Looking for some spice in your diet? How about a recipe for some paleo chili!

We all love chili don’t we? Well, those who have hot taste will love the idea of adding chili to your diet. Chili is great and contains some good nutrients too. You can add chili to soup, stews and basically anything!

I for one like chili on my steak and chicken. There is something so good about chili chicken, simply rub some into the chicken before you roast it and mmmm. Goodness! Soon I’ll post up a recipe/write up on chicken and why it’s probably my favourite meat.  

So back to the task at hand, adding some heat to those paleo meals. Chili doesn’t have to be like magma though, you can make chili pretty mild.

I like the concept of using what is available in your kitchen to make food. So if you’ve got some meat in your fridge or freezer that is waiting to be cooked and don’t know what to do with it. So here we go, a simple paleo chili recipe you’ll love!

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What you’ll need to make the paleo chili:

  • Any meat, preferably ground up like a mince. I’d say that you can also cut out meat or shred it with a sharp knife.
  • Heaps of veggies.
  • Olive oil, really good here. Make sure you don’t cook it at too high of a heat as olive oil tends to burn at a lower temperature than other oils.
  • A nice hearty meat soup. Make this yourself, as you don’t know what is in the pre-made stuff. This is for later.
  • Black coffee, around one cup.
  • Canned tomatoes.
  • Peppers.
  • Canned  Jalapeños. Bring the fire!
  • A few cloves of garlic.
  • 2-4 tablespoons of paprika.
  • 1-2 tablespoons of oregano.
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cumin.
  • 1-2 tablespoons of basil.
  • Get some high quality baking cocoa powder. Remember that cocoa is paleo compliant. Add around 1 tablespoon.
  • Make sure you use some salt and pepper at some point and you should make sure that it’s conservative. Salt and pepper are much more powerful than you might imagine.

How do I make it?

  • Begin by browning the meat on a somewhat high heat with some olive oil in a pan.
  • Add the vegetables and throw in the peppers too. Make sure to crush them or cut them up super fine. A great tool here is one of those rotary hand-powered choppers.
  • After a while add all the spices to the mix, mix it all up together in the pan.
  • Throw in the tomatoes, add the coffee and then the meat broth I mentioned a little earlier. Let the mixture boil.
  • Once it starts boiling, decrease the heat and let the whole lot simmer away for a while,  preferably  right up until you are ready to eat, so a few hours.

Serve and enjoy.

I’ve tried this paleo chili recipe and it’s fantastic. It’s hot with the mentioned ingredients, so adjust up or down if you like. Chili is a great meal, especially for the winter months, although all that sweating you are going to be doing will cut down the heat pretty effectively as well!

Hope you enjoy!

Andrew.

How To Make Great Tasting Paleo Meatloaf

When I first heard meatloaf and paleo in the same sentence I was confused. Surely the nature of a meatloaf is paleo conforming?

Nope! Apparently not…

Sadly, meatloaf has lots of paleo no-no ingredients. Bread crumbs, flour and even legumes are all part of the    paleo diet not allowed list. So then if wheat and bulk creating ingredients are not allowed in the paleo diet, how do you make paleo OK meatloaf?

To deal with the lack of binding agent, we use our trusty coconut flour again. It works great, and is paleo compliant.  

I’m a sucker for meatloaf. Give me some hearty beef meatloaf and I’ll get a big smile on my face. Drizzle a little chili sauce on top and it draws out all the flavours of the recipe.

Is a good paleo meatloaf recipe healthy?

Yup! Although I wouldn’t advocate eating a meatloaf every day. You should try and load up on those veggies for all of their essential minerals and vitamins. Meatloaf typically has lots of meat like pork, beaf and even fish and chicken. Just keep down the amounts of salt and fringe ingredients like oils and fats. You could even add loads of vegetables to the recipes, like carrots and broccoli, mmm mmm.

I’ve managed to find some great meatloaf recipes which are paleo diet friendly. Check them out below!

