5 Healthy Paleo Inspired Recipes

A healthy Paleo inspired diet can help you not only in the gym but also with your weight loss goals too.

I’m always pretty skeptical of any fad diets and I have definitely done my fair share of head scratching at some of the Paleo nonsense thrown about through Facebook etc.

Despite some of the daft claims made about paleo I do think a Paleo diet has some plus points and deserves some recognition like cutting out junk and processed foods, eating only whole foods, this is healthy and beneficial to everyone. It’s tasty, nutritious, easy and fun to make.

With the core values of Paleo in mind, I set out to create a portion of clean, whole-food based meals that would easily satisfy Paleo devotees and dabblers alike. Even if you do not believe in Paleo you will most likely love these recipes:

This provides a delicious sweet and savoury type salad.

1) Orange Pecan Chicken Salad

This fresh, delicious salad is that brilliant you do not need a dressing. A bright taste of oranges and blackberries balances everything perfectly with a salty crunch of sunflower seeds too as well as savory chicken.

Ingredients

  • A handful of blackberries, around 7.
  • 1/4 Cup pecans.
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds.
  • 1/4 Orange.
  • 1 Cup mixed, dark leafy greens.
  • 4 Oz. chicken breast.

Directions

  1. Place greens in a large bowl.
  2. Cut 1/4 orange into small bite-size pieces and add to the greens.
  3. Top salad with remaining ingredients and enjoy.

Tip

The sunflower seeds and juicy fruit provide enough flavour so that you do not need a dressing but a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar could be added if that is more to your liking.

Nutritional Info

554 Calories.

37g Fat.

20g Carbs

36g Protein.

1 Serving per portion.

This might sound strange at first but after trying it you will be a convert.

 2) Vanilla Butter Coffee

It sounds strange having butter in a cup of coffee, I doubted it myself that was until I gave it a try. Butter takes a little bit of the bitter bite out of the coffee and vanilla adds some warmth and sweetness. The coffee has a thicker more robust feel to it as well which can take a while to get used to.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of black coffee.
  • 1 Tsp vanilla.
  • 1/2 Tbsp grass-fed, unsalted butter.

Directions

  1. Brew a cup of black coffee to your desired strength.
  2. Add 1 tsp of vanilla.
  3. Add butter, stir and enjoy.

Nutritional Info

Per single serving.

64 Calories.

6g Fat.

0g Carbs.

0g Protein.

So simple to make but delicious and well worth trying.

 3) Crock Pot Paprika Pot Roast

Crock pot recipes are always a firm favourite, they are so convenient. This recipe is so easy as it’s made from ingredients you most likely already have in your cupboards and fridge, you can always substitute the paprika if you’re not a fan with other spices.

Ingredients

2-1/3ib. Pot roast.

1 Small red onion.

1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar.

8-oz. Can tomato sauce.

1 tbsp Coconut oil.

1-1/4 tbsp Paprika.

1 tbsp Garlic powder.

1 tbsp Onion powder.

1-1/4 tbsp Italian spice.

Optional cayenne pepper.

Directions

  1. Heat the coconut oil up in a large pan.
  2. Mix the paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian spice and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
  3. Rub the pot roast with the spices until covered.
  4. Place pot roast in a pan and brown on all sides.
  5. Cut the onion into small slivers whilst the meat is browning.
  6. Put half of the onion slivers into the bottom of the crock pot.
  7. Add just enough water to cover half of the onions, next put the browned pot roast on top of the onions.
  8. Add the rest of the onion slivers around the pot roast in crock pot.
  9. In a small bowl, stir together tomato sauce and balsamic vinegar.
  10. Now pour the mixture over the pot roast.
  11. Put crock pot to high and cook for about 4 1/2 hours.

Tip

All slow cookers vary a little bit, so check the manual as well as a cook-time chart, if your unsure or if the pot roast is bigger or smaller than 2-1/3 pounds.

Nutritional Info

This produces 5 servings.

Amount per serving.

305 Calories.

9g Fat.

14g Carbs.

42g protein.

Absolutely delicious and a great texture too.

4) Coconut Almond Cookies

These turned out great when I tried making them, it has an amazing texture and the flavor is even better, you can have a couple with your evening cup of tea and you will wonder how you ever missed out on them.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup melted coconut butter.
  • 1 Cup almond butter.
  • 1 Cup shredded unsweetened coconut.
  • 1/2 Cup almond flour.
  • 1 tsp Baking powder.
  • 1 tsp Vanilla.
  • 1 Egg.
  • 1/4 Cup honey.
  • Optional chocolate chips.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together almond flour, coconut and baking powder.
  3. Add in the coconut butter, almond butter, vanilla, egg and honey then stir.
  4. Place the dough in round small golf ball sized pieces on a baking sheet and flatten slightly.
  5. Bake the cookies for around 12-14 mins or until they become golden brown around the edges.
  6. Let them cool and then enjoy.

Nutritional Info

Recipe makes 18 cookies,

per cookie:

167 Calories.

12.8g Fat.

10g Carbs.

5g Protein.

Delicious and very nutritious, full of protein and will make you satified.

5) Double Beef Chilli

A good chilli recipe should be part of everyone’s kitchen, this one is great because it is flavourful, rich and has lots of muscle-building protein. Make an entire batch and you will have healthy meals for a week.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Chicken sausage.
  • 2 lb. 90% Lean beef.
  • 1 Can pinto beans.
  • 1 Can black beans.
  • 1 Can dark red kidney beans.
  • 2 Cans diced tomatoes (third can optional if you want it a bit more soup like.
  • 1 Can water.
  • 2 Chopped carrots.
  • 3 Stalks of chopped celery.
  • 1 Diced onion.
  • 2 tbsp Italian spice.
  • 1 tbsp Minced garlic.
  • Optional 1 tbsp cayenne pepper flakes.

Directions

  1. Brown the sausage and beef and add to a large pot.
  2. Saute the onions and add to the pot.
  3. Add in the beans and tomatoes to the pot.
  4. Add carrots and celery to the pot.
  5. Add wine, water and spices to the pot.
  6. Heat and let simmer for a couple of hours.
  7. Enjoy!.

Tips

  1. When picking tomatoes and beans, check the label for added sugar and corn syrup.
  2. You can get more creative, add more veg, curry spice or anything else you might like.
  3. Leftovers taste better the next day too.

Nutritional Info

Produces 10 servings.

Per serving:

380 Calories.

6g Fat.

32g Carbs.

36g Protein.

These Paleo inspired recipes are healthy and will do your health a world of good.

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