Delicious and Easy Paleo Recipes
Did you know that over one-third of all Americans follow a specific eating pattern?
Some of those eating patterns have become more popular than others but there is one we've all heard about before and that is the paleo diet. If you've been curious about what it consists of, which foods it allows and avoids, and how it can benefit your health, we have all the information you need in this article. By the end, you'll be dying to try the three delicious paleo recipes we suggest.
So put your apron on and read our beginner's guide for the paleo diet!
What Is a Paleo Diet?
The first step for transitioning into the paleo diet is knowing what it is and where it originated from.
The name itself is already pretty self-explanatory: paleo derives from the Paleolithic Era and, in this diet, you eat what our ancestors from that period used to eat. Now, you might be wondering... what exactly is that?
During this era, people's diets subsisted of what they could hunt and gather. After all, 2.6 million years ago, there were no supermarkets and grocery stores with aisles full of all sorts of processed foods.
As such, the paleo diet, otherwise known as the caveman diet, focuses on whole foods. Advocates of this dietary regimen believe that the human body hasn't developed to process certain foods and that consuming them can have a negative impact on our health.
Based on this theory, those on a paleo diet can eat:
- Organic, lean meat
- Herbs and spices
- Certain oils, such as olive or coconut oil
On the other hand, they avoid consuming:
- Processed foods
What Are the Benefits of Adopting a Paleo Diet?
The fact that processed foods are damaging to our health isn't news to anyone and that alone can give us an idea of why the paleo regimen can be so beneficial when followed correctly. However, there are even more advantages to this diet and, once you learn about them, it becomes easy to understand why this has become such a popular eating pattern. As a few examples, the paleo diet can:
- Help you lose weight
Many people turn to the paleo diet in order to lose some weight and rightly so. By avoiding grains, processed foods, and high-carb foods, you can effectively reduce body fat.
- Boost your energy levels
Foods that are a part of the paleo diet are low on the Glycemic Index, which means that after a meal, you don't feel drained of energy as it is the case with other dietary regimens.
- Reduce your insulin resistance
The paleo diet avoids foods that are high in carbs. Consuming too many carbs causes the pancreas to produce more insulin, which can negatively impact your health, so adopting a paleo diet is a great way of preventing and dealing with diabetes 2 and heart disease.
3 Paleo Recipes You Should Try
Now that you know some of the theory behind the paleo diet, it's time for the fun part: learning about all the different recipes you can cook and indulge in. Here are three delicious paleo recipes you should try on your first day on the diet!
Note: All the recipes yield two servings but you can always adjust as needed.
Breakfast: Avocado & Kale Smoothie Bowl
If you love fruits and vegetables, making paleo breakfasts won't be difficult. One great idea is making smoothie bowls: all you need to do is get fresh ingredients, some coconut milk and blend it all.
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup kale
- 1 banana
- 3/4 cup mixed berries
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- Topping options: nuts, fruits, nut butter
- Peel the avocado and chop it, as well as the kale and the banana.
- Put all the ingredients in a blender (except the toppings) and blend until smooth.
- Serve and add toppings as you wish.
Lunch: Fried Cauliflower Rice
Our lunch option isn't just paleo - it is also vegetarian. You can even make it vegan by skipping the eggs!
- 1/2 cauliflower
- 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 2 small carrots
- 3 green onions
- 2 eggs
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tsp chili paste
- Start by prepping the vegetables. Remove the core of the red bell pepper and chop it into small cubes, peel the carrots and slice them thinly, grate the cauliflower and mince the garlic.
- With a fork, whisk the eggs together in a bowl.
- Get a skillet and preheat it over medium-high heat.
- Add 1/2 tsp of the avocado oil, followed by the pineapple cubes. Leave for two to three minutes, and then set the pineapple aside.
- Add the remaining avocado oil and sauté the garlic, bell pepper and carrots until they become tender.
- Add the green onions and the cauliflower and cook for two minutes.
- Add the eggs and stir until they scramble.
- Mix the coconut aminos with the chili paste in a bowl, and add the sauce to the cauliflower rice.
Dinner: Chicken Tenders
If you want to end the day on a mouthwatering, cozy note, this recipe is perfect. The whole family will love it!
- 1/2 lb chicken tenders
- 1/3 whisked egg
- 3 tsp coconut flour
- 1/4 cup cassava flour
- 2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- A pinch of onion powder
- A pinch of smoked paprika
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of black pepper
- Combine the two flours, salt, and spices in a large bowl.
- Whisk the eggs in a smaller bowl.
- Put a large skillet over medium-high heat, then add the coconut oil and heat until it starts sizzling.
- Cover each chicken tender with the whisked eggs, followed by the flour mix and then put on the skillet. Repeat this process until the skillet is full.
- Turn the tenders once one side is crisp.
- Once the other side is also crisp, place the tenders on a baking sheet and remove all excess oil.
- Serve with your favorite side.
Delicious and Healthy: What Else Could You Ask For?
If you've been looking for a dietary regimen that is healthy, gives you all the vitamins and nutrients you need and is still as mouthwatering as can be, you just found. So why not try out our paleo recipes?
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