Friday, September 20, 2013

My "Real Food" Pantry

I've talked before about how we eat and the "rules" we follow. Basically, we don't eat processed stuff, avoid refined flours and sugars, and don't eat artificial colors or flavors. We don't eat this way 100% of the time, but it is most of the time. It's probably about 90% real food and 10% cheater food. 

I though it would be good to show you guys what our "real food" pantry looks like. We eat a lot of fresh fruits, veggies, eggs, and cheese... so you might think that we don't have much in our pantry. But we actually do! It's just not a lot of packaged, pre-made stuff. It's mostly staple items that we use to make our own foods, and snacks that we like to have on hand. 

1. Organic canned goods- green chiles, black beans, garbanzo beans (to make hummus), diced tomatoes, tomato sauce

2. Organic sugars- white cane sugar, brown sugar, powdered cane sugar (these aren't part of our real food rules, but we still use them in moderation)

3. All purpose flour (I sometimes use this in combination with whole wheat for things that need a little more rise to them.... bread, cakes, etc) and white whole wheat flour (which is 100% whole wheat, but less dense)

4. Cheater items ;) - chocolate chips, sprinkles, marshmallows. We keep these on hand for rare occasions... sometimes I just need some s'mores, ok?!

5. Totally skipped number 5 and I'm too lazy to re-do it... moving on...

6. Sauces & vinegars- balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, molasses

7. Organic peanut butter

8. Local, raw honey

9. Organic whole-wheat pasta

1. Organic brown rice
2. Organic rolled oats and organic steel cut oats ( I use these mostly to make granola) 

3. Larabars (in the bowl), homemade granola (in the plastic container)

4. Organic Gorilla Bunch cereal (It's made from just corn meal and cane sugar... it's the perfect finger food snack for the kids)

5. Whole grain snack crackers- Trader Joe's brand triscuits and Ak-Mak sesame crackers

6. Kids snacks- organic fruit leathers, organic raisins, freeze-dried fruit

7. Trader Joe's brand 3-ingredient potato chips (They are made with potatoes, olive oil, and salt)

8. Trader Joe's brand organic tortilla chips (These have a few more ingredients, but it's still a short list, and overall, they aren't too bad. We eat them in moderation)

So there you go... our real food pantry. 

We do our best to make our food and eat at home most of the time. When we go to other people's houses or out to eat, we don't worry too much about what we eat. We still try to avoid highly-processed things, but we know that as long as we do it at home the majority of the time, then we are doing the best we can. 

Do any of you have any other real food items that we should try??

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  1. This is amazingly helpful, thank you so much for detailing your pantry! We have been trying to slowly switch to more whole and organic foods and are finding it difficult. But we have always given our daughter whole foods and organic when we can... I wish we had a Trader Joe's in our area!

    1. So glad to hear that! It was definitely a process and big learning curve as we slowly switched things over. Good luck!! You can do it!