Published on February 12, 2013, by in Paleo Recipes.

Paleo IngredientsYou may already know the basics of the paleo diet: if it’s processed and wouldn’t have been eaten by our paleolithic ancestors, don’t eat it. That’s an easy diet to follow, right? Well, not really when you think about it.

The general definition that I use to describe the paleo diet is extremely broad; it sounds simple, but when you really start thinking about it it encompasses so many different types of foods and ingredients that it may be hard to get going with the diet.

If you find the diet to be a bit confusing, you’re not alone. That’s why I decided to put together this little list of items that you should have in your kitchen if you want to follow the paleo diet– I’m calling them the building blocks of the paleo diet. Keep these main ingredients fresh and handy if you’d like to cook paleo meals.

In The Fridge

Before I get into the specifics, let me say that you should really have as many organic things as possible– artificial hormones are part of the problem, so stay away!

Here is my list of things that I always have in my fridge (always organic, when applicable):

  • Eggs
  • Vegetables (broccoli, carrots, celery)
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Red meats (ground beef) or pork
  • Lettuce and a little vinaigrette

I will usually have some milk, cheese, and yogurt in the fridge, which isn’t necessarily paleo, but they’re healthy in small doses nonetheless.

In Your Pantry

  • Almonds, cashews, and other nuts
  • Dried fruit mix
  • Granola
  • Potatoes
  • Coconut Oil
  • Honey
  • Cocoa powder
  • Canned tuna

I will also keep a few spices on hand, such as pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, and basil in case one of my recipes calls for it.

Now that you’ve got the basic ingredients, you’re ready to make some meals. Check out the rest of the site for recipes and don’t forget to check back often for updates!