Stocking Your Paleo Pantry
Your Guide to a Successfully Stocked Paleo Pantry
Stocking your paleo pantry for a successful lifestyle change is essential to sticking and adhering to your new Paleo diet and lifestyle.
I know first hand that cleaning out your pantry is one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do when it comes to fully transitioning into the Paleo diet and lifestyle. It’s a visual representation of change, and it is scary. But by visually seeing those objectionable items disappear into the trash, you are officially taking the first steps into improving the way you view food and also yourself.
Ideally, when it comes to stocking your Paleo pantry, it should be done gradually to save money and your sanity. While some people can handle change, it may be difficult for some to jump right in before getting their ‘feet wet’ or testing the ‘waters.’
I suggest picking one or two items from below each week to make your transition into the Paleo diet and lifestyle much more manageable. Clearing out your pantry of objectable foods doesn’t have to be stressful or an expensive process. Making small and realistic changes 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 pantry staples 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 pantry. You can use all of these pantry staples in most Paleo recipes. All of these ingredients are readily available at most supermarkets or health food stores. Always double-check the ingredient lists before purchasing to make sure there are no hidden additives or fillers!! Remember, looks can be deceiving. 😉
Let’s get started!
Canned Goods – Stocking Your Paleo Pantry
The canned goods listed below are versatile and can be used in many Paleo recipes and dishes. I usually stock up to 2 to 3 cans of each in my pantry because I use these so much!
Check out the ‘trusted brand’ section at the end of this article for my go-to brands that offer quality, organic, inexpensive, and 100% Paleo approved products.
Tip! To save money, watch for deals at your local health food store, a lot of times they’ll have a ‘buy 4 for 5 dollar’ sale on their canned goods.
Coconut Aminos (soy sauce alternative – great for stir fry)
Canned Tomatoes (diced, crushed, paste, etc.)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Canned Tuna, Salmon, and Sardines
Fats & Oils – Stocking Your Paleo Pantry
Unfortunately, the association of the word fat or fats has been misrepresented as unhealthy for decades based on flawed science, propaganda, and shrewd marketing practices. Saturated and monounsaturated fats are an excellent source of caloric energy and healthful benefits!
Moving forward, you’ll want to swap out all trans fats and partially hydrogenated trans fats (PUFAs), such as canola, corn, soybean, and safflower oils (just to name a few) with some (or all) of the oils and fats listed below.
Tip! Save money by straining bacon grease through a mesh strainer to remove any large particles that may cause the lard to go rancid over time and store in a glass mason jar on the counter or in the fridge. Bacon grease is perfect for sauteing and roasting all your favorite Paleo foods.
Coconut Oil – Solid at room temperature, coconut oil is extracted from the fruit of coconut palms and boasts a high saturated fat content. Use it for frying eggs, sauteing vegetables, or baking.
Avocado Oil – Rich in monounsaturated fats, avocado oil is extracted from creamy avocados, which are rich in fatty acids and healthy nutrients. Avocado oil has an extremely high smoke point and a mild flavor, making it exceptionally versatile.
Olive Oil – Extracted from ripe olives and pressed into a flavorful, aromatic oil rich in nutrients, both olive oil and extra virgin olive oil are packed with antioxidants and monounsaturated fats and ideal for infusing with other flavors for a fuller taste experience.
Lard – Derived from pig fat, lard may sound unhealthy, but it actually contains mostly monounsaturated fats and has no trans fat at all, making it a heart-healthy choice for cooking Paleo dishes. Its high smoke point is excellent for frying vegetables and searing meat.
Herbs & Spices – Stocking Your Paleo Pantry
Most herbs and spices are Paleo unless you are following the Autoimmune Protocol, then you want to avoid seed, fruit, and nightshade based spices and blends. You can read more about the AIP diet and spices on The Paleo Mom blog if you are interested in learning additional information.
When it comes to herbs and spices, make sure you are sourcing quality organic products by purchasing from local farmers markets or reputable companies such as Simply Organic or simply grow your own! 😉
Tip! Save money by making homemade blends like my favorite Paleo Taco Seasoning recipe with some of the Paleo pantry essentials below!
Ground Cinnamon & Sticks
Flours – Stocking Your Paleo Pantry
You’ll want to switch out the grain-based flours for one of the flours listed below. The measurement may differ, but with a little experimentation, you can make homemade grain-free bread, cakes, and cookies!! You don’t need to stock all of these flours into your pantry at once! Many people will find that they prefer baking with almond flour over coconut flour, while others may want an allergy-free option.
Tip! Save money by purchasing blanched almonds and make homemade almond flour in the food processor. You can find the recipe in my book ‘The Big Book of Paleo Cooking.’
Coconut Flour – Made from dehydrated, finely ground coconut meat and is low-carb, fiber-rich, and gluten-free. Coconut flour is extremely absorbent; I recommend sticking with recipes designed with coconut flour in mind.
Almond Flour – Almond Flour is ground from whole almonds with or without the skin intact. Perfect for Paleo and grain-free baking and cooking. Natural Almond Flour is finely ground for loaves of bread, cookies, pancakes, and more!
Cassava Flour – A gluten-free, grain-free, AND nut-free flour with the taste and texture of wheat! Also known as yuca, cassava is a delicious root vegetable that becomes the perfect alternative for wheat when dried and ground.
Arrowroot Flour – This flour is gluten-free with zero fat, sodium, and sugar. It’s also known as arrowroot starch, making it an ideal replacement for cornstarch as well as baking.
Nuts & Seeds – Stocking Your Paleo Pantry
You’ll want to replace your processed nuts and seeds roasted in objectable oils and coated in sugars or excessive amounts of salt with dry roasted (organic when you can) or raw nuts and seeds. If you are missing your sweet and salty snacks, try making one of my favorite Paleo nut recipes; Honey Glazed Cashews or Cinnamon Maple Pecans.
