Chances are you have a friend or family member who has embarked on the Paleo diet sometime in the last year, or maybe you are interested in trying to cut the grains and most dairy out of your diet and focus on high-quality proteins and vegetables instead. So what are you going to eat for dinner? This week we are asking experts to come up with dinner menus for all kinds of diets and situations, and today George Bryant of the Paleo-focused food blog Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations is sharing a satisfying Paleo meal that is easy to scale up. And there's banana bread for dessert!
1 cup ice
2 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces fresh lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
1/2 teaspoon honey
6 fresh mint leaves
Splash of club soda
Place ice in a beverage shaker. Add tequila, lime juice, honey, and mint leaves and shake well. Pour into a tall glass over ice. Top off with a splash of club soda.
Why is this menu a good one for eaters following a Paleo or primal diet?
Because everything is easily scalable to accommodate more or less food. When we follow a Standard American Diet, we tend to fill up on heavy amounts of starches like bread, rolls, or huge plates of pasta. When you eat Paleo, you need to replace those types of foods with nutrient dense foods that are going to nourish your body while satiating you. My food of choice is healthy fats like coconut products, avocados and or macadamia nuts. I ensure every meal is composed of a good source of fat, quality protein, and two or more servings of vegetables and my body is always satisfied.
Plus, you will never hear any Paleo people yell at you for eating too many vegetables. Eating this way eliminates sugar crashes and sugar cravings which continue to promote a healthy Paleo or primal lifestyle.
What is your best piece of advice for those planning a Paleo meal?
When planning a Paleo meal, I always tell people to make double or triple the amount they think they need. Sometimes you end up being hungrier than you anticipated and instead of rummaging through cabinets for sweets, you can eat more of your nutrient dense dinner. This also works in your favor by giving you plenty of leftovers to compose fast and healthy Paleo meals in the days to follow when you just don't have time to be in the kitchen. The more you plan and think ahead, the more you will increase your chances of staying straight on the Paleo road.
More from George Bryant:
→ Check out his website: Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations
→ Buy his e-cookbook: The Caveman Feast
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