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Paleo Diet Shopping List

Posted on April 4th, by Gary in Food. 9 comments

Switching to paleo makes you think differently about the way you shop. Some things become easier – you only really need to shop in a few aisles and food choices are simple. But ditching cereals and bread means thinking a bit more about what you eat for breakfast and lunches. A typical day for us is meat and eggs in the morning, protein with either cooked vegetables or a salad for lunch and then finally some meat / fish with vegetables in the evening (plus some sweet potato / squash if it’s post-training).

To make sure we are good to go for the week I like to do a meal plan before we go shopping. That way I know roughly how much food I’m buying and we can cook up some work lunches in advance. The shopping list is roughly the same each week. Most of the fruit of veg are staples but some will vary depending on seasonality and what’s on offer. With meat I like to eat a good variety – beef, lamb, pork, chicken, game, organ meats. I’m no fish expert so will just pick up what looks good on the day, tuna and wild salmon being favourites. Apart from that, shopping paleo is pretty simple – stick primarily to things without a label, focus on quality and get a good variety of colourful and seasonal foods.

Here is our typical paleo diet shopping list:

Fruit & veg aisle

We aren’t massive fruit eaters. 1-2 pieces a few times a week. We have plenty of veggies with lunch and dinner and usually and small portion with breakfast.

  • 6 apples
  • large punnet of strawberries
  • 1 melon or large pineapple
  • 1 lemon and 1 lime for dressings
  • 2 x avocados
  • 1.2kg sweet potato
  • butternut squash
  • 2 bags of salad
  • spinach or kale
  • 6 x tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 x celery
  • 3 onions
  • 500g mushrooms
  • turnip
  • cauliflower
  • 2 x courgettes
  • 3 x peppers
  • 1 x pack of fresh herbs – basil, coriander, parsley etc
  • 1 x garlic bulb

Meat & fish aisle

We typically eat protein with every meal, usually a variety depending on what’s on offer. Organ meats 1-2 a week and a few portions of fish. We usually buy one whole chicken a week and use the carcass for bone broth.

  •  2 x beef steak
  • 2 x pork chop
  • 1 x large whole chicken
  • 4 x chicken breasts
  • 500g lambs liver
  • 2 x 500g beef mince
  • 1 x pack of bacon
  • 500g turkey breast
  • 2 x wild salmon fillets
  • 2 x trout fillets
  • 100g wild smoked salmon

Dairy aisle

  • 1 x Kerrygold butter

Tins / jarred goods / dried foods aisles

  • 2 x jars of tuna
  • 1 x jar of passata
  • 1 x carton coconut milk
  • 1 x jar harissa
  • 1 x jar sauerkraut
  • 1 x small pack of nuts – usually almonds, macadamias or walnuts

Frozen food aisle

  • 1 x frozen prawns
  • 2 x bags of frozen veg – cauliflower, brocolli, green beans
  • 2 x frozen berries

Confectionery aisle

  • 1 x lindt 85% dark chocolate

Baking aisle

  • 3 x 12 eggs

Monthly Staples

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Organic red/ white wine vinegar
  • Spices
  • Coconut oil (every 3 months or so)
  • Espresso coffee
  • Green tea

9 thoughts on “Paleo Diet Shopping List

  1. Hey Jason. We typically vary our food throughout the month. In the last month for example, we’ve used Devon Rose (once a month regular box), Riverfords, Ocado & Tesco online. We’ll also usually pick up some bits from a farm shop if we’re passing by or the farmers market once a month. Devon Rose is excellent – would really recommend them.

  2. Any ideas for picnic type lunches – travelling to place in France (whole day of travel) by car and don’t stop at restaurants but in the past would have taken sandwiches – what now??? It is very difficult to have a picnic breakfast and lunch without bread??

  3. Great list! I’m new to the UK so still trying to find my way around ingredients etc, having come over from the U.S where everything is more readily available it’s hard not being able to find certain things!

    What brand of sauerkraut do you buy? The one’s I’ve seen all have some dodgy ingredient in there and I can’t find unsalted Kerrygold butter for the life of me! Any suggestions for what unsalted butter is best?

    • I think it’s called Kuhne Sauerkraut which most supermarkets have. Pretty sure there isn’t anything dodgy in that one. I’ve never seen unsalted Kerrygold :-( so I would probably go for either the yeo valley or rachels organic unsalted. They’re grassfed but not as high % as Kerrygold

  4. I started this diet 4 days ago as the Dr told me too the bad thing is I am lactose intolerant and allergic to dairy and soya but I will try this diet for 4 weeks. tesco sell kerrygold unsalted butter at £1.60 a block or 2 for £3 on offer. I have been eating Monterey jack cheese also grass fed cows and asda wheat dairy and gluten free brown bread and have lost weight but try to stay between 1200-1500 calories a day. is there any bread we can have?

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