By now, you must know the secret to a long and healthy life. It is naturally in the food we eat. Even on paleo diet, all foods are not created equal. Choose and eat the right foods to increase the quality of your life as well as your life expectancy.
Here are ten of the top power-packed paleo foods designed to give you vitality, energy, and good health! (Don’t be surprised if you lose some weight, too!)
1. Bone broth
The mother of all health foods, and nowadays very trendy, too. (Remember your granny’s chicken soup as all-round remedy? Yes, it’s not myth, it’s proven to work!) Simmer beef or chicken bones and connective tissue for several hours, and don’t forget to add some vinegar as well to get the healthy collagen out of the bones – your joints and skin will thank you! But what actually makes bone broth so healthy? The secret is the antioxidants which are anti-inflammatory, glucosamine and chondroitin which keep joints healthy as well as the numerous nutrients like calcium, magnesium and phosphorus which are essential to your body.
2. Wild salmon and other fatty fish
Wild salmon and other fatty fish like mackerel and sardine contain good fats, like omega-3 fats. They have been proven to improve health in both children and adults alike. Fish is rich in protein which helps build muscle tissue. For a quick paleo snack, grab a can of sardines with bones and top with a slice of organic lemon.
3. Kale and other leafy greens
Kale is real super food and the king of all leafy greens, though its relatives like spinach, Swiss chard, and garden cress have plenty of benefits, too. Leafy greens are excellent sources of vitamin C and K as well as several minerals like manganese and folate. Make a super food paleo smoothie with raw kale, avocado, and raw dark cocoa powder!
4. Allium foods
If you don’t know, these foods include garlic, onions, shallots, and leeks. Garlic lowers cholesterol very effectively. Allium vegetables reduce the risk of cancer and cure many other diseases and symptoms mostly because they contain high amounts of antioxidants and compounds that contain sulfur – that’s why the characteristic smell! They also help lower blood pressure and prevent blood from clotting. Eat these power-packed allium foods (especially garlic) in their natural state to increase their health benefits even more. Crush some garlic cloves and mix them with extra virgin olive oil. Top your paleo pizza with this mixture for the ultimate taste experience!
5. Grass-fed meat
Grass-fed meat, especially beef, is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the risk of heart disease and other conditions like atherosclerosis. Grass-fed meat contain plenty of various vitamins and minerals. Red meat is especially rich in iron and zinc, and is therefore recommended as part of a healthy paleo diet. Always choose fatty cuts for the maximum benefits!
Colorful berries are filled with antioxidants like vitamin C and A. Antioxidants reduce the risk of cancer and fight free radical damage in the body. Wild blueberries have the highest amount of antioxidants. But choose an array of berries (like cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, black and red currants) in a wide variety of colors for maximum health. The antioxidants boost the immune system and thus are perfect anti-aging food.
Peppers (lat. Capsicum annuum) are colorful: you find them in any colors, ranging from green to bright red and purple. Peppers are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene. You find peppers from mild and sweet to so fiery you’ll want to call the fire department! All peppers contain capsaicin, a substance that is anti-inflammatory, relieves pain, lowers risk of heart disease and cancer. Peppers are perfect in salsa, soups, salads, and all sorts of paleo dishes – cooked or raw.
8. Nuts and seeds
Nuts are high in fat but luckily those fats are good for your body. Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds all provide good fats, protein and several vitamins and minerals, like vitamin E and magnesium. Crush nuts and seeds into a fine powder and use as a breading instead of unhealthy gluten-filled bread crumbs. Nuts and seeds help lower cholesterol. Eat these nutritious little gems right out of the shell with no additives – a perfect paleo snack!
9. Cruciferous vegetables
We are talking about nutrient-packed super foods like cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and brussels sprouts – vegetables of the family Brassicaceae i.e. Cruciferae. Eat these delicious vegetables regularly as they contain ample amounts of vitamin C, soluble fiber and other important nutrients. They taste delicious raw in salads or cooked (mashed cauliflower, anyone?) or baked (how about some brussels sprouts baked with bacon? Total yum!)
10. Fermented foods like sauerkraut
If you want the best probiotics ever and healthy gut, add some fermented foods like sauerkraut to your paleo diet. If you ferment cabbage with lactic acid bacteria you end up with this super food which is rich in fiber, vitamins C, B and K as well as contains plenty of iron and manganese. Always eat your sauerkraut raw – unpasteurized – otherwise the important probiotics will be killed. Serve your paleo sausages with sauerkraut, that’s the German way.
Building a better healthier body begins with what you eat. Try these top ten power-packed paleo foods to get started on the right foot. Not sure how to prepare them? Get the best ever paleo recipes from Paleorecipeteam and you never have to worry what to prepare for food!