Make Paleo Easy With This 5-Day Paleo Meal Plan
Make Paleo Easy With This 5-Day Paleo Meal Plan

If you’re trying to tighten up your nutrition, you’ve probably wondered whether the paleo diet — also known as the “caveman diet” — could help you eat more whole foods and less processed junk.

Inspired by the hunting-and-gathering habits of our ancestors, the paleo diet nixes anything processed. That includes the usual suspects like chips, crackers, and soda, of course. But a paleo meal plan also eliminates a few nutrient-rich staples like whole grains, legumes, yogurt, and tofu that require some processing to be edible.

 

What You CAN Eat on a Paleo Meal Plan

  • Fruits and veggies
  • Local, pasture-raised meat and eggs
  • Wild-caught fish and shellfish
  • Minimally processed fats and oils (like walnut oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, EVOO, coconut milk, and animal-derived fats)
  • Nuts (excluding peanuts) and seeds
  • Natural sweeteners
  • Paleo-approved condiments (like coconut aminos and hot sauce)
  • Paleo-approved beverages (like coffee, coconut water, kombucha, and tea)

 

What You CAN’T Eat on a Paleo Meal Plan

  • Grains and legumes (including peanuts and beans)
  • Highly processed fats and oils
  • Dairy products
  • Anything with added sugars
  • Alcohol (though some paleo followers allow red wine and hard cider)

 

Try This 5-Day Meal Plan to See If Paleo Is Right for You

paleo meal plan for a week

If you’re interested in trying the paleo diet — but not sure where to start — this easy paleo meal plan can help you give it a go.

 

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

 

BREAKFAST: Sweet Potato Toast with Fruit

paleo meal plan breakfast

  • 2 slices Sweet Potato Toast (½ large sweet potato)
  • 3 tsp. almond butter
  • 15 organic strawberries or 1 small banana

 

LUNCH: Curry Cauliflower Rice with Kale and Chicken

paleo meal plan lunch

  • 2 cups cauliflower rice
  • ½ cup red onion
  • 2 cups kale
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 2 Tbsp. raisins
  • 4 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil

 

SNACK: 2 Hard-Boiled Eggs

paleo meal plan snacks

DINNER: BisonStuffed Portobello Mushrooms

paleo meal plan dinner

  • 2 large portobello mushrooms
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • ¾ cup chopped organic bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup organic celery
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • fresh herbs and spices
  • 6 oz. ground bison
  • 1 egg

 

Tuesday and Thursday

 

BREAKFAST: Veggie Scramble with a Side of Fruit

paleo meal plan breakfast

  • 2 cups raw organic spinach
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • ½ cup onion (sauteed)
  • leftover sweet potato toast (about ½ large sweet potato)
  • 2 eggs
  • nonstick spray
  • 1 medium tangerine or ½ grapefruit (on the side)

 

LUNCH: Easy Salad with Tuna

paleo meal plan lunch

  • 1 cup cucumber
  • 1 cup radish
  • 1 medium organic bell pepper
  • 2 cups organic arugula, lettuce, or spinach
  • ¾ cup artichoke hearts packed in water
  • 5-oz. can wild-caught tuna packed in water
  • 2 tsp. cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar

 

SNACK: Shrimp Cocktail

paleo meal plan snack

  • 5 oz. shrimp
  • ½ cup tomato sauce with horseradish and lemon to taste
  • ½ large orange

 

DINNER: Sheet Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Bell Peppers, and Chicken

paleo meal plan chicken dinner

  • 10 brussels sprouts
  • 2 organic bell peppers
  • 4 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tsp. cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil

 

paleo meal plan