Real Food Kitchen Staples: What to Eat to Stay Healthy and Fit


Want to know exactly what I keep stocked in my real food kitchen?  Well, here's a sneak peak just for you!  If you haven't already downloaded my Quick Guide to: Real Food, get it HERE!  There are more options in my quick guide than on this post - this post just gives you a little insight as to what I like to have on hand at (almost) all times in my kitchen.  Here you go!

(P.S. I get the majority of my pantry items from Thrive Market because they are SO much cheaper than your average grocery store for most items (plus, they have their own line which means even more savings!).  If you're looking to save some money while also feeding your body properly, I urge you to check out Thrive Market - you won't look back!)  Anyway, back to the good stuff (:


(all sugar-free, gluten-free, hormone-free, preservative/additive-free, and grass-fed, where applicable and whenever possible):

  • Ground beef
  • Pork tenderloin and/or pork chops
  • Italian sausage
  • Pork breakfast sausage
  • Chicken
  • Wild caught Alaskan salmon (Wild Planet offers the best canned Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon)
  • Canned tuna (Wild Planet also offers the best Wild Albacore Tuna)
  • Beef steak
  • Grass-fed full-fat plain yogurt
  • Shrimp
  • Pasture-raised eggs
  • 100% beef gelatin powder (I love this one by Great Lakes!)
  • Pure grass-fed protein powder (such as this one)


  • Sweet potatoes (try some sweet potato chips for a nice change!)
  • White potatoes
  • Summer squash
  • Winter squash
  • Pumpkin, canned
  • Plantains
  • Plantain chips (salty like these or sweet -- I LOVE the sweet ones form Trader Joes!)
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Leafy greens
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Mixed berries
  • Sweet dark cherries

Healthy Fats:

Miscellaneous + Cupboard items:

There you have it!  Hope this gives you some new ideas for a real food kitchen!  Now your job is to add some of these foods to your kitchen while slowly weening out the junk food (:  Real food doesn't have to taste bad or bland.  Do some tweaking to your favorite recipes and turn them into healthy and delicious family favorites!

What are some of your favorite real foods?  Did I miss something you like to have on hand?  If so, share in the comments below!

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