Category Archives: Paleo

‘Paleo’ is a style of eating mirroring the diet of Stone Age hunter-gatherers that has a focus on real, whole foods, including meats, nuts/seeds, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats, and limits or omits starch from grains, beans, starchier vegetables and dairy. At Leaves of Life, we often use what we call a “Modified Paleo” plan. In general, we believe most Paleo recipes are a bit heavier on meat and too light on veggies (which promotes an acidic pH) for most, though we may start someone out with a pure Paleo plan initially and observe for changes in body composition and reported symptoms. Some patients require more starch and/or fiber to regulate bowel movements and maintain an ideal weight, so we may include certain types of grains or beans to adjust the plan to fit the patient.

We find patients respond well to Paleo and Modified Paleo, in part because two of the main dietary offenders are eliminated (grains and dairy).

Multi-Seed Crackers

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Fantastic snack! Photo courtesy of Patty Shipley.

Recipe courtesy of Bistro One Six

Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Organic Raw Whole flax seeds
  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Whole Seed chia seeds
  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Simply Raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Simply Raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Maldon sea salt
  • Your choice of seasonings such as black pepper, chili, onion or garlic powder, oregano, rosemary, or thyme.

Tip: When choosing your seasonings, pay attention to labels to keep the recipe totally gluten free.

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together plus whatever additional seasonings you might want and stir until combined.
  3. Let sit 10 minutes to allow the flax and chia seeds to become somewhat gelatinous.
  4. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment and spray with cooking spray. Spread mixture out, pressing until the sheet is less than ¼ inch thick.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and slice into crackers (a pizza cutter is super-handy).
  6. Carefully turn the crackers over and put them back in the oven for an additional 20-30 minutes.
  7. Stored in an air-tight container they will stay fresh for a week.

Sassy Summer Salad

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Sassy summer salad – plated up and ready to eat!

Salad Ingredients:

  • Mixed greens
  • Your favorite summer berries
  • Pecan pieces
  • Crumbled coconut crisps (suggestion – Dang from Whole Foods, found in or near the bulk aisle)

Salad Instructions:

  1. Combine salad ingredients in whatever ratios you prefer.
  2. Toss with the dressing and serve immediately.

Tip: If you need to put your salad together in advance, put the dressing on the bottom of a salad bowl, next add your berries, then put the greens and crunchies on top. Toss only when you’re ready to serve. This buys you time and avoids soggy greens and coconut crisps!

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Infused vinegars and oils for salad dressing from Green Olive in Short North area of Columbus on High Street

Dressing ingredients:

  • Persian Lime infused olive oil (2 parts)
  • Coconut infused white vinegar (1 part)
  • Honey ginger infused white vinegar (1 part)
  • ½-1 tsp cinnamon (to taste–optional)

Dressing instructions:
Combine dressing ingredients in a sealed jar and shake thoroughly.

Tip: Remember, you can always add more cinnamon, but you can’t take it out!

Zucchini Bake

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Photo and recipe courtesy of Leaves of Life.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchinis, one sliced lengthways and one sliced crossways
  • Peppers sliced into large rings
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2-3 tbsps chopped fresh basil
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper and dry oregano to taste

Instructions:

  1. Make one layer of round zucchini slices
  2. Top with a layer of pepper rings
  3. Make a layer of lengthwise zucchini slices
  4. Spread basil evenly over top and add another layer of round zucchini slices
  5. Finish with a layer of tomato slices, olive oil and fresh salsa
  6. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top

Tips:

Try some flavor infused olive oil for a little extra oomph.  Lime or lemon infused or Tuscan herbs would work well here.