Archive for Apr 2012

04.29.12

Paleo Dinners!

Eating Paleo for dinner is probably the easiest meal to adjust to when “going Paleo.” Although many of us are accustomed to having rice, pasta, potatoes, or bread with our dinners, I assure you that you will not finish a Paleo dinner and still be starving. Include a protein source, some fat, lots of veggies, maybe a little fruit, and you’re good to go! This may sound boring (it’s not), but get creative! Just because you’re cutting out the bread, doesn’t mean your whole meal should be tasteless. Don’t be afraid of fat, either, as this will keep you full the longest. Here are some awesome ideas for dinner:

  • Ok, first of all just look at this website: http://tiny.cc/b27jdw. The pictures alone will erase any doubt that Paleo is boring.
  • Second, nom nom Paleo is an amazing resource for recipes. Also check out Health-Bent, FastPaleo, and The Clothes Make the Girl.
  • If you want a steak, look for grass-fed beef. It does have a different flavor, but it’s still delicious! Plus it is lower in calories, has more omega-3 fatty acids (the good kind of fat!), more vitamins, and more antioxidants. However, since grass-fed beef does have less fat, you can’t cook it like a “normal” steak or it will get really tough. DO NOT overcook grass (which can be easy to do!); make sure the internal temperature of the beef is between 145°F and 155°F for the best moisture and tenderness. Click here for a more detailed article on how to cook grass-fed beef, and here for information on where to buy grass-fed meat.
  • Don’t feel as though you have to throw every recipe you know out the window. Many recipes are already Paleo, or can easily be adapted.
  • Need something sweet? High quality dark chocolate is your best bet (or fruit of course!).

 

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04.17.12

Paleo Lunches

The Paleo lunch can be a difficult thing to adjust to if you’re used to throwing chips, cookings, a PB&J, and an apple into a bag before work. This meal may take a little more planning ahead, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.

  • As with breakfast, lunch can be any food that is Paleo! Left-overs, hard-boiled eggs, and the egg muffins I described in the breakfast post are always easy and delicious! Get rid of the idea that lunch (or any meal) has to be a certain kind of food.
  • If you don’t have time to pack a lunch, always have jerky, trail mix, and fruit on hand. Buy good quality jerky that doesn’t have a bunch of added ingredients that will derail you (sugar, soy, MSG, corn syrup, etc). Check out www.paleokits.org for really yummy Paleo jerky and trail mix! For trail mix, I like to go to Whole Foods or Sprouts and pick out the ingredients in the bulk area that I like the most, then mix it all together when I get home. This is also an easy way to avoid trail mix that is filled with sugar and other tempting non-Paleo ingredients.
  • Salad: throw together a delicious salad with different kinds of lettuce, lots of veggies, maybe some bacon, chicken, fish, and olive oil and vinegar or lemon for dressing.
  • Nitrate-free lunchmeat
  • Homemade Paleo chicken (pictured) or tuna salad
  • Everyday Paleo has great ideas that kids can take to school too!
  • If you don’t feel like being creative every day or constantly googling new recipes, check out the Paleo Plan. This is an awesome website that gives you a month’s worth of recipes for every meal of the day (they even give you a grocery list!), and the whole family can enjoy it.

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04.08.12

Paleo breakfast ideas

 Breakfast seems to be the most difficult meal to adjust to when starting the Paleo Diet. Many people are used to eating sweeter, carb heavy breakfasts such as cereal, toast with jam/peanut butter, granola, waffles, etc. It will take some time to get used to Paleo breakfasts, but they will keep you full, satisfied, and feeling good! The most important thing is to remember that breakfast is just another meal. Dinner leftovers can actually make great breakfasts! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Eggs—scrambled, poached, hardboiled, over easy… whatever your heart desires! Feel free to branch out and try eggs other than chicken eggs. I love my eggs cooked in coconut oil! Nitrate and sugar free bacon is ok on occasion too 🙂

Paleo pancakes—You can find a ton of different recipes for Paleo pancakes on the Internet, but don’t have these every day. Use them as a treat, just as you would with “normal” pancakes! Here’s a quick and easy recipe: http://tiny.cc/vsw0aw

Smoked salmon—just make sure it is wild and not farm raised (Trader Joe’s has a good one!)

Frittata—Frittatas are a great way to get your veggies in at breakfast, and they can easily feed the whole fam! Try this one:http://tiny.cc/9cx0aw

Leftovers—chicken, fish, veggies, grassfed beef, etc—any Paleo meal can be eaten for breakfast, not just the traditional “breakfast foods.”

Egg muffins—Egg muffins are awesome because you can make enough for a few days and then just microwave to take with you on your way to work in the morning. Try the recipe pictured above: http://tiny.cc/3tx0aw

Smoothies—Get creative! Use fruit, coconut or almond milk, nut butter (but not peanut butter), spinach, avocado, cacao powder, coconut oil, etc. Play around with ingredients and you won’t ever get bored. Check out this Chocolate Raspberry smoothie recipe:http://tiny.cc/oox0aw. Smoothies are awesome for kids, too, since you can sneak in veggies and other foods they may not want to eat normally.

If you want something sweet, add some fresh berries, grapefruit, figs or other fruit to your breakfast!

Also, if you’re a coffee lover like me, don’t worry—you do NOT have to give up coffee! Instead of cream and sugar, get coconut creamer from Sprouts or Whole foods!

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