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Paleo grocery list

Oh heeeey.

Are you joining me on this little Paleo adventure for the next 30 (now 29) days?

Please? Pretty please? With a cherry on top?

I don’t want to be the ONLY one ignoring pancakes and peanut butter during my birthday month. SO that means you (YOU!) should consider joining me.

But no peer pressure. I love all food (I mean, almost), so I’ll love you regardless of what you eat. Promise.

I’ll even give you a little sneak peak into my kitchen…. okay?

As a reminder, the Paleo lifestyle encourages healthy fats, protein (preferably from lean, grass-fed meats), lots of vegetables (but no white potatoes/corn/legumes), and fruit. In other words, no dairy, no grains, and no (added) sugar. 

The goods, purchased last night:

-Sweet potatoes




-Roasted peppers




-Frozen broccoli

-Chicken sausage

-Chicken salad (can)

-Grain-free energy/protein/nut bars

Already in my pantry/kitchen:

-Almond milk

-Coconut milk

-Almond butter






-Assorted frozen veggies (peppers, asparagus, etc.)


-Frozen beef (I prefer lean, 90-10 or 85-15)

-Frozen chicken breasts


-Hot Sauce

Still need to purchase:

-Assorted nuts (NO peanuts!)

-Deli meat (great snack)

-Breakfast chicken sausage (Applegate is my favorite brand)

*Please note I am NOT an expert on the Paleo lifestyle and this blog represents my opinions and interpretation, so  I would suggest websites like this or this for further information.


…It’s on, yo.



Who’s joining me? Don’t be shy – leave  comment. 😉

Paleo groceries

Happy Thursday!

So it just so happen that this morning I woke up feeling like I’d been hit by a Mack truck. I’m not sure why, but I ended up snoozing right past my normal gym time, and a whole two hours past my alarm.


Maybe it’s because I took three airplanes in four days? Or because it was 18 degrees here in D.C. yesterday?

Whatever – better to be sick early in 2012 than later, right? Too much good stuff coming up down the pike.  Anyways, as a result, Paleo eating is feeling like more of a challenge this morning (who wants steak when they feel like ralphing?), but I’m sticking to my guns, especially after all of the encouragement I’ve been getting from all of you! 🙂 Besides, you can do anything for a month, right?

Yesterday, as promised, I hit the grocery store to stock up on some Paleo-friendly items. Well. I hit two grocery stores, because that’s how I roll.

Paleo grocery list:

  • Lean meat (duh) <– I bought ground beef this time for dinner tonight.
  • Sliced deli oven roasted turkey
  • Eggs
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Kiwis
  • Grapes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Baby carrots
  • Onion
  • Asparagus
  • Frozen brocooli
  • Bell pepper
  • Spinach mix for salads
  • Tomato
  • Black olives
  • Guacamole
  • Trail mix (I bought Trader Joe’s brand, and it’s just a mix of walnuts, pecans, almonds, dried cranberries, and toasted seeds)
  • Frozen Applegate Farms chicken apple breakfast sausage <–SO GOOD (bacon’s also a good option!)
  • Frozen Applegate Farms organic turkey burgers

I’m not usually big on frozen products, but these guys can save you a lot of time in a pinch since (at least for me) preparing meat daily can take some time.

Paleo proponents are really enthusiastic about avocado, but I personally only like avocado when it’s in guacamole form (stop gasping, all my friends in California).. SO, that’s what I bought yesterday.

I tried it last night and it was delicious! Not too spicy at ALL either if you’re interested in picking it up on your next Trader Joe’s run.

There are also a few ingredients that I didn’t need to pick up at the store yesterday because I already have them, but are definitely helpful when eating Paleo, in my opinion.

Other Paleo pantry items:

  • Almond butter!
  • Hot tea
  • Almond milk
  • Honey *
  • An assortment of grain free/dairy free bars, like Pure bars or Lara bars
  • Hot sauce
  • Almonds
  • Sugar-free ketchup
  • Spicy mustard
  • Salsa (love Trader Joe’s pineapple salsa!)
  • Protein powder for smoothies/shakes (must be vegan though – dairy and grain free) *

*Not encouraged during an official Whole 30.

My Paleo friends, am I missing anything here?? Feel free to leave other ideas in the comments! 🙂

Time to get back to work! I’ll catch you later with a new recipe I hope..


Who else is joining the rest of us who’ve already committed to doing a Whole 30?!

Grocery shopping list

I’ll just come out and say it. I love grocery shopping.

I also never check the weather reports and wear flipflops on days when it’s supposed to downpour (like today).

Does that make me a freak who needs more hobbies (and a weather channel app on my iPhone)? Maybe, but still.. I can spend hours in a grocery store, wandering up and down the aisles, thoughtfully considering what I need. And what I don’t need, but intend to buy anyways, just in case.

Penpal usually has to cover my eyes and drag me toward the checkout line when we get groceries together, after I’ve asked him for the 12th time if he’d rather have these sweet potatoes or those yams.

I mean, just kidding. Sweet potatoes are totally better than yams. Anyways.

So in case anyone was wondering what I actually buy at the grocery store, since every other day I’m telling you all about my visits with Trader Joe, I thought I’d lay it out.

In a typical week, I’ll usually purchase the following:

  • Fruit (apples, bananas, berries of some kind, and a surprise extra, like plums this week!)
  • Potatoes (white and sweet)
  • Asparagus (or some other seasonal veg)
  • Baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 onion
  • Some type of bread product, usually (this week: Ezekiel brand sesame sprouted grain bread)
  • Baby carrots
  • Frozen broccoli (and sometimes other frozen mixed veggies!)
  • Cold cut turkey breast (my fav brands are Applegate and Boar’s Head)
  • Romaine lettuce or spinach
  • Some type of meat (every 2-3 weeks, because I’ll either make a meal for the week with it – like pot roast this week – or freeze it for the future, like chicken breasts)
Believe it or not, most weeks I don’t spend more than $50 on groceries, thanks to Trader Joe’s and scouting out stuff on sale. Plus I’m only buying enough for one woman, people.

The only things missing from this shopping trip were a few items I already had enough of for the week (and generally purchase every other week), such as:

  • Orange juice
  • Eggs
  • Almond milk (I lurve Almond Breeze’s unsweetened vanilla)
  • Plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • Luna bars or cereal (like Kashi or crack in a bowl, aka Honey Nut Cheerios)
  • Flour, for pancakes and cookies (to send to Penpal, if we’re being honest here)

Some other staples in my kitchen that I seem to never run out of and buy sporadically include plain oatmeal, peanut butter/almond butter, and pasta (I’m Italian, do the math). Okay, and while we’re at it, as for condiments: hot sauce, spicy mustard, syrup (duh), and ketchup. And okay.. salsa is fun too.

So, on that note I’m going to go scrounge up something to eat, because listing out every single thing I have in my kitchen cupboards is making my stomach growl.


What are your must haves at the grocery store??