The paleo diet is quickly becoming a way of life for many people, including those living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Since the paleo diet typically includes fish, lean meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, it leaves little to no room for processed foods, grains, and refined sugars. That’s great news for people seeking dietary modifications to help manage the symptoms of MS.
While the research on diet and autoimmune diseases is ongoing, many people in the MS community believe diet does play a significant role in how they feel. For example, Erica Winn, who received her diagnosis of MS at 21 years old, writes that following a paleo diet has helped reduce many of her MS symptoms, including cog fog.
Healthline searched blogs (including Erica’s!) dedicated to MS and living the paleo lifestyle for some delicious paleo-friendly recipes. Here are seven worth trying.
1. Chicken Burrito Bowl
This tasty burrito bowl follows not only paleo principles but Whole30 and keto too. With an ingredient list guaranteed to boost your health, this recipe from Justin and Erica of Real Simple Good is quick and easy to make. Plus, you’ll get your fill of spinach, avocados, cauliflower rice, and chicken.
2. Jicama Slaw with Pineapple Dressing
Sweet meets spicy with this tasty slaw recipe from Whitney Ross Gray at Nutrisclerosis. Perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a snack, this jicama slaw provides a healthy dose of mango, jalapeno, jicama, pineapple, cilantro, red onion, ginger, and garlic.
3. Chili Lime Shrimp
It only takes 20 minutes to whip up this paleo-friendly dinner that you can serve as a taco, bowl, or salad. Another favorite recipe from the hubby-wife duo at Real Simple Good, it combines the flavor of lime and chili powder (among other ingredients) with a pound of perfectly cooked shrimp.
4. Primal Meatballs
If you’re a meat eater, you’re going to love this recipe from Nutrisclerosis for meatballs. Made with ingredients such as grass-fed ground beef, raisins, cauliflower, and eggs, this recipe cooks up 25 to 30 meatballs at one time. Have the Tupperware ready to freeze some for quick future meals.
5. Paleo Carrot Cake Muffins
Those oversized breakfast muffins you see at your local coffee shop can wreak havoc on your system. If you’re craving a warm muffin, try this recipe from Real Simple Good. Made with dates, bananas, and carrots, these muffins will have your taste buds singing.
6. Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Nothing says breakfast (or dinner) like a stack of hotcakes. But if you’re following the paleo diet, traditional pancakes aren’t on the menu. That’s why this recipe from Elana Amsterdam at Elana’s Pantry is the perfect low-carb breakfast to kick-start your morning.
7. Paleo Spiced Nuts
Snacking on the go can be unhealthy if you’re not prepared. This recipe for Paleo Spiced Nuts from Elana’s Pantry is a low-carb snack full of almonds, pecans, and walnuts, which are all packed with healthy fats.
Sara Lindberg, BS, MEd, is a freelance health and fitness writer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in counseling. She’s spent her life educating people on the importance of health, wellness, mindset, and mental health. She specializes in the mind-body connection, with a focus on how our mental and emotional well-being impact our physical fitness and health.