Paleo Shopping list on a Budget
Here’s a paleo shopping list to help keep your diet goals in line with your spending, (that sound’s funny considering our paleolithic ancestors didn’t shop, store food, or cut coupons).
A lot of clean eating meal plans, and paleo diets will require you to have a keen sense of nutrition labels, and how to decipher what your buying and eating by understanding them. If your shopping at Target or Walmart, then you’re not going to have a lot variety when it comes to clean food diets. But, I also like to get some of my groceries from Target, (considering the added 5% off for using my store card, but that’s neither here nor there)!
We know this doesn’t always work, and even in Target it can be hard to find paleo gold when it comes to food supply. So, what I’ll deliver is a standard check list that should be available at most stores- just remember, coupons for Whole Foods, Trader Joes (which is naturally cheap in my opinion), and farmers market shopping is a good way to eat the “Paleo on a budget” way.
One of the two best ways to keep your paleo shopping list as tight as your waist, is to buy your meat in bulk, and buy frozen vegetables.
Vegetables, and protein are the biggest part of a paleo diet, as well as most clean eating diet plans. Fresh raw vegetables are always your best way to go, except when you need to lower your grocery bill. Broccoli, cauliflower, peas, corn, artichokes, etc. are just as good, as well as good for you as opposed to buying them fresh. Buying your vegetables frozen usually includes more per package, lending itself to be easily re-frozen when not used completely. I personally like fresh vegetables, there’s just something wonderful about them I prefer to purchase. But there are weeks when the duties are many, the time is minimal, and the bills are due that it just makes things easier to buy veggies this way.
Buying a bulk package of, let’s say, 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts is going to be cheaper than buying a pack of 2, (in pieces per dollar). This way, you can freeze what you don’t use, and most of the time you can buy already frozen meat that generally comes with more per package.
When it comes to essentials, and especially on a budget, you should always have on hand:
These 5 things have gotten me to glory on some of my toughest weeks of food planning. Organic brown egg yolks will still have the requisite amount of cholesterol, but the white part always seems to be fluffier, and in turn more substantial- so I always have eggs.
Tomatoes and spinach serve as the perfect, super-vegetable combo. I’ve always had these in my fridge, but the added bonus came when I read this from an article on RealSimple.com:
Although spinach has lots of iron, your body doesn’t absorb it well when spinach is eaten alone. But with vitamin C by its side, this vegetable becomes a true standout. That’s because vitamin C converts the iron in spinach into a form that is more available to the body, says Liz A. Applegate, Ph.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of California, Davis. This holds true for other vegetarian sources of iron, too, such as broccoli and tofu. It doesn’t take a lot of C, either. One medium orange will do. You could also add to a spinach salad half a red pepper, several thick slices of tomato, or 1/2 cup sliced strawberries―all good sources of C.
Which to me gave me even more reason to pair them. Jay-Z and Beyonce aren’t even this good of a pair!
For a real “paleo on a budget” essential, Banana’s are a can’t miss item- full of potassium and fiber, they really are the cleanest snack around. And as for wild rice, this high grain protein can make a simple meal rather whole, not to mention all the B vitamins for energy. Here in Minnesota, theres never a drought of wild rice- plus it’s usually, naturally organic.
So, theres plenty more to a good, clean paleo shopping list for the budgeteers out there, but this is a good standard to remember- and who knows, you might start to automatically lower you grocery bill just by using this routine!
Click here for a good list of seasonable foods to keep on your paleo shopping list.