Mad's Pantry Must Haves
When I began looking for a new apartment in Philadelphia I was looking for two things:
A big kitchen
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 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
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
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
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
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
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