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Paleo Alternatives to Pasta friendly recipes-min

Paleo Alternatives to Pasta

Pasta is one of the un-Paleo foods there is! Mainly made of the grain wheat, pasta generally contains gluten, which many people don’t tolerate well. The lectin in the grains has an inflammatory effect on the gut, upsets the acid balance in the body and of course results in a spike in blood sugar levels. All in all, pasta is definitely one to avoid.

However, so many popular dishes contain or are based on pasta. But this doesn’t mean you have to go without when you start eating a Paleo diet. There are lots of ways to substitute pasta with some great paleo friendly alternatives.Paleo Alternatives to Pasta friendly recipes-min

Noodles & Spaghetti

Kelp noodles are available in some health food shops. These seaweed noodles look just like regular noodles, but are far more nutritious.

Sweet Potato Vermicelli is found in some Asian stores. Made from sweet potato starch, it is more processed than other pasta alternatives, but a better option than regular pasta.

Zucchini noodles can be made yourself using a zucchini and a mandoline slicer, a julienne peeler or a spirooli spiralizer and cooking in some oil over a medium heat.

Spaghetti can be made from the spaghetti squash fruit. When this particular variety is cooked, a fork can be used to scrape out the flesh into spaghetti like ribbons.

Lasagne

A paleo lasagne can be made with alternating layers of zucchini (courgette) and eggplant instead of pasta sheets. Alternatively, try using alternating layers of sliced meat, such as ham or turkey for an extra meaty lasagne.

Ravioli

Use thin ribbons of zuchini or summer squash to wrap around your raviloi filling

Gnocchi

Use some mashed sweet potatoes, eggs and sweet potato flour to make your own gluten-free gnocchi.

Not quite pasta, but another SAD alternative is to replace rice with cauliflower rice.

Do you miss pasta? What do you use to replace pasta in your favourite recipes? I’d love to see you pasta replacement tips in the comments below!

Paleo diet friendly pet food animals dogs cat grain free-min

Paleo Pet Food

I’m looking after some dogs at the moment, in the owners home. I’d assumed animal nutrition – Pet Food – would be difficult to get wrong – but I couldn’t have been more incorrect with that assumption.

Surely dogs are supposed to eat raw meat? That would make a lot of sense, as in the wild what else would they eat?

The tins of dog food we’ve been left contain the following ingredients:
Meat including chicken, beef, lamb and pork; vegetables; vegetable protein; pasta; vegetable oil; cereal; gelling agents; gluten; vitamins & minerals; vegetable fibre; flavours; colouring agents.
Looking at some other brands of Pet Food, these certainly aren’t the worst either.

We’ve also been instructed to boil up pasta and add it to the food to keep the weight of the dogs down. This is, apparently, on instruction of the vet. I can’t think of a single good reason to give animals pasta.

Sadly as these aren’t my dogs I can’t change their menu, but it has made me wonder how different the dogs would be on a different diet – and what the ingredients in their food is doing to them?

Have you got dogs, cats or other pets? What Pet Food do you feed them? I’d love to hear what happened if you changed their diets to a more natural way of eating.

Paleo diet friendly pet food animals dogs cat grain free-min