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The Top 6 Reasons Why Paleo is so Popular

Jeremy Hendon | August 27

Popular10 years ago, mentioning that you were “Paleo” would have drawn more than a few blank stares.  Today, I’m much more likely to be barraged by an avalanche of…interesting…questions.

Seriously, more and more people at least know what Paleo is, and the popularity is growing even among celebrities.  Amazing books and podcasts are proliferating, like this book from Diane, this book from Melissa and Dallas, and this new podcast from Stacy, Matt, and Sarah.

In light of the growing popularity of the Paleo movement, I thought it was high time we take a serious look at the top 6 reasons why Paleo is growing so rapidly.  (In countdown fashion.)

6.     Paleo Dieters like being Trend-Setters

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Roasted Garlic

Louise Hendon | August 25

I had a lot of garlic cloves in my fridge, and I was concerned that they were going to go bad soon.  What better way to make use of the garlic cloves than to roast them.  After roasting them, I spread them on some burger patties.  It just happened that the gentle flavor of the roasted garlic combined really well with the beef.

I started with some peeled garlic cloves and chopped off the end of each clove.  (The oven was preheated to 350F (175C).)

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Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower

Louise Hendon | August 23

I first heard about roasting cauliflowers with turmeric (more about what it is below) at a pot luck dinner I went to, and after reading about all the wonderful health benefits of turmeric (see here), I just had to try it!  It’s so simple and makes a wonderful side dish to go with anything.

After preheating the oven at 350F (175C), I halved a large cauliflower (I was planning to use just half).cauliflower
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Paleo Roasted Tomato Basil Salad

Louise Hendon | August 21

This is a variation on the simple tomato basil salad I made a few days ago.  I was inspired by Hey, That Taste’s Good’s roasted tomatoes recipe (here) and decided to roast my cherry tomatoes too!  Since I still had so much fresh basil, I went with just basil instead of adding a variety of herbs.  The roasting process caramelizes the tomatoes so they’re sweeter – in fact, it almost tastes like I’m eating sundried tomatoes.  They were so delicious, I polished them off before the rest of my food was ready!

First thing I did was preheat my oven to 350F (175C). Then, I cut my cherry tomatoes into halves (grape tomatoes would work well too).tomato halves

Then I added some minced garlic.

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I love fresh basil, so those of course went in.

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Lastly, I added some olive oil and salt.

cherry tomatoes with basil and garlic

After I mixed everything together well, I spread it on a baking tray making sure all the tomato halves faced up.  I also tried to keep all the minced garlic and basil on top of the tomatoes rather than just on the baking tray.roasted tomato salad recipe

Done after 40 minutes.paleo roasted tomato salad recipe

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Paleo Roasted Tomato Basil Salad


  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb (2 cups) of cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (175C).
  2. Halve the cherry (or grape) tomatoes.
  3. Combine the tomato halves with the minced garlic, chopped basil, olive oil, and salt.
  4. Spread on baking tray with the tomato halves facing up.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes.

 

Paleo Tomato Basil Salad Recipe

Louise Hendon | August 19

I love simplicity, and this recipe is as simple as it gets!  I was inspired by the really fragrant basil I bought at the farmer’s market this morning.  I was going to pair this cherry tomato basil salad with a nice apple tuna salad, but alas, the farmer’s market didn’t have any curly parsley.  So, instead, I just reheated some burgers we had grilled earlier and splashed on top a healthy helping of the new sauerkraut I got this morning from my CSA farm, Triangle Farm.

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You Can Always Justify Eating Crap

Jeremy Hendon | August 14

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YOU CAN ALWAYS JUSTIFY EATING CRAP

I know.  I’ve been there.  I’m still there sometimes.

Bad news: Most of us are NEVER going to completely get over this.  There will still be times when we justify eating crap.

Good news: This doesn’t need to happen very often.  There are ways to fix ourselves.

