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I make my own pemmican. I only use it when eating away from home. I eat fresh grass-fed beef bought locally, and I see no reason to add more beef to my diet when at home. I have put up Rendering Suet Step-by-Step and My Pemmican Notes. I have the 9-tray Excalibur 2900 dehydrator.
US Wellness Meats (aka Grassland Beef) has grass-fed beef pemmican for sale, possibly the only source for pre-made paleo pemmican that exists in the US. This is the ultimate paleo snack. While you can make your own, you can't beat the convenience of buying it here: Pemmican Page
Braaitime makes Biltong, a South African dried beef made with lean beef, salt, vinegar, black pepper, coriander. It gets outstanding reviews at Amazon.
Cattaneo Brothers is a vendor of jerky (some grass-fed and very paleo), nuts, and dried fruit. They now have some fuel kits that are jerky packed in a blender bottle. Or jerky and their cranberry nut mix. Available in many stores in California and a couple places in other states (see list at site). Or you can order from their website.
Caveman Fuel makes Beef Jerky in two flavors: Original and Peppered. Ingredients for the Original: 100% grass-fed beef, organic garlic powder, organic onion powder, organic basil, water, salt. You order from the website.
Chomps Snack Sticks are a grass-fed beef product. In two flavors: Original and Hoppin' Jalapeno. Ingredients for the original: grass-fed beef, water, salt, citric acid, black pepper, red pepper, garlic powder, coriander, stuffed in a collagen casing. The ingredient list is almost the same as the US Wellness snack sticks above. You buy them from the website.
Climax Jerky has Smoked Elk Jerky with the only non-paleo ingredient being sugar. (Most of their other jerkies have soy sauce or soy powder.) They probably are sweet. Can buy online here.
Epic Bar makes three bars: Bison, Beef, and Turkey. The bison and beef are grass-fed. But they are not strict paleo. The bison bar's ingredients: organic bison, uncured pork (pork, brown sugar, vinegar), dried cranberries (cranberries, apple juice concentrate), lactic acid (not from dairy), cultured dextrose [this is a sugar], celery powder, sea salt. You can buy from their site, or use their store locator.
Evolution Snax makes grass-fed beef jerky and nut clusters. The beef jerky must be refrigerated. Not all of the nut clusters are paleo. Some have either agave nectar or chocolate.
Hunted & Gathered makes Paleo Jerky. The beef is grass-fed. It does have a small amount of organic coconut sugar. Made in Australia and shipped world-wide.
Kapow Fit Paks are a paleo beef jerky, dried fruit, and nuts snack pack. The fruit and nuts are packaged separate from the jerky to keep the flavors true to each other. Coconut aminos is used instead of soy sauce. Each pak also includes a toothpick. They also sell a kid-pak that includes their nut-free cookie. You can order from their site, or from Amazon. Save 10% by ordering a 5-pack.
Protos Foods makes an Ostrim Paleo Trail Mix. Major ingredients are beef and ostrich jerky strips, almonds, cashews, and blueberry infused cranberries. Lots of sub-ingredients, including sugar. You can buy from their site, from your local GNC store, use the store location, or buy from Amazon, where it is an add-on item. They also sell a variety of jerky. But some have non-fat milk added. Others don't list their ingredients.
Nick's Sticks has Grass-Fed Beef Snack Sticks and Free-Range Turkey Snack Sticks. Ingredients in the beef: grass-fed beef, water, Redmond Seasoned Salt (sea salt, onion, coriander, spices, mustard, black pepper, paprika, herbs), lactic acid, celery juice. Also available at Amazon.
Paleo Braaap, LLC has come out with The Paleo Diet Bar. It is endorsed by Loren Cordain. In two flavors: Cinnamon Raisin and Cranberry Almond. Ingredients include egg white protein powder and hemp protein powder. You buy from their website. [It doesn't really belong in the meat section, but with the egg whites it doesn't belong in the bar section, as those have no animal products.]
Personally I do not consider any protein powder to be paleo. It is clearly a product of technology and nothing at all like what can be found in nature. And what is the point? Why not simply eat real food? Paleo Pro sells a protein powder made with whole egg and egg white protein with beef protein isolate in a specially formulated mix. No dairy. You can buy from their site or at some Crossfits.
Primal Pacs is a new snack product made of beef, mango, macadamia nuts, almonds, sweetened cranberries, natural smoke flavor, salt, and seasonings. They also have a flavored jerky. Gluten-free is on the labels. You can order from their website.
Sophia's Survival Foods sells Grass Fed Jerky Chews. They are gluten-free and have no preservatives. Available in three flavors.
Steve's Paleo Goods makes PaleoKit, a medley of beef jerky, raw macadamias, almonds, pecans and dried fruits that are vacuum sealed. Available in original, grass-fed, and turkey recipe. There is also a Just Jerky version. You can buy online here.
Thunderbird Energetica makes five organic energy bars. Only one is paleo. The others have seeds, either quinoa, buckwheat, or hemp. See their Cashew Fig Carrot. Ingredients: dates, cashews, figs, carrots, nutmeg, vanilla, pink bolivian rose salt. You can buy from them, from sellers at Amazon, or numerous natural food stores.
Native American Natural Foods produces Tanka Bar and Tanka Bites. They are grass-fed bison and cranberry in either bar or nugget form. In either traditional or hot. Unfortunately the cranberries are sugared making this a sweet product and not completely paleo. Now also available in Tanka Wild Stick form. You can buy online here, in retail stores, or through Amazon.
Fish Snacks: Shellfish
Crown Prince Natural Smoked Oysters in Pure Olive Oil is the best selling smoked oysters at Amazon. Other smoked oysters have non-paleo oils. I buy these at my food coop and they are very nice. And like some Amazon reviewers, I drink the residual oil. Contains 0.47 grams Omega-3 per 3-oz. can. See Bestsellers in Oysters. See many other Crown Prince items.
Crown Prince Naturally Smoked Baby Clams in Olive Oil is sold in a snack-size pull-top can. These have salt added. Others have non-paleo oils. I prefer the oysters above over these. Buy at Amazon.
Crown Prince Natural Wild Caught Boiled Baby Clams, 10-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12). Packed in water. No added salt. Ready to eat. Convenient to have on hand for soups, sauces, and casseroles. Snack sized tins are also available. This is a top selling canned clams at Amazon. For current ranking see Bestsellers in Clams.
Miller's Select Lump Crab Meat, 6.5-Cans (Pack of 12). Ready to eat. Convenient to have on hand for soups, sauces, and casseroles. Reading the reviews at Amazon you will learn that there is a quality difference between canned crab meats. This one is the best and by far the most expensive. There is a Jumbo that is the top, but I no longer see it at Amazon. Buy at Amazon. For other crab meat options see Bestsellers in Crab. I buy a refrigerated canned crab meat at my food coop which I have not found on the web.
Fish Snacks: Salmon
There are five main types of wild salmon from the Pacific. They can be ranked from best to least: King/Chinook, Sockeye/Red, Coho, Pink, and Chum/Silverbrite. They are described on this About Food page.
Henry & Lisa's Natural Seafood Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon contains pink salmon fillet, water, salt, and nothing else. No skin. No bones. It is like a can of salmon flavored tuna. Comes in a convenient pull-top can. It should be easy to find. Hence it makes it into this snack section. But it has added salt. Contains 0.71 grams Omega-3 per half 6-oz. can. Find locally or at Amazon. See Bestsellers in Salmon.
Crown Prince sells a no salt added wild Natural Alaska Pink Salmon. It is also the top selling canned salmon at Amazon. Possibly as one packed without added salt isn't easily found in retail stores. However it is not completely bone-free. All the boneless ones have salt added.
Alaska Smokehouse has three wild Coho Salmon jerkies. Only two of them are paleo: Smoked, and Pepper Garlic. The new Pepper Garlic Salmon Jerky is generously sprinkled down with pepper and garlic before the Double Smoke process, providing a bold taste with a spicy kick. Buy at Amazon. See many other Alaska Smokehouse items.
Climax has Salmon Jerky. Not totally paleo. Ingredients: Wild Pacific Salmon, brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, canola oil, spices, potassium sorbate (to protect flavor), and natural wood smoke. Can buy online at their site.
SeaBear Smoked Salmon Trio offers 3 individually boxed portions, each containing 6 oz smoked salmon (18 oz total). One 6 oz box of each: Wild Smoked Sockeye, Wild Smoked Coho, and Wild Smoked Pink Salmon. No refrigeration required until opened. My problem with all smoked salmon is it is too salty for me. I don't add salt at all to my food and I have lost any tolerance for salt. This is the best selling smoked fish item at Amazon. See many other SeaBear items.
Fish Snacks: Tuna
You can buy canned tuna fish locally. There are few things you have to be aware of when selecting your tuna:
Itsumo Foods Market sells tuna jerkies and one of them is paleo: Paleo Ahi Tuna Jerky. It is sweetened with a small amount of pineapple juice and there is no soy sauce. Sold in a pouch. Free shipping on orders over $29.
Fish Snacks: Small Fish
Sardines are not only a very paleo snack, but a convenient way to get healthy Omega-3s and calcium (if not boneless) in your diet. You don't even need a can opener to open the can. Sardines, of course, come in dozens of varieties. There are different types and sizes of fish. They are prepped differently (boneless, skinless, etc). They can be spiced (some unnecessarily with salt). And they can be packed in olive oil or water (or non-paleo oils). Here are hundreds at Amazon. Or buy them locally where you can easily read the ingredient lists.
