You know how all these new, shiny, packaged paleo products keep popping up in grocery stores and magazines? Particularly as more and more people realize the benefits of paleo-primal eating?
Well, as thrilled as I am about the paleo movement’s crazy expansion over the last five years, I avoid most of that packaged stuff—instead sticking to real, whole, unpackaged food as much as possible.
Most paleo bars and treats pack high sugar and carb loads…and often contain ingredients that are technically “allowed” but which I generally skip (natural sweeteners, for instance).
And yet, when I treated myself to a grain-free granola bar from Steve’s PaleoGoods—wow, was I pleasantly surprised.
It made a lovely addition to my post-yoga, late-morning meal of scrambled pasture-raised eggs, organic blackberries, and Fage full-fat Greek yogurt (which, in case you’re new to this, is primal but not strict paleo).
I crumbled it into pieces (making it more granola than bar) and spooned it into my favorite yogurt. The result was an unexpectedly special, tasty post-yoga treat.
As bars go, this one is relatively low in sugar and carbs…and is sweetened just enough with honey (my sweetener of choice).
For those keen on specifics, the entire serving contains 6 grams of sugar and 16 grams of carbs…plus is made from good, simple ingredients: raw almonds, shredded coconut, raw sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla extract.
As a point of comparison with other relatively healthy paleo treats, a cashew Lara Bar (also made of simple, good ingredients—just cashews and dates) packs 18 grams of sugar in a very tiny serving.
Now, we rarely eat foods with any added sugar (other than 2 small squares of 85-95% dark chocolate after dinner and kombucha with minimal sugar content), and I eat well under 100 grams of carbs most days.
So this bar was still a rare treat—but one I’ll most definitely indulge in again.
I was super-pleased that it was not overly sweet tasting…and made a decidedly delicious addition to the rest of my lunch.
What’s even cooler though, is what I learned upon digging for the down-low on these “Steve’s PaleoGoods” people.
Turns out, they’re doing amazing things…and have a powerful mission predating the “paleo fad.”
Back in 2007, founder Steve was working for his father’s exterminating business…though his real passion was nutrition and fitness. After getting to know some teens on his inner-city route, he invited them to workout with him in a local park.
Eventually, Steve had a following of inner-city kids he trained regularly, using whatever equipment he could fit in the trunk of his car.
A firm believer in paleo nutrition, he wanted to provide them with a healthy lunch they could stuff in their backpacks. The result: Steve’s first PaleoKits, made of jerky, nuts and berries.
Eight years and 50 products later, Steve’s PaleoGoods now offers paleo-primal folks a range of on-the-go options (including my new favorite granola bar), as well as sauces, dressings and other paleo goodies.
Today, around 50 young athletes hit the gym at Steve’s PaleoGoods after school—lifting weights, jumping on boxes, climbing ropes and doing pull-ups (instead of hanging on inner-city streets).
Some of the older teens even work next door in the warehouse, where Steve’s products are handmade in small batches using high-quality ingredients.
Steve’s National Program operates 28 local clubs around the country, and 15 percent of all Steve’s PaleoGoods proceeds go toward supporting it.
Makes my grain-free granola bar taste even better.
So…guess I’ll be indulging in this new treat once a week or so.
And if you’re hankering for grain-free granola or other paleo-products-to-go, I encourage you to give Steve’s PaleoGoods a try.