20 Must-Have Items for Your Clean Eating Pantry
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“Clean eating” is jamming up everyone’s Instagram and Pinterest feeds right now, and everyone seems to have a different way of eating. For one person it might mean rice bowls and coconut milk, while for another it’s cauliflower rice and fat bombs. Whatever your take, everyone can agree: Eating real and unprocessed foods in as close to a natural state as possible is just plain better for you. When you can’t make it to a farmers’ market, clean eating pantry staples can be a lifesaver (like those under $5 from Trader Joe’s). Here are the top 20 pantry items no clean eater should be without.
1. Canned Tomatoes: Because it’s almost impossible to find a store-bought marinara sauce that doesn’t have canola oil and added sugar, behold the magic that is crushed tomatoes! Empty a can into a pot with some olive oil, chopped garlic and herbs, and in less than 20 minutes you’ve got a simmering sauce that will elevate your pasta, zoodles or spaghetti squash bowl to the next level. (Photo + Recipe via Fox and Briar)
2. Olive Oil: If you’d long-ago given up on mayo because ALL store-bought brands use canola oil (even the ones that say olive oil on the label), whip up a batch of your own. All it takes is some olive oil, eggs and lemon juice, so make sure you keep a good supply of olive oil in your pantry. It’s also great for making herb-infused dips. (Photo + Recipe via The Healthy Foodie)
See also: How to Infuse Olive Oil
3. Apple Cider Vinegar: There are more uses for ACV than almost any pantry staple you can name — from detox drinks to bone broths to salad dressings — and it makes a decent substitute in recipes when you run out of fresh lemons. Be sure to grab a big economy bottle, because you’ll find so many uses for it. (Photo + Recipe via Creme De La Crumb)
4. Canned Salmon: For all the many times you forget to buy or thaw the fish, do yourself a favor and keep a few cans of healthy, hearty salmon on hand. With a recipe like salmon cakes that are packed with flavor, no one will ever guess it’s canned. (Photo + Recipe via Cotter Crunch)
5. Canned Tuna: Nothing to eat in this house, you say? If you’ve got some leftover rice and a can of tuna in the cupboard, you’ve got “sushi stacks.” Of course, it’s not really sushi, since the tuna isn’t raw, but your taste buds will never know the difference. (Photo + Recipe via Chelsea’s Messy Apron)
See also: 37 Hot Wasabi Recipes
6. Canned Sardines: Like salmon, sardines are a superfood, chock full of healthy Omega-3s — plus they’re budget-friendly. Sardine fish cakes are savory and delicious and very easy to whip up, even on a weeknight. (Photo + Recipe via Garlic Matters)
7. Rice: If there’s anything more comforting than chicken and rice, we haven’t heard of it. This cajun version is spiced up and stir fried, with a mix of basmati and wild rice. Always keep several varieties of rice on hand, because THIS! (Photo + Recipe via Half-Baked Harvest)
8. Noodles: There’s nothing like a steaming noodle bowl to greet you when you come in the door at night. If you’re trying to be uber healthy, you may want to stock up on the buckwheat kind — they’re 100 percent gluten-free but OH SO satisfying. (Photo + Recipe via A Cozy Kitchen)
See also: 40 Must-Try Asian-Inspired Noodle Dishes
9. Quinoa: When you’re looking for a high-protein, one-dish meal that everyone in the house will love, you can’t go wrong with a quinoa bake. This one is delicately flavored with gluten-free hoisin and tamari, and the roasted cashews give it a delicious crunch. (Photo + Recipe via Fit Foodie Finds)
10. Beans: Move over, chickpeas! Hummus made from regular ol’ white beans has *all* the flavor with zero fat and a third less calories per serving. Keep your pantry stocked with beans, and you’ll always have the ingredients you need to make a quick and healthy veggies and dip. (Photo + Recipe via Kim’s Cravings)
11. Lentils: Every clean eating pantry should have some lentils on hand. They’re economical, sustainable, easy to prepare and full of protein and fiber. They’re also SOOOO hearty and delicious. (Photo + Recipe via The First Mess)
12. Seeded/Sprouted Bread: In a perfect world, we’d all have time to bake our own bread from scratch. But in reality, most of us buy it. Since avocado toast is now a thing (and you need it in your life!), a clean-eating seeded/sprouted bread can be a real pantry essential. (Photo + Recipe via Blissful Basil)
13. Coconut Milk: Coconut milk is so versatile — you can use it to lighten your coffee or make a hearty stew. When you’re faced with getting dinner on the table quick, throw some coconut milk, chicken breast and chicken broth into a skillet with some spices and you’ve got a hearty stew to serve over rice or riced cauliflower. (Photo + Recipe via A Saucy Kitchen)
See also: 15 Clever Ways to Cook With Coconut Milk
14. Canned Pumpkin: Canned pumpkin can be a real kitchen lifesaver. Not only is it a healthy way to thicken soups and sauces, but it also makes a delicious and nutritious 15-minute soup, using just a few other ingredients almost everyone has on hand. (Photo + Recipe via Honestly Nourished)
See also: 40 Recipes That Use Canned Pumpkin
15. Raw Nuts: Nuts are a perfect grab-and-go snack, but they’re also great to have around if you like to make your own nut butters, nut milks and sauces. Pro Tip: Cashew cream makes a wonderful *alfredo* taste-alike when you’re looking for a quick dairy-free pasta sauce. (Photo + Recipe via Minimalist Baker)
16. Oats: Always keep some steel oats on hand to whip out the night before a busy morning. Recipes like these overnight oats are loaded with nourishing ingredients that will fuel you through your busy day. (Photo + Recipe via Sweet As Honey)
See also: 14 Sweet and Savory Oatmeal Recipes
17. Flaxseed: Homemade granola is great to have around to top your yogurt, chia pudding or hot cereal, and it keeps for weeks in an airtight container. Stock up on flaxseed and be sure to toss in a few spoonfuls to get some added antioxidants, fiber and Omega-3s. (Photo + Recipe via Little Broken)
18. Chia Seeds: When the pantry is almost bare and you need a quick breakfast idea, grab some chia seeds, canned coconut milk and a bag of frozen fruit from the freezer and you’re golden. Chia seeds are nutrient dense, with protein, Omega-3s, fiber and a host of healthy minerals — and chia pudding is so delicious, it feels like a cheat when it’s not. (Photo + Recipe via Good Habits & Guilty Pleasures)
See also: 20 Ways to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet
19. Coffee Beans: No time for breakfast? Good thing you’ve got some coffee beans on hand. Bulletproof coffee is SOOOOO rich and creamy with grassfed butter and coconut, it will see you through to lunch with no rumblings in your tummy. (Photo + Recipe via Naked Cuisine)
20. Dried Fruit: Dried fruits like dates are great to have around, when you want to sweeten up a recipe the natural way. Pro Tip: Keep some antioxidant-rich dark chocolate in the pantry as well and mix in dried fruits and nuts for a *once in a while* clean treat. (Photo + Recipe via The View from Great Island)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)