Polar Kipper Snacks is skinless, boneless, naturally hot-smoked (kippered) fillets of herring. It is just herring and salt. Can buy at Amazon.
When I think of anchovies I think of something that is too salty for me. Numerous are listed at Amazon, but all are in either a large size, or cases of small sizes. I'd look for this one locally.
Fish Snacks: Roe
All of these are cured with salt.
Dried grated tuna roe is a specialty from Italy. Sprinkled on food it adds an intense fish flavor. It is simply salted roe dried in the sun. Buy through Amazon. For more money you can also buy whole Tuna Roe Grey or Mullet Roe (which is milder) and slice or grate it yourself.
Salmon Roe is common in sushi restauarants and they call it Ikura. You can get overnight delivery of the 2 kg party size through Amazon. Apparently it can be frozen, but some of the eggs will break and they will then stick together. Locally one can buy roe and caviar (in smaller sizes) at high end gourmet grocers, like Zabar's and Dean & DeLuca.
Taste Specialty Foods Tsar Royale, White Sturgeon, Farmed Caviar, USA, 8-Ounce Tin. Here's an exotic paleo snack. Cheap caviars have unpaleo artificial dyes and preservatives. But not this unpasteurized one. Included in the Amazon price is expedited shipping for this refrigerated item. This is a good item for the holiday season (which is when most caviar is sold). Hand carved Mother of Pearl spoons are the traditional accoutrements used to serve caviar. And it should be served over ice.
Other Animal-Based Snacks
Roland Quail Eggs. Are you wondering why quail eggs are listed here? Well, they are paleo. And while they would make an odd snack, they are ready to serve and would also make a convenient paleo appetizer, which are snacks. You can buy at Amazon, where there are many people raving about them.
Roland Escargots (snails) are of premium quality packed without shells. There are 12 giant snails per can, and they are of uniform size. They are carefully cleaned, well cooked, and tender with a grayish color. There is no reason why these can't be the basis for a meal. This is the best selling one at Amazon.
Fruit & Nut: Bars
You can make your own fruit and nut bars. When you use dried fruits as the ingredients, you need a food processor, but not a dehydrator. Many recipes are in The PaleoFood Recipe Collection.
Awesome Foods makes raw "right carb" food. Their varied line ranges froms bars to wraps. Most products are paleo or close to paleo. It is quite interesting to explore their product line and see how using only raw foods they can create products for all parts of a meal. Many are refrigerated products. Can buy all their products online at their site and stores scattered around the country. Pictured at left is their Almond Fig Bar.
Bearded Brothers makes four organic vegan mostly raw energy bars. Like the Larabars the main ingredient is dates. Not all are paleo, but the Colossal Coconut Mango and Fabulous Ginger Peach are. Buy from their site, or from some stores scattered across the country.
Earthling Organics makes Rawnola, Goji Bar, and Yogi Bar. Like many raw vegan products they contain high fructose agave syrup and vanilla bean. Can buy online here.
At Element Bars you can design your own energy bars. Many ingredients are not paleo, but enough are that you can create your own date-based paleo snack bar. You can also personalize the label, which could make these neat party favors. A dozen will cost you $36 + $6 shipping.
Forever Cheese imports Fruit Logs Mitica and other dried fruits from Spain. They are made with 100% pure fresh fruit of the highest quality: apricot, date, fig, and plum. Nuts are added. They are marketed as party foods. I tried the Date Log with Marcona Almonds which I spotted at my food coop. Think of it as a simpler Larabar. I opened one end and ate it like a bar. On a per ounce basis the log I bought was about the same price. There is a Where To Buy link on the website. Murray's Cheese stocks their products and ships everywhere, though few are listed on their website.
Gopal's Healthfoods has a line of raw and sprouted wraps and Rawma bars. Many are paleo or very close. Some have high fructose agave syrup. Flax seed often appears. Can buy online at their site or at Natural Zing.
Hail Merry distributes a line of raw vegan snacks. Some have non-paleo chocolate. See macaroons. Their nuts have been sweetened. You can buy from their site. I found them at my food coop.
International Harvest, Inc. selling under the GoHunza name has several lines of organic and raw foods. The Really-Raw Sweets are a mixture of fruit, high fructose agave syrup, and nuts. Plus a little vanilla. Their Pecan Pie really does taste like pecan pie, and just as sweet. (I found it at my food coop.) Buying here requires a $50 minimum.
Clif Bar has the Kit's Organic line of fruit and nut bars. Bars are made with five or fewer 100% organic ingredients. In four flavors, though only the Berry Almond is truly paleo. Find in your local store, buy online here, or through Amazon. (Other Clif products are not paleo, and the Nectar line has been discontinued.)
Kapow Fit Paks makes a nut-free "cookie" that looks more like a ball covered with shredded coconut. Ingredients are: coconut oil, coconut nectar, Sunbutter (roasted sunflower seeds, dehydrated cane juice, salt, natural mixed tocopherols), vanilla, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free).
Lärabars are a dried date-based bar with 19 flavors with many of them paleo. (The exceptions having peanuts or cocoa.) They are the favorite paleo snack of the paleo crowd. My favorite was the Ginger Snap, but it is now the new Tropical Fruit Tart. Similar is the Key Lime Pie, but the Lime is rather gooey. Both are descended from the Coconut Cream Pie. These are the least sweet. Also I find the Tropical Fruit Tart to be more filling than the Ginger Snaps. Possibly due to higher saturated fat. The Ginger Snap has total fat of 14 grams, but only 1 gram is saturated. The Tropical Fruit Tart has total fat of only 12 grams, but 7 grams are saturated. Available at stores or at Amazon. Note that price varies by flavor. Some flavors at some times may be cheaper than you can buy locally.
NoGii now has three paleo bars. One is nuts and seeds, another is nuts and berries, and the third is nuts and tropical fruit. Honey is the second or third ingredient in all of them. I have not tried them, but I doubt I would like such sweet bars. Also available at Amazon.
Coconut Date Rolls: Pressed dates, rolled in shredded coconut and topped with an almond. I can buy these rolls from the bulk aisle at my food coop. You can think of them as the poor man's Larabar.
Paleo Simplified sells pseudo-paleo energy bars. They have numerous ingredients that our paleo ancestors could not have possibly gathered. But they are "in" ingredients, so got included. As many as they could get in. They rave about all the antioxidants, but the paleo diet includes all the antioxidants you need without supplementing. Besides, one isn't eating the foods that cause free radicals. The bars include protein powder. As if the paleo diet needs more protein. And sweeteners. You can order from their site, or from Amazon.
Simple Squares are organic snack bars infused with vanilla and herbs. They use honey to hold the nuts together. They come in many flavors. You can buy from Amazon.
Steve's Paleo Goods makes PaleoKrunch Bar, a lightly-sweet granola bar that is grain-free. It comes in two flavors: The Original has shredded coconut, raw pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, raw almonds and a touch of honey. The Tropical combines pineapple, macadamias, and extra coconut with our Original PaleoKrunch to give you the best of salty and sweet.
Two Moms In The Raw has a line of vegan products. They are heavy on the flaxseeds. Vegetarians, of course, are not getting Omega-3's from fish or grass-fed meat, so they have made flaxseeds popular. I can't see our ancestors going to the trouble of collecting the small seeds. They do have a line of Nut Bars that I found in my food coop. They all have agave as an ingredient. Vegans must have a sweet tooth. They are sold at Whole Foods and many other retailers across the country. At Amazon I found a couple.
YAWP! makes an organic YAWP! Naked Nutrition Bar. Ingredients: almonds, dates, sunflower seeds, pepitas, sesame seeds, himalayan salt, cinnamon. You can buy from the website.
Fruit & Nut: Cookies, Crackers, Bread
Products here start with fresh ingredients and use an oven or a dehydrator. Some of these products have sweeteners added. Some don't. Only the ones without are recommended. Many recipes are in The PaleoFood Recipe Collection.
Julian Bakery makes Almond Thin Crackers. Ingredients are almond flour, flax, chili powder, onion powder, sea salt. They market these as low carb. You can also buy from Amazon, where reviews are all over the place. The most consistent comment is they arrived all broken up.
Awesome Foods makes raw "right carb" food. Their varied line ranges froms bars to wraps. Most products are paleo or close to paleo. Some are sweetened, and some not. It is quite interesting to explore their product line and see how using only raw foods they can create products for all parts of a meal. Many are refrigerated products. Can buy all their products online at their site and stores scattered around the country. Pictured at left is their Butternut Squash Crackers.
Caveman Cookies come in five flavors: The Original is made with honey, almond flour, walnuts, raisins, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon. The Tropical flavor has almond flour, honey, unsulfured coconut, macadamia nuts, and ginger. The Alpine has honey, hazelnut flour, almond flour, and carob. And now Rainforect and Alpine. This is one of the most popular items on this page. I tried the Tropical flavor. It doesn't list honey as the first ingredient. It is still sweet. Available at select stores around the country. See site for store locator. This paleo snack is stocked at Amazon.
Coco-Roons has a line of organic sweets based on dried coconut and almond flour, and lots of maple syrup. In six flavors and also in a mini size. Buy online from their site or through Amazon.
