Project Hermosa

It all Starts with a Good Foundation

My many years of helping others pick out wardrobes taught me nothing if not that foundation is the key. Just as the proper underwear stands between fashion and disaster, your pantry is the strong hold between you and the drive through (or cereal bowl... we've all been guilty of cereal for dinner). 


Your pantry (or cabinet) is a guard station between keeping up your healthy lifestyle and ordering out Chinese. When most people think of pantry items, they envision boxes: mac-n-cheese, peanut butter, crackers, chips, etc, etc, yada yada yada. NOT YOUR PANTRY! The primal pantry (and fridge) is stuffed with fantastic snacks like home-made beef jerky, fresh and dried fruit, home-made “granola”, nut butters, tons of veggies and various other staples that will keep you full and focused. Plus, a well stocked pantry will allow you to throw together a last minute meal without a trip to the store or drive thru.


Your Pantry Staples:


Dry Goods:

  • almond flour
  • coconut flour
  • raw seeds and nuts (walnut, almond, sunflower, pumpkin, etc.) PEANUTS ARE NOT NUTS!!
  • nut butter
  • honey
  • agave nectar
  • maple syrup
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • “granola” (grain free)
  • jerky (make your own)
  • dried fruit
  • sea salt
  • various herbs and spices (dill, oregano, thyme, parsley, pepper, onion powder, you get the picture)


  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • bacon dripping
  • unsalted butter and/or ghee


  • chicken and/or beef stock
  • white and/or red wine
  • coconut milk (in a can, not the milk substitute in the dairy case)
  • whole milk or cream
  • fish sauce
  • hot sauce
  • mustard
  • mayo (make your own or read your labels)
  • salsa and/or pico de gallo
  • apple cider vinegar
  • apple sauce (watch your labels)
  • canned tomatoes (puree, paste, diced, fire roasted, mix it up)

Don’t forget bacon and eggs!!



There are several that are great to have on hand for breakfast, lunch, snack or just to jazz up a meal. Don’t be limited by the list, be inspired:

  • kale and/or spinach
  • avocado
  • onions
  • carrots
  • garlic
  • celery
  • apples
  • oranges
  • melons
  • lemons and/or limes