The paleo diet is based on the principle that if a caveman ate it, so can you. In general, that means that meats, vegetables, fruits, fats, nuts and seeds are on the table while grains, beans, dairy and refined sugars are off. But, in case you don’t have a caveman to call, this list will give you all the information you need to know about which foods to include in the paleo diet and why they’re so good for you. You’ll also find a simple guide to the total protein, fat and carbohydrate content of the listed foods to make it easy to see how they can fit into your daily caloric intake.
Thanks for the suggestions! We loved these so I plan to make another batch and I’ll experiment with the soda. I think I am just sensitive to that taste so pick it up, my husband didn’t at all. Today it was gone so that might be my answer to all things with soda, just wait overnight. Although that will be hard…I tend to try one or three as soon as they are cool enough to hold. I’m trying your double chocolate cookies tomorrow!

Hello. This was my first time making a paleo/gf cookie. They came out pretty tasty but are a little too coconut-y for my liking (I think maybe I used too much coconut oil, which I will adjust next time). However, something might have been off with my dough overall b/c it was brown in color, not light like yours. Maybe I just need to use a little more almond flour & a little less coconut sugar, but I welcome any thoughts/suggestions you have. I will definitely be trying again. Thanks!
If you’re feeling more adventuresome, though, and are willing to try some additional flours, I humbly recommend the holy grail of chocolate chippers: the New York Times-style gluten free chocolate chip cookies. They not only have a couple extra ingredients, but they must chill in the refrigerator before baking. But to say they’re worth the wait is a dramatic understatement.
Haha! Yes people do just skim read. They also skim listen. I have had a vegan diet, mostly raw & organic, grain free except for rice & rice milk, for about 26 years now, and i work as a landscape gardener. I am walking proof that my diet works for me, I never get sick, don’t need supplements. I still get all the same repeat questions, even after explaining a vegan diet, like, “so do you eat any meat?” “What about fish” and “so you don’t eat bread but what about toast or wraps?” People can have quite ignorant listening skills, and different ways of life still scare the masses. To accept difference is to accept ones self… and most people do not. 💖
Thank you for being available for questions. I eat an already limited diet. Celiac and Dairy free for over 6 years. I have food intolerance to broccoli, cauliflower, onions, beans, peas and cabbage. My intolerance also extends to any kind of nuts or seeds. I’m struggling to eat enough. I average 1000 calories a day. I’m gaining weight rapidly and would value an opinion to how this way of eating could help me.

