packaged paleo food

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Created February 10, 2013 at 5:37 AM

what are the best packaged paleo foods i can buy at the grocery store? i eat hard boiled eggs and lots of cut up veggies, are kashi or larabars paleo?



on February 10, 2013
at 01:19 PM

packaged paleo is a bit of an oxymoron

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on February 10, 2013
at 02:02 PM


-LARABARS - Maybe. Some of them are only made with nuts and dates. So technically, they are paleo. However, dates are EXTREMELY high in sugar. My personal take is that I would stay away from them if you are new to paleo; you need to get that sugar out of your body. After that, maybe have them around for emergencies, but not as a daily thing. I usually take a few with me when I travel, in case I get in a situation where the only option is McDonalds. A Larabar will get me through. But it's not ideal.

Other convenient foods:

-COCONUT FLAKES/CHIPS. These are delicious. Let's Do Organic has some nice flakes (avail at Whole Foods). Tropical Traditions has a coconut chip that is very substantial and good for snacking.

-JERKY. Look out for sugar content, but this is good in a pinch. You can get better quality paleo ones online, but I usually just buy the best quality one I can find at the store.

-DRIED FRUIT. Keep to the lower sugar ones, and only eat a LITTLE. We like dried apricots and mangoes here (make sure you get the natural, unsulfured, unsugared ones).

-You can mix the above 3 together and have a very filling trail mix that works as a meal.

-BEEF SNACK STICKS. These are from US Wellness Meats. Very Yummy. Kind of a grassfed slim jim. They also have a Pemmican bar, but I haven't tried it.

-Make your own Almond Butter Snack Pack, recipe on health-bent.com.

-I also love their deli meat rollups; I use pepperoni in mine.

NONE of these foods are your best paleo choices. You need to be eating freshly cooked meats and veggies as much as possible. However, they are good for those times when you need something quick and easy!



on February 10, 2013
at 06:53 AM

This is exactly what paleo is about getting away from...It requires some extra preparation in terms of cooking, but eating real whole foods will drastically improve your health. I suggest cooking large batches of meals and extra meat for easy meals.



on February 10, 2013
at 10:58 AM

In a pinch I start with a can of salmon, or an avocado, or a block of 85% gluten free chocolate. Yum.



on February 10, 2013
at 05:52 AM

Kashi = "Seven whole GRAINS on a mission" = decidedly not paleo.

I've heard that Larabars are paleo, but haven't ever bothered to check them out. I'd rather eat a handful of coconut flakes than a "cookie" (much cheaper to buy a big bag and portion it out at home).

I would say this depends on what "packaged foods" you mean, and how strict you are with your paleo plan--sometimes I'll pick up a pre-cooked chicken at the grocery store, which isn't "pure" paleo, but it saves me from the pizza place when I'm feeling desperate. Label reading is helpful here! It also depends on where you are, since my grocery store may not have the same things available as yours.



on February 10, 2013
at 04:22 PM

Since General Mills owns Larabar and campaigns heavily against labeling of GMO foods, I certainly wouldn't add to their coffers! You can make your own versions of a Larabar quickly and for less money! http://www.damyhealth.com/2011/03/how-to-make-homemade-lara-bars/

Kashi (owned by Kellog, also against GMO labeling) was caught with GMO ingredients in their "organic" products. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/27/kashi-gmo-use-controversy_n_1456748.html

You are far better off putting a little thought into your food and spending some time preparing for the snacks you need. In two hours, I can prepare quick meals and snacks that last my entire family for at least a week.

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