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How My Collection of Paleo Cookbooks Help Me Stay Healthy

Updated on September 13, 2014

Cookbooks for Culinary Variety

Yesterday, I decided on a simple breakfast which consisted of sliced avocados,sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil. A handful of raw almonds and a tall glass of freshly-squeezed lemon water completed my meal. Like life itself, sometimes the simplest things can be oh so satisfying.

Naturally there are days when something a bit more substantial and for those days, I turn to my arsenal of cookbooks. And although I must admit that I don't adhere strictly to a Paleo lifestyle, I feel a whole lot better eating this way.

Ever since losing half my weight many years ago, I've been naturally drawn to "clean" and natural ingredients. I love to eat good food and there's nothing more relaxing to me than spending an entire day in the kitchen cooking up a storm, which is why my shelves are spilling over with cookbooks.

If you're currently living the Paleo lifestyle, you probably know that variety is key to sticking to this heathier eating plan long term. So it only makes sense that having a proper collection of Paleo cookbooks will only make your life easier and definitely tastier.

To get you started, I've also included a few of my awesome Paleo recipes, including my very famous gluten-free brownies.

*Photos and images by Shinichi Mine

Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle
Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle

If you're new to Paleo, I recommend this excellent book, which includes information on how to get started with over 120 recipes that are easy to make.

 

Practical Paleo

Paleo is simply about eating "real food" instead of processed and it's simple once you get the hang of it. Not only that, you'll most likely notice a positive change to your overall health and well-being while losing some excess weight if necessary.

Practical Paleo includes information on healthy living, delicious recipes and answers to all your questions about how the Paleo lifestyle can benefit you and your family.

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Pancakes and Other Breakfast Goodies

I have Paleo Pancakes for breakfast at least once a week.
I have Paleo Pancakes for breakfast at least once a week.

I have a love affair with pancakes so when I learned that anything made with flour wasn't allowed on a low-carb or Paleo diet, I was devastated to say the least. However once I learned how to make them using almond flour, I no longer had to deprive myself of this yummy breakfast option.

Alternatives such as almond and coconut flours make baking all your favorites possible including these delicious pancakes I recently made. I enjoyed them with a drizzle of real maple syrup and I was in heaven. Not only are they delicious, but they are quite filling due to the nut flours, which are usually heavier to begin with.

There are many good Paleo cookbooks for those who love to bake. Baking with these alternative flours is easy as pie. The hard part is choosing which cookbooks are worth buying.

Check out my recipe for the best gluten-free pancakes.

Not Your Ordinary Paleo Breakfast

Not Your Ordinary Paleo Breakfast Cookbook: Mouth Watering Pancakes, Waffles, Donut, Breakfast Breads and Vegetable Sausage & Egg Recipes
Not Your Ordinary Paleo Breakfast Cookbook: Mouth Watering Pancakes, Waffles, Donut, Breakfast Breads and Vegetable Sausage & Egg Recipes

Pancakes for breakfast on the Paleo Diet? How about some scones or sweet donuts for breakfast? Yes, yes and yes! Includes 30 breakfast dishes including savory ones made from vegetables, sausage and eggs. Breakfast is probably my favorite part of the day so this book immediately caught my attention. My personal favorite were the Lavender Scones, which were simply some of the best baked goods I've had on the planet.

 

A Delicious Thai Curry Recipe

Thai Chicken Green Curry is Naturally Paleo
Thai Chicken Green Curry is Naturally Paleo
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 4

Thai Green Curry

Thai-style Green Curry is one of the most delicious inventions in culinary history and surprisingly, most Thai green curry pastes are Paleo. Of course you could try and make your own curry from scratch, but who has the time and energy to look for these foreign ingredients?

Instead I use ready-made curry paste from Thai Kitchen. It's pretty tasty and completely Paleo.

A Paleo-Friendly Curry Paste

Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste, 4-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste, 4-Ounce (Pack of 6)

Although some people prefer more spice, I find that Thai Kitchen's version has the perfect level of spiciness as you can always add more chili peppers later on, especially helpful for families with children who can't tolerate too much heat.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless chicken, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup mushroom, sliced
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons green curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce or to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix the coconut milk, stock, fish sauce and green curry paste in medium saucepan.
  2. Bring it to boil. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add in the vegetables and chicken.
  5. Simmer for 10 more minutes or until chicken is cooked.