PaleoMusing’s Heavenly Paleo Meatloaf Recipe

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What you’ll need for this recipe:

  • 2-3 pounds of beef mince
  • About a pound of pork mince
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 1 onion, diced
  • A few cloves of garlic, crushed or minced
  • Bell peppers, cut up how you like. I like it when they are diced!
  • 1-2 scrambled eggs(beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • A dash of pepper (or to taste)
  • Red sauce: Tomato paste, vinegar, mustard, water, salt, cayenne pepper, garlic and lemon

How to cook:

Mix everything up except the red sauce. Place the meat mixture in a baking pan, like the kind you use to make bread. Pour some red sauce over the top of the meatloaf and make sure there is a little left over for after the meatloaf is done cooking. Put the baking pan in the oven for about 1.5 hours at 350F/180C

Almond Flour Paleo Meatloaf

 

What you’ll need for this recipe:

  • About 1 pound of pork mince
  • Double that amount of beef mince
  • 1 cup/250ml of almond flour
  • 2-3 eggs (I love eggs)
  • Slices of bacon (10 should be good)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 250ml of tomato sauce: 1 can of tomatoes, a roasted red pepper, half an onion (chopped), garlic to taste

How to cook:

Again, use 350F/180C temperature. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and make sure everything is thick enough to cook properly. Put the mixture in a baking pan and place it in the oven for around 40-45 minutes. Add the bacon to the top of the meat loaf before you place the pan in the oven. Use the grill to make the bacon a little crispy.

And that’s it! Unfortunately I don’t have an image for the almond based recipe, but It sure sounds good. I think I might try some this weekend! I hope these great paleo meatloaf recipes will come in handy when planning a dinner party at home for all your cavemen and women friends!

You can always modify these recipes to your own taste, just by adding in some extra spices and perhaps some extra vegetables. I personally would add HEAPS of vegetables to the mix and make a meat style frittata. Check out my previous post on how to make a great, quick and easy paleo breakfast for a frittata like power meal.

As always,

Keep well.
Andrew.

 

 

 

Primal Life

What is primal life?

Well, I think that that is the question that many people ask when they are trying to find out information on what the paleo diet is all about. What does it mean to eat like a caveman? What does it mean when a diet strictly forbids the consumption of grains?

All of these questions can and should be answered so that you can stop looking for what it really means to take on a new lifestyle. Specifically, what it means to take on a new diet lifestyle, where the base of your lifestyle is formed by the food you eat.  You should be investing in your health by investing in the food you eat.

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Primal Eating

Primal eating is just like paleo eating. The basic idea is that you eat for the body. What does that really mean? How do I really eat for the body?  

Eating for the body isn’t as dreary as it may sound. The phrase brings a premise of tasteless, bland foods, and generally makes a person lift their nose. This is most certainly not the case.

Eating like a caveman and enjoying food are one and one. Even though our ancient ancestors probably didn’t make gourmet feasts, they for sure found things that they enjoyed to eat. A good example of this would be fruit.

Fruit wouldn’t have been a commodity, and it would have been highly seasonal. Where we have no problem finding fruit year round, Ugg the caveman would probably have had a hard time collecting enough fruit to feed his family in one go. So how does this translate into eating great tasting food?

Certain foods taste great to us, and others don’t, and there are really two reasons for that. I have discovered through pretty intense diet prototyping, testing and design that foods generally fit into two groups for me now:

  • Foods which I enjoy
  • Foods which I don’t enjoy

That is the beauty of eating for the body. It’s not about eating foods that are bad for your body, it’s about eating what you enjoy, because you are always eating for the body.  

And that is basically that. Eat for the body and you will always enjoy what you eat. It is simple, repeatable and easy to integrate into your life when you get down to the nuts and bolts of what the body requires in order to function effectively.

The Primal Diet

Haven’t we discussed this already?

Yes and no, and I’ll get into that now.

Primal/paleo eating, can be looked at simply as how you eat. Do you eat your foods raw? With the shell on? Where do you get the food stuff from?

