brown rice variety if possible
  • Raisins
  • Dried dates
  • Canned coconut milk (regular and lowfat)
  • Kalamata olives (once opened, they go in the fridge)
  • Nutritional yeast (B-12 fortified)
  • Dill pickles, sliced (refrigerate once opened)

SEA VEGETABLES:

These mineral-rich goodies will keep indefinitely as long as they’re in airtight packaging.

  • Nori (packaged in square sheets; available toasted or untoasted— either version is fine)
  • Dulse flakes and kelp powder (both are a fantastic addition to popcorn)
  • Kombu strips, dried (Add them to every pot of beans you cook!)

HERBS AND SPICES (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER):

You can store these in glass jars and refill them using bulk herbs and spices from the health food store. This is the cheapest, freshest, and least wasteful way to go.

  • Basil
  • Bay leaves
  • Berbere (an Ethiopian spice blend—purchase at an Ethiopian store, health food store, or online)
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne powder
  • Celery seed
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander, ground
  • Cumin powder and cumin seeds
  • Dill
  • Garlic granules*
  • Lemon pepper, salt-free
  • Mustard, powdered (ground)
  • Mustard seeds, brown
  • Nutmeg, ground
  • Onion granules*
  • Oregano, dried leaves
  • Paprika, smoked (you can find this in health food stores and specialty stores)
  • Paprika, regular (often called Hungarian paprika)
  • Parsley, dried leaves
  • Red chili flakes
  • Rosemary leaf
  • Sage, dried leaves
  • Seasoned salt (Simply Organic is a good brand)
  • Thyme, dried leaves
  • Turmeric, ground
  • White pepper

*Note: Granulated onion and garlic (also called onion and garlic granules) taste much better than the powdered variety. However, they are often still labeled as “powdered” onion or garlic. What you are looking for is a product that has the consistency of tiny granules rather than powder. Think “tiny edible particles that look like sand”