A good ol’ sandwich for lunch? Not if you’re eating paleo! The grain-free paleo diet is based on the human diet from over 10,000 years ago. This means foods that can be hunted or found straight off the tree or vine (no processed snacks here). So what is a paleo-friendly person on their lunch break to do? Here are 20 fantastic, healthy options that will have your non-paleo co-workers kale-green with envy.
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You wouldn’t be able to eat traditional tabbouleh while following the Paleo diet because it’s made from bulgur, but you can have as much of this cauliflower tabbouleh as you want. Cauliflower is a very versatile food and is used in Paleo recipes to replace everything from rice, to pizza crusts. Here it works perfectly when mixed with other ingredients and spices that are usually found in tabbouleh. It has cilantro, lemon juice, lime juice, and tomatoes. The tomatoes will give it plenty of flavor as well as lycopene, vitamins, and minerals making this a healthy item to serve up alongside any meat dish.
Joel Runyon is the founder of Ultimate Paleo Guide and CEO of Paleo Meal Plans. He's a precision nutrition, and Gym Jones Level 1 certified, and helped millions of people get healthy and lose weight since 2012. Joel is also an ultra runner and endurance athlete - and in 2017, he became the the youngest person to run an ultra marathon on every continent in the world to build 7 schools with Pencils of Promise in developing countries.Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Athlinks and read his full bio here.

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Salmon tastes great and it is one of the top recommended foods you can eat while following the Paleo diet. This is because it is loaded with plenty of omega 3’s, as well as healthy fats that your body needs to function at its best. In this recipe she has made things very simple, which only serves to bring out the natural flavor of the salmon. She has it topped with slices of lemon, and also capers are used for subtle flavoring. All that’s needed is a vegetable dish to go with it to make it just right so you don’t get the munchies late at night before bedtime.
This beef recipe is simple, but comes out delicious because of the way it is prepared. You get plenty of beef in the form of chuck roast, and it is recommended to use grass-fed beef in this recipe as well as any other beef recipe you follow while eating Paleo. It’s also using a few glasses of red wine, and a good portion of tomato paste. If you are concerned about the red wine, don’t worry, the alcohol burn away during the cooking process, leaving just the flavor behind. Between the resveratrol in the red wine, and the lycopene in the tomatoes, you are getting a very healthy meal here.
As some of you know, I worked for Laura Fuentes at MOMables last summer. I like to say she gave me the “Blogging for Dummies” course. She had it down, but she needed an intern and I wanted to learn. It was such a fun experience, and now whenever I’m in town I must visit for Bulletproof Coffee or a Paleo treat together. We both love healthy food, blogging, and coffee. A lot. 

Hey Amanda, I’d love to try this as well. I’m not sure if they will freeze well, but I don’t see why not. I think freezing the chicken salad would be smarter, and taking that out on a Sunday and just packing those up for the week and storing in the fridge may be better. The wraps probably don’t freeze well. But for most of my once a month cooking, it always requires a bit of assembling the week of! Does that make sense?


