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"Is there such thing as Paleo friendly alcohol?", I hear you ask.. not quite. But there are some better options than others. You've been hitting the gym all week and eating a clean diet. You want to be able to socialize and have a few drinks without ruining your diet or lying in bed all weekend with a hangover. As it's December and party season is upon us I'm here to give you the low down.
Certain types of alcohol will derail your diet, take beer for example. Is it delicious? Absolutely. Is it Paleo friendly? I'm afraid not. You can go for a gluten - free beer instead. Next up: vodka. This is only Paleo depending on it's ingredients. If it is made from oats, grain, barley, oats and corn it should be avoided. Brands like Absolut and Smirnoff contain these ingredients. Instead, opt for the likes of Potato vodka. As you can probably guess from the name is derived from potatoes, and is low carb, sugar-free and gluten-free. This can be picked up in your local Tesco. Tequila is another sugar-free, gluten- free and low carb option that derives from plants. Without going into the in's and out's of each drink option, I put together a simplified cheat sheet below.
PALEO SURVIVAL GUIDE'S
ALCOHOL CHEAT SHEET
- Potato Vodka
- Cider (gluten free)
- Gluten free beer
- Mixed Cocktails
- Grain - based Gin
- Grain - based vodka
- Opt for non - grain based spirits
- If you must have beer- ensure it's gluten free
- Wine is fine- as long as it has no added sugar. Dry & sparking are best
- Citrus juices: lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit
- Herbs: Ginger, Basil, Mint
- Water, Ice cubes, club soda, coconut milk
- Fruit: Pear, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pomegranate, kiwi
- Veg: Cucumber, jalapenos, avocado
1. Skip the mixers. Use lemon and lime instead. If you're watching your calories, skip the soda water also and use plain water instead.
2. When you know you'll be drinking, eat lean lean proteins and non - starchy veg that day to reduce overall fat intake for that day
3. Eat a healthy meal before you go out. Alcohol can cause your blood sugar levels to spike so be sure to avoid drinking on an empty stomach to lessen the absorption of alcohol.
4. Bring a snack with you. Now it doesn't sound very exciting to be bringing around beef jerky or nuts with you but you'll be less likely to be craving a take away at 1am if you have a healthy snack on hand throughout the evening. Your wallet and waist line will thank you the next morning!
5. Have a water for every other drink. The main reason here is that by keeping your body hydrated you will be lessening the hangover the next day. Also, drinking replacing water will reduce your consumption of alcohol.
6. Try not to mix drinks. Mixing drinks only gives your liver extra work to do.
PALEO DRINK IDEAS WITH A ZING:
1. 1 oz potato vodka, soda water, 1/2 lime, ice
2. 1 oz Tequila, 1/2 lime, x2Fresh mint leaves, x6 Raspberries, sparkling water
3. Margarita- 3 oz tequila, 1 lime (juice & pulp), ice, soda water, salt
We all know that fizzy drinks provide zero health benefits and are a no- go on the paleo diet. You're looking at a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar in one can of coke. So it's safe to say they're not worth it! If you're in the mood of something sweet that also helps cleanse your body, then look no further than Detox Water. Get get your sweet fix with this thirst quenching alternative. The fruit infused water is also purported to burn fat, depending on the ingredients you use. It's great because it's so easy to throw together and the world is your oyster when it comes to the endless flavor options.
Here are a few popular combinations:
- Strawberry, Lemon & Basil* This is gorge!
- Giner & Apple
- Mint & Cucumber
- Orange, Lemon, Cucumber & Mint
- Ginger, Lime & Lemon
You can use a big jug, a mason jar, a cup- anything you want really. I always crush the fruit slightly into whatever I'm using, so they infuse more with the water. I also like to leave them in the fridge for a couple of hours to get a nice cool refreshing taste.
What you'll need
- Use a food processor or a fork to mix ingredients
- 2 avocados
- 1/2 lime
- 1/3 cup tomatoes
- 1 tbsp jalapeno
- 2 tbsp cilantro
- 1/4 cup onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 tspn of salt
- Mash tha avocado and mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until you get chunky or desired consistency. Optional: You can use a food processor
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What you'll need
- 2 cups walnuts, or other nut/seed of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup of cocao powder
- 2 cups soft Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
- 2 tbspn of unsweetened cocao powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Blend all ingredients in a food processor.
- Form into balls.
- Refridgerate for 30-45 minute.
What you will need
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of almond flour
- 2 tsp Cacao powder
- 4 tsp of organic honey
- 2 tsp soda power
- Preheat the over to 180 Degrees
- Mash the bananas
- Add the flaked almonds, raisins and coconut
- Mix well.
- Spray a baking tray with frylight and gently shape the into cookie shapes using a spoon
- Cook for 15 minutes or until golden.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 25g Dessicated Coconut
- Handful of Raisins
- 40g Flaked Almonds
- Preheat the over to 180 Degrees.
- Mash the bananas.
- Add the flaked almonds, raisins and coconut.
- Mix well.
- Spray a baking tray with frylight and gently shape the into cookie shapes using a spoon.
- Cook for 15 minutes or until golden.