New Year’s Day is just around the corner and many of us will find ourselves taking on resolutions. If a change in your eating habits is what you’re looking for, consider trying The Paleo Diet. Essentially The Paleo Diet avoids any kind of processed food, much like our ancestors dined centuries ago. The crux of the diet consists of grass-fed meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds and healthy oils. Ingredients to avoid that are not paleo-friendly include grains, legumes, dairy, potatoes, refined sugar, refined vegetable oils and any processed food. While it’s fairly simple to customize an order to make a dish adhere to a paleo lifestyle, here’s a selection of paleo-friendly establishments in Arcadia.

Chelsea’s Kitchen

5040 N. 40th St, Phoenix

There are plenty of entrees at Chelsea’s Kitchen that will work with a paleo diet, including the Carne Adovada made with New Mexico red chile, braised kale, guacamole and eggs over easy; Rotisserie Prime Rib with market vegetables; or the Grilled Salmon with fresh vegetables.

Flower Child

5013 N. 44th St, Phoenix

The Arcadia restaurant places emphasis on healthy entrees and it’s easy to pair some of the vegetable dishes with protein such as all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak or sustainable salmon. Whether it’s the Roasted Butternut Squash with black kale, dried pomegranates and a maple chestnut vinaigrette or Indian Spiced Cauliflower with turmeric, date and almond, there are an assortment of ways to satisfy your inner caveman or cavewoman.


3802 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix

If you’re looking for some greens, load up at Kaleidoscope, located inside the Madison Improvement Club. This destination for healthy eats makes cold-pressed juices using 100% organic and raw ingredients segmented into four main categories; Greens, Roots & Fruits, Detox and Almond Milk. 

True Food Kitchen

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

While there are a decent amount of grains and legumes served at True Food Kitchen, it’s easy to omit these ingredients to align with your paleo goals. Salads paired with hearty proteins such as seared albacore tuna, grilled chicken, steelhead salmon or shrimp are safe bets. Also, vegetable options such as the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Jerusalem artichokes, sultana, shallot and toasted hazelnut provide plenty of flavors without sacrifice.