Hey guys! I’ve teamed up with my good friend Suzi from the blog Gurl Gone Green to bring you our must have pantry staples. Suzi is a clean living advocate with a ton of great tips and recommendations for clean skincare and makeup as well as healthy living advice and hacks. She has the best heart and the cleanest kitchen I know!
Weeding through the grocery store these days can seem daunting, especially when looking for real food. If it’s free from one thing, it probably has another. Suzi and I wanted to give you a real world perspective on what we actually buy ourselves and feed our families. From the stores we shop at, to the best deals around, we’ve found these pantry picks to be tried and true. Our goal is to hopefully make your life a little easier. We’ve done the leg work so you don’t have to!
Avoiding processed foods is super important but as busy moms and women, let’s face it, we do not always have a fresh batch of crackers baking or an unending supply of fresh bone broth or canned tomatoes in the pantry. So here is what our kitchen stash looks like. These are all minimally processed foods with real ingredients. They are also gluten free, dairy free (except the butter) and mostly organic.
In addition to this list we always stock local, raw, organic honey in glass and local Grade A maple syrup in glass. Check your farmers markets for these items.
And just a note about a few things to keep in mind while buying. Avoid foods packaged in plastics. BPA free cans are a better option and glass is best. Consider bringing your own produce bags, shopping bags and bulk item containers. And most importantly, read food labels and make informed decisions about what you are buying.
Just a note: We realize every family comes from varying budgets and sometimes it’s just not possible to buy everything you want. For instance, you can find organic maple syrup at Costco however it’s stored in plastic, not glass. Suzi and I always want to discourage the use of plastic but the reality is sometimes you can’t get away from it. That being said, we hope this list gives you tools to make better choices for your family. We are all on a different point in our journey towards living a cleaner and healthier life!