Here's what to stock in your paleo pantry. And a free printable paleo shopping list to get you started.
Stocking a gluten-free, grain-free, paleo pantry can be a little intimidating at first. It seems EVERYTHING in the grocery store has gluten, sugar or other processed food chemicals. It is absolutely critical to read labels. I start with the assumption that any packaged food is guilty until proven innocent. I don’t eat it until I read the label and make sure I can tolerate everything that’s in it.
That having been said, there are some great gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly foods that I always have in the pantry or the freezer.
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I also keep a good supply of fresh vegetables and fruits, depending on what’s in season. I do try to buy organic produce, at least for the dirty dozen. I eat so much of those I prefer to pay a little more to get them without pesticides.
Start by Cleaning Out
The first thing you’re going to need to do is to make room for all your new healthy, paleo food ingredients. Start by cleaning out your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry.
Read the label on every can, jar, and food package in your kitchen. Anything with gluten, grains, dairy, soy, legumes, sugar or other processed food chemicals goes. If all of the ingredients are gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly real foods it stays. Here’s a link to how to read labels to avoid milk, soy, peanuts, and wheat. And here's a link to how to avoid refined sugars.
Don’t forget any traditional baking ingredients you may have. Flours, sugars, even baking powder. Many baking powders have starch made from grains added to prevent clumping. I usually stick to baking soda and acid (vinegar or lemon juice) for baking.
Stock Your Paleo Pantry
Wondering what to stock? Here is a list of some of the most used items I keep in my kitchen. These pantry, refrigerator, and frozen food staples are the things I reach for every day — some basics, as well as some more specialized tools and ingredients that are useful in gluten-free, grain-free, paleo cooking.
If you're wondering how to save money on stocking your pantry, here's how I saved over $1,000 on paleo food.
Now that you have your paleo kitchen stocked, check out these easy paleo recipes.
Paleo Pantry Staples
Almond flour — I use Wellbee's Super Fine Blanched Almond Flour or Thrive Market Almond Flour
Apple cider vinegar
Chicken and vegetable broths — homemade is better, but this is great for emergencies
Coconut milk with no additives or gums in BPA-free cans
Coconut oil, organic virgin
Crackers or melba toast
Dried cranberries sweetened with apple juice
Egg white protein powder — use for smoothies and power shakes
Flavored olive oils — great for adding flavor to quick recipes. I usually have garlic-infused olive oil and white truffle oil on hand.
Grass-fed hydrolyzed collagen
Herbs & spices — avoid pre-mixed spice blends, most contain starch
Honey, local raw
Macadamia nut oil
Organic olive oil
Tuna, canned or packaged with no additives
Vanilla extract, organic
Wild salmon, canned or packaged with no additives
Paleo Frozen Foods
Bananas — peel and freeze when they are very ripe
Chicken, organic free-range
Grass-fed ground beef
Homemade baked goods
Homemade soups — freeze in single servings
Shrimp — raw, peeled and deveined
Paleo Refrigerator Staples
Fresh baby spinach
Homemade cashew milk or almond milk
Seasonal fresh vegetables
Digital scale — use for measuring almond flour
Electric pressure cooker — Instant Pot
Glass jars and storage bowls
Heatproof silicone spatula
High-speed blender — Blendtec or Vitamix
Microplane zester — use for citrus, garlic and ginger
Muffin liners - I like these baking cups, muffins don't stick to them.
Scoops — 1 tablespoon and 4 tablespoon
Spiralizer — use to make zucchini pasta
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