Hear are seven ways ways to make your diet paleo without giving up the foods that you love. Make no mistake, these are substitutions that do not match the real thing. But in a pinch they are good enough to keep you going.
Spaghetti Squash: Natures Pasta
Though not as chewy as traditional spaghetti, spaghetti squash goes as well with tomato or meat sauce (as well as a little oil and salt or clam sauce) that is as easy to prepare as past. Simply cut in half, scoop out the seeds, lightly coat with oil and place face down in on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven until done typically 30-45 minutes depending on the size. Once cooked, pull apart with a fork to create a spaghetti-like texture. At only about $1 a pound, spaghetti squash costs about as much as traditional pasta, and is a whole lot better for you. Give it a try, and this paleo food will surely become a staple of yours.
Don’t Want to give up the Peanut Butter & Jam? You Don’t have to
Eating nut butters (almond, cashew or macadamia) or seed butters (sunflower being the most prominent) can be a healthy way to satisfy a craving for peanut butter without loading up the body with unhealthy fats. The benefits derived from eating these butters are identical to those gained from eating the nuts in their raw form. While almond butter is now readily available, having become a staple of many shopping lists, both paleo and other, the others are still a bit obscure, and may take some searching to find.
Swap that Sub for a Salad
Buy a few of your favorite vegetables, cut them up and store them in airtight containers. Grab a handful of each, toss with your favorite paleo dressing (the most basic of which being a simple olive oil and vinegar) and top with some leftover chicken or canned tuna. With minimal effort, you’ll have several days of easy delicious, paleo lunches.
Ditch the Bread for Quinoa Instead
Though still technically a grain, quinoa is one of the most nutrient-dense grains available, and its carbohydrates are absorbed slowly into the blood stream, allowing for more stable blood sugar levels. It is also fairly versatile, and compliments a wide range of other flavors. While many paleo followers are on the fence about quinoa. I’ve welcomed it in to my diet, and it has become a regular on my weekly shopping lists.
Embrace the Sweet Potato, Superior in Every way to Classic White
On top of being an extremely delicious way to satisfying cravings for something sweet, sweet potatoes are more nutrient dense than their white counterparts, and contain sugars that are more slowly absorbed into the bloodstream.
Swap Those Tortillas out for Some Plantains
Anything you eat with tortillas, be it salsa, guacamole or paleo nachos, can be eaten with plantain chips instead. These can be made at home (in a dehydrator or oven) or purchased in grocery stores. If purchasing, make sure there is no added sugar or non-paleo oil listed in the ingredients. Plantain chips are another great paleo way to satisfy your craving for something sweet.
Two Alternatives to Wheat-Based Flour
Like to start your day with carb heavy foods such as pancakes or waffles? Consider replacing the white or whole wheat flour in these foods with almond or coconut flour, paleo alternatives that are a staple in many paleo baked goods. I’ve included a simple recipe to help get you started.
1/2c or 56g almond meal
1c or 68g shredded coconut, unsweetened, unsulphured
1 can or 400mL/g Coconut Milk
1/2t sea salt
1/2t baking powder
1/2t or 1g cinnamon
gluten free vanilla, optional
Directions – Beat eggs, add remaining ingrediants. Mix until smooth and uniformly colored. Cook as you wood normal pancakes, with a paleo friendly oil as your fat source.