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It is in your moments of decision that your habits are  shaped.

That’s the first and perhaps the most important step. Then it takes a bit of prepping and a lot of consistency until your new habits grow roots and become your lifestyle.

It does not happen overnight but if you can do a 1% of a change each day you’re on your way to success.

When it comes to forming healthy eating habits  it all comes down to good planning. For me, that’s a rather gratifying procedure as it is, but even if it’s not your cup of tea you have to learn to love it.

Being realistic is also crucial. Your work schedule, general lifestyle and personal preferences must be taken into account when you jump on the let’s -make-a-healthy-turn wagon otherwise you are simply setting yourself up for failure. In any case the ultimate goal is a sustainable,easy to follow and satisfying plan so instead of going on a keto diet and pouring grass-fed butter in your coffee, please consider a viable,realistic, balanced regime built on a plant-based, seasonal, colourful, mindful diet.


If you have been following my blog for a while you already how frugal I am with food and that ‘unpretentious’ is the most frequently used word on my recipe posts. I stand by my principles despite the social and professional pressure that comes with being a chef. Food should be simple, local,seasonal and yes unpretentious.

I’ve put together a basic guide that will hopefully help you stock the pantry that will change your life to the better.

Start by cleaning everything out. Give away all sorts of foods that do not  fit in your new healthy mindset. Don’t save it for a rainy day, the rainy day will be later tonight when the Netflix is on and the night cravings are knocking on your door.

Then it’s time for pens and papers or phone notepads whatever gets your inner planner-addict excited,bring it on, make a list and let’s get started.

Start with the things you love.

Like pasta. Whole wheat  and egg-free pasta is what you are after and they are perfect for those midweek nights that you need a quick, yet comforting heartwarming meal after a long day at work.

Next comes grains and rice. Brown rice, barley and cous cous . They all work great in salads or soups so that you can ditch that bag of croutons.

Breakfast options

so that you won’t have to go for that store-bought donut when you are running late for your morning meetings: Oats, whole wheat corn flakes (even though I’m not a fan as a personal nutritionist, Nick likes to mix them into his porridge) flaxseed and perhaps some dried fruit to keep things exciting.


Lentils, chickpeas and beans, perfect for burritos, chillies, pasta toppings or meatless burgers! Legumes are a great alternative to meat and they do not contain cholesterol. Their fat composition mainly comprises of poly-unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and less of saturated fats which help in weight reduction and blood pressure control. And I know you are going to ask about the protein so there you go: Their protein content ranges from 15-40% and includes the essential amino acid, leucine. Eat your beans, ok?


 Baking essentials

for diving into the joys of baking from scratch at home. Whole wheat or oat flour, baking soda, dry yeast,unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut sugar as an optional treat. Corn flour is an excellent thickening agent for soups and sauces. Vanilla is a classic must have. Honey (non-vegan) or maple syrup if that’s available and affordable where you live. If not you can always count on good-old frugal dates to sweeten you puddings.

Cans of tomato sauce, unless you make you own in which case they will be stored in an air tight container, tahini or peanut butter (depending on where you live). Canned beans and/or chickpeas and corn are excellent for quick chillies and curries.

Snacks to make the healthy choise easier:

Nuts, popcorn kernels and dried fruit or homemade oil-free vegetable chips that you can make in bulk and neeble on through out the week.

Herbs and spices

are the most healthy and nutritious way to add flavour so make sure to stock up. Buy in bulk, they have an enormous shelf life and you save the planet from yet another piece of plastic packaging. Farmers markets are great for stocking up on bay leaves, oregano, dried basil, cumin and so on.

OiL & Vinegar

Olive oil is affordable and of a great quality in Greece where I’m currently based but if you can’t get your hands on that there are other excellent options wherever you are, such as coconut or avocado oil.

Vinegar is a can’t live,if-living-is-without-you staple, plain or balsamic.Why not, both.


I hope this inspired you to take a closer look at your pantry and kitchen cupboards and reevalute your needs in order to improve the quality of your life! Please don’t forget to subscibe and comment below with your pantry essentials! Find me on instagram,pinterest, facebook or tumblr and keep in touch. Being a part of a supportive community is always helpful and will give you a boost to go the extra mile.













  1. You have some very nice pictures in your blog. It was a very great post to read. Keep it up!

    • says:

      many thanks!

  2. Micahel says:

    Eat to live or live to eat is something that varies from each individual.

    It is indeed a great article and makes clear about the the pantry food habits.


    • says:

      Glad you’ve found the post inspiring Micahel!

  3. Kim says:

    Containers make a difference, don’t they?

    • says:

      All the difference in the world Kim!

    • says:

      I hope that you do Phillip!

  4. You have a beautiful pantry and I completely agree that food should be natural and simple.

    • says:

      Thank you Tessa!

