Raw Food Staples for the Pantry
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Here is a beginning list of staples for your pantry that can be quite useful to have on hand. You don’t need to start off with or even to stock all of them, but hopefully this will give you some good ideas. You may need to look in a few places, depending on what you town has to offer; try your local grocery store, health food store, co-op, and on-line. Price compare and look for the best quality that you can afford! A raw food diet plan is really as simple as keeping on top of your kitchen stock so that there is always something to eat that is full of the best nutrition ever!
Most important, always remember to read labels. You want raw products when possible, not their cooked counterparts. Labeling can be vague or even deceptive, and unless you see the word “raw” or an equivalent — “unpasteurized,” or “cold-pressed,” for example — chances are it is not raw. And always get organic if you can.
Do the best you can, this is a journey not a destination.
- Cacao Nibs or Powder – Used for shakes and making ‘raw chocolate candy’. It is extremely high in anti-oxidants and magnesium. Superfood!
- Cacao Butter – Awesome for raw food desserts.
- Carob Powder – From the carob tree, slightly sweet often used as a chocolate substitute
- Raw nut/seed butters – You can also make these yourself.
- Raw Organic Almond Butter – This is a must have in our kitchen for whipping up a fast almond milk, dip apples in, use in dessert recipes, etc.
- Raw Organic Tahini – This is another necessity for creating a speedy asian flavored dressing.
- Raw Organic Cashew Butter – You eat by the spoonful, use in dessert recipes and so many other possibilities.
- Raw nuts and seeds – store in mason jars in the fridge or freezer to extend shelf life. Be sure to educate yourself on the soaking requirements for these.
- Hemp Seeds – Vegetarian protein source with perfect omega 3:6 ratio
- Chia Seeds – great to use as a natural thickener, and to bump up your nutrients in recipes! Use in smoothies, desserts, crackers, etc.
- Flax Seeds – great to use as a natural thickener, another one to bump up your nutrients in recipes! Use in smoothies, desserts, crackers, etc.
- Sprouting Seeds – grow your own sprouts! Use in salads, for juicing, and in wraps.
- Dried fruit – make sure they are sulfer and preservative free and organic if possible. Keep stored in mason jars in the fridge to extend shelf life.
- Dried herbs and spices – keep in air tight containers. It is suggested to replace after about 6 months to ensure freshness.
- Cold pressed olive, hemp, flax and coconut oils – Be sure to purchase cold pressed and store in fridge if recommended. Check the bottle!
- Sweeteners – Agave Nectar, Honey, Dried fruit (dates, raisins, coconut), Carob powder, Lucuma powder, Stevia (not raw).
- Superfoods- Algae, maca, sea vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, Bee Pollen – All essential amino acids and rich in enzymes.
- Raw grains – buckwheat groats, oat groats, quinoa, millet, amaranth, wild rice, etc – Store in mason jars to keep bug free.
- Nutritional Yeast – Use in cheese recipes, sprinkle on salads.
- Braggs Aminos, Coconut Aminos, Tamari, Nama Shoyu – Your choice. Used in dressings, spritz on salads, used in many recipes.
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar – Used in salad dressings, spritz your salads with it, use in cheese recipes, etc.
- Raw – natural thickener and emulsifier
- Irish moss – natural thickener