Paleo Diet - The Pefect Make And Take Meal

A Night At The Lake, Swim Clinic And Easy Paleo “Pizza” Pie, The Perfect Make And Take Meal…

I am a member of a swimming clinic, and we’ve found a great way to bond: FOOD! We had an amazing day after spending one session in the Lake and shared good food. I made a great Paleo diet pizza that goes well with a laid back group that we are. And I thought this pizza recipe is worth sharing, especially for those who want to have something healthy after their workout.

Whenever I can, I try to make meals that are similar to what I crave for before I got into the Paleo diet. I learned to enjoy experimenting with recipes involving food that I loved when I was not yet into Paleo. Some tasted the same whilst others exceeded my expectations. The ingredients I use are very healthy and I know that I don’t have to worry about the guilt after eating one more spoonful of the meal I made.

Paleo Diet Recipes - Paleo Pizza Pie

Another important thing about Paleo that I love is how it includes the importance of being active is. Paleo is an ideal diet for an athlete, amateur or professional, because of the Paleo foods it features as well as the amount of exercise involved. Don’t get me wrong – you don’t need to exercise intensively, you just have to be more active. In my case, I found a swimming clinic that helped me be more active and enjoy the relaxing effect of water.

Our last session was a blast since we get to enjoy one session at the lake. It became more of a bonding session rather than the usual practice. We had fun and we get to share good food while enjoying the night at the lake. This recipe along with a number of other Paleo diet recipes was the first to enter my mind when we were informed of the swim on the lake. It was the perfect make and take Paleo diet meal that I knew everyone could enjoy. And yes, it was a hit!

Easy Paleo Pizza Pie
Recipe type: Pizza
Cuisine: Italian
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A Paleo recipe for pizza pie that isn't only full of protein but contains carbs that your body needs after you've finished exercising.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb (454 g) Beef
  • 1 lb (454 g) Veal
  • 1 Cup (236 g) Red Sauce
  • ½ Cup (118 g) Pepperoni
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Italian Sausage Seasoning (I personally like Savory Spice Shop)
  • Cheese If Desired
  • Your choice of pizza toppings (As long as it’s Paleo, it is okay!)
Instructions
  1. • Prepare your oven by preheating it to 350° F (117° C). You’ll also need a cookie sheet and two (2) 8 or 9-inch cake rounds. Lightly grease the sheet and cake rounds and set aside.
  2. • In a bowl, mix the beef, veal, and Italian sausage seasoning well.
  3. • Split the meat mix in two and place each portion into the prepared cake rounds. Press the meat down evenly and make sure the edges of the cake rounds are covered well.
  4. • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. The meat mix will be you pizza crust.
  5. • Once the meat crusts are done, transfer onto the cookie sheet. Spread the red sauce evenly on the meat crusts.
  6. • Top the crusts with the pepperoni and the toppings of your choice. We added broccoli in ours and used mozzarella for cheese.
  7. • Pop the cookie sheet in the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese melts. If you like the toppings toasted, just like I do, finish off your pizza under the broiler (grill) for about a minute or two.
  8. • Cut the pizzas the way you like it and serve!
This Paleo recipe for pizza is great for any occasion and your guests will love it, even the young ones! This is also an ideal meal after a workout because you get all the protein you’ll need. As someone who is in a regular exercise routine, I know how hard it is to perform when the body is not fueled well, before, during and after a workout. And for some, the idea of having only the Paleo diet is not ideal when you are an active athlete because of the “lack” of carbs.

Paleo Diet Food - Meat

But should you really have more carbs for your daily exercise? How about protein? Paleo doesn’t have many carbohydrate-rich foods, so how can I keep up? These questions can come up every once and a while whenever we talk about exercise and Paleo. You must have heard a lot about getting the right food when working out and there are a lot that can really help.

I made a few helpful pointers that you can use in choosing the food you can eat when you exercise. Whether you are into Paleo or not, these pointers can definitely help you maintain your performance, especially when performing intense routines. I categorized it into three, so it will be easier for you to manage your meals when you exercise.

Before You Exercise

If you are into rigorous exercise routines, like bodybuilding or Crossfit, then eating Paleo food containing carbs and protein can actually help. Whilst a lot of people who hit the gym simply want to lose weight, some are there to gain muscles – strong lean muscles that can endure a lot of heavy activities. The discussion of the need for carbs before heavy exercise is long and varied, but most experts would agree that carbs are best for people who have longer and more intense routines.

Not all carbs are bad, there are a few foods allowed in Paleo that can provide carbs for people doing intense exercise. The protein in the items on a Paleo diet food list is also a good source of energy. In a nutshell, eating carbs, like sweet potato, and protein is great before you do any intense exercise. Fill up that tank with the fuel it will need to burn.

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Wait, but what about fats? Yes, fats are great, but it’s ideal to have fats when you are into aerobic exercises. Fats are easier to burn and maintain, so having some to fuel your body is not a bad idea. However, be sure to choose fats that are still relatively healthy and Paleo approved. Meat, Paleo carbs, and water are ideal. Having energy drinks may sound enticing but it is not recommended since there are a lot of commercial energy drinks that can affect the body in a negative way.

Whilst You Exercise

To eat or not to eat? Whilst exercising, some people like to munch on some grub, whilst others stay away from any food. Perhaps the best way to find out whether you need to eat or not during your exercise is assessing the type of exercise you are doing. If it is a low-intensity workout, then you don’t have to eat and the food you ate before working out will be enough. If you have to do a heavy routine for hours, then having healthy snacks on hand, like nuts, can help you fuel up to maintain your performance.

One thing that you need to do with these two types of exercise is to keep your body hydrated. Water is still best for hydrating your body. For low-intensity workouts, having a sip at a time is enough. But those who do routines for a longer period of time need more water. Risking becoming dehydrated will cost you not only money but also precious time away from you passion.

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After You Exercise

A lot of people argue whether to eat or not to eat and what to eat after exercising. There are some who prefer not to eat or eat as little as possible, whilst some will eat up a whole meal like there’s no tomorrow. You need to eat what your body needs. Protein-rich foods are great since these can help the muscles and your whole body to recover from the fatigue.

Carbohydrates are good, too, as long as you only get enough for your body to burn (don’t binge on the cakes, even if they are Paleo approved!). Water still plays a big role after a workout, so having a bottle of water ready is a must. Water also helps your body to relax and recover from your exercise. Plus it’s refreshing!

Exercise and Paleo foods really go along well. By knowing more about Paleo foods you can have to fuel your body for any exercise you are into. This way, you’ll get more selections in your Paleo diet food list and have fun with the food you eat along with your exercise routine. This recipe and these facts can definitely help with making sure that you are enjoying your exercise and Paleo diet more. Give them a go and you’ll surely ask for more Paleo foods in no time.

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