Healthy Shelf-Stable Foods (Part 2)

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Are you trying to figure out what healthy shelf-stable foods you can stock your pantry with?

I’m giving you a sneak peek into my pantry to see what healthy, shelf-stable foods we keep on hand!

The goal is to stock up on foods that will nourish us and promote health and healing in the body.

Don’t feel like you have to buy overly processed foods that will increase inflammation and disease in the body!

I hope you enjoyed Healthy Shelf-Stable Foods (Part 1).

If you didn’t have a chance to read it, I covered these parts of my pantry in Part 1:

  • Produce – squash, sweet potatoes, onion, and garlic
  • Canned Produce – either store-bought or canned yourself!
  • Dried and Dehydrated Produce
  • Protein Sources – canned meats, protein powders, and bone broth
  • Nuts and Seeds – consider roasting your own from squash seeds!
  • Fats
  • Condiments

So let’s continue the pantry tour and take a look at my healthy shelf-stable baking supplies, what’s in my spice cabinet, what chips we snack on, and other household items I store in my pantry!

Healthy Shelf-Stable Baking Supplies

I love to BAKE!

So having baking supplies on hand is ESSENTIAL.

I bake for fun, for stress relief, and as a hobby!

My husband knows this and watched our daughter on Mother’s Day so I could have free reign in the kitchen to bake!! (working on a new recipe for the blog – Blueberry Upside Down Cake!)

Obviously your baking supplies might look very different from mine depending on what diet you follow, but stock up on whatever baking supplies your family uses!!

Flours

Our family predominantly eats a keto/paleo diet mix.

That means the flours I keep on hand and use are:

healthy shelf stable pantry products like cocoa nibs and cacao powder

And more than likely your family uses different flours than we do, so stock up on whatever flour your family uses!

Keeping a supply of flour on hand allows for Saturday morning pumpkin pancakes or a batch of delicious chocolate banana muffins!

It’s fun to have the flexibility to whip out a baked good whenever you want, so be sure you stock up on flour!

Sweeteners

When it comes to baking, we only use keto sweeteners (so no honey or coconut sugar on our list).

Check out this article from All the Nourishing Things to read about why you might consider doing the same thing if you follow a Paleo diet.

That means the sweeteners I purchase include:

I used to buy mostly Swerve products, but our family has really come to like Lakanto products more, as they don’t seem to have as much of a “cooling” effect.

I have found that if you use A LOT of Lakanto though, you will still get that cooling aftertaste.

If your family is bothered by the taste of erythritol type products, use a combination of sweeteners, such as Lakanto granular plus some liquid stevia and yacon syrup, to reach your desired sweetness level.

Again, I’m almost positive your family uses different sweeteners than we do, so stock up on whatever your family likes to use to sweeten your recipes!

healthy shelf stable baking supplies

Chocolate Products

To say that I love chocolate would be a huge understatement!!

In fact, for my birthday each year, my husband makes me super rich, fudgey chocolate brownies instead of cake because I LOVE CHOCOLATE!

When I first switched over to keto, I wasn’t sure what chocolate I could use anymore.

Luckily, Lily’s chocolate has my back on this one!

And for folks eating paleo, check out the Enjoy Life brand.

For anyone following the AIP diet, carob powder is an AIP approved food that you can substitute for cacao or cocoa powder!

And yes, cacao powder is also a thing! Check out more details in my post The BEST Hot Chocolate (and seriously, it is the BEST!!!)

So chocolate products that I keep stocked in my pantry include:

  • Cacao Powder (I buy the Navitas brand from Costco, but the Terrasoul brand is definitely the better deal if you are purchasing on Amazon!) – again you can use cocoa powder or carob powder instead!
  • Cocoa Nibs (just a warning – cocoa nibs are BITTER if you aren’t used to unsweetened chocolate!)
  • Lily’s Chocolate Chips (I love them all – milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and dark chocolate)

Row of bags of lily's chocolate chips in pantry

lily's chocolate bars in plastic bin in pantry

Coconut Products

While we hardly ever had coconut products growing up, my pantry is now stocked with almost every type of coconut product there is!

Why?

Because coconut is a great “staples” substitute for when you switch to keto/paleo eating.

White all-purpose flour gets replaced with coconut flour.

Regular milk gets replaced with coconut milk.

And since I’m allergic to nuts, shredded coconut (since it’s technically a fruit!) makes a great substitute for nuts in recipes that need larger chunks in them.

In my Banana Bread Protein Bites recipe, multiple forms of coconut are used to create a delicious snack!

Coconut has become a new pantry staple in our household.

And coconut is a healthy food that boasts good nutrition and antioxidants (you can read more about the benefits of coconut here).

So even if you don’t eat keto or paleo, you should consider adding coconut into your diet!

