Reader’s Request: Top 5 Pantry Staples

by Holly on May 4, 2010

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First and most certainly foremost, can I just say how much I absolutely LOVE all the positivity and happy energy generated from my last post?

From acing finals to becoming Pilates certified to scoring your dream job (or helping someone else do the same) to recommitting yourself to a healthier life to slowing down and enjoying lifeMay IS our month to make it happen! Seriously, go read all the infectiously motivating comments. Like now. They will make you want to run outside, take the world in palms of your hands and mold it into whatever you so choose.

I choose to mold an ice cream cone. Preferably a double scoop of chocolate peanut butter.

Anyways, getting back to the task at hand…lovely reader Laura (hey lady!) e-mailed me a couple weeks ago asking what my top healthy “must-buys” are at the grocery store. ¬†I spent a lot of time thinking about this before I realized there are several items I buy EVERY WEEK at the store without fail.

So, without further ado, here are five things you will always find in the Everythingtarian pantry…

  • Sprouted whole grain bread (a.k.a. “Ezekiel bread”)
    How does 80 calories, 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber a slice sound to you? The nutty, hearty taste of this bread is my absolute favorite. Sprouted grains are also easier to digest by the body. I keep my loaf in the freezer and pull out two slices when I want a good AB+J sandwich.

  • Nut butter
    There is usually at least two jars of nut butter in my pantry. Fat + protein = winner. If I HAD to choose some all-time faves, I think my #1 almond butter would be Justin’s Maple Almond Butter while Eastwind makes a killer peanuts-only PB. Currently, I am repping some Smucker’s Natural PB along with a jar of TJ’s AB with flaxseed…

  • Greek yogurt
    How those Greeks figured out a way to pack more than 20 grams of protein in a cup of yogurt is perhaps the most genius discovery of all mankind. Perhaps that’s an exaggeration, but I’m cool with it. Whether I use it in baking as a healthy substitute, as faux-sour cream, in overnight oats or in the ultimate yog mess – Greek yog is expensive but SOOOOOO worth it!

  • Bananas
    Cheap, delicious and a welcome addition in almost anything I eat, bananas are the first fruit I put in my cart. ¬†Smoothies, oatmeal, plain, on top of sweet potatoes, in yog messes, smeared with AB or PB (see above)…bananas rule. However, I like my bananas slightly green, so when they get speckly like these, you know some of Gena’s Banana Soft Serve is in my future…

  • Spinach
    This 1-lb. tub doesn’t stand a chance in my house. Junk salads, green smoothies, smooshed in sandwiches, sauteed in EVOO + garlic…spinach is mild-tasting, delicious and dang good for you. I swear you can put it in just about anything. Lettuce is on the dirty dozen list, so be sure to buy organic if you can.

If you have any other reader requests or ideas for posts you would like to see on here, shoot me an e-mail at I aim to please.

What are YOUR top five pantry staples?


Susan May 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Love this! My top five are:

1. Peanut butter.
2. Egg whites.
3. Pita bread.
4. Low sodium tuna.
5. Apples.

When those are in my pantry, all is right in the world :)


Becca D May 5, 2010 at 10:39 pm


Can’t believe it has taken me this long to comment on your blog, even though I’ve been reading it for months!

1. Rice
2. Eggs
3. Soy sauce
4. Bananas (I’m with you on slightly green!)
5. Cheddar cheese

Not that I’d want to make anything with all of those ingredients together!

Katie May 6, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I love seeing your staples. Mine are:

1. Apples
2. hummus
3. canned beans (black or chickpeas usually)
4. cottage cheese OR greek yog…I’ve gotta have some protien/dairy
5. broccoli

elise May 7, 2010 at 8:08 pm

since i dont actually have a “pantry” in my 50 square foot apartment, this is going to overlap a bit with the fridge:

1. hummus (duh)
2. lactaid
3. spinach
4. apples
5. carrots

never without ’em. ever.

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