Based on the dietary habits of our cave-dwelling ancestors, it seems like everyone is talking about going Paleo these days! But one question remains — does this big lifestyle change live up to all the hype? Watch this video to learn about the foods to steer clear of, the promised health benefits, and the potential for weight loss.
For a one-two punch of omega-3s in your breakfast, try baking eggs in an avocado. Beyond the heart-healthy fatty acids and high protein count, this low-sugar and fiber-filled breakfast will kick off your day on a healthy high note.
If you're always rushing in the morning, you'll be glad to learn this recipe requires just a few ingredients and nearly no prep time. Ready to get cooking? Keep reading for this tasty Paleo-friendly breakfast.
It seems like everyone's raving about the Paleo diet these days, but once I learned all the foods to avoid on this plan, I asked myself, "What's left?!" If you've experienced a similar sentiment, then look to these 32 recipes that cover every meal of the day. These delicious and creative choices might even inspire you to start eating like a cavewoman!
— Additional reporting by Leta Shy, Jenny Sugar, and Michele Foley
After reading all the hype about the Paleo diet, a lifestyle change based on the dietary habits of our cave-dwelling ancestors, I decided to embark on my own two-week Paleo project. Once I got into a routine, it was great, but I was not prepared for what the first few days had in store. Here's an animated taste of what it was like.
Hold up. This diet lets you eat these wonderful things?
Eggs with bacon.
This sounds awesome!
But you can't eat dairy, gluten, brown rice, or even quinoa?
No beans or peanuts? That seems pretty random.
Whatever, I can do this. I'm a healthy eater, and everyone is raving about it! Let's give it a shot.
Keep reading to see what happened when I started going Paleo.
Beyond its laundry list of nutritional value, I will warn you in advance: you will not be able to stop eating this delicious recipe. Invite friends over, and pack up a portion for lunch the next day. Everything about this dinner — especially its tangy and creamy almond butter dressing — will make you want to dig in for seconds, or thirds.
Keep reading for this Paleo-friendly and vegan pad Thai recipe.
Based on the dietary habits of our cave-dwelling ancestors, the Paleo diet has continued to gain popularity among fitness circles. This high-protein, low-carb diet strictly prohibits foods like grains, beans, wheat, and dairy and has been linked to story after story of successful weight loss and the elimination of digestive issues.
After months of wavering back and forth, I decided to take the plunge, clean up my diet, and embark on a two-week Paleo project. The first few days were a challenge, so here's what I wish I'd known before I started.
Prepare to detox: Everyone told me the first few days would feel a little foggy, but I did not anticipate the cluster headaches and full-body fatigue that hit me on my third grain- and dairy-free day. My diet has never relied heavy on refined carbs, but this "detox" period is different for everyone; some people don't experience any "withdrawal" symptoms, while it takes over a week for others to acclimate their bodies to the change. Just be sure to fill up on healthy fats and lean protein, start the day with a big breakfast (my favorite has become wild smoked salmon with a poached egg), and drink lots and lots of water. You'll get through it!
Meal planning is essential (but be realistic): The first day I embarked on Paleo cooking in the kitchen, I let my Pinterest boards get the best of me. I cooked not one, not two, but three elaborate Paleo recipes I had pinned in preparation. Not only did I spend a ton of money from day one, but by day three of the same recipes, all I wanted was something else. Meal prep is absolutely essential, but be realistic about what you're going to want to eat for the next few days — especially if you're on a budget.
It's not cheap (in the beginning): Just meat and veggies? It seems like it would be a quick, inexpensive shopping trip. However, the Paleo lifestyle places great emphasis on the importance of hormone- and antibiotic-free, grass-fed meat, which is significantly more expensive than other more readily available options on the market. For the first few weeks, it might be difficult to estimate just how much (and what) you're going to be eating, but after some research, stocking up on the basics, and being aware of your habits, it will be easier to shop without breaking the bank. This is just another reason that planning meals ahead of time is so important!
Now that you have a little bit of an idea of what to expect, keep reading for essential items you'll be happy you have ready once you try eating like a cavewoman.
Even if you've decided to cut back on dairy, it's possible to warm up with a creamy bowl of hot soup that doesn't lay on the cream or calories too heavily. This light pumpkin-coconut bisque will curb your dairy cravings and keep you on track this Fall.
The ingredient that really makes this subtle soup stand out is the unsweetened coconut milk. Both vegan- and Paleo-friendly, this ingredient thickens things up, leaving you with the perfect (seemingly rich) texture.
Ready to grab a spoon? Keep reading for this recipe for the vitamin-A-rich soup.
Looking for a new high-protein, low-carb breakfast treat? Dig into this baked tomato frittata. Scrambled egg, a sprinkle of diced bacon, and a drop of ghee (clarified butter) all bake right into a tiny tomato ramekin for a savory Paleo breakfast treat with just the right hint of sweetness. Ghee is a paleo and Ayurvedic staple ingredient that is prepared by boiling butter and removing the milk solids. You should be able to find it at your local health food store, but if not, you can make your own ghee at home.
With more than 10 grams of protein, this tomato frittata the perfect way to fuel your body after a tough morning workout, but they're also elegant enough to bake up for a healthy brunch gathering. Keep reading to learn how to make this simple recipe.
Craving the crunch of potato chips but on a Paleo diet? Welcome these seaweed chips to your snack-time rotation. They're cholesterol-free, high in vitamin A, and seven of these spicy seaweed chips are only 42 calories. Even if you don't love raw seaweed, you'll find that the texture and flavor of this nutrient-rich dense sea vegetable changes after a quick pop in the oven. It only takes some simple preparation before you'll be snacking away.
The Paleo diet is all the rage these days, but committing to it translates to major lifestyle changes. If you're considering going Paleo, start with a one-day meal plan to help you decide if it's something you're ready to try long-term.
Breakfast: Baked Egg in AvocadoWith just a few ingredients and almost no prep time, start the day with a satisfying egg in an avocado. Between the eggs and avocado, this high-protein Paleo classic also contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids.
Lunch: Cauliflower Rice Stir-FryThis grain-free cauliflower "rice" stir-fry has zero cholesterol, is low in sodium, and offers your entire daily recommended intake of vitamin A and vitamin C in just one meal. This nutrient-dense recipe is filling, delicious, and full of fresh bright flavors.
Snack: Honeydew Slice Wrapped in Prosciutto
Two slices of honeydew melon wrapped in prosciutto is an Italian classic that will serve as a sweet and savory afternoon snack.
Keep reading to see what's for dinner and dessert.