I cannot believe that I have been eating Paleo for two months now! The first month was tough as I navigated uncharted territories and adjusting to my new lifestyle. I explained in my prior post about my Paleoish approach so I don’t give myself too much pressure into being perfect while maintaining a healthy relationship with food. I’m happy to say that in the second month I have been eating much more Paleo than the month before (Meaning, I haven’t had peanut butter in a month. Gasp! I know!). Also, I am finding my groove with a Paleo lifestyle that blends well for me and my family. Although, I’m the only one that eats Paleo fully but I’ve been trying!
For my second month, I’ve found my Paleo staples that I add to each week’s grocery list, and discovered where to shop at places that have my items in addition to who sells it at a better cost whether it’s bulk or just regular cost. The places that we grocery shop at regularly are Sam’s Club, Trader Joe’s, And Wegmans.
For my second month, I’ve found my Paleo staples that I add to each week’s grocery list, and discovered where to shop at places that have my items in addition to who sells it at a better cost whether it’s bulk or just regular cost. The places that we grocery shop are Sam’s Club, Trader Joe’s, And Wegmans.
After two months, I’m fairly certain that I have my Paleo staples figured out. I mean if they are on my grocery list each week, they are certainly items that we cannot live without right? The following items are always what a typical grocery list looks like in our house. Well… the items that I will definitely eat minus my hubby and toddler’s food items.
These veggies are either in my home or on my grocery list. We always keep these in stock unless it is not available or the quality is poor when we go shopping.
- Baby Spinach
- Kale Medley (Kale, Swiss Chard, Baby Spinach, Carrots)
- Carrots (Rainbow and/or Baby)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Mushrooms (Portobello and/or Regular)
- Cauliflower Rice
- Onions (Red, Yellow, or Shallots)
- Seasonal Squash (Zucchini, Spaghetti squash and/or butternut squash)
We base our fruit selection on what is in season as well as how it looks in the store. Our fruit selection varies week to week because of availability and quality. Pretty much the only consistent fruit we buy are bananas. Here is a list of fruits we always look for when we are at the store or farmer’s market.
These are the proteins that are always consumed in our house. I usually buy a bunch and freeze it. I do this primarily because to me raw meat is disgusting especially when your buying other items and it costs less. Eggs are always on our list which I don’t mind buying each week because it doesn’t leak disgusting juices everywhere. That is contained in a shell within a box.
- Chicken breasts
- Pork chops
- Turkey (Ground, breast, and/or small bird)
- Beef (ALL of it! We get a half of a cow each year.)
I feel like this is such an awkward category but coffee is LIFE. Also, I use almond milk for things other than my at home lattes. I couldn’t just have almond milk all by itself in this “Other” category right?
- Almond Milk
- Locally Roasted Coffee Beans
Non Fresh Items
These items are what we always have in stock in our house and if not, we make sure to add them to our grocery list because these are absolute must haves!
- Nuts (We love a variety of different types of nuts. We have a wide variety of choices in our pantry.)
- Sun butter
- Almond butter
- Natural Peanut butter (My hubs is hooked and for whenever I need a PB fix.)
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Flour
- Almond Flour
I could be forgetting a few items but thats always the story of our grocery lists and when we go shopping. Something is always forgotten. But, I’m pretty sure the same goes for everyone else too.
If we cannot make it to a local farmer’s market or not grown in my garden during that season, we just go to the grocery store to get our fresh items along with our other foods. As I mentioned earlier, our main three places that we shop at are Sam’s Club, Trader Joe’s, and Wegmans. After two months of the same things on my grocery lists, I discovered the best place to buy certain items for a better deal. I’m breaking it down where I find it’s better to buy certain items and why.
- Baby Spinach and Kale Medley
- They each are packaged in 16 Oz containers which is bigger than the regular grocery stores size and it’s the same price for a larger quantity. If I am not able to consume it raw as anticipated, I just cook it so it doesn’t go bad. I love making breakfast with it by adding over easy eggs on top. I have also added it to stir-drys and even added it to soup before.
- Almond Flour and Coconut Flour
- The same brands are available like a regular grocery store (RedMill and Better Body Foods) in a large quantity at a price that is incredibly cheaper than your typical grocery store.
- Almond Milk
- I find it cheaper to get three at once rather than buying one at a time. I haven’t wasted any and use all three way before the expiration date. (Too many latte’s?)
- Coconut Oil and Olive Oil
- Again, you get more for your buck
- Nuts and Seeds
- Seriously, they have a WIDE variety at a decent price. I’m never disappointed and I always choose a new bag of nuts or seeds to add to my collection every other visit.
- Almond Butter and Sun Butter
- We love the taste of their almond butter and sun butter. We always make sure that we are stocked up on them!
- At Sam’s Club, I find it cheaper to buy my baby spinach and kale medley 16 Oz
- My husband and I absolutely love RXBARS as a quick healthy snack for home or when either of us are at work. Anywhere else a box of them are $25.99 but at Wegmans they are only $20! They also have all the different kinds available as well.
I am probably forgetting an item or two but I can always revise this post for future reference as well as add to it as I continue my Paleoish lifestyle. I am learning as I go and finding what works for me and my family. So far, I have not gotten sick of this lifestyle change or have felt deprived in any way. I feel amazing and proud of how I can adapt by finding alternative ways to make my favorite foods. It’s a new and exciting challenge that I hope continues to feel that way as time goes by.