A Day of Paleo Meals (+FREE 3 Day Paleo Meal Plan)
Ever wondered what a full day of paleo meals might look like? Today we’re bringing together some of our favourite go-to recipes to show just how easy (and tasty!) eating paleo can be! For those interested, we’ve also released a 3 day paleo meal plan, complete with recipes and a shopping list – free to download from our resource library. This paleo meal plan is perfect for those of you that are just starting a paleo diet, or even if you’re just looking for some fresh inspiration! ?
If you’ve been following for a while, you’ve probably noticed that we’re passionate about real food ’round here. We believe embracing a whole foods, paleo-style diet is one of the first steps in living a holistic lifestyle. In short this means getting back to nature and eating the foods that we were designed to eat. This embraces a much larger view of our food: where it comes from (factory farms are nowhere near natural or ethical!), how it was produced, how it effects our health, our bodies and ultimately the way we look and feel!
Of course, these meals are not intended to be taken calorie-for-calorie. We are all individuals with different caloric and nutritional needs. Feel free to adjust the quantities, play with your carb intake (this post might help!) and find what works for you! 🙂
Paleo Breakfast: Green Smoothie
We love a cooked breakfast, but for busy mornings this smoothie is our go-to!
This smoothie combines healthy fats, carbs, protein and a good dose of greens to make a balanced breakfast. In case you’re wondering, our favourite brand of protein powder is this Whey Protein Isolate from True Protein (I might add that we’re not sponsored to say so!). We love this brand because their whey protein comes from grass-fed cattle. It’s also sweetened with stevia rather than refined or artificial sugars (common in many protein powders) – and tastes bomb! Of course, if you don’t do dairy, we would recommend hydrolysed beef protein (fully paleo) or pea protein.
To make this super time efficient, we suggest baggying up and freezing your fresh ingredients the night before. Come morning, all you’ll have to do is blend and you’re away! ?
P.S: if you prefer a lower carb smoothie, you can check out our high fat smoothie and some other breakfast ideas here.
Related: 3 Paleo Breakfast Ideas
Paleo Lunch: Sweet Potato & Rocket Salad with Tinned Salmon
Whether you’re eating at home or packing a lunch for work or school – salad is a mainstay for us. And don’t worry, we’re not talking those low-fat, low-calorie salads that leave you ravenously hungry an hour later. We love this sweet potato and rocket salad because it has plenty of healthy fats (from nuts, olive oil & salmon) and carbs (from sweet potato) to keep energy levels stable into the afternoon.
And if you’re not a salad fan, here’s a good reason to start eating your leafies on the daily: green leafy vegetables are a good source of folate. You’ve probably heard how important folate is during pregnancy (to prevent neural tube defects!), but this B vitamin also plays an important role in methylation. In short: impaired methylation can impact your immunity, cause inflammation and put you at higher risk for certain chronic diseases – not cool! For this reason, we usually try to get a salad in at lunch!
To make a complete meal, we pair this salad with a can of tinned salmon. We love tinned salmon because it’s portable and full of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. If you don’t prefer fish you could always swap for another protein such as boiled eggs or grilled chicken. When it comes to salad dressings, we keep it simple with a drizzle of olive oil and some apple cider vinegar – or for some creaminess we suggest stirring through some home made aioli! To make the aioli be sure to check out the recipe available in our 3 day paleo meal plan!
Paleo Dinner: Crispy Salmon with Salad & Sweet Potato Fries
At dinner we can’t go past crispy skin salmon – it’s light, healthy and totally delicious! But here’s a tip: be sure to cook your salmon with the skin on. This fatty layer has a high concentration of the anti-inflammatory omega-3s EPA and DHA – important for brain and skin health.
To keep this meal light, we like to add a simple side salad and some crispy sweet potato fries. Because c’mon, who doesn’t like sweet potato fries?! ? Top it off with a dollop of paleo aioli and a wedge of lemon and you have a winner!
So there you have it – a full day of paleo meals! If we get hungry between meals we usually reach for some nuts, fruit or even a cheeky piece of dark chocolate (80% and higher guys!). We hope these recipes have given you a better idea of how you might structure a full day of paleo meals – we know changing your diet can be a bit daunting at first!
And of course, if you’re interested don’t forget to sign up for our 3-day paleo meal plan, complete with full recipes and shopping list! 🙂