Having a well-stocked pantry is always a good idea. And in uncertain times, it becomes all the more important. No matter what happens in the world, you’ll be healthier, your stress will be lower, and your immune system will be optimized if you have plenty of good, healthy food to eat! Here are some pantry foods (and freezer foods) you might want to consider stocking up on. As always, going organic can help you steer clear of exposure to glyphosate and other pesticides.
This is the list my family put together, based on the pantry and freezer items we stocked up on. I’m posting it here because I hope it might help you and yours, too!
Relatively Non-Perishable Pantry Foods:
- Jars of applesauce
- Seeds for sprouting (alfalfa, sunflower, buckwheat, broccoli, and cabbage)
- Canned beans and lentils
- Dried fruit
- Bulk bags of dried legumes including lentils, pinto beans, azuki beans, garbanzo beans, etc.
- Bulk bags of split red lentils for quick cooking
- Soy sauce and miso soybean paste
- Jars of nut and seed butters
- Tetra Pak vegetable broths
- Tetra Pak unsweetened soy, nut, almond, or oat milks
- Herbs and spices
- Sweeteners, if wanted
- Olive and coconut oil, if wanted
- Jars or Tetra Paks of diced or whole tomatoes
- Pasta sauces
- Herbal teas
Refrigerate When Possible:
- Frozen vegetables
- Frozen berries
- Other frozen fruits
More Resources for Stocking Up on Healthy Pantry Foods
This is really just a starter list. You can add your own personal favorites, of course! And if the stores in your area are out of stock on things you want, here are some tips:
- Ask them when they will get a fresh delivery, and shop at that time.
- Check out other stores further away to find out how their inventory is holding up.
- Buy online. Here’s a link to healthy bulk pantry foods on Amazon. Or if you’re in the US, check out Thrive Market, which offers the world’s largest selection of exclusively non-GMO, natural, and organic foods for wholesale prices delivered to your doorstep. And here’s a link to find out more and get a $20 gift card with your annual Thrive Market membership.
- Practice patience and persistence. As of this writing, both Amazon and Thrive Market have shortages of certain supplies — and may also have shipping delays. But they’re both working hard to restock as quickly as possible. So be patient, and keep checking back!
These are challenging times for all of us. But stocking up on healthy pantry foods will help you be better prepared for whatever is to come and better able to support yourself and your loved ones.