Paleo Recipes for Better Health
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Paleo recipes when adopted into the daily diet can significantly contribute to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood glucose levels. Scientists have discovered that all of which are desirable results of healthy diet programs such as the Paleo Diet. The Paleo Diet, otherwise known as the Caveman Diet, has been shown to be one of the healthiest diets for weight loss and good health
Characteristics of Paleo Recipes
Before adopting the sample recipes into your daily diet, a few important words must first be said about the main characteristics and acceptable ingredients in the Paleo diet. You will then be able to judge for yourself whether other supposedly Paleo diet recipes are, indeed, in accordance with the diet.
Let’s first discuss the main characteristics of the diet. The dishes, desserts and soups of the Paleo diet are characterized by:
- High levels of protein and potassium
- Low levels of carbohydrates and sodium
- Abundant amounts of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants as well as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
With such characteristics, it is no wonder that most, if not all, of the Paleo recipes are suitable for weight loss. For example, sufficient levels of protein are necessary to gain lean muscle mass while also providing for a good source of energy and lessening hunger pangs while on a weight loss program.
The Paleo Diet also emphasizes the consumption of:
- Grass-fed organic meat like beef, pork and poultry
- Wild fishes
- Fruits and vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Tubers like yams and sweet potatoes
- Oils like olive oil, avocado oil, and coconut oil
The emphasis is on eating food products that our Paleolithic ancestors would have consumed during their time with a few accommodations for the modern-day agricultural methods by which food and drinks are made today.
Sample Paleo Recipes for Meals
The following easy-to-do yet delicious Paleo recipes will start you off on the right footing.
- 4 bacon slices
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 medium diced zucchini
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 medium diced tomato
- 1 handful spinach
On a pan, cook the bacon and remove it but reserve 1 tablespoon of the drippings. Add the garlic, tomato and zucchini to the pan, sauté until just before tender. Add the eggs and cooked bacon, which should be crumbled first, and the spinach to the mix. Cook until the eggs are firm and fluffy.
This is one of the Paleo recipes that can be experimented with by substituting a few ingredients.
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
- 2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Prepare the grill.
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Divide the mixture into 4 portions; shape into patties.
- Grill until cooked.
- Serve with a side dish.
When looking for other Paleo recipes, you should check the nutritional information just so you can determine the appropriate portion sizes for your diet requirements (i.e., total number of calories). You must also check the ingredients to determine that you are not allergic to a food component (i.e., nuts) although it must be emphasized that the Paleo diet is also used to treat susceptible individuals for their food allergies.
The bottom line: You must take full responsibility for your decision to adopt the Paleo diet into your life!