What’s in My Pantry? My Current List of Favorites – Organic, Gluten-Free, and More
Today we’re exploring some of my favorite food that I always have stocked in my pantry.
But before we get into the food, I should give you a bit of a preface. A few months ago, I began recognizing a shift in my body. I’ve never been diagnosed with PCOS by my doctor, but I have had multiple symptoms show themselves through the years that makes me lean in that direction.
Over the Christmas holidays, I noticed a new symptom surfacing… and I was like NOPE. I may not be diagnosed with PCOS, but I wasn’t about to stick around to find out if I would ever develop it. So I completely altered my diet to follow a strict PCOS-friendly lifestyle and haven’t looked back.
But wait, I know. WHAT ABOUT PIZZA? Don’t worry, I can still have pizza and wine. How?
I keep to an approximate 80-20% ratio for my weekly diet. 80% of my meals are strictly from the list of “allowed food” for a PCOS-friendly diet, and 20% is where I allow myself to have pizza or BBQ or anything else that’s not on the list. Not only does this keep me sane when eating out since everything always has one ingredient I can’t have (automatically making that meal one of the 20%), but it also keeps me from falling off the wagon.
One of the best ways to help a new eating lifestyle stick (if that’s what you desire) is to begin with substitution. If Doritos are your thing, swap them out for quinoa chips — the ones I’ve listed below are absolutely delicious! Swap your white flour and sugar for coconut flour and coconut sugar. You get the idea.
So without further ado, let’s get into what’s in my pantry and my current food favorites.
Where I Purchase
- Thrive Market – Think of it as a Whole Foods meets Costco. You get wholesale prices for quality food and it’s delivered to your door! Click here to get 25% off your first order
- Amazon Pantry – Every once in a while I like to do a bulk Pantry order because sometimes there may be an item that’s cheaper than at the grocery store and I can stock up on my favorites
Rather than having 3 meals per day, I like to space them out into 5-6 small meals. So right around 11am, I have plain greek yogurt with fruit and granola. I love this granola because of its pure ingredients. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties, lowers your blood sugar and promotes good heart heath. Check it out here.
As I mentioned before, substitution is the key to changing your eating habits. And FYI, just because it’s better for you doesn’t mean it has to taste gross. These are the regular sea salt ones, but I also love the barbecue flavored quinoa chips by Simply 7 as well. Check it out here.
When I was eliminating anything with white flour, I realized I would need a substitute for my tortilla chips. These blue corn chips have simple ingredients, and they’re gluten-free. These are my favorite to use for homemade nachos or when I make my famous guacamole. Check it out here.
YUM. Off-topic, but I love Epic’s branding. These little bars have 15g of protein, a simple ingredient list, and they’re perfect for an afternoon snack. My personal favorite is the Chicken Sriracha. At this point I buy them in bulk from Thrive Market, but if you want to find your favorite, pick a few different ones from Whole Foods to experiment and then go to Thrive Market or Amazon to purchase in bulk. Check it out here.
These are delicious. Yes, I know these are also sea salt. I like for my chips or crackers to be as simple as possible so my spread or dip can speak for itself… Simple Mills ha tons of other flavors you can try too, like Rosemary, which is also amaze-balls. Check it out here.
Spreads and Dressings
This stuff is a God-send. I’ve actually thrown out all of my regular peanut butter to exclusively use PB Fit. You can use it in smoothies, mix it with water to create a creamy peanut butter to dip apples in, and more. Check out my high protein spinach smoothie recipe here. PB Fit has 90% less fat and 1/3 of the calories compared to regular peanut butter. (It also helps that the only ingredients are peanuts, coconut sugar and salt!) Check it out here.
I’m a huge fan of Primal Kitchen, and their balsamic dressing is hands down my favorite. My go-to lunch at the moment is to take a handful of spinach, cut up a few strawberries, add a little feta and then drizzle balsamic dressing on top. (You can also add grilled chicken if you want something a bit heavier) I also love Primal Kitchen’s Honey Mustard. Check it out here.
#Obsessed. I’m typically a relatively plain girl when it comes to using condiments, but as long as I have this, I will forever put it on my burger. (In case you’re looking for the perfect veggie burger, it’s Beyond Meat’s The Beyond Burger — you can find it at Whole Foods. You’re welcome) This sauce is amazing. It has a pickle-y type of bite and I can’t quite describe it, except that it’s perfection and you need it in your life. Check it out here.
