Eating out on Paleo is easy in the sense that you can always find an option. What makes it hard is there are so many other options that you would like to have, that aren’t Paleo!
My husband and I only eat out about 2 or 3 times a month, so a lot of times I just let that be my cheat meal. But when I have work dinners, girls night, special occasions, people are in town, or when I am traveling it definitely helps to know how to order.
When I am traveling, there are a few things that are important. I bring a Larabar and a packet of almond butter for every day that I am going to be gone. This becomes one of my meals or a snack. You can always find apples or bananas at a coffee shop or in the airport. Bags of almonds or cashews are also very easy to find.
Chipotle or a “fast casual” salad restaurant are a great place for lunch. At Chipotle I order a steak or chicken salad and top with fajita veggies, salsa, and guacamole. No croutons, tortillas strips, beans or corn, your call on cheese.
A few recent meals at nicer restaurants included a Caesar salad topped with cod for lunch, I just had them hold the croutons. And at a tapas restaurant I had an order of spiced nuts, side salad, mussels, and bone marrow.
Mexican? You can get a salad topped with protein – chicken, steak, fish, shrimp. A vinaigrette is a good option, but I find salsa and guac to be a nice change.
At a pub? Salad with protein is easy, but you can also order a burger or chicken sandwich with no bun, add bacon and mushrooms and caramelized onions. They always ask you to choose a side, so a side salad is best, but sweet potato fries are good too. I promise they are used to people asking for no bun! I do it all the time.
Pizza. I don’t do this often, but I have no problem finding gluten free pizza here in the Boulder area. I have found them to be quite tasty and great for thin crust lovers! I know that’s not the case everywhere, so order a side salad and eat the toppings or better yet, just make it your cheat meal.
Steak houses are easy. Just stick with meat and veggies.
BBQ is also easy. Stick with the meat and find a green veggie option and go ahead and eat some potatoes!
Asian restaurants also have a lot of meat and veggie options. And make sure to get sashimi instead of rice based sushi.
What other restaurant types do you have questions about? If you missed the basics of Paleo and how to plan, check out Part 1 and 2.
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