School is just around the corner.  We are busily filling our family calendar.  Because with three kids, that’s how we roll. Skating, hockey, soccer, dance, swimming… and of course school, church and work.

But even if you don’t have kids, or your kids are too young to be semi-overscheduled, or your kids can drive themselves to where they need to go, fall is a busy time of year. You need to be ready to go with healthy breakfasts, snacks on the go, easy lunch ideas, and quick dinner options.

Maybe you read my post last week and saw what I stock in my fridge to make sure I can handle meal and snack times like a health-conscious pro. (If you didn’t, you can read it here.) 

This week, I want to give you a peek at what my pantry looks like. 

Well, not really what it looks like. I’m all about transparency, but my household organization has completely taken a backseat while I work on my business and take care of my kids. So, I’d be too embarrassed.  (Kind of like how I shut my office door when we have guests over!) But I WILL tell you what’s in my pantry!

Pantry Staples

Keep these foods on-hand and you can whip out a meal even when the fresh food in the fridge is lacking. Because we all have those weeks…

Here it goes:

  • Gluten-free rolled oats and/or steel cut oats
  • Variety of raw nuts and seeds: almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds are our favorites
  • Unsalted roasted peanuts
  • Raisins and dried apricots
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Almond and/or coconut milk
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash (especially in the fall and winter!)
  • Onions and garlic
  • Large variety of dried herbs and spices
  • Himalayan salt or sea salt
  • Olive and coconut oil
  • Raw apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar
  • Low sodium vegetable stock
  • Vegan, non-soy protein powder
  • Back-up jars of organic peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter (store in refrigerator once opened)
  • Occasional Lara Bars (great to have just in case!)
  • A few cereals I give the OK to
  • Applesauce (jars and squeeze packages)
  • Salsa
  • Brown rice and quinoa
  • Dried lentils and black beans
  • BPA-free cans of pumpkin, tomatoes, beans and tuna fish
  • Raw honey, coconut palm nectar, 100% stevia
  • Baking needs: almond flour, oat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, baking powder, coconut palm sugar, cacao powder
  • High-quality bakery bread (we like Great Harvest)
  • Brown rice or sprouted grain crackers (like Mary’s Gone Crackers)
  • Cacao nibs and dark chocolate. Always. All for me!
  • Occasionally, dried mango sneaks its way in there. I limit this one now, I have zero control when it comes to dried mango!

With these foods ready to go, I can always figure out something to pull together for a meal! Need ideas? Let me know in the comments below what your biggest challenges are. I would also love to hear what you have hiding in your pantry that you need an alternative for!