Food

Healthy, Easy Pantry Staples Special Enough for the Holidays

Grab these picks for a stress-free season.

Holidays—even if they look different this year—can be intense. By stocking up on some special pantry staples, you can save yourself time and hassle during a hectic time, whether you’re doing bigger cooking projects, hosting guests, or socializing over Zoom. These are our favorite healthy picks to keep on-hand for quick snacks or apps with minimal effort—and it’ll seem like you totally planned it.

6 Healthy, Fancy Pantry Staples

Saffron road bombay spice chickpeas

Saffron Road Bombay Spice Crunchy Chickpeas | $7.32 for a 6 oz pack

Packed with savory spices and 6 grams of protein per serving, swap these crunchy roasted chickpeas for a bowl of mixed nuts for a light-yet-satisfying snack. (They also go great with a post-run beer.)

 

Bare snacks sea salt beet chips

Bare Snacks Sea Salt Beet Chips | $4.29 for 1.4 oz

Guac! Hummus! Yogurt herb dip! These baked veggie chips are ideal for dipping into literally anything, and deliver a classy, colorful upgrade to your standard chip-and-cracker game. Plus, they’re fat-free and a solid source of fiber and potassium.

Stonewall kitchen old farmhouse chutney

Stonewall Kitchen Old Farmhouse Chutney | $13 for 8.5 oz

The combo of apples, cranberries, peaches, apricots, and raisins mixed with ginger, roasted garlic, cider vinegar, and mustard seeds makes this a killer condiment. Serve it with charcuterie, smother it over baked brie, or smear it on sliders for an instantly elevated flavor profile.

Patagonia provisions black pepper wild pink salmon

Patagonia Provisions Black Pepper Wild Pink Salmon | $14 for 1 package

Sustainable, high-quality protein that’s also shelf-stable? Yes, please, and thank you. This smoked and peppered wild pink salmon is fully cooked and ready to eat. Parse it out over crackers for a simple, healthy, delicious appetizer, or mix it into a frittata for a post-feast breakfast that delivers on flavor and nutrition.

 

POM POMS pomegranate fresh arils

POM POMS Fresh Pomegranate Arils | Available October-January

Nothing screams holidays like a garnish of pomegranate seeds (aka arils). The tart sweetness and subtle crunch pair with everything from cheese and guac to salads and steak. (Bonus tip: Sprinkle them into champagne for an easy “signature holiday cocktail.”)

Brightland's Awake olive oil is a healthy pantry staple to keep on-hand during the holidays.

Brightland Awake Olive Oil | $37

High-quality extra-virgin olive oil is a clutch healthy pantry staple. This one, from Brightland in California, pairs exceptionally well with warm bread: It’s bright and flavorful enough to stand alone, but it would also be a delicious vehicle for dips that deliver on healthy fats.