Didi's Baking For Health has an entire line of raw vegan snacks. There were 15 the last time I looked. Some products have vanilla, which was the only non-paleo ingredient I could find. No agave syrup, so not too sweet. These are recommended. I like the Cashew Ginger Sungem and Mac 'n Cheese. I pass them while waiting to check out at my food coop. See store locator at Didi's site. Eight of the flavors are available through Amazon, but shipping is per item, making them expensive to buy there. Order from Didi's page and shipping is free for over $50.
Freeland Foods Go Raw makes hand-crafted organic, raw living food. Product line includes bars, snacks, cookies, and real live chocolate. Lots of flaxseeds, which are paleo questionable and taste flaxseedy. The only product line that I recommend are the Super Cookies in various flavors (but not the chocolate). I especially like the Super Lemon. Though it is not an ideal paleo food. With all the seeds there are almost five times as many Omega-6s as Omega-3s. Distributed nationally. Buy here or at Amazon.
Julian's Paleo Bread is new on the scene. They sell online two breads that are close to paleo: Almond and Coconut. They use egg whites instead of whole eggs. There use no oil. They are trying to make the breads very low fat. And I don't consider psyllium to be a paleo ingredient. Read Paleo Nick's review before you buy this bread. It is listed at Amazon.
Livin' Spoonful makes crackers made from sprouted sunflower seeds. They come in four flavors. No grains. No added sweeteners. You can buy online at this web site or some at Natural Zing.
Lydia's Organics creates combinations of sprouted seeds, and nuts, along with fruits, vegetables, herbs, and seaweed. Dehydrated at low temperatures. Shaped into bars, crackers, and cereals. Also Kale Krunchies, bread, seasonings, and trail mix. Some are sweetened. Some not. Can buy online here or at Natural Zing or Amazon.
Paleo To Go makes baked goods and snacks that are loosely based upon paleolithic nutrition. Their carrot-banana muffins and blueberry cookies are made from ingredients including almond and flaxseed meal, tree nuts, raw egg, raw honey and coconut oil. You can order from the website.
Paleo Treats makes organic paleo treats: Cacao Now!, a fruit-nut-chocolate cookie made from cacao powder, honey, almonds, raisins, pistachios, raw goji berries. And Mac Attacks, a coconut and cacao treat (includes egg whites). And now also Mustang Bar [pictured left] (almond butter, coconut oil, walnuts, honey, almonds, raisins, pumpkin seeds, almond flour, coconut, vanilla, salt). Can buy online here.
Julian Bakery makes Paleo Waffles. Ingredients are coconut flour, egg whites, almond milk, coconut oil, stevia, cinnamon, potassium bicarbonate, and sea salt. The problem I see, and it is a problem with all of the Julian Bakery products, is their fear of any kind of fat. There is nothing wrong with fat. And without it you get a dry tasteless product. You can buy from Julian or from Amazon, where the single review is probably fake.
Fruit & Nut: Trail Mixes
Back Roads Granola started with Paleo Coconut Crunch, with coconut chips instead of oats. Now three more Paleo flavors: Maple Pecan, Apricot Chai, and Pineapple Ginger.
Raw nuts are a very paleo snack. I can buy them at any of the many health foods stores in my area. I can't see spending more and buying them by mail. But possibly not everybody has as many local options. Bergin Nut Company products are the bulk foods that Amazon stocks. There are lots. Many are not paleo. This search returns just Bergin's raw nuts in bestselling order. Other stores selling nuts can be found in my Stores Section.
Paleo To Go Caveman Crunch Nut Mix is close to paleo. It has flaxseeds, which would not have been gathered by our paleo ancestors. You can order from the website.
International Harvest, Inc. selling under the GoHunza name has Go Take A Hike! trail mix. See other single ingredient products. Buying here requires a $50 minimum.
Living Intentions makes a line of sprouted and seasoned nut blends. Sold as Gone Nuts! in eight flavors. Some have wheat-free soy. Fully paleo is Cilantro. Can buy online here or at Natural Zing or through Amazon.
Living Nutz germinates nuts and then dehydrates them at low temperatures. Dates are added. They are spiced. Vanilla extract is present. In a dozen flavors, but many have soy sauce with wheat. Can buy online here. Some products are available through Amazon.
Maple Nut Kitchen makes both traditional and Paleo granola, all gluten-free and vegan, as maple syrup is the only sweetener used. The Paleo line has four regionally inspired flavors: Northern Berry Harvest (with walnuts and blueberries), Eastern Apple Pecan, Southern Cherry Almond, and Western Cocoa Cayenne. Buy online. Click Online Store.
Nutcase Crunch is a Paleo cereal made of finely chopped almonds, pecans, coconut, and pine nuts. To eat like a cereal you would need coconut milk or homemade nut milk. Buy from the website.
Paleo People has eight "Paleo Style" granola snack products. Some loose and some in clusters. Some have non-paleo cacao or coffee. Some have flax meal. You can buy online here, in some retail stores, and at Amazon.
Paleonola has six flavors of granola: Original, Maple Pancake, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Pina Colada, and Chocolate Fix. Lots of options on Amazon, where all get five stars.
Steve's Paleo Goods makes PaleoKrunch Cereal, a lightly-sweet breakfast granola that is grain-free. The product has "Krunchy" clusters. It comes in five flavors:
Trader Joe's has a line of Trek Mixes. Only the Go Raw one is paleo (a mixture of raisins, cashews, walnuts, almonds, and filberts). You can buy it from Amazon, or cheaper if there is a TJ's nearby.
Pinyon Pinenuts are collected in the wild by George & Penny Frazier. Site also has some pinenut information. Also see Wikipedia.
Dried Greens: Kale
Blessing's Alive and Radiant Foods makes dehyrated kale chips in many flavors with assorted spices under the name Kale Krunch. Many are paleo. Check the ingredient lists. They also have a Veggie Krunch which is not paleo. You can order through their site and find at Amazon.
ChocolaTree produces a line of raw organic foods. Most are not paleo, but the Kale Chips are. Available in vegan cheddar, rosemary, or chipotle. Kale chips are very tasty and addicting and make a great paleo snack. You can buy direct, or through Amazon. If you order through Amazon.com by default you get cheddar, but you may specify chipotle. Note that buying through Amazon will get you a plastic tub that will better protect the contents than the bag used if you order direct from the maker.
Blue Mountain makes Earth Chips, a dehydrated kale product in two flavors: Cheezy Kale (contains cashews) and Tomato Basil Kale (no tree nuts), which tastes like pizza. You can buy from Blue Mountain.
Good 'n' Raw has a line of organic kale chips that are for the most part paleo. In five flavors. Each is also available in single servings. And a line of non-paleo granolas (have buckwheat). You can buy from the site.
The Kale Factory (formerly New York Naturals) makes raw vegan curly Kale Chips in five flavors. Not all are paleo. They are great to snack on. This is the one that I used to buy locally (they are made here in Brooklyn) and my favorite was the Vegan "Cheese." But then I got tired of them. You can buy through their website, or use this store locator.
The Kale Factory makes Greenola. The first ingredient is kale, with fruit, nuts, and spices following. The Cranberry Nut Crunch and Raisin Coconut are paleo. It can be used as a cereal, topping for salads, or on its own. You can buy from their site and from Amazon.
The Kale Factory makes Raw Kale Powder. It is just fresh kale dried by them at low temperatures. Add to smoothies or bake in cookies or casseroles. A great way to add greens to anything. Only dried leaves, no stems. Available from The Kale Factory or through Amazon.
Pacific Northwest Kale Chips makes kale chips in six flavors: Stumptown Original, Cheezy Crunch, Glacier Peak Greens, Cascade Ranch, Lava Rock Sriracha (has agave syrup), and Snoqualmie Macaroon (has maple syrup). They are all raw and vegan. Buy online or in stores in Portland, OR.
Dried Vegetables: Other
Coco-Roons, selling under the Wonderfully Raw brand, has a line of organic Brussel Bytes. Like a dried kale product but made with Brussel sprouts instead. One is flavored with apple and the other with pumpkin seeds. Buy online from their site or a high price through Amazon.
Coco-Roons, selling under the Wonderfully Raw brand, has a line of organic chips made with parsnips and coconut called Snip Chips. They are flavored with the ingredients that are popular in the raw community. Buy online from their site.
Dried Greens: Sea Vegetables
SeaSnax is a very popular seaweed snack. They are in large sheets which can be rolled around food. Or simply eaten as a snack. Also now in small snack-sized sheets. They use olive oil in the selected one and a small amount of sea salt. The manufacturer claims they are strangely addictive. I can buy them at my food coop. The website has a store locator. Many are listed at Amazon.
ChocolaTree produces a line of raw organic foods. Most are not paleo, but the Nori Nachos are. They are similar to the Kale Chips but with a nori base instead of kale. You can buy this paleo snack through Amazon.
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Inc. offer several organically certified varieties: Alaria/Wakame, Dulse, Kelp/Kombu, Laver/Nori, and Nori. This is an excellent source of iodine (especially if one is not adding salt to their food). Also available in granules. Available online at Natural Zing and Amazon.
