Shopping Paleo in Edmonton and On-line
Since I started paleo, my cupboards look drastically different. No longer are they filled with pre-packaged snack foods, whole wheat, oats, rice cakes, quinoa, etc. Now you will find raw honey, coconut oil, nuts, coconut flour, etc. Making the transition wasn’t easy. It takes a little bit of time to figure out what to keep on hand and how much to buy. I never thought I would be saving bacon fat… However, I am finding more and more that those “specialty” items that I need are available at regular supermarkets and not just the specialty grocers.
If you are looking for a listing of staples to keep on hand, check out the Balanced Bites website. It’s a great resource!
To help you all out in your paleo journey, here are some of the places I have bought some of the staples, some here in Edmonton, others online. Good luck! Let me know if you know of some others!
Save On Foods
I buy a lot of my groceries from Save On. Their produce is fresh and, when possible, local. They also carry a pretty good selection of paleo friendly items (without the high prices at other specialty stores).
Here are the things that I get there:
- Coconut oil
- Other oils (avocado, olive oil, etc)
- Coconut milk
- Coconut cream concentrate
- Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
- Coconut Sugar
- Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour
Planet Organic can get expensive! We buy our grass-fed beef there and a few other things that we have trouble finding anywhere else. In the new year, we are going to buy directly from the farm that supplies them with their frozen grass-fed beef TK Ranch. Fingers crossed Santa brings us a freezer for Christmas!
Here is what you can find at Planet Organic:
Real Deal Meats – 2435 Ellwood Drive
Real Deal Meats is a local butcher that carries grass-fed beef. All of their meat products are fresh. They carry organic meats & free-range bison, pork, chicken & yak cross-angus are also available every day.
They also carry fresh hutterite farm eggs and certified organic eggs. All of their smoked products are made in-store and do NOT contain any WHEAT, MSG, or GLUTEN. They also offer some seafood products such as salmon, halibut, crab legs, and tiger prawns when in season.
You will find high quality meats here. They also have tasty beef jerky, bacon, chicken, etc.
Bulk Barn also carries a variety of items at a reasonable cost. They carry almost any dried fruit, nut or spice you can think of! You can also get coconut oil and coconut flour there.
Amazon is a good resource to buy some things as well. It’s going to be a little bit more expensive and some things don’t ship to Canada. I got a US Shipping address through Reship (super easy!). I also found that the .COM site has a better selection of items than the .CA site.
Here are some of the things you can find there:
On Steve’s Original you can find paleo friendly items such as jerky, chicken jerky, paleo kits, dried fruits, sauces and paleo krunch. AND 15% of proceeds from Steve’s Original products go to helping to bring CrossFit, nutrition and personal development to youth.
I haven’t put in an order from here yet but I plan to soon. I’ll let you know how it goes when I do.
What I plan on ordering:
- Coconut oil
- Expeller-pressed coconut oil (supposed to have little taste)
- Palm Shortening
Nikki’s Coconut Butter makes FLAVOURED coconut butter that is gluten and dairy free. Theyhave 6 flavours: Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie, Vanilla Cake Batter, Midnight Mocha, Macadamia Nut Cookie, Cashew Crumble and Honey Pecan Pie.
They don’t ship to Canada, I had no problem using my Reship account.