Hey guys, so I've been looking in local shops and the only coconut milk in my local supermarket (tesco, haven't tried asda though a new one opened up near to me now) is "amoy" in tins (I wonder if there is BPA in the lining of the tins, and it seems to have a few added ingredients that I haven't looked into yet)... but anyway... do any UK-based paleo folk on here know of any good sources (online or otherwise) of coconut milk or unsweetened coconut strips(or flakes).
By all means please recommend any of you're own personal favourite "paleo" snacks / foods and where you get them from in the UK also :) (or any international place with low shipping if there is such a thing).
Thanks for any answers/help
Tradewinds sell various Chaokoh coconut products at a good price (no guar gum etc). I buy 20 or so at a time to make the most of the shipping cost.Tradewinds
Also Goodness Direct do good prices on coconut oil. I get the Biona brand.
Sadly all the canned coconut milk/cream available in local supermarkets that I've checked (Tescos, Waitrose, Sainsburys) has some unwanted ingredients added. You might try and find a local Asian market, although I would take it as a given that BPA is in the tin lining.
The high-street health food chains Holland & Barrett and Health Matters might stock some purer versions. They also sell assorted Paleo goodies like coconut oil, natural toiletries and cod liver oil. Holland & Barrett almost always has some sort of sale going on, so you might want to wait and see before purchasing anything non-urgent in bulk.
We get most of our coconut related products from http://www.tiana-coconut.com/ it's very good quality stuff but a little pricey, as I'm sure you expect as it is all organic, but they do good deals for bulk buying.
You can also get some good Paleo related products at a health food shop called The Nutricentre. A list of their stores is here: http://www.nutricentre.com/t-ourstores.aspx
We get all our supplements from http://www.highernature.co.uk/ they do some really high purity vitamins, minerals and oils of a quality that I've not seen anywhere else. Personally, I'd stay away from large chains like Holland and Barrett as their purity is not very high and there are a lot of hidden ingredients in a lot of their own brand supplements.
If you're looking for snacks then I recommend you sign up for Graze boxes. You get a box of four 'punnets' delivered every week (or at a rate you like). I get the 'energy' boxes and they are delicious as well as being varied to keep the boredom down, although they can contain a lot of dried fruit but you can tell them exactly what you want to get sent. Their website is http://www.graze.com/ but if you Google them you might find some free trial codes.
Finally we get our meat from: http://www.primalstore.co.uk/shop/ it's really good quality and a large Paleo box will feed provide enough meat for two adults for about 4-5 weeks.
OK, that's all the sources I know, if any find any others then I'd be happy to hear them too as it's always good to shop around.
Let us know how you get on.
Ive given up with canned coconut milk in the uk because it all has suspect ingredients in, ive started making my own almond milk instead all you need is almonds and a jam strainer http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Milk-an-Almond-fresh-homemade-almond-milk/
Heera coconut milk. I get mine from a local Pakistani shop in Longsight Manchester. Here's a link for it http://heeraspices.com/products-page/groceries/coconut-milk/
Here's the essential coconut oil the other chap mentioned, Organic and raw/cold pressed.. http://www.store.thehealthcloud.co.uk/organic-raw-virgin-coconut-oil-690ml
You can get freshly ground coconut (you have to ask at the counter; they grind it out at the back of the shop while you wait) at Pinoy Supermarket in Earl's Court, on Hogarth Road. It's the only place I've found thus far in London. From that you can make your own coconut milk: soak the coconut strands in warm water, blend it up and then squeeze the juice out.