Eden Organic Foods has a line of Sea Vegetables. Many are hand harvested from the wild in Japan and those are the ones shown below. They may now be contaminated with radiation. Some others are cultivated (like Nori). Listed below by rank. Amazon also has a page where they list the Bestselling Sea Vegetables
Vegetables and Fruit: Cooked
There really is no reason why adults can't eat packaged baby food. Many of them are quite pure. I selected Happy Tot Organic Superfoods, 4.22 Ounce Pouches, as it could easily be eaten as a snack. It isn't ideal in my opinion. It includes paleo questionable chia seeds. You can buy from Amazon.
Wholly Guacamole makes guacamole snack packs. The standard and chunky are in 8-ounce packages. The minis are 2-ounce cups. They also have a line of salsas in 10-ounce packages. This is not a shelf stable product. You will have to find it locally in the refrigerator case at your grocer. It can then be frozen. See Where to Find Us link on their site.
100% Fruit Snacks
I don't buy any of the products in this section (except for the plantain chips). I make my own applesauce in the Fall and freeze it to use throughout the year. Then fresh fruit is easy to find. And many frozen berries and fruit are quite reasonable and good. Especially if you have a Trader Joe's nearby. Any dried fruit I buy is from the bulk pack section at my food coop. Then there is the problem that these foods raise triglyceride levels. That, in turn, increases the number of small, dense lipoproteins that cause damage to your arteries. However, if you need convenient snack packaging, here they are:
Gorge Delights produces JustFruit Bars in at least eight flavors. Predominate ingredient is either pears or apples. Buy in stores or here or TrueFoodsMarket or Amazon.
Willamette Valley Fruit has three marionberry (a blackberry cultivar: see Wikipedia article) bars that also have other fruits (blueberry, apple, or strawberry). There is also a very non-paleo one with chocolate, sugar and soy. Website has a zip code driven where-to-buy.
If you have a dehydrator all you need is non-stick dehydrator sheets made for your dehydrator and you can make your own fruit leather. See recipes in The PaleoFood Recipe Collection.
Stretch Island Fruit makes a line of organic fruit leather and FruitaBü, a Smooshed Fruit. They are nothing but fruit. In eight flavors: Apple, Apricot, Blackberry, Cherry, Grape, Mango, Raspberry, Strawberry, and a variety pack. Available at TrueFoodsMarket and Amazon.
Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit is fruit twisted into a fun rope shape. Available in six flavors: Grape, Mixed Berry, Pineapple, Sour Apple, Strawberry, and Tropical Twist. At Amazon they are scattered about in different departments.
Matt's Munchies makes a premium fruit snack. They are organic fruit puree and fruit pulp formed into thin bars. A mango one has coconut also. People like that one. I found this at my food coop. You can buy from their site or at Amazon.
Archer Farms [line of food products from Target (and SuperTarget) stores] has a broad line of organic fruit strips. They are stocked at Amazon, and at Target stores.
Sun-Rype has four fruit bars at Amazon: Blueberry Pomegranate, Mango-Strawberry, Strawberry and Wildberry (many fruits).
Fruit Loose (Dehydrated)
One can easily eat too much dried fruit. Be careful.
Peeled Snacks has a line of organic fruit snacks available at Amazon.
Made In Nature produces 100% organically grown dried fruits. You can buy at Amazon.
Kariba Farms sells numerous dried fruits and berries. Many items are available in all natural and organic.
Bergin Fruit and Nut Company has a large line of dried fruits. Some are organic. Some can be found at Amazon (and maybe others that don't come up in that search). Other stores selling dried fruit can be found in my Stores Section.
Traverse Bay Fruit Co. has their dried fruits stocked at Amazon. Primarily cherries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and cranberries.
Trader Joe's dried fruit is stocked at Amazon. This mango is pure. Much of their dried fruit has been sweetened. TJ's products are cheaper if you have a store nearby.
Fruit Loose: Crunchy (Freeze-Dried)
A popular category. All of these are crunchy and crisp. I find this to be an expensive way to get fruit into one's diet.
Fruit Loose: Crunchy (Baked)
Bare Fruit Snacks makes organic bake-dried fruit chips. No oil is added. This makes them crunchy. Products are just fruit. Available is a variety of fruits and package sizes. Some are mixed fruits. Some are spiced with cinnamon. You can buy online at their site or at Amazon.
Fruit Loose (Dried): Superfruits
Açaí is a small purple berry from the Brazilian Amazon that is claimed to be packed with antioxidants, healthy omega fats, amino acids and dietary fiber. The problem is it is way overhyped. For antioxidants it is only middling. Darker fruits, like Concord grapes and blueberries, have more. Information on the berry can be found at Wikipedia. It gets listed here as it is a top seller at Amazon, and it is useful to add flavoring to paleo smoothies and other foods. Note that unit cost is cheaper for the pouch shown below under Navitas Naturals.
Navitas Naturals has a line of raw dried superfruit. These are fruits with a high level of antioxididants. Some are berries and can be eaten as snacks. Some are powders that can be used in smoothies or drinks. Most are certified organic. All the below are shipped by Amazon. Click on thumbnail to see package in detail.
Fruit Loose (Fried)
Inka Crops sells chips fried in palm oil, which is a paleo oil made from a fruit. Best known are their plantain chips. The one made from green plantains is salted, while the one using ripe plantains (pictured at left) is unsalted. They are easy to find locally. Can see comments at Amazon: Ripe Plantains, No Salt and Green Plantains with Salt.
I make my own applesauce. It is quite easy once you get the hang of it (and have a food mill). And I can load it up with cinnamon. Here are my instructions. But this is a snack section, and so I will focus on organic applesauce in snack-sized packaging that hasn't been sweetened. (Mott's is not organic and has HFCS, and while Santa Cruz is organic, it has been sweetened with high fructose apple concentrate.) Earth's Best comes in cinnamon and plain and can be bought through Amazon for too high a price. You can read the reviews. You will see that some people can't take the lack of a sweetener.
The individual squeezable pack has become very popular in recent years. Some are marketed as convenient baby food. They could be an adult snack, though it is pretty easy to get enough fresh fruit on the paleo diet.
Dr. Cow has a line of tree nut cheeses in eight flavors. As a base they all use either cashew or macadamia, then flavor with brazil nut, hemp, or dulse. You can find them in natural food stores around Manhattan, scattered around the country (see where to buy on their site), and online. They do have a nice sharp taste. They are expensive. The VeganStore sells them online. Use Ctrl-F to find them. Six flavors are sold by VeganEssentials.
The Regal Vegan is a NYC based business. Their Basilicotta is a creamy basil cashew spread that is paleo. Note that it is a spread and not a cheese. It doesn't have the tanginess of the more expensive Dr. Cow products. I found it at my food coop. I doubt you can find it outside of NYC. But they do sell mail order.
Nutritional Yeast is the vegan way to get a cheese flavor. Used like a parmesan seasoning. I have looked for the first two locally but have not found them. Both have salt. As I do not add salt to my food, I wouldn't have much use for them. I haven't tried pure nutritional yeast.
MimicCreme is a non-dairy cream substitute that is made with almonds, cashews, and a little rice starch. (Ok, it isn't completely paleo.) Use the unsweetened one in any recipe in the same amount as cream. They also have sweetened ones which are clearly not paleo. In aseptic boxes. Can buy online from MimicCreme or at Amazon.
The Blue Mountain Cashew Creamery makes Frozen Cashew Cream, a line of raw and organic non-dairy desserts. Close to paleo ice cream. All but one are sweetened with high fructose agave syrup. In seven flavors: Cappuccino, Chocolate, Date Cream (sweetened with dates), Mango, Mint Cacao Chip, Strawberry, Vanilla. You can buy from Blue Mountain in 6 or 12 packs.
Natural Value Coconut Milk is the coconut milk that I buy (in organic). It is free of guar gum and preservatives. Plus it is in a BPA-free can. Available in both organic and non-organic. It should be thick and require stirring. Some batches of the non-organic are not, and are creamy and thin like cow's milk, with no stirring needed. It is distributed through UNFI to natural foods stores, but only in the West. You can buy at Amazon: non-organic and organic.
Chaokoh Coconut Milk is the one that is recommended by Sarah Fragoso. There is no guar gum, but it does have preservatives. The can is not BPA-free. It is thin like cow's milk. No stirring needed. You can buy it at Amazon. I found it at a local Bangladeshi grocer for $1.49/can.
Thai Agri Foods has several coconut milks and creams under the Aroy-D brand. They have no stabilizers, thickeners, gums, or preservatives. Some are not diluted. The ones in aseptic packs eliminate the issue of BPA contamination. I found the products at a Thai grocer in Manhattan. You can buy them at Amazon.
Edward & Sons produces Let's Do Organic Creamed Coconut. It is unsweetened. Replaces diary and coconut milk in sauces, curries, smoothies and more. At room temperature it is a hard brick. You have to disolve it in some water. Find it locally or buy at Amazon.
Grace Foods has a line of coconut products. However they refuse to disclose the ingredients prior to purchase. Asking gets no response. We know from comments posted at Amazon that their Coconut Milk is not pure and their Coconut Milk Powder has sodium caseinate (a milk product). It is possible that their cream is pure. At Amazon: Grace Pure Creamed Coconut.
Frozen Coconut Milk is a premium product. It tends to be thin like cow's milk when thawed. They may be best used as a frozen snack. They are messy to open. Read taste comparison of frozen coconut milks at Non Nom Paleo.
