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What are your paleo staples?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 13, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Due to my budget getting tight recently i've had to do something i've never done before which is really focus on how much i spend on food, i've noticed that since i started eating more meats i can easily spend too much

So i'm now cutting back to a few cheap nutrient rich staples & saving the expensive meats/eggs/seafood as treats

I've narrowed it down pretty easily to what i enjoy, function best on, and what is reasonably priced and my daily staples are going to be

  • Eggs, free range but not organic, about 6 raw yolks/cooked whites in lots of animal fat
  • Sardines, about 300g w/bones
  • Avocados, a couple per day, not cheap but i think their nutrients outweigh the slightly high price

Then some bone broth, sweet potato, liver pate, coconut oil, butter, and i'll also buy lamb/beef heart when i can as its cheaper than steak, and start going directly to a butcher to ask about cheap cuts

Im curious what your staples are and what are some nutritious cheap options?

Cheers

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on July 14, 2013
at 07:52 PM

+1 for bananas! Very budget-friendly and can be peeled and frozen so that they can keep for a few weeks

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on July 14, 2013
at 06:45 PM

+1 for varied diets! Underemphasized in paleo circles.

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on July 14, 2013
at 11:55 AM

i think i should eat more chicken, i eat load sof eggs, chicken liver, so makes sense to eat more meat, and slow cooked chicken curry? hell yes!

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on July 14, 2013
at 11:54 AM

love the cheese but raw is expensive, i haven't really considered pastuerized cheese

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on July 14, 2013
at 11:53 AM

do you make your own sausages? gluten free ones are expensive but normal sausages are quite cheap, i usually go by the amount of pork in there, ifits 70%+ then i'll get them, i think i should really scan the meat section a bit better as i usually forget about pork & chicken when they are cheaper, im always going for the steak, bacon, and lamb ribs. the fruits you eat are all my favorites but i (my teeth) don't do well on sugar at all, i miss pineapple so much!

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on July 14, 2013
at 11:47 AM

ive recently limited my vegetables as i was getting digestive issues i thought from insoluble fibre, i think it was actually almonds causing the issue though, im slowly reintroducing veggies and loving avocados as they are most satisfying in this summer heat, and full of all the good stuff people raves about in vegetables phytonutes, minerals, vitamins etc... (even though they're a fruit) i also snack on raw brocoli, asparagus, arugula, spinach, but not daily

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on July 14, 2013
at 11:44 AM

i love shrimp but so expensive here, ground beef is always a good cheap option for sure, cooked in broth with some melted cheese on top its so delicious

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on July 14, 2013
at 11:41 AM

i think i need to shop around more, my usual supermarket rarely varies their prices according to season apart from maybe the odd packet of berries when ther'es tons of them about

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on July 13, 2013
at 09:10 PM

do you eat vegetables? We've grown some for the first time this summer in a container garden on our deck. It's great to be able to go out and pick fresh organic spinach and lettuce.

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5b80caf88cc810f17266212b44599906

on July 14, 2013
at 07:50 AM

Protein: grassfed ground beef and calf liver, shrimps, canned tuna in water, organic free range eggs, organic bacon

Vegetables: onions, garlic, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, frozen organic mixture of carrots, brocolli and cauliflower, canned tomatoes, mushrooms

Fats: olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, butter

Fruits: bananas

Supplements: omega-3, D-vitamin, Calcium/Magnesium

I mix other things in, but those I usually have around.

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on July 14, 2013
at 07:52 PM

+1 for bananas! Very budget-friendly and can be peeled and frozen so that they can keep for a few weeks

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on July 14, 2013
at 11:44 AM

i love shrimp but so expensive here, ground beef is always a good cheap option for sure, cooked in broth with some melted cheese on top its so delicious

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2d4a23b2815e08c2caae7b8c62f733a2

on July 14, 2013
at 02:42 PM

Well.. You got one thing right.. EGGS!

Lots and lots of cheap, farm fresh eggs. Also.. chicken is very affordable when purchased in bulk.

Those two protein sources combined with lots of veggies, coconut oil, and olive oil..

Those are my "staples" that I eat pretty much daily, but I also try to have as much variety as well.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on July 14, 2013
at 07:52 AM

Eggs, sausage, ground beef, pork chops, chicken legs, various fish, chicken broth, kale, Brussels sprouts, sweet potato, white rice, arugula, spinach, avocado, tomato, cucumber, various vinegars, olive oil, coconut oil, cheese, yogurt, coffee, heavy cream, apples, blackberries and raspberries, mango, pineapple.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on July 14, 2013
at 11:53 AM

do you make your own sausages? gluten free ones are expensive but normal sausages are quite cheap, i usually go by the amount of pork in there, ifits 70%+ then i'll get them, i think i should really scan the meat section a bit better as i usually forget about pork & chicken when they are cheaper, im always going for the steak, bacon, and lamb ribs. the fruits you eat are all my favorites but i (my teeth) don't do well on sugar at all, i miss pineapple so much!

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Be803dcde63e3cf5e21cc121097b8158

on July 14, 2013
at 07:08 AM

I've grown to believe that it's a good idea to often resist your staples to increase variety in the diet. This is suitable if you're shopping on a budget -- eat what's in season, as it's usually the cheapest.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 14, 2013
at 06:45 PM

+1 for varied diets! Underemphasized in paleo circles.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on July 14, 2013
at 11:41 AM

i think i need to shop around more, my usual supermarket rarely varies their prices according to season apart from maybe the odd packet of berries when ther'es tons of them about

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79850813c5cfc0a089e1060ef9b6ed27

on July 14, 2013
at 01:31 AM

Staples in my house: asparagus, greens, carrots, green pepper, cucumber, chicken, ground beef, cheese (I'm primal), kefir, eggs, bacon, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato (for my athlete son), green onions, apples, pears, garlic, olive oil, coconut oil, coffee, coffee cream.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on July 14, 2013
at 11:54 AM

love the cheese but raw is expensive, i haven't really considered pastuerized cheese

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197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

on July 13, 2013
at 06:45 PM

You can buy inexpensive cuts of beef and cook it in slow cooker. Or, you can eat pork and chicken, which are inexpensive. I also eat lots of leafy greens such as collards, kale, chards, etc. All of them are cheap compared broccoli this season. Buy organic when you can afford to, otherwise conventional is okay.

Most of the time, I buy whatever meat is on sale that week at the supermarket. If it's a good sale on something that I like, I will buy a lot and freeze.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on July 14, 2013
at 11:55 AM

i think i should eat more chicken, i eat load sof eggs, chicken liver, so makes sense to eat more meat, and slow cooked chicken curry? hell yes!

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C16e2e3642960bfaabee1c1c7fbf9df1

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on July 14, 2013
at 03:03 PM

I usually buy chicken breast in bulk, 10/20kg at a time, freeze them all down in separate bags and use them throughout the month.

Eggs are cheap from markets. Carrots, cabbage, cauliflower are all good filler vegetables. I struggle to get through a small cabbage in a week.

Also some sort of oily fish which takes up a large part of my diet now. Not so cheap but i can't live without it i don't think.

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