The primal/paleo diet can be looked at from a holistic perspective, where you take into account what it is you are eating. Do you eat lean meats? Do you follow strict no-grain policies? Do you experiment with the addition of so-so foods such as legumes?  

If you approach the lifestyle that is paleo/primal eating, you should keep in mind that with any diet, it’s not so much a simple process of deciding what to eat. It’s about what you need to eat, and then what you want to eat. In each food group, there are a multitude of options to choose from. Sometimes this may get stressful and overwhelming, especially if you crave diversity. The paleo diet takes care of a large amount of this decision making for you as you must eat within the diet’s constraints.

This works for you, not against you. You want that doughnut? Normal diets would urge you to consider the  caloric  content, the paleo diet flat out says no. Do you see what I’m getting at?

See all those veggies you are craving? Normal diet’s may advise one cup here, another cup there, paleo says go for it, eat until you can’t move, as long as it’s good food.  

Primal Food

So we get onto the discussion of food. Food. What a great word. Food means so much in our lives I think that sometimes it’s not given enough thought and respect.

The phrase “You are what you eat” is pretty solid advice, you should eat the way your body needs you to eat. If you consider what you “know” as being healthy food, perhaps consider that what you know is incorrect and outdated.  

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I love this picture, look at how good that is! Mmm mm!

When you are next standing in your supermarket, keep in mind the all important list of paleo safe foods. Basically, anything that is white or can be white is out, barring a few exceptions such as  cauliflower. You can read about what is and isn’t good in one of my previous articles.  

The bottom line when it comes to living according to the paleo life is that it all begins with self-discipline, a powerful desire to change, and the commitment to make it a lasting change. It must be a lasting change to be effective. It must be your lifestyle.  

If you are going to change, change well and strong. Do it for the right reasons, like for your health.  

Welcoming you to health and positive life change,

Andrew.

Paleo Diet Breakfast: Paleo Pancakes

Who doesn’t love pancakes?

Well, if you are following the paleo diet and are looking for good paleo breakfasts, paleo food advice and general paleo know-how, then you’ve come to the right place.

Subsequently, you’ve also landed up reading the right article, as I’m going to talk about what makes up paleo pancakes, and how just because you are an avid paleo caveman it doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in some pancakes once in a while.

Traditional pancakes are pretty bad as far as foods go. They contain no nutrients really, other than the few eggs that are used to make them, and they have a lot of flour. Traditionally recipes for pancakes contain eggs, flour and oil, and are covered in ridiculously sweet toppings, such as syrups and chocolate. While there is an occasional topping of OK food, such as fruit. The relative good to bad ratio of ingredients in normal pancakes makes for a pretty terrible meal.  

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Paleo Pancake Ideas

The idea when making paleo pancakes is to substitute the bad ingredients with good, paleo compatible, healthy options. This may include using coconut flour or bananas for the general “mass” of the cakes themselves. While the texture between ingredients will vary greatly, the general aim here is to get something that resembles a pancake and make sure that it is paleo compliant.

The 3 Ingredient Paleo Pancake by Mark Sisson

Thanks to Mark Sisson over at Marks Daily Apple  for this one. While its pretty simple, the pancakces taste pretty good. Unfortunetely I don’t have any photos of what is looks like, but you can check out his original post about here.  

Basically, it involves the following ingredients:

  • 2 Bananas, mashed
  • Almond nut butter
  • An egg or two

Mash up the bananas and add some almond nut butter to them. Maybe around a tablespoon per pancake. Add the eggs and if you like, some other flavouring such as vanilla extract.

Cook in a pan with your favourite paleo oil, such as coconut oil on a medium heat setting. Make sure you are gentle when moving the pancakes around on the pan as they are delicate because of no binding agents. Once the pancakes start to bubble or show holes through them, they are ready to be turned. Take it easy when flipping them, and use a good, flat spatula.

Make sure they cook properly and then serve hot, with some toppings of your choice. A little honey works well, or how about some crushed nuts?

They work great.