Too many people think that the Paleo diet and lifestyle is too complicated, with too much work to be effective. They worry that th...ey will not find foods to eat outside of the home and fret that they just do not have the time to cook the meals that the need.Then there is another set of people- the ones who are absolutely mystified by the process of cooking. They shudder to think of the disasters that will befall them if they are forced into the kitchen for more than a light snack. Give these people a recipe with more than a few ingredients and they will probably panic.But, cheer up! This book is the perfect answer to both types of people and for everybody else as well! Your slow cooker is about to become the perfect solution to your new Paleo lifestyle or a welcome addition to it if you are an old pro by now. Everything from fast and simple breakfasts to elegant dinners and even snacks and desserts is covered here and most will require no more than a few ingredients and a few minutes of hands on time. Your slow cooker will do the rest.Nearly every recipe that is included here will be not only Paleo-friendly (which means it will be low carb) but gluten free as well so they can be used by people who are not even following a Paleo diet at all. Even better, these are recipes the entire family will enjoy so there will be no need to make separate dishes any more.Let’s get ready to dig in! read more
Eat and Live Healthy for Two: Paleo Slow Cooking for TwoAre you trying to live healthier by following the Paleo way of cooking and... eating? Have you ever made and followed recipes and end up having tons of leftovers because your aim was to cook for two? Do you feel that you are too novice to make delicious dishes using your crockpot or slow cooker?If you have answered “Yes” to all these questions, then this book is definitely for you! This is Paleo cooking in its most worry-free and fool proof way!Paleo cooking using a crockpot or slow cooker can be both exciting and challenging. But with the help of this book, you can start recreating and even coming up with your own Paleo recipes using this cookware with utmost confidence. And not just that, inside you will learn:·         The reason why you should go for a Paleo lifestyle·         40 delicious, healthy and completely Paleo recipes that you can cook using a slow cooker.·         Recipes that help you prepare your food ahead of time.·         How to reduce recipe servings or yields to suit your need to cook for just two people.·         And so much moreBring out your slow cooker and get ready to be the star of the kitchen and the dinner table with these amazingly easy Paleo recipes!Don’t Delay. Download This Book Now.​ read more
Going Paleo doesn't have to mean giving up your favorite comfort foods. In Paleo Eats, Kelly Bejelly focuses on Paleo cooking from... the heart with recipes that make beloved traditional dishes Paleo-friendly. If you miss chocolate chip cookies hot from the oven, fried chicken on family picnics, the sweet-and-sour meatballs from your favorite Chinese restaurant, or your grandmother's peach cobbler, this book is for you.Paleo Eats is jam-packed with over 100 tempting sweet and savory recipes, from condiments to desserts, all inspired by classic comfort foods. Delicious dishes like Coconut Cinnamon Cereal, Southern Fried Chicken, Lamb Gyro Burgers, Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls, and Devil's Food Cake prove that eating Paleo is as fun and delicious as it is healthy. You'll find something for everyone, even picky eaters, with recipes that are easy to make and even easier to love.Paleo Eats is all about REAL COMFORT FOOD MADE PALEO, for MEALS that are AS TASTY as they are HEALTHY. INSIDE you'll FIND:Over 100 grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free recipes that re-create your favorite comfort foods, including Chicken Pot Pie, Skillet Cornbread, Green Bean Casserole, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Apple Pie, and many, many moreTips for transitioning to a Paleo lifestyle, including advice for keeping your food budget low and which tools are essential for kitchen successA detailed Paleo baking tutorial with an overview of Paleo flours and guidelines on how to use them for the best resultsTroubleshooting tips and how to fix a recipe gone wrongIcons marking dishes that are perfect for holidays and special occasions, from Valentine's Day to game day to birthdays, and dishes that comply with the Autoimmune Protocol. read more
Everybody gets their own mini personal pizza when you cook up these squash pizzas. Each slice of squash becomes a tiny sized pizza that is loaded up with Paleo friendly toppings. It’s a great way to use up that butternut squash you bought, and simply requires that you top them up with items that you like. They’re recommending meats and veggies so you can keep it Paleo, and really as long as you stick with those two types of foods you’ll be doing just fine.
Hey Tessa! Good question. So after calculating from my credit card, I spend about $275 on average on food without really budgeting. I stick to eggs and chicken as my main form of protein and look for when grassfed beef is on sale. Even at $7 a pound I can get about 3 meals out of that, so it’s not too bad. I will probably be doing a post on this in the next few months when I get back to school and am keeping track of exactly how much I spend on what.
I'm a guy, carnivore and amateur cook . I love meat so going Paleo isn't a great stretch for me, but I'm always looking for ways to bump up the flavor and elevate my cooking. What I like about this cookbook is that the recipes are easy to follow. But what I LOVE is the diversity of different cooking styles and meats used. The author takes you on a world wide trip of flavor and introduces you to proteins most people would be nervous to try to cook or eat. While you have your normal proteins such as beef, pork, chicken and lamb, you also get an intro to frog legs, gator, bison, buffalo, venison, elk, etc. Take a walk on the wide side and let your inner Captain Caveman taste buds scream in joy with these tasty and healthy recipes. Good Eats.
Here's a recipe that plays on Thai cuisine’s marriage of sweet and salty flavors, but in a purely paleo, sugar-free way. Microwave for a hot lunch, or enjoy it cold, as you would a meat-based salad. Pork is a fatty meat, although the fat content varies by cut. Be sure to choose a lean cut, which will get you a good amount of protein, as well as vitamin B12, which supports nerve health.

