There will be a Paleo Potluck on this coming Friday July 20th at 5:45 pm at CrossFit 206 celebrating the completion of the recent Paleo Challenge. Those of you who are Paleo (or Paleo curious) in Seattle are welcome to come. This is a great opportunity to connect with others who have eaten Paleo, many for the first time and to hear about their experience and success.
One of the things I love about CrossFit 206 is that the training staff all follow the Paleo lifestyle and they host Paleo potlucks. Occasionally there is beer or some rogue chocolate bars, but overall there are inventive Paleo potluck dishes. I’ve heard of a lot of other gyms just having potlucks, where people bring all sorts of neolithic foods. In my opinion this is insane. We spend all this time talking about the benefits of eating well, but all the rules go out the window for a party. That is not the case in our gym. We walk the walk.
So, what do you bring to a Paleo potluck, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with the Paleo diet? Start with one of these ideas.
1) All Meat Welcome
We have a barbecue set up to grill or reheat meat. Easy choices here: hamburgers, all beef hot dogs, natural sausages, chicken skewers, meatballs, chicken wings/ drumsticks, salmon and flank steak. I don’t have to go into a lot of detail here. If it was once breathing, bring it!
2) Think Green
Ah, the misconception that even Paleo followers don’t eat their veggies. Green salads, chopped salads, grilled vegetables, veggie stir fries, guacamole with crudité are always popular.
3) Classic Potluck
Forget the pasta or rice based casserole! However, deviled eggs are always a hit. Fruit salad is also a nice way to round out the potluck with more color and to provide something ‘sweet’.
4) Be Inventive
I love hearing the excitement when people try something new and Paleo for the first time. They often never thought of the combination.
Some of my favorites from potlucks have been a spinach salad with bacon and blueberries, raw red pepper halves stuffed with avocado, egg muffins/ a frittata, and homemade almond flour crackers with a Paleo spread.