It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of the paleo diet, and that I started following it when I first attempted to lose weight all those years ago.
When I first came to the conclusion that diet played an important role in weight loss, I stumbled across the Paleo diet and, more specifically, I stumbled across a Paleo cookbook.
The food was delish, generally low in calories, and centered around healthy foods such as vegetables, meat, and fruit.
Even after losing weight I still use that cookbook, every single day.
These are my three favourite meals from the cookbook, but with my own personal little spin.
Hope you enjoy!
1. Spinach green smoothie
This is fantastic for breakfast, as it’s full of fresh fruit and vegetables and tastes deliciously refreshing.
- 1 medium banana, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (optional)
- 150mL unsweetened almond milk
- 30g chopped spinach (fresh or frozen)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp organic honey
(Note: if you use frozen spinach, you’ll need a more powerful blender)
- Start by pouring the almond milk into the blender, followed by the banana, berries, spinach, cinnamon, and honey.
- Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, or until the the spinach and berries have fully blended.
This one is really simple and only takes about 5 minutes to prepare.
Great for breakfast, it’ll fill you up, and only contains ~200 calories!
2. Honey Garlic Soy Chicken
Chicken is easily my favourite meat, and possibly even my favourite food.
If I ever need something simple and versatile, I can turn to chicken and all of my problems will be solved.
One particularly delicious chicken recipe is the honey garlic soy chicken I created a few years ago:
- 300g chicken breast
- 1tsp ghee or butter (for cooking)
- 1 clove garlic (diced)
- 1tbsp honey
- 2tbsp soy sauce
- 2tbsp mustard (optional)
- 2tsp sesame seeds (optional)
- Cut the chicken into thin strips, and marinade with soy sauce, honey, garlic, mustard, and sesame seeds.
- Heat the ghee in a (VERY) hot frying pan, and add the chicken.
- It should only take a few minutes for the chicken to cook, and after it has, lower the heat to let the sauce reduce.
- Once the sauce is as thick as you like it, turn off the stove and serve!
(Note: Rice isn’t paleo, but you can eat the chicken with brown rice if you really want to, and it will still be a good weight-loss meal.)
3. Chilli Con Carne
It’s probably not actually chilli con carne, but I don’t care in the slightest; this meal is DELICIOUS.
Seriously, if it’s cooked right, it’s by far my favourite meal, hands down.
I could go on for days about how yummy it is, but I think that might bore you, so I’ll just skip to the recipe.
- 500g grass fed beef mince
- 800g (2 tins) red kidney beans (drained)
- 800g (2 tins) diced tomatoes
- 2 garlic cloves (diced)
- 1 medium sized capsicum (chopped)
- 1 medium sized avocado
- splash of soy sauce
- 1tsp onion flakes
- 2tsp cumin
- 2tsp chicken stock
- 1tsp paprika
- 1tsp turmeric
- 1tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp mixed herbs
- You’ll need a large frying pan for this (trust me), and you’re going to want to get it very, very hot.
- Throw the mince in, making sure to stir it, until it’s lightly browned.
- Add the garlic, and then the onion flakes, and then the soy sauce. Keep stirring for another few minutes.
- Add the diced tomatoes and kidney beans, as well as the capsicum, and keep stirring.
- Add the spices, the chilli, and the herbs.
- Stir until it has reduced and the capsicum is nice and soft.
- Serve with a blob of avocado on top.
This should make a batch big enough for 3-4 people, each serve containing around 400-500 calories.
So, those are my my top 3 paleo meals for weight loss.
I’d especially recommend trying the green smoothie; if you pack enough spinach into it, it could be the healthiest meal of your day.
As I said earlier, these meals were all inspired by the Paleo Recipe Book, which is a bad-ass weight-loss resource worth checking out.
Anyhoo, I’m off to cook me some dinner!