Some of you may be thinking “What the heck is Paleo?”… and since so many others have already answered that, I’m not going to go into detail- if you’re curious, try:
- Nerd Fitness (highly entertaining and simple to understand!)
- Robb Wolf , or
- Fitbomb…. or any number of other sites out there explaining it!
Basicly, no wheat, grains, beans, legumes- no bread, pasta, rice, quinoa, peas, peanuts. Nothing (overly) processed. No sugar- unless it’s fruit, but even that’s minimal. Dairy is a grey area.
One of my clients commented that she was going to try (pretty much) a Paleo diet, but more out of health issues that have not been resolved by conventional means for over 5 years. Someone suggested to her about trying it (as Paleo cuts out a lot of aggrivants) She mentioned she was going to look in my recipe blog for Paleo friendly recipes. I just laughed knowing there wouldn’t be much… though substituting almond/coconut/tapioca flour for any wheat flour is easy enough!
Anyhow, I realized Paleo diet is quite similar to my pre-competition diet (with a bit more freedom!) so I decided to give it a try as well! I’ve been feeling the need for more structure and this will give me good guidelines! I started looking for recipes and I found this great site with this recipe for a Pizza shell- I’m always game for PIZZA!
(though I didn’t manage to stick to the “no dairy”… but Saturday’s my treat day, anyhow!)
- 1-1/4 cups flaxseed meal
- 1 cup almond flour/meal
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp natural baking powder
- 1 Tbs honey
- 1 tsp Italian mixed dried herbs
- 3 large eggs, beaten until smooth
- 3 Tbs coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup water
- toppings of choice
- Heat oven to 425° F.
- Combine flaxseed meal, almond meal, sea salt, baking powder and Italian herbs together until lump-free.
- Beat together eggs, oil, honey and water until smooth.
- Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture. Blend well until smooth.
- Press into desired shape.
- Place on a pre-greased or non-stick pizza pan or sit on a silicon baking mat.
- Bake for 15 minutes in the center of the oven until cooked.
- Add favorite toppings and then return to the oven to bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
Nutritional Information (per serving)
- Calories 587
- Fat 37 g
- Carbs 44 g
- Fiber 34 g
- Sugar 9 g
- Protein 17 g
Keep in mind this does NOT include any toppings!!! And it’s 4 servings! My hubby and I split this pizza- even I’m thinking “Wow! I’m impressed I ate anything the rest of the day!” That’s a whole lot of… everything!
Don’t make this to “try something new” if you’re expecting anything remotely close to a regular pizza crust! If you’re looking at making some dietary changes, then expect a completely different taste and texture- but it’s not unpleasant or unenjoyable… it’s just… different!