I have so much fun stuff in this post, I didn’t even know how to pick a title, so I just stuffed it all in there! In short, if you’re looking to improve what you eat 80% of the time, you need to take control of your kitchen and stock it in your favor.
In today’s post I’m going to tell you exactly what you need to stock your Clean and Colorful pantry, how to organize it, give you links (and a discount!) to my favorite tools and finish it off with a giveaway/challenge that could change the way you shop and eat forever! Ready? Let’s go!
Your proactive healthy efforts will make or break your progress towards your goals.
The way you stock your fridge and pantry are huge contributors to your success (or demise) when it comes to living in a body you love. “Out of site, out of mind” is a 100% true statement and having the right foods on hand will make it easier to stick to your plan and reach your goals.
At the Core of Clean and Colorful Eating is a philosophy that relies on fresh produce so that you can enjoy more real/whole food and avoid the processed scary stuff, as well as get in all 5 colors. But the other half of the equation is stocking a pantry that has all the basics in one place so that you only need to pick up your perishables each week.
Even when you eat “fresh” more than half of what you eat lives in the pantry
In the Clean and Colorful 28-Day Program, well over half of the ingredients you’ll use are healthy pantry items that you only need to buy once in a blue moon. There are over 150 recipes in the cooking guide, and if your pantry is properly stocked, then all you have to do is hop over to the market for your weekly perishables and you’re set for the week (at the very least!)
Key ingredients for your Clean and Colorful Pantry
From nuts and seeds and breads and grains to special health boosting spices and canned goods that make life easier. There are a total of nearly 70 ingredients that can live in your pantry or refrigerator that will set you up for success for weeks to months. I’ve included the full shopping list from the Clean and Colorful 28-Day Program for you to get an idea of exactly what you’re looking for and where you’ll find them in the market.
Free Printable Clean and Colorful Shopping List!
Here is exactly what the Clean and Colorful Grocery List looks like. You can click on it for a full downloadable and printable list. Save it to your computer and use it guide your healthy efforts as you fill your Clean and Colorful Kitchen! Consider, if it’s not on this list, perhaps it should not live in your kitchen?
Stocking your pantry on a budget: Bulk Bins!
Almost a third of the Clean and Colorful pantry items can be bought in the bulk bins at your local health food store. I have recently become a huge fan of bulk bins for a few reasons:
- You can buy as little or as much as you need or want. Buying from bulk containers lets you indulge in the natural and organic ingredients you need, in the exact quantity you need.
It’s less expensive. These bulk bins are stuffed with natural and organic foods which can offer an average savings of 30-50% percent versus packaged food.
Less packaging. You save money on the packaging you don’t need and not only is that cheaper, it’s better for our planet. Talk about win-win!! Eliminating packaging reduces your carbon footprints and cuts down on the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills and on and on…
More efficient, less waste. When you get to buy the exact amount you want, you are allowed to become a smarter shopper. It’s not always easy to use dry products before their expiration date if you’re trying to save money and buy in bulk. Having this control saves you from tossing food in the trash.
How to organize your Clean and Colorful Pantry
Well, now that we know what to get and that shopping bulk bins is the way to go, let’s talk about organization! Who wants a pile of leaky bags that leave puddles of chia seeds or raisons at the base of your cupboards (other than the critters and the mice — lol)? What’s worse than picking up the inevitable spilled dry quinoa that got all over the counter when you tried pouring it out of a plastic bag? You’re going to need 2 things, and 2 things only:
1. Mason jars. A variety of sizes is good.
I love mason jars for pantry storage because they are air-tight, making them 100 times better than a plastic, mildly, resealable bag. They also stack well, are not very expensive, will last forever, are easy to scoop and pour out of and let’s be honest, they look cool! I used to have a pile of baggies, boxes and other funky containers in my pantry until I decided one day that I used my kitchen too much to not be organized.
I’ll be honest, you can get mason jars much cheaper at your local Smart & Final, although, if you like shopping online, Amazon does have some options. They are one of the few things I’ve found to be more expensive online.
2. Eye-D Bands so you know what lives in said mason jar.
Eye-D Bands were designed to be put on packages of bulk purchased foods so they can easily be stored in the pantry or fridge. Not only do Eye-D Bands make them easier to find, they help you remember exactly what was in there when they run low. You can easily get Eye-D Bands online and they are reasonably priced and will also last forever.
I’ve been working with Vicki and she has been helping me set up the Clean and Colorful Kitchen (my new local Meal Prep adventure) and she has graciously offered all my readers a 15% from now until March 23. Just shop here and use Promo code on is CCP15.
A Clean and Colorful Giveaway & Challenge!
Vicki and I are on a mission to help you organize your pantry! I’m going to give away one free Clean and Colorful 28-Day Program ($29 value) to the first 5 people to complete this challenge. You have 30 days from now to complete the three steps below:
- Comment below with how you think you would benefit from organizing your pantry and/or what you think will be most difficult to achieve (are you terrified of getting rid of the cookies? Good news — the C&C pantry list makes sure you have everything on hand to whip up super clean ones from scratch in minutes)!
- Share a “before” post or picture on the Clean and Colorful Facebook page or your Instagram or twitter with the current status of your pantry. Be sure to use hashtags: #eatwell #getorganized #pantrychallenge #eyedbands and/or #cleanandcolorful so we can find the posts or images. (psst…You can send to me directly too if you’re not interested in sharing with the world: email@example.com)
- Share an “after” post or picture on the Clean and Colorful Facebook page or your Instagram or twitter with the after you clean up your pantry. Be sure to use hashtags: #eatwell #getorganized #pantrychallenge #eyedbands #cleanandcolorful so we can find the images.
Note: you don’t have to do it 100%, you just need to make an effort to use this guide to get rid of the junk, add some whole bulk foods and get a little more organized 😉
You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain by joining in on this challenge! It could literally transform the way you shop and eat forever! Let’s do this!
**Thank you to Vicki at Eye-D Bands for sponsoring today’s conversation and challenge! Of course, as always, all opinions are 100% mine.