My potluck survival guide

"There's going to be food there? Okay, I'll come."
All of us at some point in our lives

First of all, many thanks to all of those who voted for their favorite flavor last week. The response was overwhelming and the votes are still coming in. It was a pretty tight race with Mango Coconut in a slight lead, but I'll keep you posted as to the final tally...

Now onto this week's topic...potlucks.

If you're anything like me, you love food. Correction, you love good food. And what's better than sharing good food with good friends? Not much, in my book. CLICK TO TWEET

I used to have a serious love/hate relationship with potlucks. I loved trying everyone's dishes but inevitably my compulsive overeating side would kick in. I'd end up eating way too much and ultimately feel guilty afterwards because my focus was on the food, not the people.

Or I'd spend my time lamenting the fact that there weren't enough healthy dishes available and secretly judging people based on what unhealthy choice they brought.

Not very neighborly, huh?

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Today, my potluck outlook is much better. 

First, I'm more selective of which potlucks I attend. Since my focus is on friendships, not food, I no longer RSVP to every event that offers the chance to eat. That way, I know if I'm going to an event, it's because I really want to, not because I'm looking for an excuse to gorge.

Second, if I do decide to attend a potluck, I'm honest about what kinds of food will most likely be offered. If the odds are there will be a lot of junk, I make sure I eat before I go so I don't fight a battle between my stomach and head all night trying to rationalize poor choices due to hunger.

Third, I usually bring a healthy dessert as my contribution. That way, I still get something sweet and I get to introduce others there to the sugar-free lifestyle that serves me so well. People are always amazed at how good my recipes taste and usually whatever I brought is gone long before the super-sugary offerings.

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Here's my latest contribution, from the acting mentor's birthday party last week.

Chocolate Tahini Dip with Sliced Jicama
  • Tahini
  • Carob powder (or cacao)
  • Hemp milk
  • Vanilla
  • Vegan protein powder
  • English Toffee stevia (or coconut nectar)
  • Jicama
Mix first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Cut jicama into slices and dip into spread. Enjoy!

What's your go-to potluck strategy or recipe? Share it over on our Facebook page. If it's good, we might just have to plan a party together...

Lucky to know you,
Emily