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Antioxidant-Rich Pomegranate Cocoa Treats | The Paleo Diet

Many of us have lived without added sugar since adopting the Paleo Diet, and our nostalgia for traditional sweets and treats weans when we recall the fake and sugary taste. But as the holiday season fast approaches, opt for these creamy Paleo treats that rely on coconut’s natural sweetness and healthy fat content. The addition of pomegranate seeds, a powerful antioxidant, and pecans lend extra texture for a little juicy pop and crunch.

Ingredients

8-12 servings

    • 2 cups coconut flakes
    • 2 tsp cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
    • ¼ cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions

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Add coconut flakes to food processor and process until smooth and liquid, scraping down the sides as needed (optional: sub 12 oz coconut butter). Stir or pulse cocoa powder and cinnamon into coconut butter until well incorporated. Line a flat pan or dish with parchment; or, for more portable treats, line a mini muffin tin with single use paper liners.
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Szechuan Coconut Pork Stew

Pork is a food particularly rich in B-vitamins. While many suggest cereal grains to be high in B-vitamins, and critics claim their exclusion can promote vitamin deficiencies, they’re implicitly referring to B-vitamins. But are cereals really so rich in B-vitamins? Uncooked cereals are, but when a 100-gram portion of raw pork is compared with a 100-gram portion of cooked cereals, the numbers are far less impressive.

We’ll let the data speak for itself: 100 grams of raw pork has 0.5 mg of vitamin B6. 100 grams of uncooked quinoa has the same amount, but 100 grams of cooked quinoa has only 0.1 mg.

Are there legitimate concerns of B-vitamin or any other nutrient deficiencies on the Paleo Diet? Absolutely not. Paleo provides plenty of B. Skip the grains. Bring on the pork.

INGREDIENTS

Serves 3-4

  • 1½ pounds of boneless pork meat
  • 1 large or several small eggplants, chopped roughly
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped roughly
  • 1 onion, chopped roughly
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 fresh coconut or 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 or 3 pieces of star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1 orange, peel only
  • 1 bundle of fresh parsley, chopped

DIRECTIONS

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For coconut milk, you can use the canned variety, but we’re going to show you how to make your own. Homemade tends to be less thick, so if you are using canned, you’ll adding more water to the stew. Break open the coconut, holding it close to the pavement then forcefully throwing it downwards. You could also whack it with a hammer.
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Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.
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Christopher James Clark | The Paleo Diet TeamChristopher James Clark, B.B.A. is an award-winning writer, consultant, and chef with specialized knowledge in nutritional science and healing cuisine. He has a Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and formerly worked as a revenue management analyst for a Fortune 100 company. For the past decade-plus, he has been designing menus, recipes, and food concepts for restaurants and spas, coaching private clients, teaching cooking workshops worldwide, and managing the kitchen for a renowned Greek yoga resort. Clark is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning book, Nutritional Grail.

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CARROT COCONUT LEMONGRASS SOUP: AN ATHLETE-FRIENDLY RECIPE

In The Paleo Diet for Athletes, we lay out a comprehensive dietary strategy for performance athletes based on the principles of the Paleo Diet, but with minor adjustments.1 Athletes push themselves to physiological extremes rarely experienced by our distant ancestors. Accordingly, they have slightly different nutritional needs compared to non-athletes.

Meals consumed before training should be higher in carbohydrates, lower in fiber, and should be very hydrating.2 Additionally, these meals should include some source of protein. Our Carrot Coconut Lemongrass Soup alongside a serving of wild Alaskan salmon is a complete, excellent pre-workout meal.

Carrots are starchy, relatively high-carb vegetables containing significant amounts of water; when broken down through digestion, they are very hydrating. Consuming adequate liquids prevents protein breakdown during training, thereby enhancing performance and recovery.3

Besides creating lavish textures, we’re blending the soup, which disrupts the fiber content of the carrots. A study of the plasma-glucose effects of three forms of apples—whole, juiced, and blended—concluded, “The removal of fibre from food, and also its physical disruption, can result in faster and easier ingestion, decreased satiety, and disturbed glucose homoeostasis which is probably due to inappropriate insulin release.”4 For an athlete’s pre-workout meal, soups have their advantages.

carrot-soup-clark-6Whole vegetables are generally better than fiber-disrupted purées, but occasionally it’s great to enjoy the textures afforded by modern technology. I would recommend this soup for your next dinner party, especially when hosting guests who are unfamiliar with the Paleo lifestyle. This soup is a definite crowd pleaser, no matter which section of the crowd one might be sitting.

INGREDIENTS

Serves 3-4

  • 3 large or 6 small carrots (about ¾ pound), roughly chopped
  • 1 large zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 3 stalks lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • ½ inch piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • 3 Kaffir lime leaves or juice of ½ lime
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

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To prepare the lemongrass, remove the outer layers, trim the stems, and cut an inch or two from the tops.
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Christopher James Clark, B.B.A.
@nutrigrail
Nutritional Grail
www.ChristopherJamesClark.com

Christopher James Clark | The Paleo Diet TeamChristopher James Clark, B.B.A. is an award-winning author, writer, consultant, and chef with specialized knowledge in nutritional science and healing cuisine. He has a Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan and formerly worked as a revenue management analyst for a Fortune 100 company. For the past decade-plus, he has been designing menus, recipes, and food concepts for restaurants and spas, coaching private clients, teaching cooking workshops worldwide, and managing the kitchen for a renowned Greek yoga resort. Clark is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning book, Nutritional Grail.

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References

1. Cordain, L. & Friel, J. (2012). The Paleo Diet for Athletes: The Ancient Nutritional Formula for Peak Athletic Performance. Rodale Books; revised edition.

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

4. Haber, G.B., Heaton, K.W., Murphy. D., & Burroughs L.F. (1977). Depletion and disruption of dietary fibre. Effects on satiety, plasma-glucose, and serum-insulin. The Lancet, 2(8040), 679-82.

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