Paleo breakfast at Larder 2, Newstead

It didn’t seem like a diet breakfast, in fact it looked like something I would see across the table and be consumed with order envy.

I’m not one for fad diets. Everything in moderation is my mantra but I’ll also give most things a go (excluding offal and insects) so I had no hesitation in trying a Paleo breakfast at Larder 2 in Newstead.

According to Wikipedia “The paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years which ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture and grain-based diets. In common usage, such terms as "paleolithic diet" also refer to the actual ancestral human diet.”

Basically you eat mainly fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and forget grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

So what was on my plate? Two poached eggs, half an avocado with lemon, ‘bread’ made from pumpkin water, ground almonds and egg whites, spinach and goats cheese. Café manager Alex Stone (also known to me as Number 1 son and Ed+bK chief bar reporter) tells me that the goat’s cheese isn’t strictly paleo but since humans have been using goats since the ‘beginning of time’ and goats cheese is more easily digestible, it is an acceptable addition for some paleo diets.  Or, if you prefer, just leave it out.

Meet Ed+bK bar reporter Alex Stone

Larder 2 has other paleo dishes on the menu including an awesome salad, I am told.

There’s also a good selection of other reasonably priced breakfast dishes and plenty of lunch options.

Since you’ve eaten a healthy breakfast, you may feel entitled to splash out a sweet treat and I’ll recommend the made-in-house brownie which is a stand-out with its awesomeness.  The muffins are great too.

Bottom line: Tastes good and is good for you – win/win
Best tip:  Check the cabinet for great take home meals and have a night off from the kitchen

Larder 2 - 68 Commercial Rd, Newstead

Kerry Heaney 

Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest for Larder 2’s breakfast and Ed+bK bar reporter Alex Stone works at the café.

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