As I’m talking to people about eating healthy Paleo meals I’m frequently told that “they” don’t have time to make healthy, Paleo food. Some people tell me they live by themselves and don’t have anyone to help them. Others tell me that they have so many kids and they run them around so much that they don’t have time to make a quick paleo meal.
The goal of this article is to give you some practical ways to eat quick paleo meals and get healthier.
Variety: Attempt to have variety in the things you eat. When you need quick paleo, it’s easy to get in a rut and eat the same thing all the time. For example, eggs every morning for breakfast will get boring quick. I eat scrambled eggs only once or twice a week. Eating variety will increase the chances that you are getting all the vital nutrients you need.
Plan Ahead: On Sunday evening, I boil a dozen eggs for a quick paleo meal. If I’m in a rush or I know that at lunch time I will have a small window of opportunity for sustenance, I put 4 eggs in a sandwich bag and take them with me. It’s an easy way to get quality protein fast. I also attempt to have other quick paleo foods available like beef jerky, pemmican or even a piece of fruit if I’ll be working out that day. I have also been known to have a couple spoonfuls of coconut oil which does a good job of staving off hunger.
Cook Ahead: If your menu is planned out for the week and you have all the ingredients, use a couple of hours on a Saturday to cook ahead and freeze or refrigerate your meals. This way you can more efficiently cut up all the veggies you need for the week and put them in the different dishes. It takes only a few minutes whether you peel 5 carrots or 10. This quick paleo idea is probably one of the most important. It’s a great way to have a nutritious meal in the evening after you’ve had a long day at work. I also will often have the leftovers for breakfast.
Get the Essential Nutrients: This goes back to variety and planning. Be careful to make sure you plan to have enough variety so that you get all the essential nutrients. Plan different types of fat into your meals like coconut oil for cooking, Extra virgin olive oil for non-cooking, some pemmican for on-the-go. Vary the meats you eat. Don’t always eat beef or chicken. Look for ways to get seafood and organ meats. You get a whole ton of nutrients from some liver. BTW, liver is called “gourmet meat” at my house and my younger kids love it because they think it’s so special. Also, don’t eat the same vegetables every day. Use all the colors of the rainbow.
Fast if necessary: If I’m out and paleo options are not available, it’s often better to not offend your guts with non-paleo quick food. I also really liked the article that Alison Golden wrote recently about her “emergency paleo situation.” She has some really good points that had to be enacted during a family emergency.
No Excuses: If you live by yourself it takes less time to prepare a meal than it does if you are cooking for 4, or 10 in my case. But if you do have a lot of people you are cooking for, enlist their help. When I start cooking I have my kiddos cut up onions, mince garlic or whatever else is needed. It also gives us one more way of having quality family time.
The bottom line regarding Quick Paleo: If living the paleo lifestyle is important enough for you, make time for it. Your health is your greatest wealth. Paleo can be quick and easy.