My grandma on my mom’s side was the type of lady who cooked every meal from scratch, every day of the year, for her husband and six kids. She was your average suburban 1960s housewife, but she hardly ever used anything canned or jarred from the store. Fresh veggies with every meal in addition to the salad, a big chunk of protein as the main, and, inevitably, a side of carbs like rice or potatoes. As I grew up, I realized that she even made the salad dressing from scratch. And the more I’ve gotten into Paleo, the more I’ve become like her (minus the refined carbs!). So I wanted to share a recipe with you today that is quite simple but makes a bigger impact than its small presence on your plate might indicate: Italian Dressing. Read more
With Paleo Grubs, you will discover delicious Paleo recipes, learn what you can and canno't eat, and get helpful tips so you can enjoy the paleo diet, not just survive it.
What is the Paleo Diet?
There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the Paleo diet. Some write it off as a fad while others think it entails eating only meat. The Paleo diet attempts to bring our modern day eating habits back to Paleolithic times, when mankind was hunting and gathering rather than grocery shopping. It gets rid of foods that are byproducts of agriculture and industrialization, like wheat, legumes, refined sugar, and dairy. It focuses on meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. These foods put the body in a healthy state that could be the key to helping with modern diseases that come from an unhealthy lifestyle, like obesity, digestive problems, and more.
5 Good Reasons to Switch to a Paleo Diet
With so many diet plans being pitched to you on a daily basis, what makes Paleo the right choice? Here are the five best reasons to make the switch to a healthier you with Paleo:
Reason #1: Effortless Weight Loss
The approved Paleo foods work for you rather than against you, so your body is never fighting against what it just ate. Instead you’ll have increased energy levels, better sleep, and weight loss as a natural byproduct of an improved lifestyle.
Reason #2: It Can Help with Health Conditions
Once your body is back in alignment with the foods it was naturally designed to eat amazing things start to happen. Blood sugar stabilizes, blood pressure lowers, bad cholesterol goes down, good cholesterol goes up, stress levels decrease, mood improves, and on and on!
Reason #3: It’s Not Confusing
You won’t be faced with the challenge of keeping track of a point system, counting calories, counting carbs, or forced to buy brand name pre-packaged diet foods to succeed. There’s not a guru that has the secret under lock and key. It’s a simple way of eating clean and healthy.
Reason #4: It Will Always Be There for You
If you’re tired of yo-yo dieting and jumping from one trend to the next when a diet stops working, give Paleo a try. Try it for a month and you’ll likely stick with it once you see and feel the results. It’s a way of eating that will be the same ten years from now as it is today.
Reason #5: Tastiest “Diet Food” on the Planet
Maybe that’s why so many who try the Paleo diet stick with it and make it into a lifestyle. Once you master the right substitutes there’s few dishes that are off limits. You’ll find hundreds of delicious recipes you can start making today and you’ll never look back!
Our Newest Paleo Recipes
Spinach, like Brussels sprouts, lima beans, and beets, inspires strong emotions in people. There’s no in-between when it comes to spinach: you either love it or hate it. The one funny thing about spinach is that you will find people who will only eat it raw; and others who will only eat it cooked. Eating Paleo has helped me embrace the raw version because nothing works on raw baby spinach like a nice bacon salad dressing. But that’s a subject for another day! Today I’m here to share with you my favorite recipe for cooked spinach: a Paleo version of creamed spinach. Read more
Bananas, I think, is my favorite. They’re lovely and sweet with a creamy flavor that works well with other fruits, and when you freeze them you open yourself up to a whole new world of banana enjoyment. Smoothies, ice creams, and other desserts become easy to make and enjoy paleo-style, and they often don’t even need additional sweetening because bananas are so sweet naturally! Read more
The Paleo diet is relatively easy to follow as there are very few guidelines. One of the main guidelines is to eat food which would have only been available to our Paleolithic ancestors. This means that any foods which came about due to the agricultural revolution is out. So no dairy; no milk, cream, cheese, yogurt or butter. Read more
Artichokes are one of my favorite foods. They have plenty of umami flavor and a fun texture, and they’re incredible versatile. They’re also naturally paleo! So give some of these artichoke recipes a try. Read more
Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the western world, and they can be used about a thousand different ways—not to mention that they’re delicious to eat out of hand! These paleo apple recipes cover baked goods like cakes and muffins, ice cream dishes, salads, stews, soups, and anything else you can think of using apples. Try some this apple season! Read more
What’s better than a big steaming plate of pasta and meatballs with sauce? Paleo “pasta” with meatballs and sauce! And to make this recipe for Italian Meatballs even better, I use my slow cooker. The result is a full-bodied, rich sauce, with juicy, flavorful meatballs that make the perfect topping for zucchini noodles or mashed cauliflower (a good stand-in for polenta). Welcome to the story of my Slow-Cooker Italian Meatballs. Read more
For most Paleo eaters, breakfast is a cinch: a couple eggs, some bacon, and you’re good to go. But I’ve never been a huge fan of your typical breakfast foods. I’ll eat that kind of breakfast foods every now and then, but not as a regular, every day breakfast. So this recipe for carrot muffins has become part of my regular rotation of breakfast foods. Not only are these muffins Paleo, they are packed with vitamins and nutrients. And, you can make them ahead of time and grab one in the morning on your way out the door. More time to hit the snooze button! Read more
On hot summer evenings, I generally prefer to eat light. Before I ate Paleo, sometimes I would just have fresh veggies in a light salad with some dressing. And while there are days I could probably be totally satisfied with just veggies, I know now that I have to add protein to make sure I stay full longer; those veggie-only dinners would generally lead a few hours later to snacking. So when I’m in that mood, I’ll cook a piece of fish and pair it with a bright, flavorful salad. One of my favorites is this cucumber salad. Read more