Some aspects of this diet sound good and logical but, How does anyone know that prehistoric homosapiens were at all “healthy”? Maybe the life span of Cro magnon was so short because of poor diet and extreme physical labor. Has anyone seen long term proof of such a basic intake? Don’t misunderstand me, I think the chemistry we’ve developed and added to our foods can’t be good but, I can’t help wonder if finding a balance in what we eat is better than eliminating foods that we can process and use. Broken down to a basic form of existence, all life has the same properties of nutrition and survival of the species. Whether it’s milk from a coconut or milk from a goat, it has the same purpose, just a different presentation. I think this diet is a good start to eating less processed foods, which to me seems more important than eliminating milk from a different animal than ourselves. Maybe the unnatural way we produce milk from cows has more to do with lactose intolerance than the essence of that product. Maybe genetic modifications of grains have led to gluten intolerance. The life span of humans has certainly increased. Maybe not treating our food with growth enhancement or pesticides would be the answer to allowing us to consume some foods that are emerging as not inherently good for us. Just a few ideas to ponder. I’m going for another cup of organic coffee. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyiCfNSG1_A
Fruit: nature’s sugar. As such, it’s far preferable to refined sugars and sugar products, but it’s also chock-full of fructose and therefore meant to be consumed in moderation. Still, fruit makes the basis of some awesome Paleo desserts and snacks. Consume one to three servings of fruit a day and limit high-sugar fruits to special indulgences. It’s also more beneficial to consume fruits in their raw, unaltered form—but we love smoothies, too.
Hi Cheryl- I’m glad yours ended up turning out but I can assure you the recipe amount of 1 cup of almond flour is not wrong. I have no idea how you had a batter that was anything near “runny” as there’s only 1 tablespoon of milk & 3 tablespoons of melted oil as far as liquid goes (I’m not counting the honey as it’s so thick). I’ve made these many times and the batter is usually quite thick. The only thing I can think of is perhaps you measured the oil before melting rather than after?
Legumes are members of a large family of plants that have a seed or pod. This category includes all beans, peas, lentils, tofu and other soyfoods, and peanuts. Legumes are not allowed on paleo because of their high content of lectins and phytic acid. Similar to grains, this is a point of controversy in the scientific community. In fact, lots of research supports eating legumes as part of a healthy diet because they are low in fat and high in fiber, protein and iron.
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If you’re constantly craving chocolate, you might be deficient in magnesium. In fact, Mercola says approximately 80 percent of all Americans are deficient. If you find you crave chocolate, it’s very likely you need some magnesium. Almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds are all great sources of magnesium, as are green leafy veg like Swiss chard and spinach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWy3u38J3aw
Your Vitality.  Even healthy individuals (without disease or in their later stages of life) have shown benefits from following a Paleo template. A study of 14 healthy volunteers (Österdahl et al, 2008) found that all participants experienced enhanced blood sugar regulation, an increase in vitamin and mineral status, decreased inflammation and weight, and lowered blood pressure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9NO6pVv7sY
I tried these last night. OMG good thing I worked out hard beforehand….it only made 9 so 4 were gone before I stepped out for some shopping. The other 5 looked so lonely sitting there on the cooling rack, I had to put them out of their misery and polish them off. And you are right, after they cool, they are the proper consistancy. I’m going to make them again, and let people try, but am not going to tell them how they are made. I’m sure they will love them! Thanks for the recipe!!!
The first key to  is using a sweetener that caramelizes as it cooks (which stevia or monk fruit, unfortunately, does not), producing those crisp, golden brown cookie edges. The second: using room temperature eggs. Egg is the other source of structure (and crispiness) in a cookie that is key for these cookies and room temperature eggs incorporate better into the batter so that they are evenly distributed.
Compared to the diets we traditionally ate, today, most Western diets are deficient in plant-based nutrients. The paleo diet prescribes including a wide variety of vegetables to ensure that your body benefits from the fiber and essential vitamins and minerals that a found in this food group. However, balance is key here. The nutritional makeup of different types of vegetables varies greatly and some options, such as potatoes and squash, have a much poorer nutrition profile compared to the amount of carbs that they contain. Because of this, most paleo dieters generally recommend limiting your intake of starchy vegetables if you’re trying to lose weight.

store,then the hike and chase involved in hunting with a spear could be maybe even more chalenging. so yea i’m still a firm beliver in getting pleanty of exercise over any diet is the key to healthy living, the rest is more moderation in what you injest. granted some diets can help ease the new health problems poping up and being an epidemic problem in the 20th centry, choosing to stay away from prcessed foods and drink as much as possible is also a good idea, but then again not a big problem in moderation. a few times a month to eat fast food and soda’s no prolem, a cupple times a week still not too wory, but a few times a day watch out you are in for some truble, espacialy if you do not exercise regularly. I’m not a nutrisionist, far from it. but i do have somthing most dont, thats will power and common sense.
Yes, you read that correctly. A real Paleo diet is not a no-carb approach to eating. The proper percentage of macronutrients should yield approximately 35 percent of calories from carbs, primarily in the form of fresh, local, in-season vegetables. This number will vary, of course, based on a person’s activity levels as well as certain medical conditions warranting higher or lower amounts. But carb-less, the Paleo diet is not! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uHnEN4iIaA
These tomatoes are filled with the irresistible taste of buffalo chicken. Even though chicken wings are easy to make on the Paleo diet, it’s still a good idea to even them out by eating a vegetable along with them. Here you can get the taste of buffalo wings but in bite size form, with no bones, and no need to supplement it because the tomato has you covered. Plus you’re getting all of the benefits that come from eating tomatoes, and this snack will hold you over for quite some time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUNe5SEqDw8

These tomatoes are filled with the irresistible taste of buffalo chicken. Even though chicken wings are easy to make on the Paleo diet, it’s still a good idea to even them out by eating a vegetable along with them. Here you can get the taste of buffalo wings but in bite size form, with no bones, and no need to supplement it because the tomato has you covered. Plus you’re getting all of the benefits that come from eating tomatoes, and this snack will hold you over for quite some time.


