Foods All Single Moms Need to Have in their Cupboards!


If you had a chance to read the Expert Q&A How Can Single Moms Provide Their Kids with Quick, Cheap Healthy Meals? nutritionists Lauren Slayton, MS, RD and Caren Tishfield, RD of Mindful Menus, offer single Moms some solid foodie advice- to keep them and their kids happily healthy!


But what are some of the main nutritious staples Single Moms should have in their pantries–at all times? Here’s a pretty comprehensive list compiled by Slayton and Tishfield who say, “If all moms eliminated the majority of food products with multiple unpronounceable ingredients and ALL foods with high fructose corn syrup and/or hydrogenated oils, we’d be off to a good start. The key is to think “less is more” when reading food labels – typically the fewer ingredients listed on a label the better!”



  • Low sodium soups and canned vegetables (Amy’s and Pacific brand soups)
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Canned fruit in its own juice
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Organic tomato sauce
  • Pickles
  • Grains: Whole wheat pasta (in different shapes) such as Barilla
  • Brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat couscous and steel cut oats
  • Protein: Canned or foil-packed Solid light tuna and canned salmon Legumes – kidney beans, soy beans, chickpeas, etc.
  • Aseptic packages of firm tofu
  • Parmalat Milk and Lil Milk low fat flavored milk boxes.

How many of these foods do you have stocked in your pantry!? Are there any items you just can’t live without that you think should be added to the list?