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October 14, 2009

Tips on being Paleo & Frugal

Filed under: diet, real talk — Tags: , , , , , — Lady Who Cooks @ 9:47 am

I love the challenge of finding new ways to maintain a Paleo Diet in a very non-Paleo world and doing so on a dime.  It’s hard to eat the way we do on a budget but I have some ideas on how to do so.

1. Publix (or any other grocery store)

So if you didn’t pack a lunch and don’t have any good restaurants around, Publix is a great place for lunch/dinner.  They have this great rotisserie chicken for sale over called Mojo in the deli section.  I don’t know if all of them participate but they sell the chicken by the breast or thigh for under $3 and it is a large piece of meat.  Just pair it with a salad, a piece of fruit, or bag of carrots and you’re good to go!

2. Italian Restaurants

So one of the more unlikely of places to find a low-carb meal, I find that a lot of  Italian restaurants will have some great protein choices.  They’re always accompanied with pasta on the side but you can ask for veggies instead of the pasta and most places will comply.  One thing about Italian restaurants is that they always have great olive oil, so you’ll always have a wonderful good fat option.  A good example is, I went to Romano’s Macaroni Grill the other day and they have an awesome new dish with chicken on skewers on top of a variety of veggies (eggplant, peppers, potatoes, etc).  It wasn’t coated in heavy sauces, it was delicious, and it was cheap – under $10!

3. BBQ joints

So if you have a BBQ place that smokes the meat without adding the BBQ sauce, this is great for a modern Paleo Feast.  Get some delish protein, pair it with a ton of veggies, and go easy on the sauce (or avoid if all possible).  BBQ sauce is usually high in HFCS or some other sugary substance.  Micah and I went to Sonny’s and they have an all you can salad bar with a meat for $8.  I got the BBQ chicken which was 2 HUGE chicken breasts; I ended up only being able to eat one so I had the other breast for the next day.  Sonny’s usually will have meal deal too, if you call ahead you can see if there are any special deals going on for that day.

4. Buffets

So Micah likes to frequent the cafeteria on campus for two reasons, one he doesn’t have to fix lunch and two it has some really great Paleo options if you can make it past the pizza and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  He usually gets some protein and loads his plate up with salad and other type veggies.  One of his favorites was a salad with a huge chunk of tuna right on top.  Buffets are nice because you can really pick your options and if you go by The Zone it helps with getting your proportions as long as you can control yourself.  The cafeteria on campus is only $7, great deal.

My favorite buffet is New Leaf because they always have a tasty buffet waiting for me.  Everything they cook is organic and delicious but you have to have some control because they rely on grains a lot.  New Leaf is a little pricier though most, it’s not all you can eat and the plates usually go around $10.  I think it’s totally worth it and really you’re getting a meal for under $15 if you get a drink (or vegan pecan pie, loaded with sugar but oh so good!) along with it. Also an added bonus, if you’re a student and go on Wednesdays the meal will be 10% off.

5.  Make use of free food

I love the challenge that my work environment provides me (revisit my previous post “The Office” for the scary details).  The other day some reason or another (this office doesn’t really need a reason to binge), my office had a lot of breakfast foods up for grabs.  It was the usual spread; muffins, deep fried sausages coated in blueberry muffin mix, fruit, coffee, donuts.  So what did I grab?  Well, after I tried one of the deep fried sausages (ok temptation got the best of me there) I realized that I could scrape off the blueberry blood-clotting coating and there was some tasty protein underneath.  So I did that and added a little fruit a couple almonds from my secret stash and viola!  A tasty mid-morning snack, I had my protein, carbs, and good fat right there.  Even though it wasn’t the most ideal snack, it staved off my hunger pains till I could eat something more Paleo.

6. Take out

One thing that Micah and I do when we’re eating out is get the food to-go.  We LOVE Masa but most times we don’t feel like spending an extra $10 on tip.  So if the weather is nice, get your food to-go and take it to a nice park.

7. Split Meals

One way to keep girls from picking at your food is to share it with her to begin with.  Most places serve too much food anyways, so it’s usually not a problem to get the necessary amount of blocks for a meal.

1 Comment »

  1. Great tips, Abby!

    Comment by Mara — October 16, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

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