Everyone knows of the amazing prices at Costco for their bulk items, so it’s natural to wonder if there are meals in the Costco freezer section that would qualify as Paleo friendly. I’ve wondered this myself, and we set out to find the answer with this article.
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Why Frozen Paleo Meals?
Have you been using a Paleo diet for a few months now? Whether you’ve been a seasoned Paleo follower for years or just a few weeks, you’ll notice that one of the hardest aspects of the diet is adherence.
The Paleo diet, if you’ve put the effort into trying it for more than a few days, is far from deprivation. The delicious food, variety of flavours and no need for food scales and weighing are just a few of the benefits, with effortless weight loss and management of chronic illness symptoms as happy side effects.
However, adherence is one hurdle that all people who follow the Paleo diet face. The busy lifestyles that we lead, what with full-time jobs, families, and the emerging side-hustle, keeps us from prioritizing meal preparation. The little time we do have is much rather spent watching Netflix and getting some downtime as opposed to slaving over the stove.
Hence why more and more people are attracted to convenience meals and to-go snacks. The Paleo diet is far more accessible than it ever used to be, with products such as Epic Provisions bars, Seasnax, RX bars, Wholly Guacamole and Justin’s Almond Butter occupying space on the grocery store shelves, but those items fall more into the snack category.
When you are trying to supplement full meals while still keeping to your Paleo ideals, it’s a reasonable question to ask. Are there Paleo-friendly frozen meals on offer at your local Costco?
Finding Paleo Frozen Meals At Costco Wholesale
In particular, are there Paleo frozen meals at Costco Wholesale?
To answer the question bluntly, not really.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find any Paleo frozen meals at Costco at the time of writing.
However, that’s not to say that there will never be Paleo frozen meals, or even Paleo fresh meals at Costco. Costco Wholesale in fact used to stock a popular frozen Truefare meal at many of their locations: Savory Tender Beef which was not only suitable for a Paleo diet, but Whole30-approved too.
Because the company of Truefare was absorbed by the popular Paleo meal delivery service Pete’s Paleo, it’s likely that all production of this meal stopped, hence why it’s disappeared off the shelves.
However we did find some things at Costco we suggest you at least consider if you were disappointed by the answer above.
Semi-Paleo/Quasi-Paleo Frozen Meals At Costco Wholesale
The only product that we found consistently available at Costco locations is ‘Schwan’s 7 Healthy Meals for 4 in 30 Minutes’. This is not a Paleo product, but it is what we would call ‘semi-Paleo’. Some of the meals appear to be Paleo-compliant, such as the Salmon Fillets + Asparagus Spears and the Oven-Baked Chicken Breast Fillets + Mediterranean Vegetable Blend, but others aren’t, like the Ancient Grain Encrusted Cod + Californian Blend.
On the other hand, this option is fantastic for those who are starting to transition into a Paleo lifestyle, or those who tend to follow Paleo guidelines but don’t have common allergies like gluten and dairy. In this case, a quasi-Paleo line of frozen meals such as this might be useful to have on hand, but we don’t recommend them for those who have severe allergies or are using the Paleo diet therapeutically.
With a price tag of $124.99 for 28 meals, this makes each meal only $4.46, so it’s a very affordable option for those who want to move into the Paleo style of eating gradually.
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Alternative Options For Paleo Frozen Meals
Although Costco Wholesale doesn’t really have Paleo-friendly meals on offer at their locations, we wanted to offer you some alternatives. Obtaining frozen Paleo meals is actually really easy, and you don’t even have to leave your house!
There are a wide variety of Paleo meal delivery services that offer frozen (and fresh) meals to your doorstep or workplace all over the US, making following a Paleo plan really easy and super affordable.
Here are some companies offering Paleo-friendly ready-to-heat meals:
Pete’s Paleo are a nationwide Paleo meal delivery service that provide fresh Paleo meals to the USA. They have partnered with old favourites like Truefare so that you get the highest quality possible and the same delicious meals that you’re used to.
Pete’s Paleo use organically- and locally-grown fresh produce and grass-fed & pastured meat in their dishes, ensuring that GMOs, gluten, dairy and soy are never present in their kitchens or meals.
Their meals are reasonably priced considering the quality, with each meal costing roughly $15 using a menu that rotates weekly and seasonally.
