Yum, yum: Paleo Diet: What’s the Deal?

The paleolithic diet. You’ve heard of it? Great. It’s a way of eating, a lifestyle, that’s said to help us lose weight, prevent disease and generally make you feel clean and full of energy. The basic principle is to eat as the cavemen(women) did. Survive off of hunting and gathering, eating only lean protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. We’ve tried it, and if done right, you will feel full and satisfied, lose weight and kick that bloated feeling.


Dude, we should totally go paleo. I know.

Planning
Being a successful caveperson these days is all about planning and preperation. Cook in large batches and freeze portions. It’s best to dedicate a few hours during the weekend to cut up all of your fruits and veggies for easy snack/stir fry/smoothie access. The hardest part of being a paleo is the inability to grab something on the go. However, if you’re in a major jam, you can always buy a banana from your local Starbucks.


Moderation
Let’s be real, most of us are busy juggling work, family and a social life. The paleo books we’ve read touch on this. It’s ok to have a glass of wine, a beer, in moderation. You have the power to choose how paleo you want to go. Greek yogurt, oatmeal, and whole wheat carbs like Ryvita crackers are some examples of paleo no-no’s we think are worth bending the rules for. Incorporating just some of the paleo principles into your life can be easy, and you will still reap many benefits.


Here is a basic recipe for paleo pancakes that will give you a glimpse into paleo living.


Paleo Pancakes
(1 serving, multiply the ingredients as needed)


Looks yummy, right?

This is one of our favourite breakfasts. It tastes delicious, is almost too easy to make and will keep you satisfied. You can add whatever paleo-approved items you like to these pancakes, just like the real thing.

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg (no egg whites on this diet, need those yolks)
  • 1 tablespoon of nut butter of your choice (almond, hazelnut – the only nut on the pale-no list is peanut)
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil (this is a staple in the paleo pantry)
  • dash of cinnamon

Optional

  • dash of vanilla
  • squeeze of natural honey
  • splash of soy/almond milk (fluffyness)
  • cacao chips (natural alternative to chocholate chips, enjoyable, we promise)

Directions

  1. Mash banana in a bowl
  2. Mix in egg and nut butter
  3. Grease frying pan with coconut oil and pour mixture into pancakes

Smoothies


A meal that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This will be a go-to because it’s easy. Again, you can use the basic recipe below, add protein powder or a variety of other spices, flavours.


1 banana
A handful of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 scoop/ tbsp of flax seed
1/2 cup of soy/almond/coconut milk


Directions

  1. Blend. 🙂

Sweet potato fries or chips


Diet food? We think not. You can also make a paleo approved dipping sauce.



No recipe needed here. Since there is no wheat allowed, natural carbs such as sweet potatoes are beloved.


Spice them up however you want (rosemary, paprika, why not try some curry powder?). There is no added salt in the paleo diet, so other spices are super important. Cut or slice however you desire, toss with olive oil and bake in the oven at 375 degrees Celsius.


You can get as creative as you want with the paleo diet. If you have a favourite recipe or dish, chances are someone has created the paleo version . There are a number of comfort food inspired cookbooks and recipes out there worth checking out.


We recommend the below cookbooks for beginners – tried, tested and rock-it approved.


The Paleo Diet Cookbook: More than 150 recipes for Paleo Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Beverages


The Everything Paleolithic Diet Book: An All-Natural, Easy-to-Follow Plan to Improve Health, Lose Weight, Increase Endurance, and Prevent Disease


You can also refer to the internet, for lists of paleo approved foods, meal plan ideas, recipes, shopping guides and more.


If you were thinking about going paleo, there is no better time to clean out your pantry and your tummy. New year, new plan – why not? The whole point of this diet is feeling good, being healthy and the satisfaction of treating your body like a temple.


You will go from this… (I’m not bloated, I’m just fluffy)…. 

…to this! 

Yum, yum: Best French Fries in Toronto

When it comes to fries, all diets are off. Dip them in ketchup or eat ‘em plain, but we aren’t talking Happy Meals. For sweet, gourmet or simple frenchies, check out these eateries, and let the fry frenzy begin.


The Rushton
This French-inspired bistro nestled in the St. Clair West ‘hood has something for everyone. After 13 years of ownership at Ferro restaurant, Francesco Pronesti decided to open something a little different, with a quaint vibe.



While no meal at The Rushton can start off wrong with their French onion soup, no dinner is complete without the restaurant’s famous sweet potato fries with garlic aioli. A mix of sweet and salty with a garlic kick, these fries will have you coming back again and again.





ONE Restaurant
Located in the heart of Yorkville, ONE Restaurant is the place for top celeb spotting during TIFF, and just steps away from Hazelton Lanes (read: good shopping). After achieving culinary success with North 44 and Bymark, Toronto chef Mark McEwan brought his culinary talents to ONE Restaurant at The Hazelton Hotel.



Serving French- and Italian-inspired fare, the restaurant offers diners some truly fine fries in a glam setting. Order crisp frites with citrus garlic aioli or truffle and reggiano. No ketchup needed here!


Burger Shack
At Eglinton and Avenue, this casual burger joint has all the classics diners could want. Burger Shack is the place for wholesome burgers and creamy milkshakes in chocolate or vanilla. The thick cut and crispy fries are so good, they’re well worth the extra carbs and added treadmill time. Open late, these fries make the perfect after bar snack. Can you say supersize me?



Harbord Fish and Chips
This U of T fixture keeps it simple and does it right. Even the strictest of dieters can’t say no to the tempting smell of freshly cut fries, crispy fried fish, malt vinegar and a squeeze of lemon from this little shop, all wrapped in newsprint. Their handcut fries are simple, hot and just the right amount of salty. On a warm summer day, a lunchtime stop here will take you right to the ocean.  


Did we get it right? Which Toronto spot serves your favourite french fried potato? Tweet us @rockitpromo.