Shop With Your Heart – Paleo‑Friendly Shopping List

June 5, 2019

Grocery shopper

This guide is for anyone who wants to align with a paleo lifestyle while shopping with more humane animal treatment in mind. Below is a selection of farms and brands from our distinguished Shop With Your Heart Brand List that offer foods aligning with paleo guidelines. Whether you’re already part of the paleo world or just curious about this dietary lifestyle, there’s something on this list for everyone.

Learn more about the nutritional benefits of pasture-raised food here. Recent reviews of scientific literature consistently show that pasture-raised animals produce nutritionally superior meat, milk and eggs.

Look for the labels! These are the three certifications verifying animal welfare and outdoor access that are recognized by the ASPCA Shop With Your Heart program:

Animal Welfare Approved

 
Global Animal Partnership (GAP)
 

Certified Humane

Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Step 3 and Up Certified Humane (CH)
*must include the words “free-range” or “pasture-raised” on eggs and chicken

Or look for a plant-based alternative, denoted by this icon plant-based! When a product shows the basic GAP label without a number, look for separate language on the package identifying the product’s step level.

Label Buster! Loosely Defined Labels

The following claims found on food packaging are loosely defined or weakly regulated by the USDA:

  • Free-Range: Producers must demonstrate that animals have “access to the outdoors” but size, quality and duration of access to that outdoor space is unregulated, so conditions vary greatly.
  • Grass-Fed: This term does not mean animals are reared entirely on pasture. Pasture access during most of growth is required, but feedlots are allowed in final months. Antibiotics and hormones are also allowed.
  • Pasture-Raised/Pasture-Grown: While access to pasture is preferable to confined, indoor systems, the term is undefined so conditions vary between farms.

*Please read product ingredients to ensure complete alignment with your dietary goals.

Broths

  • Beyond Broth – Immune, Vitality, Yummy Tummy Plant based
  • White Oak Pastures – beef broth, poultry broth Certified Humane GAP Step 5

Plant-Based Dairy Alternatives Plant-based

  • Miyoko’s Creamery – mozzarella, cream cheese, butter
  • New Barn – almond milk
  • So Delicious – unsweetened almond milk

White Meat – Chicken and Turkey

  • Applegate – organic chicken hotdogs GAP Step 3
  • Bilinski’s – various chicken sausages, meatballs, patties GAP step 3
  • Cooks Venture – pasture-raised chicken GAP Step 4
  • Farmer Focus – free-range chicken certified humane GAP step 3
  • Hip Chick Farms – organic gluten-free chicken breakfast sausages GAP step 3
  • Koch’s Turkey – free-range heirloom turkey certified humane
  • Mary’s Free Range Chicken – chicken, turkey GAP step 3  GAP step 4 GAP step 5
  • White Oak Pastures – chicken, turkey Awa logo certified humane GAP step 5

Red Meat – Beef and Pork

  • Baldwin Beef – beef Awa logo
  • Brasstown Beef – beef GAP step 4
  • Circle B Ranch – pork animal welfare approved certified humane
  • Country Natural Beef – ground beef *sold only in Whole Foods GAP step 4
  • Goodnight Brothers – all natural pork products Awa logo
  • La Quercia – various cured meats GAP step 3
  • Panorama – organic ground beef, steaks, various meat products *sold only in Whole Foods GAP step 4
  • Redger Farms – beef GAP step 4
  • Thompson Farms – pork GAP Step 5+
  • White Oak Pastures – beef, pork GAP Step 4 GAP step 5+

Condiments

  • Sir Kensington's – sugar-free organic avocado oil mayonnaise, avocado oil ranch certified humane

Snacks & Sweets 

  • White Oak Pastures – grassfed beef jerky, pasture-raised pork snack sticks GAP step 4
  • Artisan Tropic – chips Plant-based
  • Bee Free Granola Treat (contains honey) – granola Plant-based
  • Eat MUD – dairy-free ice cream sweetened with dates Plant-based
  • Evo Hemp – bars, multiple flavors Plant-based
  • Hail Merry – cups, bites, bars, tarts Plant-based
  • Keep It Real Food Co. – granola, cookies, crackers, bars Plant-based
  • Nutty Goodness – fruit and nut bites Plant-based
  • OHi – superfood bars Plant-based
  • Ona Foods (contains honey) – bars, cookies Plant-based
  • Paleo Prime – cookies, brownies Plant-based
  • Paleo Treats – Bandito, Cacao Now!, Mustang Bar (contains honey) Plant-based
  • Pan’s Mushroom Jerky – jerky Plant-based
  • Rickaroons Energy Bars – bars Plant-based
  • Shanti Bar – bars Plant-based
  • Snackin’ Free – bars, brownies, cookies, muffins Plant-based
  • This Pie Is Nuts – various pies Plant-based
  • Thunderbird – fruit, nut, seed and spice bars Plant-based
  • You Are Loved – bites, cupcakes, truffles, tarts Plant-based

Eggs

  • Aldi – Goldhen free-range eggs Certified humane
  • Belcampo – pasture-raised eggs Certified humane
  • Blue Sky Family Farms – pasture-raised eggs; free-range eggs certified humane
  • Carol’s Eggs – organic seasonally pasture-raised eggs certified humane
  • Central Market – organic pasture-raised eggs certified humane
  • Contented Hen – free-range eggs certified humane
  • Farmer’s Hen House – free-range eggs certified humane
  • Great Day – free-range brown eggs certified humane
  • Natural Grocers – pasture-raised rggs certified humane
  • Nature’s Yoke – free-range eggs certified humane
  • Nellie’s – free-range eggs certified humane
  • Nest Fresh – organic free-range brown eggs, pasture-raised brown eggs certified humane
  • New Seasons – organic free-range brown eggs certified humane
  • Pete and Gerry’s – organic and free-range eggs certified humane
  • Vital Farms – organic pasture-raised brown eggs certified humane
  • White Oak Pastures – pasture-raised eggs certified humane
  • Wilcox Farms – free-range large white eggs certified humane

You can find many more paleo-friendly meat and eggs closer to home—visit our Certified Farms By State list to find farms near you.

For a full list of certified meat, egg and dairy brands as well as plant-based alternatives that you can find in stores and online, please visit the full Shop With Your Heart brands list.

Check out our Committed Companies page for a list of companies who have worked with the ASPCA to improve animal welfare in their supply chains. You’ll find brands like Serenity Kids and Kunoa Cattle Company, as well as home delivery companies Butcher Box, Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative, Porter Road and Territory—all making an effort for animals!

If you’re having trouble finding welfare-certified or plant-based alternatives, let your local grocery store know you want them to stock more humane products!

*Shopping at Whole Foods Market
Almost all of the beef, chicken, pork and turkey sold in Whole Foods Market stores are Global Animal Partnership certified and labeled. To ensure that the product came from animals that had access to the outdoors, we advise only buying products bearing the GAP (Step 3-5+) logo. Some brands that bear the GAP label at Whole Foods Market will appear in other stores without the logo. That may be a packaging choice or it may mean that those animals were not raised to the GAP standards.

Please contact us at [email protected] if we have missed a company or product that should be on this list.