Cavemen probably invented the tackle. But the way cavemen once chowed down isn’t usually on display at the Super Bowl — an event that’s celebrated with chips, things on buns and extra cheese.
All of those are no-nos on the Paleo diet, a regimen that shuns grains and dairy in favor of lean protein and tons of vegetables. Designed to ape what hunter-gatherers once ate, Paleo has become all the rage in D.C.’s CrossFit community. So people supporting this nutrition plan have to get creative about cheering on their team Sunday.
“I’m a football nerd,” says Robert Morton, co-owner of Power Supply (Dc.mypowersupply.com), a local Paleo delivery company that has served up 150,000 meals in the past two years. Game-day snacks aren’t on the menu yet, but Morton sticks with the company’s cooking philosophy for his pigskin parties.
Chicken wings (as long as they’re not breaded) fit the bill, which is a relief for Morton, who cooks his up with garlic and cayenne.
Dips present more of a problem. Crudite platters are no fun without Thousand Island dressing. And guacamole’s great, but it requires a vehicle to move from the bowl into your mouth. Morton’s solution? Dunk carrots into the avocado.
Speaking of green stuff, Morton’s got a popper idea: roasted broccoli. He put out a bowl of the cruciferous veggie for the Redskins-Cowboys game and every morsel was devoured. Another favorite is kale chips, which offer vitamins and a satisfying crunch. (They also help balance out all the bacon at Paleo parties, Morton says.)
When deciding how to wash it all down, Morton knows better than to get swept up in those Budweiser commercials. Even if he decided to bend the Paleo rules to have a cold one, his body is so unaccustomed to grains that he’d feel awful afterward. But Morton will need a brew in his hand Sunday, so he’ll be downing a gluten-free Estrella Damm beer. The cavemen would probably drink to that.