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Could you say goodbye to refined sugar, grains, legumes and dairy? A growing number of people today are going paleo — following a lifestyle that’s based on the concept of eating like our Paleolithic ancestors. They believe if a caveman didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t either.
While many nutritionists praise the idea of eating less sugar and processed foods, many are concerned the diet plan is too restrictive and lacks essential nutrients, especially calcium and vitamin D. That’s one reason why the Paleo diet didn’t rank as highly as other diets evaluated by U.S. News and World Report, which considered many factors such as easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss and protective against diabetes and heart disease.
That’s why many are choosing to join the lacto-paleo movement, which incorporates dairy products. This variation of the original plan adds essential nutrients and increased flexibility for dieters who want dairy back in their diet.
“I’m happy to see this trend because the addition of dairy helps make the paleo plan significantly more nutritious,” said registered dietitian and culinary nutrition expert Holley Grainger. “Milk is the primary source of calcium and vitamin D in the American diet, and when you completely eliminate milk it’s hard to make up for the nutrients you miss out on.”
— Family Features
EASY RECIPE: Protein-Packed Berry Burst Smoothie
1 packet plain instant oatmeal
1/2 cup fat free or lowfat milk
1/2 cup strawberries, hulled, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon walnuts, chopped
Combine first five ingredients in carafe of blender. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, blend mixture until smooth. Top with chopped walnuts.
— Family Features
NUMBER TO KNOW
85 percent: According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, burgers are featured at 85 percent of barbecues, making them more popular than hot dogs (79 percent), steak (80 percent) and chicken (73 percent).
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Guacamole was created by which group of people?
A. The Aztecs
B. The Mayans
C. The Incas
D. The Toltecs
Answer at bottom of rail.
WORD TO THE WISE
mandoline: A mandoline is a life-changing utensil that can also slice off your fingers if you don’t use it carefully. A rectangular device made from wood, metal or plastic and embedded with a razor-sharp blade, it allows you to slice vegetables, fruits and other foods to a paper-thin delicacy and perfect uniformity that is unachievable with a knife. Mandolines have straight or grooved fittings that allow you to julienne carrots or make perfectly crinkle-cut potatoes.
THE DISH ON…
‘Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto’ by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay
When Aaron Franklin and his wife, Stacy, opened up a small barbecue trailer on the side of an Austin, Texas, interstate in 2009, they had no idea what they’d gotten themselves into. Today, Franklin Barbecue has grown into the most popular, critically lauded, and obsessed-over barbecue joint in the country — and Franklin is the winner of every major barbecue award there is. In this much-anticipated debut, Franklin and coauthor Jordan Mackay unlock the secrets behind truly great barbecue, and share years’ worth of hard-won knowledge.
— Ten Speed Press
FOOD QUIZ ANSWER
A. The Aztecs in Mexico were responsible for the invention of guacamole.
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Food for Thought: The new place of dairy on a paleo plate
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