Anita's Coconut Milk Yogurt Alternative is the best out there. The only ingredients are organic coconut, organic coconut water, and cultures. Available in tasty plain. It is tart, like yogurt is supposed to be. Also in a couple of sweetened ones with fruit. It is almost three times more expensive than the slimey So Delicious Unsweetened yogurt substitute. This is available only in the NYC area. No mail order. If you live around here seek it out using the "Find Us" on her site. See old style label.
Coconut Grove is another coconut yogurt. Available in four flavors: plain, vanilla, blueberry, and strawberry. The ingredient list is shorter than So Delicious, but has much more stabilizers and fillers than Anita's. It comes in two sizes: 6 oz and 24 oz. Distribution started in California and is expanding. See Where to Buy on their site.
Co Yo is a coconut yogurt. Available in four flavors: Natural, Mango, Mixed Berry and Raw Chocolate. It comes in two sizes: 5.3 oz and 12 oz. No ingredient list at site. Limited availability. See store locator at site, though the places listed that I tried had never carried it.
Turtle Mountain is a manufacturer of coconut-based non-dairy products under the So Delicious brand.
Frozen Coconut Desserts
Coconut Secret has a frozen Raw Coconut Cream which is made from coconut cream and not coconut milk. It is sweetened with raw coconut nectar. The website has a store locator, though it doesn't specify which products are carried in the listed stores. It can be bought online from Original Living Coconut in Kansas City, MO. Ingredients (all are certified organic) for the vanilla: raw coconut, raw coconut nectar, purified water, vanilla extract, raw ground vanilla bean, guar gum.
Luna & Larry's makes Coconut Bliss frozen dessert. Available in natural food stores. See store locator on their website. Ingredients for the plain (called Naked): organic coconut milk (organic coconut, water, organic guar gum), organic agave syrup, organic coconut cream, organic dried coconut, organic coconut extract, organic vanilla extract.
So Delicious has a line called Coconut Milk Frozen Desserts. Of the three listed here this is the easiest to find. Use the store locator on their website. Ingredients for plain (called Coconut): organic coconut milk (water, organic coconut cream), organic agave syrup, chicory root extract, organic dried coconut, carob bean gum, guar gum, natural flavor. Some of the flavored ones are sweetened with stevia instead of sugar. The most paleo of the lot, and the one I recommend, is the No Sugar Added Vanilla Bean. It doesn't even have stevia.
Coconut butter is a creamy whole coconut made with pure, dried coconut flesh, not just the oil. It is ground to a solid white paste. It melts easily and spreads at temperatures above 72-76°F (you may have to warm it). It can be used as a butter substitute for: smoothies, dressings, sauces, raw and cooked desserts, and icing. Use in tropical and Caribbean dishes. It does not need to be refrigerated. All of the ones listed below are organic.
Coconut Water is "nature's isotonic beverage" from the center of green young coconuts. Most are from Brazil (except two noted below). Coconut water contains potassium (more than a banana), calcium, magnesium and many trace minerals. It has an ideal balance of electrolytes so important to replenish after exercise. Naturally low in calories and fat-free, it's the paleo way to quench your thirst and restore well being. Read more at the Wikipedia article on Coconut water. This product is readily available in natural food stores. Be sure to read the ingredient list, as some are sweetened and some have preservatives (generally the ones that are marketed to the Latin community). By law in the US all are pasteurized.
Book on Coconut Water:
Coconut Water: For Health and Healing by Dr. Bruce Fife educates the reader on the health benefits of coconut water. Coconut water's unique nutritional profile gives it the power to balance body chemistry, ward off disease, fight cancer, and retard aging. History and folklore credit coconut water with remarkable healing powers, which medical science is now confirming. People like the book, with the caveat that it can be overly scientific.
Coconut Water (in alphabetical order):
Amy & Brian Naturals Coconut Juice comes in three variations: With Pulp, Without Pulp, and With Lime. They came in 17.5-ounce and 10-ounce cans. Comments at Amazon say this one has a lovely light, clean, fresh taste, and is a little sweeter than the others. This is because their coconuts come from Thailand. Both small and large cans are now sourced from the same coconuts. You can buy directly from Amy & Brian, use the store locator on their site, or buy from Amazon.
C2O Pure Coconut Water is a newcomer. Like the Amy & Brian it is from Thailand and is sweeter. An obnoxious website where form is paramont and getting information is secondary. This is what you get when you hire a graphics designer to do your site. If you are patient, you will be able to find a store locator on their site (in my area it is only Whole Foods), or buy from Amazon.
Coco Samba is from Brazil. I first saw it at my food coop. It doesn't have the silly plastic spout that Vita Coco has added. But it does have Vitamin C added. Why? It is easy to get ample Vitamin C in one's paleo diet. You can buy a pack from Amazon.
Harmless Harvest sells a coconut water that was new in 2013. It is 100% raw and organic. They claim their high pressure processing maintains the raw flavor, aroma and nutrition of their products. It is from Thailand. Amazon reviewers claim it is the best. It is expensive. Buy from Amazon, or use the store locator at their website.
Harvest Bay 100% Coconut Water. This is distributed to natural food stores in the East and West, or buy a pack of the 8.45 ounce from Amazon.
Naked Juice 100% Coconut Water. This is one of the sites designed entirely with the obnoxious Flash and you are forced to go through their art show and slow loading before getting to the information. Apparently the juice manufacturers have a competition to see who can have the most obnoxious site. Buy from Amazon.
Nature Factor Organic Young Coconut Water from certified organic coconuts. This also has a lovely light, clean, fresh taste, but is less sweet than Amy & Brian's. You can buy at Amazon.
O.N.E. (One Natural Experience) makes a coconut water that is 100% natural coconut. Available in 11.2-ounce and 8.5-ounce Tetra Paks. They do not sell online, but you can find it at Amazon, where it is the second best-seller. And you can find it at numerous major supermarket chains.
Taste Nirvana sells a coconut water that was new in 2013. There are three flavors with more coming soon. It is available in BPA-free aluminum cans, or glass bottles in two sizes. It's the favorite of the buyer at my food coop. It comes from Thailand and is highly rated at Amazon. Also see store locator at their website.
Vita Coco makes a 100% pure coconut water. This one is not as sweet compared to the others. This is the one I buy. It comes in many flavors (I buy the plain) and is the best selling coconut water. The small size now has the silly plastic spouts. You can buy at Amazon, where the price is very good if sold by Amazon.
Zico switched to a water made from concentrate. Now it has also come out with a Pure Premium. The Amazon reviews claim the concentrate tastes and smells funny. It is bottled on a line that also bottles dairy and soy. Some like the premium better than Vita Coco. You can find them locally and at Amazon.
The Kitchen Equipment Encyclopedia for Paleos is on another page.
Dehydrators. A must for homemade jerky and pemmican. Can also dry fruit and herbs. Inexpensive ones without thermostats are $30, but I consider a thermostat a must. Healthier and tastier to dry at a low temperature. The round ones are expandable up to 30 trays. The one I have and highly recommend is the Excalibur 2900. It is the one used by all serious dehyraters. The square trays are easier to fill than round with a hole in the middle. I don't see a need for a timer. If you dry at a low temperature the time will be long and need not be exact. Also see Paleodiet: Dehydrators section.
Meat Grinders. Anyone following paleo can justify owning a meat grinder. You can make you own paleo sausage (also see Patty Press), grind suet before rendering, powder narrow jerky strips for pemmican (by far the best way to do this), make use of full animal sides, or even just to grind up leftovers for hash. The hand ones that clamp to the counter are apparently fine. Electric, which is what I bought, can run $100. If you have any KitchenAid Classic stand mixer, which won't have much use now that you aren't baking, you can buy a reasonably priced food grinder attachment for it.
Slow Cooker, aka "Crock Pot". Useful. Many consider this a must have in a paleo kitchen. Can start before you go to bed or in the morning. You want one with a removable sleeve. Then you can prepare it the evening before and put in the refrigerator. Before going to work you simply put it in the base and start it up. And much easier to clean. A neat option is one with a probe that will shift to a keep warm mode when the meat is done. A slow cooker is the best way to cook pulled pork. Slow cookers work best if they are at least half full. Don't buy one that is too big. N.B. Long cooking times with acidic foods can lead to hydrolysis of proteins.
Thermometer, Infrared. These are downright fun to play with. This is like the one I have. You aim the laser beam at an object and it displays the surface temperature. Check out the temperature of anything. Food safety people use these. I use mine to check the temperature of the suet while I'm rendering it when the moisture has been removed and the temperature starts to rise. Also good for measuring the surface temperature of a pan. They also have automotive troubleshooting uses.
The Kitchen Equipment Encyclopedia for Paleos is on another page.The only types of oils acceptable on the paleo diet are listed below. Industrial seed oils are high in Omega-6s. They are to be avoided. A diet high in Omega-6s leads to inflammation of the arteries and depresses the immune system.
Nutiva makes a USDA-certified-organic, extra-virgin coconut oil that is cold-pressed from fresh coconuts within two hours of chopping. It has a light true-coconut taste, aroma. This is the one I buy and is by far the top selling coconut oil at Amazon. There is also a more economical larger size.
And for the commercial kitchen you can buy coconut oil in the five gallon size. The best selling in this size at Amazon is Extra Virgin Cold Pressed, Certified Organic from Wilderness Family Naturals.