Tip! Save money by buying nuts and seeds in bulk from your local health food store and prepare them at home by either soaking or roasting.
Nut & Seed Butters – Stocking Your Paleo Pantry
These nut and seed derivatives contain essential nutrients depending on the nut or seed and are low in sugar. Very opposite to peanut butter we grew up with, which isn’t truly a nut at all! 😉 Swap out your container of peanut butter for one of these nut and seed butter derivatives and spread over a slice of Paleo bread or use as a dip. Honestly, the possibilities are limitless!
Tip! Save money by making homemade butter by creaming your favorite nuts and seeds in a blender or food processor.
Almond Butter – (unsweetened) Almond butter is rich and creamy; it also packs in tons of essential vitamins, minerals, and an incredible amount of healthy fats. It’s the preferred peanut butter replacement.
Cashew Butter – (unsweetened) Cashew Butter is a smooth and creamy spread with a subtle and naturally sweet flavor. Perfect for sandwiches, desserts, or dipping.
Sunflower Butter – (unsweetened) A healthy, safe and delicious all-natural peanut butter replacement, it is great on sandwiches and with fruits and veggies. Perfect for families with tree-nut and peanut-nut allergies.
Coconut Butter – (raw) This butter is made fresh from whole coconut meat, not just the oil, so this dense and nutritious spread can be used in place of butter, added to favorite recipes, or even enjoyed alone! And it’s full of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Cacao Butter – (raw) Cacao butter consists of healthy fats, including essential omega fatty acids. Easily melted, cacao butter may be added to your favorite smoothie, dessert, ice cream, or chocolate creation. (Also great for skin).
All-Natural Sweeteners – Stocking Your Paleo Pantry
Swap out refined sugars with any of the natural sugars listed below. If losing weight is your goal, avoid all sugars, even the ones listed as replacements and some high glycemic fruits. As you become more familiar with using these natural sugars, you’ll find which ones work best for you and all your baking and cooking needs.
Tip! Keep in mind as you transition away from the Standard American Diet, you’ll notice your taste buds are more sensitive to sugar. I suggest using only half of what a recipe calls for and play around with it until you find your ‘sweet spot.’ For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup refined sugar, use 1/2 cup of one of the natural sugars listed and add more as needed.
Raw Honey – Honey contains antimicrobial/antibiotic/antiinflammatory properties and traces of some essential minerals and vitamins. Consuming a little honey is an excellent way to satisfy any sweet tooth. Getting honey from a local farmer ensures that it’s as fresh as possible, with all of its nutrients still intact.
Pure Maple Syrup – Maple syrup contains a small number of minerals, such as manganese and zinc. However, pure maple syrup does have a high glycemic index. When replacing refined sugar with local and pure, quality maple syrup is preferred. Just like any sugar, make sure to consume in moderation. 😉
Coconut Sugar – Coconut Sugar is an ideal replacement for cane sugar. It is low-glycemic, has a pleasant caramel-like flavor, works well for baking, and dissolves in hot and cold liquids. A sweet bonus: coconut sugar’s nutritional profile includes amino acids, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins.
Monk Fruit – Monk Fruit is a zero calorie-zero glycemic sugar substitute. It has an ultra-sweet taste without all the drawbacks. Great for baking as it dissolves like any refined sugar.
Trusted Paleo-Approved Brands – Stocking Your Paleo Pantry
Below you will find my top trusted Paleo-approved brands. There are many more not listed, so don’t limit yourself to this list. Do your research and find more brands that offer Paleo compliant products or shop the Mom Eats Paleo storefront on Amazon for more ideas.
The Paleo diet is vastly growing as more and more people realize the importance of eating real foods. Thankfully, we live in a day and age where we can get these readily available healthy foods that will save us time in the kitchen and provide us with real foods on-the-go.
Tip! While the companies below offer Paleo-approved products, not all their products are compliant. (Make sure always to read ingredient labels).
Primal Kitchen – Stock your pantry with everything from dressings and marinades to condiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard, etc.) to oils and collagen powder!
Siete – Load your pantry with grain-free 100% Paleo chips, tortillas, taco shells, cashew-based cheese sauces, and hot sauces.
Epic – Ditch the Slim Jims and stock up on a variety of traditional jerky flavors and bars made with grass-fed, pasture-raised, and wild-caught meats.
Bob’s Red Mill – When it comes to stocking my pantry with organic Paleo-approved flours, I always can count on Bob’s Red Mill to provide quality without breaking the bank.
Wild Planet – Each can of Wild Planet’s canned meats are packed in BPA-Free cans and are preserved in their natural juices, and sealed tight for the best nutritional value and flavor.
Larabars – Each bar is loaded with simple and natural ingredients full of healthy fats, fiber, and protein. These are perfect for on-the-go snacks or to hold you over between meals.
Hu Bars – Stock your pantry and feed your sweet tooth with chocolate bars, hunks (their chocolate covered almonds), and gems (their chocolate chunks and chips) made with coconut sugar and 75% or more cacao powder.
Simple Mills – Load your pantry up with Paleo compliant almond flour-based crackers, cookies, bread and pizza dough, muffins, cake, and brownies.
Mavuno Harvest – No added sugar dried organic fruit sourced from their natural regions.
Serenity Kids – Each pouch is packed full of nutrient-dense organic, grass-fed, and pasture-raised foods. Each recipe mimics the macronutrients of breast milk and offers the right balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates for babies over six months of age. Use code MOMEATSPALEO at check out for 10% off your first order.
NuttZo – Load your pantry and your stomach with a variety of nut and seed butter options with these delicious spreads and dips.