In this guide I will be going through what’s on my paleo shopping list and briefly explain anything that needs to be explained further. I also have a downloadable version of this list at the bottom of the page if you need to print it out and take it with you. (I remove all the descriptions in the downloadable version).
You will find that I have broken the shopping list down into smaller sections so it should be easier to read through. It’s also important to remember that these are my personal choices to be stocked up whilst on the paleo diet. If you have any ingredients that you think should be on this list please leave a comment at the bottom of this page.
If you’re just getting started on the diet, then I highly suggest doing a full clean out of your cupboards to get rid of any ingredients that are not considered paleo friendly. Alternatively try and slowly use up all the ingredients if you want to slowly get into the paleo diet.
Having a good stocked pantry is an important thing for any kitchen. There is nothing worse then going to the pantry and realising you’re missing a certain spice you need for a recipe.
Jars & Tins
- Coconut Aminos – A paleo friendly soy alternative that is made from fermented coconut husks. It tastes similar to soy sauce and is quite a bit healthier for you.
- Coconut Cream & Milk – An essential tinned ingredient to have! There are plenty of things you can use this in such as curries, soups, paleo breakfasts and much more.
- Honey – This is an amazing natural sweetener that you will end up using quite a bit. If you want to learn more about honey on the paleo diet, be sure to check out my guide on honey with the paleo diet.
- Tinned tomatoes – When buying tinned tomatoes try to make sure they don’t have any added sugars or salt.
- Tinned Tuna, salmon or sardines – Double check the ingredients and avoid any cans that use non-paleo friendly ingredients such as vegetable oil.
- Maple Syrup – Yet another delicious natural sweetener that you may want in your pantry. Much like the honey I also have a good with more information about maple syrup on the paleo diet.
- Mustards (Dijon, seeded) – Most mustards you find at the supermarket should be fine but keep an eye on the ingredients list for any strange additives.
- Sun-dried tomatoes – Make sure you buy these in olive oil you will find some that use non paleo friendly oils such as vegetable oil.
- Vinegars (Apple Cider, Balsamic, white wine, etc.) – Vinegars are extremely useful for cooking, they’re used in a wide range of recipes, salad dressings and much more.
Fats & Oils
- Coconut oil – My personal favourite for cooking since it has a high smoking point (the point it starts to burn) and doesn’t splatter lots.
- Macadamia oil – Again like the coconut oil this too has a high smoking point but is a lot more expensive. I tend to reserve this one for anything where I need smaller quantities of the oil.
- Olive Oil – This will be best for salad dressings & for drizzling over things. It is also important to know that olive oil should be avoided in cooking at high heat as it will start to burn over 180°C (355°F).
- Lard or Ghee – Great for cooking & baking with. You will also use need it for use in some paleo diet recipes.
Spices & Herbs
Spices & herbs are essential for adding flavour to a dish. Most dried spices & herbs will be able to last for quite a bit of time in your pantry. If you buy fresh herbs, then storing them correctly will help increase the lifespan from just a few days to maybe over a week or so.
- Bay Leaves
- Cayenne Pepper
- Cardamom Pods
- Sea Salt
- Star Anise
- Black Pepper
- Vanilla Beans
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts & seeds are usually used to compliment a dish and is often something that most people are not stocked up on. This is most likely because they’re usually pretty expensive. If you’re looking to try and save a bit on this produce, then try checking out the thrive market. They have a decent range of nuts & seeds at a pretty affordable price.
Much like the herbs and spices there is not a great deal to mention about nuts & seeds. These are my personal favourites to be stocked up on. Just make sure you stay away from peanuts as these are not considered paleo friendly.
- Sesame Seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
Other Dry Goods
- Almond Flour – Great in baking and also amazing at coating meat such as chicken.
- Tapioca Flour – This helps incredibly when it comes to baking on the paleo diet. It can also be used to thicken sauces.
- Coconut Flour – Much like the almond flour you will find yourself using this a lot in paleo friendly baking.
- Coffee & Tea – Personal lover of coffee so a very important item on my shopping list.
One of the biggest things I try to do when I shop on the paleo diet is try to buy most ingredients that are in season. However, in a lot of places this is not the possible so try and get your favourite ingredients that are reasonably fresh.
Typically, with the fresh ingredients I try to only buy for what I plan/feel like eating for the next couple of days. This means I will need to do multiple shops a week but is well worth it as I always have amazing fresh ingredients in the fridge.
Fruit & Vegetables
Fruit and vegetables can be very seasonal so you might need to change what you buy depending on the availability of an ingredient.
Meat & Poultry
Meat & poultry prices can vary quite a bit from week to week making it hard to plan ahead. I try to find a local butcher who has good knowledge of their produce rather than a supermarket chain.
- Eggs, free range if possible. (You will probably need lots of these)
The Downloadable Paleo Shopping List PDF
If you want a downloadable paleo shopping list PDF, then simply download it by clicking the link below! It is layed out very nicely so that it makes it very easy to either load up on your mobile device or so you can print it out and take it with you to the shops. I also have removed all the descriptions so it is just a nice simple list.
If you need some recipes so you can start making delicious meals with all these ingredients, then be sure to check out my ever growing list of amazing paleo recipes. Alternatively, you can check out some of the paleo recipe books that are available if you’re willing to spend some money on getting access to tons more recipes.
If I have missed something off this paleo shopping list, then be sure to let me know by leaving a comment below. Also feel free to leave a comment with any other feedback.