How difficult is it to stay Paleo during a holiday? Sometimes very! It can be almost impossible not to give in to sweet treats or a bite of sugar-sweetened ham (or anything else on the table during a special holiday), but with a little discipline and preparation it is possible!
The key is to arrive at any gathering with a Paleo-friendly dish in hand. That way you always have an option and don’t feel left out of the festivities. Personally, I usually eat a little something before heading out along with bringing a Paleo (or Paleo plus) item to pass.
For example, a caprese salad is so easy to put together and always a hit! With simple ingredients like fresh basil, mozzarella, tomatoes, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar (plus a little salt and pepper to season) it can be made in a matter of minutes right before walking out the door.
One of my personal favorites takes a small amount of prep time.
- dried cranberries
- pine nuts
- feta cheese (or goat cheese for a little extra bite)
Lightly steam the asparagus to take away the initial crunch. Slice into inch long segments and toss together with the remaining ingredients. Right before serving, drizzle your salad with a light vinaigrette dressing and enjoy! Simple and yet, so delicious! Make sure to prepare extra though, because I doubt you’ll want to share…