Paleo Diet & Recipes

So, what is ‘The Paleo Diet’ and what recipes are there that can tickle our taste buds?!

Here we find out….

What Is The Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet (aka the Caveman Diet), is based around eating foods that are believed to have been available during the Paleolithic era (this age is also known as the Stone Age).

The Paleolithic era existed from around 2.6 million years ago to 10,000 years ago…quite a lot of time you may agree!

The reason why it ended some 10,000 years ago, is because this is the time that the Agricultural Revolution began. When farming plants and animals started to really pick up, leading to crops and other food sources being produced on a mass scale, a major contributing factor to rapid population growth.

Side Note: The Paleo Diet has been popularised by Loren Cordain.

What Foods Are Paleo Foods?

During the Paleolithic era, evidence shows that we were hunter gatherers, eating whatever we could forage from our environments. With this being the case, foods that are accepted on the diet are ones which would’ve been available during this time span including (yet not limited to):

• Non-starchy vegetables (e.g. broccoli, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, cucumber, peppers)
• Fruits
• Nuts
• Meat

It also avoids foods that are not thought to be available during this time, such as:

• Grains
• Starchy vegetables
• Dairy
• Legumes
• Sugar
• Alcohol

The reason these are ‘not allowed’ is simply because these foods wouldn’t have been available during the Paleolithic era to hunter gatherers at the time.

As you can imagine, processed foods and the like are also not allowed because you simply wouldn’t find chocolate bars and fast food around back then.

Why Would We Want to Eat Paleo?

Simply put, the diet is designed around what we evolved to eat.

By doing so, the idea is that it is the ‘ideal diet’ and therefore the most healthy diet for us.

The Benefits

Although the accuracy of the Paleo diet can be extensively written about and promoted or fought against, the main idea is that we should focus on eating:
• Minimally processed foods
• High protein
• Low carbohydrate
• High Fibre
• Moderate/high fat
• Lots of vitamins and minerals

So, in this regard it’s hard to argue that it’s a ‘bad diet’ at such, a lot of the issues that critics have seem to be with the historical accuracy of the claims of the diet and that just because a food wasn’t eaten by Paleolithic humans doesn’t necessarily mean it yields no benefit.

Paleo Diet Recipes

If you want to give the Paleo diet plan a whirl, here we have 3 simple Paleo recipes for you!

Super Simple Salmon Salad

We all like simple, tasty recipes right? Of course we do!

Okay for this one, all you’re going to need is:

• 1 x salmon fillet
• 1 x lemon
• 1 x handful of baby leaf salad
• 1 x large tomato
• 1/4 cucumber
• Sprinkling of thyme

Method

1. Sprinkle thyme onto your salmon fillet
2. Place 2-3 lemon slices on salmon fillet
3. Wrap salmon in foil and cook until cooked through
4. Cut tomato and cucumber into slices or chunks (as desired)
5. Place mixed baby lead salad onto a plate with cucumber and tomato
6. Place cooked salmon at side of salad
7. Enjoy!

The Anti-Oxidant Paleo Breakfast

Nuts and berries have a very paleolithic feel to them.

If you were to think ‘what would a hunter gatherer eat?’ nuts and berries would certainly be up there, yeah?

So, it’s only right that we have a nuts and berry rich breakfast option that any of us can make in a short amount of time…and like.

You will need:
• 1 x handful of blueberries
• 1 x handful of raspberries
• 1 x handful of strawberries
• 1/2 cup of almonds
• 1 tbsp of raw 100% cacao
• 5 mint leaves

Method

1. Put ingredients on a plate
2. Make it look all pretty
3. Take a picture and put it on Instagram and tag Discount Supplements to show us your masterpiece!

Frittatas

Frittatas are super easy to make, delicious and Paleo friendly! #Winner

Ingredients
• 4 large eggs
• 1 slice of bacon
• 1/2 tsp. wholegrain mustard
• 1 tsp. coconut oil
• 1/2 small red onion, sliced thinly
• 1 thinly sliced tomato
• 20g of baby spinach leaves

Method

1. Whisk well the eggs and mustard in a bowl
2. Gently heat the coconut oil in an oven-proof skillet, medium heat
3. Cook the bacon and red onion for 5 minutes until the onion is golden brown
4. Add spinach and cook for a further 1-2 minutes
5. Add in egg mixture, cooking until most of the egg is cooked but a still little runny in the middle
6. Gently place tomatoes on top
7. Transfer skillet to oven and cook at 180oC for 15-20 minutes until golden
8. Serve!

There we have it! The Paleo Diet in a nutshell (a Paleo approved nutshell that is) plus some tasty, simple recipes.

Beautiful!

Luke

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