Mad's Pantry Must Haves

When I began looking for a new apartment in Philadelphia I was looking for two things:

  1.  A big kitchen

  2.  Lots of natural light

I quickly learned that there was no way I was going to find both of those things in a studio in my price range, but I did fall in love with a place with tons of natural light and a gas stove so I only partially had to compromise on my first point.


I love my new apartment, but I have to be honest the kitchen is TINY. If you live in New York or D.C. you might not be shocked by it, but coming from Atlanta I couldnā€™t fathom a kitchen with 0 cabinets. SO I knew that when I started to fill it I needed to be extremely intentional and strategic. Luckily I was starting with a blank canvas so I could be very intentional about what I was getting.

A great place to order all of these items is from Thrive Market especially is you are embarking on a Whole30 and know that it would be good to stock up on some of these things. You can follow this link to get 25% off your first Thrive Market order and a free 30 day trial membership.


I have prepared a checklist and attached it here that you can download and use to stock your own pantries! As a disclaimer, I follow certain dietary guidelines when I cook at home so my list of pantry items reflect the fact that I am currently avoiding  grains, dairy, soy, corn and nightshade vegetables.

Some of my pantry must haves including my favorite brands:

  • Olive Oil - Braggs or Trader Joe's brand

  • Coconut Oil - Thrive Market brand

  • Avocado Oil - Chosen Foods, Primal Kitchen Foods from Thrive Market or Whole Foods

  • Spray Coconut and Avocado Oil - Chosen Foods from Whole Foods or sometimes super cheap at TJ Maxx!!

  • MCT Oil - I used to be picky about the brand, but lately I have been loving Sports Research Brand

  • Apple Cider Vinegar - Braggs or Thrive Market brand

  • White Balsamic Vinegar - Trader Joe's brand

  • Red Wine Vinegar - Thrive Market or Trader Joes

  • Coconut Aminos - Coconut Secret, Trader Joe's brand or Thrive Market brand

  • Almond butter and other nut butters - Trader Joe's consistently has the best prices and quality on these

  • Tahini - Soom Foods is the BEST (PS don't sleep on the chocolate tahini!!)

  • Coconut Butter - Amazon has the best prices

  • Raw Cacao Butter - Again Amazon kills it for this - this item is a MUST for my bulletproof coffee and Matcha!

  • Avocado Oil Mayo - Chosen foods and Primal Kitchen Foods from Thrive Market

  • Spices and Seasonings - Trader Joes always

  • Nutritional Yeast - Braggs or Thrive Market brand

  • Raw Nuts and Seeds - Trader Joes or Amazon - my favorite raw cashews

  • Collagen - My moms into Sports Research also like Further Food - Discount Code: MADABOUTFOOD10

  • Coconut and Almond Flour - Now Foods and Bob's Red Mill - During the Whole30 these are not to be used for paleo baked goods.

  • Cassava Flour - Otto's is hands down the best! - During the Whole30 these are not to be used for paleo baked goods.

  • Pancake Mix - Paleo pancake mix from Birch Benders ***Not Whole30 compliant

  • Tea bags - Yogi Tea or Trader Joe's - my favorite at the moment is peppermint

  • Sprinkles! - I am loving ones from Amazon with natural dyes.

  • Dutch Cocoa Powder - GAME CHANGER for baking

  • Grain Free Pasta - Cybele's is my current favorite, but I always like Banza pasta! ***Not Whole30 compliant

  • Dairy free creamer - Califia Farms is my favorite brand and you can't beat 0 added sugar.

  • Safe Catch Tuna - having this in my pantry has saved me from lunchtime hanger on multiple occasions.

  • Eating Evolved Midnight Coconut - 100% Cacao Chocolate from Thrive Market

Follow this simple guide to get everything you need to stock your healthy pantry. There is also a helpful printable guide linked that you can take with you to the grocery store!

Note: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. If you do end up purchasing any of these recommended items, I will receive a small amount of commission. This helps me continue creating great recipes for all of you! Thank you for understanding that I would never recommend a product that I don't actually use and believe in.