Paleo diet has been said to help control hypertension; here is a recipe to test the theory.

The Paleo diet, abbreviated from the Palaeolithic diet, has been around since the 1970s. The diet mimics the food habits of human beings before agriculture was developed hence making it a kind of ‘hunter-gatherer’ diet. This means excluding grains such as wheat, rice etc., legumes such as beans, soy beans etc., dairy products of all kinds, and more ‘modern’ food such as processed food products, refined sugar.

Following this diet means buying fresh ingredients regularly and cooking one’s own food, as food prepared in restaurants almost never meets Paleo requirements. It isn’t that difficult as it includes plenty varieties of food such as fresh sea food, lean meat, eggs, fresh green vegetables, and other vegetables, fruits etc.

A few scientific studies have found that the Paleo diet and lifestyle can be an effective, simple, and safe way of treating high blood pressure. There are also some tweaks to the diet that can make it even better, including supplements and specific lifestyle changes that show some effectiveness in treating hypertension. One study found a reduction in diastolic blood pressure on a Paleo diet compared to a traditional diabetes diet, even with no reduction in salt intake.

For people with high blood pressure, Paleo meets their dietary requirements by abetting better insulin control, weight loss, more potassium from fruits and vegetables, and less processed food. Essentially, Paleo removes the modern food toxins that contribute to metabolic syndrome and the related constellation of problems, which include hypertension.

Paleo recipes require non-refined oils, such as olive or coconut oil and for sweetening your dishes, natural ingredients such as stevia are used. Here is a common recipe done the “Paleo” way.

Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients

    • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 ½ cup of almond flour
    • 1 ½ cup of coconut flour
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. paprika
    • 1 tsp. dried oregano
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

      Dill Ranch Dip Ingredients

    • 1 cup of homemade mayonnaise
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tbsp. fresh dill, minced
    • 1 tbsp. fresh chives, minced
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Nuggets Method

    • Preheat oven to 400 F.
    • Using a rolling pin or meat hammer, flatten chicken breasts to an even thickness.
    • Cut chicken into bite-size nuggets.
    • In a bowl, combine the coconut flour, almond flour, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
    • In a different bowl, break and whisk eggs.
    • Dip each chicken piece in the whisked eggs, then coat evenly with the flour mixture. Line up all nuggets on a greased baking sheet.
    • When all nuggets are coated, bake them in oven for 10 to 12 minutes, turning them over around the 5-minute mark.
    • While the chicken nuggets are cooking, combine all ingredients for the dill ranch dip in a small bowl. Season to taste and whisk well.
    • Serve nuggets with the dill ranch dip.

Enjoy!

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