Eat These! 5 Paleo-Friendly Swaps for Your Favorite Foods

We've done blog posts before about getting started with the paleo diet. If you're just now thinking about going paleo for the first time, you may be hesitant to give up some of your favorite foods. Unfortunately, many of the sweet, starchy foods we tend to crave (cookies, anyone?) do not fit into the paleo diet. 

However, there are a ton of great, paleo-friendly alternatives to your favorite foods and snacks out there. They may not be the real thing, but if you try them with an open mind, you might be surprised at how good these awesome paleo food swaps really taste!

1. White Rice = Cauliflower 

Next time you're looking for something to accompany a Chinese dish or make into a pilaf, try cauliflower rice. In a food processor, pulse the cauliflower florets in a food processor until they're about the size of a grain of rice. For a richer, toaster flavor, try sautéing the cauliflower rice on the stove with a little bit of olive oil before serving. 

2. Crudité Dip = Avocado 

Good news! The veggies on the crudité tray - think broccoli, carrots, celery, and cherry tomatoes - are paleo! Unfortunately, the dip in the middle is more than likely loaded with sugar or dairy, which means... it's not. If you're still looking for something to dip your raw veggies in, try puréeing an avocado to use as the base for a healthy, creamy dip alternative. 

3. Spaghetti = Zucchini 

It may make nonna roll over in her grave, but if you're on the paleo diet, try substituting spaghetti noodles for zoodles. Put your zucchini through a spiralizer for curly, green noodles that make the perfect canvas for you to whip up some of your favorite Italian classics. Buon appetito. 

4. Tortillas = Collard Greens

Yes, you could eat your burger with a knife and fork, or turn your tacos into a taco salad, but where's the fun in that? Wrap a collard green leaf around your burger, burrito, or sandwich fillings! They're flavorful, crisp, and perfectly able to keep all your fillings in one place. To be honest, we've had less problems eating collard green tacos than tortilla-wrapped ones! 

5. French Fries = Baked Veggie Fries 

The beauty here is that you can use just about any kind of root vegetable, and carrots or sweet potatoes work especially well. Slice the veggies into straws, toss them in a little bit of olive oil, season to your hearts content, and make them to golden brown perfection. If you were feeling ambitious, maybe throw a little homemade ketchup on the side. 

All of these swaps are just general ideas of easy changes you can make to help yourself acclimate to the paleo diet more easily. The internet is full of food blogs that have great paleo recipe ideas, many of which offer in-depth instructions on how to make some of the foods listed above!


Published on: Wednesday, August 03