The paleo diet is a very easy diet to follow once you get your head around it (read more about main paleo diet principles over here).
The next question is where to buy some ingredients that are paleo friendly.
Nowadays a lot of grocery stores have health/organic sections where all these ‘goodies’ can be found.
A lot of paleo friendly foods can also be found in local specialized stores.
However, the prices on some items in that stores could be high or out of stock.
Sometimes to order paleo food online can be cheaper and faster.
Nowadays you can buy pretty much anything online, including food items.
Normally the prices online including the cost of delivery are cheaper than buying the same items from the store (add the cost of gas you spend to drive to the store or even couple of stores).
Even though the variety of paleo friendly items in traditional grocery stores increase there are still some foods that the regular store does not hold very often.
That is why to order paleo food online can be the only choice for certain foods.
So let’s see what 5 paleo diet essentials can be ordered online.
#1. Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil
One of the items you will need to have at all times is unrefined virgin coconut oil.
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature. It is great to saute vegetables, fry eggs, or in baking recipes. It adds a nice flavor to dishes but does not leave coconut aftertaste.
The coconut oil considers as a superfood. It provides you with a lot of health benefits like:
- prevents heart disease and high blood pressure,
- reduces inflammation and arthritis,
- uses as a treatment for Alzheimer disease,
- improves memory and many more.
As coconut oil is getting very popular among people supporting healthy lifestyle a lot of grocery stores usually have it in stock.
However, sometimes you can find better deals online.
Plus if you order another item that you are not able to find in your local store, you can throw more paleo friendly items to the basket, just for the convenience of it to be delivered to your door.
You will find a lot of different companies that produce coconut oil.
The coconut oil made by Nutiva Organic is my favorite so far.
I found that the food made with it almost does not have any coconut aftertaste.
My local grocery store sometimes has quite good deals on it. Other times I prefer to order it on Amazon.com.
#2. Almond Flour
Another item that you will be using very often, especially if you would like to satisfy your sugar cravings, will be almond flour.
As you probably know, gluten is a big no-no on the paleo diet.
Almond flour is a great substitute for wheat flour in some baking recipes, like cookies or cakes.
Basically, you can make almond flour at home.
But if you are limited on time some grocery stores have it in stock (like Costco).
However, unlike the coconut oil, this paleo friendly ingredient is not that commonly sold at the local grocery stores.
Therefore, buying online might be easier and faster option.
However, I recently discovered Barny bakery brand, that you can sometimes find at Costco and it costs much less compared to the other brands.
I honestly have not found much difference in flavor compared with other ones.
# 3. Nutritional Yeast
Definitely, one of the items you will want to have in your pantry.
Nutritional yeast is inactive yeast made from sugarcane and beet molasses. It is very popular among vegans for its nutty and cheese flavor.
But it is famous not for that but also for its health benefits. Nutritional yeast is rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and B12 and provides health benefits such as:
- supports the immune system,
- improves digestion,
- promotes healthy hair, nails and skin and many more.
There are a lot of ways you can use nutritional yeast.
Some examples will be:
- Sprinkle over your salad or food to add nutty and cheesy taste;
- Add to your sauces;
- Use to bread chicken or fish or vegetables etc.
Nutritional yeast will be one of the items that still can be found on the health shelves at local grocery stores (for example, Costco usually has it in stock).
A lot of health stores keep it in stock, however, the prices might be slightly higher compared with online ones.
The last one is sold at Costco as well.
However, I personally prefer the Bob’s Red Mill one, as their flakes are not that big (it makes a difference if you do breaded chicken or fish, for example).
# 4. Tahini
If you are just starting the paleo diet, you probably have never heard of tahini paste.
Tahini paste is made of sesame seeds.
Sesame seeds are rich in thiamine, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Iron and Calcium that promote the following health benefits:
- prevents anemia,
- promotes healthy skin and muscle tone,
- helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol and many more.
Tahini paste can be used in the following ways:
- to make dipping sauces (like hummus, baba ganoush etc);
- to make tahini bread;
- to add to salad dressing etc.
Some grocery stores will have it either in health/organic section or on the shelves with other butter (like almond or peanut butter).
Your local specialized health store will more likely have it as well.
However, if you order other foods online, Amazon.com has a great price on it.
# 5. Apple Cider Vinegar with ‘Mother’
You probably heard about the numerous benefits of regular consumption of apple cider vinegar.
If not, here is just some examples:
- helps to regulate blood sugar;
- stimulates weight loss;
- lowers cholesterol;
- reduces blood pressure and many more.
Apple cider vinegar is made from apple cider that has been fermented. It contains healthy probiotics and enzymes that slash sugar and calories.
The use of apple cider vinegar is limitless.
You can use it in salad dressings, in sauces, marinades, baking etc.
There are different types of apple cider vinegar on the market. Even though you will get all these ‘goodies’ from all of them, however raw apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’ will provide you with the most benefits.
As it is unprocessed and unheated it still contains the ‘mother’ that is a cluster of proteins, Enzymes and beneficial bacteria often removed during processing.
There are a lot of companies that produce apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’.
I personally prefer the one from the Bragg company.
Though I believe that any other company will work just fine as long as the apple cider vinegar was made with the’mother’.
What is your favorite paleo friendly food?