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10 Foods Every Paleo Kitchen Must Have

Posted on March 23, 2020

The Paleo Diet Can Be Hard. Let's make it easy. 

Do you adhere to the paleo diet, or is there something holding you back? In the coming pages, we will help make your transition away from the standard American diet, full of high glycemic grains and sugars, much easier.

As you read on, you will find our top 10 foods we think should be in every paleo dieter’s kitchen. These are not paid endorsements from the brands we mention. Rather, these are products that our team personally uses and loves.

This is not intended to be a how-to guide on the paleo diet as there are a number of resources available. Instead, we hope these suggestions help you move from  intimidating hours in the kitchen to more convenience without the compromise.

 

1. Paleo Flour

Look for almond, cassava or other paleo approved flours

Removing traditional wheat-based flour from your diet is one of the most difficult aspects of the paleo diet. Nearly every baked good out there uses wheat flour, but your favorite pancakes, muffins and crusts don’t need to vanish from your kitchen.

Paleo flours usually use some combination of almond, cassava, or coconut, but not all paleo flours are equal. Our pick below is the winner when it comes to texture, fluffiness and taste.

Our Pick: Bob's Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour
Made from almond, coconut, tapioca flours and arrowroot starch, this paleo flour bakes with superior texture, fluffiness and taste.


 

 

2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Look for almond, cassava or other paleo approved flours

Removing traditional wheat-based flour from your diet is one of the most difficult aspects of the paleo diet. Nearly every baked good out there uses wheat flour, but your favorite pancakes, muffins and crusts don’t need to vanish from your kitchen.

Paleo flours usually use some combination of almond, cassava, or coconut, but not all paleo flours are equal. Our pick below is the winner when it comes to texture, fluffiness and taste.

Our Pick: Kasandrino's EVOO
Every batch of Kasandrinos is chemically analyzed to ensure its purity.  Plus, it’s all from a single-origin in Laconia, Green and is paleo certified.

 

3. Spices

Use spices instead of processed condiments

Instead of leaning on processed condiments or sugars to make your meal delicious, a wide array of spices will do the trick.

While most spices are paleo-friendly, we’ve included them here since spices are the easiest way to make a meal go from bland to incredible. Be sure to look at your spice labels to ensure that they are free of chemical additives.

Our Pick: Primal Palate Spices
With over 30 organic spices and blends, Primal Palate makes choosing spices easy. Every spice and blend is certified organic, gluten free & non-irradiated.

 


4. Dairy-Free Milk

Many dairy-free milks are full of paleo no-no’s
With 65% of the human population lactose intolerant, dairy milk is frequently a source of health complications and is not paleo-friendly. 

When choosing your dairy-free milk, be sure to pay close attention to the ingredients in your milk alternative. That means you will want to stay away from offending ingredients like natural flavors, refined sugars and other processed ingredients. 

Our Pick: Malk
Our favorite dairy-free milk is made with just three ingredients—almonds, sea salt and water. It’s great for baking or to pour over a bowl of Bubba’s UnGranola.

 

5. Salad Dressing

Many options exist that will make your salad extraordinary

Salads are a staple in the paleo diet, and thankfully, it is easy to purchase or create your own salad dressing to give your greens some life. For the do-it-yourselfers use an oil like EVOO, an acidic juice like apple cider vinegar, and top it with your favorite spice blend.

If you’re looking in stores, be sure to stay away from artificial or natural flavors and anything that is hard to pronounce. Thankfully, there are a bunch of great salad dressing options availble today! 

Our Pick: Tessamae's Ranch Dressing
With clean ingredients and superior taste, Tessamae has a full line up of delicious salad dressings. The ranch dressing is our fave though!

 

6. Paleo Pasta

Use paleo-friendly flour or vegetable noodles

Flour-based pastas are a big no-no on the paleo diet, but that doesn’t mean you have to remove your favorite pasta from the dinner table.

