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    Hi everyone...

    I'm looking to go slightly more Primal with my diet (barring occasional extra carbs for athletic performance) and I'm hoping to use the forum here for some insight.

    If you all would share the name brands of products you like it would be a great place for me to start. As a note, I have a Trader Joe's and Whole Foods nearby so I can hopefully find products you recommend there in conjunction with other traditional supermarkets.

    I'm most interested in finding the following:
    • Bacon
    • Coconut milk
    • Almond milk
    • Coconut oil
    • Almond flour
    • Sausage (beef, chicken, etc.)
    • Yogurt (I don't eat dairy but my wife and children do)
    • Butter

    Of course, feel free to recommend anything else you find particularly enjoyable or consider a kitchen essential.

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    I buy pretty much all my meat from a butcher so no brand name. If you look for one in your area check to see if they offer deals. I buy in bulk so I get a dollar off every pound on most items that I buy ten pounds of. If you're only going to use small amounts of almond meal then buying in bulk is a waste. I buy bulk then freeze but I can't use coconut flour. You'll still likely save money if you buy online from either NutsOnline | Premium Bulk & Wholesale Nuts, Dried Fruits & Gift Baskets (formerly or Freeze Dried Food - Grains - Baking Ingredients - Emergency Food Storage :: I can't help you with coconut or almond milk, as I can't use either one. I don't digest coconut fiber well and commercial non-dairy milks all have fillers that I can't have.
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    • #3
      Blackcatbone: Thanks for the links to NutsOnline and Honeyvillegrain. I'll be sure to check them out.

      I'm also reaching out to a local farm to purchase beef, chicken, and eggs so hopefully that will work out, too.


      • #4
        I put together a couple of posts a while back on paleo/primal products I buy at Whole Foods. and at Costco
        This is certainly not everything that a person can buy at these places that fit in the paleo/primal diet - just things I tend to buy.
        I also shop at Trader Joe's but haven't put together a post for that yet. At TJs I tend to buy:

        Almond butter
        organic yams (sweet potatoes)
        100% grass fed ground beef
        beef jerky
        baked plantain chips
        trail mix
        dark chocolate (>70%)
        KerryGold butter (from grassfed cows)
        Almond meal
        nitrate/nitrite free bacon

        For yogurt I recommend the full fat Fage brand
        I use Bob's Red Mill Coconut Flour and Coconut Secret coconut flour.

        I hope that helps a bit!
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        • #5
          Paleo Spirit: Thanks for your post. I'm on the same page when it comes to what I frequently buy at Trader Joe's but I really appreciate your links about what you've purchased at Whole Foods and Costco. The Whole Foods link in particular gave me some great places to start the next time I visit the store.

          Also, you mentioned a "no-grain breakfast mash" you enjoy...what's the recipe, if you don't mind my asking? I'm trying to find a decent no-grain substitute for breakfast now that I've given up oatmeal and such.


          • #6
            I like the TJ's chicken sausages- the one I get have maple syrup in them, but they have different flavors.

            For breakfast, I love eggs! Nothing beats eggs scrambled with avocado and salsa!!! It takes maybe five minutes- heat your pan, cut up half an avocado- throw it in the pan with butter, put in a big scoop of the TJ's salsa- saute, scramble up your eggs and dump them in and scramble it up.

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            • #7
              magnolia1973: Thanks for the tip on the chicken sausages. Gotta admit I tend to walk right by most pre-packaged meat products like sausage and whatnot but I'll be sure to give them a try.

              And I'm a bit of an egg addict so no worries there! You and I seem to have similar morning breakfast is always scrambled eggs or an omelete with veggies, avocado/guacomole, and salsa.


              • #8
                Originally posted by PhiPsiJB View Post
                Blackcatbone: Thanks for the links to NutsOnline and Honeyvillegrain. I'll be sure to check them out.

                I'm also reaching out to a local farm to purchase beef, chicken, and eggs so hopefully that will work out, too.
                That's a great route. Many have share programs you can buy into to get deliciuos, fresh products. Be sure to ask to purchase smaller amounts before you purchase bulk. Make sure you like their stuff before dropping serious money. I did this and was very disappointed with my first choice. second attempt was jackpot!
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                • #9
                  i just get my meat from the whole foods meat counter.

                  butter-- kerrygold
                  coco oil-- trader joes brand
                  almond milk--make your own, store bought has a lot of additives
                  almond flour--trader joes brand


                  • #10
                    I had forgotten the mention of breakfast mash! That reminds me I should put a recipe post together for that because it really helped my husband and me get through the first few weeks. It was basically a mashed banana (sometimes we use a very ripe plantain), flax meal, coconut milk and almond meal. I can't remember the quantities offhand because I haven't made it in a while. You could play around with those ingredients to see if you can come up with something tasty. I'll check my notes and put a recipe together to share.
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                    • #11
                      JennaRose: Do you have any pointers on how to make my own almond milk? I'd be very interested in learning. I have been buying almond and coconut milk but I didn't look at the list of ingredients on the box until recently. It could be worse, of course, but as you said there are some additives.


                      Paleo Spirit: Thanks for the follow-up about your breakfast mash...sounds delicious!


                      • #12
                        I used to love Costco, but I never go there anymore since pretty much everything is mass-produced and not going to be of optimal quality. That being said, you can still buy lean cuts of meat and seafoods there because it's the cheapest out of regular groceries by a long shot. And they do have organic vegetables and fruit, but unless you can eat all of it within a week, it's better to go to smaller produce/grocery stores.

                        I like TJs for
                        - Valrhona chocolate if I'm craving cacao
                        - spices and salts
                        - Kerrygold butter

                        WF for:
                        - clean sausages (TJs has lots of crap in them)
                        - coconut milk (365 is cheaper than TJ's and isn't a light version either)
                        - yogurt (TJs has light versions of everything)
                        - bacon

                        I would buy coco oil online. I've purchased both WF and TJs brands and had to return them because they tasted really weird.

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                        • #13
                          sakura_girl: Thanks for the recommendations. I haven't been to my local Costco for a while so I need to head back. I guess I never paid attention to the organic produce and other Primal/Paleo-friendly options they offer.

                          Do you have any websites to recommend, be it for coconut oil or anything else?

                          Also, the almond flour (or anything similar) will be used for some substitute recipes for grain-based foods I no longer eat but yearn for on occasion. Gotta make some of the Primal Energy Bars, too!


                          • #14
                            Hi again everyone...

                            I would like some more suggestions about dairy products, mainly for my wife and toddler. Fage yogurt was recommended earlier in this thread, but if you all have any suggestions for milk, heavy cream, cheeses, or anything else, I greatly appreciate it.

                            Also, while I understand it's better to get full-fat dairy products, among other characteristics, are any dairy products simply off limits? As an example, assuming my wife tolerates dairy well are all dairy products acceptable for her diet? In the quick searching I've done hear on MDA and the forum it seems milk is the most frequently discussed product while other options, such as cheese or sour cream, are not discussed as frequently.