What is All This About Paleo, or Can I Be a Caveman Too?
I suppose in order to understand why we should eat Paleo, we need to know what it means in the first place. If I had to give a very simple explanation of the basics of Paleo, I would say it focuses on eating whole foods. Paleo eliminates most dairy, grains and processed foods, mimicking the diet of early humans. It sort of makes sense, because our bodies have evolved to be able to run on particular fuels. My brain loves bread so much, that my body saves it all over me as fat for later! Bread isn’t Paleo unless it’s made with alternative flours and fats like coconut.
There are many really great websites that will teach you all you could ever want to know about Paleo, how and where to buy Paleo foods, how to prepare them in the healthiest way, and all the endless health benefits you’ll receive from eating like our ancestors ate.
My favorite Paleo site is called PaleoLeap. The information there is endless. You will be able to become a member of the PaleoLeap Tribe with access to:
- A concise guide to all things Paleo
- 75 Cheat Sheets with essential information at a glance
- Weight and Sleep Trackers
- 6 more tools, including nutrition finder and Carb Calculator
- Dozens of amazing Paleo Recipes with Pictures!
If you’re more of a hands on learner and really want the hard copy on your kitchen counter, here’s a super book for Paleo newbies. It promises to show you how to convert to a Paleo lifestyle to lose weight, feel healthy, and increase your energy level. You’ll get
- A How To guide to convert to a Paleo diet in 7 day
- A shopping guide with 117 Paleo recommended foods
- 99 Paleo Recipes
Banana Bread Recipe By a Real Civilized Caveman!
It’s okay! It’s Paleo! I made this banana bread last weekend as an alternative to the bad habit I’ve gotten into, buying a can of Cinnabon cinnamon rolls for our Sunday morning treat with coffee. Cinnabons are definitely not Paleo! They’re not organic, either, for that matter. Click the link to find the recipe by George Bryant, the Civilized Caveman.
The items above are all organic and paleo. If you’re like me, you’ve never used them before, so when I made the bread, it was fun to see what was possible. I also used organic brown eggs and organic bananas. The cost of all these alternative products is higher than using traditional baking ingredients, but the fact that it produced a gluten-free, refined sugar-free baked treat was pretty cool!
The banana bread tasted better the second and third day. I’m not sure what the dynamic was–maybe it was the leftover-spaghetti-is-always-better phenomenon. Or pizza for breakfast! Here’s a comforting recipe for Paleo Pizza on PaleoLeap. The crust is made with the same coconut flour as the banana bread.
Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies by PaleoHacks
I made these cookies last night while I was preparing dinner. They’re super easy and fast, and definitely satisfy the dessert craving. As you can see by the pictures below, mine aren’t as pretty as the PaleoHack version, but my husband liked them, so I consider them a success! I did use white chocolate chips instead of dark chocolate, just because that’s what I had on hand. I didn’t spend much time shaping them as the recipe directs, either, so those are two essential differences. AND, my oven isn’t great…okay, enough excuses. They taste really good, and use the same ingredients as above.
If you try these recipes, leave me a comment! Leave me a comment anyway! I’d love to hear your feedback on any of my posts, and I’m interested in information you may have to share with me.
I grew up in a very traditional (average) family, so I only knew honey that came out of a plastic bear! Honey is good stuff no matter how you contain it, but Raw Honey is simply amazing in its taste and texture. The GloryBee brand I used for the banana bread and cookies has a grainy texture and is pretty solid in consistency, not the thick, smooth liquid we all know as pasteurized honey. When I made the bread, I had to dig it out of the jar with a spoon and then stir it into the mashed bananas. It melted somewhat while I was working with the dry ingredients, but not completely. It took some extra work to get it mixed. I’ve since learned that you can set the jar down into a pot of hot water (off the heat), and the honey will liquefy without destroying its enzymes. Any extra work involved in using the raw honey is well worth it, because it tastes so fantastic!
Honey’s status as a Paleo whole food is debated among Paleo experts, and the efficacy of raw honey versus pasteurized is also not clear. Most agree, though, that unprocessed raw honey is a natural whole food, so it would seem Paleo friendly. For a complete explanation of honey, go to PaleoLeap.