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Posted on 18th Mar, 2013by Valerie Johnston

The Paleo Diet Broken Down

The Paleo Diet Broken Down

Watch out diet wranglers, there’s a new sheriff in town. This one’s called the Paleo diet, and it’s based on eating only the sort of foods that our ancestors from the Paleolithic era would have typically consumed. During the time from around 2.6 million years ago until the start of the agricultural revolution, around 10,000 years ago, these hunter-gatherers ate only fresh meats from grass fed range animals, fish and other seafood, vegetables, fresh fruits, seeds and nuts, and healthy oils derived from those seeds and nuts.

Before the agricultural revolution, things like dairy, grains, legumes, processed foods and refined sugars did not exist, and according to Dr. Loren Cordain, the inventor of the Paleo diet, the beginning of the agricultural revolution spelled the beginning of the end for mankind’s healthy eating habits.

Dr. Cordain maintains that our hunter-gatherer ancestors tended not to suffer from the many chronic diseases and conditions that currently plague Western society, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, myopia, glaucoma, macular degeneration, acne, varicose veins, gout, gastric reflux, hemorrhoids, diverticulitis and more.

Based upon modern day versions of these Paleolithic foods, the Paleo diet features seven basic characteristics that he believes will optimize your digestive health and reduce your risk of disease:

• More protein – 19 – 35%, versus 15% in a typical Western diet. Meat, fish and eggs are staples of the Paleo diet;
• Less carbohydrates and a lower glycemic index – Fresh vegetables and non-starchy fruits are the main source of carbohydrates, providing 35 – 45% of the diet’s daily calories;
• More fiber – Although the diet doesn’t include whole grains, non-starchy vegetables actually contains eight times more fiber, and fruits contain twice the fiber of whole grain;
• Higher amounts of mono- and polyunsaturated fats containing Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which actually lower risk of cardiovascular disease rather than raising it;
• Less sodium and more potassium, known to be beneficial for the heart, kidneys and other organs. This combination lowers blood pressure and reduces risk of heart disease and stroke;
• More vitamins, minerals, plant phytochemicals and antioxidants, from the increased amounts of vegetables, fruits and lean meats, as opposed to grain products;
• A net alkaline as opposed to acid load to the kidneys – Fruits and vegetables deliver an alkaline load to the kidneys after digestion, while meats, fish, legumes, grains, cheese and salt all produce an acid load. High dietary acid increase the risk of kidney stones, causes high blood pressure and bone and muscle loss.

So What is the Paleo Diet?

In a nutshell, this diet boils down to foods you should eat, and foods you should avoid. What you should eat:

• Grass-fed meats;
• Fish and seafood;
• Fresh fruits and vegetables;
• Eggs from free range chickens;
• Nuts and seeds;
• Olive oil, flaxseed oil, walnut oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil or coconut oil.

What you should avoid:

• Any kind of cereal grain;
• Any dairy;
• Refined sugar;
• Any sort of legumes, including peanuts;
• Potatoes;
• Salt;
• Processed foods;
• Refined vegetable oils not listed on the previous list.

Some Examples of the Paleo Diet

Breakfast could be an omelet with vegetables, sautéed in olive oil with diced chicken breast or turkey. Lunch might be a salad of mixed greens and vegetables with sliced beef, chicken, turkey, ground beef or bison, pork chunks or salmon, tuna, shrimp or other seafood, tossed with olive oil and lemon juice.

Dinner gets a little trickier. Try substituting spaghetti squash for pasta, topped with pesto, meatballs and marinara sauce. Any sort of grilled meat or fish is good, accompanied by a side of steamed vegetables. Desserts should consist of some sort of fresh fruit.

Will the Paleo diet help you live longer? The jury is still out, but it certainly might make the intervening years seem a lot longer.

Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon, writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.

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Posted on 29th Aug, 2014by Andrea Cutright

GET POPCART! For the grocery shopper we always wanted to be

GET POPCART! For the grocery shopper we always wanted to be

Last week, Foodily launched POPCART for FreshDirect, the first ever bookmarklet that lets you instantly buy every ingredient you need from any recipe you find online. Popcart is our answer to making it easier for everyone to turn their recipe inspirations into real meals that they make at home.

What we’ve seen in the last week is how quickly that help can be embraced. POPCART has added close to 10,000 ingredients to FreshDirect grocery carts from thousands of different recipes. That’s a lot of instant shopping.

