If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you know I’m not one for fad diets. You won’t see me hopping aboard any wagons in an effort to drop a few pounds to fit into a dress this weekend; it’s just not my style. Rather, I focus on eating wholesome, nutrient-dense, filling foods as much as I can, but still leaving room for things like sugar here and there. So are you surprised to see the word “paleo” thrown into this blog title?
Let me back up for a second, because I bet some of you don’t know what exactly a Paleo diet implies. I didn’t, until a year or so ago. The premise of the Paleo lifestyle is to consume the foods that our human bodies were designed to eat: meats, vegetables, some fruits, nuts, and healthy fats. Human consumption of dairy, grains, and legumes occurred later with agricultural advances, and thus our genetic makeup is thought to be not fully geared towards metabolizing these foods. Try out a Paleo diet for a while and you’re likely to feel more energetic, stronger, and leaner in time. Not to mention, you just might decrease your chances of developing some of the diseases which didn’t manifest until post-agricultural evolution.
But I’m not here to debate the topic of what exactly we humans need to strictly cut out of our diets to achieve the utmost health and longevity. The important point here is that I don’t see the Paleo lifestyle as a fad or gimmic; I do believe it has its merits. As a matter of fact, if I decided to stick to a Paleo diet, I’d consequentially be eliminating all the processed foods, grains, and sugars that I try to keep to a minimum as it is.
I’m not ready to take that leap, considering how much I love my dairy and legumes, and I’m convinced they have nutritional benefits too, even if our cavemen and women ancestors didn’t have the option of consuming them. Nonetheless, paleo-friendly recipes and snacks tend to be right up my alley since they’re built on healthy fats and wholesome fruits and vegetables: things I know will make my body run better and feel great.When I heard about Paleonola from a little birdie, my interest piqued immediately. I love to munch on granola, but most commercial versions are quite high in carbohydrates, since they consist mainly of oats or other grains. Additionally, many are quite high in sugar too. But Paleonola is a low-carb granola made entirely of nuts, seeds, and fruits, all naturally sweetened, and therefore, I wanted some, right away.
I didn’t wait too long to order* two bags (actually, the kind folks there offered me a 10% discount after we tweeted a bit, which sealed the sweet deal.) Flavors like Maple Pancake and Apple Cinnamon certainly caught my eye, but you know me: I had to go for Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Fix.
The great thing about these granolas (besides being so nutritious, all natural, free of preservatives, and grain-free) is that every bite is chock full of nutty, chewy goodness; you won’t have to go fishing for your favorite bits. The cocoa flavor in Chocolate Fix is more subtle than I imagined, since there are no large chunks of chocolate, but it’s still quite delectable. The Pumpkin Pie flavor is full of toasty pumpkin seeds and irresistibly warm spices. I love it by the handful, or layered with protein-rich Greek yogurt and berries for a satisfying breakfast.
Maybe you’re interested in trying out a Paleo diet, or maybe not. Perhaps you’re gluten-free, or dairy-free, or just trying to keep a healthy, balanced diet where sugar and grains are kept to a minimum. Maybe you just want to change up your snacking to something more wholesome, cutting out the junk and filling up on the good stuff. Whichever it is, check your local stores for Paleonola or order some online. You’ll be glad you did!
*At the time, Paleonola was not available in any stores near me, but it has since made its debut at a local health foods store. If you’re in the Worcester area and would love to try Paleonola, just stop by Living Earth!