This post is a round-up of the Best Paleo Diet Snack Bars available in the UK in 2016.
Going back to a time when men were hunter-gatherers and they ate whatever they caught or were able to pluck from the trees forms the basis of the paleo diet, as we all know. Our ancestors ate wild, raw and natural foods like meat, fish, nuts, berries and vegetation and the modern version of this runs along similar lines minus of course the requirement to hunt your own meat with a spear, and modern innovation has played a huge part in making the paleo lifestyle fit with today’s pace of life – after all, most of us don’t have the time or inclination to venture further than the local Wholefoods shop or supermarket in order to hunt and gather our own supplies.
The essential starting point for a paleo diet is cooking from scratch. You should ideally use only natural, organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients to prepare and cook meals. Ready-made meals and highly processed foods are not allowed. In an ideal world this would be absolutely perfect. The trouble is – how many of us have the time or inclination to prepare meals in this way every day? We all have very busy lives and often families are not able to sit down together to eat. Sometimes, you just want to eat a quick snack at home, work or on the go, but you want one that is as close to the paleo way of life as it’s possible to get. Luckily, there is now a good range of paleo, or paleo-type snack bars to choose from. Here, we explore some of the bars available to give you some on-the-go inspiration that won’t make you stray from your paleo diet.
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Paleo Diet Snack Bars
Nakd bars are made using fruit and nuts, which are pressed together to form a healthy and tasty snack. They contain no wheat, dairy, added sugars or hidden extras like artificial colourings and flavourings. Nakd are promoting a new vegetarian range and a box of 18 bars costs around £12 depending on where you buy from, although any single snack bar costs around £0.75-£1. With flavours including salted caramel, coconut, and strawberries and cream they are aimed at all different taste buds. The Nakd bar range is widely available in supermarkets and health food shops. Buyer beware though – as with most things, check the ingredients, as not ALL of their bars are totally Paleo.
The Primal Pantry produces snack bars that are grain-free and contain natural ingredients like organic cherries and organic coconut. All are free from gluten, grain, refined sugar, soya, dairy, sulphites and GMO. Made using only natural fruits and nuts they are hand-made and cold-pressed in the UK. For example, the hazelnut and cocoa bars contain only dates, hazelnuts, almonds, organic cocoa, organic vanilla and almond oil. The quality of their ingredients is reflected in the price at around £27 for a box of 18 bars (depending on where you buy from). They are available online and at a number of stores including Waitrose, Sainsburys, Superdrug and Holland & Barrett, although some hunter-gatherers have found them in the larger supermarkets such as Tesco (do beware though, as they tend to cost a little more from there).
This family-run company has recently won an award at the 2015 Free From Food Awards for their Maple & Pecan Nut Crunch bars. A sweet tooth is well catered for in a healthy way with products like their Cinnamon Nut Crunch and Rich Chocolate Brownie. Their Paleo Bars cost from £2 and are made from high quality organic ingredients like nuts, seeds, coconut oil and fruits. Primal Joy products are available online through their website.
Also available online is this range of naturally made snack bars which use natural, organic ingredients and contain none of the nasties which can harm us like dairy, soya, refined sugars, GM and preservatives. Their fruit and nut bars cost around £9.99 for 6 bars or £18.99 for a box of twelve.
The snack bars produced by Wild Thing are made raw, not cooked. Ingredients include acai berries, chia seeds, coconut, various health-giving nuts and seeds and all are gluten-free and suitable for vegans. Stockists include Planet Organic and Olivers Whole Foods as well as their own online shop. Prices start from 99p per bar depending on where you buy them from.
Raw Bite advertise their Paleo bars as ‘fruit and nuts – and that’s it!’ Ingredients are dates, almonds, cashews, pea and rice protein, pumpkin seed and cacao plus various fruits and natural flavourings. They are sold through a number of online outlets including The Climbers Shop, Amazon and Funky Raw and the fruit and nut bars retail at £1.90 each depending on where you buy them from.
This is also a delicious product which is made using only natural and organic ingredients like raisins, dates, coconut, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder and water which amounts to a massive 94% fruit content. No added sugar is needed as this bar provides a natural energy boost and it contains no artificial ingredients. Like others of the same type, Cocofina’s Paleo snack bars are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. You can buy these, plus any of their other natural products from their website or from Amazon.
Raw Paleo Barbar say they are going way back to the roots of natural human eating habits by introducing a bar filled with raw fruits and nuts. This makes the bar suitable not only to “paleo style” dieters, but also for people searching for vegan food, dairy or grain free, or for those who are simply trying to stay away from processed food with unnatural ingredients. Made only from cashew, coconut, dried dates and coconut oil.
Ever heard of cricket flour? We thought not – but Crobar use this high protein, naturally sourced ingredient to produce 2 different bars that are gluten, dairy and sugar free – perfectly Paleo friendly. You can purchase cricket flour from the site too, but we prefer the ready-made bars. At £27 per box of 12 or £9 for two samples (in case you’re a bit unsure of whether cricket flour is for you) you can order direct from Gathr’s website, or pick them up from Planet Organic or the Nutri Centre.
Another cricket-based bar is the Zoic bar, created by a committed team of nutrition experts. Only available to pre order, 8 bars will cost you £21.90, but these protein packed, healthy fat rendered and high fibre bars are sure to fulfil any pre or post workout needs.
The Healthy Way to Snack
For those who are wondering whether or not to adopt the Paleo lifestyle with their hectic schedule seemingly the barrier to success, these Paleo bars might just be the proof you need that Paleo can still offer the opportunity for quick snacking, as long as you know what and where to buy.
Which Paleo Diet Snack Bars are your favourite? Leave a comment below!