Healthy Pantry Makeover

The simplest way to make healthful cooking a breeze is to have the right items on hand. So what goes into a healthy pantry? We’re glad you asked!

Keep your pantry stocked with the following foods. They’re key ingredients for making healthy meals. Best of all, an entire pantry overhaul should only cost around $99! We’ve overestimated the cost of products — in your favor — but it's always possible that things add up a little differently in your neck of the woods. To get the best value, choose our 365 Everyday Value® brand, Health Starts Here® frozen items and an abundance of our affordable bulk options. When you can, go organic!

You'll need to shop for some of these shelf basics two or three times a month, depending on how many people you’re cooking for. Then, once or twice a week, shop for more perishable basics and recipe ingredients: fresh and frozen fruits and veggies; 100% whole-grain Health Starts Here breads found in our bakery department, plus whole grain flatbreads and tortillas; lean meat and seafood; low-fat dairy; and Health Starts Here prepared foods and premade meals.

  • 4 lbs dried beans (pinto, white, black & lentils)
  • 4 15-oz cans no-salt-added beans (kidney, pinto, black, garbanzo)
  • 4 lbs whole grains (1 quinoa, 1 pearled barley, 2 long-grain brown rice)
  • 2 lbs whole-wheat pasta of your choice
  • 2 lbs rolled and/or steel-cut oats
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 2 14.5-oz cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1 32-oz box low-sodium organic vegetable broth
  • 1 32-oz box organic unsweetened soymilk
  • 1 32-oz box organic unsweetened almondmilk
  • 1 14-oz can organic lite coconut milk
  • 1 8-oz pkg organic mellow white miso
  • 1 2-oz pkg arame sea vegetable
  • 1 16-oz jar tahini (ground sesame seed butter)
  • 1 18-oz jar organic no-salt-added peanut or almond butter
  • 8 oz each organic raw almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds
  • 8 oz each organic un-sulfured apricots, dates and raisins
  • 1 8-oz squeeze bottle organic Dijon mustard
  • 1 32-oz bottle organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 6-oz bottle Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 10-oz bottle reduced-sodium tamari soy sauce

Pantry stocked? Get cooking with some of our healthy recipes.

And, learn more about how to select, store and cook everything from beans, nuts and seeds, pasta, whole grains and much more in our Food Guides.

in-store Healthy Eating Specialist Curtis

"Set yourself up for success by making it easier and faster to make delicious, healthy meals at home than to eat out."

Curtis Whitwam

Healthy Eating & Green Mission Specialist
Tampa Store; Tampa, FL

Healthy Eating Specialists are available in many of our stores. Check our Store Locator to find out if there's one near you!