If you’ve always been a major fruit fan, you’re not alone. Did you know Steve Jobs was such a devoted fruitarian, that the name of his company, Apple, is a direct homage to his fruit-loving lifestyle? If your favorite food group consists of the world’s expansive selection of fruits, then find your bookmarking button, because these fruit-focused Paleo recipes are winners. From health benefits to unbeatable flavors, the reasons to include apples, strawberries, bananas, tomatoes and other fruits in your diet are more plentiful than ever.
Primal Blueprint Strawberry Protein Balls
For one of the sweetest and most popular fruits, Nom-nom Paleo explains this easy yet highly-unique recipe. Comprised of fruits like strawberry, blueberries, and prunes, the rest of these Strawberry Protein Balls are made up of your nuts of choice. Walnuts and macadamia nuts are both used here, but she suggests that almonds might work even better. Top it off in true Paleo fashion with a light amount of shredded coconut. This fruit-heavy recipe is also loaded with protein, plus it’s easy to handle, portable, and made with everyone’s favorite berry.
Paleo Fried Green Tomatoes
Let’s not forget that the extremely versatile tomato is a worthy member of the fruit family, and this recipe is sure to convince any skeptics. Yes, it’s the dish that inspired the popular 1992 film of the same name, but this version is completely converted to Paleo. Using ground almond flour, garlic powder, and coconut oil, the mix is cooked over heat with Paleo-friendly oil rather than dropped in a deep fryer. The result is a Southern Paleo snack that goes great with any number of Paleo sauces.
Paleo Apple Chicken
Combining the all-American appeal of cinnamon apples with one of the world’s favorite proteins is the idea behind this recipe. Meats don’t get much more versatile or lean than chicken, and when paired with one of the power-foods of the fruit kingdom, this dish becomes a sweet and nutritious lunch. Throw in the fact that it’s easy to make and completely Paleo, and you have a dish that will give you a whole new respect for apples.
Paleo Banana Upside Down Cake
This recipe from Beauty and the Foodie highlights the potential for bananas as a desert. Requiring just an oven and cake pan, Paleo Banana Upside Down Cake is made by mixing the ingredients, baking, then flipping over the finished product. Also notable is that there is room for customization in this recipe, so your favorite Paleo sweeteners can be added in addition to bananas, cinnamon and other ingredients.
How Important is Fruit to Your Diet?
Any food pyramid will have a prominent section allotted for fruits, and since Paleo people have a few less food groups to choose from, fruits are especially important. Critics would say to limit your fruit intake because of the latent fructose, but don’t mistake a banana’s nutrition for that of a candy bar. Like most fruits, they have massive health advantages, which in the banana’s case include large amounts of potassium, vitamin A, and iron. Plus, the extra carbohydrates provided by most fruits are necessary on the Paleo diet since Paleo people are not getting the excess carbs from grains and dairy. Ultimately, fruit teaches the culinary lesson that the most bold and sweetest flavors are still the ones that grow on trees.
So remember, whether it is fresh or dried fruit, there are many advantages to incorporating fruit into your diet. Shop all your Paleo diet needs at Steve’s Paleo Goods. We have everything you need to start eating clean and living a healthier life.