Whilst the main elements of a Paleo diet are fresh, local and seasonal – such as meat and vegetables, there are a few important ingredients and supplies that aren’t so easy to find. I used to get these items from health food shops, but I found they could be really expensive, there wasn't much choice – and they were heavy to carry home!
I now do the non-fresh part of my Paleo shopping almost all online. My favourite supplier is iherb, as I've found them to be the cheapest, they have a large range – and they deliver Worldwide (even to Australia!) quickly and cheaply.
Iherb have just reduced their delivery charge to Australia – it’s now only $10 on orders over $60. They also offer $10 off your first order over $40 – or $5 discount on smaller orders. Definitely the cheapest way to stock up on Coconut Oil and fill your Paleo pantry!
These are the items on my non-fresh Paleo shopping list
No Paleo kitchen is complete without Coconut Oil! I go straight for the largest containers as it doesn't last long. I really like this huge container of Nutiva Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I also have a smaller jar of Artisana Organic Extra Virgin Raw Coconut Oil in my pantry.
I love Coconut Aminos and use it regularly, exactly as you might use Soy Sauce, for instance in sauces and to marinade meat.
Coconut Butter/ Manna
I first read about these products on US websites; but couldn't find them in Australian stores.
I've just got a new Paleo recipe book “Paleo Indulgences”, with lots of recipes for occasional treats and special occasions. Quite a few of the ingredients I didn't have, so I have just ordered from iherb.
I've just ordered these Coconut Crystals as a few of the recipes call for them.
Similarly a few recipes call for Coconut Nectar, so I'm eagerly awaiting delivery of these too
Sunflower Seed Butter
Herbs and Spices
I also have to stock up on the herbs and spices that I use regularly in my cooking. I generally use a lot of turmeric, Parsley, Ginger, Nutmeg, garlic powder, curry powder, oregano, cumin, basil and cinnamon
Depending on time of the year and nutrition, there are a few supplements I sometimes take.
Other than food, I also order paraben-free shampoo online as many of the brands I find in shops locally have lots of undesirable ingredients.
Which non-fresh Paleo supplies do you regularly buy? Where do you source your Paleo supplies from? Are there any items you have trouble finding locally?