Paleo Holiday Hacks
This is one diet where some people think, “Oh! Finally a diet that lets me eat more bacon!” While many love bacon, that’s not necessarily the point of the Paleo diet. Paleolithic eating consists of replicating a similar lifestyle and diet of our ancestors of that time; a hunter-gatherer rather than agriculture-based diet. Paleo diets are typically high protein, high fat, and low carb. There are plenty of ways to accommodate your paleo-eating guests and many of these ideas will help you cater to your gluten-free guests as well.
In a nutshell, paleo diets avoid gluten/grains, high sodium, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, processed food, and refined vegetable oils. They focus on grass-fed meats, fish/seafood, fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts and seeds in moderation.
Paleo-Friendly Holiday Hacks:
- Swap out cream and milk and use ingredients like avocado cream, coconut cream, or your favourite milk alternatives (nut milks, rice milk, hemp milk, coconut milk etc.).
- Replace butter with other types of healthy oils like coconut oil, almond oil, avocado oil, or walnut oil.
- Use cauliflower in place of rice—for your favourite rice-based dishes.
- Make lots of leafy greens and salad available for all of your guests! If you are having a buffet style, why not try creating your own salad bar which is fun and accessible for everybody. You can even let guests make their own salad dressings! Offer olive and/or walnut oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and some flavoured sea salt or Himalayan sea salt and see what choices are the most popular!
- Alongside your typical spinach dips, provide some dairy-free guacamole, salsa or baba ganoush for your paleo guests! Serve with crunchy veggies like cucumber, carrot, or celery.
- Instead of grain-based pasta, use spaghetti squash, spiralized zucchini (Although this recipe includes snap peas which aren’t mainstay of the paleo diet, you can swap it for other veggies instead), sweet potatoes, parsnips or beets.
- Provide plenty of dishes with vibrant veggies: roasted vegetables like peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, onions, pumpkins, squash, mushrooms, cabbage, and carrots.