Monday, March 19, 2012

Paleo Pantry - Making adjustments for a new season

Spring is in the air here in Southwestern Ohio (finally!) and it's time to update my Paleo pantry.

Over the winter I was quite satisfied with warm, nurturing foods like roasts, whole chickens, soups, and root vegetables but now it's spring and I'm feeling the urge to lighten up a bit.

So yesterday I went shopping with the intent of getting more spring-like paleo foods.  Here are a few things I came up with:

  • Steaks and hamburger rather than roasts.  Great pan fried or on the grill.
  • Chicken pieces instead of whole chickens.  Again, great on the grill and I can fry them southern style too (sans breading of course)
  • Fish.  I'm not a huge fish eater but it's mighty tasty in the spring.  Can't wait until summer when I can get some fresh catches from friends!
  • Lighter vegetables.  I eat carrots all year round but I traded in the other root vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.) for lighter fare like lettuce, swiss chard, and other greens, radishes, daikon, tomatoes, and celery.  Closer to summer I'll add zucchini, summer squash and cucumbers.
  • Fruit.  Except for my berry craze a while back, I've kept fruit to a minimum.  In the spring though my body craves fruit, so I got some berries, grapes, a couple bananas, oranges, and a pineapple.  I don't gorge myself on this stuff (too much sugar even though it's natural) but I do eat more of it in spring.
  • Coconut water.  I like to add this to smoothies and green drinks.  I also drink it straight as a refreshing beverage.
  • Green drink supplement.  During early spring I like to kind of purge my system and revv up for summer with a green drink.  The one I'm using this time around is Perfect Food Original by Garden of Life (available online or at many health food stores) and I'll take a scoop a day in coconut water and a little pineapple juice until it's gone.  Great detox for spring!

I also got a couple non-paleo foods, namely 2 ears of corn in the husk and a small bag of frozen peas.  Corn will be much better in the summer, but I always get a couple ears in early spring to remind me of what I have to look forward to.  I cook them in the oven (or grill) right in the husk.... yummy!  The peas are for my spring time favorite recipe, tuna salad, which also isn't paleo but hey, it's a family tradition so I gotta have it at least once this year :)


  1. I thought you weren't doing paleo anymore. Isn't that what made you sick? Straighten me out girlfriend. I'm confused.

  2. I can't do the high fat/low carb (and fiber) type of paleo because my body can't efficiently digest fat.

    Originally I thought I'd adjust to burning fat rather than carbs but after over 4 months of increasingly worse digestive problems I had to just concede that I need less fat and more carbs and fiber than some other people. Incidentally, I had similar problems when following Atkins-like diets (also low carb and high protein/fat) so I should have known.

    Paleo is really about eating food as close to it's natural form as possible, and avoiding foods that humans started consuming in the neolithic period (after agriculture was invented). Therefore I still avoid grains, legumes and most dairy but most other things are ok.

    Got it?


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