There are certain food items you will always find in my pantry… and in large quantities too! I have to feed a family of 5… including 4 hungry boys, so that adds up pretty quickly, you know?! For these healthy pantry staples I always shop bulk so I get a lot of food and a better price. Here’s a few of the items you’ll always find at my house… what, why and where I purchase for the best price!
1. Organic brown rice.
1/2 a cup has 108 calories, 1 gram of fat and lots of nutrition! Omegas-3 and 6 fatty acids, Vitamins K B6, Thiamin, niacin, Choline and pantothenic acid, calcium, iron magnesium and fiber… just to name a few! In addition to requiring more of your body to break it down, the fiber in brown rice helps satisfy your appetite and therefore decreasing your chances of overeating. I use brown rice mostly as a base for some sort of topping (such as stir-fry). I get this at Costco.
2. Whole Wheat Berries.
Wheat berries are whole, unprocessed wheat kernels in their most natural form. They are high in carbohydrates and dietary fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals. Wheat berries are rich in vitamins B1 and B3; and the minerals magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese and selenium. You can cook these whole and eat as a cereal, in a pilaf, in soups or on top of salads. I personally just grind them up to make my own whole wheat flour. SO much cheaper than buying whole wheat flour! I buy mine here
3. Organic Coconut Sugar.
Coconut sugar is a natural sugar substitute. It is made from the flowers of the coconut tree by evaporating the sap of the tree. Pure coconut sugar has a low glycemic index and is rich in nutrients. It is especially high in potassium and contains nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, chlorin and also trace amounts of boron, zinc, manganese, iron and copper. It has a rich flavor that I really like. I use this in place of just about all sugar in baking, especially in things like cookies and quick breads. You use it 1:1 ratio. I buy it off amazon.com.
4. Steel Cut Oats.
Steel-cut oats are made by running whole oat groats through a steel mill to chop them into pieces. They have a slightly nuttier taste than regular oats and a chewy texture. They are a great source of complex carbohydrates, as well as protein. It also has iron and calcium and help stabilize your glycemic index and regulate blood sugar. I usually cook these in my crockpot and we eat as hot cereal, but I also grind them up to make oat flour for baking. Good options to buy in bulk are azurestandard.com or thrivemarket.com
5. Rolled Oats.
Rolled oats are basically the same as steel cut oats, but they have been steamed, rolled, and flaked so that they cook quickly. We eat these often for breakfast and I use them a lot for homemade granola, granola bars and cookies. I buy from Costco or here, but the above sites are also great options!
6. Organic Quinoa.
Quinoa is a complete protein that has every essential amino acid. It contains fiber, B2, iron, calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc and potassium. I love it because it cooks quicker than brown rice so I can cook my husband white rice and cook myself quinoa in the same amount of time! I use it as a base for stir fry or I’ll mix it with meat and veggies and use it as a filling for things like stuffed peppers or burritos. I also love it sweet as a hot breakfast. I also buy it from Costco.
7. Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes.
Although coconut is high in fat, it has plenty of health benefits. It is loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, is rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium. In increases metabolism and can help boost immunity. We use this in our homemade granola, in homemade Lara bars and I use it to make coconut butter. I buy from amazon.com.
So there you have it! These are the bulk items I always have in my pantry and why I like them.
The main places I personally purchase the ones listed below, but let me know if I am missing out on something even better!
LDS food storage
I hope that helps! 🙂