Nothing says summer like firing up the grill for a barbecue. With the 4th of July right around the corner and you may be wondering what sort of delicious barbecue, picnic or summer cookout recipes you want to make.
When it comes to outdoor cooking and eating, Paleo options abound. However, if you’re going to a party that you know will not be fully Paleo, but you want to stick to your food plan, we have a few suggestions to ensure you can still have some fun without going hungry.
Bring Food Along
A Dish Or Two To Share
No hostess will get mad at you if you bring more than one item to a pot luck. You can call ahead and coordinate if you want, or you can simply show up with food in hand. You will have a dish that you know you can eat, and you might introduce people to a new dish and maybe even a new dietary concept. Write out a label for your dish, listing the name of the dish and the ingredients. This is especially helpful for other folks who might have food allergies.
Even if you bring a main dish or a side, throwing in a dessert as a thank you gift for the hosts can be a great way to show appreciation for being invited. Better yet, bring a dessert to share, too!
If the party is a barbecue, bring your own meat so that you are able to control your sauce or marinade as many commercial brands are made with non-Paleo ingredients like gluten, corn, soy, and excessive sugar. You can marinade meat in a glass dish or bag overnight, or you can simply take your own Paleo-friendly burger or hotdog, ready to grill. You could also try making your own Paleo skewers in advance and maybe bringing extras to share.
If you know your host is grilling burgers or hotdogs that don’t contain any non-Paleo ingredients (asking ahead of time is a good idea), then make it Paleo by skipping the bun and opting for Paleo-friendly toppings like lettuce, tomato, and onions. Having your own condiments will make it taste even better.
Non-Paleo ingredients and vegetable oils dominate the majority of commercial salad dressings, condiments, and spices. They can be hard to avoid, so bring your own sets you up for success. While pickles, ketchup, mustard, and mayo can sometimes be Paleo-friendly, in many cases they contain corn syrup or other non-Paleo ingredients. Taking your own to a party can ensure you won’t have to eat a dry burger.
Always remember that it is your choice.
If you want to be honest about why you are eating certain things and not others, use the phrase “I don’t eat (insert food)” rather than “I can’t eat (insert food).” The difference may seem slight but taking ownership of the choice is empowering and also more non-negotiable for those around you that might be pressuring you to eat a certain food.
You can also use tactics like, “I am just too full to eat dessert!” or “I’m just not that hungry right now.” And honestly, most people are probably less concerned with what is on your plate than you think.
You could make a choice to eat a treat or indulge and that is totally your choice and your prerogative but this can have negative consequences for you and you might risk bringing up old emotional eating habits.
Remind yourself why you chose the Paleo diet in the first place, and stay positive. People won’t always understand and that is perfectly okay.
The 4th of July tends to be dominated by barbeques, hamburgers, hot dogs, alcohol, explosions, setting things on fire, and other American favorites. Whether you are attending a party this year or throwing your own celebration, these recipes will help you to celebrate Paleo-style!