My Favorite Grocery Stores for Paleo Foods
I think the hardest part of going paleo is figuring out where in the heck you can buy all the stuff you need! When I started out I remember reading a lot of labels trying to find sugar, and sodium nitrate free meats, and wondering where in the heck I was going to buy tapioca flour or arrow root powder. It was a struggle!
These days, however, I have a pretty good idea of where to go to get anything I might need, and where I can get the best prices. So today, I'm going to share a few of my favorite grocery stores with you. Hopefully this will help make your paleo journey just a little bit easier!
Festival Foods is a local, family run chain here in Wisconsin with a great organic and gluten free section. I swear they have almost any kind of non-wheat flour you can think of. This is where I typically buy tapioca flour, arrow root powder, coconut flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, canned coconut milk, etc. They seriously have such a good selection, I think the only flour they don't carry is casava. They also carry Jone's Dairy Farm sausages - which has become one of my favorite local brands because they're so delicious and have really clean the ingredients. Festival Foods doesn't carry locally raised eggs, but they do carry organic, cage free eggs and they're usually on sale for less than $3 a dozen. They also have a good selection of non-dairy ice creams - because, really, who can live without ice "cream"?
Aldi is a european, family run discount grocery store based out of Germany. They have great prices and a surprisingly good gluten free selection! Just remember to bring a quarter for the carts, and your own bags.
Their produce is usually pretty good, and also has good prices, but it's not as great of a selection as some of the bigger chains. My favorite part of Aldi, however, is how what a great selection they have of nitrate free meats, as well as how clearly they're labeled. I've also bought chia seeds here before and they were a great price.
I'm probably going to get some flack for this, but I honestly feel like Trader Joe's is largely over-rated. They don't have as many paleo options as I was expecting, and their produce prices are pretty high. I do, however, love their snacks. They have much better prices on most paleo protein bars; their dark chocolate PB cups are ah-mazing (I know they're not technically paleo, but still so, so good) and they have organic, grass fed, beef stick snacks that are really yummy and 100% paleo approved. I don't live near a Trader Joe's so I mostly just stop in and snatch up some quick snacks when I'm on the way to Phil's house - since I have to right past it anyway.
I've only been to Fresh Thyme twice, but from what I've seen they have a great selection of paleo snacks. I even found Siete grain free tortilla chips! Winning! Their prices are a little high, but the Siete chips I bought were the same price as if I had ordered them, and I didn't have to pay for shipping, or wait for them to arrive, so I'll definitely be back for more!
Woodman's is another local, family run grocery store in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Their stores are huge (the one in Kenosha was actually the biggest grocery store in the country when it opened!), and they have a great selection of produce, as wall as more specialized health foods like gluten free, paleo, vegan, etc. I get some of the non-wheat flours I use here (like almond and coconut) as well as coconut sugar, Rx Bars, Go Macro Bars, and Honey Stingers energy chews for when I run. I know they also carry casava flour, but don't have a lot of the less common "flours" like tapioca or arrow root, however they do have Bob's Red Mill protein powders, which can be hard to find. My two favorite things to get here are the locally raised organic, cage free eggs, and produce. They have a huge selection, and I can't remember the last time I was looking for a specific kind of produce and they didn't have it - plus their prices are really good.