PALEO FOOD PRODUCTS
Here you will find an assortment of Paleo food products that Paleodietandliving.com endorses. I do not endorse these products if I have not personally tried them and I don’t feel they are a good value. Most of these products are foods that I enjoy consuming during my 12 and 24 hour mountain bike races. Not only are they convenient and tasty, they give me the fuel and nutrients I need to excel in these grueling events. Some of them are just great resources for everyday paleo foods that might be hard or expensive to acquire in your area.
Complete Paleo Meals
Paleo Brands sells complete Paleo Meals ready to heat and eat. The ingredients are not only 100% Paleo compliant, but they are delicious! Try the almond crusted cod, or the beef curry. The meals come delivered frozen, so there is no need to worry about preservatives. Shipping is free and at about $6 a meal, they are relatively economical. They also sell some snacks in the form of paleo cookies and grass fed jerky.
These bars are based on centuries old recipes of North American Native Indians who needed a way to carry energy with them with them on long trips. Buffalo was a staple meat, but left unpreserved, it didn’t last very long. They found that by mixing the lean meat with fat and berries, the pemmican could be preserved. Not only that, it was palatable, easy to carry, and very high in energy.
Larabars are a backup staple at my 12 and 24 hour mountain bike races. I usually make 3 flavors of my homemade caveman energy bars for these races, but at some point in the race I get tired of them and want some variety. I’ve also had races where I just didn’t have the time before the race to make my own, so I turned to Larabars. They are convenient, tasty, paleo approved, and for the most part, affordable. If nothing else, they are the same price as the crap that Clif bar, Powerbar, and endless other companies are putting out full of grains/sugars/stuff you can’t pronounce. Look on the back of a Larabar wrapper and you probably see something like this: Dates, Cashews, coconut. In total they have something like 20 flavors, so you will never get bored Where I live, I can buy these bars at HEB or Central Market for about a buck and some change. I keep an eye for when they go on sale and load up when the moment is right. Otherwise, I think retail is around $1.54 a bar. If you wish to purchase some online, I have a few varieties in the Paleo Diet and Living Amazon Store under Caveman Food. They can also be purchased from Buy.com Either place, you get a better deal if you buy the bulk boxes.
Raw Revolution bars are very similar to Larabars. They pride themselves in being USDA Organic and holding their raw food processing to a very high standard. I’m a big proponent of eating food raw whenever possible and they go the extra mile to not only market the benefits of high quality raw food, but making sure that’s what they deliver-high quality raw food. It tastes good, is convenient, and again is competitive with other bars like Clif bar and Powerbar, but you will find it a bit higher than Larabars, maybe $1.99 a bar instead of $1,54. I have a hard time finding these bars locally, but luckily they can easily bought on the internet. I have found three different sources: Amazon (in the Paleo Diet and Living store, under Caveman food), Buy.com and The Natural Store. Take your pick, they all seem to be competitive and carry the same flavors, but if you need to purchase something else that only one marketplace carries, go with that and save on shipping!
Beef Jerky. When it comes to snacks in the purest of Paleo manifestations, beef jerky is hard to beat. I don’t have to tell you how awesome this stuff is. In case you have ever wondered why it is so expensive, consider the fact that it takes roughly 3 lbs of fresh beef to make 1 lb of jerky. That is how much water has to be dehydrated from the muscle fiber. What you are left with, though, is nearly solid high quality protein. It’s easy to carry, it has a longer shelf life, and it’s just plain tasty. It’s also pretty easy to find. You can find it in almost any gas station,corner store, or plain jane grocery store. I’m going to warn you to avoid these if you can. They are full of preservatives and probably use grain fed beef. For maximum health benefit, I recommend you buy organic or grass fed jerky. I’ve sourced two super high quality products if you would like to give them a try. Grassland Beef and shoporganic.com (search under grocery, then Jerky)
Grass fed beef pemmican. A Native American recipe consisting of grass fed beef and tallow (fat), honey, and cherries. Delicious and super high energy. A 3.2oz bar has 380 calories and 20g protein! You can buy them from Grassland Beef.
Trail Mix. Back in the day I thought trail mix was GORP (Good ole fashioned peanuts and raisins, usually with M&M’s) Boy, was I surprised to find out what crap this stuff is. Stick to the basics and get some real trail mix with real nuts, real berries, and real seeds. Sometimes a little dried fruit is ok too. Heaven help you if you can’t find good trail mix locally, but if you can’t, or you just don’t have the time to shop around, visit the nutsonline people and they can get you hooked up. My personal favorite is the Organic Trail Mix. at only $5.99/lb, its hard to beat.
For all your nut needs, check out nutsonline.com. They also sell trail mix, chocolate, and coffee. Stay way from the candy and grains!
Wow! This is one of the best websites I never knew about. If you have trouble finding any of the following products, Live Superfood is your place to go: coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut butter, chocolate covered coconut snacks, cocao powder, pecan butter, cashew butter, walnut butter, tahini, bee pollen, acai berries, goji berries, medjool dates, deglet dates, spirulina powder, barley grass juice, wheatgrass juice, flaxseed powder, raw nuts, pepitas, and other organic snacks and foods.
Sunfood is on par with Live Superfoods but has even more products unique to the health food industry. I would say they have a better selection of trail mixes. Some products they carry that Live Superfoods does not: Phytoplankton, maca, cleansing/detox, olives, and appliances such as juicers and dehydrators. I like reading their articles about some of the superfoods like Incan Golden Berries or Maca Root.
Wild Caught Seafood
All fresh seafood has a fantastic selection of wild caught fish, crab, lobster, shrimp, squid, crawfish, scallops, and more.
Grass-Fed Beef, Bison, Chicken, Lamb, Pork, and Rabbit
Grassland Beef sells a large variety of grass-fed animal products. They also sell some wild caught seafood, raw meat for your pets, and a few other odds an ends. The more you buy, the more you save since it economizes the cost of shipping which is slightly higher due to refrigeration demands. You might consider buying a freezer and stocking up just a few times a year on products like this if you can’t source them locally.
I recommend using REAL nut butters. Remember, peanuts are not really nuts, they are legumes. If you are a nut butter-a-holic, try these great alternatives to peanut butter
Live Superfoods sells Artisana Pecan Butter.
Macadamia (with Cashew) butter can be purchased from Live Superfoods
Lastly,Live Superfoods carries a variety of hazlenut butters under the rawtella brand that are mixed with white and dark chocolates, mint, coffee, and original.
Herbs and Spices
If you are having trouble finding a herb or spice, herbtrader.com is likely to have it. They have over 260 products in the herbs and spices section. A lot of them I’ve never even heard of. This is probably a very good resource for Paleo lovers of middle eastern or asian foods. Don’t ask me why they also carry so many products totally unrelated to herbs, (like natural pet treats).
Dehydrators are great for making your own jerky or drying fruits and veggies for storage. Cabelas has one of the best selections of dehydrators I’ve found to date.
French presses are mostly known for making coffee, but you can also use them to make cold brewed coffee, tea, or other broths where you need to let something soak in water for a while and then strain it. You can buy these things just about anywhere, including Amazon, Walmart,or Buy.com and to name a few.
Cast Iron skillets are bar none the best thing to cook in. A properly seasoned pan will not stick. It distributes heat evenly. There are no carcinogenic chemicals like the ones used in non-stick pans. It’s no big deal if you scratch them. They will add iron to your food-especially helpful for women who are iron deficient. They will last a lifetime with a little love. And lastly, they are affordable. The most popular 10 1/4″ size goes for around $15 at Walmart. The 12″ is about $19.