Let’s face it, being strictly primal or paleo at restaurants can be a bore, right?
You order your steak, your baked potato or sweet potato (but not loaded at Texas Roadhouse: https://dietingsucksblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/a-word-of-ignorance-on-my-part-about-texas-roadhouse-sweet-potatoes/ ), maybe a seasonal vegetable steamed or grilled if they have any.
Not much variety.
Or is there?
Let’s start with a salad. Get your basic green or greek salad and sneak in your own dressing.
I ordered a sample of balsamic vinegar a while back on amazon (The Modern Gourmet Variety Pack: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008QW2ZKW/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ) and the little bottles are the perfect size to smuggle in my own dressing.
Whether it’s your primal Ranch, basic italian or just a nice macadamia oil with lemon juice, skip the restaurant dressing unless you KNOW it’s not made with bad oils and other junk ingredients.
Tell them to hold the croutons and fake bacon bits (if they use them).
Don’t skip the salad! It’s a nice, light, refreshing start to your meal and can keep you out of the bread basket.
Chicken? Think outside the breast. Go for a quarter or half roasted chicken or chicken fajitas.
While we’re at it: fajitas! Grilled steak, chicken or shrimp along side some grilled peppers and onions. What’s not to love?
Ask them to toss a couple of fresh jalapenos on the grill while they’re at it.
Have your salsa and guacamole on the meat and tell them to skip the tortillas, rice and beans.
Fish: so many places offer a baked or grilled fish entree now. Ask for extra veggies on the side.
Taco salad: skip the beans, rice and tortilla and double up on the protein and guacamole.
Pork: smoked pulled pork, pork chops (not battered), carnitas, there are all kinds of preparations, just ask your server for complete clarification.
The basic low-carber: grilled burger patty with or without cheese.
Well, veggies of course.
Baked potatoes, white or sweet.
An extra side of salad.
Depending on where you are in the world, there are a lot of choices.
Big tip: check online before you go. Many places give a complete ingredient listing now, so you can go armed and informed.