Today I’m going to talk about something super exciting….drumroll please.. how to stock your paleo pantry. I’ve had a few people ask me if I could share what essential items I keep on hand at all times. This list is in no way an exhaustive list of all paleo approved foods, however these are the items I always have in my kitchen. Next week I will cover what you should keep in your refrigerator/freezer.
If you really want to get serious about ridding your pantry of junk, then you need to start reading labels and understanding which ingredients to avoid. I’ll cover that at a later date but for now there are several resources out there online on what to avoid.
I just want to note that all of the items below can be found at almost all grocery stores. You may need to go to the health food section. OR if you’re like me, you have an Amazon Prime account (you smarty pants, you) and you can order almost all of those on Amazon. This will save you quite a bit of money over grocery store prices most of the time. I linked the products that I buy on Amazon with the brand that I buy.
Baking Items To Keep On Hand
- Almond Flour
- Arrowroot Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Tapioca Flour/Starch
- Baking Soda
- Baking Power – Aluminum Free
- Raw, Organic Honey
- Pure Organic Maple Syrup
- Coconut Sugar
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Cacao Powder
Fats/Oils To Keep On Hand
- Grassfed, pastured butter
- Organic, unrefined coconut oil
- Duck Fat (this is fabulous and I use it all the time)
- Avocado Oil
Not for Cooking (Polyunsatured fats become unstable when exposed to heat and light)
- **Organic extra virgin olive oil (for low temp only, like roasting veggies in the oven)
**Also make sure you’re actually buying real olive oil. There are several articles out there on the internet about how to identify if the olive oil you’re purchasing is real or not. Click here to read one of them.
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- Rice Vinegar (if you cook oriental foods)
- Coconut Aminos (replacement for soy sauce)
- Avocado Oil Mayo such as Primal Kitchen or Sir Kensington’s
- Hot Sauce
- Yellow Mustard
- Dijon Mustard
- Tessemae’s Ketsup
- Canned Coconut Milk
- Pumpkin Puree
- Tomato Paste
- Diced or Stewed Tomatoes
- Chicken Stock or Base
- Canned Sardines (in olive oil only)
Nut Butters (Optional)
I do not keep all of these on hand. Usually I always have almond and cashew butter but I do buy the others from time to time.
Protein Powders/Collegen (Optional)
- Grassfed Undenatured Whey Protein Powder (this is the only brand of whey protein that doesn’t make me breakout)
- Grassfed Collagen Peptides – great for if you choose not to use whey, also helps with skin elasticity
I do not believe the general public needs to supplement with whey protein or collagen peptides. If you participate in moderate to intense exercise at least a few days a week, it’s not a bad idea to supplement.
- Larabars (these are a lifesaver when traveling)
- RX Bars (these are a lifesaver when traveling)
- Dark Chocolate
- **Any nuts or seeds
** I typically don’t keep nuts and seeds on hand, other than cashews which I like to grind and use for flour, because nuts go rancid quickly unless refrigerated. I suggest you only buy nuts and seeds when you need them for a recipe or when you know they will be consumed quickly, and keep refrigerated.
- Cayenne Pepper
- Chili Powder
- Crushed Red Pepper
- Curry Powder
- Dried Basil
- Dried Oregano
- Dried Parsley
- Dried Thyme
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Sea Salt
I highly recommend investing in spices. Spices are what makes your food taste good and creates variety and excitement in your meals. This list is not a complete list but this is what I keep on hand at all times.
I hope you found this post to be helpful. Please comment below if you have any questions or let me know what other information might be helpful to you! Next time I will cover what to keep in your refrigerator/freezer.