Choosing to embark on the Paleo diet can be an adventure! Although based on the very natural diet of pre-historic humans, the Paleo diet is quite different from most modern diets.
When you begin eating Paleo, you don’t have to count calories, watch your portion control, or even plan out three simple meals. Instead, the Paleo diet encourages eating whenever you feel hungry just until you’re full.
As natural as can be, the general rule of thumb for eating Paleo means only consuming foods that could be killed (meats) or foods that could be grown (fruits and vegetables). That means eating very few grains, which means you’re on a low-carb diet after all!
Most people, however, rely on carbs or manufactured powders as pre-workout snacks to prep their bodies for intense workouts. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or get jacked, chances are you know that your diet needs to be complementary.
Fortunately, there are a lot of Paleo recipes for pre-workout nutrition. Check out these Paleo recipes that will help you maximize your workout:
1. The Ultimate Omelette
Although traditionally considered a breakfast food, you really can make and eat an omelette at any time of the day which is perfect as a Paleo recipe for pre-workout. Whether you eat this delicious, protein and vitamin packed omelette by hand or off a plate, it will help you get in touch with the athleticism of your ancient ancestors!
- 2 eggs
- Diced red peppers
- Diced broccoli
- Diced cooked steak
- Crack your eggs into a frying pan over medium-low heat.
- Allow eggs to cook just 30 seconds.
- Sprinkle diced vegetables, steak, and seasonings like paprika over the eggs.
- When the edges of the egg appear cooked, flip to cook completely on other side.
2. Homemade Three-of-a-Kind Chips
Experts suggest that kale, beets, and yams are the three most powerful veggies to include in recipes for training harder. The vitamin B is plentiful in yams, for example, which helps to convert energy in the body that is needed for muscle growth. These three vegetables can be baked together to create a tasty, easy to munch on pre-workout snack.
- 1 beet
- 1 yam
- Kale leafs
- Olive oil
- Your choice of seasonings
- Thinly slice the beet and the yam.
- Tear kale leaves to be smaller than your palm.
- Lightly toss the vegetables in olive oil.
- Bake on a tray in a preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
3. Chicken Stir Fry
When you think stir fry, you probably think of Chinese takeout and loads of high sodium sauce. You can count on a modified stir fry as one of the most popular Paleo diet recipes, though. Made without the sauce, this recipe relies on veggies for juice and dried natural seasonings for flavor.
- 1 chicken breast
- Sliced bell peppers
- Snap peas
- Trim chicken breast and cut into small cubes or strips.
- In a frying pan lightly coated with Paleo-healthy olive oil, sear both sides of the chicken pieces.
- Toss in vegetables and seasoning, lightly searing as well.
- Reduce heat, cover, and allow to steam for five to 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
4. Banana Berry Smoothie
A classic pre-workout snack, smoothies can be Paleo-friendly without sacrificing those essential nutrients that make smoothies powerful for the body. Play with the amount of each ingredient that you add to create the smoothie texture that you like best.
- Frozen banana slices
- Frozen berries
- Raw milk
- Combine all ingredients in blender.
- Blend on high until the smoothie is an even texture.
5. Crust-less Meat Pies
Who doesn’t love a savory meat pie? Beef pot pie is a classic! This recipe alters the meat pie to be Paleo-perfect. You can add different vegetables or seasonings as you see fit for a flavor that wows. Just be sure to make a large batch, because once cooked, these handheld meat pies are tempting all the time.
- 1 thin, lean cut of steak
- Pound steak until it is ultra-thin.
- Cut the steak into strips approximately the size of a slice of bacon.
- Spread the vegetables across the steak strips.
- Roll the steak over the vegetables.
- Wrap in bacon.
- Bake in oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
- Flip the little meat pies once and bake another 20 minutes.
- Broil for five minutes to crisp up bacon if desired.
6. Breakfast BKT
A twist on the BLT, which is Bacon Lettuce Tomato, this recipe has healthier-for-you Kale instead of Lettuce. For the sake of the Paleo diet and the upcoming workout, this snack also replaces bread with meat.
- 1 egg
- 1 tomato slice
- 1 slice Bacon
- 1 kale leaf
- 2 lean meat patties
- Cook one egg over easy.
- At the same time, reheat or grill a thin meat patty made of beef or turkey.
- Fry a slice of bacon or reheat as well.
- Soak grease off of meat patties and use as sandwich “bread,” layering the other ingredients inside.