Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fruit? + Paleo snacks

I've recently been asked why I said to limit fruit intake to a piece or two a day and if fruit is caveman.

Bottom line is, yes fruit is most definitely caveman. Eat fruit, enjoy it and don't feel guilty. The reason I said to limit fruit intake is because if you are using Caveman2.0 as a tool to loose weight, than eating a lot of fruit will most likely slow down the process because of the high sugar content of some modern fruits.

Eating fruit will NOT make you gain weight. The fiber content will slow down the absorption of the fructose limiting the blood sugar spike. Everybody reacts differently carbohydrate intake and there are some people who will eat an apple and have a sugar crash within a couple of hours and end up feeling foggy and hungry. Others can munch on bananas all they like with no ill effects.

My suggestion to to learn how o pay attention to how you feel a couple of hours after you eat. With a little bit of practice you will be able to  tell if you are spiking and then crashing. If that happens just avoid or limit the specific fruits that cause a crash and be more liberal with the others.

I was going to post a table of glycemic loads and glycemic indexes of many fruits but I don't want anybody to have to think about it that much. I was trying to figure out all the math to decide if an apple was better than a peach and it immediately became clear to me that trying to figure that stuff out is definitely not caveman.

Remember to keep it simple as possible folks. Eat it straight from the ground or off a tree, than it most definitely IS caveman2.0 approved. Enjoy!

Now here is a recipe for some Paleo cocoa and coconut snacks I have gotten from Mark's Daily apple. I haven't had a chance to try it out yet as I don't have access to my own kitchen right now.
Mark's daily apple is a great site that I check out regularly. It is full of useful information and Mark's personal version of paleo, which he calls Primal, Is also very clear and easy to understand. check it out.

We’ve included measurements to get you started, but as mentioned above, these ingredients can be used in any amounts.
1/2 cup each:
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pecan nuts
  • Hazel nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • 3-6 dates
  • 2-4 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
To taste:
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Freshly ground coffee
  • Shredded coconut
Run the nuts and pumpkin seeds in a food processor until ground into a fine flour.
Nuts in Food Processor
Remove the nut flour and grind the dates and shredded coconut in the food processor until smooth.
Processed Nuts and Dates
Mix these ingredients together with coffee and cocoa powder according to taste.
Cocoa and Coconut Powder
Finally, add the coconut oil and mix it all together by hand. Roll the paste into small nibbly balls and sprinkle them in shredded coconut.
Cocoa and Coconut Snack
These snacks should be refrigerated to become firm.

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