The 11 paleo-friendly food finds we’re in love with right now
We’re just getting back into the swing of things after a 4 day trip to Austin, Texas for Paleo f(x) 2016 where we attended the Health Entrepreneurs mastermind last Thursday followed by 3 full days of speakers presenting on health, nutrition, fitness, sustainability and self-development. And the vendor expo – let’s not forget the vendor expo and all of it’s delicious paleo-friendly food for sampling and enjoying.
So. Many. Delicious. Things.
Honestly, there were so many delicious things that sampling them all took the better part of 3 days. Many of the products are ones we already use and have shared in past posts here on the blog and on social media.
Without further ado, here’s the 11 new paleo-friendly foods we loved at Paleo f(x) this year:
I don’t think we’re going out on a limb here when we say this is probably THE BEST packaged grain-free granola we’ve ever tasted. The crunchy texture and lightly sweet taste blew our minds. This granola is packed with nutritious ingredients like nuts, seeds, coconut oil, chia seeds, cashew butter and cinnamon and lightly sweetened with coconut palm sugar offering up just 5 grams of sugar per 1/3 cup (compared to 9 or more grams in many grain-based granolas).
We loved both the Original and Banana Nut Butter flavors and found them both hard to resist (the bag probably needs to be twice as big if you’re planning to share. Kidding! Sharing is good.)
Where to buy: Purely Elizabeth website, Whole Foods and other select retailers in the U.S.
Cassava flour is made from peeling, drying and grinding yuca root to make a gluten-free and grain-free flour that can often be used 1:1 in place of all-purpose flour in many recipes. We discovered the magic of Otto’s Cassava Flour when they where baking up grain-free/egg-free chocolate chip cookies. How could anyone NOT stop by their booth!?
We can’t wait to get in the kitchen and start creating recipes with this new flour.
Wait, before you judge- these aren’t those greasy beef sticks promoted by professional wrestlers in the in 1980’s (yeah, you know which one’s we’re talking about). These are anything but greasy and they’re made with 100% grass-fed beef with a clean ingredient list. And to set them apart from other beef sticks on the market, they’re fermented which has the benefit of upping their nutrition and flavor profiles. They have a dye-free, natural casing and come in two flavors: Original and Jalapeno and make an excellent high-protein snack that’s easy to pack for travel, work and play.
We just LOVE these!
Epic recently launched a new line of meat jerky bites (see their website for what they call them!) that includes a wild-caught salmon with a hint of maple and dill. It’s a great change from their bars in that you can eat a little and reseal the bag – something that’s hard to do with their moist bars. And we love, love, love that they’re made with omega-3 fatty acid-rich, wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Toss a few of these into your next trail mix with nuts and dried cranberries for a protein boost and change of pace.
Where to buy: Epic website, Whole Foods and other select retailers across the U.S.
The folks at Primal Kitchen just took mayo to a whole new level here. Made with cold-pressed avocado oil, cage-free eggs, chipotle peppers, lime and herbs it’s the perfect condiment to slather on a lettuce wrapped burger (like this one) or to dip your sweet potato fries in.
This stuff is incredible and adds a little zip to everything you put it on – and it’s Whole30-approved. If you’re not a fan of chipotle and just want a great mayo without anything added, be sure to try their original avocado oil mayo.
Whoa, baby! This ghee’s got serious flavor and every batch is lab tested to be 100% casein and lactose free making it safe for anyone to enjoy. And the rich, buttery flavor is perfect for sautéing vegetables, baking or topping a baked sweet potato. And it was one of the star ingredients in those grain-free chocolate chip cookies we couldn’t resist every time we walked into the main presentation hall.
We can’t get enough of this stuff right now and both of us very carefully packed our suitcases for the flight home so as not to break the jar. #gheefreaks
Imagine almonds + 6 of its closest nut and seeds friends all whirred up into a creamy peanut- and sugar-free spread. That’s NuttZo. Don’t worry though, for you peanut lovers out there there’s also a version with peanut butter (and one that even has peanut butter + chocolate). We love that is comes in cute single serve packs for lunch boxes, backpacks, travel and everyday adventures. Or you can get a jar and eat it with a spoon or spread it on celery sticks or your favorite gluten-free crackers.
Two words: Game. Changer. Being on a grain-free or Paleo diet often means no crackers – at least not “real” crackers…until now. These crackers, made with almond flour, tapioca flour, sunflower seed flour, chia and flax seeds and apple cider vinegar these crackers are C-L-E-A-N and they’re certified gluten-free. And best of all, they actually taste like wheat-based crackers. They’re thin and crispy and perfect for topping with your favorite spreads. Available in Cracked Black Pepper & Sea Salt, Tuscan and Mediterranean flavors.
Where to buy: Jilz Crackers website
Tacos with real tortillas are back on the menu thanks to these amazing grain-free and egg-free tortillas. They’re pretty much the ‘real deal’ as far as we’re concerned and they have two options to choose from: Almond flour and Cassava + Coconut flour (nut-free). They’re so soft and flexible and they made the best brisket tacos. Because Texas. And brisket.
Where to buy: Siete Family Foods website and select Whole Foods and Natural Grocer’s stores in the U.S.
We couldn’t possibly have a post about new food finds without including something chocolate! The folks at Eating Evolved have combined two of our favorite foods – dark chocolate and coconut butter – to create a treat we feel good about eating and food good eating. Available in four flavors – Classic, Mint Creme, Banana Cream and Caramel Sea Salt. Our fave was the Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt.
Stacie’s reaction? “It takes like a peanut butter cup!” (Translation: “I’m in love.”)
These are dark, chocolaty and chock full of crunchy toasted almonds without being overly sweet which is what we love about them. And they deliver 15 grams of protein from grass-fed gelatinize and just 3 grams of sugar in each bar – plus they’re a good source of potassium.
We love their chewy texture, the whole almonds and that they use grass-fed collagen as their protein source.
So there you have it – 11 paleo-friendly foods we love that we discovered at Paleo f(x) 2016
Whether your definition of ‘clean eating’ is paleo, grain-free, gluten-free or dairy-free there’s something for everyone on this list. There were so many great foods and great people behind the companies that honestly, it was hard to limit this list to just 11 paleo-friendly foods that we loved. Because, let’s be honest. We loved everything we tried.
Which new food find will you try first? Tell us in the comments below and get the conversation started.
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