Many people are trying the Paleolithic diet (more commonly known as the “Paleo diet” or the “caveman diet”), an approach to healthy living that involves eating like our hunter-gatherer ancestors did thousands of years ago. What does that mean, exactly? Cutting out things like processed foods, dairy, grains, beans, and legumes, which didn’t exist in the Paleolithic era. In fact, foods like dairy, grains, and legumes didn’t become dietary staples until farming became a thing. Instead, the Paleo diet includes lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds – essentially, anything that could be obtained in the Paleolithic area through hunting and gathering.
The theory is that as a result of following a whole food-based diet and leading active lives, hunter-gatherers had lower rates of disease and obesity. The Paleo diet is also believed to help with weight loss. Keep in mind that you should always talk with your healthcare provider before beginning a new diet, but if you’re thinking about giving the Paleo diet a try, experimenting with some great-tasting Paleo smoothies is the perfect way to get started.
How to Make Paleo Smoothies
To make a Paleo smoothie, you can use many of the same ingredients you would find in other smoothies, with the omission of dairy, yogurt, legumes, and grains. As a base, you won’t be able to use dairy milk, but you can substitute coconut milk, almond milk, or another milk replacement. The same goes for yogurt: Paleo smoothies won’t contain any Greek yogurt, but they can include coconut yogurt instead. You can still use any fruits or vegetables you desire, but watch out for added grains (such as oats) or legumes (like peanut butter).
Amazing Paleo Smoothie Recipes
Here are a few great-tasting Paleo-friendly smoothies worth a try:
For a delicious smoothie that’s right in line with the Paleo diet, grab an Edible® Arrangements smoothie at your local store. Try our delicious Strawberry + Pineapple + Banana smoothie from our $5 Delights menu. This recipe is made with fresh, never frozen fruit and all-natural ingredients. It’s also dairy-free and Paleo-friendly.
Cheesecake on the paleo diet? With this smoothie, you can imbibe all you want. This recipe mimics the taste of cheesecake with Paleo-friendly ingredients like cashews, medjool dates, and coconut milk.
This recipe is sweet and creamy thanks to avocado and bananas. Cocoa powder adds a bit of rich chocolatey deliciousness.
With just four ingredients, this smoothie recipe results in the most beautiful blue smoothie you’ve ever seen (or tasted!). Even better, it’s vegan, Paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free, making it suitable for a variety of dietary preferences.
This smoothie blends power greens with carrots, oranges, and cherries for a combination that will delight your taste buds and fuel your body with essential vitamins and minerals.
Pomegranates are one of the healthiest foods on earth, providing high levels of folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. Paired with frozen blueberries and banana, as well as coconut milk for a touch of tropical flavor, this smoothie is both healthy and delicious.
This smoothie is packed with veggies, including cauliflower, zucchini, and sweet potato, so it’s packed with healthy nutrients. If you’re looking for a delectable smoothie that can satisfy your sweet tooth, this one tastes just like sweet potato pie.
With flavors of banana, pineapple, and orange, this smoothie tastes delightfully tropical. It’s also packed with nutrients thanks to spinach and avocado.
This smoothie is made in three parts to create three beautiful layers that resemble a rainbow. As nutritious as it is pleasing to the eye, this smoothie packs a (rainbow) punch with strawberries, blackberries, spinach, and banana.
This smoothie has a little kick with strong brewed coffee added right in, making it perfect for busy mornings when you need a healthy snack plus a pick-me-up.
If you’re following the Paleo diet (or thinking about it), try one of these amazing smoothies and as meal replacement or quick snack. They’re all 100% Paleo-compliant and completely delicious. If you don’t have time to whip up your own Paleo-friendly smoothie, stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store and choose a combo of fresh, never-frozen Paleo-friendly ingredients from our Edible® Treats menu for a delicious, done-for-you smoothie on the go.