Coconut Flour Paleo Pancakes

These are awesome and easy to make pancakes, just like the three ingredient pancakes above. While these take some more ingredients, they are closer to the “normal” pancakes you can buy already mixed from stores.

The main substitute ingredien in these guys is the coconut flour. Coconut flour is a great cooking ingredient when you are trying to replace wheat flour as it has some fluffing properties to it. Check out the recipe below!

To make around 8-10 pancakes:

  • 3-5 room temperature eggs
  • 250ml/1cup of coconut milk of your choice
  • Some sea salt
  • Some honey, I tried 1 tablespoon
  • Vanilla extract: Try to taste
  • Some baking soda, around 1 teaspoon should do the trick
  • Half a cup of coconut flour
  • Use something like coconut milk for cooking fat

Cooking instructions:

Prepare the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients in seperate bowls.

  • Break the eggs into one bowl, mix with all the other wet ingredients until bubbly and aerated.
  • Mix all the other dry ingredients, such the flour and baking soda in another bowl.
  • Combine in one of the bowls and mix until smooth
  • Cook a dollop of batter on medium heat in a pan until holes and bubbles start forming, just like the other recipe. Flip with care.
  • Serve!
This is my favourite recipe so far. Its a great way to start a weekend morning and the ingredients are easy to come by. They are easy to prepare, cook and generally keep ok for a day or two.
There you have it, why not combine one of these great pancake recipes with bacon and eggs for a power packed paleo breakfast? If you’ve been looking for ideas for paleo diet breakfasts, or perhaps paleo pancakes which use only paleo food ingredients, then I hope this article has helped you out in at least one of those areas!
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MMM, MMM, MMM!  
As always,
Keep well.
Andrew.

 

 

 

 

Quick Paleo Breakfast

How to make a quick paleo breakfast

UPDATE: Check out my awesome paleo breakfast muffins!

I’ve just finished reading Timothy Ferriss’s book, “The Four Hour Body”, and in it he largely subscribes to a paleo diet lifestyle. He focuses heavily on principles on which the paleo diet is based, and excludes things like white foods and in general, legumes. While legumes are not allowed in the paleo diet strictly speaking, they are permitted for once in awhile consumption.

This morning, I decided to put a meal of his to the test, and opted to include  the legumes he used in the meal. Legumes are pretty calorie dense food stuffs, and when used correctly can, I believe, be healthy enough to make it into your paleo for life philosophy.

The recipe is incredibly simple, and involves chicken eggs, spinach and some sort of salsa. I opted to make a mixture of a chakalaka(basically salsa) and some mexican refried beans. So try out my take on Tim’s paleolithic diet breakfast below and see if it suits you!

If you’d like something a little more simple that really breaks down eating into a simple function, check out my post on how to make the ultimate paleo smoothie by clicking here.

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Quick paleo breakfast ingrediants

  • 3 chicken eggs
  • A handful or two of spinach leaves (I used baby spinach)
  • Salsa with legumes in it

The eggs add a massive hit of protein, and as you should know, eggs are an “eat wherever possible” food. They have so much good in them it is like passing up a freebie if you don’t eat them. I LOVE eggs.

Cooking instructions

  • Put a large skillet on the stove or heat source of your choice
  • Use some oil, I used olive oil
  • Break the eggs into the skillet and scramble them right there in the pan
  • Tear up the spinach leaves and sprinkle them over the eggs while they are still moist and gooey
  • Cook to your liking
  • Serve on a plate and add some of the salsa(chakalaka) and refried bean mixture on top. I guess I added around 3-5 tablespoons on top
  • Mix it all up, and put it in the microwave to take the chill off the salsa
  • Enjoy!

So there you go, a simple, easy and quick paleo diet breakfast. If you like, remove the salsa(chakalaka) and replace it with something which has no legumes. Perhaps some sort of vegetable mash, like sweet potato mash or something like that. I must admit, that I’ve tried some other paleo breakfast recipes and they have been great although most have a low amount of calories, this breakfast however has a big calorie count, and I was full for most of the morning. I also had more energy and felt like my mind had lots of energy to expend.