We discovered too that it’s not just important to eliminate the work of racing around a store buying all the ingredients for a recipe, but how solving that problem actually let’s us shop and eat the way we want to. How were people inspired last week? Take a gander:

Did you say vegetables? You did.

Vegetables were 50% of the top 50 ingredients. The top 5 vegetables this last week were cucumber, red onion, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and arugula. Those are seasonal items and also more cost efficient.

Go strong on flavor

Herbs were 5 of the 25 ingredients and show growing trend of adding more fresh flavor to our foods, especially in the summer. The #1 flavor addition was [organic] garlic.

Sure, there was chicken

Chicken was the top protein ordered last week. But while we’re eating more vegetables, we’re also exploring plenty of protein diversity. Chicken was followed by eggs, shrimp, ground beef, bacon, and salmon

Recipes bought on over 300 different sites

Where did people buy recipes? Everywhere! From magazine sites to blogs and even some other grocer and meal delivery sites. Just goes to show how broad our individual inspiration is and what we choose to eat on any given day.

What’s next for POPCART?

One thing we’ve heard from POPCART users today is how important it is to have this solution for our mobile devices so you can shop for recipes instantly while on the go. We look forward to many more improvements for POPCART for FreshDirect that make online recipe collections more useful and more actionable in real life!

Oh – and for your viewing pleasure – here are some of the top shopped recipes from the last week:


Cucumber Dill Salad by Cookie and Kate

Greek Chicken Kabobs by My Baking Addiction

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Posted on 4th Aug, 2014by Andrea Cutright

Introducing POPCART for FreshDirect

Introducing POPCART for FreshDirect

We know the web is the #1 resource for home cooks but when you go from online inspiration to real life shopping, buying the ingredients can take hours and be a deterrent to getting a great meal on the table. Who hasn’t shown up at the store with a paper list only to discover one forgotten key ingredient at home?

Providing the tools to move from inspiration to cooking has long been part of our vision. We’ve heard feedback from our users time and again that they’d love to ditch the grocery list and get recipe ingredients delivered instantly. That’s a problem we wanted to solve.

The First Ever Way To Shop Any Recipe Instantly

That’s why we’re excited to announce one more important piece of the Foodily vision: POPCART for FreshDirect. POPCART is the first ever way to instantly grocery shop any recipe you find online. You can discover a recipe you love and have ingredients delivered as early as the next day by FreshDirect, a leader in online grocery shopping.

1. It’s free to use.
2. It works on any online recipe.
3. You can swap out products that you don’t like.
4. You can see the total price of a recipe. Finally!
5. FreshDirect has the highest quality products and customer service.



Here’s how to use it



You’ll also see Buy At FreshDirect buttons when you discover recipes on Foodily if you’re in the FreshDirect deliver zones (Are you in the FreshDirect deliver area? Check here to see if you are).

We’ll have more to share in the coming months, but we’re incredibly excited about what’s ahead in helping everyone seamlessly discover and shop for the recipes they love. Stay tuned!

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Posted on 19th May, 2014by Andrea Cutright

What to do with all this: Fennel

What to do with all this: Fennel

3 oranges and 20 fennel bulbs in my CSA Box! Oh yeah!

Maybe you’re not as enthusiastic when this happens to you? Embrace fresh fennel because it has so many positives. It’s a beautiful plant with some real curves. It has those lacy, delicate fronds. It tastes like completely matured celery, able to buy its own liquor. [Note: Finocchio is the Italian name for Fennel and it's earned it's own Urban Dictionary entry]

You’ve probably eaten it in a salad or 100. Maybe with some citrus? There’s no denying that’s good – but it’s not going to help you plow through 20 bulbs. Here are 8 favorite ideas for a marvelous fennel frenzy.

Dont forget the mandoline!

Fennel tart

Grilled Fennel Tarts by Spoon Fork Bacon
Braised fennel

Braised Fennel by Orangette

Braised Fennel by Simply Recipes
Pickled fennel
Fennel cocktails

Rhubarb Fennel Fizz by The Year In Food

The Best Bloody Mary by The Bitten Word
Fennel and pasta

Simple Fennel Soup by Running With Tweezers
Fennel gratin

Fennel Gratin Recipe by Food Republic

Fennel Gratin by Saveur

Photograph by Celine Steen

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