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My girlfriend is moving to Paleo but has an Almond allergy - PLEASE HELP!!!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 07, 2013 at 3:55 PM

So my girlfriend is moving over to paleo and having all the normal withdrawls that many have when moving away from grain based foods (chips, crackers etc). One of her FAVORITE things to eat is chips and salsa. I am trying to come up with a suitable substitute for corn chips that does not have an almond base. Please throw me some ideas here to help keep her on the path.

Thanks!

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on May 27, 2013
at 08:20 AM

I was going to suggest this also, I do them occasionally by frying them a little bit in coconut oil, then I use sauce of choice: guacamole if I want a refined soft taste or natural chilli if I want it spicy, or no sauce at all they're still good as a side for my meat/fish. Pretty natural stuff, I do it mostly post intense workout as I go LC otherwise.

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on May 07, 2013
at 08:01 PM

you can get cheese crisps at whole foods. Or make them yourself. But I think the best thing is to break the habit rather than find a paleo way around it.

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on May 07, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Um... because nuts contain protein and fat one can only eat a small amount at a time? Are you KIDDING? Nuts are incredibly easy to overeat! They are good for you in many ways, but let's be honest, they are just as easy to overeat than any chip.

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on May 07, 2013
at 06:08 PM

respect to that.

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on May 07, 2013
at 05:59 PM

I dunno .. I can eat my way to far more damage in nuts than I ever did in chips.

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on May 07, 2013
at 05:58 PM

Yep, this. But I'm an annoying Paleo eater that doesn't believe in cheating.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 07, 2013
at 04:09 PM

One word: Mexipaleo. Unless you have a good reason to avoid corn, rice, legumes... eat them.

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on May 08, 2013
at 04:27 AM

Plantain chips are great dipped in salsa (and guac, too!). I have heard people make them but if you have a Trader Joes nearby, theirs are very good.

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on May 27, 2013
at 08:20 AM

I was going to suggest this also, I do them occasionally by frying them a little bit in coconut oil, then I use sauce of choice: guacamole if I want a refined soft taste or natural chilli if I want it spicy, or no sauce at all they're still good as a side for my meat/fish. Pretty natural stuff, I do it mostly post intense workout as I go LC otherwise.

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4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

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on May 07, 2013
at 05:05 PM

people, please! start eating pork rinds as chip replacements!

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on May 07, 2013
at 05:58 PM

Yep, this. But I'm an annoying Paleo eater that doesn't believe in cheating.

4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

(1122)

on May 07, 2013
at 06:08 PM

respect to that.

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on May 08, 2013
at 03:04 AM

Just wanted to mention in response to the "corn is fine!" comments that, in the US, pretty much all corn that isn't organic is GMO and has proteins that are really tough on most people's digestive system. I thought I was only gluten intolerant until I did whole30 and tried reintroducing tortilla chips. :/

So maybe suggest that she white-knuckle it with the corn for a few weeks and then test it out?

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on May 07, 2013
at 06:39 PM

From a nutrition perspective, almond allergy isn't a problem. Nuts aren't that important as this diet focuses a great deal on veggies, fruits, animal proteins and saturated fats. Try plantain chips, that would be a good replacement for corn chips.

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on May 07, 2013
at 04:39 PM

Agree with lots of others: 95% paleo + chips and salsa. Sounds good to me!

Realistically, people who get into paleo often find the motivation to decrease consumption of their "cheats" after a few months or years, so it will probably take care of itself

Something I have not researched but must be possible to find is corn chips made out of a low omega-6 oil. And of course non-GMO corn. In fact, you have those, it's barely a cheat at all.

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on May 07, 2013
at 05:18 PM

If her goal is to lose weight then I suggest try steering her away from starch-based snacks. Seeds/nuts (not almonds) work well for me. Yes, they contain carbohydrates. But because they also contain protein and fat one can only eat a small amount at a time. With chips/crisps one has a tendency to eat and eat ...

You might also want to try kale chips, ... Google for recipes. Easy to prepare, and quite nutritious.

_Lazza

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 07, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Um... because nuts contain protein and fat one can only eat a small amount at a time? Are you KIDDING? Nuts are incredibly easy to overeat! They are good for you in many ways, but let's be honest, they are just as easy to overeat than any chip.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on May 07, 2013
at 05:59 PM

I dunno .. I can eat my way to far more damage in nuts than I ever did in chips.

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on May 07, 2013
at 04:18 PM

Mexican food, including chips and salsa, is one of my favorite foods and one of my most frequent cheat meals. As far as cheats go, corn tortillas once a week aren't too horrible.

I do eat salsa almost daily and enjoy it on baked potatoes, celery, carrots, and omelets. She may be interested in trying some of those.

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on May 07, 2013
at 04:11 PM

Cassava chips. You can make your own or see if your closest Trader Joe's has them. Although I would note that trying to find paleo substitutes for foods you used to love that are unhealthy is a good way to fail IMHO.

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on May 07, 2013
at 04:06 PM

If she can handle a bit of dairy, fry some pieces of aged cheese until they are crispy like this http://pinterest.com/pin/278730664409650050/ or find a suitable coconut flour recipe http://www.coconutflourrecipes.org/coconut-flour-crackers.html.

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on May 07, 2013
at 04:05 PM

Try doing a google search for something like "nut free paleo crackers". I pulled up two cracker recipes immediately:

http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/09/plantain-crackers-nut-free-egg-free.html http://byebyegluten.blogspot.com/2012/01/coconut-chia-crackers-grain-freegluten.html

You could also use sweet potato chips.

I personally haven't found a good substitute for chips in the chips and salsa equation. I usually end up getting my salsa fix by eating it on eggs. But that's just me.

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on May 07, 2013
at 04:04 PM

MOAR BACON!!!!!!

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