Top things to Buy when Planning Your Paleo Diet
Please welcome Bryn Huntpalmer from Modernize to the blog today! She’s sharing some staples to have on hand when you are planning your Paleo diet!
Starting a journey toward the Paleo lifestyle is a great way to increase your energy levels, improve your physical and mental health, and lose some extra weight. And if you don’t have any weight to lose, the Paleo lifestyle will undoubtedly help you maintain a trim and healthy figure. You’ll need to stock up on a kitchen full of Paleo-friendly foods to ensure success throughout your new diet and lifestyle plan. Modernize has put together a list of the top things you should buy when planning your Paleo diet—check them out:
One of the most important items on any Paleo shopping list is grass-fed beef and chicken. Grass-fed meats aren’t filled with toxins and antibiotics like the average cut of meat you’ll find on the market shelf. And because grass-fed meats are cleaner, they provide a dense source of protein—this way, you’re able to consume the whole of the meat, rather than just certain parts.
Brightly colored fruits such as oranges, pineapples, and berries are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemcials the body needs to build strong cells and blood vessels. Eating a couple servings of fruit each day will help to keep your skin clear as well as reduce your chance of developing serious health conditions such as heart disease and even cancer.
Like fruits, vegetables are an important source of nutrients that provides your body with strong, healthy building blocks to keep you lean and healthy as time goes on. Stick with low-carb vegetable options such as broccoli, squash, greens, green beans, and jicama.
Filling Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are full of antioxidants and minerals, offering a big punch of nutrition in just a serving. Eating a handful of nuts or seeds as a snack between meals will help to keep you feeling full and energized all day long. Try mixing your nuts and seeds with a few raisins or currants to make your own healthy trail mix!
If you’re like most people just starting out on a Paleo diet, you may find it a bit hard to give up your bread and other carbohydrate-heavy foods. You can make the transition easier by stocking up on some coconut flour and using it in place of regular flour. You can make biscuits, bread, and even sandwich wraps using this flavorful, nutrition packed, and low carb flour.
It’s a good idea to plan your weekly menu and do the shopping ahead of time if possible, as this will help ensure that you’re never stuck feeling hungry, deprived, or disorganized on your new Paleo diet.
Bryn Huntpalmer is a mother of two young children living in Austin, Texas where she currently works as an Editor for Modernize. In addition to regularly contributing to Home Remodeling and Design websites around the web, her writing can be found on Lifehacker and About.com.