How Not To Go Broke Eating Paleo

Organic vegetables, grass feed beef, and mayo made with avocado oil….oh, my! If you’ve been considering, or have just started eating paleo, looking at the approved foods list can be as scary as walking through the haunted forest in The Wizard of Oz.

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How Not To Go Broke Eating Paleo

Let’s face it folks, grass fed beef ain’t cheap. Plus, if you follow any of the paleo or AIP bloggers on social media, you’re constantly getting the latest and greatest paleo flour, mayo, snack, olive oil, cookbook, etc. to hit the market, right in your daily feed. Do you really need to have all of this stuff just to eat paleo?

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Don’t always buy organic

As a paleo and AIP blogger, I’m telling you “NO”. There are lots of ways to keep from going broke eating paleo. Even I don’t jump on every paleo product that hits the market. When I first started paleo and the AIP, I didn’t have the money to keep up with the paleo Joneses. I love saving money; so, I looked high and low to find the best paleo bargains. It is possible to make eating paleo affordable!

  1.  Look for sales at your local grocery store. Local stores are starting to carry more organic foods and paleo staples, like coconut flour and grass fed meats. Each week, stores host sales on organic fruits and veggies. Some could be bought in bulk and frozen for later. Most often, it’s cheaper to freeze your own, rather than buy it already frozen. Stores like Target, typically have one day a week, when they put meat that hasn’t sold on sale. The savings is $2 to $3 off regular price! Ask the salesperson in the meat section which day they do this to get there early that day. I often buy grass fed ground beef for $4 to $5 a pound.
  2. Shop big retailers or bulk stores. Walmart now carries tons of paleo foods. They have everything from organic fruits and veggies, to coconut oil, to grass fed beef, all at very reasonable prices. And, let me tell you, Costco is well worth the membership fee for picking up lots of paleo goodies. I buy coconut oil, avocado oil, sardines, avocados, veggies, organic chicken, organic ground beef, coconut water, tuna, sea salt, olive oil, and more. Seriously, this list could go on and on.
  3. Shop on Amazon. There are so many paleo staples on Amazon, there is no way I could list them all. Just type paleo foods in the search bar, and tons of foods will pop up. And, if you have Prime, most of it ships for free. You will also be able to find many items that are hard to source locally. I order most of my flours, gelatin, and cooking supplies from Amazon.
  4. Don’t always buy grass fed, organic or pastured meats, veggies and fruits. I always buy organic beef and chicken because of my food allergies to soy and GMO corn. If buying standard meats, be sure to stick with the leaner cuts of meat. Most of the stuff you don’t want is stored in the fat. Also, fruits such as bananas, avocados, and melons don’t have to be organic. These fruits have a rind or peel that is harder to penetrate by the pesticides used. Most squash can also be purchased non-organic for the same reason.
  5. Shop at discount stores. TJ Maxx often has a great assortment of olive oil, coconut butter, plantain chips, dried fruit snacks, coconut oil and water, herbal teas, and more. They also sell awesome kitchen gadgets and cookware, at a fraction of the price. On a side note, I always find great deals on natural haircare and skincare products too.
  6. Plan your menus. When you plan your menu for the week, you ensure that you’re not over or under buying foods for the week. You can also use up foods that you have previously frozen, and use up leftovers more efficiently. Then, you formulate your shopping list from your planned menu. You will find this saves you lots of time and money. I will be posting more about menu planning next week.
  7. Invest in an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker. One of these two items will save you lots of time and money. By cooking big meals, you can refrigerate or freeze leftovers to eat later. If you find yourself with produce that is about to go bad, or just have too much of, you can just toss it in your pot, and make a nice soup.
  8. Enter contests and giveaways on paleo bloggers’ sites or social media pages. Someone is always holding a giveaway! The more giveaways you enter, the best chance you have to win something. When you see a post announcing a new product or cookbook, I can guarantee someone somewhere is doing a giveaway for it. If you win, you could end up enjoying something for free. You don’t get cheaper than that! Plus, most of those hosting the giveaway, have a great discount code for those who didn’t win.
  9. Take advantage of discount codes and internet specials. The holidays are coming up; and, that is the best time for discounts and specials for all of your sought after paleo goodies. Start saving your pennies now so you can take advantage of all the bargains coming your way. If there is a certain product you’ve been wanting, keep an eye out for posts announcing holiday discounts and coupon codes. Every year Amazon does a big book sale for Black Friday through Cyber Monday. You could get all those awesome paleo and AIP cookbooks you’ve had your eye on.
  10. Don’t keep up with the paleo Joneses. Look, it would be awesome if you could own every cookbook, product or food that everyone is talking about. But, that’s just not possible for most of us. Just because so and so, who you admire, has grass fed beef meatballs dipped in gold, doesn’t mean you have to have them too. I get new products all the time; and, I can honestly say that very few of them live up to my expectations. When they do, you can tell because I use them a lot. When I have a so-so product that costs $25 and is the rage in paleo, but could replace it easily with a product half the price that is not the rage, I will always choose the cheaper one. I don’t care who’s using it! When I first started paleo, everyone was talking about this one brand of coconut milk that was over $2 a can, on Amazon. Now, I use coconut milk like nobody’s business. I started checking the backs of cans of coconut milk at my local Walmart. I found Golden Star coconut milk, with only coconut and water as ingredients, for $1.48 a can. Of course, I started buying that one; and, saving almost .60 a can. No, it wasn’t as glamorous as their fancy shmancy one; but, who cares. I was saving me some money!
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Menu plan and batch cook

