Five Essential Paleo-Friendly Foods for Shredding Fat

By Kaley Todd, MS, RDN,  Sun Basket’s registered dietitian and culinary nutritionist.

Exercise is key to burning fat, but keeping it off requires a healthy diet. Happily, there are many foods that can work in your favor. Here at Sun Basket, we develop meal plans with paleo-friendly ingredients that can power up your weight loss program. With our easy-to-cook recipes, shredding fat is more delicious than you ever imagined.

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Almonds
According to the International Journal of Obesity, people who ate a diet rich in almonds lost more weight than those on a high-carbohydrate diet with an equal number of calories. One paleo friendly way to get more almonds in your diet is with Chef Justine’s almond-based romesco vinaigrette. To make it, in a blender or food processor, combine 4 oz roasted peppers, 1½ oz toasted almonds, 2 garlic cloves, 4 tsp sherry vinegar, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, ¼ cup olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and blend to make a coarse paste. Use ¼ cup of the romesco for our  Steak salad with summer vegetables and romesco vinaigrette and reserve the rest to use as a salad dressing, sandwich spread, or to serve with grilled meats and vegetables.

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Avocados
When it comes to shredding fat, avocados are on your side. A Penn State study found that the high-oleic oils in avocados reduce belly fat by 1.6 percent when compared to a flax/safflower oil blend. Our “Protein-style” turkey burgers are topped with the fat-burning fruit  and seasoned with chile peppers, which can help stoke your metabolism and curb your appetite.

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Eggs
Research has shown that dieters who ate eggs for breakfast felt full longer and lost more than twice as much weight as those who got the same amount of calories from a bagel. There’s no reason to limit eggs to breakfast, when you can enjoy them all day long. Try our Seared albacore with green beans and soft-cooked eggs. for a paleo lunch or dinner that may help your efforts to shred fat.

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Matcha
When it comes to nutrition, finely milled green matcha tea is something of an overachiever. It’s an energy booster, and also delivers a mega-dose of antioxidants. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is an antioxidant found in green tea that research suggests may promote extra calorie burning. Jump start your day with our our Mango-matcha smoothie or enjoy it as a snack and burn fat while lounging at the pool or beach.

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Peaches, tomatoes, and other low energy-dense foods
Low energy dense foods, in general have a high water content, lots of fiber and little fat. They can make you feel full though they contain few calories, and are valuable allies in any weight-management strategy. Our Pan-roasted pork loin with peach-tomato salad  lets you load up on lean protein and fill up on a delicious summer salad that’s low in calories and high in flavor. Season the pork with a blend of 2 teaspoons sumac, ½ teaspoon powdered garlic, and ½ teaspoon harissa powder.