One of the hot diets of the past year which shows no sign of losing popularity in 2019 is the Paleo diet a.k.a. The Caveman diet. Caveman because the Paleo style of eating centers around the foods our prehistoric ancestors ate. They were hunter-gatherers, not farmers —so food like animal protein, which was hunted, and foods like nuts, berries, fruits and vegetables that grew freely and were gathered, are the building blocks of the Paleo diet.
Some important keys to following a Paleo lifestyle are:
1. Having a higher intake of protein, particularly lean sources
2. Following a lower carb intake mainly from non-starchy vegetables and fruits
3. Using a moderate to higher fat intake, specifically from higher levels of the “good,” polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
A Paleo diet limits foods that became common when farming emerged about 10,000 years ago. These foods include dairy products, legumes, and grains. For carb lovers, this means no pasta or bread. For you cheese fanatics, sorry, but that's a no-go. And, for all the sweets lovers, refined sugar or highly processed food of any kind is off limits.
Whoa, keep reading! Don't let that discourage you! There are lots of great food options on the Paleo plan, so let’s talk about those. First, protein is king, so meat lovers rejoice. This includes seafood and eggs as well, but try to stay away from processed meats and seafood. The list of fruits and veggies in the Paleo plan is almost endless although there are a few notable exceptions like potatoes and corn. Nuts and seeds in moderation are fine. Some acceptable fats and oils include extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, lard, and, yes, duck fat. For the sweet tooths out there, no need to fear! Sweeteners like coconut sugar, maple sugar, Stevia, and honey are all good as are almond, coconut, and hazelnut flours.
Here are some yummy Paleo recipes that everyone will enjoy.
Paleo Shrimp Pad Thai
Fruit and Chia Breakfast Bowl
Sweet Potato and Broccoli Rabe Hash with Fried Eggs
Looking for more Paleo inspiration? Check out our Paleo Recipe collection on the Savory Recipe Center.