My Paleo Shopping List

When you are starting out on Paleo and want to know which Paleo-approved foods you should be buying this shopping list will guide you in the right direction.

Paleo Shopping List
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The old adage of shopping around the perimeter of the supermarket is particularly relevant here, avoid the middle sections!  Also consider visiting a local farmer’s market for your fresh food.  If can make you feel more connected with the food producers and maybe a bit more like a hunter-gatherer!

This shopping list is by no means everything on the Paleo-approved food list but is a great place to start getting your everyday supplies in order. The Paleo shopping list is designed to give you lots of options and you can personalise it with your favourite foods from each group. 

Knowing what you are looking for makes shopping easier.  If you have a stock of good food at home you are much less likely to give into frustration and go for the unhealthy options. 

Here’s my Paleo shopping list essentials

Vegetables

Vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fibre and are an essential part of the Paleo diet.  Go for organic where-ever possible. 

  • Asian greens such as bok choy.
  • Avocado – high in healthy fats.
  • Beetroot (beets) – a good source of fibre and can be grated raw into salads or baked with other vegetables. 
  • Capsicum (peppers) – great source of vitamin C.
  • Cruciferous vegetables – Brussels sprouts, broccoli, broccolini, cauliflower. These are all high in antioxidants and vitamins C and K.
  • Herbs – garlic, ginger, coriander(cilantro), parsley, basil, thyme add an amazing flavour to any dish and are a nutritional powerhouse.
  • Leafy greens – lettuce, mixed salad leaves.  Dark leaves such as spinach and kale are particularly high in vitamins and minerals.
  • Mushrooms – a good source of fibre, vitamin B and minerals.
  • Onions – high in vitamin C and fibre.
  • Pumpkin – a great source of fibre and vitamin A.  
  • Sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, yam, taro, cassava – high in fibre and complex carbohydrates.  Eat in moderation if wanting to lose weight.
  • Tomatoes – high in vitamin C and lycopene.
  • Zucchini and other squash – yellow squash, spaghetti squash.  Low in calories and provides good amounts of fibre and vitamin C.

Fruit

Fruit is another great source of essential vitamins, minerals and fibre. All fruits are on the paleo list but limit sugary and starchy fruits especially if weight loss is a goal.

  • Berries – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries are great sources of vitamin C and fibre.  Keep frozen berries on hand too.
  • Citrus – oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit all provide a good hit of vitamin C.
  • Melons – watermelon, cantaloupe (rock melon).
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Protein

Always go for the best quality you can get.  Grass-fed, free-range, organic raising of animals is better for them, you and the planet.

  • Free-range eggs – eggs, eggs and more eggs!  Try duck or quail eggs for variety.
  • Free-range poultry – chicken, turkey, duck, pheasant, quail.
  • Grass-fed red meat – beef, lamb, pork, veal, goat, venison.
  • Fish – preferably oily fish such as salmon, trout, tuna and mackerel but all fish is good for you.
  • Seafood – prawns, scallops, oysters, mussels, lobster, crab, clams.
  • Gluten-free organic sausages – a handy stand-by for a quick meal, be sure to check for additives.

Nuts and Seeds

  • Nuts – macadamias, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, pine nuts.
  • Nut butter – almond, cashew, hazelnut (not peanut butter). Check for added sugar or artificial sweetener.
  • Seeds – pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds.

Oils and Fats

  • Oils – coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, macadamia oil.
  • Fats – ghee, butter, lard.

Basic Pantry Supplies

  • Drinks – tea, coffee, almond milk, coconut water, kombucha.
  • Baking – almond meal, coconut flour, tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, gluten-free baking powder, raw cacao powder, raw honey, maple syrup.

Tinned foods     

  • Tomatoes and tomato passata – avoid those with added sugar.
  • Salmon, tuna and sardines – great for a quick and easy meal or snack.
  • Coconut milk and cream.                            

Condiments

  • Herbs and spices – keep a wide range on hand including black pepper, sea salt, chilli, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, coriander, garlic powder, paprika, turmeric, bay leaves, dried rosemary, thyme, basil.
  • Vinegar – apple cider vinegar, balsamic, white and red wine vinegar.
  • Mustard – Dijon, English, seeded.
  • Sauces – chilli sauce, fish sauce, coconut aminos – read labels for added sugar and preservatives.