Preparation is key to successfully following a meal plan. Over the last couple of years, I’ve transitioned my entire kitchen to be Paleo-friendly. I no longer have regular sugar or flour (much to my mom’s dismay), and instead have replaced them with healthy alternatives. I realize many of you may have some of these staples already in your cupboards, but just in case you don’t, I wanted to give you a list of some of the most common Paleo staples. Depending on where you live, you may not have access to “health food” stores (small town Montana girl here – I totally get it!), and may be needing to order some of these online.
I’ve included links to two of my favorite online stores – Amazon and Thrive Market. Most people know the deal with Amazon already and Thrive is a company I’ve discovered in the last year that I absolutely fell in love with. They have an amazing inventory of “health food store” products, but at MUCH cheaper prices. They also have an entire “Paleo” section on their site, which makes it really easy to find new favorites as well. They offer free shipping on anything over $49 and I love having stuff just sent directly to my door!
Check out my list below!
I always make sure to keep almond flour, coconut flour and tapioca flour on hand. Arrowroot is another great one, too!
*These are all great flours to get at Trader Joe’s as well, if you have one locally.
- Coconut aminos – This is essentially a substitute for soy sauce, and something I use very often.
- Red curry paste – I’ve started using this recently for many Thai inspired dishes and I love it!
- Balsamic vinegar – Great for salad dressings and recipes like balsamic chicken!
- Apple cider vinegar – Great for recipes, as well as salad dressings.
- Fish sauce – It sounds weird, but I have a couple of great recipes for you that use it!
- Tomato sauce – (Make sure your tomato sauce does not have added sugar)
- Coconut Oil – So universal. I use this for everything (even lip moisturizer!)
- Avocado Oil – Costco has also started carrying these!
Paleo Wraps (coconut, spinach or kale)
You can certainly make your own wraps using the flours listed above, but if you’re short on time, I would recommend one of the pre-made options above.
You’ll need a couple cans in the pantry, as well as a regular carton in the fridge.
Personally, I would suggest one of the ones with an automatic shut off. Most recipes call for 6-8 hours on low, and most people are out of the house during the day for longer than that. Having one that you can set to shut off after a certain amount of time comes in pretty handy. They also have WiFi enabled slow cookers these days that you can sync to your phone… but I’m not quite that fancy yet.
This is a MUST for making cheater pasta! There are a couple different options – you can buy just the small, handheld one, which works just fine (but is obviously more work) or you can buy the crank one, which will turn out a lot more in a smaller amount of time. I recommend the latter one, especially if you anticipate “zoodling” things like sweet potatoes, which are quite a bit tougher.