One of the most challenging aspects of going paleo is finding substitutes for your favorite foods. Things are even harder for those with a sweet tooth. This eating plan cuts out sugar, grains, legumes, and processed foods, so it can be difficult to cook your go-to meals. Fortunately, you can still enjoy tasty meals and desserts by swapping ingredients.
Here are five easy steps to make your recipes paleo friendly:
Clean Up Your Kitchen
The first step is to remove non-paleo foods from your diet. Eliminate one item at a time. Grab a garbage bag, and clean out your fridge and pantry. Stop buying foods that are off limits on the paleo diet. Plan your meals for the first few weeks and stick to your plan. Make sure your family and friends support you.
Ditch the Sugar
There are plenty of paleo friendly substitutes for sugar. Since this is a staple in most recipes, you need to find alternatives. Sugar can be successfully replaced with stevia, organic maple syrup, raw honey, cinnamon, and vanilla essence. You can also use fruit or freshly squeezed fruit juices to sweeten your favorite treats.
Load Up on Paleo Staples
Fill your fridge and pantry with paleo-approved foods that can be used in most recipes. These include meat, poultry, fish, seafood, coconut oil, coconut aminos, almond meal, salt, pepper, herbs and spices, vegetables, olive oil, coconut cream, avocado, ghee, bone broth, balsamic vinegar, honey, nuts, seeds, and fruits. Baking soda and baking powder are allowed too.
Make Healthy Food Swaps
Do some research and learn to cook delicious meals with paleo-approved ingredients. Use coconut flour instead of all-purpose flour, flax meal instead of bread crumbs, almond or coconut milk instead of cow’s milk, and coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. Rice can be successfully replaced with cauliflower. Courgette is an excellent substitute for pasta. Sunflower oil, soybean oil, and corn oil can be replaced with coconut oil or olive oil. Ghee is a healthy alternative to margarine.
Try New, Savory Recipes
Now that you know what you can eat, try savory recipes using paleo foods. Experiment in the kitchen and cook something different each day. Some of the most delicious paleo recipes include chocolate chip muffins, banana muffins, cauliflower popcorn, prosciutto wrapped melon, guacamole deviled eggs, and coconut chicken nuggets. Start with basic meals and desserts, customize your go-to recipes, and try to replicate your favorite restaurant dishes.