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Cut the carbs: recipes from the paleo diet

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We love bread and we love sugar. Heck, I ate a pop tart right before writing this. But our bodies do not love bread and sugar. Most grains include gluten and lectins. A growing number of Americans are gluten-intolerant and lectins are difficult to digest for all humans. Sugar is difficult for our bodies to burn off. Therefore, it is usually stored as fat. Basically, our bodies are not well-equipped to digest high amounts of carbs, yet our current culture is based on high-carb intake. The paleolithic diet seeks to reverse our dependency on carbohydrates. It’s not a diet in terms of counting calories; it’s more like a lifestyle. It involves eating as our hunter/gatherer ancestors did. That means no grains, no added sugars, and no processed foods.  

This may sound daunting at first. It means banning cereal, pasta, and bread. However, it also means feasting on steak, roasted vegetables, and as many yogurt and fruit parfaits as your heart desires. Think about all the bananas covered in peanut butter you could eat for breakfast! This diet is easier on digestion, energizing, and delicious. Here are some recipes to get you started.     

Ants on a log, breakfast style

Cut a banana into fourths. Slather each piece with your favorite nut butter and place a few almonds in the nut butter.

Yogurt and date parfait

Take a spoonful of plain yogurt and put it in a bowl. Then add a spoonful of nut butter. Cut up some dates and layer them over the nut butter. Repeat each layer.

Tuna ‘sandwich’

Lay out two leafs of lettuce. Spoon four tablespoons of tuna on to one piece of lettuce and cover with the other piece of lettuce.

Lox & eggs

Boil broccoli as a base. Fry an egg over medium. Place lox and egg over broccoli, salt and pepper to taste.

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Paleo Pancakes

Mix two cups of almond flour, two eggs, one cup of milk (or milk substitute), and a teaspoon of baking powder. Grease a pan, pour in some batter, and flip when you see bubbles. Once cooked, garnish the pancakes with nut butter and berries.     

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Katie Gibson is the lifestyle editor for the Albany Student Press. She is also a DJ for WCDB.

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