Planning a romantic evening but you’re on diet? No problem! Date night is a snap for those who have embraced the paleo lifestyle. Whether you’re eating out or cooking at home, you can make healthy food choices that will keep you lean and please your man. Experts actually recommend to do paleo with another person. It’s easier to stick to your diet when both you and your partner share the same goals.
Have a Plan
Just like everything else, a paleo date night takes planning. The first thing you need to do is to come up with a menu. Make a list of foods that both you and your partner enjoy. Highlight paleo friendly options, such as beef, poultry, sweet potatoes, avocado, and fish. Search for recipes that include these foods. Decide how many meals and snacks you’re going to cook, and what you need for each.
Most paleo foods can be used in savoury recipes, such as spaghetti squash with clams, barbecue shrimp, burgers, grilled calamari, guacamole and plantain chips, crab chowder, or sirloin steak. Be creative and experiment with new flavors that will delight your senses.
Don’t be afraid to try exotic recipes, such as paleo pad thai, ka-pow wings, or chorizo and sweet potato skillet. Since most dishes require whole ingredients, you can cook versatile meals that are healthy and packed with goodness. If you’re new to cooking, stick to simple recipes like Thai steak salad, baked salmon, or paleo pancakes.
Make Smart Food Choices
Sticking to the paleo diet can be tricky when eating out. Many so-called healthy dishes are loaded with hidden sugars, gluten, starch, wheat, and other ingredients that have no place in paleo. Fortunately, most restaurants nowadays list their menus online. Do a quick search on the Internet and check the food options. Once you arrive at the date location, ask the waiter about the ingredients used. Call your dietary restrictions “allergies” to prevent weird looks.
Choose basic combinations, such as poultry or meat with veggies. Salad is a great choice too. Just make sure you ditch the sauce and bread crumbs. Go for baked or grilled salmon, pork medallion, steak, and vegetable side dishes. Be aware that most sauces and dips contain soy, refined oils, corn starch, or sugar, so avoid them at all costs. Knowing what to order when eating out on paleo will wow your partner and make the evening enjoyable for both.