You’ve seen those perfectly set out pantries with the fancy labelled glass jars and perfectly arranged herbs and spices, the satisfaction it gives you by just looking at it, longing for the fairies to arrive and present you with the same perfect pantry with the wave of a wand.

You open your pantry, but the fairies still haven’t been. It’s chaos, mayhem, anxiety boiling over and all you feel like reaching for is those chips and biscuits you shouldn’t have because you can’t possibly see all of the healthier possibilities beyond that mess! It’s a proven fact that disorganisation and chaos present us with nothing less than anxiety and in a pantries case, bad decisions. Even the shopping becomes a disorganised mess of unnecessary food items that sit in half opened packets, littering your otherwise beautiful pantry.

How do you fix it?

With these 4 simple tips

Tip 1 ~ Ditch the crap!

I’m sorry to be so blunt but it must be said… In the bin go the unhealthy chips, biscuits, lollies, chocolates, cakes sugary cereals, vegetables oils, cordials, cokes and soft drink. You know them well and they are no good!

Tip 2 ~ Waste not

Open your fridge and take a look at the half-used or near empty condiment, curry or sauce jars that have been sitting in there for months! Get creative and use them up or throw out the out of date contents. Glam them up by washing them in the dishwasher or sink and removing their sticky label with nail polish remover. Gather any empty coffee jars and do the same. Voila! You have perfectly beautiful glass jars to store loose pantry items in an airtight container. You can also buy new jars on the cheap for Kmart if you do not have enough.

Tip 3 ~ Get organised

Start making that pantry a place to be proud of. Pretty it up with those nice glass jars you just recycled. Tip any opened bags of oats, rice, pasta, dried lentils, nuts and seeds into the jars and place them onto one shelf – this will become your grains, nuts and seeds shelf.

Kmart also stock some lovely baskets to arrange snacks, unopened packet foods such as taco seasonings and root vegetables into their own respective baskets.

By doing this you will know exactly where everything is when you want to access it and the pantry will begin to look pleasantly neat and tidy, making it easier to create healthy meal ideas for the family.

Tip 4 ~ Plan ahead of your shopping trip

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Begin your shopping trip at home by creating a shopping list of healthy pantry staples. In my home, I have a magnetic whiteboard on the fridge that we write on as soon as someone uses up the last of one of our staples. The list gets added to so we know in the next shop we must get it and we never run out! To get you started here is a list of pantry staples that encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Pantry Staples

Grains & Pastas
  • Brown rice
  • Wholemeal pasta
  • Quinoa (technically a seed)
  • Dried lentils
  • Oats
Flours
  • Wholemeal or spelt flour
  • Flaxseed meal
  • LSA
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Bicarb soda
  • Aluminium free baking powder
Canned Foods
  • Organic canned tomatoes
  • Organic canned kidney beans
  • Organic canned chickpeas
  • Organic canned cannellini beans
  • Organic coconut milks and creams
  • Canned tuna
Cooking oils & Sauces
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Organic broths
  • Coconut aminos or GMO free soy sauce
  • Apple cider vinegar  
Nuts, Seeds & Nut Butters
  • Unsalted, natural nuts (walnuts, almonds, brazil, pine, cashews etc.)
  • Unsalted natural seeds (chia, pepitas, hemp, sunflower etc.)
  • Pure peanut butter – I also like Mayver’s
  • Almond butter
Herbs & Spices
  • A nice collection of herbs and spices (turmeric, curry powder, cumin, thyme, rosemary, ginger, chili, Italian seasoning, cayenne, paprika, nutmeg, bay leaves, kefir lime leaves, oregano, caraway, coriander)
  • Himalayan salt
  • Black pepper corns
  • Ground cinnamon
Root Vegetables
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Sweetpotato
Naturally Sweet Additives
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Natural honey
  • Xylitol or stevia
  • Rapadura sugar
  • 70%+ dark chocolate
Other
  • Eggs (if they haven’t been kept in the fridge where you have purchased them)
  • Long life almond milk
  • Pure natural vanilla
  • Plant based protein powder

Happy organising! Nutritionist Danielle x

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