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How My Collection of Paleo Cookbooks Help Me Stay Healthy
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
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Pancakes and Other Breakfast Goodies
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.
Not Your Ordinary Paleo Breakfast
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 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
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.
- 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
- Mix the coconut milk, stock, fish sauce and green curry paste in medium saucepan.
- Bring it to boil. Reduce heat to low.
- Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add in the vegetables and chicken.
- 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.
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.
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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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.
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.