The Paleo diet was first brought into the spotlight by Loren Cordain, PhD, considered the world’s leading expert on the Paleolithic diet, and author of the best-selling The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Food You Were Designed to Eat. Dr. Cordain’s extensive research focused on the evolutionary and anthropological basis for dietary health and the links between modern diets and disease.
Recently, the Paleo diet has surged in popularity. Also known as the primal diet, caveman diet, Stone Age diet, or hunter-gatherer diet, it consists of fresh vegetables, fruits, roots, nuts, wild fish, free-range poultry, and grass-fed meat. It excludes all grains, legumes, dairy products, refined sugars, and processed oils. The modern Paleo diet is a whole lifestyle of particular foods and exercise, and it has many interpretations.
Turmeric Tea, called Golden Milk, is a delicious way to get your daily dose of turmeric. This spicy chai will warm your heart and stimulate vitality. Sweet potato latte is quick to prepare, tastier, cheaper, and healthier than store bought pumpkin latte, plus it’s free of dairy, sugar, and chemicals.
Decadently wonderful, sensuously delicious. It’s hard to believe it’s healthy. Look at the 100% Paleo ingredients, unprocessed, low-carb. You be the judge. A brownie in a cup. Yes, baked in a cup. Just stir the ingredients together and bake. 20 minutes later, you’re in heaven.
A friend brought me some freshly picked cherries and raspberries. Whoa! That’s just begging for a tart! So I got out my tart pan, invented an easy grain-free dough, and here’s the result. Pitting the cherries was a labor of love. You can use frozen pitted cherries to save time. I happen to love freshly picked sour cherries
Refreshing and creamy, when I tasted these bars I couldn’t believe how delicious they were (and I’m pretty sure you’ll have the same reaction as well!) The filling is made with fresh lime juice and creamy avocado. Smooth, cool, and exhilarating, mild avocado adds richness to these Key
OMG – the best brownies I ever tasted! These dark chocolate babies are moist, chewy, and will satisfy the most serious chocolate craving. They’re easy to make, extremely fudgy, and taste even more luscious with Paleo Mocha Buttercream Frosting. Like all my desserts, these will not raise blood sugar
Tired of sweet muffins for breakfast? Try a savory grab & go muffin packed with healthy veggies! You’ll love the luscious, rich flavor of coconut with carrots, green onions, and dill. Mom said “Eat your vegetables!”, and you’ll get lots of healthy veggies in every bite. Use your favorite vegetables,
Easiest and tastiest chicken I ever ate, with only 5 ingredients, this is perfect for Labor Day weekend! Everybody loves fried chicken, and it’s great when all can enjoy, including those on alternative diets. Paleo, gluten-free, tree nut-free, diabetic-friendly, and so crispy, no one will guess this is special. Oven-frying is quick, healthy, less greasy,
In Italy you can ask for “Spaghetti con Burro e Salvia” or “Spaghetti with Butter and Sage”. This Paleo adaptation is even more delicious. Zoodles are a 5-minute veggie – much quicker than spaghetti, gluten-free, and grain-free. The easy herb sauce is melted ghee with your favorite herbs. Grass-fed ghee is packed with nutrients
I woke up hungry this morning. What’s for breakfast? My body wanted something nutrient-dense, and more filling than a smoothie. Strange, as my book Good Morning Paleo has 165 amazing breakfast recipes, but none of them felt right today. Out came the apples, green powder,
Want an easy 5-minute dessert or treat with rapturous flavor that will make you swoon? Zabaglione is a smooth Italian delicacy made with heavy cream. Instead I’ve used coconut milk and coconut butter to make it lusciously thick and dairy-free. Orange and peaches taste delightful together.
A magical blend of warm comfort food with squash, rutabaga, carrot, onion, and sweet potato, I created this creamy soup for my Qigong students, an example of how to heal inflammation, epidemic in our times. Easy to make if you have an immersion blender, it has a naturally sweet flavor of root veggies.
These brownies are chewy, rich, luscious, and spicy because they’re made with pure Mayan ingredients like cacao, coconut, chia seeds, avocado, and hot pepper. Gluten-free, grain-free, flourless, non-glycemic, and Paleo, you’d never guess by the amazing flavor and texture. Avocado provides healthy
You don’t have to drink your breakfast smoothie – you can take it with you as a muffin! These taste moist and delicious like banana bread, except they’re green! A nutritious snack that packs, travels, and freezes well, tuck a few in your bag for a nourishing meal on the go.
