Student Life: My Go-To Pantry Staples
Let’s face it.
Groceries simply shouldn’t be number one priority as a student. Still, they’re quite important, and I am passionate about advocating for the fun of grocery shopping and equipping your pantry with healthy and affordable options that are fun, versatile, and last long.
Here is the staple grocery list I use when I grocery shop weekly.
Going through the produce aisle, I pick out the necessities/some produce that will last a while, usually buying bananas and apples, leafy greens, another cool new vegetable or two (Bok Choy anyone?), and sweet potatoes.
Breads (I love barley/rye bread), quick cook oats, rices, beans, pastas, flours, cereals, sauces, nut butters, and other baking needs are storages I check before leaving the house and buy only if they need to be replenished. I love experimenting with new products, like rice noodles instead of wheat or cashew butter instead of peanut butter.
It’s so important to have yummy and versatile snacks on hand! Lately I’ve been loving salt and vinegar chips from Kettle Brand, Simply Protein granola and bars, Vega protein powder for smoothies and smoothie bowls, Alter Eco dark chocolate, and Ben and Jerry’s almond milk ice cream, among other things!
I am allergic to dairy, but my version of it includes goat milk yogurt, dairy free margarine, almond or goat or cashew milk, and Daiya or goat cheese. I like to have one of each of those stocked at all times.
I shop at a local farm once a month for all my meat products with my lovely mom. I buy my favourite seasoned chicken breasts in bulk, along with ground beef, eggs, and usually some other sort of cool new meat, such as a sort of seafood, turkey, game, etc.
A bag or two of frozen mixed berries is about it!
Ingredients for spices, sauces, and baking are important to me, as they keep creativity alive in the kitchen. I like to have spices stocked at all times, so I simply check when they’re getting low.