The Paleo diet – also popularly known as the caveman’s diet – mainly consists of simple foods that our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate back in the day. Paleo emphasizes on consuming whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts, seeds, eggs and seafood.
The diet is popular for its numerous health benefits including weight loss, better immune system and improved heart health. Want to try out the diet for yourself but don’t know which recipes to make? We’ve got you covered! Here are the 5 easy-to-make paleo dishes to get you started.
This is a great recipe to replace your peanut butter morning sandwiches or an afternoon snack at the office when you’re feeling a little peckish.
Full of omega-3 fats and potassium, this nutty-crunchy treat is made by slicing a banana length-wise and spreading coconut and almond butter in the middle and topping it off with crunchy walnut bits, dark chocolate chips and sprinkle of sea salt.
This recipe is completely gluten and dairy-free and can be made with any nut butter and toppings of your choice.
Craving a low-carb alternative to crispy French fries? This baked parsnip recipe will become your go-to snack while on a paleo diet.
Start off by preheating your oven at 450°F for at least half an hour. Meanwhile, cut two and a half pounds of parsnip into long strips and add them to a bowl with a large clove of garlic, finely minced, a tablespoon of chopped rosemary, three tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
Mix until each parsnip strip is fully coated with the herb mixture and scatter the ‘fries’ onto a tray lined with a baking sheet.
Put the tray in the oven and turn the parsnip strips ever ten minutes until they’re tender on the inside and crisp on the outside.
Season with half teaspoon of cumin and extra salt and pepper if desired. This savory treat can be enjoyed with a hummus dip as a snack or as a healthy side to your roast chicken dinners.
No Bake Chocolate Coconut Cashew Bars
This healthy nut and chocolate bar will fix all your sweet tooth cravings without adding too much sugar or carbs to your diet. Perfect for a quick breakfast, afternoon snack or ever a pre-workout fuel, these vegan and paleo-friendly bars require no cooking and come together in a snap!
For the recipe, you’ll need 5-6 ounces ounces of dried figs, 2 cups of unsalted, raw cashews, 1 cup of plain coconut flakes and a dash of sea salt and vanilla.
Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend the mixture comes together but isn’t pureed. Scrape the sticky fig mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and spread it out evenly.
Now melt 2/3 cups of dark chocolate and pour it on top, spreading evenly to coat the entire surface. Chill the mixture in the freezer for 20 minutes until hardened and chop it into bars.
Avocado Tuna Salad
Replace your tuna salad sandwich with this gluten-free, low carb alternative for a midday snack or even a light lunch. This easy-to-make recipe only requires 4 ingredients and can be whipped up in 5 minutes.
Cut a ripe avocado in half and scrape out most of the flesh into a bowl leaving ¼-inch layer of flesh in the shells.
To the scraped out avocado, add lemon juice, a tablespoon of chopped onion, one can of wild tuna and freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.
Combine the mixture and scoop it back into the avocado shells.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bites
Craving something sweet after lunch or dinner? Nibble on these health energy bites that are packed with fudgy, chocolaty goodness and contain a ton of nutritional value.
To make these chocolate chip energy bites, you’ll need two cups of chocolate chips, three tablespoons of almond butter, two tablespoons of coconut oil, half cup of your favorite plant-based milk and a dash of vanilla and sea salt.
Add the ingredients to a saucepan and simmer on medium heat until everything is evenly melted (don’t forget to stir constantly, or the chocolate might burn!).
Pour the mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and leave it in the fridge for two hours until completely set.