Paleo Questions Answered: Part II

So it seems to us that a lot of people are scared of going Paleo because they think it will be too hard to maintain/do on an every day basis. While it does require a little bit more time and effort, it’s totally do-able with a some planning and preparation. So without further adooooo…!

What do you eat for lunch?
Lunch is surprisingly the easiest meal, mostly because we usually bring leftovers from the night before, but here are a few easy, simple choices.

Massive salads-
During the week, I usually pack a huge salad and tons of snacks for work. I try to add something different each time so it doesn’t get boring. Below is a salad I made for lunch yesterday. It has romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, egg, avocado and chicken. (Please excuse my plastic fork, it was dishwasher day).

To keep things interesting, try adding the following to a salad:

  • Dried unsweeted cranberries or cherrys
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Pepperchinnis
  • Bacon
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • In season fruit (kiwis, berries, clementines, melons etc)
  • Steak or chicken (check out the Man Meat Salad!)

I usually use a mixture of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and seasoning for salad dressing.

Lettuce Wraps
I’m not going to lie; I got the idea of lettuce wraps from P.F Changs. I used to hate the idea of using lettuce to substitute bread, but if you fill it up with good stuff, they’re actually awesome and really filling. They’re great because you can literally put anything you want inside. Some of my favorite fillers include tuna and veggies, Applegate deli meat (for when you need to have it) and chicken stirfry. Below are some tuna lettuce wraps with carrots, celery and cucumbers.

All Hail The Mighty Leftovers!
I always look forward to leftovers whenever I make something delicious. Usually these leftovers include spaghetti squash, grilled chicken or steak. However, if you’re going to bring leftovers to work, make sure it’s not going to stink up the whole kitchen. One time I brought shrimp curry for lunch and it ended up smelling up the entire office. I heard one girl make a comment about it, but I just pretended it wasn’t me. Woooooops. Below is one of my favorite dishes; spaghetti squash with veggies and chicken.

What about if you don’t have time to cook?
We get it- life happens and sometimes there really just aren’t enough hours in the day to prepare your own food. We’re big advocates of finding one day a week to cook a bunch of food so you can have tons of leftovers. It’s easier this way and less overwhelming than trying to cook every single night. However, when you do go out to eat, it’s really not that hard to order relatively Paleo (I say relatively because you obviously aren’t controlling if there’s butter added, how much sodium there is, etc) The easiest way to go is to just order an entree, and ask to sub out the starch for an extra vegetable. Obviously choose an entree that isn’t breaded or fried, and doesn’t have a creamy sauce. Chicken, steak, fish, duck, whatever! Just load up on the veggies and skip the starch. It’s really pretty easy. You can always order a ye ol’ faithful salad, but beware- sometimes salads aren’t as healthy as you think. Watch out for candied nuts, fried onions, tortilla strips, and creamy dressings that they sneak in there.

Feel free to be a pain in the ass. As more and more food allergies come up, restaurants are becoming more accommodating and understanding. Tell your waiter/waitress you have a food allergy so they’ll take it a little more seriously!

Hope this helps 🙂 If you guys have more questions, keep ’em comin’!

-ES+EB

PS- We don’t pretend to know that we know how to cook. We get most of our recipes from PaleOMG and Health-Bent. Really easy, simple, and idiot-proof (for the most part…)

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6 thoughts on “Paleo Questions Answered: Part II

  1. Yum yum yum!! I am not the healthiest eater in anyway! But these dishes look so good that I want to try them! I really don’t like salads but if you put meat in them then I love them!

    • Unfortunately being a vegetarian isn’t really do-able on a Paleo lifestyle because it’s so meat heavy, and doesn’t allow whole grains and certain vegetables, and legumes like beans. But if you ever consider eating meat again.. this is the way to go!

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