What is paleo? In a simple explanation is a lifestyle to eat, exercise and live like Grok our ancestor the caveman did. You see, today, most families eat using the guidelines that the American government provides. It includes servings of fruit, protein and grains, with some fats. The problem is all around us. Although the guidelines are said to keep us healthy, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are epidemics. Much of the food we eat is processed, not fresh. There is a lot of sugar our food and drinks.
The Paleo diet requires that you eliminate wheat flour, and eat more natural foods. As a bread lover, this was probably the hardest part of eating paleo. Organic fruits and vegetables, and natural grass eating beef, and free reign chickens are the base of the paleo diet. Another base are nuts and seeds that you can use as a snack or added to recipes. Dairy is not allowed, which can be hard for some. It takes effort and planning to eat a paleo diet, but the health benefits are more than worth it.
For deeper understanding of the Paleo diet, I recommend that you to go to Mark’s Daily Apple. It provides all the science behind why paleo. It also showcases Success Secrets of others that have fought and won against many different diseases, including MS, Cancer, Obesity, Crohns & Colitis, Diabetes, and others.
The thing about paleo is that it doesn’t have to be a sacrifice. There are so many great recipes that you can use to have tasty meals that you will keep going back to. Here are 10 recipes from different blogs and websites that you can use as reference. Enjoy the cooking and the eating!
- Buffalo Chicken Tenders
This is one of my favourite recipes, especially if you enjoy spicy pub fare. As a replacement for flour to batter the chicken, we recommend using almond flour or almond meal.
- Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers
Chicken and Sweet Potatoes are a good basis for a paleo lifestyle. There is enough different original recipes for chicken and for sweet potatoes that it would be hard to get sick of them. These ones are tasty little morsels.
- Paleo Beef with Broccoli
The secret with paleo is making sure that you don’t add extra calories in the sauces of your dishes. This one just looks so good. The surprise comes when you realize that it doesn’t only look good but tastes amazing.
Chicken Cashew Recipe
If you love cashews and nuts, you are going to love this recipe. The cashews add a sweetness and original taste that will keep you coming back for more.
- Almond Butter Cups
I have a sweet tooth that needs something sweet every now and then. One of the treats that is allowed with paleo is dark chocolate. My true love though, has always been peanut butter squares. They are a “no no” with paleo, but these are close and very very good. Enjoy!
Chicken Pad Thai
The base for this pad thai recipe is not noodles, but vegetables, cut thinly. The sauce made from fish sauce, is what makes this recipe so good. Along with the cashews for extra flavour. You can add whatever amount of spice that you recommend.
Another part of paleo is the exercise component. Although for many that have embraced paleo, crossfit is their exercise of choice, it doesn’t mean that you need to do crossfit. I love crossfit, but know that it isn’t for everyone. Mark recommends getting back to our roots, which means more walking and hiking, and bodyweight exercises like pullups, squats, pushups. If you are a hiker than you know that one staple of hiking is granola. This granola allows you to take nutrition on your hike that is paleo friendly.
Paleo Pita Bread
As I mentioned, grain bread is not allowed, but this recipe is made instead from cassava flour and maple syrup. With enough practice, you can’t tell the difference between paleo pita and real pita. This will help to cure your craving for sandwiches.
- Cauliflower Mash
It is amazing that cauliflower is such a good alternative for mashed potatoes. Although Sweet Potatoes are a wonderful side dish, white potatoes are not allowed in a paleo diet. But these cauliflowers have the same texture as mashed potatoes, and are much healthier.
Jalapeno Turkey Burgers
These burgers are bun free, but are so juicy and tasty. The jalapeno guacamole, pico de gallo, and the option of a poached egg makes this recipe one that even my children like.
Links from this post
Buffalo Chicken Tenders – paleohacks.com
Sweet Potato Chicken Poppers- justpaleofood.com
Paleo Beef with Broccoli – iheartumami.com
Chicken Cashew Recipe – mynaturalfamily.com
Almond Butter Cups – beamingbaker.com
Chicken Pad Thai – thepaleomom.com
Paleo Granola – thecafesucrefarine.com
Paleo Pita Bread – predominantlypaleo.com
Cauliflower Mash – healthyfoodie.com
Jalapeno Turkey Burgers – theorganickitchen.org
Comment below with the recipe that you enjoy the most.