I am not much on fad diets and I am never sure which ones are "fads" and which ones are legitimate, but the newest one that I have been hearing about is called the Paleo Diet. Its based upon everyday, modern foods that mimic the food groups of our per-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors. The characteristic are:
- High protein intake - generally 19-35%
- Lower carbs and lower glycemic index. Non-starchy fresh fruits and vegetables are your main carbohydrate intake, which is 35-45% of your daily calories.
- High fiber
- Moderate fat intake dominated by monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats with Omega 3 and 6 fats
- Higher potassium and lower sodium - bottom line....NO PROCESSED FOODS!
- Higher intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
On the Paleo diet, you should be eating grass-produced meats only, fish and seafood, fresh fruits and veggies, eggs, nuts and seeds and healthy oils (olive, walnut, coconut and flax seed). You should avoid, refined sugar, processed foods, dairy, salt and refined vegetable oils.
It sounds simple and it sounds easy and those are two things that should always be associated with a healthy diet.
There are tons of books and websites on the Paleo diet so check them out for more information.
I made this recipe last week and thought it was really good! I am NOT on the Paleo Diet or even considering it, I really enjoyed reading a bit more about it.
Baked Egg in Avocado
4 fresh eggs (small)
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon chopped chives
Preheat oven to 425
Slice the avocado in half, and remove the pit.
Place avocados in a small baking dish. Crack an egg into each avocaso half. Try your best to crack the yolk in first (in fact I typically remove some of the white if the eggs are large).
Place in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The cooking time will depend on the size of your eggs, but just make sure the whites have cooked and set.
Calories - 449
Total Fat 38.2
Total Carbs - 18.1
Protein - 15.2
Recipe courtesy of Google (also seen on Facebook quite often)
Image found on Google