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Are there commercially available snacks or treats you recommend?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 19, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Any commercially available packaged snacks do you like?

Are there brands of (sweet) potato chips fried in coconut, MCT oil, butter or other natural fats?

I have tried Caveman Cookies and they are nice. Easy to overeat though. Sometimes I also eat Quest Bars.

Anyone try PaleoTreats?

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

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on June 22, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Yeah, but once in a while shouldn't be a big deal.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on June 20, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Yeah those are the ones I was referring to in my answer. Cool.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 20, 2012
at 09:25 PM

they are very small, but they last a long time for me, but then again I am a 100 lb woman. I would not bother mailing them. I just impulse buy them at Whole FOods.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 08:52 PM

We cannot dismiss commercial snacks or convenience products made from whole foods without the "bad" stuff paleo folks avoid as "candy cigarettes." A catchy metaphor, sure, but doesn't always apply. I never found grassfed beef jerky stimulated problematic "cravings," for example.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 08:47 PM

As I commented on another response, it seems that at least some pork rinds are simply cooked in the fat that renders from their tissues. In a sense they are byproducts of lard rendering. I'm figuring if they don't list the oil, it's probably because there isn't any. But I recognize this is perhaps naively optimistic....

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 08:41 PM

Those tarts sure sound great, but at a seemingly very dear price. Can you say about how large they are? It's hard to tell from their (relatively crappy) website, but they do have the nutrition info that says 1 tart has 3 servings. $60 to mail order 6 of them! (To be fair, this includes $30 refrigerated shipping.) Sounds like they are about $5 each.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 08:36 PM

This prompted me to read the wikipedia page on pork grinds. It sounds like at least a couple methods cook the rinds in the fat that is part of the raw tissue. Furthermore, it claims most of the fat is unsaturated, which surprised me. Aside from the sodium bomb (which doesn't scare me because I tend to run a little on the salt depletion side), the article persuaded me to give pork rinds rinds a second look--they certainly seem not only better than chips, but potentially nutritious on their own as a legit food source. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_rind

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on June 20, 2012
at 08:19 PM

I've noticed it when looking at pork rinds. The Utz brand that they have locally lists ingredients as pork skin and salt, no mention of oils. I guess I haven't really looked too closely at other chip ingredient lists since I don't care to eat them at this point. Pork rinds are still an indulgence for me though.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 08:01 PM

@trjones: can you provide an example of a commercial product that does not list the oil it in which it is fried or roasted? I find this unlikely, but an alarming claim if it's true.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 20, 2012
at 06:56 PM

they are fried in palm oil. I prefer the savory varieties.

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on June 20, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Keep in mind that unlike the original chips Grandma Utz has additives to preserve freshness. Not a huge deal but good to keep in mind if you think its just Potatoes and Lard.

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on June 20, 2012
at 06:50 PM

I think if what I've read about Olive Oil is true it is better to go with Avocado Oil. Apparently there's an entire illegal industry run by the mob that sells Olive oil which is comprised of low quality sunflower seed oil and a touch of olive.

004d08b6edf7473c15fbb634abb6d88a

(281)

on June 20, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Ah, you've mentioned one of my shopping frustrations. There are 6 different grocery store chains near me but the only place I can find full-fat yogurt is three towns away in a specialty health food store. It's ridiculous!

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on June 20, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Wish I could find the Frito ones. The kind they sell at the local stores around me do not list the oil used, so I assume it's some kind of vegetable oil.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on June 20, 2012
at 02:40 PM

Good to know. They sell those in my workplace cafeteria sometimes. I'll have to try them sometime.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on June 20, 2012
at 02:38 PM

Are they roasted in oils? I've noticed that most ingredient lists don't include oils used in frying or roasting, so you may be getting some vegetable oils if you're not careful (I know, blasphemy to roast coconut in vegetable oil, but you never know with the commercial food industry).