It’s sweltering hot here in Santa Fe, we’re all living on pink lemonade. My mom’s lemonade was sugary-sweet, however this refreshing recipe is sugar-free, using a natural zero carb sweetener. I don’t use stevia after learning (what the Grocery Association doesn’t want you to know)
You won’t find THIS rice pilaf in Athens or Mykonos, because it is made with cauliflower. A healthy alternative to potatoes or rice, no one will guess it is low-carb, grain-free, and Paleo. In fact one of my guests asked if I used Basmati rice! Easy to make in 15 minutes or less, cauliflower is an anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting
My doctor requested an easy, healthy dark chocolate fudge. Well, here it is, luscious and so quick to make! If you’re eating 75% chocolate thinking it’s healthy, don’t kid yourself. The remaining 25% is probably sugar, definitely not healthy. Pure 100% chocolate is a superfood, one of the healthiest, highest-anti-oxidant
Every frequent traveler knows the challenge of eating well on the road. If you’re doing gluten-free, Paleo, GMO-free, or any healthy diet, you can solve that with a bit of planning. It’s all in the preparation. I recently took a trip and photographed my hotel kitchen set up. Here are my 6 steps to eating healthy in a hotel room:
Classical Zabaglione sounds difficult but isn’t. This 5-minute Italian delicacy is super-easy to make! Even better, it’s healthy, non-glycemic, and Paleo, made with dairy-free coconut milk. You can whip it up and enjoy it immediately, no need to heat or chill. This recipe uses an orange instead of Marsala wine,
Inspired by Pesto alla Genovese, this easy pesto tastes just like the authentic Italian. It’s even better, because it’s perfect for alternative diets. A snap to make in a food processor, no one will guess it’s Paleo, Vegan, free of common allergens like dairy, cheese, and GMO’s. It tastes wonderful on Zoodles, salads,
Taking a break in Taos, where the natural beauty is gorgeous. But no healthy muffins to be found. So I invented these tender mini-muffins using fresh carrots and farm eggs. Ooooh – they came out so yummy! No one would guess they’re Paleo, 100% free of gluten, flour, glycemic sweeteners, GMO’s, dairy, or processed junk.
My favorite avocado snack is usually made with tomatoes, cayenne, and jalapeños. So here’s a traditional Mexican recipe without them. Nightshade vegetables are a common allergen (tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, eggplant).
Julia Child never dreamed of a soufflé this easy! Just blend and bake, no egg whites to beat. And Ohhh! The flavor! Rich, creamy and yes, VERY chocolaty. When I served it, a hush came over the room – a good sign! I discovered that a blender makes a fine soufflé, so I put away my egg beater. This soufflé is not only
Delicious, refreshing, detoxifying for breakfast or snack, grapefruit makes a great anti-oxidant smoothie. Even better, it’s low-glycemic and tastes yummy with ginger. I enjoy the mild flavor of spinach, however any greens will do such as kale, chard, collards, dandelion, arugula, watercress, etc. Imagination and variety are my
Plain, chocolate, or caramel, which is best? Everyone knows the best macaroons are crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Gluten-free, perfect for Passover, and my #1 easiest cookie, anyone can make guilt-free Paleo macaroons in under 30 minutes. All you need is shredded coconut, eggs, coconut milk, and
Detoxifying and refreshing with a hint of sweet licorice, here’s a great use for those feathery fennel greens. High in anti-oxidants, vitamin-C, and bioflavonoids, fennel’s exotic flavor comes from the essential oil anethole, also found in anise and licorice. Fuji apples are pleasantly sweet, and relatively low in sugar, so
These luscious bars came to me in a dream. A fantasy in warm red raspberry-rhubarb filling oozing out of a rich, crumbly cinnamon shortbread, with refreshing sweet goji berries. And they came out just like I imagined! Guilt-free superfood bars, low-carb and tantalizing. Goji berries are higher in protein than any other fruit,
Heavenly flavor, indescribable bliss, like a Paleo dream bar, layered with luscious slices of peach. It’s a simple 3-part recipe – a nutty crust, blended cashew-peach filling, and sliced peaches on top. The combination tastes divine, looks beautiful, easy to make, and 100% raw with no baking needed. My guests were moaning with pleasure, and
When I need a hot breakfast, this easy Quinoa Bowl is my go-to favorite! Quinoa is tasty, high in protein, and satisfying. An ancient Incan superfood, Quinoa (KEE-no-ah) is 100% gluten-free, loaded with iron and B-vitamins. Even better, it’s a complete protein, a rare bonus in plants. The Incans call Quinoa
Quiz: When a delicious cupcake is made with REAL beets, apple, coconut butter, and eggs, does it count as a GOOD food, or is it still naughty? One thing for sure, its luscious deep red color is from beets, never food coloring. In fact, these cupcakes are made with nutritious low-carb, Paleo ingredients that taste fantastic, but won’t cause weight gain.
This Paleo Buttercream Frosting is so luscious, no one will guess it’s made with healthy beets, coconut oil, cacao. I’ve a passion for real food desserts, and I can’t believe how smooth and chocolaty this tastes! Try it on Red Velvet Cupcakes! Yes, those are my teeth marks in the photo.