Don’t forget your roots…

Most people assume the paleo diet is a meat diet.  It’s not.  It’s a balanced diet.  Yes, it’s probably more protein than the average person is use  to eating.  Please see my previous post called The Perfect Stir Fry, where I compared a Grand Slam Breakfast with my morning stir fry.   The comparison is mind blowing in terms of calories, salt, sugar, and fat, where the Grand Slam certainly slams.  The stir fry wins in protein, vitamins, and minerals.  Whenever I’m asked where my carbs come from if I don’t eat bread, rice, potatoes, or corn, my answer is root vegetables.  Carrots, beets, parsnips, onions are perfect companions to your meals and a much better source of carbs than the white starchy foods most of us look for at every meal.  This morning I had steamed baby beets with my turkey mushroom stir fry, and a handful of arugula.  Let’s compare an ounce of bread with an ounce of beets:  66 calories vs. 12, and 170 mg sodium vs. 22.  That toast every morning is costing you enough calories to gain a pound a month.  This same comparison could be made with almost every grain out there.  Switch out those grains for some root veggies!

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2 thoughts on “Don’t forget your roots…

    • Potatoes are technically tubers, which are a lot higher in starch, and contain lectins. The paleo thought is that if you can’t eat it raw, you shouldn’t eat it. Cooking neutralizes toxins found in food but often, people cook al dente and undercook foods which aren’t meant to be eaten raw. My understanding is that potato lectins are dangerous. You may want to research further. I prefer parsnips over potatoes and they can be served in many ways similar to potatoes. The nutrition comparison is night and day, in terms of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and glycemic index.

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