892d177f50b16f118152219229870e4e

(776)

on June 20, 2012
at 02:07 PM

The amount of fat and calories was reduced in the full fat version of Fage.Greek Gods yogurt is pretty good but it is harder for me to find compared to Fage. http://paleohacks.com/questions/74296/whats-the-deal-with-fage-total-greek-yogurt#axzz1yKn28DHH

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on June 20, 2012
at 02:05 PM

What a gorgeous website too! Does it taste as good as it looks?

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on June 20, 2012
at 01:59 PM

So many of them have MSG. Esp the flavored ones. Plain you can often find without MSG.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on June 20, 2012
at 11:18 AM

I really hated how sweet those kits were. Combined with overpriced and terrible customer service. Ymmv.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on June 20, 2012
at 11:17 AM

Argh, wish I could find these for game night...

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

(1453)

on June 20, 2012
at 03:41 AM

?? There have always been full-fat, 2% fat, and 0% fat varieties of Fage on the market. (In Bermuda I saw one listed as 5% fat too.) Often stores stop carrying full-fat, but the company did not change the product. Fortunately the stores in my area carry Greek Gods full-fat greek yogurt. I also think Inka chips are pretty awesome, and healthy (plantains fried in palm kernel oil). But I have little self-control around them so am deferring ordering another box (they aren't sold locally).

4de8f1be3ed89b2b0de3463349fb1737

(964)

on June 20, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I agree! Toasted, unsweetened coconut flakes are a close second for me (especially when I'm really avoiding sugar).

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 19, 2012
at 11:26 PM

You may already know this, but a major problem with "candy cigarettes" aka paleo junk food is that eating it keeps cravings alive and active.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on June 19, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Annoying isn't it? Thats why we make our own at home now. Heat "GOOD" milk to about 110...add culture....put in a thermos for 24 hrs. Thats it. You could now strain the whey through cheese cloth for the greek style consistency if you like.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on June 19, 2012
at 09:15 PM

Oooh orange float sounds good! I also do love that coconut cream pie!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 19, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Right, great. Now I feel like Pavlov's dog. If I went back to eating starchy carb fried stuff, those would totally be #1 on the list.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on June 19, 2012
at 09:00 PM

I just had the new Orange Float - YUMMO

892d177f50b16f118152219229870e4e

(776)

on June 19, 2012
at 08:59 PM

I consume them also,no shame in my game. If the Paleo Food Police show up at your door,pretend you are playing a game of Grand Theft Auto.

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on June 19, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Mmmm Larabars! The cashew cookie and apple pie ones are my favorites.

950efde057e2cc301543059b15f44374

(240)

on June 19, 2012
at 08:25 PM

coconut cream pie yum yum yum

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on June 19, 2012
at 08:24 PM

I don't know if they are "paleo" but I really like Larabars in a pinch. Most of them are mostly comprised of dates, and usually some nut, either peanuts, pecans, etc., sometimes some salt. I know they are legumes, but their "peanut butter cookie" flavor is just dates and peanuts and really tastes like peanut butter cookies!

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on June 19, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Mmmm Larabars! The cashew cookie and apple pie ones are my favorites.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on June 19, 2012
at 09:15 PM

Oooh orange float sounds good! I also do love that coconut cream pie!

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on June 19, 2012
at 09:00 PM

I just had the new Orange Float - YUMMO

950efde057e2cc301543059b15f44374

(240)

on June 19, 2012
at 08:25 PM

coconut cream pie yum yum yum

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on June 19, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Doubt they are Paleo approved (what snack in a bag would be) but they are GREAT!

Danielle Roasted Coconut Chips.

They are gluten free. made from Coconut, sugar and salt.

All their fruit and veggies chips are fabulous, imo :)

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 08:01 PM

@trjones: can you provide an example of a commercial product that does not list the oil it in which it is fried or roasted? I find this unlikely, but an alarming claim if it's true.

4de8f1be3ed89b2b0de3463349fb1737

(964)

on June 20, 2012
at 02:59 AM

I agree! Toasted, unsweetened coconut flakes are a close second for me (especially when I'm really avoiding sugar).

