Are you following the Paleo diet and getting tired of eating the same foods over and over again? If you’re not creative, the Paleo diet can be seen as restrictive or hard to follow for an extended period of time. This isn’t to say that the Paleo diet is bad by any means—it just might require a little more thought and innovation as you get used to eating this way. Check out these simple Paleo food hacks that will make the Paleo diet much easier to follow.
1. Make Paleo Oatmeal Instead of Steel Cut Oats
Do you crave a piping hot bowl of oatmeal in the morning, but are struggling because of the Paleo diet’s no grains rule? Soak a couple of cups of raw almonds before you head into work, then grind them in a food processor until they’re crumbly. Mix with a peeled and chopped butternut squash, some apples, cinnamon, and a little milk substitute like coconut milk. Let it cook in your slow cooker overnight. In the morning, mash it all together for a sweet and hearty Paleo oatmeal.
2. Try Baba Ghanoush Instead of Hummus
Chickpeas, beans, and other legumes are also not allowed on the Paleo diet. So what are you supposed to dip your carrots, cucumbers slices, and bell peppers in? Enter baba ghanoush! This Middle Eastern spread looks and tastes just like hummus. The only difference is it’s made with eggplant instead of chickpeas. You can find it at your local health food store or even make it on your own.
3. Use Almond Meal Instead of White Flour
You won’t be able to use equal amounts of almond flour for white flour, but if you do a little online research you’ll be able to figure out the baking ratios. Almond meal makes a great substitute for white flour in many cookies, muffins, and other baked goods.
4. Bake Spaghetti Squash Instead of Pasta
I used to love to kick back with a giant bowl of pasta after a hard day’s work. But I realize now that a huge portion of refined carbohydrates is only going to lead to an insulin spike and weight gain. Substituting spaghetti squash for pasta is a low-carb and Paleo alternative for pasta that tastes great.
5. Use Homemade Bone Broth Instead of Canned Stock
Homemade bone broth has become a very popular health food in recent years and for good reason! Rich in calcium and other anti-inflammatory properties, it can promote gut and joint health. Use homemade bone broth in soups, stews, and even steamed vegetables.
6. Use Pumpkin or Avocado to Reduce the Sugar and Fat Content of a Rich Chocolate Sauce
You might think the dairy in chocolate sauce makes it off limits. But swapping pumpkin or avocado for dairy can help the chocolate retain its creamy decadence while eliminating the dairy.
7. Whip Full Fat Coconut Milk into Homemade Whipped Cream
A can of full fat coconut milk might seem high in calories, but it’s actually full of monounsaturated fat that’s great for heart and brain health. Whip the coconut milk up with a hand mixer and a little raw sugar for a healthy and Paleo take on whipped cream that can be enjoyed with berries!
The Paleo diet might seem a little daunting at first, but play your cards right and it can actually be a very flavorful and enjoyable way of eating. What are some of your favorite Paleo concoctions?