My kitchen staples

If you’re a fellow university student and you’re heading back to school this week, you have plenty to do to get settled back into a routine. First on the list for me is making sure I have my kitchen stocked and ready to go! I’m pretty good at grocery shopping, if I do say so myself.

A post at “Itty Bits of Balance” about her own grocery staples inspired this post. I also wanted to share this article about some triathlon pro’s fav groceries. 

Always in my cart:


  • spinach
  • mixed greens
  • romaine
  • apples
  • bananas
  • veggies that are on sale (zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, snow peas, broccoli, whatever!)
  • fruit that’s on sale or looks good (mangos, kiwis, berries, grapes, cherries, apples, apricots, oranges, melons)
  • sweet potatoes or squash
  • onions
  • garlic
  • baby carrots
  • celery
  • plain or honey greek yogurt (I love Oikos) 
  • plain or vanilla yogurt (I like Stoneyfield Farms or Activia vanilla and Astro Plain 0%)
  • soy milk or skim milk (often in the tetra packs so I can toss them in my gym bag)
  • half and half
  • cottage cheese
  • light cheddar cheese

Always in my pantry/fridge:

  • rice (I love Lundberg’s Wild Blend but I also keep Uncle Ben’s microwaveable brown rice around in case I’m in a hurry) 
  • whole grain pasta
  • granola bars: at least one kind of crunchy and one kind of chewy, (preferably Kashi Roasted Almond for the crunchy and Dark Chocolate Mocha for the chewy)
  • energy bars (I like LARA bars and Clif Bars)

  • coffee (I prefer Starbucks whole beans now that I have a built in grinder in my coffee pot but I also keep instant around)
  • tea (I have way too many options here, mostly decaf and lots of herbal that I should really drink more of)
  • hot chocolate mix
  • cocoa
  • chocolate (dark, milk, mini eggs…you name it! I have a jar that I keep around for chocolate emergencies)
  • prepped chicken breasts, pork chops, and salmon for when I’m in a hurry (I do batch cooking and then freeze the goodies)
  • tuna steaks (I like the Clover Leaf ones, especially the Fresh Thai Herb flavour that are just in a package if you literally have five minutes and are about to eat your own foot for dinner) 
  • bread (I like Ezekiel bread a lot since it goes in the freezer and tastes good even after being frozen)
  • frozen berries
  • dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, apricots
  • nuts: walnuts, pecans, almonds
  • brown sugar, maple syrup, and honey
  • the normal people things: soy sauce, condiments, salad dressings, jams, butters, eggs, etc.
  • red wine (I like VOGA)

  • Baileys
  • canned tuna and salmon
  • canned beans
  • PC Blue Menu chili (just in case)
  • oatmeal (I mix spelt, rye, and oat flakes with trail mix)
  • pumpkin
  • nut butters: I always have crunchy and smooth natural and regular peanut butter on hand and sometimes almond butter as well (junkie, much?)
  • cereals: Fibre 1, Kashi GoLean Crunch (but I prefer the kind from the states), and All Bran x 2 (Buds and Original)
  • chocolate chips (mostly for eating straight out of the bag)
  • gum (obsessed with Extra Dessert Delights) 
What are some of the permanent items in your shopping cart? Cupboards? Fridge?
See anything you’re going to try? 

4 responses to “My kitchen staples

  1. Fun! I am so going to do a post like this!

    I am obsessed with that wild rice blend! And I’m jealous of all the bars you can buy at the grocery store. I can’t find a granola bar anywhere that doesn’t contain nuts (except for those Quaker ones that have no fiber, no protein, and way too much sugar). 😛

    • I look forward to it! Do you make bars yourself? I used to eat soooo many that I had to take a break from them for quite a while. Now I do clif bars and luna bars but I still try to keep them for when I’m in a pinch or I need them for training. I used to have one every morning before my swim but then I realized I could probably just eat the oats and nuts and stuff in them in real food form…I’ve still not come up with a good pre swim snack or breakfast balance (i.e. should I save breakfast for after or eat it first, etc.), but it’s all trial and error!

  2. This is such a good idea! I just went grocery shopping tonight, so my kitchen is full. Perhaps a post for tomorrow?

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