The Healthy Pantry

Our smart shopping list of pantry essentials

While a good shopping list is the key to a quick and painless trip to the supermarket, a well-stocked pantry is the best way to ensure you'll have everything you need to cook once you get home. Our Healthy Pantry includes all the items you need to prepare healthy recipes plus a few other ingredients that will make unplanned meals easier.

Oils: extra-virgin olive oil, canola oil

  • Trans-fat-free margarine
  • Vinegars: distilled white, cider, red-wine, balsamic, rice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • Reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Prepared pesto
  • Salsa
  • Hot sauce


  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Dried herbs and spices: ground cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, crushed red pepper, rosemary, thyme leaves, oregano, Italian seasoning blend, tarragon leaves, ground cinnamon, ground ginger
  • Vanilla extract

Canned Goods & Bottled Items

  • Canned tomatoes, tomato paste
  • Reduced-sodium broths
  • Canned beans: cannellini, kidney, chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Canned lentils
  • Chunk light tuna and salmon
  • Grains & Legumes
  • Assorted whole-wheat pasta
  • Regular and instant brown rice
  • Whole-wheat couscous
  • Regular and quick-cooking barley
  • Bulgur
  • Rolled oats
  • Dried lentils

Baking Products

  • Whole-wheat flour and whole-wheat pastry flour. (Store in the refrigerator or freezer.)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Unprocessed wheat bran
  • Quick-rising yeast
  • Cornstarch
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Honey
  • Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit
  • Walnuts, pecans, sesame seeds, almonds
  • Dried apricots, dates, cranberries, raisins
  • Peanut butter (natural)

Refrigerator Basics

  • 1% or skim milk
  • Reduced-fat sour cream
  • Fruit juice
  • Large eggs
  • Cheese: sharp Cheddar, feta, Parmesan, mozzarella
  •  Nonfat or light vanilla yogurt
  • Freezer Basics
  • Frozen fruit
  • Frozen vegetables: edamame (soybeans), broccoli, corn, bell pepper-and-onion mix, peas, spinach
  • Low-fat ice cream, frozen yogurt and/or sorbet
  • Frozen cheese ravioli or tortellini