Often runners fall for common misconceptions, or more often, over simplifications about nutritional approaches. Avoiding pork is one of those issues. You’ve probably heard that pork increases your cholesterol, makes you fat, and you should generally stay away from it. That is not entirely accurate. I will not deny the fact that pork contains a lot of fat, more than any other kind of meat, but that doesn’t mean you cannot incorporate it into your diet in a healthy manner.
Adopting a Paleo diet taught me that you could eat almost anything. The secret lies in the cooking. As long as you know how to cook a certain something correctly, then you should be okay. That is why I wanted to show you that you can eat pork, as long as you know how.
I picked this one up from one of my house cleaning clients during my summer job. The client came home while we were cleaning whipped this one up. It smelled amazing and was right up my alley. From her home to your! The client wasn’t following a Paleo diet but that recipe still qualifies. It’s called pulled pork salad, and it tastes heavenly. You will feel satiated without eating too much and getting bloated. At the same time, your energy levels will go up, and you will have more stamina than ever. Running will come easy after you fueled up on this meal. I do advise you to let it sit for an hour before you go running, though.
The ingredients are as follows:
- 2 cups pulled pork
- 2 chopped Romaine hearts
- 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
- 1 chopped avocado
- 1 chopped bell pepper
- 2 sliced green onions
- The juice from one-half a lime
- 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce (pick your favorite)
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp olive oil
The hardest part is getting everything together. But what I do is slow cook a larger amount of pork meat at once, divide it into a few portions, and then I put them in the freezer. Whenever I want to eat pulled pork salad, I just take the already cooked pork from the freezer, and the rest is easy. To prepare pork every time you want this salad is time-consuming. And the cleaning up will take longer. But if you do it my way, the only thing you have to do is add the vegetables, wash the bowl, and the chopper. And that’s it. It all takes 5 minutes.
Let’s get back to the salad, shall we? So, you take a small container in which you mix the vinegar, olive oil, the barbecue sauce, and the lime juice. Meanwhile, you heat (or thaw and heat) the pulled pork. Take a salad bowl where you put in the chopped vegetables. Place the pulled pork on top and then add sauce according to your preferences. Don’t forget to season.
This meal is ideal to take to work in a casserole for lunch, or you can simply eat for dinner. It’s good for your stomach, and for your health in general. There are a lot of beneficial nutrients in it. That’s the beauty of a Paleo diet. And let’s not forget that it’s delicious!