The paleo chocolate chip cookie recipes, however, are usually either too cakey for my taste, or rely on a huge amount of almond butter/sunflower seed butter/peanut butter as the base, which can be pricey – and I’ve gotten dozens of emails from you guys, saying that a recipe that starts with half of a $14 jar of almond butter is not appealing to you. Me, neither.
Taking inspiration from our Paleolithic­ era, hunter­ gatherer ancestors, the modern paleo template centers around eating plenty of meat and vegetables while avoiding dairy, grains, refined sugar, alcohol, and more—processed foods that, as a result of organized agriculture, were introduced to human diets after the Paleolithic period. The chart below summarizes the essence of the paleo diet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhW4Cg7Yfuw
I just made these cookies, and like several other people, I ended up with flat pancakes–very oily. I could tell based on your description of scooping the batter and pressing down to form half circles and then tapping the batter out, etc., that the consistency was wrong even before I baked them. Much too sticky and moist to shape the batter at all. Is that 3 tablespoons of coconut oil correct? The only change I made was rice milk for almond milk. The taste is okay, but again, very oily. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahgdolunZDE
This step is actually optional if you do not mind having flecks of zucchini visible in your zucchini cookies! However, in my house, my kids would not approve of anything green in their cookies, so I always blend the zucchini with the other wet ingredients! I also really enjoy the texture of these paleo breakfast cookies when the zucchini is fully blended.
The aim of this approach is to eat like our Paleolithic ancestors, who didn’t have farms that provided food groups like grains and most dairy, and didn’t have access to the fast foods and packaged snacks many Americans nosh on routinely today. “The paleo diet is all about unprocessed, natural foods: Think vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, natural fat sources, nuts, seeds, and eggs,” says Ginger Hultin, RDN, a wellness coach with Arivale based in Seattle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N80LZL2vw3A
Nuts and seeds – these guys are nutritious but many nuts and seeds are high in Omega-6 fatty acids which can be pro-inflammatory if consumed in large quantities and when your diet is not balanced by an equal amount of Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon and sardines, eggs and leafy greens. Basically, don’t gorge on buckets of nuts and seeds every day. The same goes for nut meals and flours such as almond meal. Whenever possible, try to activate nuts and seeds by soaking and then dehydrating them back, which makes them easier to digest.
The Primal Blueprint leaves room for legumes in close moderation, but those on a paleo diet tend to steer clear of them. Like nuts and seeds, legumes contain anti-nutrients like lectins, phytates and saponins. Unlike nuts and seeds, however, legumes tend to be consumed in large quantities, potentially preventing your body from absorbing sufficient nutrients for optimum health.
Take sweetener, for example: replacing white sugar with coconut sugar is one of the simplest swaps I can think of. Nonetheless, even that small change creates a cookie with a different flavor (less sweet, more caramel-y), texture (may spread more or less, or be more grainy, depending on the coarseness of the coconut sugar you’re using), and color (browner, for obvious reasons).
Sunflower seed flour is a good replacement for almond flour if he can have seeds, and if you don’t mind it turning slightly green if you’re mixing it in with either baking soda or baking powder, I forget which one. It’s a 1:1 ratio too so you just measure out the same as it calls for with the almond flour. It’s not cheap to buy so I’d recommend learning how to make your own for a fraction of the cost.
Grass-fed meat is recommended on the paleo diet because it is leaner than meat from grain-fed animals and has more omega-3 fatty acids, the healthy fats that reduce inflammation in the body and protect your heart. A typical American diet is high in saturated and trans fats and lower in healthy poly- and monounsaturated fats, hence the paleo diet's emphasis on grass-fed meats, as well as seafood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeqwyVcRp7E

