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Paleo Jerk Chicken | The Paleo Diet

Special thanks and congratulations to Alison Rost, The Paleo Diet Recipe Contest Winner!

 
Paleo jerk chicken adds a punch of fragrant and fiery spices for added kick to your menu.

Ingredients

Serves 3-4

  • 1-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried thyme (** or 1/2 teaspoon ajwain seeds)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp bright red paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the spices. Set aside.

3. Cut each chicken thigh into 1-inch segments and place into a separate bowl.

4. Add the spice mix along with 1 Tbsp of the oil to the chicken. Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes.

5. Heat the remaining oil in a wok or large, nonstick frying pan over very high heat. When the oil is very hot, add the chicken.

6. Stir-fry quickly until the pieces are lightly browned or have turned opaque on the outside.

7. Place chicken pieces into a baking dish, and cover loosely with lightly oiled wax paper (which should sit inside the dish and directly on top of the chicken pieces) and bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

8. Enjoy while hot or remove from hot baking dish to maintain moisture for eating later.



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Paleo Applesauce | The Paleo Diet

Special thanks and congratulations to Anna Riblett, The Paleo Diet Recipe Contest Winner

 
Pulse up delicious in the kitchen with all natural and energy-packed Paleo Applesauce.
 

Ingredients

Serves 2

  • ½ cup raw hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 cored apple
  • 4 – 6 grapes

Directions

1. Place raw hazelnuts into a food processor.

2. Add coconut milk and cored apple.

3. Blend on High for 10 seconds.

4. Add grapes and pulse 5 times.



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Seaweed Trail Mix | The Paleo Diet

Special thanks and congratulations to Andy Culbertson, The Paleo Diet Recipe Contest Winner

Trail into the season where fresh walnuts abound, stocks of dry seaweed lay in waiting, and a healthy fat source boosts cold weather exercise blended into a paleo-friendly seaweed trail mix.

Ingredients

Serves 8

  • 1 cup wakame seaweed, dehydrated
  • 1 cup freshly shelled walnuts (or 1 cup of walnuts, soaked for 8 hours, rinsed, and dehydrated. (This reduces the tannin content and greatly improves digestibility and flavor).
  • 1-3 tsp of turmeric powder, to taste
  • 1-3 tsp each of garlic powder and onion powder, to taste
  • 1 tbsp unrefined coconut oil

Directions

1. Mix together the spices in a small bowl.

2. On very low heat in a cast iron skillet, heat the wakame seaweed in the coconut oil.

3. Once the wakame is crispy to the bite (15 minutes or so), sprinkle the wakame with the walnuts and spice mixture.

4. Keeping the heat on low, stir the ingredients together until evenly coated, then continue to stir for about 10 minutes until all the ingredients and flavors are well blended.

5. Add more spices as needed, let cool, and enjoy a handful or two on the go!



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Heart Rosemary Nut Mix | The Paleo Diet

Lorrie Cordain’s Hearty Rosemary Nut Mix, The Cordain Kitchen

The teams are decided, the game is scheduled, and your Super Bowl party for 2014 is just a few days away! Football parties, whether they be held as tailgates, in sports bars, or the family living room, are typically littered with chips, dips, pizza, hot dogs, and beer. Not exactly the food fest welcomed by the committed Paleo dieter. Never fear, you can pull off a great party with something for everyone while sticking very close to a pure Paleo spread!

Start with bowls of “Hearty Rosemary Nut Mix” to welcome your guests. This paleo recipe is the perfect addition to get the party started. Our experience has been that when offered in abundance, fresh fruit and veggie trays are the first items to be gobbled up by party-goers. Provide platters of fresh organic turkey and chicken, peel and eat shrimp, along with delicious and hearty homemade soups and fresh salads with recipes taken right from The Paleo Diet Cookbook, and you’ve got the makings for a healthy and appetizing full course meal. You and your guests will enjoy the game and the food, and to top it all off, feel fantastic when the celebration is over.

If you’re celebrating away from home, anticipate the types of food you will be offered and plan ahead. If Uncle Bob is going to order pizza and beer for everyone, be sure to eat a full meal ahead of time. Offer to bring a the nut mix, fruit plate, or veggie tray. Everyone will appreciate your contribution and you will have some healthy foods to snack on while enjoying the big game.

If you’re headed to a sports bar, their menus typically have a selection of healthy alternatives. Again, check out the menu and plan ahead so you won’t find yourself with limited choices. Suggesting an alternative establishment may be just the trick to ensure you stick with your Paleo plan meanwhile having a fun, celebratory day cheering on your favorite team!

Ingredients

Serves 3-5

  • 1 cup raw, unsalted walnuts
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp organic rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Combine nuts in mixing bowl.

3. In a separate mixing bowl, mix olive oil, rosemary, garlic, and cayenne.

4. Pour over nuts and coat thoroughly.

5. Spread nut mixture on a nonstick baking sheet.

6. Bake nuts for 10 minutes, stirring at least once, until golden.



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Curb Your Hunger | The Paleo Diet

It can be challenging at first to curb the carbohydrate cravings and hunger that arises when you are adjusting to a Paleo lifestyle, especially during the holiday season. By following the tips below, you can successfully ward off hunger that some people experience when transitioning to The Paleo Diet.

Breakfast

As the old saying goes, “breakfast is the most important meal of day.” This statement is especially true for people leading a Paleo lifestyle. The high-paced life of the average American frequently leaves little time for preparing a hearty breakfast first thing in the morning. Allocate an extra 30 minutes of your morning to cook a breakfast that will boost your energy levels for the entire day.

Scrambling vegetables, cage-free omega-3 eggs, and uncured pasture raised bacon or sausage is a quick and hearty meal that will provide adequate nutrients to keep you fueled throughout the day. If you’re getting tired of bacon and eggs for breakfast consider having salmon with avocado and fresh berries to get your day started on the right foot!

Order The Paleo Diet Cookbook for a collection of breakfast alternatives.

Up Your Protein and Fat Intake

Carbohydrates are digested quickly in our bodies. Excessive carbohydrate consumption often results in a surge of glucose levels throughout the blood stream and an eventual post-carb “crash.” Fat and protein are digested at much slower rates.

Protein consumption also promotes the formation of the peptide PYY, which is known to reduce hunger and aid in weight loss. If you come down with hunger pangs around lunch time, consider adding extra grilled chicken to your garden salad, or a couple of hard boiled eggs to up your your protein and fat intake.

Snacking on nuts in moderation throughout the day will also help to up your consumption of healthy fats.

Carbohydrates for Athletes

If you regularly engage in aerobic and or anaerobic activities you may feel fatigue from inadequate carbohydrate intake. Grains, sugar, and white potatoes are not recommended on The Paleo Diet, but there are plenty of other fruit and vegetable carbohydrate sources that can boost your athletic performance by restoring your muscle glycogen levels.

Sweet potatoes are commonly recommended by many experts within the Paleo community because they slowly release carbohydrates into your body, thus preventing any significant alterations in blood glucose levels. Recent studies show that fruit smoothies also are rich carbohydrate sources that have little adverse effects upon our blood sugar levels. Turnips, parsnips, squash and zucchini also are great options to include in post workout meals. Bananas are inexpensive and high in potassium and carbohydrate. For a quick and easy pre-workout or post-workout snack consider bringing a couple ripe bananas to the gym.

Learn more about the best approach for athletes to adopt the Paleo lifestyle in The Paleo Diet for Athletes.

Kyle Cordain
The Paleo Diet Team

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