Posted September 25, 2014
As any meat-lover knows, some of Earth’s most delicious dishes aren’t exactly waistline-friendly. (Candied bacon, anyone?) Of course, a well-balanced diet and regular exercise are the keys to lifelong health – even if you do occasionally indulge. Being the self-proclaimed pork aficionados that we are, we’ve long been interested in the Paleo diet, which is sometimes referred to as “The Caveman Diet,” because it unabashedly incorporates…like…a lot of meat. But that’s not all there is to it. It’s true that Paleo is fairly simple; but it’s not all about meat. The core concept “mimic[s] the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors,” according to The Paleo Diet website. So Paleo-files emphasize unprocessed food, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, healthy oils and, yes, plenty of healthy meat and seafood. One of the parts of Paleo that really appeals to us is its focus on grass-produced meats. These days, it can be a challenge to find meat (and poultry, for that matter) that isn’t quickly and cheaply mass-produced using loads of antibiotics, cramped animal quarters and other unhealthy practices. Pigs and cows often are fed meat byproduct and other stuff that you probably don’t want to know about – especially if you eat pork and red meat. That’s where Tender Belly comes in. We raise pigs that are 100 percent Paleo-diet-friendly. Our focus is on the wellbeing of the animal, which is why ours live stress-free, happy lives with plenty of space to roam and play. All the while, they’re fed an all-natural, 100 percent vegetarian diet. The result is the best tasting bacon, franks, ham, ribs and Berkshire cuts possible. Ready to work a little “caveman” into your diet? Try these “Paleo Lite” recipes with Tender Belly pork to see if the movement is right for you: Ham Stir-fry Breakfast: Guaranteed to make you say, “Are you sure this is diet food?” Available here, thanks to PaleoPlan.com. Grecian Pork Tenderloin: Quick and easy, and the result is lean and oh-so-flavorful. Click here for the recipe, courtesy of AllRecipes.com. Paleo Pulled Pork Sliders: The sweet potato “buns” are simple and surprisingly delicious, and we’re seriously a fan of any diet that still lets us eat pork sliders. Click here for the Paleo Grubs recipe. Happy cooking!