Store Cupboard Essentials For a Dairy and Refined Sugar-Free Diet

There, I’m at at again, talking about my ‘journey’ to being healthier. Again, please slap me for calling it a journey! But it is a bit of a voyage of discovery eating a dairy and refined sugar-free diet. Having PCOS means making lots of different changes in my lifestyle. I want to reduce the symptoms of it, and feel healthier. One of the most proven ways to do that is by changing what I eat. I have been pretty strict with myself most of the time, it just takes a bit of organisation. I am feeling much better for it, though!

I find that if I have everything in the house that I need, then I am much less likely to snack on things that I shouldn’t. Sometimes I wish the whole house were eating the way I am, as it would make things easier. But there isn’t much chance of that happening. So I just have to be organised and disciplined.


If I can whip up some sugar and dairy-free chocolate, cookie or energy bites, then it means I can have something sweet, without reaching for a sugar laden chocolate bar. So I always make sure that I have certain ingredients in the house. I have had a lot of people ask me if it is an expensive way of eating. I’m not going to lie, getting these types of ingredients are expensive we you buy them all at once. But if you buy in bulk, then it really does make a difference. Plus, everything runs out at different times, so you can just replace as and when. A 1kg bag of chia seeds is going to last much longer than a 1kg bag of oats, for example.

I make sure that I always have the following in at home:


  • Nut Butter

    • Literally one of my favourite things on the planet. I tend to get 1kg tubs of Meridian almond butter from Costco and it lasts me several months. I mix it up with smaller tubs of natural peanut butter and cashew butter too.
  • Coconut Oil

    • This can be a little pricey, so buying in big tubs is best. I use it in baking, as well as for frying or roasting. You can use it on your hair and skin too.
  • Almonds and Cashews

    • Having nuts in the house is always a good idea. It works as a snack, topping for overnight oats or porridge, as well as for making my own nut milk. Again; these are best to be bought in bulk.
  • Grains

    • I always have gluten free grains in the house, like gluten-free rolled oats and quinoa. I like to have buckwheat in the house too. You can blend it to make a flour, as well as soaking for breakfast.
  • Superfoods

    • These are probably the most expensive ingredients, but they don’t get used up very quickly. I always have chia seeds, goji berries, cacao, mac powder and bee pollen in the house. They are great for refined sugar-free baking, as well as using as toppings on other foods.
  • Sweeteners

    • Natural sweeteners are great to have in. They hit the spot when you are making some sugar-free treats. I like to have medjool dates in, as well as maple syrup. These are great bought in bulk from Amazon or Costco too.

Hope this has been helpful. Are there any things that you always have in the house?

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  1. 29th July 2016 / 8:28 am

    Great post I have pcos and am trying to be more healthier super foods are big essential to start having more of in my diet.

  2. 29th July 2016 / 12:49 pm

    Coconut milk is also a great one to have for whipping into cream. Good luck on your journey.

  3. 30th July 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I love nut butter and swear by coconut oil. A really great list here. Our cupboards are full of nuts and grains. I feel so much healthier and more energetic since I’ve cut out so much sugar and dairy myself. x

  4. 30th July 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Such a great list lovely! I absolutely love mejool dates, thanks to deliciously ella for introducing them to me, I have never looked back you can make the most delicious gluten and wheat free treats and deserts with them. x

  5. 31st July 2016 / 8:00 am

    Interesting list! I have been trying to get on a healthy diet too and I too have realised that it’s best to be prepared to avoid the unnecessary snacking and the convenient reaching out for some chocolate. I have not tried some of the products you have listed but reading your list, I am game enough to have a go. #KCACOLS

  6. 31st July 2016 / 8:02 am

    I have slowly been trying to go refined sugarvfee and it can be a challenge to begin with, thank you for a great start to the store cupboard #Kcacols

  7. 31st July 2016 / 11:04 am

    This sounds exactly like my cupboards! Have you ever tried Ombar? It’s expensive but great to have in for a treat when you don’t have time to make anything!


  8. Margaret Abram
    31st July 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Just like my food choices. Super healthy.

  9. 31st July 2016 / 10:38 pm

    sounds like you’re well and truly on the way to success, the whole world should be eating like this, it’d help a whole bunch of health problems, let alone PCO’s. Don’t forget dates – they’re almost a sugar substitute in baking because they really caramelise when cooked. #KCACOLS
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  10. Sheila Reeves
    1st August 2016 / 7:13 am

    Great list, I hadn’t thought of mixing the almond butter with peanut butter, had always looked at and blanched at the price, but if I could mix it in with PB would be a better budget buy, thanks!

  11. Marie Evans
    1st August 2016 / 5:48 pm

    I did’nt realise there were so many uses for Coconut oil.

  12. Gillian
    1st August 2016 / 9:19 pm

    This is great, I suffer with chronic migraines & need to get in control of my eating-being organised & well prepared seems to be key xx

  13. 1st August 2016 / 10:08 pm

    These are really useful tips. I have never tried nut butter but this makes me want to! Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS. We hope you come back agian next week.

  14. 4th August 2016 / 10:53 pm

    I’m a big fan of coconut oil, great for my skin and I use it in cooking too. Great list here, I’d love to try and cut out sugar because I’m addicted to it and I know how bad it is for me!
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  15. 7th August 2016 / 3:03 pm

    I need to remember this post for the future!! Great tips.

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