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What's the best snack product for Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 03, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Looking for the best commercial snack products (besides Steve's and Primal Pacs).

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 05, 2012
at 02:09 AM

My mangoes, papayas, guavas, and pineapples will be taken out of my tropical sun-warmed dead hands. I'm not concerned about weight gain or loss so eating wtf-ever kinds of fruits a few times a week is no biggie. Plus, around here, berries are super expensive.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 05, 2012
at 01:57 AM

Plus the exercise will help dampen out the insulin spike. The banana is the perfect blend of carbs, some sugar, and potassium that gets you geared to exert some serious effert!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Wow, Heather, you really did show your mediation skills there! Well-played, ma'am, well-played. I totally LOL'd.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on August 04, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Whats wrong with insulin spike if I'm not conncered about fat/weight gain? I like berries to but for pre WO snack banana all the way.

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I have had my incessant need to mediate and my conflict-avoidance compulsions pointed out to me on many occasions. I agree with all of you.

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on August 04, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Also you have to worry about the corn or canola oil or whatever they use. I found one at whole foods that is made with olive oil though!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 06:45 PM

I'm pointing out her advice to herself, not offering any of my own. I enjoy other people's answers, especially when they're snarky AND right. It's really weird how I don't expect everyone on the internet to agree with me and say things that I think are nice.

1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on August 04, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Good comment, me tinks.

1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on August 04, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Nitrates aren't really a concern; don't worry about those.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 04, 2012
at 05:26 PM

How about you take your own advice, Luckie?

Cd717290eb43a6e17061f9920deed977

(1267)

on August 04, 2012
at 05:25 PM

I didn't have any suggestions for the OP's ACTUAL QUESTION, so I didn't offer random advice which has nothing to do with what she was asking. That's why. And, I'm sick to death of the moralizing that goes on with some of the commentators here. It's bordering on orthorexia, and it's not helpful.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 04, 2012
at 05:21 PM

I agree with Soporificat. Seeing all the smarmy condescending responses gets tiresome, and helps no one.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 03:22 PM

How about you answer the question yourself then, instead of offering (in your words) "judgmental, condescending" commentary on other people's answers?

Da51943abcc3acd29440fe001c29a6a4

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on August 04, 2012
at 02:27 PM

I would recommend not eating fruit unless it's part of a meal due to the resulting insulin spike. I also tend to avoid tropical fruits as they have the most sugar compared to indigenous berries and such.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

(468)

on August 04, 2012
at 12:27 PM

What brands are good? I've never had them but I'd like to try.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:15 AM

Only once in a while, when glycogen is low. Get the least processed one. I like Orange float and Coconut dream. Very simple ingredients.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 04, 2012
at 04:12 AM

Forget process factory made packaged food products. JERF(Just Eat Real Food). Organic trail mix, handful of berries, or some organic hard boiled eggs. I know processed foods are convenient, but cut back on them. Eat real natural foods, it's better for you.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 04, 2012
at 01:08 AM

I like it when people answer the question that was asked, instead of the one they wanted to answer.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

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on August 03, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I like seaweed, but honestly these things taste like nothing. My TJ was actually giving out samples of the stuff less than a week ago and I took a few just for the iodine boost. It's not bad, but it's very low on taste.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 03, 2012
at 05:14 PM

Pork rinds make salsa fun again.

7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

(540)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:58 PM

any recommendations on store bought jerky with no preservatives? if i find one without nitrates it seems to have MSG and vice versa.

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:17 PM

agree & plus one for pork rinds & fruit :) You can make your own pork rinds very easily too

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7
E18a061715e85e181d7402bd1cc84e90

on August 03, 2012
at 04:27 PM

hard boiled eggs

5
Cd717290eb43a6e17061f9920deed977

on August 04, 2012
at 02:18 PM

How about people answer the question that was asked, instead of offering judgmental, condescending "advice." Only the newest of newbies hasn't figured out that you can eat convenient things such as hard boiled eggs and fruit as portable snacks. Given the fact that she knows about Steve's and Primal Pacs, there is no way she is new to Paleo. Really now.

I'm guessing the OP has a specific reason to be asking about "commercial snack products." Market research, maybe?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 06:45 PM

I'm pointing out her advice to herself, not offering any of my own. I enjoy other people's answers, especially when they're snarky AND right. It's really weird how I don't expect everyone on the internet to agree with me and say things that I think are nice.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Wow, Heather, you really did show your mediation skills there! Well-played, ma'am, well-played. I totally LOL'd.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 03:22 PM

How about you answer the question yourself then, instead of offering (in your words) "judgmental, condescending" commentary on other people's answers?

1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on August 04, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Good comment, me tinks.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 04, 2012
at 05:26 PM

How about you take your own advice, Luckie?

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

(971)

on August 04, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I have had my incessant need to mediate and my conflict-avoidance compulsions pointed out to me on many occasions. I agree with all of you.

Cd717290eb43a6e17061f9920deed977

(1267)

on August 04, 2012
at 05:25 PM

I didn't have any suggestions for the OP's ACTUAL QUESTION, so I didn't offer random advice which has nothing to do with what she was asking. That's why. And, I'm sick to death of the moralizing that goes on with some of the commentators here. It's bordering on orthorexia, and it's not helpful.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 04, 2012
at 05:21 PM

I agree with Soporificat. Seeing all the smarmy condescending responses gets tiresome, and helps no one.

5
C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on August 03, 2012
at 04:57 PM

Banana. Think of it as mother natures version of Go-Gurt. Simply peel & eat.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 05, 2012
at 01:57 AM

Plus the exercise will help dampen out the insulin spike. The banana is the perfect blend of carbs, some sugar, and potassium that gets you geared to exert some serious effert!

