Online recipe sites, ebooks, TikTok… These are just some of the places we get our inspiration for cooking these days. But does anything beat that feeling of a real-life cookbook? Probably not. And while it’s great to have so many resources at our fingertips, there’s just something special about flicking through the pages of a paper book, are we right?
The following are five of our favorite paleo and keto cookbooks — perfect for those following either diet who need a little mealtime inspo once in a while.
But first, a quick reminder of what the difference between paleo and keto are.
The paleolithic (paleo) diet is sometimes referred to as the “Caveman’s diet” and is an eating plan based on the habits of prehistoric humans. Paleo typically includes foods that hunter-gatherers could have found 10,000+ years ago before the emergence of modern farming, such as lean meats, fish, fruit, vegetables and nuts and seeds. It avoids grains, legumes, dairy, potatoes, and any processed foods.
The ketogenic (keto) diet is a low-carb, high-fat eating plan, and is focused on the idea of putting your body into ketosis — a process during which your body uses fat as its primary source of fuel, instead of carbohydrates. Keto dieters will get the majority of their calories from sources of dietary fat, such as butter, oil, some nuts, and moderate amounts of protein-rich foods, such as meat, full-fat cheese, fish, and eggs. Grains, legumes, most fruit, milk, yogurt, and many types of vegetables are to be avoided.
Because both diets come with a fair amount of restrictions (although some widely discussed health benefits also) it really helps to have some approved recipes to follow. Which leads us to…
QUICK PREP PALEO
Let’s state the obvious — time is precious. And when prepping and cooking dinner takes too much time out of your day, it’s easy to fall off the paleo wagon. We love this book because each meal takes 15 minutes or less to prepare (meaning chopping, sauteing, mixing). That means you get to fit in that 30 minute HIIT workout you were planning on while the Instant Pot or slow cooker do the “hot stove” work for you. Expect to find recipes like Sheet-Pan Baja Fish Taco Bowls and Chicken “Parm” and Cauliflower Gnocchi Skillet. Say no more.
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PALEO BAKING AT HOME
If you thought following the paleo diet meant you couldn’t indulge in some baked goods ever again… well, you were wrong. This cookbook reveals that paleo desserts are not an oxymoron and that they are easier to make than you thought. Each grain-free, processed sugar-free baked good in this book is loaded with flavor, and there are recipes everyone will enjoy — whether they follow a paleo diet or not. When you’ve tried the Salted Caramel Cookie Crumble Bars we suggest swinging by our offices to say hi. Just sayin’
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KETO FOR BEGINNERS
Noone said following the ketogenic diet would be easy, but luckily there are books like these to help you on your way to success. We think this one should find a place in every keto dieter’s kitchen, especially those who are first starting out. From the 101 on the how and why of ketogenic diets and what to expect on your journey to keto-friendly grocery lists and recipes that break down calories, fat, carb, and protein content, this book is like the keto survival guide. Buy it.
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THE KETO PALEO KITCHEN
Keto or paleo? Paleo or keto? How about a combo of the two?! That’s exactly what you get with this book — a library of recipes that combine the best of both diets. The goal of the recipes in this book is to amp up your metabolism to maximize fat burn by combining the Ketogenic and Paleolithic diets. And “By eating low carb, high fat and grain- and dairy-free, your body will more easily burn stored fat for energy, resulting in sustainable weight loss, a clearer mind and better overall health.” With over 80 clean recipes to choose from, there’s sure to be some winners in here for every kind of eater.
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THE FAMILY FRIENDLY KETO INSTANT POT COOKBOOK
Let’s just start by saying, the title of this cookbook features two of our favorite things: “Family friendly” and “Instant Pot”. If you already follow the keto diet, then you know that it sucks to make one meal for you and one for the rest of the family. Enter this cookbook to the rescue! From Enchilada Casserole to Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake, there are plenty of recipes the whole family will enjoy, and you only have one pot to clean up too. Score!
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LONOLIFE TIP: Bone broth is suitable for both diets — fitting in with the macros of the keto diet plan and a perfect partner to paleo. For those on the keto diet looking for a little added fat, we recommend our Keto Chicken Bone Broth and our Keto Beef Bone Broth. For paleo dieters, any of our delicious Beef or Chicken bone broth products are ideal.