The reason why many people are attracted to the paleo diet and lifestyle is its focus on whole foods and natural ingredients. It promotes a healthy way of eating and in many ways simplifies meal planning.
However, the struggle that many people come up against is that they feel limited in the foods that they can eat. They then focus on the foods that they can’t have instead of the “new” foods that they can enjoy. Some people will end up binging on unhealthy foods and eventually fall out of paleo altogether.
Besides the fact that I feel so energized and focused when I am eating wholesome nutritious foods, I attribute my personal success with paleo eating to an appreciation of food flavors.
I’ve done this by eating organic foods by themselves with a few spices or seasonings, like eggs, bacon or avocados. I’ve also learned to combine ingredients to create awesome flavors that I never knew existed.
By doing this, I’ve developed a new “acquired taste” for the foods that I want to eat, and now I don’t even crave foods that I never imagined going without (ie. sourdough bread, pasta and cereal).
I would have never believed that this could actually happen, but it did while I wasn’t even thinking about it. I’ll admit, the change was gradual over a period of a year. However, if you change your eating plan slowly, you will notice that your tastes can change slowly over time as well.
Paleo bars can be a great introduction to mixing up different foods and textures to create great flavors – and you don’t have to think them up yourself. Paleo Simplified is one of the original paleo bars, and they offer a small variety pack for people to try out without having to commit to a large order.
I like the fact that they have a good breakdown of carbs, protein and fats so that I avoid getting a big sugar spike, and I can feel satiated after eating one. Their natural ingredients make them easy to digest, which is a big plus in my book.
I also appreciate the variety of nutrient dense ingredients in Paleo Simplified Bars, you’re not just getting a bunch of nuts, seeds and dates. They’ve also got hemp protein, goji berries, spirulina, raw cacao and more.
The 3-Pack of Paleo Simplified Bars Includes:
1. Pecan Pie
Has a brownie-like texture and tastes like a pecan pie (guilt-free!)
Ingredients include dates, pecans, hemp protein, goji berries, coconut, unrefined coconut oil, pure vanilla extract and dried spirulina.
2. Chocolate Coconut Almond
Basically, this is like a rich chocolate dessert that you can enjoy any time of day without feeling guilty because you’re getting lots of nutrition.
Ingredients include dates, almonds, egg whites, goji berries, raisins, dried cherries, apple juice concentrate, raw unprocessed cacao, coconut oil, honey, ground flax seed, pure almond extract, sea salt and dried spirulina, cinnamon
3. Nutty Fruit Bliss
If you like crunchy trail mix bars, this bar is for you – but you get more than just nuts and dried fruit. =)
Ingredients include pitted dates, unsulfured apricots, cherries (cherries, apple juice concentrate), cashews, raisins, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, unsweetened coconut, hemp protein powder and spirulina.