Amazing. This surpasses every chocolate and Nutella craving you may ever have. (Did I just say something was better than Nutella?) It’s completely GMO, chemical, and artificial flavors free, not to mention it’s also free from palm oil. Check it out here.
You can also check out their Nocciolata Dairy Free Spread here. (Kid you not, this tastes just as good as the original… I had a super picky doubter friend give it a go to prove my theory)
Another home run by this brand. They have a ton of fruit spreads, but this one is our favorite at the moment. Let me just list the ingredients for you: blackberries, apple juice, pectin. That’s it. How refreshing is it to see that short of an ingredient list? Check it out here.
Gluten heavy foods are pretty much completely out of the question for me, so that means I have to find some veg alternatives. I’m loving Ancient Harvest’s gluten-free pasta, which are packed with protein (twice as much as a whole wheat pasta). They’re also made from vegetables, which makes my stomach way happier. Check it out here.
Another perfect option if you want to make a delicious pasta dish, but you need a gluten-free option. What I love about Ancient Harvest is its ability to make it not so obvious that it’s made from vegetables, so it cooks and tastes virtually the same as your favorite regular pasta. Check it out here.
Coconut oil is perfect to use while cooking/baking as an alternative to olive oil or vegetable oil (or even canola). But in order to cook/bake with it, you have to melt it first. Nutiva’s all-natural cold press extraction is perfect since it’s already in liquid form, and it’s ideal for those of you out there who are vegetarian/vegan/whole food/paleo/ketogenic/gluten-free. Check it out here.
Personally, I like to use the cold-pressed liquid coconut oil for baking and Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil for cooking on the stove. Avocados are a great source of “good fat.” When I’m cooking in the kitchen, I like to use some kind of oil as a base, which used to be olive or canola oil. At this point I’ve gotten rid of both of those oils (I ditched vegetable a long time ago), and this is now my go-to. Check it out here.
Do yourself a favor and throw out your regular butter. Ghee butter is lactose-free as it’s made from clarified butter, so the impurities are gone. You can learn more about the benefits of ghee butter over butter in this article. If you have trouble digesting dairy, give this a try! Check it out here.
Superfoods and Supplements
I’m not even going to lie about what a big baby I am about when I have to drink vitamin C instead of popping a pill. The gag reflex is real you guys… until this little beauty. This stuff tastes freaking amazing… hard to explain but it’s got a lemon/grapefruit type of taste in my opinion. And I’m not going to say it healed me one day after potentially contracting the flu from my niece…… but I’m not going to say it didn’t either. Check it out here.
If you think my stomach is finicky now, it’s nothing compared to Joseph’s. (Sorry babes, it’s true) If you’re one of those people that kombucha and straight apple cider vinegar mostly does it for you but maybe not completely, then this is perfect for you. TeraGanix Pro-EM-1 is a liquid probiotic, so what’s amazing about that is you can control the dose a lot easier for what makes sense for your stomach. Joseph is obsessed and his stomach has had little or no problems since he started using this. (He’s actually exclusively been using this since we received it) Check it out here.
Out with the chemicals and in with the superfoods! Cacao powder contains more than 20 times the antioxidant power of blueberries, not to mention it’s also 4 times more powerful than dark chocolate. It’s perfect for smoothies, baked goods or other desserts. Check it out here.
If you make smoothies in the morning, you’re already half-way there. (Check out my favorite smoothie recipe here) Hemp has 20 amino acids, including the 9 that your body does not naturally produce on its own. Check it out here.
Ginger shots haven’t exactly caught on in the US as much as they have in the UK, but I look forward to the day when I can walk into Kroger and have ginger, turmeric, and other shots lined up. Think of them as a on-the-go health booster. This one by Vermont Village is the best one I’ve found so far to get a quick shot of the benefits of apple cider vinegar and ginger, and the honey takes quite a bit of the bite out of it. Check it out here.
So that’s it! These are some of my favorite items I like to keep stocked in my pantry at all times. What’s in your pantry? Are you a health nut or are you just starting on your journey? Let’s chat some more about it down below in the comments. Remember, I’m not a doctor, and you should always consult with your physician to determine what’s best for your body.