It's been a while since I shared recommendations for some of my favorite paleo products. (Remember this epic list?) I get samples from paleo-friendly companies all the...Read More
Tuesday 10: Fave Paleo Products
Generally speaking, I like to make everything from scratch, and I don’t eat treats very often. My food life is mostly built around protein, veggies, fruit, and coconut oil. But I’m not a machine, people! Sometimes I want to tear into a package that contains something delicious, that I didn’t have to make, and eat it like an animal. These are some of my favorite paleo-friendly products, in no particular order. Bonus! They’re all produced by good people, too. I love that.
I should also mention that, although I probably got free samples of all these at some point in the past, they’re included on this list now because I genuinely like them, and if you checked my credit card statement, you’d see their names appearing there — perhaps more frequently than they really should.
My Favorite Paleo Products
1. Primal Pacs
More than a snack, these qualify as a mini-meal, and are my favorite for on-the-go food needs. They’ve got everything you want in a balanced meal: grass-fed, sugar-free beef jerky; dried mango and cranberries; almonds and macadamia nuts. See? Protein, carbs, fat. No garbage, no joke. This is real food you can carry in your pocket. Satisfying and delicious. Whole30 approved.
2. Goodbody Baked Goods
I don’t often eat paleo baked treats, but when I do, it’s almost always one of these scrumptious, 1-inch square bites of goodness from Goodbody Baked Goods. We have a bag of both the Vanilla Coconut Macaroon and Dark Chocolate Brownie in our freezer right now. Just one piece really does the trick when I want a little something sweet, and the ingredients can’t be beat: almond flour, coconut nectar, coconut oil, nuts, sea salt. Read my previous review.
3. YAWP! Bars
YAWP! Bars have become my go-to when I want to recreate that feeling of Sunday morning tea+scone action. Since that doesn’t happen anymore, I brew a cup of Rooibos Earl Grey and break out a YAWP! bar instead. It’s just the right amount of sweet and crunchy, it’s got a very satisfying texture, and it’s packed with powerhouse nutrition. Like Primal Pacs, these are also a great nutrition band-aid for airline travel and other snacking emergencies. Read my previous review.
4. Chomps Snack Sticks
Chomps win my award for “Best Impersonation of Adored Junk Food by a Real Food Product.” I ate Slim Jim’s like it was a hobby when I was a chubby kid, and I couldn’t be happier that Chomps remind me of those crispy-skinned meat sticks. Perfectly spiced with completely clean ingredients, these little guys are great for a quick protein infusion. Whole30 approved. Read my previous review.
5. Tendergrass Farms / TX Bar Organics / U.S. Wellness Meats / Lava Lake Lamb
I am very lazy and I like routine, which means I don’t buy my meat from local farmers at the farmer’s market every weekend. Instead, I go to yoga on Saturday mornings, then eat breakfast with my husband Dave at the Tex-Mex joint that is a 1/4-mile walk straight down the street that’s outside our front door. Lucky for me — and you! — there is wonderful grass-fed, pastured, hormone-free, totally awesome meat to be had by ordering online. I spread my orders around among the four companies listed here because their meat is top notch and they’re all good people, too. Who wants to buy meat from villains?! No one. No one want to buy meat from villains. Read my previous reviews of TX Bar Organics, Tendergrass Farms, and Lava Lake Lamb.
6. Talio Bars & Bites
I love snacks that are available in bite-sized versions — it’s like they come with built-in portion control, and they’re perfect for just-one-bite sweetness — and I love indie people who go their own way. Talio bites are both of those things! Produced by Uncomplicated Foods, Talio bars and bites are made fresh every weekend and shipped once a week. The ingredients list reads like Larabars, but I like Talio more: they’re less sweet and come in unusual and tasty flavors like “Taste the Tahini” and “Double the Coconut.” Sweetly satisfying without waking up the sugar demon.
7. Tessemae’s Dressings
If you have Well Fed or Well Fed 2, you know I’m all about making my own spice blends and salad dressings. But as I mentioned in #5 above, I can be lazy sometimes. And that’s why I love Tessemae’s Dressings. They’re made with the same ingredients I use to make dressings and marinades, but I don’t have to make them myself. See the beauty there? Also, there’s this (aka, cutest family ever). Whole30 approved.
8. Jackson’s Honest Chips
I’m not afraid of fat or white potatoes, but I truly believe that canola oil is the work of the devil — and every chip bag at the store lists canola oil, or worse, in its ingredients. But rejoice, friends! Jackson’s Honest Chips — available in Sea Salt, Salt and Vinegar, and Sweet Potato varieties — are cooked in coconut oil. And the ingredients list? Look: organic non-GMO potatoes, organic coconut oil, sea salt. Just like you’d make them yourself, if you had the wherewithall to fry your own damn chips. WHO WANTS TO DO THAT? Just buy some Jackson’s.
9. Nikki’s Coconut Butter
A spoonful of Nikki’s is like indulging in a bite of unbaked cookie dough: tender, slightly sweet, creamy. But here’s the clincher: Nikki’s is low on sweeteners and made from our good friend coconut. YAY! I like to eat it straight from a spoon when I want a little something sweet. You could be civilized and spread it on fruit, if you want – or try some of these recipes for treats. Read by previous review.
10. Paleonola / Nutcase Crunch
It seems like a crazy thing to miss, but sometimes all I want for dinner is a bowl of cereal. You don’t have to cook it. It’s comforting. It’s cold and crisp — and you can slurp the milk out of the bowl. Or… you can if you’re not paleo. (Dear Shredded Wheat, I still miss you.) But then, there’s Paleonola and Nutcase Crunch: grain-free, low in sugar, and packed with crunchy nuts and coconut. Add coconut milk and you’re good to go. Read my previous reviews of Paleonola and Nutcase Crunch.
Turn it up to 11: Sunbutter.
Before I made the switch to paleo eating, peanut butter was always in my kitchen cabinet. Now, Sunbutter — creamy, smooth, luscious butter made from sunflower seeds — has taken its place. The best part of nutbutter for me is the irresistible things you can make with it, like Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles, the Elvis Burger, Sunshine Sauce, Paleo Pad Thai, and the SB&J Burger — plus Sunny Day Strawberries and West African Chicken Stew from Well Fed 2.
OK! Those are mine. Did I miss anything? What are your favorites?