I’ve done a few Paleo challenges in my time. But these days, the husband and I like to eat a modified Paleo diet…meaning we give ourselves flex-days occasionally (weddings! backpacking trips!) and have made a few exceptions for foods we think should be included on the diet. Namely, beans, yogurt and honey.
(This is where the strict Paleo-eaters can click away. Or present their arguments in the comments.)
It works for us. By keeping our kitchen gluten-free, sugar-free and mostly dairy-free, Adam’s GI distress is at an all-time low and I’ve lost all my baby weight.
After much tweaking with the diet, here are items we deem clutch:
- Lemonaise. This shit is delicious. With it, you can make a Paleo coleslaw, a rocking tuna salad, an easy dip for artichokes and if you’re brave like my husband, a Paleo hollandaise. Seriously. Just like mayonnaise. Only better.
- Almond butter. Oh my. I can’t even count how many nights that a spoonful of almond butter made things bearable. Eat it with carrots, spread it on a crepe made of almond flour (you heard what I said!), or enjoy straight up. I’ve said it once, but it bears repeating: I want to marry Justin’s Almond Butter.
- LARA bars. When you’re eating Paleo, you’re not eating many things out of a wrapper. But sometimes, it’s nice to have a quick and mobile option for grabbing and going. Enter Lara. So tasty, mostly Paleo-friendly and a one-time Denver connection. These things have saved my life when I’m having a carb craving or need something pretend to satisfy my sweet tooth.
- Spaghetti squash. All the functionality of pasta, none of the uncomfortable bloating. Spaghetti squash is such an amazing stand-in for pasta. Delicious, easy to prepare and it always provides left-overs. Pair with a homemade tomato sauce (the stuff in the store is filled with sugar!) and turkey meatballs…you won’t even miss the pasta.
- Coconut oil. A lovely alternative to olive oil, coconut oil makes me think I’m cooking in the tropics. There is a definite flavor associated with using it, but when cooking plantains or doing stir-fries, it can’t be beat. (I’ve also heard of people eating it straight but I haven’t tried it…yet.)
What are your Paleo must-haves? Anything that you can’t live without?
[In other Paleo-related news, I've found an amazing new resource and perhaps a new girl-crush in the blog PaleOMG. Besides the clever title, Juli has yummy pictures and an entire section devoted to treats. You can bet your sweet ass I'll be trying some of these recipes soon...]