Video: A Tour of my Real Food Pantry

I am excited to share another new video with you today. I recently posted a “How to Read Ingredient Labels” video where I walked through 8 packaged food examples and how to pick out the “bad” stuff. Some of the commenters asked if I could show the “good” stuff they should be buying instead, and thankfully I had this pantry tour video ready to go! There is one thing I want to say about my pantry though. One of the first things I did when we initially decided to ditch the highly processed stuff was literally “ditch” the highly processed stuff. “Out of sight is out of mind,” and not having those food-like substances around anymore made/makes it so much easier for us to stick to the rules. And my favorite part of having a real food pantry is when my daughters ask for a snack…almost everything in our house is now a “good” choice so there is nothing to argue about. It was practically life changing for us!

Sponsor Shoutout: Plan to Eat

On that “life changing” note, if you are committing to feeding your family wholesome, real food in the New Year, our sponsor Plan to Eat is a tool that can help you do just that. I find myself saying time and time again – when it comes to eating real food, planning ahead is key! And the Plan to Eat website is a system that will keep your recipes, meal planning, and grocery shopping super organized so you can stay on top of planning ahead. The way their software works is you input all your favorite recipes (from blogs, websites and your own collection), select which ones you want to make each week, and then it will automatically generate an organized meal plan and shopping list for you. It’s also a great way to keep track of what recipes you’ve made and what your family thought about them! So anyway, back to my video tour…I will eventually make one of my fridge and freezer as well, but for today…check out my pantry below!

Note: The jars seen in this video may be found here on Amazon.


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  • Comments

    1. caroline bowman |

      Do you happen to knoe the name of the bins she bought at Ikea? Im searching for them but cannot find the same product. I have to buy online as the closest Ikea is 3 hours away in Charlotte. I’m in Raleigh. Thanks!

      • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

        Hello. Pretty sure they are VARIERA. :) ~Amy

      • Christine |

        I recently saw them.. Saturday our ikea :0)

    2. Beth |

      I want to first say, I Love, 100 days of real food! Where do I find the neat Mason jars with the lids that seal automatically? Thanks for everything you do for us.

    3. Caroline |

      Thanks, Amy! I eventually found them on Ikea’s website on my own, however shipping was going to be $15! I was going to spend $28 on bins. That’s crazy! I really like those bins and can’t find anything like that anywhere else, but who wants to pay half the cost of your items in shipping? Sigh…

      • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

        Hi Caroline. Yep, I get it. Ikea works best if you have one close by. I was just in ours yesterday and loaded up on airtight glass storage. Maybe you need to take an Ikea road trip with a bunch of friends. :) ~Amy

      • Rhea |

        Amazon also carries Ikea products!

    4. Audrey* |

      We cut out processed foods about 5 months ago and my kids really miss hotdogs. Do you have any recommendations for hotdogs that aren’t pure junk? Any thoughts on Applegate Farms?

      • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

        Hi Audrey. On the rare occasion that Lisa buys hotdogs, Applegate is what she buys. ~Amy

    5. Christine |

      I wonder about the Muir Glen jarred sauce… My mom had that and I compared to mine from a local store brand (Fairway) that makes a lot of there own food. Hers had sooooooo many ingredients and soooo much sodium and sugar..she was amazed.. It was organic but what a difference for health reasons
      Obviously there is some instances you can’t always choose amazing ingredients but some jarred organic sauces I find are filled with sodium and sugars and questionable ingredients.
      Is that the best out there? If I’m going for taste and matching ingredients might as well go with something like Victorias marinara or vodka sauce…

    6. Shantel |

      I call my 6 year old Babe all the time too. :) Thank you for sharing this. Do you know of any other way to press tortillas? I don’t have money right now for a press..

    7. Pam R |

      I had a question about your Trader Joe’s products. I noticed you had “whole grain pretzels” in the basket. I went to my local store and they did not carry them. Have you bought them recently?

      I also was looking for organic real food cereal there. I did not find any good options. Are your one ingredient cereals organic as well?

      Thanks! My family is struggling to find organic, whole-grain, no added sugar “snacks” (such as pretzels, cereal, and crackers).

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Pam. Our Trader Joes is no longer carrying them, too. These are a good option: The one ingredient cereals are organic and you can find them at Whole Foods or Earth Fare type stores. ~Amy

    8. allison |

      What brand of chocolate chips do you use? I looked at your “death by chocolate” link and that was more of chocolate bites. Also what brand of crackers?

      Thanks! Trying to make the switch, but my husband is not on board yet, so I’m trying to switch things that we buy with the best options and go from there.

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Allison. Look for Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips. Lisa buys Ak Mak crackers, whole wheat Matzo, and occasionally she buys Crunch Master. ~Amy

    9. tracey |

      Keeping potatoes with onions makes them go bad faster.

    10. Stacey Shipman |

      What do you guys recommend for storing things like oat flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, etc?


      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Stacey. Grains, whole ones in particular, are best stored in the fridge or freezer. They can go rancid in the pantry. Sugars are fine stored in a airtight container in the pantry.

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