To ensure that you’re fueling your body with the very best nutrient-dense vegetables on the paleo diet, aim for variety by including as many different types of paleo-approved options as you can. Doing so will help to protect your body against a whole range of diseases including heart problems, high blood pressure and some cancers. They’re also a great food option that’s usually low in calories and will fill you up with gut-beneficial fiber for optimal digestion.
One way to avoid eating potatoes as a snack is to replace a popular snack like potato chips with a healthier version. Using zucchini in place of the potatoes is a great idea, and gives you added nutrition. Zucchini makes a great choice to make into a chip because all it requires is some slicing and you have nice round pieces ready to be made into chips. They are easy to make, and the recipe is versatile in how it lets you dust them with whatever seasonings you like. This means you could make them BBQ Zucchini chips, or Ranch Zucchini chips, just by adding different seasonings. Just be sure to check the label on the seasoning packet to see if it’s Paleo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlAiM0E68Oc
These were my first attempt at keto cookies and unfortunately I was too busy juggling mom duties that I baked them for 25 min rather than the correct time. Obviously, they were burnt but actually still edible (and I never eat burnt cookies lol)…so I’ll have to try again this weekend. I’m curious though what products you used…I imported the recipe into MyFitnessPal and subbed my products and it came to 8 carbs per cookie…I like your numbers better…
You’ve probably seen plantains at the grocery store; they look like funny bananas. But if you haven’t cooked them yet, you’re in for a treat. My favorite way is this one: slice ’em, fry ’em in coconut oil and sprinkle with cinnamon. They make a sweet alternative to potato chips, but also go really well with main dishes if you need them to do double duty.
These crackers are easy to prepare and it’s always a good idea to have a crunchy food around to munch on. These are very versatile, you can use them to scoop up any dip you create, or you can make a chicken salad and use them for that as well. They only have three ingredients, so it’s easy enough to keep stocked up and since it doesn’t take long to make these you don’t have to worry about storing them you can just make them as you need them so they’re fresh and crispy.

It’s freaking about time that I finally stumble upon a paleo recipe that doenst taste like compacted almond/coconut. I am I total agreeance… Taste your dang paleo recipes before posting!!! Almond and coconut flour, butter, nuts, shmuts… They’re all pricey, and id rather not keep “experimenting” at such a high cost. Let me save you all some money…. ALL paleo bread, no matter how tempting and scrumptious looking the recipe pic looks, it’ll suck. The pretzels suck, the “rustic”loaf sucks, paleo hamburger buns suck…. All of it. And, let me tell you, as a former bread addict, it’ll just make you miss bread more at each attempt to make it. Same goes for cookies with the exception of this here cookie. Compai to the cookie!
Eggplants are Paleo friendly for most, but store-bought baba ghanoush can still contain loads of hidden mayo—and that can mean unwanted vegetable oils. Go for a simple, mayo-free recipe with lots of garlic and a squeeze of lemon juice for a fresher take that won’t weigh you down. Try pairing this dip with some Paleo-friendly homemade rosemary sesame crackers.
While typically considered health foods (who’s ever been angry with a bag of lentils?), legumes have a major downside: phytic acid. According to Paleo Leap, “Phytic acid binds to nutrients in the food, preventing you from absorbing them.” While phytic acid is present in a number of Paleo-friendly foods (like nuts), these foods are generally consumed in smaller quantities. Legumes, however, constitute a staple in many diets around the world, leading to overexposure to phytic acid as well as a host of other antinutrients.
These look so chewy and gooey and delicious! I was actually considering doing a Paleo month to figure out if any of my lingering stomach symptoms are due to dairy or other allergens, but I think it would be tough for me to give up autumn baked goods and it’s hard to be tree nut free and still Paleo. Maybe these cookies with coconut flour would work 🙂
The Primal Blueprint leaves room for legumes in close moderation, but those on a paleo diet tend to steer clear of them. Like nuts and seeds, legumes contain anti-nutrients like lectins, phytates and saponins. Unlike nuts and seeds, however, legumes tend to be consumed in large quantities, potentially preventing your body from absorbing sufficient nutrients for optimum health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DwSUL-i8i0
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Another fad which will die off soon. If you want a lean, fit body just go out more and start moving. Sitting behind a computer 10 hours a day will not make you lean no matter what you eat. Cavemen didn’t have ipads and tvs and internets. They went out and fought for food, constantly on the move. They slept on bed of rocks, they walked miles and miles everyday. Compare them with us now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6It1CI9yO18
Take sweetener, for example: replacing white sugar with coconut sugar is one of the simplest swaps I can think of. Nonetheless, even that small change creates a cookie with a different flavor (less sweet, more caramel-y), texture (may spread more or less, or be more grainy, depending on the coarseness of the coconut sugar you’re using), and color (browner, for obvious reasons). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-TDu1F0ZTA
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