Special diet: paleo

What is the paleo diet? And what paleo-friendly dishes can you add to your menu?

The paleo diet, often called the caveman diet, has received significant attention over the past decade. The name refers to the Paleolithic era between 2.5 million and 10,000 years ago, so you won’t find any processed foods, dairy or gluten. It’s high in protein with low to moderate carbohydrate content. Here are some ideas to cater for customers on the diet:

Breakfast

Avoid cereals and dairy. Instead, grilled salmon or ham with cantaloupe melon or other bitesized fruit is perfect for a paleo customer’s start to the day. Equally, fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as mackerel and albacore tuna twinned with grilled tomatoes and avocado would work well.

Mackerel and tomatoes
Pork loin and salad

Lunch

Offer a grilled lean pork loin and a salad of lettuce, carrot, cucumber, tomatoes, walnuts and lemon juice dressing for a filling and nutritious feel-good factor. Meatless Monday? Try baked eggs with spinach and tomatoes. Oh, and we’ll have a side of sweet potato wedges.

Dinner

Put a lean beef sirloin steak on the menu with broccoli, greens, tomatoes and avocado, with sweet strawberries for dessert. Hold the traditional sauces and butters. Paleo followers believe the relatively pacey invention of farming, which brought dairy, grains and legumes into our diet, meant our bodies couldn’t adapt quickly to these new food products. In their view it is this that has led to the rise in obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Steak, broccoli and tomatoes

Snack ideas

Chips and crisps aren’t on the menu! But what about carrot or celery sticks with a fresh tomato salsa or baba ganoush (a delicious smoky aubergine dip)?

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