“No Snack For You!”

The day started innocently enough.  Go to Trader Joe’s cause I need some chicken. Then I remembered that I really wanted to find some seaweed snacks.  (I really do need to get more of that into my diet…) As I wandered around through the aisles I was a little annoyed at how everything seemed to be filled with crap. Nothing against TJ’s one way or the other, but just in general it’s very hard to find store-bought products that aren’t loaded with stuff that is no bueno.

How many people think “Why yes, yes I will go Paleo.” only to head straight to the store where they think healthy stuff is for sale and attempt to replace unhealthy processed foods with “healthy” ones.  It’s very common… and it’s the wrong tack to take.

Let’s have a little looksee, shall we?

Broccoli Slaw Example | Popular Paleo

I saw a salad with broccoli, kale and chicken that looked good, like something a person wanting to make some healthy changes would choose. I flipped the carton over and there it is: soy. Not to mention sunflower oil, sugar, and “natural flavorings.” Now if you are pressed for time (and who isn’t really?) and you are simply trying to find a suitable replacement to your average weight loss microwave lunch or the drive thru or a cafeteria buffet — good on you. But this is proof that going Paleo means a total shift in how (and likely where) you source your food.

What you should buy instead–> organic kale, broccoli and carrots. Shred/chop them yourself, add in some free-range roasted chicken leftover from dinner, toss with dried organic currants or cranberries and drizzle on some olive or avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, a little sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.

And then I wandered over to the seaweed snacks. Should be safe right? Nope. Canola oil (AKA pesticide-ridden, genetically modified rapeseed–no, thank you.) and added sugar.  Consider my own snack-bubble burst.

Seaweed Snacks with Junk editWhat you should buy instead–> go to an Asian market where you can find seaweed wraps or nori that is free of canola or corn oils, MSG, gluten, and sugar.  This is an idea of what you are looking for: Organic Raw Nori Sheets.

Anyone will tell you that there is simply no way to live a fast-food life when you’ve committed to Paleo. These are just two examples of hundreds. It is annoying that next to nothing is prepared without stuff we know we have to steer clear of… like soy… and heavily processed oils… and gluten.  Any store is going to have more unhealthy choices than healthy ones.  As always guys, that’s why it is critical you do your own research, read labels and make informed decisions.

ONWARD!

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Comments

  1. Dagart Allison says

    I just throw away the dressing and eat the salad plain. Almost all the bad stuff is in the dressing. Looks like the cranberries might have some added sugar though.

  2. Jamee says

    Grr! It’s so frustrating! I have started making my own snacks at home. Dehydrating apple and carrot slices and making my own granola. You mentioned dried cranberries. I have had a hard time finding these without added oils or sugar. Where have you sourced dried fruit?

    It is so true… you have to prep everything yourself to get exactly what you want.

    • popularpaleo says

      Yes, it is hard! I’ve seen them in the walk-in fridge of my local health food store where the raw nuts and flours are kept. And I swear there were some at a local gourmet store too. Maybe they were seasonal? Anyhow, I think it’s easier to find currants, but you get the idea of building up your own salad instead.

  3. Heather says

    Oh no! I totally agree with the unreliability of “healthy” snacks and prepackaged foods even from those touting the holier-than-thou health food claims like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. It’s really frustrating and so worth reading each and every label.

    But, as far as the seaweed, you just looked in the wrong place. Whole Foods sells Seasnax, which are made simply with olive oil and are non-GMO verified: http://store.seasnax.com/

    Happy “fast-food” snacking!! :)

    • popularpaleo says

      Thanks Heather!!! I don’t shop at Whole Foods out here (it’s just inconvenient to get to), but there is a great health food store here that I bet would have them. I will look next time! Awesome! :-)

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