Stocking Your Raw Food Pantry

Starting a raw food diet can seem a bit intimidating. Even for veteran raw foodists, it’s easy for the hustle and bustle of daily life to challenge our best raw food diet intentions. Missing ingredients can complicate dinner plans and add unnecessary stress to your healthy lifestyle.

Here’s a list of raw food staples to stock your pantry. Keeping these essentials on hand will allow you create nearly any raw food recipe.

Fresh Herbs and Spices

Herbs are always best fresh. We always try to have the basic four on hand, since they’ll last a couple weeks.

  • ginger
  • garlic
  • onions
  • jalapeno chilies

If you’ll know what you want to make ahead of time, you might also want to buy other fresh herbs, such as

  • basil
  • parsley
  • cilantro
  • mint
  • dill

Dried Herbs and Spices

Dried herbs and spices last much longer, so we make sure to always have a good assortment in our cupboards. A good list to start includes:

  • oregano
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • black pepper
  • curry powder
  • garam marsala
  • turmeric
  • cumin seeds
  • ground cumin
  • cinnamon
  • paprika
  • cayenne
  • cardamom
  • wasabi powder
  • mustard seeds
  • bay leaf
  • nutmeg
  • psyllium powder
  • poultry seasoning (blend of sage and thyme)

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are a great source of protein and a raw food staple. Most keep for a few months, so it’s ok to stock up. They can be expensive, however, so you might want to start out buying those you know you love and will eat a lot of. If you’re trying to be as raw as possible, make sure the nuts are labeled as raw (untoasted, unheated, and unshelled).

  • almonds
  • cashews
  • macadamia nuts
  • pecans
  • pine nuts
  • walnuts
  • flax seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • sunflower seeds

Nut and Seed Butters

Again, make sure the container is labeled “raw.”

  • almond
  • cacao
  • coconut (also called coconut oil)
  • tahini

Seaweed

  • dulse flakes or granules
  • whole-leaf dulse
  • nori
  • wakame

Dried Fruit

  • coconut
  • goji berries
  • dates
  • mango
  • raisins
  • sun-dried tomatoes

Condiments and Sweeteners

  • apple cider vinegar (raw)
  • nama shoyu
  • olive oil (ideally cold- or stone-pressed)
  • sea salt
  • ume vinegar
  • agave nectar
  • honey (not vegan, but can be raw)
  • carob powder
  • lucuma powder
  • mesquite powder
  • vanilla bean
  • cacao powder
  • greek or italian olives (sun-dried)
  • green powder
  • hemp protein powder
  • maca root powder
  • stone-ground mustard
  • spirulina
  • Bragg’s liquid aminos

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