Here might come one of the hardest challenges for those of you in the midst of a Whole 30 challenge. The grand-daddy of all challenges, a battle of two formidable teams coming together to decide who is victorious - Super Bowl Sunday. But fear not my clean eating friends! I am here to help you get through this without destroying all of your hard work to get on your clean eating on track. I've got some tips for going to a party and a collection of some of my favorite recipes for hosting your own.
First and foremost, decide if you are going to stray from Whole 30. If you do decide to eat some bean dip or eat some cheeseburgers, let yourself enjoy it and do not feel guilty about it. Get back on that clean eating horse the following day. No one is perfect. BUT if you do decided to keep up with the clean eating, you can do it so long as you plan ahead.
Even if you are planning on going to someone else's party, let the host know that you are eating clean and would love to make a dish for the whole party to share. That way everyone can enjoy it, and you contributed to the party. Plus you won't be sitting in the corner eating your pre-made bacon and nut pack you brought to get through the party. Being social on Whole 30 can be a challenge. Trust me when I say I've been there and know it can be hard when you feel left out because there is nothing for you to eat that is Whole 30 compliant other than carrot sticks and some celery.
I recommend you check out my Sauces and Dips section - there are a lot of really tasty recipes that you can make that are Whole 3 compliant, and your non-Whole 30 friends will still eat them. Offer to make a veggie tray, make some guacamole and ranch dressing and bring it with you. I also HIGHLY recommend that you either make plantain chips if you wanted to eat chips, or buy the plantain chips from Trader Joes (the kind in the purple bag). They are really crispy and not at all sweet, so you can get that satisfying crunch with your Whole 30 dips.
If you're planning on hosting, I recommend you make my buffalo turkey meatballs; everyone love buffalo sauce, and you guarantee you also are eating compliant. Set yourself up for success! Get some cute toothpicks with footballs and get in the winning spirit. If you wanted to impress all of your friends and make the spicy dry rubbed pulled pork, you could have tortilla and taco fixings for all your non-Whole 30 friends, plus salad greens or large leafed lettuce to make pork wraps. And come on, who does not love slow cooked meat? Put it in the slow cooker first thing in the morning and it will be ready by kick off.
Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourself.