Dried Beans & Lentils
Dried beans & lentils are a great source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, so they are a great ingredient to have on hand. They are a perfect addition to soups, stir frys or to top your salads. Dried beans & lentils are one of the most shelf stable foods, some studies have shown that they can last up to ten years when stored properly. Keep them sealed in your pantry where it is cool and dry.
Oats are another amazing shelf stable ingredient. They can be used for so many projects in the kitchen: baking, a healthier filler for meat dishes such as meatloaf, oatmeal, or making energy bars. Oats are filled with fiber, B vitamins and zinc and are known to increase feelings of fullness. Store them in an air tight container in your pantry and they can last for a year or more! Buy organic oats here.
Nuts are a great food to have on hand for snacking, they are healthy and full of great fat! The best nuts to snack on are brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, peanuts, and cashews. Nuts store very well especially if they are in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. If you can find the nuts in a shell they will keep for even longer!
Coconut oil is one of those miracle ingredients that has so many uses that it makes total sense to buy it in bulk. You can use it as a moisturizer, as a cooking oil, or as a substitute in baking or deep frying. It stores pretty well for an oil: if sealed in an airtight container in a cool, dry place without direct sunlight, it can last for up to three years!
Chia seeds are a well known super food and for good reason, they contain a ton of omega-3 fats, antioxidants, magnesium, fiber, and calcium. They are an easy topper for smoothies, oatmeal, salads, the possibilities are endless. Because chia seeds tend to be expensive, it is more cost effective to buy them in bulk. They can last up to 4 years stored in an airtight container!