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Bacon Zucchini Mushroom Stir-Fry

Louise Hendon | August 13

I am constantly pained by poor lighting when I cook in the evenings, so let me just preface this recipe by telling you that this dish tastes even better than it looks or sounds!  It really came about because I had some bacon in my fridge, and I was wondering what vegetables would go well with it.  Zucchinis and mushrooms may seem an unusual choice to go with bacon, but they have very gentle flavors that I felt would complement and not clash with the stronger flavors from the bacon.  And they definitely worked well!  There’s also some scallions and parsley in the recipe, and they add a herbal hint to an otherwise bacon dominated dish.
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Book Review: Naked Calories

Louise Hendon | July 31

Meet the Caltons – Mira and Jayson. They are two very fascinating individuals who spent 6 years travelling the world researching health and nutrition.  Now that they’re back in the US, they are trying to alert the world to the dire epidemic of micronutrient deficiency.

Naked Calories is the first part of their solution to this growing world-wide problem.

To take a quick step back, most people know micronutrients by the names ‘vitamins’ and ‘minerals.’ Although we’ve all heard that vitamins and minerals are important, most of us have spent our lives focusing on macronutrients – such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats – and we often forget that our body is extremely complex and requires a wealth of micronutrients. The first part of Naked Calories helpfully reminds us that we really do need sufficient amounts of a lot of vitamins and minerals in order to avoid potentially serious health problems.  Even if you think you might be taking in sufficient amounts, there are so many ways in which these essential micronutrients can become depleted, many of them things I know I do often (like not sleeping enough, stressing at work, and having that glass of wine with dinner).

Personally, I became acutely aware of micronutrient deficiencies a few years ago when, during a routine checkup, I found out that my Vitamin D levels were seriously low. x-defaultLike most people in that situation, I started taking a multivitamin (along with high doses of vitamin D), but I gave little or no consideration to how well the supplements would work.

Naked Calories really opened my eyes to the issue of multivitamins and supplements not necessarily working in all the ways we want them to (although I did regain normal levels of vitamin D 6 months later).  The Caltons raise very critical questions, such as “Am I actually absorbing that 1000% RDA of vitamin C my multivitamin claims to have?” and “Are some micronutrients in my multivitamin preventing other micronutrients from being absorbed?” These are just some of the questions the book poses and addresses.Cod liver oil capsules

I’ve found from talking to people recently about micronutrients and supplements that people either love supplements or hate them.  Some people – one of my friends, in particular – refuse to take vitamin pills. She claims that we absorb very little from vitamin pills and that it’s much better to get all your nutrients from whole foods.

I wholeheartedly agree with her regarding the fact that we should try to eat whole foods whenever possible, but I also think we should take supplements if we’ve got a micronutrient deficiency (like I did with Vitamin D). Naked Calories goes a step further and points out that getting ideal amounts of micronutrients is pretty much impossible from our food alone. We would need to consume over 20,000 calories per day on most diet plans in order to achieve this – something that we are all unlikely to be able to do, even if we wanted to!

At some point, all of this starts to seem a little like a lose-lose situation.  On one hand, if you are taking a vitamin supplement, it might not be working as well as it should.  On the other hand, if you are not taking any supplements, then you’re definitely missing out on some essential nutrients. That brings me to the best part about this book….

The Caltons actually provide us with a solution. Naked Calories doesn’t describe this solution in great detail, but if you visit their website, you’ll see that Mira and Jayson have actually developed a multivitamin that solves all of the problems they detail in their book, such as absorption issues and competition between micronutrients.

Of course, everything can be improved, and my main gripe with Naked Calories is that I would have liked to have read more about the Calton Project, their 6 year around-the-world trip visiting indigenous populations and learning more about nutrition and health from a variety of cultural perspectives. Perhaps we will hear more about this in their coming books (Naked Calories is the first of a trilogy, and Mira tells me that their second book will be coming out in October).

naked-calories-bookSo, head over to Amazon and check out Naked Calories, or if you want to skip the reading and just get the solution, you can buy their multivitamin, Nutreince, here.