Check out my post on what it takes to make a great caveman breakfast.

This meal is going into my cookbook!

All the best.

Andrew.

 

The Paleo Diet Lifestyle

Living according to the paleo blueprint, or according to Mark Sisson, the “Primal Blueprint”, is about adopting a set of rules and regulations with regard to what you eat. Although that is an over-simplified analysis of what it actually means to be paleo, the paradigm ultimately begins and ends with what you eat.

Basically, the way normal people eat is completely wrong and unhealthy. For example, when last did you hear someone say something like, “Let’s buy some healthy bread”, or “Don’t worry, I drink low fat milk”.

Both of these statements are completely incorrect. Breads contain grains and milk is a dairy product. Both of these foods are  unacceptable, bar the one-day a week  caloric  binge you should be undertaking, that is however for another article entirely.

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Foods  Unacceptable  According To The Paleo Foods List

  • Refined sugars (Read pretty much all sugars)
  • All grains:  Yup, that means ALL bread and specifically anything that contains gluten. A note here, corn is a grain. I find this to be a sticky point for me as I enjoy a breakfast meal which is fairly nutritious and incredibly convenient. I have made steps to completely remove corn from my diet though.
  • General starch: Avoid things like potatoes and in general, any white food, or any food which could be white. This includes flour, rice and as mentioned, potatoes. Potatoes are really just a bad food. You can however eat sweet potatoes, some say no to this choice, but if you are following a relatively strict paleo for life  ideology it won’t be a problem avoiding starch at all.
  • Legumes: According to strict paleo law, legumes aren’t allowed because they have to be cooked in order to be eaten. This obviously goes against what a super old school burly caveman would have been capable of. Having said that though, legumes can be included to maintain a sufficient amount of calories in your diet. I eat legumes to ensure I get enough caloric density in my meals.
  • Dairy products:  Milk would have been fairly hard to come by for old Ugg the caveman. He’d have had to either have killed the animal providing the milk or he’d have to have caught and cared for it like the modern day cow. My recommendation here would be to avoid milk where possible and eat foods such as butter and ice-cream sparingly. Butter, interestingly enough, can be used to lower the GI of food that inherently has a high GI.
  • Processed meats: This includes any meat which has been overly processed. Meat like polony and vienna sausages are a no-no. This shouldn’t take much convincing as polony is pretty disgusting anyway.
  • Some oils: Avoid oils like corn oil and rice bran oil. You can cook with things like bacon fat and olive oil. Olive oil should be used wisely though as it has a lower burning point than other more common oils such as sunflower oil, for example.

Foods Acceptable According To The Paleo Foods List

  • Meats and eggs: Mark Sisson says you should get eggs wherever possible. I agree with this completely, and the whole cholesterol issue surrounding eggs is not accurate. The quantity and quality of nutrients in a single chicken’s egg is worth and cholesterol knock you might receive from overeating on eggs. Eggs also boost testosterone. FIsh are great for the paleo for life long term vision. Make fish part of your eating routine. You can eat meats with a relatively high fat content, as animal fats are good for the body, and because of the generally low carbohydrate intake on the paleo diet, fats are utilised for uses other than just adding body fat for later use.
  • Vegetables: Load up on veggies like broccoli and spinach. Both contain heaps of good nutrients and spinach covers multiple nutrient columns where it ranks in the top 5 of all foods. A great breakfast in fact is spinach and eggs together.
  • Fruits: I have oral allergy syndrome, which is partly why I started embracing paleo for life in the first case. Timothy Ferriss states that fruits aren’t necessary, and honestly I’d have to agree as fructose isn’t that great for your body. Enjoy fruits, but perhaps include them in your weekly caloric binge day only.
  • Nuts and seeds: Watch out here, while nuts are on the accepted paleo foods list, it is a common mistake for new adopters to over do it on the nut eating. Nuts are full of nutrients, but are also high in fat, and contain compounds which retard certain bodily functions. Eat nuts, but no more than a handful or two every day perhaps.
  • Liquids: Water, litres and litres of water is good. Water is essential for many bodily processes and organs like your liver require a certain minimum level of hydration to operate effectively.
While the lists above are brief, they can guide you in the right direction should you wish to enhance how you are eating at the moment, or if you are interested in what actually makes the paleo diet paleo. I can honestly recommend adopting the paleo for life philosophy, as it is effective and will keep you feeling great all the time. I would recommend a hard adoption, that is overnight. You might experience things such as carbohydrate lows while your body adjusts to the new low carbohydrate intake levels, but after two weeks or so you would have  equalised  and will have a hard time going back to eating a “regular” diet. Ironic that, as it is the modern day “regular” diet that is in fact irregular and incorrect.