Hopefully, these easy tips can help you not to go broke eating paleo. I know it’s fun to be one of the paleo cool crowd. However, it’s much better to get the great healing from eating paleo. When you tailor paleo to your specific finances, you’re much cooler than you know.

As always, I wish you good health……and, good food!

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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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Day Fourteen of The 21 Day Sugar Detox & Meatballs Recipe

Only one week left on The 21-Day Sugar Detox!  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t happy I only have seven days left.  I seriously am starting to miss my variety of fruits.  Plus, for my birthday, I’ve decided to make paleo friendly Strawberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding.  The original was one of my favorites.  It should be fun to “paleoize” it.  Of course, I’ll put up the recipe when I’m done perfecting it.

What did I eat on The 21-Day Sugar Detox?

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Paleo Roast Beef Po-Boy with Red Onion Gravy Recipe

If you saw my earlier post, you saw my delicious Roast Beef Po-Boy with Red Onion Gravy.  When you say it, be sure to pronounce onion the way we do down the bayou, “onyon”.  It’s a lot more fun that way!

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Day 14 dinner on The 21-Day Sugar Detox- Artichoke Leek Fettuccine with Meatballs

For dinner, I cooked Artichoke Leek Fettuccini, and added my Italian Sausage Mushroom Meatballs.  I’ll give you the recipe for the fettuccini in tomorrow’s post.  Here is the meatball recipe:

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Paleo Italian Sausage Mushroom Meatballs Recipe

Italian Sausage Mushroom Meatballs

1 pound Italian Sausage, bulk

4 large Cremini or White Button Mushrooms, diced fine

1 Egg

¼ cup Nuts of your choice, ground (I use Pecansmeatballs Day Fourteen of The 21 Day Sugar Detox & Meatballs Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B001F3J868; but you could use cashews or almonds)

1 Tablespoon Crushed Garlicmeatballs Day Fourteen of The 21 Day Sugar Detox & Meatballs Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B00DPN4SRA

1 Tablespoon Organic Brownmeatballs Day Fourteen of The 21 Day Sugar Detox & Meatballs Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B0046ZTV7I or Dijon Mustard

1 Tablespoon Coconut Aminosmeatballs Day Fourteen of The 21 Day Sugar Detox & Meatballs Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B003XB5LMU

1 Tablespoon Organic Basilmeatballs Day Fourteen of The 21 Day Sugar Detox & Meatballs Recipe ir t boanmo05 20 l as2 o 1 a B000WS08YI, dried

¼ cup chopped fresh Parsley

¼ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.  Once all ingredients are mixed, form meatballs and place on baking pan, covered with parchment paper.  Put pan in oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.  When meatballs are cooked through and browned, remove from oven.  Makes about 15 meatballs.

Extra tip: My favorite way to form meatballs is with an ice cream scoop.  Simply scoop out the meat mixture into your hand and roll to form a ball. It dispenses the perfect amount for one meatball.

Also, the 5 winners for the Mikey’s Muffins giveaway have been chosen!  I will be emailing the winners tomorrow, with the information on getting your free box of muffins.  Thanks to everyone who entered!  Don’t forget, if you’d like to order Mikey’s Muffins, enter “paleo cajun lady” in the additional comments box at checkout, to get $1 off your purchase of 3 boxes.  Order here.

I’ll see y’all back here tomorrow!

Question of the day:  Do you think eating paleo is too expensive?


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Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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