Thankfully, there are a number of great paleo-approved pastas made from almond flour, tapioca flour and eggs. Also consider using a vegetable spiralizer to turn your veggies into noodles.

Our Pick: Capello’s Almond Flour Gnocchi
Our favorite pasta seems more like you’re cheating than just eating right. It’s better than the conventional stuff. Seriously.


7. Guacamole

Full of good fats, guac is an easy paleo treat

With plenty of good fats and high in gut friendly fiber, avocados should be a staple in your kitchen. To spice things up a bit, be sure to have the ingredients around for your favorite guacamole.

Great for tacos, spicing up a main dish, or dunking with Bubba’s Grain Free ‘Nana Chips, guacamole is one of the most versatile things you can have in your kitchen.

Our Pick: Wholly Guacamole
There are plenty of good paleo guac’s out there, but this is one of our favorite clean ingredient guacs that is widely available.

 

8. Tortillas

Alternatives exists to corn and flour tortillas

While corn and flour tortillas are out on the paleo diet, taco Tuesdays are back with paleo flour tortillas. It may take some searching to find a product with the right consistency and texture, but there are some great ones out there (we think our pick is a real winner here!).

As an alternative to the “traditional” tortilla, coconut, kale or lettuce wraps are also good ways to introduce the taco back to your weekly meal planning.

Our Pick: Siete Grain Free Tortillas
We think these are better than traditional tortillas!  Available in cassava, almond, chickpea & coconut flour options.

 

9A. Wine

Look for wines that adhere to ingredient standards

While alcohol isn’t generally allowed on the paleo diet, let’s be honest, it’s always handy to have clean alcohol options around. Be sure to stay away from all grain-based drinks like beer and many hard liquors.

Wine by its nature is grain free, but you will never find an ingredient list on a bottle, so it’s easy to hide highly processed ingredients and sugars in wines. It’s best to stick to lab-tested wines to ensure that no non-compliant additives make its way into your adult beverage.

Our Pick: Dry Farm Wines
Sugar free and free of chemical additives, Dry Farm Wines is our go to. They lab-test every wine to ensure it is the cleanest, paleo friendly option available.

 

9B. "Beer"

Barley is out, but hops can satisfy non-alcoholic beer cravings

OK, so this one can be a bit misleading since beer is especially bad for those on the paleo diet. It can cause a host of gut and health issues, so it’s best to completely remove beer from your diet.

If you loved beer, there are non-alcoholic teas available that will give you your hop fix without the leaky gut (and without any buzz). They can be delicious, refreshing & even have some health benefits.

Our Pick: HopTea
Brewed like tea and made without any sugars, additives or fermentation, HopTea can give you that hop kick without the buzz.

 

10A. Snacks - Chocolate

Replace refined sugars with natural sweeteners

Instead of binging on refined sugar snacks that aren’t paleo friendly, consider options with coconut sugars or honey sweeteners like dark chocolate bars or paleo cookies.

Our Pick: Hu Kitchen
With no refined sugars or dairy, most of Hu Kitchen’s chocolate bars are paleo. Our favorite is the simple dark chocolate flavor.

 

10B. Snacks - Meat

Watch out for chemical additives in meat snacks

Meat snacks are great for the protein and to help curb your appetite. Be vigilant with all ingredient lists and stay away from natural flavors and preservatives.

Our Pick: Wild Zora Meat Snacks
Made with clean ingredients, Wild Zora’s meat bars have 6g of protien and are absolutely delicious. These are great to always have on hand.

 

10C. Snacks - Savory

For those potato chip cravings

Since potato chips aren’t typically paleo friendly, it’s nearly impossible to find crunchy, savory snacks that are paleo. Salted banana chips, pork rinds and sweet potato chips are all options though not all are equal.

Our Pick: Bubba’s Foods Nana Chips & Snack Mixes
These indulgent banana chips will help you forget potato chips. With a satisfying crunch and addictive flavor, this may become your new favorite snack.