Paleo Brands and Products

Below are products that I stumble upon during my grocery adventures that are shockingly paleo. Why shockingly? Well it’s a rarity to find anything paleo within the aisles of your typical super market… usually just the “L” shape of the perimeter covers your paleo essentials. (L being meat as the little line and produce being the big line and bulk nuts/dried fruit being the 90 degree angle). However, being twentysomething and still a little spontaneous, I’m always looking for a food-venture to explore new things! Let me know of any great brands I should be deviating from the “L” for….

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Justin’s Nut Butters
Discovered in: Target
Paleo-ocity: 87%

While traipsing through targets market section, humoring my curiosity for exactly what Archer Farm items are made without chemicals, I found Justin’s nut butter. The perks are: a pre-packaged individual sized nut butter at a relatively cheap cost and includes a variety of nuts and playful natural flavor combos (like maple almond). I highly recommend slipping a few in your basket at Target next time you’re passing the food section.
14March2013

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NOoodles
Discovered in: Wegmans
Paleo-ocity: 70%

Ah the fine-line genre of diet items… Kelp noodles and the like have been in paleo-approval-list-limbo for a while now I’ve heard. Their appeal (especially during 90 day fitness challenge) is the non-existant caloric content. (Yep, zero zip zilch nada no calories at all) Also the fundamental concept of achieving carb likeness while keeping it strictly veg/meat is something all paleo foodies are affected by. So why 70% and not 100%? Because there’s no nutritional value. We are cave people after all – snatching those whole hearty caloric Paleolithic nourishments as they come. Leave the calorie counting, loop holes, and tricky business to the sugar-substituting desperate processed food dieters. I mean, we do have zoodles lest we not forget why we bought those julienne peelers…
21March2013

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Franks Red Hot
Discovered: before Paleo – I put that sh*t on everything!
Pale-ocity: 80%

Franks has been such a good mass-producer with his product. Even though some sauces (especially hot sauces) don’t require an extremely long list of ingredients, Franks redhot just seems WAY too delicious to only have 5 ingredients that can be found in almost every household. I’m SO glad I didn’t have to boot this condiment out when my fridge turned paleo. (Caveat: it does include vinegar which some paleo eaters avoid since vinegar is fermented)
25March2013

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Dark Chocolate Honey Mints
Discovered at: Trader Joe’s
Pale-ocity: 100%

When push comes to shove, some of Trader Joe’s products need more “push” to be considered paleo – but not this amazing wonderful discovery! Only THREE INGREDIENTS: honey, chocolate, peppermint oil. It tastes better than a brand name peppermint patty and has less ingredients than some homemade paleo recipes I’ve seen. I’m just glad there’s some kind of candy out there without refined sugar. Wahoo!
31March2013

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Coconut Oil
Discovered at: Trader Joe’s
Pale-ocity: 90%
Coconut oil is by no means a wonderful discovery on my part, paleo dieters have been using this stuff in almost every recipe I’ve seen since it first began. However this is the first time I’ll be using it. Trader Joe’s is the first store where I’ve stumbled upon it. We’ll see how it goes…
30March2013

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Himalayan Pink Salt
Discovered at: Trader Joe’s
Pale-ocity: 95%

I get a little dash of guilt every time I throw a dash – no a little more – eh, what the heck maybe a little more – salt on my finely prepared and well thought out health recipes. I know the flavor will get better and salt isn’t as offensive as say, Philadelphia cream cheese, but I know it’s not really paleo-kosher at the same time. I can only imagine what processes that salt has gone through to get in my shaker. So, Pink Himalayan Salt (with grinder) is such a nice relief to my conscience! I know where it comes from (himalaya) I know how it gets ground up (me) and I even know what color it comes as in its natural form (pink).
30March2013

Nutritional Yeast
Discovered at: Nature Tyme
Pale-ocity: 100%

HELLO NACHO CHEESE DORITO POWDER! I’ll let Wikipedia do the talking here, but Nutritional Yeast is my new favorite egg and veggie chip enhancer. “Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, often a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is sold commercially as a food product. It is sold in the form of flakes or as a yellow powder similar in texture to dried mint leaves, and can be found in the bulk aisle of most natural food stores. It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins, and is a complete protein. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium and is free of sugar, dairy, and gluten. Sometimes nutritional yeast is fortified with Vitamin B12. Nutritional yeast has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy, which makes it popular as an ingredient in cheese substitutes. It is often used by vegans in place of cheese. It can be used in many recipes in place of cheese, such as mashed and fried potatoes, as well as put into scrambled tofu as a substitute for scrambled eggs.”

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“Über” Larabars
Discovered at: Tops Friendly Market
Pale-ocity: 100%

I see Larabars this and Larabars that all over paleo blog sites, Instagram, and Pintrest – but I’ve really never been one for fad-bars. I never enjoyed Cliff bars. Hate protein bars. Frankly, I think they’re way too pricy for their little size and I’d rather spend those calories on a full meal of whole foods. Well one non-paleo habit I haven’t kicked yet is perusing the weekly grocery ads for coupons each week (it’s non-paleo because 99.9% of what’s featured is chemically enhanced) and to my great pleasure Larabars were 10/$10! I was even more pleased to see the flavor selection ( bananas foster, apple turnovers, and cherry pie happen to be three of my top 10 all time dessert favs!) indulged in a banana fosters bar on the drive home since it was past my dinner time and HOLY FREAKING CRAP – Lara knows what the eff she’s doing. For real. I’m not even going to pretend like I could do it nearly as well… She’s made me into a bar-convert and I should probably go back tomorrow and stock up.
5April2013

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VEGA Recovery Accelerator
Discovered by: Crossfit Guru Maria
Pale-ocity: <50%

True, supplements are RARELY 100% paleo but crucial for recovery after high intensity workouts like Crossfit. Cal-Mag-Zinc and fish oil alone didn't seem to be cutting it anymore, so my WOD partner brought me her go-to recovery fuel. It has worked wonders for me. It is also fairly paleo-conscious in comparison to other supplements I've known hard-core paleo dieters to consume (eg Amino Acids with sucralose – uck)
12June2013

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