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What’s in a dietitian’s pantry?

I like to keep it simple when it comes to food shopping. For the past year we’ve been ordering our groceries through Peapod which has it’s pros and cons. On the plus side, ordering groceries online really helps keep your budget in order! However the down side for me is that I LOVE grocery shopping. So I have missed out on the perusing through the store and picking out my own produce but overall getting our groceries delivered has worked out for us (side note – we are a 1 car household and I can’t drive it because it’s a manual. You can see how we came to the conclusion of getting grocery delivery! Haha)

I thought it might be useful to some for me to share what are typical groceries in our house. You will see that we don’t buy a lot of typical snack foods. This is partly nutrition related but to be honest it’s mostly cost related. I don’t want to waste money on food we don’t need.


I try to buy seasonally. Over the summer that meant TONS of berries! Strawberries are my son’s favorite while blueberries pulled ahead as my daughter’s favorite. The majority of what we purchase is fresh but I do keep some produce stocked in the freezer as well. I tend to avoid canned items to minimize the added sodium. What I’ve chosen to list are our most frequently purchased items. Of course there are outliers, like the occasional beet or eggplant but in general this is what we eat during the year.

  • Spinach (weekly)
  • Arugula (weekly)
  • Carrots (weekly)
  • Cucumber (weekly)
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Green Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • White and Sweet Potatoes


  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Clementines
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Melon
  • Avocadoes

(Freezer items: corn, peas/carrots combo, stir fry blend, green beans)

What else can you find in our refrigerator?

  • 1% milk
  • Eggs
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • Hummus
  • Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
  • (Condiments – mustard, ketchup, jelly, bbq sauce, mayo)

What’s in the pantry?

  • 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • Hint of Salt Triscuits
  • Oats
  • Generic Store-Brand Bran Flakes
  • Cheerios
  • Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix
  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice
  • Whole Grain or 50% Whole Grain Pastas
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Tuna
  • Black Beans
  • Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
  • Brown Lentils
  • Red Lentils
  • Green Split Peas
  • Rice Cakes
  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios
  • Olive Oil
  • Avocado Oil

Last but not least a few more freezer items. I don’t buy loads of meat because as I mentioned earlier I like to keep costs down. But I do buy chicken thighs and breasts, 90% or leaner ground beef, occasionally I’ll get pork if on sale, and the fish I usually buy is cod unless wild salmon is also on sale. In the winter months you’ll find venison in the freezer if my husband gets lucky on his annual hunt with my brother and father. And you will ALWAYS find a bag of spinach and cheese ravioli in our freezer because that is one thing my toddler is guaranteed to eat!

I know this week’s post is very “listy” but I hope that it is helpful for at least some of you. In the coming weeks I hope to share even more with you what we come up with using these items – and I promise they will be toddler approved!

Stay Savvy!




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