Stocking The Pantry

Having a well-stocked pantry encourages healthy choices at home

For those of you trying to drastically change your diet, or start cooking on a regular basis for the first time, these ingredients are a good place to start. Notice that all of these are plain unprocessed foods, without large amounts of sodium. Most are also very high in potassium, so if these take up a large portion of your pantry, you will likely be eating a significant amount on a regular basis.

Most of these foods are found on the outer edge of the grocery store; generally the processed, shelf-stable foods on the inner isles are full of preservatives (sodium).

Dry Goods:

  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Your Favorite Salt-Free Spices (Cumin, Chili Powder, Chili Flake, Cinnamon, Ginger)
  • Whole Grain Pasta
  • Brown Rice
  • Dried Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Almonds
  • Kellog’s Raisin Bran (100% Natural)
  • Canned White Beans (No Salt/Sodium)
  • Tomato Puree

Dairy / Liquids:

  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Grapefruit / Orange Juice (Not From Concentrate)

Meats / Seafood:

  • Cod / Halibut / Salmon (Fresh or Frozen)
  • Chicken Breasts (Fresh or Frozen)
  • Pork Chops / Loin (Fresh or Frozen)


  • Potatoes (Russet)
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • California Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Spinach (Frozen, Chopped)

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