I'm keeping it short today since we're making the final move into our new place and may not have Internet access for a while. Fortunately, I've downloaded a lot of podcasts onto my Ipad -- will make unpacking much more enjoyable!
I've been eating some very basic Paleo/Primal foods this week, and it's going very well so far. I'm eager to try preparing some more elaborate recipes soon. However, since our new refrigerator won't be delivered for a few days, a good portion of my meals will be eaten away from home. So I thought I'd post a few ideas for making great low-carb, Paleo/Primal dining choices, beginning with choosing the right restaurant.
Here's a regional list of restaurants that serve Certified Humane (no antibiotics, free-range, naturally raised) poultry, meat, dairy, and/or eggs. Check out the ones in your area, and feel free to add any others you know and like in the comments section below. I know there are a lot more out there! Very easy to make these meals low-carb by replacing the bread, pasta, and potatoes with extra grilled veggies or a large salad.
The following are my favorite places that serve at least one low-carb, Paleo/Primal-friendly entree (hopefully a few on the list have locations near you!) and what I recommend ordering from each. Enjoy!
1. Chipotle Everything here is wonderful! 100% of the pork, 80% of the chicken, and 85% of the beef (100% for barbacoa) served at Chipotle is naturally raised, and their goal is to eventually offer only 100% organic/naturally raised meat and poultry.
Recommendation: Chicken, pork, or beef salad with lettuce, sauteed green peppers and onions, pico de gallo, and a generous scoop of homemade guacamole.
2. Ruby's Diner Earlier this year, this '50s-style diner began using only naturally raised beef in all its restaurants. Chicken is still conventionally farmed, however.
Recommendation: Ruby's burger in lettuce wrap or chopped steak, large salad with oil and vinegar
3. Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill Select entrees at Wood Ranch use poultry that's free-range and naturally raised.
Recommendation: Roasted free-range half chicken or free-range turkey sliders, large salad with oil and vinegar
4. Panera Bread Although known for its sandwiches and baked goods, there are a number of naturally raised chicken salads available at Panera.
Recommendation: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad or Chopped Chicken Salad
Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE