Natural sweeteners like stevia and xylitol have been extensively studied and don’t impose health risks. Allulose and yacon syrup also appear to be safe according to research studies. Primal (and some paleo adherents’) cooking and baking incorporate them as well as small doses of monk fruit, coconut sugar, maple syrup and wild honey. That said, it’s best to let your taste buds adapt to the natural sweetness and flavor of whole foods. Use these more Primal or paleo friendly very sparingly.
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.
Gluten is a protein found in things like rye, wheat, and barley. It’s now being said that much of our population may be gluten-intolerant (hence all the new “gluten-free!” items popping up everywhere).  Over time, those who are gluten intolerant can develop a dismal array of medical conditions from consuming gluten: dermatitis, joint pain, reproductive problems, acid reflux, and more.[2]
It’s a great plan to have an emergency Paleo kit in your desk at work. This way whether your caught sort, or don’t have time for lunch, you always have a fast Paleo snack at your fingertips. If you’re buying pre packages tins and packets, make sure you check the ingredients and get the best quality available. These options should store and keep well for a while in your desk; perfect for an emergency stash! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKzqFQA9NTc
Oils are trickier. Loren Cordain, Ph.D., founder of The Paleo Diet Movement, breaks down which oils are healthy on the paleo diet: olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado and coconut oils are all allowed because they were gathered directly from the plant. While our hunter-gatherer ancestors probably did not consume flaxseed oil, it is allowed because of its content of high alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid.
Traditionally I’m not a huge fan of using several different gluten free flours in one recipes. I want the ingredients to be both accessible and have many different uses. So far, almond and coconut flour have become my go-tos (especially when it comes to paleo baking). If you find yourself looking for more recipes like these cookies, feel free to check out my paleo and grain free recipe categories! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHJMOgzbI3w
Whole grains are an important source of nutrition — aside from cholesterol-lowering fiber, these complex carbohydrates offer B vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate, and minerals including iron, magnesium, and selenium, Hultin says. “While the paleo diet is based on a high veggie intake with fruits included as well, its followers will be missing out on rich sources of nutrients from whole grains, soy foods, and legumes,” she says.
These sweet and sour gummy candies are actually good for you. Pretty weird huh? They are really easy and actually a lot of fun to make. All you do is mix the ingredients, put them into a mold either by pouring or using a plastic bag with a small hole in the corner. Then either put them in the refrigerator or freezer to set depending on how big of a hurry you’re in. You could make them any shape or color you’d like. I’m thinking about making some for my Halloween party using these molds. Wilton Pumpkin Patch Silicone Mold, here is a Wilton Heart Mold. I suggest just searching around on Amazon for Wilton silicone mold and then the shape or holiday you’d like it for. I’m sure you can find just what you’re looking for. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgOUkynhyyk
Perfect! I added pecans to your recipe and they came out perfect. The only issue I have is controlling myself so I don’t eat them all at once. I used butter instead of coconut oil and erythritol + molasses instead of coconut sugar to create my diabetic version of your cookie. I also added chopped pecans. Mmm-mm! Thanks. This is the best low-carb cookie recipe I’ve found.
When we go to the movies, I find myself always bringing healthier snacks. That’s probably not much of a surprise though. Every once in awhile we will splurge on the movie popcorn, but usually I have a purse packed with my favorite coconut oil and sea salt popcorn plus a few of these paleo chocolate chip cookies. Guys, they are RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. Think addicting, thick, chewy and full of melted dark chocolate puddles.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this amazingly easy and very yummy recipe!!!! I first baked 10 then…couple of days layer and cookie less doubled the recipe for 20!!! Not all for me, of course!ha! I do recommend to go ahead and melt the oil if using it from a jar. Otherwise the chips melt and darn it…you just have to add more!haha!! Either way, they are outstanding being paleo!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gZZpXmG2MU
This is why I hate winter. It makes me crave bad things. And before someone gets all sassy in the comments, no, I’m not calling cheese and pasta inherently bad, but when you crave copious amounts of each every day because it looks like armageddon outside, it’s not the healthiest choice. I can usually hold myself off for the first half of the day but that 2-3pm blah time gets me. Every. Single. Time. It’s about the time I want a nap, lose all motivation to work and want to eat every single piece of chocolate and/or carby goodness in my house. This doesn’t happen in the summer. Reason #345987456 why we should’ve never moved back to NY from Florida. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFYJLWGqR_0
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
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
Many of you have tried some version of a stuffed vegetable at your meals such as a tuna-stuffed tomato or beef-stuffed peppers, but there is no reason why you can’t incorporate similar items into your snacks as part of your Paleo plan.  By rotating various colorful varieties of vegetables into your snacks, you’ll  be fueling your body with loads of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.  Stuffed vegetables can be made into gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free snack options with a little creativity and advance preparation.  Definitely not taste-free, glance over some of the recipes listed below and see which one sounds like it might be a tasty addition to your snack rotation:
If you’ve been following the Paleo diet for a while now, and you are in the habit of including snacks, chances are you’ve incorporated some form of jerky from time to time.  Unfortunately, when buying off-the-shelf jerky, you can spend your fair share of time scrutinizing over the ingredient list to ensure that it is free from added sugars or other preservatives that you are trying to avoid . On the other hand, there are quite a few Paleo-friendly brands out there.  In the long run, you may find that making your own jerky may be an easier, cheaper, and more flavorful option.  Here are some easy and flavorful recipes for your jerky repertoire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBhI-tjhei4
These cashew butter balls are made raw so you don’t have to bake them. They’re ready to eat after just an hour in the fridge. The good thing is that you can make many of them at once, and just eat them a bit at a time as you go through your week. Having snacks made ahead of time is really helpful when you’re trying to stick to any diet plan. These are so simple to make it’s just dates, cashews and cashew butter. Roll it into a ball and cool it off and they’re ready to nosh.
These snack bars will definitely cure you of any food cravings, which makes them great as an emergency backup while you’re on the Paleo plan. Paleo is definitely not about starving yourself, or torturing yourself by depriving yourself of enjoyable foods, and these bars are proof of that. Imagine having a supply of these at the ready for times when you’re hungry but your next meal won’t be for a few hours. You’d be able to quell any signs of hunger which can often lead to diet-ruining food choices. However, as long as you’re eating balanced Paleo meals in the proper portions you shouldn’t be getting hungry until several hours after you’ve eaten.
These cashew butter balls are made raw so you don’t have to bake them. They’re ready to eat after just an hour in the fridge. The good thing is that you can make many of them at once, and just eat them a bit at a time as you go through your week. Having snacks made ahead of time is really helpful when you’re trying to stick to any diet plan. These are so simple to make it’s just dates, cashews and cashew butter. Roll it into a ball and cool it off and they’re ready to nosh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwAEwx87vqQ
I am a 41 year old woman who has been healthy my whole life but was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism, sjogrens syndrome and more frighteningly, relapsing polychondritis. That is an autoimmune disease where the body destroys it’s cartilage. It is rheumatic, aggressive and there is no cure. Eyes, ears, nose, heart valves, kidneys, spine, entire tracheobronchial tree are affected. It is normally fatal when the airways collapse. Of course im on humira, after 6 other medications failed to bring relief from the chronic extreme inflammation. My hair is falling out at an alarming rate. I began researching paleo and autoimmune disease and realized I could reverse every bit of this and send these diseases into remission by getting off the grains and carbs and dairy. And GLUTEN. Its all a bit overwhelming but I bought a cookbook and have been reading here a lot and for the first time in years, my pain is a 2 out of 10 after 2 weeks of cutting gluten and dairy and sugar. Ive literally eaten nothing but lean protein and low glycemic fruits and veggies. Also a lot of eggs and lots of water. I know it has taken many years to get in the wretched shape I am in with autoimmune disease and I can’t reverse it overnight but it is now my mission. My husband and kids are feeling better already as well. Cant wait to ditch the humira and steroids. Thank you!!
