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How to eat paleo in a 2018?

Smart phones, Apple watches, ear pods, computer screens…at least some of these are a normal
part to our daily lives. Fast food, pre-packaged sandwiches, condiments in plastic…these are also often a part of our lives.

But they don’t have to be.

Enter, the Paleo diet.
Way back when, hunting and gathering was the main way humanity survived. In essence, if you could hunt it or gather it, that was your diet. Today we have processed foods. We have foods handed to us in bags and we have no idea where they came from or how they were cooked. In many ways, we live in a very unhealthy world. Here are a few steps that will help you actively pursue a healthy diet.

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When eating Paleo it’s important to remember you do have options when it comes to what to top your salad with or even what to cook your food in. Coconut oil, olive oil, macadamia oil, or even avocado are good places to start. Keep an eye out for healthy fats, or fats that come from animals that have been well-treated. Pasture-raised and grass-fed are a few positive words to look out for.

Protein, Protein
Cutting protein out is not the way to start off a paleo diet. Instead, put protein into your diet, and consciously do so. Red meat, eggs, and fish that are caught in the wild are some good paleo options.

Fruits and Nuts
Fruits are often viewed as healthy but actually have a high level of sugar. The old motto “everything in moderation” is a good one to go by when it comes to including fruits and nuts in your diet. If you’re trying to lose weight fast, it might be helpful to cut these out entirely. But for the average eater, berries can be beneficial as they give you antioxidants and some nuts (nuts lower in fat) can be good for you as well.

Implementing these simple three steps can help you go from grabbing a bag of food through a window, to purposefully choosing what you put in your mouth…and ultimately, your body.

After all, food is the energy of life. It’s important we choose it carefully!

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The Soft Opening

July 24 th started our soft opening week at Irie Kitchen here in Kentwood!

We were excited to see so many come in, try our new dishes, and enjoy the relaxing vibe of our new restaurant. From family, to friends, to strangers, Irie was filled with people and we had an amazing first week!

The support we received was so encouraging, as Irie was created with the intention of crafting healthy food for the community. It was great to see the community come out and experience Irie for the first time.

Of course, as with starting any new business, there are kinks we need to work out as we figure out the best way to serve our customers. As we go into our second week, we’re excited to get into the rhythm and smooth out any rough edges.

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All of our beverages are also hand made at Irie. So if you haven’t stopped by yet, make sure to drop in August 12 th for our grand opening and try a smoothie, lemonade, ginger beer, or sorrel. We can’t wait to see you experience and taste the riddim!

All week we had the pleasure of serving healthy, authentic food. Our menu consists of many different foods, all with varying tastes unique to Jamaica. Our jerk chicken and pork, and curry chicken or goat are great dishes for dinner. If you’re vegetarian we’ve got you covered! Jerk tofu, curry garbranzo bean, or Irie ‘shrooms will keep you full until next time. If you’re in a rush try our Irie sticks or salad, or grab a side of bread (festival or roti to name just a few!).

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