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 20, 2012
at 06:56 PM

they are fried in palm oil. I prefer the savory varieties.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on June 20, 2012
at 08:19 PM

I've noticed it when looking at pork rinds. The Utz brand that they have locally lists ingredients as pork skin and salt, no mention of oils. I guess I haven't really looked too closely at other chip ingredient lists since I don't care to eat them at this point. Pork rinds are still an indulgence for me though.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on June 20, 2012
at 02:38 PM

Are they roasted in oils? I've noticed that most ingredient lists don't include oils used in frying or roasting, so you may be getting some vegetable oils if you're not careful (I know, blasphemy to roast coconut in vegetable oil, but you never know with the commercial food industry).

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 08:36 PM

This prompted me to read the wikipedia page on pork grinds. It sounds like at least a couple methods cook the rinds in the fat that is part of the raw tissue. Furthermore, it claims most of the fat is unsaturated, which surprised me. Aside from the sodium bomb (which doesn't scare me because I tend to run a little on the salt depletion side), the article persuaded me to give pork rinds rinds a second look--they certainly seem not only better than chips, but potentially nutritious on their own as a legit food source. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork_rind

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5680f5060a62bb3790478473a5643afe

(290)

on June 20, 2012
at 11:39 PM

are-there-commercially-available-snacks-or-treats-you-recommend?

From Good Health Natural Foods:

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(2698)

on June 20, 2012
at 11:48 PM

Yeah those are the ones I was referring to in my answer. Cool.

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0e7285c0f8c8220f5b26199f7b3ebf22

on June 19, 2012
at 10:48 PM

I just found that Target's Archer Farms brand has freeze dried mango packets that contain only mango (no added sugar etc). They're pricy, but it gets me through the occasional cravings for dry starchy things like chips and crackers.

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on June 19, 2012
at 10:42 PM

Grass fed beef jerky. I usually order a bunch from paleobrands.com at once. Pretty delicious.

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892d177f50b16f118152219229870e4e

(776)

on June 19, 2012
at 09:09 PM

If you asked this question around a year ago I would of responded with Fage greek yogurt. Unfortunately,they decided to urinate all over their faithful full fat fans and turned what was once a magnificent treat into a pile of chalky gruel by reducing the fat/calorie content. Some of us need those calories,ya dig ?

So now,I'll have to go with Inka Chips.

D63a9a7789b948a1e88647f6c0e504ca

(1453)

on June 20, 2012
at 03:41 AM

?? There have always been full-fat, 2% fat, and 0% fat varieties of Fage on the market. (In Bermuda I saw one listed as 5% fat too.) Often stores stop carrying full-fat, but the company did not change the product. Fortunately the stores in my area carry Greek Gods full-fat greek yogurt. I also think Inka chips are pretty awesome, and healthy (plantains fried in palm kernel oil). But I have little self-control around them so am deferring ordering another box (they aren't sold locally).

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on June 19, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Annoying isn't it? Thats why we make our own at home now. Heat "GOOD" milk to about 110...add culture....put in a thermos for 24 hrs. Thats it. You could now strain the whey through cheese cloth for the greek style consistency if you like.

004d08b6edf7473c15fbb634abb6d88a

(281)

on June 20, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Ah, you've mentioned one of my shopping frustrations. There are 6 different grocery store chains near me but the only place I can find full-fat yogurt is three towns away in a specialty health food store. It's ridiculous!

892d177f50b16f118152219229870e4e

(776)

on June 20, 2012
at 02:07 PM

The amount of fat and calories was reduced in the full fat version of Fage.Greek Gods yogurt is pretty good but it is harder for me to find compared to Fage. http://paleohacks.com/questions/74296/whats-the-deal-with-fage-total-greek-yogurt#axzz1yKn28DHH

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on June 19, 2012
at 08:49 PM

Dark chocolate and nuts/trailmix are my main ones.

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7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on June 19, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Many people might chastise me for this but in a pinch instead of making a baked white potato or white rice I'll eat an ounce or two of Trader Joes olive oil potato chips to get my starch calories. Three ingredients potato, salt, olive oil. Theres also chips done in avocado oil as well.

