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

Easy Five Day Paleo Meal Plan


Kirsten Morningstar is Openfit’s Senior Culinary Content Editor and chief recipe developer. She has been a culinary content creator for more than a decade, working as a recipe developer, meal plan guru, food stylist and photographer, and writer for private clients and companies including Openfit, Livestrong, FitPlan, and Beachbody. When she’s not testing recipes or having dance parties with her toddler, she is planning her next long-distance hike across Spain. Find her on Instagram .