A Treasure Hunt – Paleo Resources
Finding the Best Quality and the Best Pricing
The reason I so strongly recommend the Fabufit Paleo Eating Lifestyle is because of the closeness to eating fresh fruits and vegetables it is and because of the wonderful results I have personally experienced with inch loss and energy. There are many wonderful stories of health situations overcome with this way of eating. Apparently doctors are now even recommending it to their patients. You will be blessed if you jump on board and learn all that is ahead.
Almost two years ago, I began my Paleo journey as I began learning to cook for our niece, Shea, who was living with us and had just begun Crossfit. The beginning recipes I made were pretty terrible, but Shea didn’t seem to mind. Not only were many of my cooking results failures, but I began to feel like I couldn’t afford the cost of the Paleo cooking supplies I was needing. I realized, if I were going to be successful at learning this new way of eating, I would have to search and find more ways to stretch our grocery budget and ways to find recipes that worked for me. As the journey progressed, and six months later me joining Crossfit myself, it was like a treasure hunt: finding a great source of supplies here and there and finding gems of recipes amidst the failures.
First I Needed Recipes
Cookbooks, Internet and Crossfit Ammo Posts
I bought several cookbooks. A year or more into my journey I found my all- time favorite. I discovered it on the label of my bag of Almond Flour: http://elanaspantry.com/. A rare treasure!!!
Printing my internet and Ammo Post recipes soon became a jumbled mix of papers, and I couldn’t find anything. So for my own organization and for help to my Team Fabulous, I printed my favorite tested and adapted treasures and bound them.
The Fabufit Paleo Recipe Cards are a Collection of……
….my top favorites tested and collected in an easy to use spiral bound group of heavy duty recipe cards. These will be so very helpful to get you organized. Below are the two latest favorites that have been added to the set.
Digital Version = https://gumroad.com/l/digitalrecipecards $7
My two top favorites at the present time are:
There are many many other good sites. I try to search and find the best recipes from many and even combine recipes to make them easier.
Once you find your recipes to begin making, you now need supplies:
Organic Coconut Oil
(I find this at Sam’s or Costco’s. Do not get Refined even if it says Organic, as it doesn’t work as well.)
Arrowroot Flour (Powder) –
I order this at Amazon in 5# bag to save money as I use it often to make the Easy Tortillas. I ordered Anthony’s Arrowroot Powder and would give you the link but it is temporarily unavailable 🙂 I have asked to be notified via email when it is available again.
In the meantime, I have found another source that is priced very well: https://nuts.com/cookingbaking/leavenerthickener/arrowroot.html . I have just ordered the 5# bag of this.
You will use this flour in making the Easy Paleo Tortillas. It also comes in small packages at health food stores like Sprouts. Try to find it in the bin or order at Amazon for bigger sizes. My 5# bag has lasted several months. I keep what I am not using in the freezer.
Blanched Almond Flour –
You will use this flour the most of all.
This is a treasure hunt. Recently our local Sam’s store has begun carrying the Nature’s Eats Brand that is the finely ground and delicious as well as a good price. I had gotten Honeyville at the Costco store, but they no longer have it. Prices on the internet for Honeyville are very high. At my last Costco visit, they had brought in a 3# bag of Bob Red Mills Blanched Almond Flour. This is also a good brand and a very good price at Costco.
I searched and wrote to the Nature’s Eats Brand company called Texas Star Nut and Food Co., Inc. A lady there named Lexie Higgins so graciously told me how to order direct from them; if per chance I could not find it elsewhere. The one on their website is not the finely ground one and actually is not for sell; but she told me I could order direct from their internet specialist, Matthew, at 830 249 8300 ext. 307. Be sure to tell him you want the finely ground not the Almond Meal. It comes in a 3# bag. This brand is not quite as finely ground as Honeyville, but it gives the Greta’s Biscuits an almost nutty taste, which is delicious. I really like this alternative.
As you begin making the Indian FlatBread (Manna from Heaven I call it), you will need this flour. I found it in the bin at Whole Food Store for a very good price.
Allow yourself to use Sea Salt as well as organic fresh ground pepper.
These are eggs from Cage-Free Hens. They are a beautiful, health-filled food source.
Fresh Pepper to Grind
Allow yourself to enjoy this. It makes dinners so festive.
Coconut Cans (Full Fat)
This will be another treasure hunt. I was finding them at a store in Dallas area called Trader Joe’s. Now they only seem to have the Light in the Coconut Cans. It is still delicious and a very good price, but doesn’t do the whipped topping trick like the full fat one does. I choose Trader Joe’s brand because the entire can was the Cream and nothing was wasted. If you buy another brand at a Health Food Store, you will need to refrigerate it first and then scoop off the top cream. You could use the rest of the coconut water in a Protein Shake. March 2, 2015 Trader Joe’s has Full Fat Coconut Cans in stock again.
Unprocessed Nuts for a snack
It is easy to eat too many of these so beware. Limit your serving to about 10 – 12 nuts.
Almond (NOT Peanut) Butter
Look for Organic and no sugar added.
The Sweeteners below are best found in the Dallas area at Costco. I do realize not everyone has a Costco in their town.
Organic Agave Nectar
Pure Maple Syrup
Organic Stevia Leaf Extract at Whole Food Store.
This is a great sweetener for tea or coffee. Beware: Products like Purevia contain Dextrose. Look for Organic Stevia Leaf Extract. Whole Food store has a good product at a good price.
Next Week…We’ll will Look at Cooking Tools to Speed Up the Process