Whether you鈥檙e a long-time convert to Paleo eating or you鈥檙e just dipping a toe in the waters now, you鈥檒l find one of the biggest adjustments is just finding grass-fed beef, cage-free eggs and other whole foods at prices that won鈥檛 take a giant chunk out of your paycheck. Well, turns out the same store that brings you bargain wines and Champagnes, plus life-saving lazy-girl meals, can also be a Paleo bargain-hunter鈥檚 paradise if you know what to look for. Here are some Paleo must-haves that deserve a permanent place on your TJ鈥檚 shopping list.



When Paleo peeps shop for meats at TJs, the main thing to look out for is hidden sugar. Skip selections that come packed in sauces or marinades and go for the 鈥渘aked鈥 meats, like grass-fed Angus steaks, ground beef and bison burgers. Canned fish is a great deal, and canned salmon can be used to make totally compliant salmon burgers for an inexpensive meal. But it鈥檚 the pre-brined organic chickens that can really stretch a buck. Just pop one in a baking pan stuffed with a lemon and some herbs and you鈥檝e got dinner 鈥 then you can use the leftovers for lunch the next day. The bones go directly into the soup pot or slow cooker for delicious, nutritious bone broth.

Fruits and Veggies


Two main staples of Paleo cooking are sweet potatoes and cauliflower; both can be an awesome replacement for grains in all your favorite recipes. At TJ鈥檚, you鈥檒l find a ton of produce is already cleaned, chopped, bagged and ready for you to cook. Organic riced cauliflower is the best Paleo hack around, and TJ鈥檚 has it prepped and ready to go. Just make sure you shop early, because it runs out fast.

Cooking Essentials


When you鈥檙e cooking Paleo, you鈥檒l be using a lot of coconut, and TJ鈥檚 has all things coconut at rock-bottom prices. Coconut oil, coconut milk and coconut flour (and other grain-free flours) are sure to be staples on your weekly list. You鈥檒l also find cage-free, antibiotic-free eggs for lower prices than you鈥檇 find at an ordinary grocery store. And though you never have to look for low-fat labels when eating Paleo, spotting it on a can of tomatoes or marinara ensures there will be no forbidden canola oil. Lastly, do not pass the nut aisle without a good look-see. You鈥檒l find a wide selection of all kinds of nuts for the best prices around.

Sweets聽and *Cheats*


Though Paleo eating emphasizes fresh fruit for your sweet treats and really doesn鈥檛 encourage desserts, pure maple syrup and raw honey are allowed in cooking. Chopped dates are also a popular way to sweeten recipes that ordinarily call for sugar. TJ鈥檚 carries a whole selection of dried fruits, many of which have no added sugar 鈥 just be sure to read labels.

It can be time-consuming to eat the Paleo way, so every once in awhile you may find yourself short on time and looking for a shortcut. There are very few salad dressings available that are made with olive oil, but TJ鈥檚 has a great one 鈥 the Thyme Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette is delicious. And finally, TJ鈥檚 actually has potato chips made with real olive oil and other approved ingredients. So, while such snacks aren鈥檛 necessarily encouraged, should you be craving a *tiny* cheat from time to time, you may want to sneak a bag of these in your cart.

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