One of the biggest food trends to grain traction over the past couple of years, “Paleo” is a nutrient-dense diet focused on the consumption of (preferably) pasture-raised meats; fish; seasonal, organic, and local vegetables and fruit; starch in the form of roots and tubers; and fats from non-industrially-processed seed oils (refined sugars or grains are out).
Paleo is a diet with a very heavy emphasis on whole food eating, to the near complete exclusion of any processed foods. It’s an “inconvenient” diet by nature; working from scratch with whole ingredients often means a fair amount of time spent planning, prepping, and cooking. While a worthwhile dietary endeavor to undertake, one trade-off is that it can be time-consuming.
Followers of Paleo-style diets have learned to primarily shop the grocery store perimeters (where the heaviest concentrations of whole foods, especially meat and produce, can be found), shunning the center store aisles, which have traditionally been filled with the types of processed products that fall outside the guidelines of this type of diet. However, Paleo-friendly foods have recently begun to emerge in packaged forms; foods which— whether you’re a Paleo purist or maintain a little more wiggle room in your diet— can considerably ease the convenience factor and even enhance the variety and options in your diet.
Wheatsville recently added dedicated Paleo sections in each of our stores’ Grocery departments (our over-aisle signs can assist in locating these sections); what follows are some highlights from the unique selection of items that can be found on those shelves:
Local! Hopper Crunch Granola
Cranberry Almond, Toasted Coconut, Cacao Cayenne
Unlike traditional granola, these crunchy treats are grain-free and instead utilize a base of crunchy nuts, seeds, and fruit. Uniquely, Hopper Crunch is made with cricket flour: a fantastically sustainable alternative source of protein and micronutrients offering 9 grams of protein per serving.
Local! Must B Nutty Almond Flour Tortillas
So soft, fluffy, and pliable, these nut-based wraps give even the best traditional flour tortillas a run for their money. Pair with some local cage-free eggs and local sugar-free bacon from Pederson Farms (in our Meat department) and quit missing breakfast tacos. (Must B Nutty tortillas are perishable and can be found our Refrigerated department.)
Local! EPIC Snacks
Grass-fed, Pasture raised, and Free Range Protein Bars, Bites, and Trail Packs
EPIC offers a variety of snacks primarily composed of responsibly sourced proteins, including Bison, Beef, Pork, Chicken, Lamb, and Turkey, perfect for snacking on the go. The new Chicken Sriracha Bar quickly became a staff favorite.
Pacific Foods Organic Bone Broths & Stocks
When short on the hours required to make a rich bone broth from scratch, Pacific’s ready to use versions are a great stand-in. Use in recipes as you would normal broths and stocks, or drink as a rich, warming beverage for a light meal or snack.
Bob’s Red Mill
Almond Meal, Coconut Flour, Hazelnut Meal
Skip the hunt through the crowded baking aisle with our top-selling grain-free flours all in one spot.
Purity Farms Grass-fed Ghee
Ready-to-use clarified butter perfect for a variety of applications. Tip: since clarified butter has had the milk solids removed, it doesn’t require refrigeration, even after opening.
Raw Organic Grassfed Whey
Add a punch of protein to smoothies, grain-free pancakes, and more with this high quality, super clean whey protein powder.
Garlic Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce
Completely soy-free, these sauces get their familiar soy-like flavor from coconut aminos instead. Perfect for a quick stir-fry.
Grass-fed Beef Tallow, Pasture-raised Pork Lard
High quality humanely raised animal fats ideal for sautéing, frying, and other uses. Where the flavor of coconut oil might be intrusive, Fatworks Foods offers excellent alternatives.