Easy Ingredient Swaps for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner and Dessert

Who says you have to ditch your favorite meals when joining a Paleo challenge? With a little creativity and a good appetite, you can create all your favorites for breakfast, lunch dinner and dessert – all paleo style. Keep reading for some easy swaps to not only stay on track but also satisfy your cravings!

Breakfast: While some may say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – we get it – waking up is hard. When you’re paleo and also on-the-go, the simplest way to stay on track is to pop Base Culture Paleo bread (instead of traditional bread) in the toaster. 

Top your paleo toast off with by swapping peanut butter for almond butter and fruit preserves for fresh fruit or consider another nutrient dense topping like sliced or mashed avocado to stay on track. 

When you do have some time, there’s nothing like waking up on a Sunday morning to the smell of pancakes - and lucky for you, there’s a way you can do that on a paleo diet! 

A typical pancake recipe calls for flour, baking powder, milk, eggs, butter, salt and sugar – most of which are non-paleo. Consider these swaps to sweeten your Sunday morning:  

  • Flour: Swap all-purpose white flour for almond flour, coconut flour or a mixture of both 
  • Dairy: Some paleo-pancake recipes nix any type of milk and butter all together and add coconut oil
  • Sugar: Using bananas and adding vanilla keeps things sweet without the added sugar

Check out our favorite paleo-pancake recipe here: 

Lunch: Lunch doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re a sandwich lover, you already know to swap traditional bread for Base Culture Bread, but the key here to is replace those highly processed meats like salami with lean meats like turkey and chicken. 

If salad is your “go to,” we suggest swapping out legumes like chickpeas and beans with other sources of proteins and nutrients like hard-boiled eggs or non-traditional salad vegetables like asparagus. 

Used to your daily lunch grain-bowl? Swap your grain base for leafy mixed greens, vegetable bases (hello veggie zoodles & cauliflower rice!) or skip the base and go for another side! 

Dinner: Dinner is all about getting the perfect balance of nutrients. By following these dinner swaps you’ll be sure to maximize your nutrient intake, by still enjoying your favorites. 

  • Vegetables can easily take the place of grains:
    • Rice: Always have a side of rice? Try Cauliflower rice instead. The consistency of cauliflower allows for you to use it in any way that you would use rice. 
    • Noodles: As more and more people adopt Zoodles or zucchini noodles into their lifestyles, it’s important to know that there are actually several vegetables that can act as noodle replacements. Try spiraling carrots, sweet potatoes or broccoli stems. Baking a spaghetti squash is also a great substitute for pasta. 

    Love your chicken-parm or breaded fish? Swap out regular bread crumbs for paleo bread crumbs or nut-crusted recipes:  When a recipe calls for bread crumbs, consider using nuts instead. Try different nuts like cashews, almonds or even macadamia nuts to perfect your paleo chicken fingers (and get a little extra protein).

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