Tropical Traditions Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil, Non-Certified - 5-gallon pail is cheaper than the organic one listed above. Read about expeller-pressed at the Tropical Traditions website. They import many virgin organic coconut products, including oil, cream, flour, shedded, flakes, and chips. Website includes lots of information on coconut.
Ultimate Superfoods has a virgin raw coconut oil. They use centrifuge extraction to derive the oil from fresh coconuts. They sell in sizes up to a 55 gallon drum! Lots of other raw foods, including sea vegetables. You can buy online here. (The oil does appear on Amazon, but it is more expensive.)
Olive oil is, of course, readily available. At Amazon a search returns thousands, as it also returns every food that includes olive oil as an ingredient. The only oil that would be considered paleo is First Cold Pressed. This process is low tech, as a paleo food should be. Generally, but not always, if it is labeled Extra Virgin it will be First Cold Pressed. And, of course, organic is more paleo. So, I listed just this best selling one: Zoe Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (with BPA-free lining).
Other Nut Oils
Macadamia oil has a nutty sweet taste. The 410°F smoke point is fairly high, making this good for high temperature cooking. It is low in phytic acid.
La Tourangelle has five paleo nut oils (in alphabetical order):
La Tourangelle Roasted Almond Oil is the bestselling Almond Oil at Amazon. Adds a rich almond taste to salad dressing, baking, and grilled meat or fish. With a fresh roasted almond flavor, the oil reveals subtle nuances when combined with other ingredients. Its delicate character makes it a good substitute for olive oil in cases where walnut oil and hazelnut oil are just too powerful. Almond oil is very popular in India with duck and curry, and in China it is also used with chicken and duck. Suitable for medium-high heat (smoke point 420°F) and perfect for sautéing.
The benefits of Krill Oil have been touted by Michael Eades, MD in Why krill oil? and on many other websites. It is an extract from Antarctic krill that is rich in cell membrane building blocks and considered better than regular fish oil. You can buy by price, as it all comes from the same source. I have found that it is cheaper at Amazon than at my food coop.
Carlson Fish Oil is considered one of the best. It is available in many forms and sizes. This search here has it by bestselling items. I like the convenience of capsules. See all at: Amazon. The capsules are not shipped by Amazon, but shipping is only $0.99. It is an excellent price. You can use this Fish Oil Calculator to see how many capsules Robb Wolf believes one should take. I find the results excessive.
Animal Fats (and Marrow)
Pure Indian Foods is a family-owned New Jersey farm that makes organic ghee from grass-fed cows. Read on their website about the high standards they follow. Now dairy isn't usually considered paleo, but ghee has almost all of the protein and lactose removed and one is left with a high smoke point fat. You can buy through Amazon.
Stocked and shipped by Amazon is Nanak Pure Desi Ghee. Grass is pictured on the label. Correspondence from Nanak: "We try to source from grass fed cows and since our suppliers cannot guarantee, we cannot offer the guarantee further." At Amazon you have the choice of two sizes: 56 ounce and 28 ounce.
Duck Fat is tasty and recommended for cooking, as olive oil breaks down at a relatively low temperature. Use as a substitute for butter or frying oil. Many are available through Amazon. Most are imported from France. The one gallon size is domestic. The only duck fat that Amazon stocks is one that isn't pure. It has soy-based lecithins added. Lecithin is used as it is an excellent emulsifier.
Fatworks makes three paleo fats: Leaf Lard, Duck Fat, and Tallow. The animals are free-range pasture raised. While duck fat and tallow can be purchased elsewhere, this is the only place I've found that has pure lard. (What lard you find in the supermarket has been partially hydrogenated.) You can order from the site.
Suet is the fat from around the kidneys. It is much more saturated than regular fat (called tallow here) and is the fat that traditionally was used to make pemmican. If you make your own pemmican you should use this. See my Rendering Suet Step-by-Step.
Tallow Shortening, grass-fed. Beef tallow is what McDonald's used to fry their French Fries in. The beef flavor made them the best. But then the saturated fat police made them change to fake unhealthy hydrogenated oils. Tallow is still used in all potato fryers in Belgium. Now potatoes aren't paleo, but there are paleo foods that can be fried.
Great Lakes has a gelatin that is made from grass-fed beef. They also have a porcine gelatin that is not grass-fed. Gelatin is used as a gelling agent. Gelatin is made from the skin or hides of animals. It offers many health benefits for the gut, hair, and nails. It can be sprinkled on food. See Wikipedia. You can buy from Amazon.
Nut butters can be used as a paleo snack. A popular way is dipping a stick of celery or carrot in. When creating this section I looked at many nut butters. I found that many are not pure. Often sugar and salt were added. Some have milk. Some have peanut oil. And one even had wheat in it! Then Amazon lists many that are not available. Following are some of the available paleo ones I found:
All of the entries here are unsweetened coconut.
The Pure Wraps sells a coconut flour based wrap that is a tortilla alternative that lasts many months without freezing or refrigeration. In plain and curry. Ingredients are coconut meat, coconut water, Himalayan salt. The curry has organic curry powder also. Available in scattered retailers and order online here. Shipping is free if you order 12 packages.
Julian Bakery sells a coconut flour based wrap that is a tortilla alternative that is shelf stable for nine months. Ingredients are coconut meat, coconut water and coconut oil. It is an add-on product at Amazon. Be sure to read the reviews.
Coconut flour is one of the most savory wheat flour alternatives you can find. Low in carbohydrates and high in fiber and protein, coconut flour's high nutritional value makes it a part of many diets. Baked goods made with coconut flour are light and soft, with rich textures. Due to its high fiber content, coconut flour absorbs a lot of liquid, and you'll generally need to increase the liquid called for in a standard recipe.
Shredded coconut was first promoted for pies, puddings, cakes, etc. Starting in 1873 Leopold Schepp entered and soon concentrated on the field of desiccated coconut. He became known as the "Cocoanut King." Schepp's Cake Boxes and Tins can be found on eBay. See recipes on the sides of a tin.
Uses: Shredded coconut is often stuck to the icing on a cake. It can alternatively be added to the cake/muffin mix. It can be added to fruit salad, especially salads with tropical fruits. It can be toasted and sprinkled on foods. It can be used as a breading, or simply added when pan frying shrimp. Shredded coconut can be dyed any color by placing it in a zip-lock bag with a few drops of the desired food coloring. It can then be used for school projects, with green making an excellent grass.
Coconut flakes (or chips) are a better size if you are making trail mix or just to munch on.
All nuts and nut flours should be stored in the freezer or refrigerator. Vendors are listed alphabetically within nut type.
Almond Flour: Blanched
Almond flour is by far the most popular nut flour. Almonds add a rich nutty taste to pastry baking. I prefer the blanched almond flour, as removing the hulls removes the bran where the phytic acid anti-nutrient is located.
Almond Meal: Raw
These were not blanched. The hulls (the bran) were ground along with the endosperm.
Cashews are paleo questionable. They are the highest in phytic acid of any nut. The nuts can be soaked to reduce this, but the flour can't. Cashew flour is especially flavorful, with a nutty taste that works with many other foods. Cashews, unlike other oily tree nuts, contain starch to about 10% of their weight. This makes them more effective than other nuts in thickening water-based dishes such as soups and meat stews.
Chestnut Flour (Raw and Roasted)
Chestnut flour has a sweet, nutty flavor. It has been a part of baking in Tuscany for centuries. It's ideal for baking muffins. Chestnuts are different from many other nuts in that they are low in fat and calories but high in carbohydrates. It has a low glycemic index. Having starch it is effective in thickening water-based dishes
Hazelnut (Filbert) Flour/Meal (Blanched, Raw and Roasted)
Hazelnut meal adds richness and depth to desserts which is unmatchable. Mix in as part of the necessary flour or substitute for all of the flour. Hazelnut meal is great in pancakes; though only 1/3 of the flour should be Hazelnut meal. This works as a great substitute for almond flour. This is an expensive flour.
Macadamia is one of the better nuts from a paleo perspective. It is low in phytic acid. It is good for coating seafood.
An excellent source of protein and unsaturated fats, pecan meal adds health benefits to all cooking and baking. Especially tasty as a breading on seafood. For pecan meal, the residue pecan bits that remain on the machine when pecan pieces are processed into flour, are then put through a grinder. The results are a rather dark flour that's drier than pecan flour. They would have more bran, hence more phytic acid. Pecan meal works well when combined with other nuts. Pecan flour can be made into butter. Place flour in blender and add a squirt of oil. Blend until it looks like a butter consistency.
Great to use in baking, cooking and as a coating on seafood and meats.
Add to any baking or cooking recipe for a delicious nutty flavor. It can be substituted for almond meal. Some walnut flour is produced when making walnut oil. The walnuts are cold pressed. This separates most of the oil from the walnut. What remains is ground and sieved to make the walnut flour.
Arrowroot makes a great thickener for sauces, gravies and puddings. Arrowroot mixtures thicken at a lower temperature than mixtures made with flour or cornstarch. Two teaspoons of Arrowroot can be substituted for 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. One teaspoon of Arrowroot can be substituted for 1 tablespoon of flour. It cooks up clear, with a smooth texture and virtually no taste. Arrowroot can also be used as a flour in some baking recipes. None of these are organic. There is one at Amazon in a 2.5 ounce size and it is absurdly expensive when sold in such a size.
