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The 11 Best Paleo Snacks and Brands

Best Paleo Brands and products

I am a few weeks into paleo and wanted to share some of what I’m eating, and why I decided to make this shift. The short answer is that I was in a food rut and needed motivation to put healthier food into my body. When I did Whole30, I felt very limited but that’s not the case with paleo. This is something I did years ago – it felt doable and I felt great, so I decided to do it again. I’m cooking more and generally eating more, but the food I’m consuming is closer to nature and more digestible. Here are the 11 best paleo snacks and brands.

The Best Paleo Snacks and Brands

It all started when a friend got me hooked on CrossFit (I know 😏) almost a decade ago. My old gym did a 2 month paleo challenge (read more about that here) and I loved it. I should mention that it included the occasional glass of red or a tequila soda with lime, and one cheat meal (read: meal not day) each week. If you really want fries or cake, have them once a week. Eating this way with lower fat and less of the frills – just good, healthy, close-to-nature ingredients – felt really good. After not being the healthiest over the holidays and splurging a few too many times, I made the decision to reel it in. 

A quick and obvious note that I am not an expert or dietitian and you should not do paleo because I’m doing it. In my experience, if it feels like you’re really giving something up or on a diet, it won’t work. Paleo does not feel that way to me so this works for me, but it’s not for everyone. It’s motivated me to start cooking again, to eat more veggies and protein and to make healthier choices. I do limit paleo treats but it’s nice to be able to have a bagel or cookie – that helps me feel good while I’m not eating certain foods. These are the brands that make paleo easy (and delicious).

 

 

Bedrock Bakers

Bedrock Bakers

Ok, these are not the same as regular bagels but they're pretty close and I really like them. I'm not having them daily, but they're nice to have on occasion.
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Kite Hill Cream Cheese

You will not believe that this cream cheese is dairy free!  It's the perfect pairing with a paleo bagel, although a pagel topped with eggs is pretty good, too.
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Hu Kitchen

I'm not really a chocolate bar person and don't love dark chocolate but holy sh*t the vanilla chocolate crunch and vanilla chocolate cashews are phenomenal. If and when I need a treat these always do the trick.
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RX Bar

These were started by a guy at my old CrossFit gym. I was one of the first to try the bars and they are great on the go. I prefer lower calorie snacks so if I'm home or to get more enjoyment out of 200+ calories, so I really only eat them if I'm out. Alternatively, the almond butter is delicious and when paired with a crispy apple, is a go-to snack. 
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Mera Bites

These paleo cookies were started by two women at my old CrossFit gym, and they are fantastic. The friendchip (chocolate chip) is my favorite. They are soft and chewy, and are the perfect treat when you need them. 
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Siete Foods

One of my favorite brands for paleo tortillas and chips. I'll eat the tortillas as a sandwich wrap – they are so good! The churro chips are delicious – the perfect mix of crunchy and sweet.  
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Birchbenders

Ok, this is really good and so easy to prepare (just add water). My girls love them, too.
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Simple Mills

I don't do a lot of paleo baking but Simple Mills makes some of the best mixes and crackers out there. If you want a muffin or are craving crackers, Simple Mills is the way to go. 
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Nutpods

Giving up coffee or having to drink my coffee black would be (as Margot would say) too too sad. Enter nutpods. I've been using nutpods for years – they make my coffee a little sweeter (but not too sweet!) and are even whole30 compliant.  
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Primal Kitchen

Primal Kitchen's sauces, dressings, and seasonings are the best and are paleo and whole30 compliant. Why have ketchup or BBQ sauce with added sugar when these are so good
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Artisan Tropic Chips

Ok, so these are not kettle chips (my favorite) but they're really good. My 3 year old loves them, and if you're craving chips, they do the trick. 
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