Paleo Diet Food List
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Paleo Diet Food List

Are you considering adopting the Paleo diet? Making the switch is not difficult, however knowing what to eat and what to avoid eating is critical to a successful Paleo transition. Creating tasty and delicious easy Paleo meals requires a good knowledge of the Paleo Diet food list and menu.

Eating the foods on the ‘Foods To Embrace’ list and eliminating the ‘Foods To Avoid’ should help you achieve optimal health. This is a detailed paleo food list, although it is not comprehensive, it is a great starting point. To get a jumpstart on your Paleo diet efforts review this list of acceptable and maybe more importantly unacceptable paleo diet foods. It is updated periodically with additional items, as such check back often.

Additionally, our team put together an infographic to create a visual representation of the Paleo Diet Food List. It can provide you with a quick reminder of what is and what is not Paleo.

Paleo Diet Food List Infographic
Paleo Diet Food List Infographic

 

Click here to view and print the infographic.

 

Without further ado, below is the detailed Paleo Diet food list (Download a printable version of the Paleo Diet Food List):

Paleo Foods to Embrace

This is a detailed listing of foods you can enjoy while following the Paleo Diet. This listing is broken down into food groups to give you a comprehensive idea of what to eat on your Paleo journey.

As you review the Paleo Food List below, you will notice that asterisks appear next to certain items. The asterisks indicate that although the item is technically Paleo approved; it should be consumed in moderation. The vegetables that maintain the asterisk tend to have high starch content, which can negatively impact the waistline. As such, be careful how much of them you consume unless you are extremely active. The fruit with the asterisk next to it has a high sugar content. Although the sugar is naturally produced; it can still torpedo your weight loss goals and as a result, be mindful of your intake. The remaining items that maintain the asterisk next to them can also wreak havoc on the body and you should select them as an occasional treat.

Meats/FishVegetablesFats/OilsNutsFruitsHerbs/Spices/ SweetenersBeverages
Chicken
Eggs
Flounder
Snapper
Trout
Halibut
Mackerel
Bass
Salmon
Shrimp
Steak
Beef
Pork
Bacon
Lamb
Venison Steaks
Lobster
Goat
Emu
Buffalo
Kangaroo
Quail
Bison
Elk
Rabbit
Clams
Goose
Veal
Pheasant
Tuna
Walleye
Asparagus
Artichoke Hearts
Brussels Sprouts
Broccoli
Beets*
Carrots
Chard
Celery
Zucchini
Eggplant
Parsley
Fennel Root
Kale
Cauliflower
Dandelion Greens
Spinach
Acorn Squash*
Butternut Squash*
Yam*
Sweet Potato*
Red Pepper
Yellow Pepper
Green Pepper
Red Cabbage
Green Cabbage
Napa Cabbage
Tomatoes
Ghee/Butter
Coconut oil
Olive oil
Macadamia oil
Avocado oil
Lard
Almonds
Cashews
Hazelnuts
Pecans
Pine Nuts
Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Macadamia Nut
Walnuts
Apples
Avocados
Blackberries
Papayas
Peaches
Plums
Mangos*
Lychees
Blueberries
Grapes
Lemons
Strawberries
Watermelons*
Pineapples*
Guavas
Limes
Raspberries
Cantaloupes
Tangerines
Figs
Oranges
Bananas*
Allspice
Basil
Cardamom
Cinnamon
Celery Seed
Dill
Fenugreek
Garlic
Ginger
Curry-Red
Curry-Green
Curry-Yellow
Oregano
Cilantro
Nutmeg
Rosemary
Thyme
Bay Leaf
Sea Salt
Chili Powder
Paprika
Cumin
Black Pepper
Raw Honey
Molasses
Maple Syrup
Stevia*
Water
Tea
Club Soda
Soda Water
Coconut Milk
Coconut Water
Coffee*
Alcohol (tequila, potato vodka, hard ciders)*
Almond Milk

 

Paleo Foods to Avoid

This is a detailed listing of foods you should avoid while following the Paleo Diet. This listing is broken down into food groups to give you a comprehensive idea of what NOT to eat on your Paleo journey.

 

Learn More About Foods To Avoid

Meats/ProteinProcessed FoodsFats/Oils/
Sweeteners
Dairy/Dairy SubstitutesLegumes/BeansGrainsBeverages
Spam
Hot Dogs
Cured Cold Cuts
Tofu
Fast Food
Potato Chips
Pastries
Crackers
Candy
Pre-Packaged Meals
Cookies
Mayonnaise
Ketchup
Mustard
Peanut Oil
Corn Oil
Canola Oil
Soybean Oil
Agave
Refined Sugar
Artificial Sweeteners
Corn Syrup
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet)
Milk
Soy Milk
Yogurt
Ice Cream
Cheese
Cottage Cheese
Non-Fat Dairy Creamer
Skim milk
2% milk
Powdered Milk
Whole Milk
Cream Cheese
Frozen Yogurt
Ice Milk
Pudding
Condensed Milk
Sour Cream
Custard
Cheese Curds
Evaporated Milk
Frozen Custard
Gelato
Processed Cheese
Soft Serve
Whipped Cream
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Black Beans
Soy Beans
Lima Beans
Chickpeas
Broad beans
Fava beans
Garbanzo beans
Kidney beans
Lima beans
Adzuki beans
Navy beans
Pinto beans
Red beans
Green beans
String beans
White beans
Snow Peas
Sugar Snap Peas
Lentils
Cereals
Bread
English Muffins
Toast
Sandwiches
Triscuits
Wheat Thins
Crackers
Oatmeal
Wheat
Cream of Wheat
Pasta
Rice
Rye
Corn
Tortillas
Soft Drinks
Fruit Juices
Energy Drinks
Sports Drinks
Alcohol Mixers
Liqueurs (flavored spirits)
Beer
Tonic

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