Plantain Flour can be used to make fufu.
Sweet potato flour is incredibly versatile and can be used for baked goods. It is great at holding moisture in baked goods and imparts a slight sweetness. It can also be used in soups, as a thickener for sauces and gravies, and in breading for seafood. It is a raw flour and does not require cooking before use.
The tiger nut is the tuber of a plant in the sedge family. It has a slightly sweet, nutty flavor. Some call it a nice almond/coconut kind of flavor. It has a long history of being eaten during the Neolithic. It is assumed to have also been eaten during the Paleolithic. The flour is claimed to be comparable to wheat flour, you can substitute this 1:1 (also interchangable with 1:1 with Cassava flour). For information on the plant see Wikipedia.
Organic Gemini sells organic tiger nut products. While listed here under flours, they also sell the nuts, snacks, beverages, and an oil. I can find their products locally here in Brooklyn (where it is made). You can buy off their site or from Amazon.
Ground porcini mushrooms have an intense flavor. Mix porcini mushroom powder into tomato sauces, gravies and stews. It is available from many sources. There is a large selection at Amazon.
Maine Coast Sea Vegetables' Organic Kelp Granules is a salt alternative that can provide important iodine to one's diet (especially if one is not adding salt to their food). A serving of 1/4 teaspoon will provide approixmately 3 mg of iodine, or 20 times the RDA. They also sell Dulse Granules and ones with other seasonings, though this kelp is the most popular. You can buy from Amazon.
Nantucket Off-Shore sells a line of rubs in tins. There are eight different ones. Each is named for a location, where that spice combination is popular. Just brush on some olive oil, rub the spices in and cook. No salt. The Rasta one has sugar. Of the ones I've tried my favorite is the Nantucket rub for fish. I do not use it as a rub. I simply add it when pan frying fish. The website has a store locator, or you can buy at Amazon. Note that the Amazon price for the Nantucket rub for fish is quite good.
Dukkah Egyptian Spice Blend from The Silk Road Restaurant. Made from hazelnut, coriander, toasted sesame, cumin, black peppercorn, fennel, and mint. Can buy at Amazon.
Ajika Dukkah Spice Blend is made from cardamom, coriander, cumin, ginger, fenugreek, other spices. No salt added. Can buy at Amazon.
Tamicon Tamarind Paste is pure tamarind extract. This tangy paste is used in Indian curries, dipping sauces, and marinades. Buy at Amazon.
Ceylon cinnamon is considered the best. It is more expensive and hard to find. I learned that the more Ceylon cinnamon the better tasting the result is. Too much regular cinnamon and it gets bitter. I am able to order pound bags through my local food coop. It is the Frontier Natural Products one. On that page click the Info tab to read about the different cinnamons. You can buy it for less from Amazon. See all the raving reviews. If the regular and the fair trade one were combined, it would be the top selling cinammon at Amazon.
The Colorado Spice Company has about 40 different spice rubs. Most, but not all, are pure spices that are paleo. Many are organic. They are labeled by suggested usage. They are sold in small pouches for maximum freshness. At Amazon I show them ranked by bestselling.
Wright's All Natural Liquid Smoke Seasoning is produced by burning fresh cut wood chips, then condensing the smoke into a liquid form. The liquid smoke is then scrubbed and filtered to remove all impurities. Available in hickory, applewood, and mesquite. It is available in 3.5 oz, 1 quart, and 1 gallon sizes. Find locally or at Amazon.
None of the products in this section are recommended for a strict paleo diet. Our ancestors did not have salt shakers. It is well known that one builds up a tolerance to salt, and more and more is needed to be able to taste it. Best to toss the salt shaker and get your salt from eating seafood. After you do, any food with added salt will taste salty.
Coconut Secret makes organic Raw Coconut Aminos, a paleo soy sauce substitute. It is sweeter and less salty than the soy. This is made from the natural sap that exudes from the coconut blossoms. I found this locally. It is expensive at Amazon.
Mae Ploy Thai Curry Pastes get reviews at Amazon that are overwhelmingly positive. They hold the top three spots in the Curry Sauce ranking, plus more spots further on. The pastes are considered to be very authentic. All the ingredients in most of them are paleo. One has mung beans, but you can skip that one. You can buy through Amazon.
More Than Gourmet has a line of classic French stocks and sauces. Most of the stocks appear to be paleo. There is no hydrolyzed protein. The Classic French Demi-Glaces contain gluten, and would not be paleo. The reviews at Amazon are overwhelmingly positive. You can buy through the website or at Amazon.
Pickled Plum Puree is also called Umeboshi Paste. It is pickled with salt. I found it at my food coop and bought some to try. It is way too salty for me and I gave it away. As I do not add salt to my food, I have a very low tolerance for salt. The paste adds a tangy, salty, sour flavor to salad dressings, sauces, soups, and sushi. Thick cucumber rounds spread thinly with umeboshi paste are a cooling treat. Umeboshi goes well with members of the cabbage family, including broccoli, kale, and cauliflower. Using with game meats is also mentioned. At Amazon prices are all over the place and it was also expensive at the coop.
When I think of anchovies I think of something that is too salty for me. I've never tried the paste. I would think it to be the same. Many are listed at Amazon, but all are in either a large size, or cases of small sizes, or have shipping that is several times the product cost. I'd look for this one locally.
Oyster sauce is a concoction that is not paleo. It is thickened with corn or wheat starch. Often MSG is added. Closer to paleo is the Wok Mei All Natural Oyster Sauce. It is at Amazon.
Fish sauce is a liquid extracted from the fermentation of fish with sea salt. Traditional fish sauce is paleo. It only contains fish (often anchovies) and salt, with some adding herbs and spices. It will vary by country and fermentation time. However, in the current marketplace most add sugar, and thickeners like in oyster sauce. Red Boat Fish Sauce from Viet Nam is the purest the paleo community has been able to find. Some for sale are listed at Amazon.
Paleo Powder Seasoning is a spice blend. Ingredients are salt, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin, and a pepper blend. It has a catchy name, but I don't see how it differs from other spice blends on the market. And with salt listed first, it isn't strict paleo. Our paleo ancestors did not have salt shakers. After you stop adding salt to your food you will find any added salt makes the food taste salty. And smoked fish (which by law must be soaked in a brine) becomes inedible.
Winter Black French Truffles - Brushed. Black winter truffles are far superior to their summer cousins. There is a long pause between the time a truffle reaches full size and the time when it fully matures. Summer truffles are less flavorful since they are dug up before the full maturation period is reached in the winter months. For more on the truffle see Wikipedia. This 1 oz jar is the smallest, and consequently cheapest, of the French truffles I could find at Amazon. Note there are much cheaper and inferior truffles that are Tuber Indicum which come from China. Deceptively they will still be called a product of France. For obvious reasons you will see they outsell on Bestsellers in Truffles.
Earthy Delights sells a line of dried mushrooms and now other foods. In season they also sell wild mushrooms. In dried there are six varieties: Chanterelles, Wild Morels, Porcini, Black Trumpet, Melange de La Foret, Shiitake. They are sold in a variety of bag sizes. Popular is their sampler of 1-ounce bags of all six. See all at Amazon in bestselling order.
OliveNation has some 26 varieties of dried mushrooms (and many other dried fruit and vegetables). Directions for reconstituting are on every bag. You can order through Amazon. OliveNation ships free for orders over $50. Save money by ordering multiple items at the same time. Each is available in a variety of sizes. There are way too many to describe on this page, so find them here: Dried Mushrooms available through Amazon. And on Amazon's Bestsellers in Mushrooms & Truffles you will see that many of them rank near the top.
Tomatoes are paleo questionable. People with autoimmune diseases should avoid foods in the nightshade family because they contain certain antinutrients (natural toxins used by plants to kill insects, fungi and other threats) that act as adjuvants (immune stimulators) which promote leaky gut syndrome. That said, dried tomatoes are useful to add intense tomato flavor when you don't have fresh. They can be used in soups, casseroles, or a light sauté with vegetables. You can add dry to stir-fries. Looking at the offerings at Amazon I find many with non-paleo additives, like Sulfur Dioxide for color retention, and glucose. Only the pure ones are listed below. To see all in a search: Amazon dried tomatoes.
Barry Farm Foods sells many dried vegetables. I decided to focus here on their vegetable powders. Barry Farms suggests for all of these using the powders to replace some of the flour in breads and baked goods to produce some interesting foods. Except they aren't paleo! Also suggested for all (except the white artichoke powder) is using as a natural colorant. To see all they sell at Amazon by average customer review: Barry+Farm+dried+vegetables. Below are the powders in order by rank at Amazon.
It would be better to give up all caffeine, but let's be realistic. The most paleo would be green tea, as this is simply dried tea leaves. (Not coffee, as it is a seed inside a fruit and is not edible raw. Fruit seeds are not supposed to be digested, but to pass through and still be viable. They would never have been a food.) If you look at Amazon's Bestsellers in Green Teas you will find bottled green tea and matcha head the list. Matcha is a finely-milled Japanese green tea used in tea ceremonies. Presumably it sells well at Amazon as it isn't readily available locally and is lightweight to ship.
