First we took a peek in the fridge to get clean eating fridge. Next we need to look in the pantry to prepare for a clean eating pantry. No need to throw out food in your pantry. You need to take stock of what you have in your pantry to see what are your favorite foods. As you eat these favorites, find a cleaner way to make them. I have provided some easy steps to make a clean eating pantry for your family and have a clean eating pantry list printable to make shopping easy.
Creating a Clean Eating Pantry
Take a look at the boxes of food in your pantry. These boxed food items are usually the biggest offenders in putting in unnecessary ingredients or ingredients you cannot pronounce. If you have a few favorites, look up the recipe. See if you can prepare part of it yourself to have on hand for a quick dinner option. Try to plan meals that take extra time for the weekend and make twice as much for a freezer meal option. I will provide a few easy clean eating meal plans in later posts, so stay tuned. Here is a clean eating pantry inventory list printable to make a list of items in your pantry you want to eliminate.
Buy food items in the bulk bins at the store to replace the boxed versions. This not only saves money, but also great for the environment with out the boxes to throw away. Once you start buying items in bulk, you will need a place to store them. Place your bulk items like rice and flour in BPA Free storage containers. I recommend these storage containers (affiliate link) to get you started. Label the containers with the items that are inside. It really does no good if only you know where to find things or where to put them back. This helps the pantry stay organized and everyone can find everything, since it is clearly labeled. As you can see in the picture above everything is organized and lined up for easy access in the pantry.
Once you eat all the white rice replace with brown rice. Do the same for white flour with whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour. Next if you buy package oatmeal replace with bulk oatmeal. I purchase instant whole grain oatmeal to save us a little time in the morning. I used the whole oats for cooking in granola and breakfast bars. Next replace canned beans with organic versions. I usually can find a good deal on the store brand. Be sure to read the labels before you purchase your item to make sure it has 5 or 6 natural ingredients. I have included my Clean Eating Pantry List printable to make it easy for your shopping trips.
Clean Eating Pantry Staples
Here are a few items I make to keep my clean eating pantry stocked with quick and easy food items ready to go.
Clean Eating Pantry Snacks
The first thing out of my kids mouths when they get home from school is “what’s for snack today?” I like to make one or two snacks on Sunday so I will have these ready to go for a quick snack once they get home. There is also an apple or fresh fruit for snack options for the kids.
Homemade cheese crackers
Homemade graham crackers (contains some sugar)
Homemade Lara bars (tons of flavors to try)
Homemade Swedish fish (gummy snacks)
Homemade Baked Oatmeal Bars (can be made dairy free and nut free)
I find the more organized and more prepared you are, the easier it is to maintain a clean eating diet. As you eat a boxed item look for the clean eating alternative to replace it with one of the items on the clean eating pantry list. Read the label to make sure it follows the guidelines of 5 to 6 natural ingredients. This is a great time to clean out your pantry. This makes it easy to transition. Having an organized clean eating pantry helps keep everyone on track. Follow my Pinterest board for more Clean Eating ideas and stay up to date with the Clean Eating Challenge all month long.
Are you ready for a Clean Eating Pantry?