This is a follow up to last week’s post on How To Stock A Paleo Pantry. Nothing will help set you up for success better than making sure your refrigerator and freezer are always stocked with fresh food. I want to ensure that I always have a fridge full of healthy food so that even when I don’t feel like cooking, there’s something quick and easy to grab that isn’t going to leave me feeling sick later.
I’m going to share what I buy to keep my fridge stocked, but once again this is by no means an exhaustive list of everything that you can eat when practicing a paleo lifestyle. Click here if you want to see a full list of paleo foods.
Veggies are such a huge staple in my family’s diet. I have seen significant improvements in both my health and energy levels from incorporating more vegetables in my diet. Always try to purchase organic whenever possible as conventionally grown vegetables are laden with toxic pesticides which can be very harmful to your health. My general rule is, if you eat the skin or the peel it needs to be organic. Here’s a list of what I almost always have in my fridge or on my counter:
- Bell Peppers (red & yellow)
- Brussel Sprouts
- Cabbage (both red & green)
- Collard Greens
- Jalapeño Peppers
- Kale (dino/lacto & curly)
- Potatoes (Yukon gold & red)
- Sweet Potatoes
I used to be a huge fruit person, but honestly don’t much see the need for fruit in my diet every day. I can get most of the nutrients I need through vegetables without all the extra carbs/sugar. That being said, fruit is very nutritious and is still part of a healthy diet. We always have fruit on hand because that seems to be one of the only food groups my daughter will eat. I’m going to divide the list into two parts, one for the refrigerator and one for the freezer.
I should also note that most of the fruits we purchase are grown locally here on the Big Island or from our very own yard. I won’t list fruits that are found mainly in Hawaii but tropical fruits are the majority of our fruit consumption.
Frozen Fruits (Great for Smoothies)
- Bananas (we grow this in our yard and freeze them in bulk)
I always keep the following three on hand. Cilantro can be added to just about anything to jazz it up a bit, while ginger and turmeric are great additions to any meal for their added health benefits. Most notably, reduced inflammation.
- Ginger root
- Tumeric root
When purchasing meat, always try to buy the best quality meat your budget affords you. Grassfed/pastured animals are much healthier for you as their meat contains a much higher ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids than conventionally raised meat. Also, steer clear of nitrates/additives or any chemicals. Organic, local, grassfed is always best.
For the most part, I keep meat in the freezer until a few days before I’m going to cook it, with the exception of deli meats. If you have a chest freezer, stock up! We live off grid (solar power) so we have to make due with the freezer on our fridge.
- Eggs – free range & organic
- Grassfed ground beef
- Grassfed ground bison
- Organic chicken breasts
- Nitrate free deli meat
- Pork sausage
- Pork roasts
- Uncured nitrate free chicken sausages
- Uncured beef brats
- Wild caught salmon
Fermented foods are especially good for gut health. They provide all kinds of healthy bacteria needed to keep your intestinal lining in tact.
- Sauerkraut (the refrigerated kind)
- Kombucha (I brew my own)
I also keep many sauces, nuts and nut butters in my refrigerator, but those were covered in last week’s post. Hopefully you found this helpful, stay tuned for next week’s Paleo Tip where I cover how to eat paleo on a budget.