Pantry

In case you are looking for a general guide to stocking your vegan pantry, below I have shared what I typically stock in my pantry and fridge to keep my plant-based diet on track. For specific recommendations on protein powders and supplements, please see my Amazon page.

It can be a bit of an investment at first to stock up on the items I keep in my pantry, especially the specialty plant-based items, but once I have them, I am set for a really long time. In the end, I save so much money by being able to cook at home and prepare healthy meals quickly. Obviously, these are not required items if you are a vegan (though I could never be without certain items, like my beloved nutritional yeast, a.k.a. “nooch.”).

What’s in my pantry?

  • Canned Goods (look for BPA free and low sodium)
    • Chickpeas
    • Black Beans
    • Vegan re-friend beans
    • Kidney beans
    • Cannelloni beans
    • Vegan soups
  • Bulk Items
    • Lentils (any variety)
    • Dried beans (chickpeas, black-eyed peas, black beans, etc.)
    • Quinoa
    • Wild rice
    • Dried Turkish figs
    • Brazil nuts
    • Pecans (raw)
    • Almonds (raw)
    • Cashews (raw)
    • Gluten-free oats
    • Dried unsweetened coconut
    • Dried fruit (no sugar added, typically papaya & mango)
  • Non-Perishable Staples
    • Gluten-Free Pasta (chickpea or lentil-based)
    • Granola (if strictly vegan, check for honey or milk ingredients)
    • Buckwheat pancake mix (easily made vegan by substituting a flax egg)
    • Tea (I prefer to buy in bulk from tea shops, but also like to have matcha, Dandelion and green tea on hand)
  • Specialty Plant-Based Staples
    • Spirulina Powder (store in fridge for freshness)
    • Coconut Sugar
    • Nutritional Yeast Flakes
    • Ground/Milled Flaxseed (store in fridge once opened)
    • Raw Maca Powder
    • Raw Cacao Powder
    • Hemp seeds (store in fridge once opened)
    • Plant-based Protein Powder (I like Amazing Grass peanut butter & chocolate or ALOHA chocolate)
  • Nut Butter
    • Almond butter (only ingredient = almonds)
    • Cashew butter (only ingredient = cashews)
    • Sunflower seed butter (only ingredient = sunflower seeds)
  • Sauce & Condiments
    • Pasta sauce (verify it’s vegan and no added sugar)
    • Curry simmer sauce (verify it’s vegan)
    • Tahini
    • Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
    • Coconut aminos
    • Sriracha (check ingredients as it may include fish sauce)
    • Harissa (if you love spice!)
    • Brown mustard
    • Dijon mustard
    • Vegan mayo
    • Ketchup (organic, no added sugars preferred

What I Buy at the Grocery Store

This is what I am typically shopping for on any given day. Of course I’ll pick up items from the pantry list if I need them. I don’t always buy all of these things or have them all in stock all the time, but this list nearly encompasses the items I look out for depending on what I want or need.

  • Organic Produce (I try to follow the Dirty Dozen and buy locally when I can)
    • Spinach
    • Other greens for salads (romaine, spring mix, arugula, etc.)
    • Bananas (organic because non-organic messes with my digestion)
    • Apples
    • Grapes
    • Celery
    • Bell Pepper
    • Tomatoes
    • Kiwi (eating the skin is okay)
    • Cucumbers
    • Blueberries (organic, frozen when not in season)
    • Raspberries (organic, frozen when not in season)
    • Strawberries (organic, frozen when not in season)
  • Non-Organic Produce
    • Avocado (store in fridge once ripe)
    • Sweet Potatoes (Japanese and regular)
    • Carrots
    • Red onion
    • Squash (spaghetti, delicata, zucchini, butternut)
    • Ginger root
    • Beets
    • Sprouts (alfalfa or broccoli)
    • Lemons
    • Limes
    • Micro-greens
    • Parsley
    • Cilantro
    • Mint
  • Refrigerated Items
    • Sauerkraut or other fermented items
    • Oat milk
    • Tempeh
    • Tofu (I usually go for sprouted and extra firm tofu)
    • Hummus
  • Non-Refrigerated Items
    • Seaweed snacks
    • Tortilla chips, snacks and crackers made with recognizable ingredients
  • Specialty & Splurge Items
    • Drinks such as reishi chocolate drinks and teas, or other ones that look good
    • Vegan yogurt
    • Vegan cheese / cream cheese
    • Vegan ice cream
Please consult your doctor prior to making any dietary changes or using new supplements. The products recommended here are solely based on my experience and I cannot guarantee they will be beneficial for your own personal health.