How To Transition to a Paleo Diet | Easy Grain-Free Swaps

Following a paleo diet can be a tough transition laced with temptation around every corner. Not to worry, with these easy Paleo swaps have you fully armed against temptation and well on your way to be a delicious grain free diet.

What is the Paleo diet?

 The Paleo diet is patterned after the primitive diets of our ancestors that were of grains, beans, refined sugars and processed foods. The short answer is it’s a grain free, grain free diet with some very specific parameters. 

  • No grains

  • No legumes

  • No dairy

  • No refined sugar

  • No processed foods

Food Group Proportions of Total Daily Calories


What Are the Benefits of Paleo Diet?

Following a paleo diet has been shown to reduce inflammation, promote healthy gut bacteria, and has been shown in research studies to improve symptoms of a number of autoimmune diseases.

How is the Paleo diet different from the Ketogenic diet?

Paleo and Ketogenic diet get used interchangeably but are not the same.  The Paleo diet can become ketogenic if your carbohydrate intake is extremely low.

High Carbohydrate Grain-Free Foods 

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Parsnips

  • Carrots

  • Beets

  • Winter Squash

  • Plaintains

  • Yuca

  • Wild Rice

Should You Follow A Paleo Diet?

We can all benefit from adopting certain principles of the paleo diet such as reducing consumption of grains and processed foods.

Easy Grain-Free Swaps for Everyday foods

  • Bread

    • Barely bread grain-free baguette

    • Simple Mills artisan bread mix

    • Sweet potato toast

    • Your favorite Paleo bread recipe

  • Dips

    • Siete queso 

  • Cereal 

    • Kitchfix granola

    • Within/Without Chewy Granola

    • Thrive market Coconut Flakes

  • Ice Cream

    • Nada Moo Ice Cream

    • Coconut Bliss Ice Cream

  • Milk

    • Almond milk

    • Macadamia milk - try milkadamia milk, creamer

  • Rice 

    • Cauliflower rice

    • Riced broccoli

    • Wild rice  

  • Pizza 

    • Simple Mills pizza dough

  • Pancakes 

    • Simple Mills pancake & waffle mix

  • Pasta

    • Spaghetti squash,

    • Zucchini noodles

    • Butternut squash

  • Tortillas 

    • Lettuce Wraps

    • Siete Cassava Tortillas

  • Tortilla Chips 

    • Garden of eden grain free tortillas

    • Siete grain free tortilla

    • From the Ground Up Cauliflower Tortilla Chips

  • Crackers

    • Simple Mills Crackers

    • Flackers

  • Desserts

    • Simple Mills cake mix

    • Mera bites Pure and Simple Paleo cookies

    • Bakeology chocolate chip cookies

    • Coco-thins

    • Coconut macaroons

    • Simple Mills Cookies

    • Simple Mills Cookie Mix

    • Alto eco coconut clusters

    • So delicious chocolate dipped ice cream bars


  • Crepes

    • Sunfood Superfoods raw vegan coconut wraps

    • Thrive Market

High Carbohydrate Grain-Free foods 

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Parsnips

  • Carrots

  • Beets

  • Winter Squash

  • Plaintains

  • Yuca

  • Wild Rice

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