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Mad's Pantry Must Haves

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 couldn’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


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
  • 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
  • Cassava Flour - Otto's is hands down the best!
  • Pancake Mix - Paleo pancake mix from Birch Benders
  • 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!
  • 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.
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!

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