This post on nuts and Paleo eating is brought to you by Fisher. I am working with Fisher to share Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s recipes and create my own original recipe using Fisher Nuts and tools they provided. However, my opinions are e...
This post on nuts and Paleo eating is brought to you by Fisher. I am working with Fisher to share Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s recipes and create my own original recipe using Fisher Nuts and tools they provided. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.
Nuts and Paleo eating go hand in hand. If you’re not familiar with the Paleo diet or Paleolithic diet, encourages people to eat mainly fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. Our early ancestors were much healthier than we are today. This is, in part, due to the fact that they didn’t have foods like brownies, soda, potato chips, and cheese puffs available to them. They also didn’t sit in a chair all day behind a computer screen or on the couch watching television.
Nuts and Paleo Eating
While I don’t follow the Paleo diet all of the time, I do try to incorporate Paleo meals into my family’s meals and snacks. I generally don’t have a problem sticking to the Paleo diet for dinner time. Low carb is really a very healthy way to eat so leaving out the pasta or rice from my meal is not a huge problem. Where I do seem to have a problem is with snacks and “treats” during the day. I love to nibble and most of the things that I am used to nibbling on are salted snacks, candy or cookies. None of those are traditionally considered to fit into the Paleo diet. That’s why understanding how nuts and Paleo eating work together is important.
Here are a few of the snacks that I enjoy that do fit into the Paleo diet.
Celery sticks and nut butter. Be aware that peanuts are not part of the Paleo diet. Peanuts are actually legumes and legumes are not included. However, you can enjoy cashew butter or almond butter.
You can use nut flours. Because you can use nuts, you are allowed to use nut flours. Baking with them isn’t the same as baking with traditional flour but it is possible. I’m still working on this one.
Almond milk can be substituted for dairy in many recipes. I admit that giving up traditional dairy products is the biggest stumbling block for me with the Paleo diet. Almond milk lets me make things like cream soups and smoothies that are Paleo. I make a yummy Banana Almond Paleo Smoothie that is really good.
Nuts as snacks. When I really get the urge to nibble, I grab a handful of nuts to snack on. It gives me the ability to snack without snacking on something I shouldn’t.
Fisher Nuts and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli offer several tips on cooking with nuts. While they aren’t all suitable for the Paleo diet, some are. These are a few of my favorites:
Upgraded Spice Rub: Next time you’re cooking meat, add some ground nuts to your spice rub. The nuts can mellow some of the heat from the spice and add needed richness to the mix.
Spruced up Salads: Healthy greens are a great companion to nuts. Try topping a chopped Arugula salad with walnuts or adding pecans to Dandelion greens. Radicchio is delicious with almonds and apples. Using nuts can easily expand your salad horizon.
Healthy Snack: Nuts add wonderful flavor and texture when mixed into recipes, but they can also be a healthy snack—season nuts with a little cayenne and quickly roast them in a little olive or nut oil
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