Think you’re all bad because you eat organic peanut butter or totally exotic because of your raw almond butter? Well, what do you know about some pecan butter? Some, blue algae or acai berry cashew butter? How about that cacao coconut butter?
Alright everyone I’m going to share with you one of my little hidden gems for snacking! I just discovered this at Marlene’s Market in Tacoma, WA and it has rapidly become a daily go to in my diet. The brand Artisana is an awesome food creation company that makes organic raw nut and seed butters for your tasting pleasure! Having sampled many of their products I can say that they have yet to disappoint me. They are all flavorful, unique and best of all an extremely good source of healthy fats! The products are available in full size jars or convenient squeeze packs you can throw in your lunch box, WOD bag, or day pack! FYI my favorites are the blue algae nut butter, acai berry nut butter, and the cacao coconut butter!
So you’ve checked out Artisana and picked up a jar or two of your favorite butters. Are you just going to eat it out of the jar with a spoon? As tempting as that sounds (and something I’ve definitely done) wouldn’t that awesome raw walnut butter be even better spread on something? Here’s where I let you in on the second part of this snack that has also firmly planted itself in my daily food routine. Paleo Bread made by Julian Bakery was an incredible find! It comes in two variations, coconut and almond, both of which are 100% Paleo compliant. One of the things I miss most about my former “traditional, modern-American” diet is bread. This wonderful product has helped satisfy my cravings and provide me a filling alternative to one of the biggest Paleo diet busters. As opposed to regular
bread which has a primary ingredient of wheat flour and gluten-free bread made from rice (or another wheat substitute) flour, Julian Bakery’s Paleo Bread is made from coconut or almond flour. It is low calorie (35 per slice of coconut and 60 per slice of almond), has a good balance of macronutrients, and a healthy amount of fiber.
One firm belief that I have is that anyone that tells you they don’t have a sweet tooth is boldly lying to your face. At this point, we all know that living a healthy lifestyle Paleo or not, means avoiding those sugary treats as much as we can if not all together. Any who wants to use one of those artificial, chemical-filled calorie-free sweetners? Fortunately for us there is a calorie-free all natural sweetener out there that is just the ticket. It’s called stevia and is derived from a plant of the same name that is in the sunflower family. Stevia is now available at most grocery stores and comes in a shaker or small packets. For further research into natural sweeteners check out lo han guo. The extract from this tropical fruit native to China and Thailand is one of the sweeteners used in Quest Bars!
So there you have it, short and sweet (pun intended)! Nothing fancy, nothing complicated, just a healthy addition to any meal or snack that won’t leave you feeling guilty. In fact, just the opposite you’ll feel better knowing you got in some good Omegas and fiber at the same time fulfilling your bread craving and satisfying your sweet tooth!
Chow down fellow Paleo-ists!