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Must-Have Paleo Cookbooks

It's easy to stick to a new and healthier eating regimen when you keep things interesting for your taste buds, and the best way to do that is to arm yourself with a collection of cookbooks. Without them, I'd probably be eating eggs for breakfast every morning.

Here are just a few of the what I consider to be some of the best paleo cookbooks available today.

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

This book is made for people who love to eat ( that's me! ) and includes delicious recipes made with zero grains, legumes, soy, sugar, dairy or alcohol. With more than 100 recipes and variations, this book will help you understand that paleo eating is not about what you give up, but what you'll gain in health, vitality and delicious meals that can be shared with your loved ones.

 
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans

A cookbook that stands apart from the rest. Bursting with humor and flavor, Nom Nom Paleo puts the fun back into cooking. With more than 100 and gluten-free recipes with over 900 step-by-step photos and cartoons, this dynamic duo shows you how good and tasty eating fresh, whole foods can truly be. More than just an ordinary cookbook, Nom Nom delivers innovative recipes with a quirky personality on the side, making it fun to be in the kitchen again.

 

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paleo brownies
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Give Me My Brownies!

As I've mentioned before, desserts have always been my downfall and has kept me overweight for half of my life. Now that I have the tools to make healthier versions of my sweet favorites, I can literally have my cake and eat it too.

Paleo desserts can taste just as good as the traditionally-made ones, such as my famous Gluten-Free Brownies. OK, they're not actually famous around the world, but my friends devour them! If you're a fan of brownies, you'll love these squares of moist and chocolatey decadence. In fact, they're so good, I bet you can't stop at just one!

Can't wait to try those famous brownies for yourself? Just click on the link below to get to the recipe.

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Paleo Dessert Cookbooks

As far as I'm concerned, a meal is never complete without a proper dessert. The great thing about Paleo cookbooks is that they can be used by anyone, even those who aren't necessarily practicing the lifestyle. It's really quite simple. Paleo recipes are great for anyone wanting to eat healthier by limiting their sugar and refined grain intake.

Death By Chocolate

Yes, that's right. If you find my dead on a weekend morning, it's most likely to be from an overdose of chocolate. I admit I'm kind of a chocoholic and a life without chocolate is like living without air.

So it's truly a wonderful thing to find out that chocolate is not only Paleo-friendly, dark chocolate is especially healthy when eaten in moderation. So if you're a chocolate lover like me, you'll be glad for the selection of cookbooks available today.

For a chocolate lover like myself, discovering this cookbook was like finding buried treasure. Every recipe I've tried has turned out absolutely delightful, especially the Lava Cakes, which are to die for.

You Can Have Your Muffins Too

When I was strictly on a low-carbohydrate diet ( many years ago ), anything bread-related was off limits. This included all those delectable treats such as muffins, scones and cookies.

Thanks for new types of flours available today, we no longer have to deprive ourselves of these baked goods.

Changing to a Paleo lifestyle isn't about restricting yourself from the foods you love. This book helps you indulge in old favorites like pancakes, muffins and even a 1-minute cake.

Are you currently on a Paleo eating plan? Low-carbing instead? What kind of dietary changes have you made to improve your health? Please feel free to leave your comments.

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      Stephanie Noel 2 years ago from Virginia

      I love book recommendations and this list is a great start for anyone looking to venture into the paleo world. I also have the Practical Paleo myself and read Nom Nom Paleo. What great finds.

