But in all seriousness, if you're interested in creating a healthier lifestyle and in need of some tangible products to take home from the store or market, this is a good place to start. I've found that keeping these items on hand makes it really easy to throw together flavorful and satisfying meals throughout the day. Typically, on any given day, you'll find these staples in my fridge or cupboards, but of course it'll fluctuate slightly by seasonality, sales, or my weekly menu. You may also notice that there is limited animal products on this list besides some dairy and eggs. Feel free to add in your preferred protein sources (mine is clearly beans, tofu, and dark leafy greens). I also didn't include amounts because that will really depend on your preferences and meal planning - but I usually stock my freezer with nuts, my pantry with dried grains and beans, and keep the crisper overflowing with produce.
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Before you head back to your hump day, I'd love to hear some of YOUR favorite pantry staples in the comments below!