Real Food Pantry Staples

I’ve been wanting to share a list of my real food pantry staples for quite some time now. I don’t know what took me so long…but, finally, here it is! It’s a look into my pantry! Of course, my pantry items change from week to week, but this is a glimpse into what I have on hand right now. When we built our house (my dad is a home builder), one of the most important features I wanted was a walk-in pantry. (And this was before we had kids!!) I knew that I would need extra space for all of my kitchen appliances, as well as room for all the food I knew we’d be buying in bulk. What I didn’t know at the time was how different our food-buying habits would be, but I’m so thankful for this large walk-in pantry!

Real Food Pantry

I decided to bold any pantry item that I feel is essential for my regular, every-day cooking and baking. My pantry is consistently changing based on the meal plan of the week and new foods I want to try, but the items that I marked in bold are the ones that I can’t do without. Those are my absolute must-have items!

Broken down by shelf, here is what I keep in my ‘real food’ pantry…

Breakfast & Grains:

Pantry Shelf 1

  • Nature’s Path Organic Whole O’s – I mainly like to keep these on hand for when we travel in the morning (we rarely eat them at home). These O’s are way less messy in the car than my homemade bars and muffin.
  • Mom’s Best Cereals Toasted Wheat-fuls
  • Nature’s Path Organic Rice Puffs – Used in a few recipes, like my Chocolate Almond Butter Crispies.
  • Clif Bars – These are a stretch for ‘real food,’ but my husband likes to have something he can grab when in a hurry. Of course, I would rather him take my homemade granola bars, but I know that they’re not as travel-friendly and they don’t keep as long without being frozen. So, I ‘allow’ him to keep these. 😉 (He’s tried LaraBars, but isn’t as big of a fan.)
  • Organic crunchy peanut butter (creamy is kept in the fridge)
  • Organic brown rice
  • Organic (red) quinoa
  • Organic chia seeds
  • Organic corn meal
  • Organic Oat flour
  • Organic flaxseed meal (once opened, I keep in the fridge)

Baking Ingredients:

Baking Shelf

  • White whole wheat flour
  • Organic whole wheat pastry flour
  • Corn masa flour
  • Organic cane sugar
  • Organic coconut oil
  • Organic powdered sugar (used rarely)
  • Organic coconut palm sugar
  • Raw honey
  • Cocoa powder (I mostly use raw cacao powder now)
  • Coconut flour
  • Olive oil
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil

Nuts, seeds, snacks:

Nuts Seeds

  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Natural chocolate bars (my occasional treat – I stock up when on sale!)
  • Organic raisins
  • Organic popcorn
  • Raw almonds
  • Raw cashews
  • Pine nuts
  • Raw walnuts
  • Raw pecans
  • Raw almond slivers
  • Raw Brazil nuts
  • Raw pumpkin seeds
  • Raw sunflower seeds
  • Dry roasted peanuts
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Chocolate chips (I usually buy Enjoy Life)
  • Steel cut oats
  • Culinary lavender
  • Lavender vanilla sugar (my mom bought these last two items for me when on vacation to New Mexico this past Fall. I used them to make Lavender Cookies.)

Canned goods, beans:

Canned Items

  • Tuna (I would like to find a better-sourced option)
  • Organic pasta sauce
  • Dried pinto beans
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Organic garbanzo beans
  • Organic refried beans (I now prefer to make my slow cooker taco beans)
  • Organic pizza sauce
  • Water chestnuts
  • Organic taco shells
  • Organic diced tomatoes
  • Organic tomato sauce

Pasta, potatoes:


  • Annie’s mac & cheese – I keep these “just in case,” but have yet to actually make a box in the 6+ months since I bought them! I prefer to make my own macaroni and cheese (because it’s just as easy), but these are nice to have on hand if a grandparent needs to make my kids a meal.
  • Organic potatoes
  • Organic (mostly whole wheat) pasta noodles (orzo, udon, linguine, wide, rotini, etc.)

Snacks, extras:

Pantry Snacks

  • Non-GMO pretzels from Whole Foods (a treat these days)
  • Organic tortilla chips
  • Organic Annie’s cheddar bunnies (ideal for traveling, the zoo, etc.)
  • Annie’s bunny grahams (These aren’t something we usually buy; but they were on sale and my husband decided to buy some.)
  • Extra cereal and Clif Bars that were purchased on sale

This shelf is filled with the ‘extra’ stock that hasn’t been opened yet (many of which will go into the fridge):

Extras Shelf

  • White whole wheat flour (duplicate)
  • Rolled oats
  • Organic salsa
  • Homemade applesauce
  • Almond butter
  • Organic Peanut butter
  • Mustard
  • Chocolate Candies (like m&m’s, but without any artificial ingredients)

To the left of my stove:

Left of Stove

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Misto filled with pure olive oil
  • Molasses
  • White vinegar
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar
  • White wine vinegar
  • Rice vinegar
  • Salt/pepper shaker
  • Organic corn starch (I now use arrowroot starch, which is stored in the fridge)
  • Kosher salt
  • Fine sea salt
  • Coarse sea salt (I bought this before I really knew what I was buying. I’ve yet to use it…)
  • Baking soda
  • Aluminum-free baking powder
  • Pure peppermint extract
  • Organic almond extract
  • Organic pure vanilla extract
  • Brown rice syrup (only used a few times)

To the right of my stove – Spices (I’m in the process of switching my spices over to organic…but it’s fairly slow moving):

Right of Stove

  • Organic cayenne
  • Organic cinnamon
  • Ground mustard
  • Turmeric
  • Dill weed
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • Black pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Marjoram
  • Allspice
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Organic curry powder
  • Homemade taco seasoning mix
  • Ground ginger
  • Oregano
  • Tarragon leaves
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Onion powder
  • Salmon seasoning
  • Italian seasoning
  • Organic ground cumin

I buy spices only as I need them for recipes. Some spices get MUCH more use than others!! And I purchased a few thinking I was going to use them in a recipe…and then never ended up making those meals. Ugh! I’m sure that happens to all of us, right?

So, there you have it…all of my pantry staples that I feel are essential to maintaining a ‘real food’ lifestyle. It is shocking to me how different this pantry looks than it did just a little over a year ago. Seriously…so different…

Old Pantry
Found this picture recently while going through old computer files…see what I mean???

If you’re curious about any of the appliances or gadgets in my pantry, you may want to check out this post: The Complete List of What’s Inside a Real Food Kitchen.

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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

2 thoughts on “Real Food Pantry Staples

  1. My pantry is pretty similar to this. I buy most of my beans dried and get them in the bulk section. I also always have lentils on hand. We use Himalayan pink sea salt and Hawaiian red salt. I have some other coarse salts and just put them in a salt grinder/mill to use! You could try that with your coarse salt.

    1. I have yet to try lentils! But, I promise I will soon! 🙂 I want to buy some Himalayan pink salt soon. Once I finish our current supply, that’s what the plan is…I’ve heard it’s very natural. I don’t have a salt grinder…so I’m debating whether or not it’s worth it to buy one just to use up the salt I already own. We’ll see. Thanks!

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