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      Stephanie Noel 2 years ago from Virginia

      I love book recommendations and this list is a great start for anyone looking to venture into the paleo world. I also have the Practical Paleo myself and read Nom Nom Paleo. What great finds.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Margaret Schindel I know exactly what you mean. I feel so much better eating clean, although I still do have that occasional cupcake or two. hehe

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      chrislouwho glad you found this article useful. Thanks for visiting.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      SusanDeppner, eating Paleo is definitely far from deprivation. It's a tasty way to eat.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Shinichi, your commitment to eating healthfully and your successful weight loss are inspiring! I started eating 85-90% clean several months ago and am 9.5 pounds lighter and feeling better and more energetic than I have in a long time. Like you, I love discovering and creating healthy, nutritious recipes that also feed my inner foodie. :) Thanks for this terrific collection of Paleo cookbooks!

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      Thanks for explaining this Paleo eating plan, I didn't really understand what it was all about before reading this. The cookbook reviews are excellent, as are the included recipes!

      I had a much different breakfast planned for this morning, but after reading the way you described yours, I'm off to hunt down some almonds and avocados instead!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I know a couple who eat Paleo most of the time and both thrive on it. They've been trying some really amazing recipes, too. Nothing to be bored about when Paleo's in the house!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Donna Cook: In that case, Paleo is right up your alley.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Andromachi: Oh yes, this would definitely help you. At the least, it would make you healthier.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @paulahite: Thank you so much! I truly appreciate all the help I can get. :)

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      The paleo diet is new to me but since I've started it I feel so much better. I used to get headaches fairly frequently and these have now gone completely!! I don't miss sugar or refined foods even a little bit now - it's a mental addiction not a physical one!!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Ilonagarden: Congratulations. Small changes are better than none at all when it comes to diet. Good luck on finding the right one for you!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TanoCalvenoa: Congratulations on your new way of eating. I love how improving the diet makes one feel so much better.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Coffee-Break: Thank you so much for your kind words. I think I have the same"diet" style as you and your family. For me balance is what it's all about.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Lorelei Cohen: Thank you Lorelei. Means a lot coming from a gifter writer like you. I love your articles that help me so much with my own writing journey.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Merrci: Once again, thanks for the thoughtful comments Merrci. It's always a pleasure to see you here.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I have a love for pancakes too ... have to see where I can get almond flour. All your recipes look so good and the best thing about them is that they are healthy.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @brianvallois lm: Right on!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Brite-Ideas: The great thing about Paleo is that you feel the difference in your body. Having said that, I admit I'm not a strict Paleo eater. I love food too much.

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      Ilona E 3 years ago from Ohio

      I am trying really hard to change my diet, and found this lens helpful and inspiring. I'm not sure paleo is the right route for me... but I continue to investigate it

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      I've looked at going Paleo, but felt intimidated by it. Your lens make it seem not so scary. I shared your lens with our G+ group today.

      https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10673155513900942970...

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      Andromachi 3 years ago

      I have just heard about paleo here.

      I don't know anything about it but i believe it could be great for me since I have an autoimmune syndrome and I don't want to rely on medicine only.

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      Donna Cook 3 years ago

      Great lens! I'm trying to heat healthier foods. Paleo seems easier for me to follow than going vegan. I'm a midwestern meat and potatoes type of gal.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Very interesting to read

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I've been eating Paleo for over a year now, mostly going by advice from Dr. Chris Kresser. I have his book, Your Personal Paleo Code. I've made drastic changes to how I eat in the past couple of years - such as eliminating sugar, eliminating wheat (due to being sensitive to gluten), eliminating MSG and trans fat, and drinking only water. I buy organic as much as I can.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      I love all your articles Shinichi, I am very interested in various eating habits and diets, however, in our family we never been too strict with diets. We try to eat balanced and we cook traditional foods. Sugar is a problem, I have to admit, but occasionally we eliminate it temporary from our diet, after which we get back to it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      You are an inspiration smine and I will definitely be enjoying the recipes that you have so graciously shared along with your advice. I enjoy all your recipes, tips, and photos. You bring good food to life.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Wonderful article! Love the way it's done. The fact that you've succeeded with it makes it that much more interesting and encouraging. Looks like I will have to give Paleo a try. Thanks for putting this together Smine27, and sharing it with us. Can't wait to try the brownies.

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      brianvallois lm 3 years ago

      Paleo is the way to go!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I'm not on the paleo eating plan, but it looks so wonderful I want to be!