Individual tastes may vary, but for a healthy, useful cupboard, fill up on the following staple items. Mix and match: They can become the fixings of many a quick snack or hearty meal.
These are the go-to items that pull everything together.
The meal makers are those items that bulk up or provide the base for lunches and dinners.
Canned foods are affordable pantry standbys. Long shelf-lives make them convenient and handy in a pinch. Read the labels to monitor salt, fat, and sugar content, and try to choose the ones with the simplest list of ingredients.
Whether for a boost of energy or to fill the gaps between meals, nutritious snacks are a necessity.
Ways to wash it all down
The cupboard can be home to a few beneficial beverages.
Some foods thrive in the shadows. For vegetables, this precaution prevents sprouting. For other food items, it's just a matter of preserving freshness and flavour.