This dish shows you how to cook up a simple, yet delicious Paleo stir fry that has only a few main ingredients, but is not short on flavor. It has bell peppers, chicken, some soy sauce, chili powder, and is fried up in coconut oil, so while it may seem like a basic recipe, it actually is full of flavor. This makes a great meal to cook up whenever you need a quick dinner, or lunch and want to keep things light. It is easily adaptable as well, you can use any vegetables you happen to have on hand in order to complete it or build on it.
Cookie bars are like cookies, but they’re thicker and have more of the good stuff per square inch because of their size and shape. That means you’re getting the cookie experience you’re craving, but in a handy bar form that will leave you more satisfied. These bars are in the style of chocolate chip, quite possibly the most popular cookie choice in America. The only thing is you won’t want to dunk these in a glass of cow’s milk, but you can feel free to have almond milk with them, and they actually contain almond milk as well.
Eat and Live Healthy for Two: Paleo Slow Cooking for TwoAre you trying to live healthier by following the Paleo way of cooking and... eating? Have you ever made and followed recipes and end up having tons of leftovers because your aim was to cook for two? Do you feel that you are too novice to make delicious dishes using your crockpot or slow cooker?If you have answered “Yes” to all these questions, then this book is definitely for you! This is Paleo cooking in its most worry-free and fool proof way!Paleo cooking using a crockpot or slow cooker can be both exciting and challenging. But with the help of this book, you can start recreating and even coming up with your own Paleo recipes using this cookware with utmost confidence. And not just that, inside you will learn:·         The reason why you should go for a Paleo lifestyle·         40 delicious, healthy and completely Paleo recipes that you can cook using a slow cooker.·         Recipes that help you prepare your food ahead of time.·         How to reduce recipe servings or yields to suit your need to cook for just two people.·         And so much moreBring out your slow cooker and get ready to be the star of the kitchen and the dinner table with these amazingly easy Paleo recipes!Don’t Delay. Download This Book Now.​ read more
**Frozen desserts that even a caveman would love! **We all scream for ice cream…even those of us with dietary restrictions. The Pa...leo or Primal lifestyle doesn’t have to be restrictive any longer, as there are now a host of dairy-free dessert options to satisfy your sweet tooth. Using nut milks, natural sugars, and no artificial additives, these recipes mimic the same creamy texture and sweet taste of regular ice cream. With full-color photographs and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, delicious frozen treats like these can be whipped up in a flash:Salted Caramel Crack Ice CreamBulletproof Coffee AffogatoVanilla Cherry SorbetWatermelon Lime GranitaFrozen Chocolate Cream PieThe Paleo-style of eating seems to be here to stay. This cookbook takes it to another level. read more
These mini cheesecakes might take some time to make, but it’s totally worth it. You start by making a batch of chocolate cookies for the base, then create a cheesecake-like middle without using any dairy, and then top it off with coconut cream and cacao nibs for the finale. This is the type of dessert that will make you feel like you’re not on a diet at all, and that goes in line with the Paleo mentality. Even though it’s referred to as the Paleo Diet, it’s more like a lifestyle and a way of being than something that you have to force yourself to do.
Here’s another paleo recipe that’s easy to put in a single-serving container and bring along for lunch. This slow-cooker preparation means you can pull everything together on a Sunday night and walk out the door with minimal lunch prep on Monday morning. Just throw some salad ingredients together and top it with your cooked barbacoa. You already know beef is a good source of protein; it also provides iron, zinc, and B vitamins.
It’s natural to want crunchy foods, but on Paleo you won’t want to subject yourself to many of the crunchy options out there. In this recipe they are coating a snapper fillet with sesame seeds, so you will get the delicate texture of the fish juxtaposed with the crunchy sesame seeds, all fried up in grass fed butter. The frying makes sure that the sesame seeds have a nice toasted flavor, and they point out that if you don’t have grass fed butter you can also use ghee or bacon fat to fry the fish in. This fish goes great with any number of vegetables as a side, and we like to recommend broccoli as a healthy option.
The recipes are incredible and the photography is gorgeous. I love how this book  is organized in menus, and each menu gives you tips on how to prepare for the party efficiently. My other favorite part of this book is that most of the recipes use simple, fresh ingredients.  If you are already a real-foodie, you likely have most of the ingredients on hand.CLICK HERE to order Gather.
These teriyaki kabobs give you the flavor of teriyaki chicken that you might get from a Japanese restaurant, but in kebab form so they are grilled and have a very distinctive flavor. You’ll notice the attention to detail, like using organic wheat free soy sauce in order to make them. They also recommend using raw organic honey, which will replace the sugar typically found in a teriyaki sauce recipe. There is also fresh ginger used, and garlic, and they recommend free range organic chicken breasts, which should become your new way of buying chicken when on the Paleo diet.

Fill the lunchtime void with delicious Paleo lunches that will have you powering through your afternoons with no sluggishness or brain fog. Lunchtime often becomes no man’s land if you don’t have time to pack a lunch, or your lunch plans get changed unexpectedly. You might find yourself grabbing whatever’s available, which is usually pre-packaged, processed foods that will only contribute to poor health. With the Paleo Power Lunch you’ll always be equipped with the fuel you need to get through the workday in style and without feeling hungry or worn down. Take a meal that usually gets a big question mark and totally hit it out of the park each day. Fix the glitch and you’ll be set all day.

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