Developed by Dr Loren Cordain of Colorado State University, the paleo diet or caveman’s diet incorporates foods that were supposedly consumed by our hunter-gatherer ancestors. These include food items like fresh fruits, leafy greens, lean meats, seafood, nuts and seeds.
Since the diet emphasizes on whole foods, it has numerous proven health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, strong immune system and sustained weight loss.
Whether you’re an ardent paleo fan or just casually curious about the primitive diet, you’ll want to try these mouthwatering recipes:
A nutty-crunchy treat you can enjoy as breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up. Made with almond butter, coconut butter, chocolate chips and bananas, the sweet treat is free from both gluten and dairy. Plus, you can play around with different toppings of your choice to create new flavors. Get the recipe here.
Baked Butternut Squash Fries
These crispy fries are a perfect low-carb snack. They also make for a healthy side dish for burgers and grilled chicken. Check out the recipe here. Speaking of baked fries, you might also like this Baked Parsnip Fries With Rosemary recipe.
No Bake Chocolate Coconut Cashew Bars
These scrumptious, nutty bars are perfect for on-the-go breakfast, midday snack or even post-workout fuel. Here’s the three-step recipe. Alternatively, you can go for store-bought options like TCHO‘s paleo-friendly chocolate bars. The chocolate comes in four delish flavors: Banana Nut, Coffee + Almond, Super Dark Milk and San Martin, Peru.
Avocado Tuna Salad
A protein-packed salad that’s perfect for lunch or mid-day snack. The recipe uses only four ingredients and can be put together in just five minutes! Get the recipe here.
Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers
This gobsmacking recipe is packed with Vitamin C, antioxidants and fiber. It’s perfect for a healthy lunch or weeknight dinner. To make this savory dish you’ll need cauliflower rice (grated cauliflower that looks like rice), garlic, diced onions and bell peppers, among other ingredients. Here’s the recipe. And if you like all things cauliflower, check out CAULIPOWER’s gluten-free Cauliflower Baking Mix. The paleo mix can be used to make all kinds of recipes, from Cauliflower-Crusted Chicken Tenders to Gluten-free Key Lime Cheesecake.
Paleo Honey Almond Granola
A simple homemade granola recipe that has the goodness of almonds and honey. Here’s the full recipe. To make this paleo-friendly granola even more nutritious, use Manuka honey. Comvita’s Manuka Honey and Wedderspoon’s Raw Manuka Honey are highly recommended.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bites
Satiate your 3 pm cravings with these chocolaty bites that are packed with protein, fiber and natural sugar. Here’s the easy-peasy recipe. I also tried and liked this 5-Ingredient Healthy Fudge recipe.
Lemon Drizzle Bliss Balls
Made with dates, lemon juice and nuts, these energy balls make for a great on-the-go snack. Whip up a whole batch over the weekend and store it in an airtight container to munch on throughout the week. Get the complete recipe here.
Coconut Mango Chia Seed Pudding
This delectable dessert is loaded with Vitamin A, protein, omega-3 fatty acid and antioxidants. Though the original recipe uses chia seeds and mango, you can add other fruits, nuts and seeds of your choice, to make the pudding more flavorful. Get the recipe here.
Chocolate & Strawberry Muffins
These Pinterest-worthy muffins taste as good as they look. To make these nut-free sweet treats, you’ll need cocoa powder, coconut flour, honey and fresh strawberries. Get the recipe here.