While there have been a number of different diet ideas popping up over the last 10 years, one of the more prevalent ones is the Paleo diet. This diet emphasizes a less modern diet, free from grains, dairy, refined sugar, processed foods, excess salt, refined oils, and legumes. This cuts out many of the foods that cause health issues in the modern diet and helps return the body to a more natural state. It is a great diet for weight loss, controlling health issues such as diabetes, and for creating more energy in the body.
1. Baked Salmon
Salmon is delicious, full of omega 3 fatty acids, and has been a staple food in many cultures for thousands of years. Baking this fish in the oven with the juice of a citrus fruit adds Vitamin C to your diet. Baking it also retains much of the original flavor and allows you to retain the skin, keeping most of the nutrients in the salmon. If you do add oil, make sure it is either olive or coconut.
2. Steamed Carrots, Artichoke, And Beets
Delicious and full of a number of different vitamins, steamed vegetables make a great meal on the paleo diet. Simply steam all of these vegetables until they are soft and eat them with the seasoning of your choice. This is a great side to grilled turkey.
3. Nut Based Curry
Amazingly, curry can actually be paleo. Avoid legumes, such as peanuts, and make sure that any milk used is coconut milk. There is no limit to the different paleo vegetables and meat you can add, but we recommend chicken as it tends to blend well with coconut based sauces. Serve it over cauliflower rice for a delicious meal you will want to make again and again.
4. Pumpkin Soup
While you can’t eat chicken noodle soup while on the paleo diet, you really won’t want to after a while. One of the best soups you can eat is actually a pumpkin soup, made from scratch, and flavored with good oils and fresh seeds. You can also do the same thing with carrots, creating a thick and flavorful soup. Simply boil down your chosen soup base, add in your ingredients, and puree before heating through.
5. Giant Chef Salad
Eating paleo doesn’t mean you need to give up things like salads. In fact, salads are some of the most paleo foods out there. Try making one with different types of greens, baked chicken, grilled salmon, or even roast beef as a topping. Throw in some seeds and make a vinaigrette with healthy oils to top it off and complete the flavor profile.
As you might have noticed, most of these recipes are very simple, leaving most of the work up to the quality of the ingredients and their natural components. For this reason, finding the best quality ingredients and preparing them freshly is recommended for people who are thinking of undertaking this diet.