Da51943abcc3acd29440fe001c29a6a4

(50)

on August 04, 2012
at 02:27 PM

I would recommend not eating fruit unless it's part of a meal due to the resulting insulin spike. I also tend to avoid tropical fruits as they have the most sugar compared to indigenous berries and such.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on August 04, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Whats wrong with insulin spike if I'm not conncered about fat/weight gain? I like berries to but for pre WO snack banana all the way.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 05, 2012
at 02:09 AM

My mangoes, papayas, guavas, and pineapples will be taken out of my tropical sun-warmed dead hands. I'm not concerned about weight gain or loss so eating wtf-ever kinds of fruits a few times a week is no biggie. Plus, around here, berries are super expensive.

5
2336245491a87ee15d4fb8f8f8283909

(1173)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:26 PM

I don't snack, but if you do, try real foods, not products. ;)

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on August 04, 2012
at 01:08 AM

I like it when people answer the question that was asked, instead of the one they wanted to answer.

5
Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:01 PM

If I had to choose one, I'd say pork rinds.

Find a pork rind brand that is just pork skin (optionally some salt). Ideally, it'd be from a non-convetional farm, but that's unlikely. On the positive side, they are extremely easy to find - even in cheap stores and bodegas.

High in oleic and stearic acids, collagen (and other skin-sourced proteins), but watch the salt that's added. Overall, a pretty benign snack.

They are also much less expensive than nearly all of the "Paleo^TM" types products you'll find these days.

If I added more options, I'd say a nice whole fruit every so often.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on August 03, 2012
at 05:14 PM

Pork rinds make salsa fun again.

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

(325)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:17 PM

agree & plus one for pork rinds & fruit :) You can make your own pork rinds very easily too

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

(468)

on August 04, 2012
at 12:27 PM

What brands are good? I've never had them but I'd like to try.

4
489d6842b84b920fabcb9eeb83783c91

on August 03, 2012
at 04:44 PM

stick to beef jerky, homemade is best though

7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

(540)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:58 PM

any recommendations on store bought jerky with no preservatives? if i find one without nitrates it seems to have MSG and vice versa.

1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on August 04, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Nitrates aren't really a concern; don't worry about those.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on August 03, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Tin of sardines or tuna packed in olive oil. Or a can of salmon. I get the Wild Planet sardines and salmon.

Fruit, Greek yogurt, and nuts are all good options as well.

2
077ab7e5875f87f159cfc256c2a76d82

(65)

on August 03, 2012
at 05:06 PM

Kale! In the form of homemade chips. Make big batches and save for later! That or (spicy) baked jicama fries. So damn good!

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25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

on September 03, 2012
at 03:03 PM

There are dozens, but many don't advertise as "Paleo" so Google doesn't help too much in finding them. Check out GopalsHealthFoods - about 30% of their products are Paleo, another 30% only add rice. If you want an exhaustive list of all the snacks we've sent our subscribers, you can check out the slideshow at the bottom of my site. My personal favorites are:

  • Nutcase Crunch
  • Nick's Sticks
  • Simple Squares

Hope that helps!

PS - All those saying "eat real foods" are correct, but probably aren't the type to need backup food. I always had trouble staying on the bandwagon until I stowed these type of snacks away in my desk at the office, my gym bag, and my car. Then when I forget my lunch, I'm not left hungry & watching my coworkers eat free bagels. You shouldn't expect to have infinite willpower, especially when caught hungry!

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3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

on August 04, 2012
at 11:11 AM

Nature is the best snack provider, you just have to plan ahead of time. You can make your own pemmican, jerky, or even some choped up chicken or eggs will keep well. There is also a myriad of fruit and veggies that you can just throw in a bag and take with you, carrots are a very common snack in my house, also you have bell peppers, bananas, tomatos, apples, carrotsa and avocado that all travel very well.

1
C4eeb14989ae308a6ec573a7c4cd7062

on August 04, 2012
at 03:44 AM

I really enjoy larabars.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:15 AM

Only once in a while, when glycogen is low. Get the least processed one. I like Orange float and Coconut dream. Very simple ingredients.

1
B23318c968ac589b87131d5b489d6e16

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:15 PM

Toasted seaweed snacks from Trader Joes. Or even better, toast your own seaweed.

3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

(2262)

on August 04, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Also you have to worry about the corn or canola oil or whatever they use. I found one at whole foods that is made with olive oil though!

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on August 03, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I like seaweed, but honestly these things taste like nothing. My TJ was actually giving out samples of the stuff less than a week ago and I took a few just for the iodine boost. It's not bad, but it's very low on taste.

0
002d074ab094fefc344bf0d1f36091ec

on September 03, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Larabars and bagged nuts are easy "on the go" snacks. At home, I always keep a batch of kale chips handy as well as pork rinds and salsa. My newest favorite is cauliflower hummus and dipped veggies.

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on September 03, 2012
at 07:56 PM

I'm kinda partial to kale chips - except I will eat the nutritional equivalent of 2lbs of kale in a single sitting. They are addictive.

I toss kale in Apple Cider Vinegar, dust with sea salt and brewer's yeast, and then throw it in a low dehydrator for about 5 hours.

Then I eat them in about 25 minutes.

Your mileage may vary.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on August 05, 2012
at 01:57 AM

Seaweed is great! Kale Chips...

0
6bce08b072e3cea49b292658b9d5d197

on August 04, 2012
at 07:05 PM

Pemmican!!!

www.jbprimal.com

0
1407bd6152d9fdbc239250385159fea1

on August 04, 2012
at 06:24 PM

Matt's Select Pepperoni Sticks?

0
17dbef13eb14ec1d594572a1e8301765

on August 04, 2012
at 03:47 PM

An skiced apple covered in almond butter, delish!

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