4 Tips for Eating Paleo on a Budget

A lot of people think that going paleo means that they’ll be spending a lot more on groceries and that they’ll have to start going to fancy grocery stores like Whole Foods to find food that they can eat.Nope.Yes, you might be spending a bit more on groceries, but wouldn’t you rather be spending a little bit more on your health now than spending a little bit more on your medical bills later?The misconception that Paleo always breaks the bank mainly comes from the high quality protein we try to emphasize.

Wild, and grass-fed, pasture-raised meats cost more than conventional meats. There aren’t as many wild and grass-fed animals as there are conventionally raised animals out there, thus they’re more expensive. But grass-fed trumps grain-fed in both nutrient density and in that the animals are humanely raised.

I always tell people to buy the highest quality meat they can comfortably afford. If buying grass-fed beef stresses you financially, it’s not worth it– our number one goal is to lessen (and avoid) added stress.

Your diet should never stress you out.

There are things you can do to save money on a Paleo Diet:

Buy meat on sale

My weekly meal plans are almost always based on what meat is for sale at Whole Foods that week. Dark meat chicken, ground beef and sausages are staples in my house because they cost WAY less than chicken breasts and steak.

Buy SOME organic fruits and veggies.

If it has a thin skin or you eat the skin, buy organic– these fruits and veggies are harder to wash than those with a thicker skin. If it has a thick skin, or you peel it, conventional is okay– things like avocados, bananas and squash usually have less pesticide residue than thin skinned veggies. Strive to buy the organic versions of the “dirty dozen”:

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Nectarines- imported
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Potatoes
  11. Cherry Tomatoes
  12. Hot Peppers

The “Clean 15” are the 15 cleanest fruits and veggies:

  1. Sweet Corn
  2. Onions
  3. Pineapple
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet Peas- frozen
  7. Papaya
  8. Mangos
  9. Asparagus
  10. Eggplant
  11. Kiwi
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Sweet Potato
  15. Mushrooms

Use your crock pot or slow cooker.

Throw some ingredients into the slow cooker and make a big meal that will last for days. Beef Stew and Double Beef Chili are two of my favorite slow cooker meals. The recipes make enough for at least four meals for two people– enough for dinner and a few lunches throughout the week. Making a big meal in the slow cooker is a great way to stretch your meal dollars over a few days.

Stick to the perimeter of the supermarket.

The center aisles of the grocery store is where you get into trouble: that’s where the enticing luxury items , like coconut butter and paleo granola, live. When you stick to the perimeter, you’ll find yourself buying lots of whole foods and skipping that $12.00 jar of fancy olives.You can find Paleo foods at every grocery store– not just a places like Whole Foods. Buying whole foods will ultimately save you some money– you can buy three bunches of organic kale for the same price of one box of cereal these days.If you’re looking for some more tips for eating Paleo on a budget, check out Robb Wolf’s book:

What are your favorite tips for eating Paleo on a budget? Tell me in the comments below.

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One Response to 4 Tips for Eating Paleo on a Budget

  1. dave berg April 15, 2015 at 12:48 PM #

    Corn is not paleo but other wise OK read

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