How to Take On Plant-Based Paleo

How to Take On Plant-Based Paleo


For many health enthusiasts, navigating the dietary landscape can feel like choosing between two seemingly opposite worlds: the plant-based ethos of veganism and the ancestral-inspired principles of the paleo diet. On one side, there's the dedication to a diet entirely derived from plants, celebrated for its ethical and environmental virtues. On the other hand, the paleo approach looks back to the eating habits of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, prioritizing meat, seafood, and other pre-agricultural fare. Yet, despite their apparent differences, these dietary philosophies share a common goal: to promote health through whole, minimally processed foods. This post explores the intriguing possibility of combining the best of both worlds into a cohesive, healthful eating plan.

Understanding the Paleo Diet

At its core, the paleo diet is about simplicity and returning to our ancestors' diet basics. It emphasizes consuming whole, unprocessed foods that could have been hunted or gathered, such as lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. The paleo diet advises against foods that became common with the advent of farming and processing, including grains, legumes, dairy, and refined sugars. The goal is to eat in a way that aligns with our genetic makeup, minimizing modern diseases linked to processed foods and overconsumption of carbs and sugars.


At first glance, paleo and plant-based diets might seem mutually exclusive. Paleo enthusiasts embrace meats and fish as dietary staples, while vegans and vegetarians exclude all forms of animal products. However, the essence of both diets—focusing on whole, nutrient-dense foods—lays the groundwork for a novel dietary approach that combines their strengths. This approach, often called "pegan" (plant-based paleo), reimagines paleo principles through a plant-based lens, allowing for a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats, with a selective incorporation of animal proteins.

Blending Traditions: The Vegan Paleo (Pegan) Diet

The vegan paleo, or pegan, diet creatively amalgamates veganism and paleo principles. It's not strictly paleo, as it integrates plant-based ideals, prioritizing fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils while significantly reducing or eliminating animal product consumption. This diet introduces select nutrient-dense grains and legumes with a low glycemic index, addressing nutritional needs and ensuring a balanced intake of macronutrients.


Adopting a vegan paleo diet might seem challenging, but it's entirely possible with thoughtful planning and an emphasis on food quality. This diet encourages a high intake of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of nuts and seeds, and a careful selection of fats, such as olive, coconut, and avocado. For those willing to include some animal products, choosing high-quality, sustainably sourced options in moderation can align with pegan principles.


Embarking on a pegan diet requires balancing the plant-based and paleo worlds. It's about making conscious food choices that align with both health goals and ethical considerations. This diet doesn't just focus on what's excluded but instead celebrates the abundance of included foods. It's a diet defined not by restriction but by the wide variety of foods that nourish the body and respect the environment.

Crafting Your Pegan Plate

A well-constructed pegan diet is vibrant and diverse, including:


  • Leafy Greens and Non-Starchy Vegetables: Kale, spinach, broccoli, peppers, and carrots are staples for their nutrient density and low glycemic impact.
  • Starchy Vegetables and Fruits: Sweet potatoes, yams, apples, bananas, and berries offer natural sweetness and fiber.
  • Protein Sources: While traditional paleo diets lean heavily on animal protein, the pegan diet limits this intake, focusing instead on plant-based proteins like nuts and seeds.
  • Healthy Fats: Olive, coconut, and avocado oil provide essential fatty acids and help absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

The CHEF iQ Connection

For those exploring the pegan diet, the CHEF iQ App is an invaluable resource, offering a wealth of recipes that cater to plant-based and paleo preferences. The CHEF iQ Smart Cooker further simplifies the process, enabling the preparation of wholesome, nutrient-dense meals with ease and precision. Whether simmering a hearty vegetable stew or crafting a nutrient-packed grain bowl, these tools empower you to embrace a healthful pegan lifestyle without compromise.


The journey towards a plant-based paleo diet is a testament to the evolving nature of nutritional science and our understanding of healthful eating. By bridging the gap between vegan and paleo principles, the pegan diet offers a flexible, inclusive approach to nutrition that honors our ancestral past while recognizing the importance of plant-based eating for health and sustainability. With the right tools, such as the CHEF iQ App and Smart Cooker, embracing this harmonious blend of dietary philosophies has never been easier or more delicious.