Stock a Natural Food Pantry
What foods belong in a natural food pantry? As you transition to a natural foods diet, you'll want to have certain essentials always on hand.
When I switched my family to a whole foods diet, we began to buy many foods in bulk, especially grain, beef and beans. A well-stocked pantry means that I shop less often and am not tempted to buy processed foods at the last minute.
If you are transitioning to whole foods slowly and need some prepared things to make it easier, I gave the "Cheater's" shortcut pantry options below. Shhhh ... sometimes I have those items on hand, too.
Begin with grains, beans and legumes. These are simple food items that store well and are incredibly versatile. I heartily recommend using whole grains and sprouting or milling them as needed for flour. However, if you do not have a mill, substitute with whole grain flours.
From-Scratch Natural Food Pantry:
- Red wheat berries
- White wheat berries
- Rolled Oats
- Whole Oats
- Barley, Kamut, Rye
- Brown rice
- Kidney beans
- Pinto beans
- Black beans
- Mixed beans
- Dried lentils
- Sea salt
- Coconut Oil
- Palm oil
- Olive oil (first cold press)
- Raw Honey
- Succanat (natural sugar)
- Herbs & spices
- Baking soda
- Dried coconut
In addition to my dry goods, I also keep a bulk amount of organic beef, natural chicken, ocean-caught fish, and organic veggies in my freezer. You can always find Amish butter and milk in my fridge, and seasonal vegetables on the counter.
A good stock of natural foods allows me to use seasonal vegetables and animal products more effectively, as the basics are covered.
Shortcut Natural Food Pantry Options:
- Soaked/ sprouted whole grain bread
- Whole wheat flour (keep in fridge)
- Natural nut butters
- Organic canned beans
- Baking powder
When there is no time for making yogurt from raw milk and sour cream from fresh cream, buy high-quality organic yogurt and dairy products. There are no shortcuts for good, local, organic animal products.
Most of the work with a natural foods diet is preparation and planning ahead. Making a good monthly meal plan will help everyone stay on track. Plan ahead, soaking beans for the next night's dinner instead of relying on canned goods.
A side benefit that I have come to appreciate is that I am better prepared for an emergency situation -- even one as simple as an ice storm -- with a well-stocked larder. I have on hand at all times foods that can be cooked over a wood stove or camp fire, if need be.
Be sure to tailor your natural food pantry to your family's needs; you'll discover more must-have items as you go. Look for whole foods co-ops in your area to buy items in bulk and save on costs.
If you're interested in preparing for an emergency or disaster, add freeze dried food and emergency supplies to your natural food pantry. One of the best sources I have found is the NitroPak's Ultimate Family Preparedness Pak.
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