Loose tea is cheaper than tea bags. If you are at work, bags are convenient, but when at home using loose tea is no hassle at all. And many more varieties are available. Simply use an inexpensive tea infuser and stick into the mug. But better, as it gives room for the tea leaves to unfurl and spread out, is a brewing basket. I heat my mug water in the microwave. Besides knowing the exact time needed, it also heats the mug. The best selling organic leaves at Amazon is Davidson's Tea Bulk, Gunpowder Green. See their line of bulk green teas: Davidson's Green Tea Blends and at Amazon.
Green tea bags should be easier to find locally. The bestselling at Amazon is Bigelow Organic Green Tea Bags. Bags are sealed for freshness in airtight, flavor protecting fresh packs. Certified 100% USDA Organic.
Pumpkin tends to get sweetened and used mostly in non-paleo foods. But pumpkin puree works fine in soups. It can be added to paleo chili. Here are recipes (which may need slight adaptation to make orthodox paleo): paleo pumpkin muffins and paleo pumpkin pancakes and Paleo Pumpkin Pudding Recipe. Farmer's Market Foods sells an Organic Pumpkin in cans and Tetrapaks. Numerous recipes are listed at the site. You have to switch milk to coconut milk. This should be easy to find in your local natural foods store. You can buy at Amazon.
Green Giant makes Veggie Blend-Ins, plastic pouches filled with squash, carrots or spinach, each cooked, puréed and ready to be added to other foods. They are expensive. They are exclusively available from Amazon.
Nomato is a vegetable-based tomato-free sauce. Some people following paleo also avoid the nightshade family. Nomato makes three substitutes. Only the Nomato Sauce is paleo. Ingredients include carrots, beets, onions, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and herbs. The ketchup and barbecue sauce have non-paleo vinegar and sweeteners. Sold from their website and at Mid-Atlantic Whole Foods stores.
The Yuzu is a sour Japanese citrus fruit, used both for its juice and its aromatic rind. The yuzu has an aroma and flavor that is distinct from any other citrus fruit. The flavor is less sharp and more subtle than lemon. Its juice is commonly used as a seasoning, somewhat like the way the lemon is used in other cuisines. It is available pure, which would be paleo. Have on hand to replace lemon juice. It is hard to find locally. But it is available at Amazon. Also see NY Times article: The Secrets Behind Many Chefs' Not-So-Secret Ingredient.
I do not use any of these sweeteners. I gave up all sweets more than four decades ago and have lost any interest in sweet foods. It is best to get all sweets out of your diet and get over it. While based on the paleo concept of avoiding foods foreign to our Paleolithic evolved bodies, these are paleo, but the quantities consumed would have been tiny. The problem with these foods is they raise triglyceride levels. That, in turn, increases the number of small, dense lipoproteins that cause damage to your arteries.
Boiled cider is simply pure sweet cider that has been evaporated. One gallon of cider makes about one pint of boiled cider. Further evaporation makes cider jelly
Wood's Cider Mill makes Boiled Cider and Cider Jelly. It gets five stars at Amazon. The ordering from their site is broken. So buy from Amazon. The jelly is in the Also Bought section.
Dehydrated Coconut Palm Nectar
All of the coconut sugars listed in this section are organic. The nectars are kettle-boiled into a thick caramel and ground to a fine crystal. This is a low glycemic sugar alternative. See Wikipedia article on: coconut palm sugar.
Coconut Palm Syrup
Twice daily they climb high into the coconut palm trees and harvest the nectar by slicing open the blossoms, which drip a sweet liquid. Once collected, the nectar is evaporated to make a syrup. Use instead of maple syrup. Full of minerals. Very low glycemic index. All of the products listed here are organic.
Honey is only paleo in very small quantities. It would have been hard to collect without protective clothing. And, of course, it would have been organic and raw. I included this one for those that are unable to give up sweets.
Wedderspoon Raw Organic Manuka Honey Active 16+ from New Zealand. It is the bestselling honey at Amazon. An activity of 16+ is laboratory tested by an independent laboratory to be equivalent to a 16% antiseptic solution. It is chemical free, pesticide free, antibiotic free, and GMO free. Hives are made from environmentally friendly material. Each jar is traceable back to the master beekeeper. Area of forage is 5 km from intensive farming.
Really Raw Honey is totally unprocessed, unheated, and unstrained, so it still contains all the pollen, propolis, enzymes, and trace minerals. Creamy, smooth and spreadable, Really Raw Honey is more solid than liquid and each jar is capped with crunchy bits of honeycomb, pollen and propolis. Available at Amazon.
Sunny Acres Raw Honey Pure, natural, unheated honey from Sunny Acres' bees. Raw honey has long been used for healing wounds and as a preservative, due to its antibacterial properties. Truly raw honey will crystallize, while heated honey will remain in a liquid state along with losing the healthy benefits of raw.
Barry Farm Foods has Honey Granules, which consists of small, dry, rough cut pellets of honey, about the size of a pin head. The size is perfect for hot and cold beverages. This is not a raw product. Buy from Amazon.
Date Sugar is dehydrated dates that are ground up. It should be pure. Some brands, e.g. Bob's Red Mill, add oats (presumably to reduce clumping). It does not dissolve well. It can be used as a substitute for brown sugar in cooking. It can be sprinkled on food.
The Date Lady sells Organic Date Syrup. It is 100% pure dates. In the ancient world the date palm was an essential sweetener. It is a complex fruit syrup with a rich flavor. It's not as sweet as honey, or as thick either. It can be used as a topping with anything that would normally go with honey or syrup. It has a mineral content including potassium, magnesium and iron. You can also buy through Amazon, where it has a perfect 5-star record, but is more expensive than buying direct.
The Raw Food World has Fresh Whole Leaf Irish Moss (Raw, Wildcrafted), or carrageen moss, is a species of seaweed which grows abundantly along the rocky parts of the Atlantic coast of Europe and the Americas as well as parts in the Pacific. It is wonderful for thickening. You do have to clean it, as it is full of sand and some sea debris. Available through Amazon.
The Sea Tangle Noodle Company makes raw Kelp Noodles. No cooking required, though you can cook them. They can be served in cold noodle salads, in hot noodle dishes and soups. They have a mild flavor and go well with any cuisine. Kelp noodles are extremely low in fat and calories and have a high mineral content, including iodine, which kelp is well known for. See recipes. Can buy online here, at Amazon, and this one is easy to find in natural food stores.
The Raw Food World has kelp noodles. Also at Amazon for much more.
The Sea Tangle Noodle Company also has Mixed Sea Vegetables which contains kombu, wakame, hiziki, seaweed stems and montagne. They are a tasty and great source of fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and iodine. You can mix with the kelp noodles. Shelf stable for 12 months. You can buy from their site or from Amazon.
US Wellness Meats (aka Grassland Beef) sells grass-fed beef, veal, lamb, and bison. Also poultry, rabbit, and antibiotic-free, natural grain fed pork from Heritage Acres farms. See other of their products highlighted on this page. Raised and shipped from Missouri.
3-Corner Field Farm, on the border of NY and Vermont, sells grass-fed lamb. Acording to Wikipedia's page on Prosciutto, it is sometimes cured with nitrites. This means, of course, that some isn't. So I have been trying to figure out which ones would then be paleo. Alma Gourmet's Prosciutto di Parma describes its process and it is only salt. You can buy an entire leg through Amazon. Now this isn't cheap, but would make a great meat to serve at a party.
Paleo Meals To Go sells freeze-dried meals that adhere to the general principles of the paleo diet. (Vegetarian items have flaxseed, presumably to appeal to vegetarians that aren't eating fish.) All you do is add boiling water. Good for camping and emergencies. Based in Denver, CO. You order what you want to stock from their website.
The Good Kitchen (formerly modPaleo) ships fresh fully-prepared Paleo meals straight to your home from Charlotte, NC on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly subscription plan. You can choose your own meals each week. They also provide Primal and Vegetarian meals, as well as add-ons, like snacks and desserts. Beef is grass-fed, pork is pastured and chicken is hormone- and antibiotic-free. Produce is organic. All meals are gluten-free, as well as soy- and sugar-free. There are no preservatives, and meals are cryovaced to maintain freshness. They ship by FedEx on Mondays from Charlotte, NC. You receive on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending where in the country you live. Look on site for coupon code for first three meals free. [Yelp Reviews]
Pete's Paleo delivers fresh paleo meals nationwide. Or picked up in San Diego. Meat is from grass fed and pastured animals. They place a high importance on using seasonal ingredients. All meals are completely gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and don't use sweeteners of any kind. They also sell a 30 Day Gut Healing Kit, which is heavy on the bone broth.
Pre-Made Paleo has a customizable line of frozen paleo meals that you finish cooking sous vidé. Portion sizes are controllable. They also sell snacks and cooking ingredients. Note that they are not strict paleo. Some dishes will have white potatoes, which are not paleo. If you live near one of their local shipment points, then pick up is free. (Local shipment points are not disclosed, but they are based in Atlanta, GA.) Or they can ship directly to you for an additional fee. [Yelp Reviews]
Paleo On The Go delivers frozen gourmet paleo meals. There are many to choose from. They ship throughout the USA and there are several discounted group drop-off shipping locations. They ship from Largo, Florida. You can also order Pederson's paleo bacon and other breakfast items, snacks, treats, and jerky. [Yelp Reviews]
I am not aware of any paleo gift baskets. But you can buy a basket, and your choice of products on this page, and assemble one yourself.