892d177f50b16f118152219229870e4e

(776)

on June 19, 2012
at 08:59 PM

I consume them also,no shame in my game. If the Paleo Food Police show up at your door,pretend you are playing a game of Grand Theft Auto.

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on June 20, 2012
at 06:50 PM

I think if what I've read about Olive Oil is true it is better to go with Avocado Oil. Apparently there's an entire illegal industry run by the mob that sells Olive oil which is comprised of low quality sunflower seed oil and a touch of olive.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 20, 2012
at 06:56 PM

If I'm very lazy my cart is usually filled with whatever kale chips Whole Foods has (usually Kaia brand), Danielle pumpkin chips, Tanka buffalo bars, and Merry's coconut oil tarts.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 08:41 PM

Those tarts sure sound great, but at a seemingly very dear price. Can you say about how large they are? It's hard to tell from their (relatively crappy) website, but they do have the nutrition info that says 1 tart has 3 servings. $60 to mail order 6 of them! (To be fair, this includes $30 refrigerated shipping.) Sounds like they are about $5 each.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 20, 2012
at 09:25 PM

they are very small, but they last a long time for me, but then again I am a 100 lb woman. I would not bother mailing them. I just impulse buy them at Whole FOods.

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7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on June 20, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Mine are:

Coconut Macaroons

Banana Chips

Plantain Chips (I found some only fried in palm oil)

Dried Fruit

Avocado Oil Potato Chips

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on June 20, 2012
at 01:25 PM

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on June 20, 2012
at 02:05 PM

What a gorgeous website too! Does it taste as good as it looks?

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on June 19, 2012
at 09:36 PM

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on June 20, 2012
at 11:18 AM

I really hated how sweet those kits were. Combined with overpriced and terrible customer service. Ymmv.

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2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

on June 19, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Grandma Utz potato chips are cooked in LARD. OMGs, they are obscenely delicious, and hard to find, so when I do, I grab them!

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on June 20, 2012
at 11:17 AM

Argh, wish I could find these for game night...

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 19, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Right, great. Now I feel like Pavlov's dog. If I went back to eating starchy carb fried stuff, those would totally be #1 on the list.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on June 20, 2012
at 02:40 PM

Good to know. They sell those in my workplace cafeteria sometimes. I'll have to try them sometime.

7660f5a0ec906d3922d79b20f3434ecc

(788)

on June 20, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Keep in mind that unlike the original chips Grandma Utz has additives to preserve freshness. Not a huge deal but good to keep in mind if you think its just Potatoes and Lard.

2d090e680d86e2c768edb40b4b433978

(384)

on June 22, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Yeah, but once in a while shouldn't be a big deal.

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on February 03, 2014
at 04:17 PM

For good snacks check out this kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ilyanovodvorskiy/monthly-paleo-healthy-snack-box-to-help-you-stay-f

They deliver high quality snacks to your door monthly!

The video is hilarious! =D

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on June 20, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Chukar Cherries "Solve The Puzzle". A mix of dried unsweetened cherries and unsalted pistachios.

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on June 20, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Love pork rinds. Likely cafo pig but the ingredients of the fritos brand are pork rind, lard, salt.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on June 20, 2012
at 02:41 PM

Wish I could find the Frito ones. The kind they sell at the local stores around me do not list the oil used, so I assume it's some kind of vegetable oil.

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on June 20, 2012
at 01:59 PM

So many of them have MSG. Esp the flavored ones. Plain you can often find without MSG.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on June 20, 2012
at 08:47 PM

As I commented on another response, it seems that at least some pork rinds are simply cooked in the fat that renders from their tissues. In a sense they are byproducts of lard rendering. I'm figuring if they don't list the oil, it's probably because there isn't any. But I recognize this is perhaps naively optimistic....

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0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

on June 20, 2012
at 11:18 AM

US Wellness pemmican bars, cherry-free.

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on June 20, 2012
at 09:58 AM

The daddy of snacks are the 'Bounce Balls' There becoming more available in the UK, I get mine from Amazon.

I must admit if your in a pinch, Fage greek yogurt, whey shakes, beef jerky and nuts/seeds are brilliant.

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