 

Tips for adopting the “paleo for life” philosophy:

  • Start with a clear adoption plan: Start buying paleo foods  immediately, but plan to replace existing food types with their paleo food  equivalents  before hand. This will help you build a correlation between what is good and what isn’t as well as make it easier for you to pick foods off of a menu when out for dinner.
  • Have a cheat day: While this isn’t actually a cheat day, but rather an increased  calorie  cycle. Calorie cycling is used by body builders to encourage calorie efficiency. You can eat whatever you like for one day a week only. This calorie spike ironically may make you actually lose weight instead of gain weight, and that weight you may gain on the days following the cheat day is for the most part water retention.
  • Eat more eggs: Eggs are fantastic. Eat them whenever you can, obviously within reason though, you don’t want to rely only on eggs for your protein intake.
  • Get some good supplements: This will help to build the bigger picture of nutrition that is the paleo lifestyle. I take omega’s, green tea extract and multivitamins. Protein shakes are good, but make sure that they don’t contain substances like maltodextrin for sweetness.
  • Read: Read all of Mark Sisson’s and Timothy Ferriss’s work. Mark is a middle aged guy who knows plenty about paleo and primal lifestyles, and you’ll possibly learn the most from his website marksdailyapple.com than any other resource. Timothy focuses more on becoming an effective, best possible version of yourself. He teaches life changing techniques to change every aspect of your life for the better. His new book “The 4 Hour Body”  is amazing to say the least. His information on the benefits of certain foods to be included in your diet is worth purchasing the book alone.And that’s my article on the adoption of the “paleo for life” principle and philosophy. Ultimately, you have everything to gain from becoming a healthier person. You’ll sleep better, have better sex, and most importantly, be able to see and feel results  immediately. Get your caveman on!

If you would like to learn more information about how to live paleo, my 7 Step Paleo Fast Track Guide gives away plenty of information which I should be selling, for FREE.

Click here to get your free copy now!

Wishing you all the best in health,
Andrew.

Top Paleo Diet Cookbooks

Paleo Diet Cookbooks

Cooking according to the paleo diet doesn’t need to be a challenge. There are a multitude of paleo diet cookbooks available, and most are available online for highly acceptable prices.

If you aren’t familiar with the paleo movement, according to wikipedia.org, the paleo, or paleolithic diet:

The “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruit,  roots, and nuts, and excludes grains,  legumes,  dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and  processed oils.

I personally have been eating and cooking paleo style dishes for a year or two now, and it has been one of the best decisions and commitments I have ever made. I have more energy, clearer skin, my immune system is near bullet proof, and my body rejects fat accumulation automatically.

Below is a list of six excellent paleo diet cookbooks I’ve found and checked out.

Update for 2015

Paleohacks Cook Book (Still the best Paleo cookbook on sale!)

The Paleohacks Cook Book contains over 200 recipes and is a great addition to any kitchen.

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Inside, you’ll not only get 125+ delicious mouthwatering recipes, they’ve also included some great bonuses
as well to help you get started as fast as possible. Like the bonus “Paleo 4x Cookbook” which lists some
great recipes that only require 4 ingredients to keep it as simple for you as possible.

