Stocking Your Paleo Fridge
Your Guide to a Successfully Stocked Paleo Fridge
Stocking your paleo fridge for a successful lifestyle change is essential to sticking and adhering to your new Paleo diet and lifestyle.
Just like a well-stocked pantry, a fully stocked paleo fridge ensures you can make any meal at the moments notice effortlessly and efficiently.
Luckily for you, cleaning out your refrigerator of objectionable foods isn’t as hard as clearing out your pantry full of questionable shelf-stable foods. Most of what is currently in your fridge can be used to avoid waste as you slowly implement paleo compliant foods back into it.
Clearing out your refrigerator of objectable foods doesn’t have to be stressful or an expensive process. Making small and realistic changes (like swapping out conventional eggs for pasture-raised eggs) not only helps you work toward your desired health goals, but it always creates long-lasting healthy habits.
In this article, you will find all my top refrigerator staples and tips for a successful and practical kitchen experience. Keep in mind that not all of these are necessary. As you become more comfortable cooking paleo meals and recipes, you’ll soon figure out what ingredients to keep stocked in your fridge.
Let’s get started!
Produce – Stocking Your Paleo Fridge
Produce that is sourced locally is always the best option when it comes to picking in-season and budget-friendly fruits and vegetables. If you live in a colder climate (like myself), sometimes this may be impossible during certain times of the year. If this is the case, purchase produce that is grown and harvested in your country and preferably organic when possible.
Another viable option would be to purchase organic frozen fruits and vegetables since they are picked at their prime. If your budget (or climate) doesn’t allow for local or organic, buying conventional fruits and vegetables should never be out of the question!! You’ll want to take some extra time to wash or peel (as needed) before using it.
To save time, I’ll wash, dry, cut, and store most of my vegetables (and some fruits) in advance. This will diminish prep work and provide healthy grab-and-go snacks.
Some of my favorite fruits and vegetables to keep on hand: bananas, apples, oranges, bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and celery.
Find more paleo food tips and tricks below:
Eggs – Stocking Your Paleo Fridge
Local pasture-raised eggs are always best when it comes to sourcing eggs with a rich taste and color. Unfortunately, here in Wisconsin, our local pasture-raised chickens don’t produce enough eggs during the winter months. During these times, I will supplement with pasture-raised eggs from reputable brands.
Other viable options when it comes to sourcing eggs are free-range and organic, and purchasing conventional eggs should be your last resort.
To save time when it comes to cooking and preparing eggs, I will boil half a dozen to keep on hand for a quick grab-and-go snack or to chop up and add to any salad for extra protein. Boiled eggs can be kept refrigerated for up to 3 to 5 days.
Meal prep for the weeks’ breakfast by making one of these delicious egg recipes below:
Bacon – Stocking Your Paleo Fridge
It’s best to source local bacon from either a farm or butcher that has not been cured. If you can not source local uncured bacon, purchasing from companies like Applegate and Pederson offer uncured and sugar-free bacon options.
Uncured sugar-free bacon should be a staple in every household. Not only because it has a high protein to fat ratio (making it one of the best animal fats), but because it is versatile when it comes to everyday paleo cooking.
To save time, cook bacon in large batches in advance and store in an airtight container for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator for a quick grab-and-go snack or crumble bacon into bits and top over salad or add to enhance any ‘boring‘ dish.
After cooking the bacon, strain and save the drippings into a mason jar and keep it in the refrigerator for sauteing and roasting other dishes to bring even more flavor to your palate.
Try one of these paleo recipes featuring bacon or bacon drippings:
Protein – Stocking Your Paleo Fridge
This category is completely optional. I’m a big fan of ‘keeping it simple‘ when it comes to food, and I try to stay away from all processed foods – even the paleo compliant ones. Still, with kids, sometimes these ‘modern’ and healthier options are a godsend on days where cooking meals or prepping snacks are out of the question.
Luckily for busy families, more and more companies are now making paleo compliant deli meats that offer presliced meats without nitrates, nitrites, and added sugars.
Brands like Applegate offer an array of uncured and sugar-free deli meat options and can be found at all health food grocers.
These meats are perfect for making roll-ups, wrapping in lettuce or a coconut wrap, or simply grab a few slices for a healthy protein-filled snack in between meals.
More Fridge Essentials – Stocking Your Paleo Fridge
The products listed below are excellent to have on hand and will provide the right amount of flavor to any dish! You can find all of my favorite condiments and other “refrigerate after opening” products (ketchup, coconut aminos, etc.), in ‘Stocking Your Paleo Pantry.’
Sauerkraut – Eat raw or add to any dish for an added sour kick
Hot Sauce – Add add a little ‘heat’ to all your favorite meals
Fish Sauce – Bring out the umami flavor by adding fish sauce to your favorite stir-fry!