Even if you’re not purely Paleo, boiled eggs should be a part of your diet for so many reasons. Not only are they super easy to cook (12 minutes on the stove on average with no mixing or stirring), but eggs are filled with proteins, vitamins, minerals, and good fats. Plus one large egg has only about 80 calories. Boiled eggs can even be found at the grocery store precooked and in packs of two, making it a great grab-and-go Paleo snack. If you’re not a fan of the hardboiled variety, try one of these egg-tastic breakfast cooking tips that we promise you’ll love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2wGrYngpJ0
Tastes legit. Not some “healthified,” “high proteinified” version of a classic that uses prunes or dates or protein powder. Guys- there’s some crazy ass shit out there in the form of “recipes” for stuff like that. I just so happened to have picked about 5 of them for recent breakfasts. Wednesday’s ended up in a batter explosion and a black waffle with great flavor but the texture of an air puff. Um, wtf? Do people not taste their creations before posting for the world?  I digress.
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.
Hey Nichole! I do not recommend using coconut flour as a substitute for almond flour. Coconut flour absorbs significantly more liquid than almond flour and your cookies would almost definitely turn out dry. If you cannot use Almond flour I’d recommend trying tapioca flour or an all-purpose gluten-free flour although I haven’t tested either option so I cannot guarantee results. Bob’s Red Mill makes an all-purpose paleo baking flour but I am not sure if it has nuts or not. You should be able to substitute sunflower butter but if they can eat cashews I’d more highly recommend cashew butter as a substitution! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iMM4Cx_bKk

These dogs are not actually hot dogs, but are Cajun spiced sausages. You wouldn’t want to eat hot dogs on Paleo because it’s not in line with the Paleo philosophy, even though it does seem to be a meat item. Paleo is about getting back to natural foods, which is why you want to make sure you choose high quality ingredients at all times. These mini dogs have plenty of cauliflower to make them a complete meal, but because of their smaller size they are best used as a snack. They provide a few different dipping options, which it’s always nice to have a choice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t2pdg16t1g


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Protein is one of the staple sources of energy on the paleo diet. In fact, it’s likely that meat was the first food that our ancestors ate and, as such, our bodies are primed to run well on it. With a high protein content, moderate to high fat content, low or no carbs and a range of vitamins and minerals to boot, eating plenty of meat is a great way to gain or maintain lean muscle mass, boost your metabolism and make sure that you stay full between meals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urZeZElJZWE
This recipe makes soft, cakey cookies that are also hearty! They held up very well in the freezer! They’re great to have on hand for the mornings when you don’t have the brain power to think about breakfast. You can just pull some out of the freezer, heat in the microwave for about 1 minute, and have a healthy delicious breakfast you and your kids will love! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBFw9ymd78k
Get yourself a top round roast and slice it as thinly as you can (or get your butcher to do it). The best jerky is made with just a few ingredients (but everyone’s taste buds are different). You’ll want to combine coconut aminos, some spices, and coconut sugar (yes, it isn’t totally Paleo; you can use honey instead). If you want the flavor that liquid smoke imparts, feel free to add it in. Put all the ingredients into a bowl, throw in the meat, stir it around, cover it, and put it in your fridge for at least 12 hours.
Alice, I’m sorry you weren’t pleased with this recipe. Assuming you didn’t omit or substitute any other ingredients, I imagine it’s due to your almond flour brand—although “cardboard” is hard to imagine unless maybe you left out the sugar? Almond flours are not all created equal and finely-sifted is definitely not the same as finely ground, which is why I specify. The recipe will work when made as directed, though, as will my other recipes!

Don’t let the green color fool you, these also taste good in addition to being good for you. They contain pistachios, pumpkin seeds, coconut, orange juice, and help seeds, so you know you’re getting plenty of flavor along with the nutritional features of each of these items. The green color comes from the use of spirulina, which adds even more nutrients to the mix. These are raw, so they require no baking which means you mush all of the ingredients together into bar form, let them chill, and they’re ready to eat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSrH4elI5uc
Protein is one of the staple sources of energy on the paleo diet. In fact, it’s likely that meat was the first food that our ancestors ate and, as such, our bodies are primed to run well on it. With a high protein content, moderate to high fat content, low or no carbs and a range of vitamins and minerals to boot, eating plenty of meat is a great way to gain or maintain lean muscle mass, boost your metabolism and make sure that you stay full between meals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urZeZElJZWE
This is like a traditional smoky, garlicky, and salty snack mix but it’s made with only real clean ingredients. It can be somewhat addicting. It’s just a nice pure nutty goodness with smoked spices and garlic infused olive oil. You can make it with any kind of nuts you’d like. Walnuts and pecans were used because they are lots of nooks and crannies for the spices to grab onto and stay. The almonds were used to add some extra crunchiness. There are cashews in the picture.
