Welcome back, Grazers!
In our last post we talked about the Paleo diet, and while it may not be the ultimate diet in terms of nutrition and practicality, there are some good principles to the diet that we can certainly adopt for better health.
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We could try tweaking our regular diets to include more fresh foods and less of the processed stuff, cut down on refined carbohydrates and salt, or even try having a Paleo meal now and then to add good nutritious variety to our diets.
This week, we have a recipe to help you do just that: a fresh, deliciously creamy Paleo Waldorf salad!
The traditional Waldorf salad features fresh apples, celery, walnuts, and raisins coated in a dressing typically made from mayonnaise or yoghurt. In the spirit of Paleo eating, this recipe substitutes the mayonnaise and yoghurt for a homemade avocado dressing that is equally creamy, and abundantly nutritious.
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The end result is a salad that is chock-full of protein, heart-healthy fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And, it’s really easy to make!
Image and recipe adapted from: www.domesticsoul.com
Paleo Waldorf Salad
Makes: 4 servings
600 g boneless, skinless chicken breast, boiled and diced
1 fuji apple, diced
2 sticks celery, diced
24 red grapes (12 whole, 12 chopped)
1 handful walnuts (or Amazin’ Paleo Granola)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 medium avocado, sliced
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 pinch dried parsley
Pepper to taste
Combine chicken, apple, celery, chopped grapes, walnuts, and lemon juice.
In a food processor, add avocado, Dijon mustard, olive oil and whole grapes, and blend thoroughly.
Add avocado dressing to chicken mixture, top with vinegar and parsley, and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly.
Serve on a bed of your favourite salad greens, and enjoy!
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It is worthwhile noting that no salt is added into this recipe as salt is not allowed in a strict Paleo diet. Instead, fresh or dried herbs, spices, and pepper are used to generate flavour in Paleo meals.
It is certainly a good idea to reduce our salt intake where we can as salt, or sodium chloride, contributes to high blood pressure when taken in excess. Thus, we would encourage you to hold off on adding salt into this recipe if you can – however, if you absolutely have to have salt, then try to add it in tiny amounts, and be sure to taste as you go to prevent oversalting!
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We hope you’ve enjoyed our journey through the Paleo diet this week – stay tuned, we’ll be back with a review of another diet next week!
In the meantime, try incorporating some Paleo principles into your diet, and visit our store to get your hands on some crunchy, nutrient-dense Paleo granola today!