An Unexpected Resource: Paleo Blogs
While I could never follow a true paleo diet, I’ve found that a lot of paleo blogs have great recipes that are gluten free. Wait, what’s paleo? According to an article from WebMD that gives an overview of the diet, it is “…based on the foods that could be hunted, fished, and gathered during the Paleolithic era — meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, vegetables, roots, fruits, and berries.” This type of diet “…includes lean meat, organ meats, fish, poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and nuts… You won’t find any dairy, grains, sugar, legumes, potatoes, processed oils, and any foods that were grown after agriculture started.” Another good overview comes from US News and includes information about how a paleo diet compares to the FDA’s Dietary Guidelines.
As a vegetarian, I personally feel a paleo would be too limiting for me since so much of the paleo diet is meat. There are people who disagree with me there! No Meat Athlete has written about it and so has Happy Herbivore. I’m sure it can be done and I admire those who can, but it’s not for me. I am thankful, however, for the recipes they share since there is a good intersection between paleo and gluten free when it comes to avoiding wheat, barley, and rye.
- Paleo Parents has a section on their website with gluten free recipes including some pretty decadent desserts such as Apple Pie Cupcakes with Caramel Icing. They also have a free ebook called Eat Like a Dinosaur, full of information about teaching kids the importance of natural foods and nutrition.
- Nom Nom Paleo is a fun blog that frequently has vegetarian or vegan recipes. I’ve bookmarked their Brussels sprouts chips to make soon. They look similar to my kale chips.
- Elena’s Pantry has lots of gluten free paleo recipes, many of which are vegetarian. Check out the big section of condiments recipes. That Chocolate Hazelnut Spread? Yes, please!