Have you read Naked Calories or have you tried Nutreince? If so, let me know what you think below.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free for review purposes. I received no other compensation, and this review is based on my own opinion. Note that some links on this page (and throughout this website) are affiliate links.

Almond Butter Chocolate Shake

Louise Hendon | July 27

A friend had asked about a quick breakfast option that wasn’t eggs yesterday, and I had suggested shakes/smoothies.  So they were on my mind this morning when I was considering breakfast options.  They’re so quick and simple to make, and you can put ingredients into them that are tailored to the flavors you enjoy, so you can’t fail not to find a recipe you like!  In fact, Primal Toad has a great ebook with a huge number of primal smoothie recipes you can choose from!

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Cucumber Lime Water

Louise Hendon | July 26

Sometimes drinking plain water gets just a bit too dull for me.  So, I like to make various iced teas (herbal, green, and black) and non-tea drinks.

I have quite a stash of cucumbers in my fridge having fallen in love with the amazing simple cucumber salad (recipe here), and so I decided to add some more cucumbers into my diet.  This time though, it would be drunk, not eaten.

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Slow Cooker Bacon & Chicken

Louise Hendon | July 23

I had a bunch of uncooked bacon left over from when I made the avocado bacon explosion, and I wanted to use it in a dish that didn’t involve frying more bacon!  And so I turned to the slow cooker.  But what would it go well with in the slow cooker, I pondered…chicken!

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I always find chicken breast rather dry (I wasn’t even all that impressed with the white meat of Thomas Keller’s Poulet Roti!), and so I thought the fat from the bacon would help moisten the chicken.  I was not wrong.  The bacon (and the olive oil) kept the chicken moist and flavorful!

This was one of the fastest dishes I have ever made – I dumped 5 raw chicken breasts, 10 slices of bacon (raw), 1 tablespoon of rosemary, 2 tablespoons of thyme, 1 tablespoon of oregano, 2 tablespoons of olive oil (I really like this olive oil), and 1 tablespoon of salt into the slow cooker (I use the Hamilton Beach slow cooker) and mixed everything together briefly, then set it to cook for 8 hours on low.  This was the result (after pouring out the liquid).

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Then I shredded the meat and added a bit more olive oil.chicken-bacon-in-container

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Blueberry Chocolate Gelatin Smoothie

Louise Hendon | July 20

I’ve been quite excited about all the gelatin I recently bought.  I’ve experimented with jello already (see here for the delicious recipe), and so today, I decided it was time for a gelatin drink.  Since gelatin congeals when it’s dissolved in cold liquids, it seemed like the idea ingredient in a smoothie!

I start off with my almond coconut milk (you can also use coconut milk, almond milk, regular milk, or just water).  I poured 1 cup into my blender (or use a Vitamix for even better results).almond-coconut-milk

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Paleo Ropa Vieja Recipe

Louise Hendon | July 18

Everything is so much easier in the slow cooker.  So, I decided to try making ropa vieja in the slow cooker too!  In fact, it’s so easy I’ve already made this dish several times over the past few weeks.  I usually get around 3lb of flank steak.  I cut the steak into 2 inch slices (cut across the grain).  Then pan sear the strips on a high heat in a tablespoon of coconut oil.  Sear for about 2-3 minutes on each side.  This just locks in some of those delicious juices.
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Bacon Avocado Explosion

Louise Hendon | July 16

Ok, I know this looks like guacamole, and to be fair, it does taste a bit like guacamole too, but it’s actually a bacon avocado explosion that I threw together this evening!  I was pondering what to do with the avocados that were ripening on my kitchen counter when the idea of crunchy bacon bits flashed across my mind.  Avocado by itself does not have a strong taste, so what better flavoring than bacon?  Are you following me?  Well, regardless, the word, “bacon” should have hooked you!

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