The Paleo Diet, otherwise known as the Caveman or Stone Age diet, is based on what our ancestors used to eat way back when. It tries to keep things as simple as possible by eating meat, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds while avoiding processed foods, legumes, and grains. It also incorporates principles from the Raw Food diet, with the idea that this maintains the nutritional value of the ingredients. Chances are you knew this already if you clicked on the story, but if you are one of those people who face the dilemma of where to bring out that special paleo person in your life, these paleo-friendly restaurants will make your life a lot easier!
Stone at Rustic
Stone at Rustic has been serving healthy, tasty and nutritionally packed dishes for a long time now. They were the original restaurant pioneer to serve dishes that were gluten, sugar and dairy free. They also embraced the use of superfoods, extracting the most flavour from them while maintaining their nutritional value. Their menu caters to all diets, but since the food is so fresh and of such high quality, it’s not just for people who are on diets.
Going to healthy eating restaurants is great, but people with a sweet tooth can find themselves in a pickle when it comes to dessert. Stone at Rustic has done the impossible by creating desserts that are not just healthy, but also vegan and raw food friendly. No need to pass on dessert here!
Oliver Dunne’s Cleaver East does amazing food, and there are options on the menu that are ideal for the caveman in your life. Citrus cured salmon with cucumber and pepper salsa gives you plenty of omega 3 oils that haven’t been damaged by cooking. Chewing on Hereford beef carpaccio will definitely have your dinner date reminiscing about the Stone Age. The restaurant loves to use ingredients like wild mushrooms, venison, and beef cheek, which are full of health benefits and the sort of foods paleo fans love to eat.
Although it’s not technically paleo friendly, the carrot cake dessert is one final way to get more vegetables into you!
Chopped has 5 locations based around Dublin, allowing you to get a healthy lunch no matter where you are. They recently opened on Grafton Street, and judging from the crowds that gathered for their free salad opening offer, there is massive demand for their healthy tasty meals. Chopped is all about getting plenty of fresh vegetables, lean meats like chicken breast and turkey, as well as omega 3 rich salmon into your diet. Their salad dressings are gluten and dairy free, so you don’t have to worry about ruining the nutritional value of it. Their menu displays calorie information for all its dishes, ideal if you are particularly strict on how much you’re eating.
Eating sweet potatoes, eggs, carrots, spinach and mushrooms can be a little boring after a while, even the most ardent paleo fan will admit that. Sometimes you just want a big steak, cooked and seasoned perfectly. Bear on South William Street specialises in this by offering Irish steaks like rump, onglet, bavette, and the option of sharing a London Broil with 4 paleo friends. The other options like a 16oz pork t-bone, chicken liver, and baby back ribs are just as tasty. While you’re there, break the paleo rules and order the million dollar fries, they are too tasty not to have.
Borlottie take their paleo friendly menu very seriously. If you are new to the paleo diet check out their website as it has a lot of good information on why you should be following it. They can be found in Baggot Street or the IFSC, and their menus have a concise breakdown on which dishes are dairy free, which are superfoods, and which have a low glycemic load. If you were just getting your head around being wheat and sugar free, eating a low glycemic diet helps regulate your blood glucose levels, which can help prevent against many health problems.
Crossfit lovers will particularly love Borlottie as some of the dishes are recommended by the fitness programme. Choose from “The Paleo” salad, their veggie and egg packed burrito or “The Gym Box”. The latter being ideal for pre or post workout fuel.