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What Can You Eat on the Paleo Diet?

Paleo Staples to Always Keep on Hand

No matter what the occasion, there are staples that are necessary for anyone following a Paleo diet. Olives, tomato paste, and beef jerky might surprise you when they end up as snack cravings on this process-free diet; scroll down to see the other top staples for your hunter-gatherer lifestyle.


  • Nuts: Say hello to your new best friend. Nuts are the best on-the-go protein source for any follower of Paleo. Make sure you buy them raw without any added seasonings. Nut butter can be safe on this diet as long as you watch the added oils that may be added. Almond and sunflower butter are pretty safe bets.
  • Meats and fish: This duo should be the main attraction on your meal plate. When buying them, check for added ingredients. Your protein should be free of any artificial flavors and seasonings, which is hard to tell in the deli section. If there isn't a visible label, then just make sure to ask for full disclosure on your poultry, cold cuts, and other meats. Canned fish is still on the menu for the Paleo diet and can be a quick time-saver to your salads.
  • Produce: Lucky for Paleo eaters, this section is pretty stress-free. Almost anything in the produce section is on limits for the caveman diet, just steer clear of anything that could be processed or pasteurized, like bottled fruit or vegetable juice. Kombucha, which is a naturally fermented black tea, is a good drink to buy in place of your Odwalla.
  • Frozen veggies: These can be huge time-savers when you're in a rush. Keep a selection of veggies like green beans and spinach in your freezer to quickly heat up next time you're crunched for time.
  • Oil: Coconut and olive oils are the best types of oil for even non-Paleo eaters to keep on hand. Olive oil is great for homemade salad dressings, while coconut is excellent to cook with. Keep one of each for variety.
  • Flavorings: Natural herbs, vinegar, unsweetened applesauce, and certain broths from concentrate can definitely liven up your food a bit. Make sure you recognize all the ingredients on the foods list to watch for added sugars and colorings.
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