23 plus mouth-watering low-carb paleo recipes bound to transform the way you think about food! These meals are easy to make, incredibly delicious, and absolutely budget-friendly!!
If you are looking to get yourself a health boost in terms of what you eat, then these low-carb paleo meals are just what you need to get you started. The recipes in this collection are also grain-free and dairy-free!
Oh, and if at the end of this post you are still hungry for more, then feel free to check out my collection of paleo and low-carb dishes.
Is Paleo Low- Carb?
Now, before we even proceed, I think it's important that we first answer this question; is paleo low-carb? If you already know the answer then I would say just skip to the other segments below.
The paleo diet is often considered low in carbohydrates compared to a standard Western diet, but it's not inherently a low-carb diet. The main principle of the paleo diet is to mimic the eating patterns of our ancestors from the Paleolithic era, focusing on whole, unprocessed foods that were available during that time. This typically includes lean meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds while avoiding grains, legumes, dairy products, processed foods, and added sugars.
While the paleo diet emphasizes the consumption of non-starchy vegetables and discourages grains and legumes, it doesn't necessarily restrict carbohydrates to a low level. The carbohydrate intake on a paleo diet can vary depending on individual food choices. Some people may naturally consume fewer carbohydrates on the paleo diet due to the exclusion of grains and processed foods, but others may include starchy vegetables, fruits, and natural sweeteners, which can provide a moderate amount of carbohydrates.
These fun and nutritious recipes are good to start your day as well as keep you full for longer, so you can go about your morning tasks.
Lunch and Dinner Low Carb Paleo Recipes
Looking for lunch and dinner recipes? Or perhaps healthy side dishes? Then you will probably find inspiration from these low-carb paleo meals.
The paleo diet is a diet whose intention is to mimic what our ancestors ate. It focuses on eating whole nutritious foods that existed before the farming and agricultural revolution (about 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago).
Dairy and grains such as beans are not allowed as they did not exist during this time. Michele at NomNom Paleo has an extensive article on the paleo diet.
Several aspects of the Paleo diet have not been agreed on: what foods actually existed at the time, the variation in diets depending on region (e.g., tropical vs. the Arctic), how modern-day fruits and vegetables bear little resemblance to prehistoric wild versions.
There are major disagreements among Paleo diet enthusiasts on what is included/excluded from the diet. As a result of these differences, there is no one “true” Paleo diet (source: Havard School of Public Health).
A low carb diet is a diet that restricts the intake of carbohydrates to between 20-130 grams per day. In a low carb diet, the macronutrient intake of fat and protein is increased to make up for the reduction of carbohydrates.
One hypothesis of why low-carb approaches produce quick weight loss compared to other diets is that fats and protein increase satiety and produce less concomitant hypoglycemia.
The low carb diet comes in many forms: actually, there is no clear consensus on what defines a low carb diet. It can be outlined as follows:
Very low-carbohydrate (< 10% carbohydrates) or 20-50 grams per day.
Low-carbohydrate (<26% carbohydrates) or less than < 130 grams per day.
Moderate-carbohydrate (26%-44% of daily calorie intake).
High-carbohydrate (45% or greater of daily calorie intake).
First, it is important to note that the paleo diet is not strictly a low carb diet. It does however by default, promote the intake of fewer carbohydrates by eliminating grains.
To answer the question of how many carbs are allowed on the paleo diet, the answer is any. Adjust your carb intake according to your level of activity. As an example, an athlete will focus on higher carb paleo foods such as cassava root or plantains while someone doing an office job that involves sitting all day in front of a computer will seek to eat lower carb paleo foods such as broccoli, as a source of carbs.
According to one source, a traditional paleo diet will have an approximated 35% of energy from fats, 35% of energy from carbohydrates, and 30% of energy from proteins. However, it provides a higher amount of dietary fiber (up to 45–100 g per day) than a low-carbohydrate diet.
More Paleo low carb meals
And now to more meals that will help you kick-start your sugar-free paleo diet plan or simplify your weeknight dinner preparation!
- No-bake chocolate-dipped coconut balls - Bright-Eyed Baker
- Cucumber and Tomato Salad - Rachna Cooks
- Vegan Grain-free Truffle Risotto - Emma Eats and Explores
- Keto Fried Rice with Garlic Chips - iHeart Umami
- Taco Casserole - Paleo Gluten Free Guy
- Cilantro Cauliflower Rice - The Domestic Lifestylist
- Salmon Ceasar Salad - Savor the Best
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