Preparing for a round of Whole 30? A good place to start is by stocking up on Whole30 pantry staples. That way you’ll have plenty on hand to make delicious meals.
Good motivation to stay on Whole30 is to be prepared for cooking healthy meals at home. Keeping your kitchen stocked with Whole30 pantry staples helps you stay on track.
A stocked pantry will guarantee you have ingredients at home to make compliant meals. That way there is no temptation to give up. You won’t feel the need to order a pizza or go to a fast-food drive-through because there is nothing to make for dinner.
Essential Whole30 Pantry Staples
- Clarified Butter
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Butter
- Coconut Flakes
- Almond Butter
- Cashew Butter
- Coconut Milk
Plated Fats are Important
You need to have a plated fat with every meal because it keeps you more full for longer. If you skip your plated fat because of the calories you may find that you are hungry before your next meal. The point of the plated fat is to keep yourself full between meals.
Nuts are a great way to add a plated fat to your meals. Such as almonds, cashews, and walnuts. Also, different varieties of nut butter. Such as almond butter and cashew butter. Canned olives are a good plated fat option.
Ghee or Clarified Butter may not be something you are familiar with. It does have dairy but it’s compliant for Whole30. Clarified butter’s made by separating the milk solids from the pure butter oil. Ghee’s made the same way except it’s heated for a longer amount of time.
Seasonings and Herbs
- Black Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
- Chili Powder
- Chipotle Powder
- Cacao (100% Cocoa)
- Everything But The Bagel
- Italian Seasoning
- Garlic Powder
- Ground Cloves
- Ground Ginger
- Mustard Powder
- Onion Powder
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Salt (Kosher, Sea Salt)
- Smoked Paprika
Include a wide range of seasonings and dried herbs in your pantry. Choose the basics like rosemary, basil, oregano, and mint. Combined with seasonings like salt and pepper these herbs will add a delicious flavor to your meals.
Everything but the Bagel is a delicious seasoning to sprinkle on a variety of foods. Try it on your eggs or roasted veggies.
You may be wondering why Cocoa is on the seasoning list. You can use 100% Cocoa as a savory spice. It can also use it in your coffee or tea. But using it to recreate a sweet treat is off-limits.
When buying mixed seasoning make sure to check the ingredients. You never know when sugar or another off-limit item is hidden in the seasoning.
Other Pantry Items
- Almond Flour
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Arrowroot Powder
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Canned Salmon
- Tomatoes (diced, crushed)
- Canned Tuna
- Canned Vegetables (sweet potato, butternut squash, green beans)
- Coconut Aminos
- Coconut Flour
- Dill Pickles
- Dried Fruits (naturally sweetened)
- Hot Sauce
- Fish Sauce (Red Boat)
- Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- Non-stick oil ( check ingredients)
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Rice Vinegar
- Sesame Oil
- Tomato Paste
- White Vinegar
Don’t forget to have some non-stick oil spray for the pans. It makes life easier when making scrambled eggs!
Always have different types of vinegar, such as red wine and rice vinegar. Also items like coconut aminos, and hot sauce. These will come in handy when making sauces. Like dump ranch or stir-fry sauce.
Almond and coconut flour can be used to coat proteins such as chicken or fish.
Use arrowroot powder in recipes that call for cornstarch or flour. Arrowroot powder can replace cornstarch as a thickener. Also, use it for roasting and frying. You can coat sweet potato fries with a dusting of arrowroot powder to make them more crispy.
Always make sure to read the ingredients. It is important to know what is in your food. I have no idea why sugar is added to somethings. An example is chicken broth. It’s savory so why does it need sugar?
You may not think you need to check every label. But it’s a good idea to do so. I have ended many rounds because I didn’t check what was in an item. So make sure to check ingredients before you use an item.
Stay Away From These
Sugar – Check the ingredients in any item you plan to use to make sure sugar is not in it. Common pantry staples such as stock and tomato products can have sugar. So make sure to check ingredients before you use it.
Alcohol – You know to stay away from beer and wine. But vanilla extract is also a no-no when on Whole 30 because it has alcohol.
Grains – You can’t use flour to coat your chicken breasts. And no pasta for spaghetti night.
Legumes – stay away from beans, peas, and peanut butter
Soy – soy is hidden in a lot of food items so make sure to check your labels.
Check for off-limit additives in the ingredients
- Corn Starch
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- Soy Lecithin
Shop for Whole30 Pantry Staples
Whole30 Pantry Staples you should always have on hand include a combination of oil and condiments. Having these in your kitchen can help you to prepare a variety of meals. So you don’t have to worry about picking up extra items every time you go to the grocery store.
Have plenty of salt, almond flour, coconut flour, arrowroot powder, cinnamon, and other items that help you prepare delicious meals.
Don’t forget basic condiments like ghee, compliant mayonnaise, and ketchup. Also, mustard and different kinds of vinegar.
Have a variety of oil-based on your needs, including, light olive, coconut, sesame, and avocado oil.
Don’t forget to always have plenty of coconut milk on hand too.
What Whole30 pantry staples do you keep on hand? Let me know in the comments:)