I’ve always LOVED chocolate (to the point where I used to pity a classmate who was allergic to chocolate – how did she survive those teenage years without chocolate??).
We all know that the foods we like can change throughout our lives, but one thing I can say for sure is that I grew up loving garlic and just never stopped! As a seasoning and ingredient in soups and on meats, my family always made sure to have that extra pinch; even the smell of cooking garlic was enough to lure me into the kitchen.
Mom had no problem getting me to eat garlic, and that’s a good thing, because this unassuming little bulb of flavor really packs some amazing boosts for your health. A member of the onion family, garlic has been used since before ancient Egyptian times as a seasoning all around the world. However, even more than as a delicious food, garlic has been prized for thousands of years for its medicinal effects, many of which come from antibacterial sulfur compounds (like allicin) that appear when garlic is chewed or crushed. It’s also what gives garlic that delightfully pungent smell.
What’s great about garlic:
Most of us have sampled some sort of oatmeal creation in our lifetime, whether it’s cookies, oatmeal in the morning, or a family recipe for baked oatmeal squares.
In fact, many people tout oatmeal as one of the best breakfast foods for you. Should we follow along and grab a bowl of oats every day, or should we be a bit more cautious about adding oatmeal to our daily Paleo lifestyle?
While you don’t have to eat any Paleo snacks on a Paleo diet, sometimes they can be essential to prevent you from falling off the diet!
And if you’re taking a long flight, a road trip, a vacation, or you often stay at the office late, then having some Paleo snacks around can be super helpful.
So, here’s our list of the best Paleo snacks for all occasions. There are 10 that you can buy from the store or from Amazon (in the US and sometimes Canada – we’ll put together a list of our best Paleo snacks that you can buy in the UK soon and also a separate AIP snacks list!), and there are also 27 Paleo snack recipes that you can make in under 30 minutes.
And if you’re looking for snacks for a long flight, then check out this list instead.
I didn’t grow up exposed to a lot of foods that you might consider to be traditionally non-American. (Whatever that means, but you get the idea.)
Ghee is certainly such a food.
In fact, when I first read about it, I didn’t even know how to pronounce it. Gee? Jee?
I had no idea, except the vague understanding that people seem to spread it on things.
We don’t know conclusively, but fructose in its natural forms is probably not an issue for healthy individuals.
So, is fructose worse than all other sugars?
One of my most vivid memories of elementary school is of sitting in one of our incredibly cramped, 20-person classrooms and eating lunch with friends. They’d be munching on zebra cakes and I would, with an excited smile, pop the lid off my little bin of sardines.
Apparently the smell of fish was less favorable to the 8-year-olds than the sweet aroma of those zebra cakes, because more often than not, I’d look up from my sardines to find myself sitting all alone.
What are Sardines?
I think part of the problem was that no one really knew what a sardine was—a small, whole fish also known as a pilchard. Belonging to the herring family, sardines are rather tiny, oily fish that you can buy fresh or in a can.
Artificial sweeteners have gotten a very bad rap for a long time without much solid evidence as to why they’re bad.
There have been a lot of studies that have shown correlations between things like obesity and artificial sweeteners, but there are so many confounding factors in those studies that they’re pretty much irrelevant for anything other than casual conversation.
That’s rapidly changing.
200 million years is an extraordinarily long time.
Upright ancestors of humans evolved from monkeys just 4-6 million years ago. And we weren’t REALLY human until about 130,000 years ago (at least by some metrics like brain size). But however long it’s been, it’s nowhere close to 200 million years.
Crabs, though, have been crabs for about that long. They were around with dinosaurs, for crying out loud.
I’m a geek for facts like this, but the one that might blow you away is that the largest crabs can measure 12 feet across (from claw to claw). That’s not a crab that would fit in any pot that I have at home.
In general, nuts are quite nutritious. They don’t quite hold up to seafood or organ meats, but nuts are super when it comes to minerals.
However, not all nuts are created equal (or at least, some nuts are more equal than others).
Almost anywhere you go in the world, one thing you’re likely to be able to find is beer.
In fact, that’s one of beer’s largest draws—it can be fun to try to sample as many exotic varieties and microbrews as you can find.
I was one of those rare kids who didn’t like soda. The bubbles always made me burp, and I couldn’t ever manage to finish an entire can of coke.
That all changed when I got to law school. One of my best friends there was addicted to diet coke (even she called it an addiction).
I wasn’t drinking coffee during that period and needing caffeine to stay awake during law school, I also turned to diet coke.
I’m happy to say that I haven’t had a diet coke for years now, but on a hot summer day, it’s still the drink I crave!
Luckily, that same friend gave up diet coke as well and recently, she introduced me to a new soda, La Croix, which contains only Paleo ingredients!
When I first started Paleo, I was very against Paleo desserts.
Cavemen clearly didn’t eat almond flour baked with honey, so why should I be eating that?
Of course, at the same time, I would occasionally fall off the wagon and cheat with some M&Ms from the vending machine, a cookie from Starbucks down the street, or a guilty slice of cake that my secretary made. And when my birthday rolled around, I would indulge in some red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting (my fav!).
As my Paleo journey progressed and as I started hearing from more and more people about their own Paleo journeys, my views on Paleo desserts evolved.
Sugar is tricky. When you look at only good clinical studies (Randomized Double Blind Trials), sugar is only a problem in caloric excess. A lot of people try to argue for more, but the science isn’t there.
However, I think you can easily say that processed sugar in general is a big problem, based on those studies.
Cashew flour is a great gluten-free, grain-free flour that can be used in place of other nut flours when baking or cooking.
You can purchase cashew flour from Trader Joe’s (review of it here) or you can get it on Amazon here, but it’s also super easy (and often cheaper) to make your own at home, and this post will show you just how easy it is (plus there’s a list of Paleo recipes using cashew flour at the bottom of this post)!