Paleo Diet Shopping List Ready to go full caveman—and get lean? Before you can whip up even a single Paleo recipe, you’ll need to stock up on these foods first.
When you’re grocery shopping on the Paleo Diet, one thing’ s for sure: you won’t be putting many boxes and cans in your cart. Get ready to shop the perimeter of the store for whole foods, or better yet, head to a farmer’s market for the freshest—and purest—meat and produce you can find. (Specialty health food shops may also carry some Paleofriendly items the big chains don’t, but you should be able to find most of these foods at your go-to grocer.)
Chicken/Turkey (take note: all poultry should be eaten skinless)
Game Meats (think: rabbit, venison, wild boar)
Organs (kidneys, livers, marrow, sweetbreads, and tongue)
Shellfish (including crab, clams, lobster, mussels, scallops, and shrimp)
Limit high-sugar fruits, such as bananas, dates, mangoes, pineapple and watermelon, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
Buy dried fruits, but consume them in moderation (read: sprinkle a spoonful on your salad or mix a few in when you’re snacking on nuts). They have a greater concentration of sugars, so they pack a bigger glycemic punch—meaning they aren’t the best for keeping your stomach full and your appetite stable.
Don’t forget avocados. They’re technically a fruit as well as a healthy fat.
VEGETABLES 1. Starchy tubers, like potatoes and sweet potatoes, should be consumed in moderation—or not at all, if you want to be very strict. 2. Legumes—we’re talking chickpeas, lentils, peas, peanuts and soybeans—are not a part of the Paleo diet, and need to be left completely off your list.
NUTS AND SEEDS 1. Your essential nuts: Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, Macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts. 2. Your essential seeds: Flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds.
Avocado oil (for salad dressings or low-heat cooking)
Coconut oil (for all kinds of cooking)
Flaxseed oil (not recommended for cooking, but can be used as an omega3 supplement)
Olive oil (for all purposesâ€”cooking, sautĂŠing, mixing into salad dressings)
Sesame oil (for low-heat cooking or seasoning cooked dishes)
Walnut oil (use in small amounts for seasoning or on salads)
BEVERAGES 1. Almond milk 2. Coconut milk 3. Coconut water 4. Coffee 5. Soda water 6. Teas 7. Water
SWEETS AND TREATS Good news—alcohol is allowed on Paleo. Just make it an occasional treat, and avoid overdoing it in one sitting. As for indulgences, heart-healthy dark chocolate is the most Paleo-friendly one around. And if you’re looking to add a touch of sweetness to your meal, try raw unprocessed honey (the kind most often sold locally at your farmer’s market—not in a jar at the grocery store); coconut products (like coconut milks, creams or saps); and Stevia, which is considered the most natural of the no-calorie sweeteners.
Also, for great paleo diet recipes â€“ check out the Paleo Recipe Book: