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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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