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Vegan Paleo

Vegan Paleo

Vegan Paleo

The vegan movement has been growing rapidly. Whether it be due to environmental, animal welfare, or other issues, more and more people are gravitating toward a plant-based way of eating. This includes paleo dieters who, like me, have been inundated with messages saying that meat consumption is absolutely necessary to be healthy, that fruit contains too much sugar, and that grains and legumes will cause chronic inflammation and severe digestive issues.

Paleo messages seem to conflict strongly with veganism and plant-based diets, which eschew animal products and often consist of grains, legumes, starches, and large amounts of fruit. With these factors in mind, is it possible to be entirely plant-based while still following paleo principles? I think it is absolutely possible, especially with all of the amazing, nutritious food that exists in the world.

Despite often being thought of as completely opposite ways of eating, plant-based and paleo diets have a great deal in common. Both promote consumption of whole foods and large amounts of vegetables and recommend removing all processed foods. Both also encapsulate a variety of different ways to eating. There are people who follow a high-carb low-fat vegan, fruitarian, and many other types of vegan diets. Similarly, paleo dieters fall into a seemingly endless variety of paleo-type diets, including ketogenic, high-carb, high protein, and autoimmune protocol.

On top of that, some vegan diets, such as fruitarian, are technically paleo-compliant, as they don’t include non-paleo foods such as grains and legumes. And most real, whole foods fit into both a vegan and a paleo lifestyle. These include fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and tubers.

Having transitioned from a paleo to a plant-based diet, I thought I would share some of my favorite foods that fit into both a vegan and a paleo template.

Snacks

snacks

Hemp Heart Bites

Hail Merry Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

SeaSnax

Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips

Breakfast

smoothie

Green Smoothie

Plantain Pancakes

Broccoli with Coconut Butter drizzled on top

Chia pudding:

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Hot Cereal 

Sweet Potato “Toast” with nut butter or avocado

Fruit of all kinds

Lunch

kale

Soup

Kale chips

Salad with veggies, avocado, olives, and sunflower seeds

Potato Salad 

Loaded Sweet Potato (omit beans for strict paleo) 

Dinner

soup

Vegetable-based Soup

Spaghetti Squash or Zoodles with Spaghetti Sauce

Baked Sweet Potato with Coconut Butter

Grain-Free Flatbreat

Cauliflower Mash

Veggies of all kinds

Dessert

Vegan Paleo

 

Dairy-free ice cream

Coconut Macaroons 

Plantain Blueberry ”Ice Cream”

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There are endless options for vegan paleo meals – these are just a few of my favorites. The paleo veganista  has some fun recipes – some of which include beans, which are arguably not paleo but do fit within other ancestral templates such as Weston A. Price.

There is no shortage of delicious recipes that fit both a paleo and vegan lifestyle. If it’s important to you to avoid non-paleo foods such as grains and legumes, and if you don’t want to consume animal products, there are plenty of food options to keep you healthy, happy, and satisfied. These food choices are also a great option for feeding groups of people with diverse food preferences or when moving from a paleo to vegan lifestyle.

I found it really helpful from a psychological perspective to stick to paleo principles when moving to a plant-based diet. If you are thinking about doing the same, you might find it similarly helpful to stick to paleo-friendly vegan foods before introducing legumes or grains, or to stick to a vegan paleo diet indefinitely.
Any questions, thoughts, or ideas? Please share them in the comments!



2 thoughts on “Vegan Paleo”

  • People do seem polarized on food and diet issues, especially paleo vs. anything else. But I have also been thinking that many plant based diets have more concepts in common with paleo than not. Even more so for vegetarians that include eggs but reject grains. I hadn’t thought about the different branches of veganism such as fruitarians being “technically paleo compliant” so that’s a great point for those who like to get technical. (You know who you are!) You confirmed my feelings and spelled it out quite nicely. The references and recipes are lovely, thanks!

    • Hi Linda, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I totally agree – the messages of the paleo community seem to be very consistent with those of the vegan and plant-based communities in terms of the problems with food policy and the suggestion to eat whole foods. I think finding common ground between the two is the best way to further the real food movement and solve some of the food industry issues we are facing right now. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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