UK Paleo Supermarket Guide
We get quite a few people asking which products are most paleo-friendly at the supermarkets. It can take a little while to get to know which ingredients are available at which stores, what products don’t contain hidden nasties and what foods actually taste good. Here’s a round up of all our favourite paleo-friendly products that you can pick up at either Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Waitrose.
While we prefer to give our money to small independent stores it’s perfectly possible to eat a clean, healthy diet with food from your local supermarket. As a general guide we look for as little interference with the food as possible. Minimising or eliminating additives / preservatives and choosing outdoor reared animals, organic labels and all that good stuff. Stick to the outside edges of the supermarket, have a look at the labels and buy the best you can within your budget.
Almond flour - Usually called ground almonds, you can find it in all the big supermarkets with the rest of the nuts.
Bacon: Look for pigs that were reared outdoors and allowed to forage. We recommend Denhay which is available at Sainsbury’s & Waitrose, Denhay spoiltpig from Tesco and Duchy bacon from Waitrose.
Coconut Milk – If I’m going for a supermarket option I’ll go for Waitrose Cooks’ Ingredients organic coconut milk. It’s in a can and contains organic guar gum so not perfect but tastes pretty good. You can also buy Thai Taste coconut milk which comes in a 200ml plastic pack from Waitrose. No bpa or added stabilisers so might be worth a try. I tried their all natural Thai curry paste and hated it though.
Coconut oil - We generally buy the big tub of Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil but you can buy Groovy Food Organic virgin coconut oil (£6.99 for 283ml) from all supermarkets.
Eggs - We’ll be keeping an eye out for eggs from hens that spend a lot of their time outdoors. We’ll usually opt for Hoad’s Farm from Tesco, Duchy from Waitrose or Clover Farm from Sainsbury’s. Waitrose also do omega 3 enriched free range eggs but I believe that’s from feeding the hen’s fish oils. I’d rather the birds were outside, eating a natural diet which will give their eggs a much more favourable omega 3 content.
Frozen organic vegetables: Waitrose are the only ones who stock frozen organic veg. You can pick up frozen broccoli and spinach. Good for quick meals and saving money.
Grass-fed butter: Kerrygold – love this stuff. Yeo Valley (all supermarkets) and Rachel’s organic (Waitrose) are also nice. They no longer sell the silver unsalted pack of Kerrygold so check out Yeo Valley organic unsalted butter or Rachel’s organic unsalted butter (both from Waitrose) if you’re looking for something salt-free to add to your bullet proof coffee.
Grass-fed meat - As most meat and fish is own branded in the supermarkets it’s tough to be 100% how the animals were raised. Lamb is grass-fed, cows are grass-fed but supplemented/ finished on grains, organic chicken often means raised on organic grains and pigs are generally fed cereals. I like to look out for smaller brands such as Laverstoke Park Farm or Duchy where it’s easier to find their animal welfare policy.
Nut butters - Meridian Natural Almond Butter – pick this up from Sainsbury’s.
Olive oil - I’m no expert here and there are so many options for OO & EVOO in the supermarkets. We usually change each time for variety’s sake but I’ll look for something Italian, Spanish or Greek. I quite like Waitrose Umbria Colli Martani extra virgin olive oil. Dark bottles or tins are meant to be best.
Salt - If you want salt, ditch the table stuff. Maldon Sea Salt is our preference, Geo Organics Atlantic Sea Salt is good and you can also buy Cornish sea salt. All stores stock these.
Sausages - We stick to gluten-free sausages which don’t container fillers. Debbie And Andrew Harrogate 97% from Tesco are our fav.
Sauerkraut - Kuhne Sauerkraut – available from Tesco and Waitrose.
Tomatoes – You can get organic chopped tomatoes in a tetra pack from Tesco. Another option is organic passata which you can get from all supermarkets. We use this most weeks for tomato based sources. It comes in glass jars which is a bonus if you’re trying to avoid bpa in cans.
Vinegar - Aspall organic white or red wine vinegar. Great for dressings and sauces. All supermarkets.
Wild salmon – Smoked, fresh or frozen. The frozen stuff can be a little bland compared to the fresh stuff but it’s a cheaper way of getting in some wild fish.
What other paleo-friendly ingredients do you pick up from your local supermarket?