Essentials Every Healthy Kitchen Needs To Have

Essentials Every Healthy Kitchen Needs To Have

It is easier to make healthy decisions when you have a healthy kitchen. If you stock your kitchen with healthy foods vs. highly processed foods it will be easier to make a good decision when you are hungry.

There are a lot of healthy, minimally processed convenience foods made now. There is nothing wrong with using them to help you! I always keep some of them on hand to help me be more successful. For example, there is nothing wrong with letting somebody else cut up your veggies for you & buying them precut. If that helps you eat them that is a win.

Don’t want to take the time to soak and cook your own beans, don’t fret over it … buy canned. What about grains? Some of those take a LONG time to cook. If it will help you cut down on your prep, so that you actually use them, buy them already cooked. I have a link below to my favorite pre-cooked grains.

Do what you can, buy what you can’t 😉

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Essentials Needed In Any Healthy Kitchen:


Frozen Fruit – Great for things like berries who have a short window of time that they are in season. So you can enjoy them year long. Also, they can often be cheaper. If you are just going to blend them up for a smoothie I’d definitely recommend buying frozen.

Frozen Veggies – including dark leafy greens (kale freezes really well). If you want to freeze your own kale read The Best Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup to find out how I do that. If making smoothies frozen spinach works just as well as fresh. I also like to keep frozen chopped onion in my freezer for when I just don’t want to chop up an onion or I forgot to buy some.

Lean Meats – skinless chicken, ground turkey or chicken, lean beef, fish, shrimp, etc.

Nuts & Seeds – I keep my nuts & seeds in the freezer so they stay fresh longer. These are another great, quick & easy snack. Great way to add crunch to a salad.


Eggs – nutritional powerhouse + an excellent source of protein. They do NOT adversely affect cholesterol as once thought.

Fresh Fruit –  who can resist sweet, juicy fruit! A quick and healthy snack that is usually easy to grab on the go.

Fresh Veggies –  Pre-cut or whole & including onion & garlic because they are such a great flavor enhancer to most meals. Veggies make great side dishes like my roasted broccoli, roasted carrots or a variety of fresh salads. Some vegetables last longer on the counter or in the pantry than they do the fridge, just something to keep in mind.


Whole Grains – good carbs or complex carbs vs. refined & simple carbs are important for your health. Read more about whole grains here.

Precooked Whole Grains – Seeds of Change makes a great product line. You can also make large batches and freeze yours for later.

Canned Beans – Another good source of protein and can make a quick dish like my Rice & Beans Haystack or boost the protein in a vegetarian meal like this Vegetarian Quinoa Chili.

Canned Vegetables – They can be nice to use in a pinch. I mostly use canned tomatoes, tomato paste, sauce, etc. I personally prefer the flavor and texture of frozen for most other veggies (although technically I guess tomatoes are a canned fruit) 😉

Seasonings – Highly important for enhancing meals and adding flavor. Dried herbs or fresh.

Healthy Oils – like olive, grapeseed, coconut, avocado, etc. Are nice to saute with, make dressings with or even a fancy drizzle over a healthy meal.


What other things do you keep on hand to make sure you have a healthy kitchen? Let me know in the comments below.


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  • Rachel says:

    This sounds like what we have at my house! Great list. 🙂

  • Love the idea of a healthy kitchen! And so many essentials here ! Great post

  • Mikki says:

    What great tips! When I first made the decision to go strictly healthy I bought a bunch of dried beans.. yet I just cant seem to make them taste as good as canned. It’s just easier to go with the canned for sure.

    • Summer says:

      Haha, so much easier to go with canned. Giving them a really good rinse helps me feel better about it. 😀

  • rebecca says:

    I have most of these foods in my kitchen too! love having whole grains, nuts, and frozen vegetables ready to make anything

    • Summer says:

      That’s great. I love having them on hand too, they can be such lifesavers.

  • Yes, having a healthy kitchen is key to making healthy decisions for eating. Your tips are great!

  • Emily says:

    I love keeping frozen veggies in my freezer. It’s perfect for our family of 2

  • Laura says:

    Yum! All the essentials indeed! My kitchen sounds so similar 🙂

  • Farrah says:

    Yay! Thanks for putting together this list!! Eggs + fresh fruit and veggies are my favorite, and I always have a crap ton of seasonings/spices in my pantry! :]!

    • Summer says:

      Haha … you and me both! Sometimes I go to find a spice and it is a little ridiculous.

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