A paleo beginner’s shopping list

If you are joining us in our nutrition challenge (starting Friday!) and are a paleo newbie, the first trip to the grocery store can be daunting. Here’s a list to get you started for your first week.


A bag or two of spinach or other fresh greens (we sometimes go through three bags a week)

Tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, and any veggies that look good!

Squash (whatever is in season)


Apples, bananas, oranges (keep to a minimum)

Limes and lemons for seasoning and flavoring



Frozen produce

Spinach, brocolli, berries


Ground turkey, ground beef, steaks, fajita meat (check the ingredients for preservatives and additives. Avoid pre-marinated items)

Whole chicken (these are great because you can eat it for dinner, have leftovers for lunch, and make broth with the bones)

Chicken breasts, thighs or quarters

Fish filets of any kind

Frozen, uncooked shrimp

Nitrate free bacon or sausage (check the ingredients!! No MSG or sugar either!)

A briskett or roast




Olive oil

Coconut oil

Coconut milk (unflavored)

Almonds, sliced and whole

Other nuts (not peanuts!)

Dried fruit with no preservatives

Unsweetened coconut flakes (usually not found in regular grocery stores, but readily available at Sprouts or Central market)

Beef jerkey (nitrate free)

Almond butter (check for sugar)

Spices such as chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, steak seasoning (check ingredients for msg and soy), cinnamon, ginger, paprika

Fresh and dried herbs such as basil, rosemary, sage, parsley, cilantro

2 responses to “A paleo beginner’s shopping list

  1. is soy sauce allowed on Paleo?

    • Sorry it took me so long to see this! No, soy sauce isn’t really “allowed.” However, there are some substitutions. Coconut aminos taste almost exactly like soy sauce and work out if you eat a lot of soy sauce. However, if it is just something you have occasionally with a special meal (like sushi), I would just have a little of it and not worry about it!

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