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Recipe: How To Make Paleo Beet Fries

by Stefani Pappas| August 13, 2015

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The Paleo Diet — also known as the Caveman diet — is the latest health craze. Every Crossfitter you know absolutely swears by the Paleo Diet.

It’s true, the Paleo Diet has proved a lot of success for many people, but just like everything related to health, not one size fits all.

Interested in going Paleo? This diet philosophy is in sync with the way our hunter-gatherer ancestors once ate, focusing on fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, and nuts. The diet excludes grains, dairy products, and processed food (bye-bye Snickers bars).

But one of Paleo’s biggest draws is the community that comes with it. Crossfit, social media, and the like have created massive support groups and communities filled with Paleo eaters. It’s hard to find such a tight knit camaraderie with other diets. Just search the hashtag #paleo on Instagram, and more than 4 million posts will pop up.

Paleo isn’t just a diet; it’s a way of life.

From a dietetics standpoint, the ‘best’ diet for every individual is just that: individual. The Paleo diet is a good overall general guideline, but you may find that adding grains or low-fat dairy products is a better fit for you.

Overall, the basic principles in the Paleo diet center around a natural, un-processed diet. Weight loss, improved nutrition, reduced health risks, and other benefits are associated with giving up ‘junk food.’

Although going Paleo can be difficult at first, weaning off your addiction from anything in a vending machine, jar, or bag can prove to be life-changing. Cutting out these processed and packaged foods will without a doubt benefit your diet.

Since many foods are restricted on the Paleo diet, Paleo foodies across the nation have stocked the Internet full of delicious Paleo alternatives to your everyday foodie favorites. Pinterest has a slew of delicious Paleo recipes.

French fries are an American favorite, so Paleo alternatives include Sweet Potato Fries, and the newest trendy Beet Fries. Forget about beets in a simple salad, beet fries are the latest fit foodie craze!

Beets are high in phytonutrients, giving them great anti-cancer properties. They naturally taste sweet, and can also boost stamina and lower blood pressure.

Additionally, the color of beets is very appealing, and can add great color to a your brunch with friends. Simple, delicious, and healthy, these fries are the perfect addition to your Paleo lunch or dinner. Check out The Key To Wellness’ official recipe!

Summer Paleo Beet Fries

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 large beets (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Wash and peel each beet. Slice the beets in half, and cut into ½ inch strips. Be sure that they are all the same size for even cooking.
  3. Toss the beets in a large bowl with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and oregano. You can add additional assorted spices and herbs as desired.
  4. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray, and place the beets on the sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes, flipping about halfway through.
  5. Remove from oven, let them cool for a few minutes. Then serve!

Make these fries over the weekend, and brag about it on Instagram! This could just be your first step to trying the Paleo diet, and committing to your health for good.

Featured Image: Pixabay

Stefani Pappas

Stefani Pappas, CPT is currently a dietetic intern pursuing her career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She is a Master's in Clinical Nutrition Student at New York University. Stefani has a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University, with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She is a contributing writer for Elite Daily, member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer, and Equinox Fitness Instructor. Stefani is dedicated to leading a healthy and active lifestyle, and inspiring others to do the same. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram @stefhealthtips for more nutrition and fitness tips!

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