  5. I like how you have recommended vegan items to have your cupboard organised and get your diet sorted!

    • says:

      Thank you Juli! Vegan or not a healthy pantry always helps!

  6. Lambam says:

    This is such a great post and I love your article. Will definitely follow your steps to sort my pantry . Lovely blog ❤️

    • says:

      Thank you hon! I’m so happy you liked the post!

  7. Wow this was a great read and ha some eye-catching images! It’s great that this is the post I see today because I have been trying hard to switch my food options up and my pantry. Now I have some options, thanks!

    • says:

      happy to help Kiala!

  8. Lis says:

    This is a great post!! I always find that when my cupboards are unorganised or under stocked, that’s when I fall into unhealthy eating habits…thank God I just went food shopping today because reading this made me hungry! ? x

    • says:

      Hey Lis! Guilty as charged, I’ve been known to make people hungry. It’s out of guilt that I provide all the health stuff info 😉

  9. This definitely inspired me to remove the packaging from my pantry. I’d be so much better at selecting food based solely on nutrition if it didn’t come with the obnoxious packaging.

    • says:

      amen to that Danielle!

  10. Mane says:

    I love the concept! I really need this. It’s inspiring I will try to do this in my kitchen! 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    • says:

      thank you for stopping by!

  11. Angela Hoyos says:

    Love your organizers! Stocking up on your pantry and just being prepared definitely improves the way you eat. I was doing so well but then my home underwent a renovation and everything has been in disarray and I need to start stocking and organizing again!

    • says:

      Hey Angela! Enjoy the newly renovated house and you can get your pantry sorted in a single day!

  12. Ola says:

    These are such beautiful containers Chelf. I wonder if they are sold in the States. I also love the concept of stocking your pantry in a way that helps you to eat more mindfully.

    • says:

      hey Ola! They do ship worldwide 😉

  13. Thank you for this insightful post. There are many great suggestions here and the way you understand human psych is something i am impressed more than your nutritional knowledge. Hope to set into such healthy lifestyle soon

  14. I really like how you simplified all this. I’ve been telling myself for months that I’m going to clean up my diet since I’ve gained some weight since moving to the beach but I have yet to do it because it seems so time consuming and complicated. Your list is a huge help!!

    • says:

      I’m so happy to hear that Kristi! You got this! Please do not hesitate to drop me a line if I can help as a nutritionist.

  15. I really enjoyed this post, these are some things that I can try in order to change my diet. Thanks for sharing.

    • says:

      Thank you for stopping by Caylin!

  16. Great post and your pantry looks beautiful! Your diet sounds similar to mine but I haven’t yet started bulk buying and using containers. Definitely need to start doing that. 🙂 Thank you. xxx

    • says:

      Hi Heather! Very happy to provide the healthspo 😉

  17. This is brilliant! We don’t have anything unnecessary in the pantry since there is a shortage of room. I wish it looked that good but with an exploring toddler it’s really hard to keep it tidy!

    • says:

      I get that! Containers do help! Try buying in bulk and keep everything in clear containers. That will make everything look instantly more organized <3

  18. Wow, this is incredibly helpful. Although it is hard for me to vegan trying to find space when sharing a pantry and kitchen with other’s dietary needs. I recently bought a 4 tier storage rack that is on wheels, I use that to store mostly vegetables but helps me visualize what I have for cooking healthier meals.

    • says:

      that sounds great Nadalie! Keep everything in sight!

  19. You had me at unpretentious. Start with a clean palette of things you love and build from there. Like you, I like ‘clean’ so if there isn’t anything artificial in your pantry to cook with, the result will be nothing artificial. =) You are brilliant!

    • says:

      aw, you are the best! Many thanks for all the kind words!

  20. OMG, this was great! I’m gonna pin this and bookmark it cause lately, I’ve been DYING to reorganize my pantry and get essentials! You’re amazing for this and I commend you for being so organized!

    • says:

      You are so sweet! Thank you for the kind words! I do enjoy staying organized, the process is rather therapeutic for me!

  21. CourtneyLynne says:

    Oooooo so many great items!!!! Looks like I will be tweaking my pantry to eat more healthy!

    • says:

      I’m so happy to hear that! Please feel free to share your progress, I will be checking my comments often! Hugs!

  22. Twinkle Gaur says:

    This is such a great post I really enjoyed reading it. Loved the images too. Thanks for sharing!

    • says:

      Thank you for stopping by!

  23. Fantastic post! Looking to restock my pantry for healthier eating so this is a great resource!

    • says:

      yay! I’m so glad you’ve found this helpful Amanda!

  24. Great suggestions. Having healthy food close by makes it much easier to make healthy choices. And I agree it is nice to have it all easy to see.

  25. Very good points! Luckily I think I have almost all ingredients listed!

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  27. These are some great tips. I like the pictures that you have uploaded. Thanks for sharing.

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