For all the talk about meat on a Paleo diet, it can be a challenge to find a good, clean beef jerky. Most have sugar or some other kind of additives in them that make them undesirable.
Steve Liberati, the founder of Steve’s PaleoGoods, solved that problem by creating his own jerky without unwanted ingredients. But he didn’t stop there. He created delicious granola, granola bars, dried fruits, sauces and all kinds of other Paleo-friendly goodies.
Steve’s PaleoGoods sent me a sampler kit of products to try and write about here. I had tried a few of the company’s products in the past, like the PaleoStix and a PaleoKrunch bar, but I was delighted to give more items a try. This review reflects my honest opinions of the products I’ve sampled.
Steve is best known for his “PaleoKits”: a shrink-wrapped kit of good-quality beef jerky, dried fruits, nuts, and in some cases, dried coconut. I’m a big fan. “PaleoKits” truly make a great meal on the go and they’re perfect for outdoor activities like hiking.
I ate the Apple PaleoKit for lunch when I hiked Mount LeConte with my youngest brother recently. I paired it with some pureed sweet potato for a little extra boost in carbs (it’s an 11-mile hike roundtrip — up and down a mountain) and I found it to be a satisfying meal. We ate lunch at the top and I didn’t need any snacks on the way down.
I’m taking a vacation in a couple of weeks to Colorado with a friend and we’ll be doing a good bit of hiking. I definitely plan to pack some PaleoKits to keep me well-fueled while we’re on the trail.
I also tried the new Sweet Southern BBQ artisan jerky. Mmm! The regular jerky is good, but it’s nice to have some other delicious options as well. It earns this Southern girl’s stamp of approval.
Steve’s PaleoGoods also offers a PaleoKrunch granola. I’ve eaten the Original flavor before (in fact, I used it in my Strawberry Granola Parfaits), but I hadn’t tried the Cinnamon flavor. Mmm! I dare you to stop at one bite. I munched on it as a snack, but also used it as a topping on some peach ice cream I experimented with for the blog and paired it with a ripe banana and some coconut cream for a banana nut parfait of sorts. Yummy!
PaleoKrunch bars are a great snack or treat. They’re delicious without being overly sweet.
I also enjoyed the ketchup. While there are plenty of good recipes out there for homemade ketchup with junk ingredients, let’s face it — it’s just so nice and convenient to be able to reach for a bottle from the fridge, pour some out and be good to go.
My favorite new to me product, however, was the dried strawberries. They’re like nature’s candy. Oh. My. Gosh. The pouch contains nothing but dried strawberries, but they are oh so good. I ate them slowly, just a couple of a time, and savored them when I had a taste for a sweet treat. I will have to buy some more and come up with something fun to make with them!
While delicious, high-quality products are important for a company that sells food, one of the biggest things I appreciate about Steve’s Paleo Goods is Liberati’s commitment to giving back.
He created PaleoKits in 2007 to help provide a nutritious meal to some young, at-risk teens he’d invited to work out with him at a local park, according to the Steve’s PaleoGoods website. It grew from there as an opportunity to fulfill a need for on-the-go snacks and meals that fit with a clean eating lifestyle. Liberati’s commitment to helping young athletes also has grown and 15 percent of all Steve’s PaleoGoods sales go directly to the Steve’s Club National Program, which helps at-risk teens across the country through health and nutrition programs. You can read more about Liberati’s mission in Steve’s Story on the company’s website.
I love to see a company committed to making high-quality, excellent products AND giving back. It’s a win-win and definitely earns Steve’s PaleoGoods a spot on my Friday Favorites list of recommendations!