30 Day Paleo Challenge!

Eating within the guidelines of a Paleo lifestyle has so many benefits! That’s why many adopt it as a lifestyle change. While I haven’t done that entirely, my husband I have had lots of success with both weight loss and generally feeling better. It’s much easier to follow than many “diets” out there. No calorie counting or food weighing, it’s just simple clean eating. The best way to try it is to do a 30 day Paleo Challenge!

Here are the things you can eat: lean meats, vegetables (including complex carbs like sweet potatoes), fruits, nuts & seeds. Anything that doesn’t fall into those categories, you don’t eat. That may sound pretty restrictive, but I promise there are plenty of yummy things to eat and you will feel SO good eating them. You will find yourself feeling satisfied, but never bloated or stuffed, even after eating a good amount. There really are no limits on how much you can eat, although I would say to watch your fat intake. Even healthy fats can be too much. So watch your almonds and avocados. Even though they are great choices, one serving a day or every other day is plenty.

Oils to cook with: coconut oil, olive oil, grassfed butter, bacon grease, grapeseed oil.

Even though dairy is not technically included in a paleo diet, we still use limited dairy in our family diet. The choice is up to you.

Here I will share with you a 30 day meal plan with grocery lists for each week. You can find week one below!

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Sunday

Breakfast – Eggs, bacon & Berries

Lunch – Tuna & Avocado

Dinner – Almond Flour Chicken Nuggets, Sweet potato fries & roasted broccoli

Dip bite sized chicken pieces in beaten egg, then almond flour, parmesan cheese and spices of choice. Slice sweet potato into thin fries, toss with olive oil, season with salt. Bake all at 425 for 15-20 min, turning once during baking. Check to be sure chicken is cooked through and fries are soft.

Monday

Breakfast – Sweet Potato Toast, nut butter, banana, cinnamon

Lunch – Chicken salad on thinly sliced Green apples (use homemade mayo, this recipe recommends an immersion blender but I used a regular blender and it was perfect!)

Dinner – Paleo Taco Salad

Taco meat made with 1 lb ground beef, 1.5 teaspoons chili powder, 1 t cumin, 1/2 t oregano & 1 cup of jar salsa. Over lettuce/spinach and other veggies.

Tuesday

Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs, tomato & Avocado

Lunch – Zucchini Nachos w/ leftover taco meat

Dinner – Cauliflower Pizza

I use two bags of frozen cauliflower per pizza. Cook them, rice them in the blender or food processor. Then using a cheese cloth or thin dishtowel, I wring out as much water from the riced cauliflower as possible – put all the cauliflower in the center of the towel, bring up the sides, twist and wring out the excess water. Add 4 oz of goat cheese to bowl with riced cauliflower. Add 1 egg, salt & 1 teaspoon oregano.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Shape dough into crust form on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper is very important. It will stick to anything else. Bake for 30-40 min. After it’s baked, add sauce, cheese & toppings. Then bake for an additional 5 min or until cheese is melted. Crusts can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Wednesday

Breakfast – Banana Pancakes (omit the oats if you want to be authentic paleo)

Lunch – Kale Salad w/ shredded chicken

Dinner – Zuppa Toscana (use turnips instead of potatoes. You won’t notice a difference!)

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Thursday

Breakfast – Eggs & berries

Lunch – Spinach salad with hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, chicken

Dinner – Vegetable Soup

Put together chopped veggies, 4-cup box of chicken broth, two cans diced tomatoes, & any spices you like in crockpot.

Friday

Breakfast – Sweet Potato Toast with Nut butter, banana & cinnamon

Lunch – Leftover Soup

Dinner – Burger Bowls (hamburger patties over bowl of spinach, tomato, onion, topped with mustard or homemade mayo)

Saturday

Breakfast – banana pancakes

Lunch – leftover soup and/or salad

Dinner – Balsamic Chicken & asparagus (or other veggie) (omit Italian dressing and increase balsamic and olive oil by 1 tablespoon each if you want to be authentically paleo)

SNACKS: Feel free to snack on anything that is paleo approved! My favorites are apples & sunflower seed butter, carrots & hummus (not technically paleo, but still good for you!), kale chips, almonds, avocado w/ balsamic vinegar.

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Download this week’s grocery list here.

Download this week’s meal plan here so you can stick it on your fridge!

Hope you enjoy this week’s meal plan! You can do it! Any questions, feel free to comment below and I will respond as quickly as I can! Or email us at saltandlifeblog@gmail.com

Stay tuned for weeks 2-4 of the 30 day Paleo challenge!

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3 comments

  1. So what about peanut butter? I would usually have peanut butter and apples but you have mentioned other types of nut butter.

    1. Yeah this one is tricky. So peanuts are not actually nuts. They’re “legumes” like beans. ~There is something in them (I think it’s lectin) that irritates your stomach lining. That’s what I’ve read when I’ve researched the paleo diet.~And so not included in the paleo diet. It sounds crazy, I know. But almond butter or sunflower seed butter are great alternatives. I personally think that sunflower seed butter tastes the most similar to peanut butter and it’s usually less expensive than almond butter.

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