Everything You Need to Know for a Successful Pantry Reset

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Our pantries say a lot about us. Whether they’re full of whole or processed foods is an instant peek inside our bodies. Just like we clean out our closets- purging old sweater and ripped jeans, a pantry purge and reset can set us up for success.

Pantries and cupboards store shelf-stable goods, often found in bulk. These items are sometimes dried or preserved, as they’re meant to last.


First things first- if you’re trying to cut out processed foods, this is the biggest step.

  1. Look at expiration dates, toss what’s past and donate the rest. Herbs and spices usually have a shelf-life of one year, less if they are pre-ground.

  2. Next come additives- get rid of anything that has high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or added sugars, GMO’s, hydrogenated oils, MSG, and carrageenan.

  3. Upgrade your plastics as they will begin to break down and leech into your food items. Transfer usable foods to glass containers and recycle the rest.

  4. Avoid BPA and aluminum packaging- another leecher. No one wants toxic metals or chemicals in their food.

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I’ve gathered a list of staples for your pantry shelves- pick and choose to your liking:

  • Raw nuts- High fat, protein and fiber. Perfect for snacks, salads, and oatmeal toppings. Get an assortment and roast them at home!

    • Almond, walnut, cashew, brazil, pecans, hazelnuts, and pistachios

  • Nut butters- you can purchase store bought,or make your own

    • Peanut, almond, cashew, and hazelnut

  • Raw seeds- another source of protein and fiber, and are great snacks and toppings

    • Sunflower, pumpkin, sesame (both white and black), chia, hemp, and flax

  • Dried and freeze-dried fruit- sulfur and sugar free!

    • Dates, strawberries, mango, cranberries, raisins, the list is endless

  • Dried beans/legumes- Protein and fiber filled!

    • Chickpeas, lentils (green, red, yellow), kidney, black, and pinto

  • Dried sea veggies and mushrooms- perfect for soup stocks and packed with minerals

    • Dulse flakes, nori sheets, and shiitake

  • Tomatoes- a great base for many dishes

    • Sauce or canned

  • Fish- Omega-3 fatty acids and an inexpensive protein source

    • Tuna and sardines

  • Oils- for cooking or for flavor, have a variety on hand

    • coconut, olive, sesame, avocado, and ghee

  • Vinegars and condiments- great for marinades and salad dressings

    • Apple cider vinegar, balsamic, coconut aminos, and mustard

  • Sweets- for any dish, or just a spoon-full

    • Honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, raw cacao nibs, cacao butter, cacao powder

  • Grains- Complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and gluten-free!

    • Quinoa, rice (brown, basmati, wild), buckwheat, amaranth, semolina, and oats

  • Root Vegetables and Alliums-

    • Sweet potato, onions, and garlic

  • Salsa- a dip and veggie in one!

    • homemade or store bought- great to make at the end of the growing season!

  • Pickles and Olives- a salty, snappy snack

    • homemade or store bought

  • Tea- an assortment for every need

    • peppermint, chamomile, dandelion, nettle, echinacea, and green and black teas

  • Salt and whole pepper- a staple if I ever knew one!

    • Pink sea salt, coarse salt, black pepper, and red pepper

  • Spices and Herbs- add flavor and are anti-inflammatory

    • Rosemary, oregano, turmeric, chili flakes, cumin, coriander, nutmeg, paprika

  • Nutritional yeast- B vitamins and a complete protein

    • Large or small flakes


What’s in your pantry? Tell me your favorite staples and if you’ve given your pantry an upgrade- share pictures on Instagram with hashtag #completelygolden

XO, tess