The paleo diet has been steadily gaining ground among health conscious individuals, with some believing that it’s one of the best weight loss program around.
Contrary to what people think, this diet plan is actually quite easy to understand.
In the paleo diet, the focus is essentially on eating food that our Paleolithic ancestors did – vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, meats and animal products like eggs and honey.
Dairy, grains and processed food are eschewed as these are relatively recent inventions. While some might find it hard to imagine what dishes can be made when following the paleo diet, there’s actually a dizzyingly wide array of paleo recipes that you can do.
In truth, some might find the idea of following a weight loss program daunting, especially if it involves a total lifestyle change.
You can look for simple and easy ways to incorporate the idea of the paleo diet in your life instead.
Here are some paleo food hacks for a healthy diet that you can try:
- Say sayonara to sugar
Refined sugar is undeniably bad for you, but it doesn’t mean we have to trudge into this life without sweets.
Use raw honey or pure maple syrup instead. These unrefined sugars are a healthier choice and something that would make you question why you ever needed those white, granulated, over-processed ones.
- Switch flours
You can still have your cake and eat it too with the paleo diet, as long as you switch flours.
Switch your all-purpose flour with nut flour and start baking. There’s really no need to worry about not having your favourite pancake for breakfast with this diet.
- Take advantage of the seasons
With the paleo diet’s focus on earth-based products, it’s safe to assume that anything you find in the produce section of your supermarket is OK.
While that’s essentially true, the nearest farmer’s market might provide a lot more options.
After all, the produce there are not only fresh and in season, it’s also more affordable.
You can even buy in bulk and freeze it for later. This is especially true for berries as you can simply wash them, pat dry, place on a cookie sheet and freeze. Transfer the berries into a freezer bag and it will keep for several days to weeks.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand
Most of the time, our unhealthy food choices stem from the lack of time and limited options. If your pantry is full of processed food and salty chips, odds are that’s what you would be picking for a snack.
So keep several paleo-friendly snacks in your pantry and fridge instead. The aforementioned frozen berries are a good option.
You can also make several paleo burritos and freeze them for such moments. There are also some good, easy to make, low-carb roll-up recipes out there.
Or simply have some fresh fruits and easy to snack on veggies like carrots on hand.
- Make your own chips
It’s easy to see why people love their potato chips. Its’ salty, delicious crunch is undeniably addicting.
But it also gives you zero nutrients.
So instead of constantly resisting the lure of the potato chip, why not make your own kale chip? Like the beloved potato chip, kale chips can also be little pieces of salty, crunchy heaven. Plus it’s nutritious.
Making your own kale chips is also easy to do.
- Switch up your salads
Salads don’t have to be the same boring romaine, tomatoes and olive oil vinaigrette combination.
Think out of the box and make salads more interesting and fun to eat again by subbing the usual ingredients with something new.
For instance, go beyond lettuce and try a combination of baby kale, arugula and spinach leaves. Basil, endive and radicchio are also interesting options.
Give the tomatoes a rest and use avocados, roasted peppers, grated carrots, citrus fruits or artichoke hearts for garnish instead. Amp up the flavour of your salads by using a fresh lemon dressing or a tahini dressing.
Make it even healthier by opting for avocado or walnut oil.
Have fun trying!