Vegetarian Paleo Eats
Mr Rose is a friend I meet while travelling in Europe last year. He had posted a comment and request on my FB (http://www.facebook.com/TheWholefoodTruth) asking if I could make a few suggestion for all the other vegetarians that are choosing a more Paleo way of life.
To be honest, it’s taken me a few days to really get my head around what I could put together. Many people who don’t eat meat probably think that this ‘diet’ isn’t for them, or that they can’t do it because when we see the word Paleo we think (well I did at first) that its all meat, cheese and animal fat. This is SO not the case!
I will give some suggestions that I hope helps cater to my vegetarian followers. There are also some vegan suggestions, however I will focus on this another time in more detail. For now here are a few suggestion, categorised by meals, that can help kick start your eating:
- Eggs are the obvious choice – fry up (in butter), scramble or poach two or three with haloumi and/or avocado and some green veggie such as Kale or asparagus. I often add a few mushrooms too.
- Yoghurt + my Nut and Seed Blend. When selecting yoghurt make sure it has no added sugar, is ideally ‘tub set’ and full fat.
- Coco-nutty smoothie. Mix on cup of milk (any type you like, just check that it doesn’t have added sugar), ¼ cup berries, 2 tbs my nut and seed blend, scoop of coconut cream for thickness. Blend it all up
- Chia Vanilla pudding: add 2 tbs of Chia seeds to 200ml coconut water – add ½ tsp natural vanilla paste or powder, a few drops of stevia liquid. Let it stand for 10 or so min. The seeds will soak up the liquid and form a pudding like consistency – I make mine in a jar the night before so I have a on-the-go brekkie in the morning.
Elissa’s Nut and Seed Blend:
¼ cup almonds
¼ cup cashews/walnuts (whatever other nuts you like)
¼ cup linseeds (flaxseed meal is the same)
1 cup coconut shavings
½ cup chia seeds.
pinch of sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon or nutmeg or cloves
Blend all nuts and seeds to a leave a fairly course ‘meal’ appearance.
Add back in the coconut shavings.
Store in fridge – I often make a bulk amount (3-4 times the above mix) and store it in a jar in the freezer, like you would ground up coffee beans.
NB – before you blend you can lightly dry roast your nut and seed mix – just be careful not to burn them as they can go rancid.
- This gets a bit easier – see my previous post on lunches here https://thewholefoodtruth.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/lunch-options-for-the-on-the-go-paleo and omit meat for seafood such as a natural wood smoked trout or salmon
- Seared tuna steak + salad veggies
- Hard boil eggs mixed with cream cheese/mayo and avocado to make a paste. Use carrot sticks and eat it like a dip
- Zucchini, ricotta and coconut flour muffins – recipe to follow.
Again omit traditional meat option with:
- Poached/grilled salmon
- BBQ prawns
- Tofu – fry up some in coconut oil and add Moroccan spice mix – bake in a moderate oven for 15-20 mins serve with salad/vegetables.
I find that the dinner meal is often the easiest to get creative with. But try and only take this process one meal at a time. When you think about eating tofu or eggs at every meal for the rest of the week it can become a bit daunting. You can get inspiration from other blogs, websites and when you are shopping. Don’t try to fix every thing at once is my only advice here.
Remember This: The key take home point to this way of eating is not about protein, its about fats. This way it stops your insulin spiking and falling, which will result in swinging hunger pangs and also increase your bodies ability to WANT to store fat. Let your body tell you when you are hungry or when you are not. Your eating doesn’t need to revolve around Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We are just not designed to operate like that. Can you imagine the caveman coming ‘home’ for a cup of tea and biscuit? Exactly. We as a society like to control situations. Our work places say when we can eat and when we work – our bodies are much more intelligent than this system. So my advice is to begin to listen to when you are full and when you might just be bored or ‘trained’ for an eating time. Its time to let go of our old fashion rules around food. Get back in sync with your natural cycles and rhythms. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel.
I’ll be talking a lot more on insulin and is role in the body for how it contributes to fat gain and even muscle loss. This new way of thinking is very challenging as we have been taught for so long that the ‘healthy diet pyramid’ is our ruler. This is no longer the case. Join me as I plan to take everyone who’s interested or needs and wants better health and wellness in their lives, on a re-learning roller coaster and bust some of our biggest health myths to date. I’ve just started the research and I can’t wait to share it with you.
Until next time, make your food wholefood.