Whether your resolution is to be more healthful, lose weight, try something new or get in touch with your wild side, this 2014 trendy diet will help you make sure this year is your year. The Paleo Diet is based on the idea that our stomachs are suited for digesting only what our hunter-gatherer ancestors could farm and catch. All the processed grains and sugars we consume today have no business being in our bodies. While discouraging processed foods, grains (and starches), sugars, legumes and dairy, this 10,000-year-old diet instead emphasizes meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. These foods are nutrient-dense, easily-digestible and the high amounts of protein and fiber will keep you feeling satiated, making the paleo regimen ideal for weight loss and disease prevention. Here’s how I tackled a day’s worth of meals hunter-gatherer style.

Breakfast: Wild Mushroom Omelet


Photo by Bonnie Wu.

What better way to start off the new year than with some bacon? I know, I know you’re supposed to be eating healthy. That’s why I counteracted the richness of the bacon and mushrooms in this recipe with some raw spinach for color and freshness. If you’re feeling up to it, save some of the leftover bacon grease for cooking your omelet.

Adapted from http://www.myrecipes.com/m/recipe/wild-mushroom-omelet

Lunch: Jamaican Curry Chicken and Broccoli


Photo by Bonnie Wu.

I took this simple recipe for jammin’ Jamaican curry, nixed the dumplings, potatoes and rice and added some broccoli for ultimate veg action. If you find yourself craving starch, substitute cauliflower rice. You’ll never know the difference.

Adapted from: http://keithlorren.com/caribbean/keiths-jamacian-curry-chicken-recipe/

Snack/Dessert: Frozen Banana Ice Cream

1-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

Photo by Katie Walsh.

Slice up a couple bananas before putting them in the freezer. Take out your banana ice cream and dip it in melted chocolate or almond butter. We won’t tell anybody if your bananas happen to fall into Nutella en route to your mouth.

Dinner: Southwest Burger


Photo by Bonnie Wu.

No bun, no problem! Burgers and lettuce wraps are the perfect paleo pair. Just add your favorite toppings and condiments to give this sweet and spicy Southwest burger recipe some extra flair; I recommend avocado, tomato and a hearty dollop of Sriracha.

Adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/southwest-turkey-burgers-recipe.html

With these easy recipes, you’re sure to be on your way to a healthier you!

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