Protein is one of the staple sources of energy on the paleo diet. In fact, it’s likely that meat was the first food that our ancestors ate and, as such, our bodies are primed to run well on it. With a high protein content, moderate to high fat content, low or no carbs and a range of vitamins and minerals to boot, eating plenty of meat is a great way to gain or maintain lean muscle mass, boost your metabolism and make sure that you stay full between meals.
This sounds great. And sorry if this has already been asked but the Ghiradelli make dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips? I am completely dairy/soy free and struggle to find the right chocolate (especially since I live in German). I used to buy Enjoy Life, but can’t get that brand shipped here. But if Ghiradelli is dairy free I’ll have to explore that realm. Thanks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3L3Q1GuDkE
Bagged chips and chunks contain additives that force the chocolate to maintain its shape, rather than melting into those perfect pools we’re looking for. They also don’t produce the flecks – the byproducts of chopping up a bar of chocolate that doesn’t always want to split cleanly (and that’s ok). The flecks + lagoons mean you’re always getting the perfect amount of chocolate in every bite; even when you’re not biting into a chunk of chocolate, you are still covered.
Recommended fruit intakes can vary from individual to individual. That being said, fruit can often be quite rich in fructose and in excess quantities has the potential to be harmful. You may want to consider eating sweet potatoes as a carb source and or increasing your fat intake in proportion to your fruit intake. Ultimately it comes down to how you feel, and if you are exercising regularly you might have a metabolism that can handle the higher fruit intake. Good Luck!
Protein is one of the staple sources of energy on the paleo diet. In fact, it’s likely that meat was the first food that our ancestors ate and, as such, our bodies are primed to run well on it. With a high protein content, moderate to high fat content, low or no carbs and a range of vitamins and minerals to boot, eating plenty of meat is a great way to gain or maintain lean muscle mass, boost your metabolism and make sure that you stay full between meals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urZeZElJZWE
This recipe was the hands down winner. It was contestant “D” of A-D. My husband had decided on B, I think, until he tried these and he declared this recipe the winner on the spot. I tried them and agreed. I now feel sick from trying all of these cookies, but I can give this recipe the thumbs up all around from my household! The cookie party ladies will hopefully appreciate all of my research. :) In all seriousness, if you need a low-allergen, “healthier” choc chip cookie recipe that won’t fail, this is the one. Winner-winner, choc chip cookie dinner! (Which is what I had tonight… vurp…) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zo49Pyhii-k
Just like us, our ancestors couldn’t resist the smell of roasting pork so it’s also on the paleo menu. Containing all-important muscle building protein with energy-filled fat, pork is also rich in the B vitamins, niacin, phosphorus and selenium which all contribute to keeping your body functioning well from the inside out. Naturally cured bacon is generally okay too. Just be wary of processed pork products that are infused with harmful chemicals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-i2oZWK2pM
I just made these cookies-made a couple of changes because ithese were the ingredients I had on hand but they still came out great-thick but airy, better than any store bought. I substituted little less than half the almond flour for oat fiber. Used jumbo eggs and 1/8 teaspoon more vanilla. Swerve powdered not granular, and 100 percent cocoa bakers chocolate. They came out fantastic and I’m hoping the oat fiber lowered the carb count some;) (also I baked at 3:20 for 14 min) Thanks!!
The 2nd batch I made straight after, I made them flatter/wider so they hopefully harden better once cooled… They look a bit more promising, and this time I got 8 cookies where as the first batch only made 7 and 1 tiny little baby one hehe. Oh I forgot to mention, I didn’t have any chocolate on hand, so instead I added 2 tsp of cocoa powder to make them chocolate!!! YUM!!
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9oVDL7ACno
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