As I’ve said from day one of PaleoNick.com, I am a huge fan of The Zone Diet. It is what I rely on to shed those pesky “last ten pounds”, and, if I follow it strictly, I can lose 10 pounds in a week. When people come to me for nutritional advice, I use The Zone to break down the macronutrients and teach people how food effects the body. While Paleo addresses the quality of the foods we eat, The Zone indirectly tackles both quality and quantity. Today’s recipe is a great, simple approach to a two block meal that will sate any hunger and put a smile on your face while doing so.

If you’ve “gone Paleo” and are suffering from “Crunch Neglect”, then make this one and experience the therapy we get from crispy, crunchy foods…

1. Place a can of drained tuna into a mixing bowl. I use tuna packed in olive oil, which, when drained provides approximately 2 blocks of protein and 1/2 block of healthy fat.

2. Get your Culinary Ninja on and chop 1/4 onion…

2 cups of radishes…

and one stalk of celery.

3. Throw them in the mixing bowl with 10 chopped cilantro sprigs, 1 tablespoon Paleo mayo, and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.

4. Mix it well and transfer to a bowl for eating!! You can finish with a fresh squeeze of lemon, hot sauce, or Kosher salt, but mine didn’t need anything more. I actually added Kosher salt as you can see in the above picture, but it turned out too salty, so I eliminated it from the recipe.

5. Take it outside where the lighting is better and you can enjoy some vitamin D with your meal. Buen Provecho!

There you have it, a 2 block meal/snack. This filled me up, provided crunch therapy, and fueled a productive afternoon. If there were a restaurant that served this, I would frequent such an establishment.

Please share this one with your friends and family and let me know if you have any questions about The Zone in comments below.

“Keep It Paleo!” and better yet, “Keep It In The Zone!” at the same time…

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

(Encouraging you to eat Paleo foods in Zone portions and do shirtless Toes To Bar…)

Paleo Tuna Crunch Bowl

Ingredient List:

  • 1 canned tuna in olive oil, drained
  • ¼ yellow onion, small diced
  • 2 cups radishes, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, small diced
  • 10 sprigs fresh cilantro, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Massie Mayo
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

Preparation Instructions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.
    2. Transfer to a bowl and eat!
    3. Share with your friends and…

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (5)

We use one can of tuna, which is about 5oz of tuna.  With one ounce equaling one block, we get 5 blocks of protein from the tuna.

Carbohydrates (2.5):

We don’t have a lot of carbs in this snack, but we do have about 1 block from the onion.  We are using ¼ of an onion, which will give us about 2/3 of a cup which equals one block.  We also have 2 cups of radishes.  We say that 2 cups is about one block, so therefore  we have one block from them.  Finally we are using 1 stalk of celery.  It takes a lot of celery to give us one block, so we are going to count this as ½ block, which will fill about 1 cups worth.  Our total carb count is 2.5 blocks.

Fats (9):

We are getting our fats mostly from the Paleo Mayo (Massie Mayo).  See the breakdown for the Mayo for specifics, but using one tablespoon of the mayo will add 9 fat blocks to this snack.

Balancing Act:

We are a little over in the Fats, and a little under in the Carbs, but we can easily add a couple carbs to this to make it a balanced meal.  We can occasionally go over on our fat blocks too and it wont hurt us, just as long as we don’t make a habit of doing it daily.

 

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