Meal Suggestions for the Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is also known as The Evolutionary Diet, the Stone Age Diet, the Caveman Diet and the Paleolithic Diet. It is based on the premise that present-day humans are not far removed from their prehistoric ancestors, and adopting a diet that follows the guidelines of what those ancestors ate is a better nutritional regimen for modern humankind. The Paleolithic Diet was first advanced by Dr. C. Leigh Broadhurst, a USDA research geochemist and author.

Paleo Breakfast

One of the basics of the Paleo Diet is eating simply, and simply generally means less food. For instance, though a breakfast of turkey bacon and eggs is good and hearty, enjoy variety with Paleo pancakes. Combine 1 cup of almond flour (grind raw almonds in a food processor or coffee mill) with three eggs, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. This yields four to five pancakes and gives a healthy amount of almond benefits as well. Include blueberries or diced apples as an option.

Paleo Lunch

You can daily dine on protein-style hamburgers, but for a change of pace, try a big salad. Start with any combination of greens (except avoid iceberg lettuce in favor of romaine) and add sliced carrots, diced red pepper, sliced avocado, sliced raw mushrooms, diced green onions, chopped walnuts, a dash of lemon juice, and equal parts balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Paleo Dinner

Try eggs, meat and vegetables in any combination, such as a classic Cuban picadillo. The sofrito of olive oil, garlic, onions, and green, red and orange peppers is just sauteed Paleo. Ground beef, sliced potatoes, tomatoes and spices fit the bill, too, while providing a distinctively different taste sensation.

Tasty Snack Alternative

Raw or minimally cooked food demands more chewing than cooked food and retains more of the natural enzymes. More chewing also engages digestive enzymes in the mouth and digestive tract. Various gazpacho recipes combine several raw vegetables for a tasty pseudo-prehistoric repast.

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