Click here for more information on the Paleohacks Cook Book!

 

Update!

I’ve managed to find an additional three excellent paleo diet focused cookbooks. All three (Robb Wolf has a few) are great for any serious paleo chef’s kitchen, but if I had to choose, I’d take The Paleo Recipe Book… 370 recipes, WOW!

Update 1: The Paleo Recipe Book (Great choice!)

What an amazing cookbook. Each recipe is laid out in great detail and includes all the necessary information you could want to cook the most amazing paleo meals. Upon signup you receive a free meal plan relative to the cookbook and its contents. This was a great find!

Click here for more information on The Paleo Recipe Book

 

 

 

 

Update 2: Paleo Diet Guides from Robb Wolf

If you aren’t familiar with Robb Wolf, you’d better study up quick sharp! Rob Wolff wrote The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet (featured as number 1) on my list below, and has been in countless authoritative interviews about the paleo diet and the primal way of life. He owns a crossfit gym as is as real deal as they come when it comes to paleo. His cookbooks are easy to read, high quality and the recipes are delicious. Check it out!

 

Update 3: Paleo Cookbooks

Don’t let the simple name fool you. Take my word for it, these are great, high quality paleo cookbooks that contain pretty much all you’d need to know when it comes to cooking paleo meals. While I wouldn’t peg the contents of Paleo Cookbooks on the top shelf as far as my recommendations go, the deal they offer has a lot of value. Heaps of free guides along with solid, easy to follow recipes means it’s a winner all round. Check it out!

 

#1  The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet

Although written by first time author Robb Wolf, The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet is no simple effort. The book is an easy and informative read, focusing on providing all the relevant facts in a conversational tone. Wolf provides information on  exercise, food groups and includes a multitude of recipes to get you cooking paleo in no time! Highly recommended.

 

 

#2  Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats

Don’t be fooled by the simple design of this book’s front page, inside you’ll be provided with robust information about topics which directly relate to paleo cooking and the paleo diet. How fats are not only required but are beneficial, how low-fat diets are a fad and can cause things like nutrient deficiencies in your body.

This is a great pale diet cookbook if you are specifically interested in how fats are incorporated into paleo. A great learning resource. As much a textbook as it is a cookbook.

#3  Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen

Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen

This is a great cookbook, it’s the one you’ll probably go to the most as it’s closest to convential cooking as you’ll most likely find. It’s full of recipes that will make your grandmother happy, all while keeping to the paleo cooking paradigm.

There are about 100 odd recipes included in the book, and all of them have something different to offer. If you are looking for comfort soups, stews etc, this is the book to get your hands on. On a side note, this features fantastic photography, and containt gluten free content!

#4  Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat  

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

We feed ourselves about 28 times per week

Yup, that’s quite a bit when you think about it. I really like this book. It has a great feel to it. The recipes are designed around those that really love food and just like to eat in general. Meals are quick to prepare and cook, and factor in things like caloric density and GI. This book has a great level of inspiration and really get’s you yearning to get into the kitchen and do some paleo cooking.

#5  Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in under 30 minutes (Primal Blueprint Series)

Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in under 30 minutes (Primal Blueprint Series)

I think Mark Sisson is the business. He is deeply engrained in the paleo movement, and focuses and things like eating to live and the art of play for excercise. If you haven’t read the Primal Blueprint from cover to cover, I suggest you urgently do so.

Mark teaches about eating low carb, caveman style food. This paleo cookbook has great pictures, an excellent layout and is certainly one of the best in existence.

#6  The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free (Primal Blueprint Series)

The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free (Primal Blueprint Series)

More Mark Sisson please!

Don’t underestimate how influential Mark Sisson is in the paleo cooking sphere, while his main contribution to the movement was The Primal Blueprint, his paleo recipe and cooking books are just as full of solid, practical information.

 

 

 

That’s it for our top 6 paleo diet cookbooks, I hope you’ll get some of these and start living paleo and embrace your inner caveman.