The Paleo diet is one of the healthiest ways to eat which consists of mimicking the way people used to prepare and consume food before the dawn of civilization. Also known as the caveman diet, it makes use of unprocessed, raw, fresh, and natural ingredients. The main idea of the diet is that if a caveman could not or did not eat it back then, then it is also not allowed to be consumed during the actual diet.
To make it simpler, the foods needed to be eaten are those that cave men would have hunted or had easy access to. These include fish, meats, nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and other regional vegetables. However, the Paleo diet requires more than just buying the right ingredients. This diet also involves a lifestyle change that requires you to commit to avoiding unhealthy eating habits and doing regular exercise.
Although the limited ingredients allowed in the Paleo diet may sound problematic to some people, there is no need to worry. The diet will become more successful if meals are planned regularly. This method of meal planning helps dieters avoid repetition and it also provides more room for variety and creativity when it comes to preparing dishes.
Here are some great recipes that are easy to make and perfect for lunch whether at home or when on the run.
Paleo Chicken Stir Fry
This Paleo recipe is a quick meal that anyone can whip up. This fast and easy recipe is a recommended go-to meal when you are craving for something delicious. It only requires a couple of ingredients — chicken breasts, fresh vegetables (preferably carrots, string beans, and broccoli), extra virgin olive oil, and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Herbs and spices like garlic, onion powder, and cayenne pepper can be added for flavor. Just toss the chicken breast and veggies into a heated wok with olive oil. Add everything needed for the perfect combination of flavor and pair with baked sweet potatoes for a fully loaded meal.
Mexican Chicken Tenders
This Paleo meal gives chicken tenders and fries a healthier twist. This recipe includes a combination of sautéed and perfectly spiced chicken tenders that are paired with a choice between baked carrot or sweet potato fries. Paleo dieters will definitely enjoy this dish and forget about fast food or junk food. For a heavier meal, it can also be served with fresh spinach, pico de gallo, hard boiled or fried egg, and super healthy avocado slices.
Paleo Tuna and Avocado Salad Bowl
For those who are usually in a hurry, this recipe can be easily made in five minutes. Just crack an avocado in half and stuff the tuna salad made with some canned or leftover tuna, chopped onions, and lemon juice. Season the tuna with fresh herbs and mix together. There is no need to add mayo since the avocado is already a great source of natural fat; making it a perfect and healthier alternative for regular mayonnaise.
Thai Chicken Salad with Chili Vinaigrette
This mouth-watering Paleo salad combines the freshest and tastiest ingredients that are perfect for people who enjoy authentic Asian flavors. Just layer the ingredients in a mason jar for lunch at work or toss the cooked chopped chicken breast, lettuce, chopped purple cabbage, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, and sliced mangoes in a large bowl. The vinaigrette is a combination of olive oil, lime juice, and chili flakes. This flavorful recipe is not only a feast for the palate, but for the eyes as well.
All-American Paleo Burger
Burger lovers should rejoice because the Paleo diet is not the enemy. There is still a way to enjoy comfort food without having to sacrifice the flavors of the dishes we are used to eating. The recipe requires ingredients like Portobello mushrooms with the stem removed, burger patties made from 70-80% lean meat, baked bacon strips, onions, lettuce, and tomatoes. Instead of using bread, the mushrooms will serves as the buns. Grill the burgers and mushrooms, and assemble the burger. With recipes like these, it is so easy to just enjoy healthy eating and forget about dieting.
Regular meal planning will definitely save Paleo dieters a lot of trouble when it comes to coming up with tasty dishes. There might be a lot of foods to give up, but there are also ways to modify regular recipes to fit the Paleo diet’s nutritional requirements.
Want to learn more? Watch Dr. Sebring’s Paleo diet videos to check out more recipes and tips!