They're nasty, aren't they?
Those carb cravings that hit you like a Mack truck...and the worst part is this.
You were cruising along feeling pretty darn good about your paleo lifestyle change.
Then it hits.
In your head you're thinking, "I really want to change the way I eat BUT..."
It's that cheesecake or McDonald's burger or cookies that's calling your name relentlessly.
Don't worry. It happens to ALL of us. Your body is still in reset mode so it's not uncommon.
So how can you combat those cravings?
Attack carb cravings with carbs!
It's All About Eating Clean Carbs
No, it isn't good to chow down on Oreos. But what if you could eat--on a regular basis--packaged paleo snacks that satisfied your cravings?
And they were good for you...and they contained carbs!
Well, we have a few favorites that will satisfy those carb cravings and promote a healthy lifestyle.
So what's a good carb? At the top of our list is plantain from Artisan Tropic.
Made with sustainable palm oil, which is non-hydrogenated, these plantains contain high levels of natural antioxidants like carotenoids.
So you can enjoy these natural foods without guilt.
Artisan Tropic's plantain strips have only 3 ingredients and no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
They're perfect for dipping! And we have three flavors, Naturally Sweet (no added sweeteners!), Sea Salt and Caynenne. So if you're looking for a crunchy paleo snack, plantain chips are perfect!
Foods high in carotenoids are naturally healthier and people who consume them have a lower mortality rate from chronic illnesses.
Another great healthy, quick paleo store bought snack comes from Steve's Paleo Goods. We love their dried blueberries for satisfying a sweet tooth.
These wild blueberries have no sulfates or preservatives, and are GMO-free.
Absolutely no added sugar!
Instead, the blueberries are infused with apple juice concentrate and made by hand in small batches.
Steve's Paleo Goods use only the finest ingredients, just as nature intended. So satisfy your cravings and stay true to your paleo diet.
How About Paleo Protein Snacks?
When you're craving protein and you're on the run, you really don't have to raid the nearest McDonald's to get your protein fix.
Keep jerky on hand. Just make sure it's jerky with out added soy or cane sugar. EPIC jerky fits the bill perfectly. Not only is this a quick paleo snack, you can eat this jerky without added chemicals.
EPIC only has:
Quality animal protein
EPIC sources their jerky from wild animals that are:
100% grass fed
EPIC jerky has NO added sugar, but plenty of good omega 3's.
This jerky is a wholesome, flavorful protein you won't find in the grocery store.
We love the Venison Sea Salt Pepper Jerky and the Smoked Salmon Maple.
Organic Nuts. Another Quick Paleo Protein Treat!
Eating nuts in moderation is not only healthy for your heart, but nuts are loaded with protein! But like most foods in the US, you need to be careful about the kind of nuts you buy. So many of them are processed with hydrogenated oil. So stay clear!
We prefer raw, organic nuts because roasting can damage the polyunsaturated fats in them. Roasting also makes nuts more vulnerable to oxidation.
Our pick for super quality raw nuts is Tierra Farm. They only have certified organic products. That means:
NO synthetic pesticides
NO chemical fertilizers
Tierra Farm is a highly sustainable farm that cares deeply about the carbon footprint they leave behind.
That commitment to the environment is reflected in the quality of the nuts they produce and source from around the world. They're even certified Fair Trade. We know you'll love them as much as our customers do.
Dark Chocolate is Also Your Friend
It's true. For those that love chocolate, here's some great news. We recommend eating a bit of 70% dark chocolate every day.
It's actually good for you!
When you add a bit of paleo dark chocolate to your menu each day, you won't crave a sinful dessert at 9 p.m.
In fact, an ounce or two of dark chocolate paired with a nut butter is an excellent way to quell cravings and do your body good!
Luckily we've got a variety of brands and flavors available - and they're all paleo! That means no added dairy, no soy, no cane sugar and no gluten! With all of our chocolate choices, you won't ever have to eat a Hershey bar again.
But What About Paleo Condiments?
No, we didn't forget about healthy condiments! What would life be without them?
We've got some excellent and acceptable paleo condiments you can include to combat cravings. And to have on hand as part of a healthy paleo lifestyle! Let's start with mayo.
You can easily add this mayo as part of a quick paleo lunch. It's the first ever avocado oil-based mayonnaise, and it's tasty!
Made with real food ingredients like:
Primal Kitchen Mayo is certified gluten-free, kosher, contains no dairy, soy, sugar, or grains. And, it's Primal Approved and Certified Paleo.
You won't find a drop of canola, soybean or any industrialized seed oils.
All the ingredients are whipped into a classic mayo taste that is also nutritious.
Because it contains avocado, this mayo increases the absorption of antioxidants in your body.
Bet you never expected that from a mayo, huh?
Paleo Honey Mustard Dip
Can't imagine life without the sweet and tangy taste of honey mustard dip?
Neither can we.
That's why we turned to Steve's PaleoGoods for their Maple Mustard. Use it as a dip, salad dressing or finishing sauce. There's no need to turn back to conventional, artificially sweetened and flavored honey mustard.
Great for marinades, veggies, and oh-so excellent with sardines, this is a brand we trust wholeheartedly.
No additives, preservatives, or refined sugars, you'll make this maple mustard dip a staple in your pantry.
Unrefined Coconut Oil
Oh, coconut oil, how do we love thee?
Especially when it's Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil.
Unlike coconut oil that's mass produced, Tropical Traditions still hand processes the oil through family producers and farmers.
What's more, because the farmers live where the coconuts grow, they can process them 24 hours after the nuts have been cut.
As a result, Tropical Traditions Gold Label Coconut Oil has twice the antioxidants of any other coconut oil on the market.
Not only do people remark on the taste and quality, they tell us how much better they feel.
No Need to Give in to Paleo Cravings
With your paleo arsenal to combat cravings, you don't have to give in to those awful cravings!
Stop in to Jewell's Naturals and ask us questions about these products and others that we carry. We love helping you live a healthy life!