For more information on how to order from Pete’s Paleo, visit: petespaleo.com
Grandcestors is a popular meal delivery service offering shipping across 48 states in the US (presumable Alaska and Hawaii are states that they are unable to deliver to), allowing you to order healthy Paleo meals to your door.
Their meals arrive frozen, so all you have to do is pop them in your freezer or leave them in your fridge to thaw. This makes these macro-balanced, high-quality meals easy to keep and easy to heat only when you need them. They are ready to eat in only 3 minutes, and take all of the stress of preparation and clean-up out.
Examples of meals on offer include Jambalaya, Colorado Hash, Chicken Tikka Masala and Cottage Pie. Interestingly, although they do deliver nationwide, they also have meals stocked in Walmarts and Whole Foods, providing you’re local to Denver, Colorado.
Check their website for more details on pricing and store locations at: http://grandcestors.com/
Paleo on the Go
Paleo on the Go are another infamous Paleo meal delivery service based out of Largo, Florida. All of their meals are suitable for not only the Paleo lifestyle, but the AIP diet as well.
They allow you to buy individual meals or meal bundles (if you prefer to buy in bulk to save $$). Meal bundles tend to include 10 meals, 1 soup and 1 dessert for a total cost of around $225 depending on which bundle you opt in for. This makes Paleo on the Go one of the more premium options, but where they specialize in AIP-friendly meals, you can be guaranteed that these dishes will serve as an aid to chronic inflammation.
Paleo on the Go will ship your order frozen to ensure maximum freshness and safety, as well as keeping the meal as nutrient-dense as possible without losing its flavor.
For 10% off your first order, visit Paleo on the Go at: paleoonthego.com
Note: Paleo on the Go is offering a 10% discount for our readers, use code “MYPALEOS” at checkout for 10% off your entire order – one time use.
In case you are interested in a visual, I recorded myself unboxing one of my recent Paleo on the Go deliveries:
The Good Kitchen
The Good Kitchen, based out of North Carolina, is another meal delivery service specializing in Paleo-friendly fare. They also have a line dedicated to the Whole30 challenge, a dietary reset plan born out of the Paleo lifestyle by Melissa Hartwig.
With this company, you can order meals online that will then be shipped to your door, but you can also buy their meals in store at participating Walmart locations. This is a great alternative for those of you who prefer to try just a few Paleo meals at a time or just like to shop in-store. Where Walmart locations are spread far and wide, it’s likely that you’ll find one close-by with The Good Kitchen’s meals stocked.
Another benefit to this is that The Good Kitchen’s meals at Walmart stores are completely frozen, so you can stock up on quite a few at once (providing you have the freezer space!), so you’ll never get caught without a Paleo-friendly meal available. In fact, if you travel a lot, you can be comforted knowing that The Good Kitchen’s meals are never far away.
To order online or to just check out what they’ve got on offer, visit: thegoodkitchen.com
The Good Kitchen is offering a 15% discount for our readers. Use promo code “mypaleos” at checkout for 15% off your first order.
I also recorded myself unboxing one of my recent The Good Kitchen orders:
‘Must-Have’ Paleo-Friendly Products Available At Costco
When undertaking a Paleo diet, there are going to be times that you want to prepare and cook your own meals at home in order to experience the diversity and flavor that this way of life has to offer.
For people who shop at Costco regularly, it’s always good to know which products they have on offer that make following a Paleo diet easy, which is why we’ve compiled a list of ‘must-haves’ for you to check out the next time you’re visiting:
- Further Foods Collagen Peptide Protein Powder
- Season Skinless & Boneless Sardines in Olive Oil
- Kirkland Signature Organic Chicken Stock
- Kirkland Siganture Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
- Autumn’s Gold Grain-Free Granola, Maple Almond Butter
- Kirkland Signature Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon
- Kirkland Signature Unsweetened Organic Almond Beverage
- Kirkland Signature Organic Salsa
- Country Archer Mini Beef Sticks
- Kiolbassa Smoked Meats Organic Smoked Beef Sausage
Tell Us About Which Paleo Frozen Meals Costco Carries At Your Store
Have you found any Paleo frozen meals at your local Costco? Tell us about them! Do you have any ‘tried-and-true’ favourites that you can share with the Paleo community?
Please let us know in the comments below!