Paleo diet: 5 top purchases to help you go paleo
Forming new habits takes time and effort, so if you are new to Paleo or thinking of giving it a go, there are a couple of low cost purchases which can make the process a lot simpler. With these gadgets to hand in the kitchen you will be able to tackle a vast majority of Paleo recipes with ease.
Mini Tupperware – These are really handy for making your own salad dressing for a packed lunch. Most salad dressings will contain vegetable oils and sugar, so making your own is key to a great tasting, clean salad.
Pressure Cooker – Not many people have time to boil bones for 16 hours but a pressure cooker means you can condense your broth making time down to just 2 or 3 hours for a good chicken stock. Broth is a huge component of the Paleo diet as it is so nutritious and has many health benefits. It is a great source of collagen, which protects the stomach lining, supports the immune system, protects joints, and keep your skin looking young and supple.
Mandolin – Not only will a mandolin slicer make it a lot easier to add an array of colourful vegetables to salads but it comes in very handy making homemade sauerkraut. Fermented foods like sauerkraut are an excellent source of live probiotic which play a vital role in gut health. You can also adjust the settings to make ‘courgetti’ (courgette spaghetti) and boodles (butternut squash noodles) which are delicious and nutritious replacements for pasta.
Blender – A staple for any cook no matter how you eat. They are great for making soups, smoothies, sauces, and nut butters.
Coconut oil – And lots of it. Not only is coconut oil ideal in the kitchen for cooking thanks to its high smoke point, it is useful outside the kitchen too. Coconut oil is a great, chemical-free, antibacterial, antifungal, natural moisturiser and even a fantastic, tooth-whitening mouthwash. It can be quite expensive to buy by the jar but there are some great deals online when buying it in greater quantities.
There are thousands of new, expensive ‘health foods’ on the market now but a lot of it is just clever marketing but making your own versions at home will mean you know precisely what ingredients are being used and will help you keep the cost down. With millions of recipes now available online you will be able to find lots of paleo versions of your favourite dishes to try out. Good luck and get creative!