Even though many of us live nearby a grocery store, or even many different types of food stores, there are still many benefits to building a food pantry for long-term food storage. Having a pantry stocked with food leaves us a bit more at ease knowing that we have some food security. It definitely provides us more comfort knowing that we have plenty of food on hand to feed our family. However, one of the biggest benefits of a home food pantry is that it enables us to prepare for short- and long-term emergencies. There are many scenarios that could make it difficult or impossible to go to the grocery store, from a biological attack to a major snowstorm to a pandemic. Right now as a nation and world we are practicing social distancing to slow the spread of COV-ID 19, but even the yearly flu could still get the better of us and hold us bedridden for a week. And who likes to go grocery shopping when coughing up a storm? (Not me!) So, we decided to compile a little list of some of our top food storage items that we always make sure to have in our pantry.
- Oats–steel cut and rolled oats! You just can’t go wrong with oats. Oats are so versatile. We love a warm bowl of oatmeal, of course; but don’t forget that oats are also fabulous to make pancakes, breakfast cookies, energy bites, granola bars, and the list can really go on and on!
- Flour–some of our fave flours to have on hand are almond flour, oat flour, buckwheat flour and cassava flour (we also love coconut flour, but do note that coconut flour must be refrigerated!) As you probably know, if you have flour, you can bake almost anything–waffles, pancakes, muffins, bread, etc.
- Nuts and Seeds–the perfect snack when combined with fresh or dried fruit; we love making homemade trail mix, too. We love almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts and walnuts. Nuts and seeds are perfect to add to muffins and energy bars. Plus, they are an amazing topper to salads, oatmeal, and smoothies.
- Grains/Starchy Foods–Think rice, quinoa, amaranth, couscous and pasta. Grains can last a long time, and they are so versatile in all kinds of dishes, from stir-frys to stews and soups to baked casseroles and nourish bowls.
- Beans/Lentils–Whether you choose dried or canned, beans are a great source of protein and fiber and they are absolutely delicious in stews, soups and pasta or rice dishes.
- Dried fruits–We love medjool dates, prunes, raisins, dried apricots and dried apples. Dried fruits are great for homemade trail mix, delicious in homemade energy bars and bliss balls and also wonderful to snack on with nut butter!
- Nut butters–We go through nut butter so quickly in our household! (I mean, nut butter makes everything better, right?) Whether you love almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, or sunflower butter (there are just so many various kinds of nut/seeds butters out on the market these days!), nut butters make for some yummy and nutritious muffins, breakfast cookies, energy bites, etc. They also make for your classic “PB+J” sandwich, as well as nut butter banana toast. And, they’re amazing in smoothies as well. You just can’t go wrong with nut butter!
- Common baking/cooking ingredients–Think baking soda, baking powder, herbs, spices, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, honey, and even chocolate chips! (We enjoy some cookies, right?) With these baking essentials and the foods listed above, you can make all sorts of things. The possibilities are endless.
- Canned soups/stews–Sometimes we just don’t feel like cooking, especially with the long and tiring weekdays (not to mention if we’re sick, too). Our fave canned soups are Amy’s Kitchen! They have all kinds of soups, from Thai Curry Sweet Potato Lentil soup to Butternut Squash soup to Minestrone.
- KIDZSHAKE–Kidzshake is a perfect shelf-stable food item to have on hand. It can be combined with so many of the above food storage items, as Kidzshake is delicious when added to muffins, pancakes, energy bars, bliss balls, oatmeal and smoothies. Plus, it can be used with just water and a blender bottle! Kidzshake is super easy for you and your family to get all of your vitamins, minerals and probiotics that you need! And I hope you already know how amazing it tastes. Check below for some of our fave recipes using Kidzshake.
Awesome Kidzshake Recipes!
- Chewy Peanut Butter Balls
- Cashew Energy Bites
- Nut Free Bliss Balls
- Complete Nutrition Chocolate Bars
- Date and Walnut Energy Bars
- Banana Breakfast Slice
- Berry Banana Bread
Written by Gelsey Plaza