Paleo Diet Foodlist
This is the definitive paleo diet food list. In it, you’ll find a list of the paleo diet meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and oils that are allowed on the paleo diet
. You can throw these into any delicious paleo recipe
(or make up your own) and be 100% sure that you’re paleo diet compliant :). Let’s get started
|Fresh fruits||Fresh vegetables|
Healthy oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut) Eggs (duck, chicken, or goose)
Paleo Diet Allowable Meat, Seafood and Poultry
This is a list of paleo diet meats allowed on the diet. Almost all meats are paleo by definition. Of course, you’ll want to stay away from highly processed meats and meats that are very high in fat (stuff like spam, hot dogs
, and other low-quality meats), but if it used to moo, oink, or make some other sound, it’s almost certainly paleo (and that means you can still have bacon). Here’s the full list of paleo diet protein foods.
|Turkey, Chicken breast, Pork tenderloin||Pork chops||Steak|
|Ground beef||Grass-fed beef||Chicken thigh|
|Chicken leg||Chicken wings||Lamb rack|
|Pheasant||Wild boar||Beef jerky|
|New York steak||Bison||Bison steaks|
|Bison jerky||Bison ribeye||Bison sirloin|
Fish and Seafood Items
Fish are definitely on the paleo diet and they’re chock full of good stuff like omega-3s as well. If it swims and has fins, it’s definitely paleo diet food list worthy. Have it!
Paleo Diet Vegetables
Almost all vegetables are paleo, but you need to be careful here. Vegetables with high starch content such as potatoes
and squash tend to have low nutritional value in comparison to the amount of starches/carbs/sugars
|Asparagus||Avocado||Artichoke hearts||Brussels sprouts|
|Zucchini||Cabbage||Peppers (all kinds)||Cauliflower|
|Parsley||Eggplant||Green onion||Starchy Vegetables|
These vegetables are quite starchy, so eat them in moderation especially if you’re trying to lose weight
Paleo Diet Oils/Fats
Contrary to popular belief, fat doesn’t make you fat
; carbs do (and the Standard American Diet contains a ton of them!). Natural oils and fats are your body’s preferred sources of creating energy, so it’s best to give your body what it’s asking for. The following are some of the best types of paleo diet oils and fats that you can give your body if you’re in need of some additional energy.
Paleo Diet Nuts
|Coconut oil||Olive oil|
|Avocado oil||Grass-fed butter|
We love nuts and they are decidedly paleo diet friendly. Be careful though, as cashews are high in fat and, for some reason, it’s incredibly easy to eat an entire jar of them in one sitting (that’s not just us, is it?). If you’re trying to lose weight, limit the amount of nuts you’re consuming. Otherwise, have at it. I mean, you can’t beat a good almond/pecan/walnut mix, can you?
|Pine nuts||Pumpkin seeds||Sunflower seeds||Macadamia nuts|
Please note: peanuts are NOT paleo
as they’re not actually a nut. They’re a legume!
Paleo Diet Fruits
Fruits are not only delicious, but they’re also great for you. That said, fruits (even paleo-approved ones) contain large amounts of fructose which, while much better than HFCS
(high-fructose corn syrup), is still sugar
. If you’re looking to lose weight on the paleo diet, you’ll want to cut back on your fruit intake and focus more on the vegetables allowed on the paleo diet. However, feel free to have one or two servings of fruit a day. (We’ll admit, we’re partial to blackberries!)
*While these starchy foods are great for energy replacement for paleo diet athletes
who are spending long periods of time exercising and who need some of the starchier foods to sustain their energy levels, if you’re trying to lose weight
on the paleo diet, you’ll want to limit the quantities of these that you’re eating. Eat high-sugar
fruits in moderation. They’re great for you, but it’s easy to overdo it. Remember, your caveman
ancestors didn’t have access to Florida’s orange groves 24/7, so you probably shouldn’t try to eat a bushel of oranges in your next paleo diet meal.