A Paleo diet involves stripping one’s diet of refined sugars, grains, legumes, and even dairy. An ideal Paleo meal consists of vegetables, animal protein, fruits or nuts, and healthy fat. In the age of carbohydrates and meat-products, preparing a Paleo dinner could be easy, but fixing a Paleo lunch is not an easy task.
For those of us who struggle to prepare a 100% Paleo lunch, following is a brief summary of the right kind of food options for a perfect Paleo lunch.
For lunch, Salad is a favorite option. You can either have a large salad with romaine lettuce, or prepare a portable salad. For a portable salad, take some tuna, avocado, salad greens, and mix them up with some vinegar and some oil. You can also prepare a Paleo salad with canned salmon and some mustard vinaigrette. For those who like fish, a tuna salad with cucumber and apple can also be prepared.
A great favorite is a salad with leftovers like roast chicken, dried cranberries, pecans, apple slices, and some vinaigrette dressing. If you are only planning to eat salad for lunch, prepare a big salad consisting of spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, bell pepper, blue berries, walnut, broccoli, cucumbers, and some carrots.
For busy executives, a quick lunch can be prepared with the help of leftovers. For a great Paleo lunch, put together some leftover roast chicken (cold or hot) inside lettuce wraps with some mustard (optional), mayonnaise, or any of your favorite condiment. If wraps are not your style, then you can put some leftover Greek-style meatballs on top of a big leafy salad. You can dress it up with some almonds and balsamic vinaigrette.
For those who enjoy beef, try putting together some leftover beef with your favorite vegetables like carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, and mushrooms. You can add more vegetables on the side, if you like.
Chicken or Pork Options
Paleo diet offers a wide variety of options for both children and adults. For a perfect lunchbox for school, pack some hamburger patty with lots of tomatoes and spinach. For office-goers, pack some grilled chicken strips along with asparagus. Pork lovers can try options such as pork chops with sweet potatoes, prepared with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and shallot. You can even combine chicken stir-fry along with greens like cauliflower and spinach. For a light lunch, try a beef and vegetable soup.
For those who love grilled food, mix up some grilled chicken breast along with some salad greens with vinaigrette dressing. You can even try pork chili along with baked or grilled sweet potatoes.
It is always advisable to include one serving of vegetables along with chicken/pork dishes. You can either have a lunch consisting completely of vegetables or mix your veggies with steak dressed up with some butter, shallots, garlic, and thyme. For those who want to avoid butter completely, try steamed vegetables with some grilled chicken.
There is no fixed rule for following a Paleo diet. You can mix-n-match ingredients as per your convenience and tastes.