Coconut products that I keep copious amounts of all the time include:

  • Shredded Coconut – I buy the Let’s Do Organic brand at Whole Foods, but on Amazon, the Terrasoul brand is cheaper (I like keeping both finely shredded and medium shredded on hand)
  • Coconut Butter (also known as coconut manna) – my favorite brand for flavor is Artisana Organics, but the Nutiva brand is more widely available at stores and is cheaper
  • Coconut Milk (do you see all those red boxes of coconut on my pantry floor?!) – I buy the Thai Kitchen brand by the box from Costco, but the 365 brand at Whole Foods is also good. If you are looking to purchase a different brand, just remember to get full fat coconut milk and check to make sure they don’t add sweeteners! UPDATE: I recently found out that Thai Kitchen uses BPA lined cans so try the Native Forest brand instead!! The product I linked to is also their “Simple” coconut milk so it is also guar gum free!

Pantry stash of coconut milk on the floor

Healthy Shelf-Stable Spice Cabinet Staples

Having a well stocked spice cabinet is a MUST!

Spices can take bland ingredients and transform them into a delicious dish!

For example, take ground beef, add some homemade taco seasoning, and suddenly there’s a fiesta on the table!

Or take mashed avocados, add some spices, and voilà you have homemade guacamole!

Spices bring out the best in your dish, so stocking up on your family’s favorites is important!

My must have spices include:

  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Cinnamon
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary

spice cabinet picture with my favorite spices

And here are some other spices that I like to have on hand but use less often:

  • Curry Powder
  • Tumeric
  • Ground Mustard
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cinnmamon Sticks
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice

And there are a lot of other staple items that I keep in my spice cabinet besides spices!

Other items I stockpile in my spice cabinet include:

healthy shelf-stable spice cabinet staples

Healthy Shelf-Stable Chips

Let’s face it, we all need a munchy snack from time to time.

There’s something about a good crunch that is irresistible!

But there are a lot of snacks that are going to hold you back on your health journey.

So how do you get that crunch without powering through a whole bag of chemical and toxin laden chips?

Enter healthier for you chips!

Now I won’t lie, this list is SMALL compared to the options that are out there, but that’s mainly because I’m allergic to tree nuts.

Unfortunately for me, almond flour is the base of a lot of healthier snacks.

So you can probably find a lot more options out there for your family to enjoy.

Again, I just urge you to stick with healthy fats that won’t oxidize when heated (look for snacks cooked or made with coconut oil and/or avocado oil).

And certainly when possible, buy organic!

Our family enjoys these three munchy snacks:

  • Siete Chips – these are tortilla chips made with cassava flour and cooked in avocado oil! They also have a couple flavors that are more like Doritos flavors (but with simpler ingredients). Our family favorites are:
  • Barnana Organic Plantain Chips – we just enjoy the sea salt kind since the other flavors have added ingredients
  • Bare Organic Baked Apple Chips – I love that these are just one ingredient, organic apples!! Eaten with peanut butter, these taste like a pb&j sandwich!

healthy shelf-stable chip options

Non-Toxic Household Cleaning Items

Besides food, I also keep some household cleaning staples in my pantry.

I use these products to make my own non-toxic cleaning supplies.

These include things like hand soap, dishwasher powder, dish soap, counter sprays, bathroom cleaners, and more!

To make those items, I stock up on the following:

Sal suds and large vinegar container on pantry floor

Summary of Healthy Shelf-Stable Pantry Items

WHEW!

That completes the tour of my pantry and the healthy shelf-stable foods we keep on hand!

What foods does your family stock up on that I missed?? Share in the comments below!

Every family and diet is different, so stock up on the healthy shelf-stable foods that your family will eat!

From this post, consider these areas when you are stocking your pantry:

  • Baking Supplies – flours, sweeteners, chocolates, and coconut products
  • Spices – think through what spices your family goes through the most and make sure you have spares!
  • Chips – include some healthier munchies for a quick treat
  • Other Non-Toxic Household Cleaning Items – think through any other cleaning or household items you keep tucked away in your pantry and make sure you have enough on hand!

And if you missed Part 1 of my pantry tour, check it out here!

Also, if you are trying to figure out how to meal plan and put together a large shopping list to make sure you stock up on all the right foods for your family, please check out my post How to Make a Meal Plan (large scale!).

No joke, this post has helped others go from grocery shopping every couple of days to shopping once every few weeks!

It’s also the strategy I used to stock up on 2 month’s worth of food for our family at the start of the coronavirus pandemic!

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3 comments
  1. Debbie
    Debbie
    June 2, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for this Post with all the links to follow!!

    Reply
    • Monster Cookie
      Monster Cookie • Post Author •
      June 3, 2020 at 3:01 pm

      You’re welcome Debbie! Glad to share our wholesome family favorites!

      Reply
  2. Tabatha
    Tabatha
    August 10, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    I love these suggestions! Looks like we have many of the same favorites =) Thank you for sharing this helpful info. Looks like I’ll be trying some new shelf stable foods in the near future =)

    Reply
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