Yes, it’s possible to have real foods delivered to your door. I love it that we live on a mini-farm and grow much of what we eat these days, but hey, it’s nice to know there are products you can have delivered that are made with real-food ingredients. I’ve received some nice samples over the past several weeks and thought I’d give a shout-out to the people and companies making the good stuff. (I don’t receive commissions or anything, but the samples were sent to me at no charge.)
We’ll start with Mark Sisson’s company because WOW, that was a big box full of goodies we received.
Primal Fuel is a protein shake mix. The ingredients are: whey protein, inulin (a pre-biotic), guar gum, natural flavors and stevia extract. Since Sisson is smart enough not to muck around with low-fat food, there are 9 grams of fat per serving, along with 9 carbs (3 of which are fiber) and 20 grams of protein. The mix makes a nice, thick shake even if you just blend it with ice water.
I pretty much only drink protein shakes after my workout on Wednesday, but I like this one rather a lot. There’s just a hint of coconut flavor, and the sweetness is subtle. I don’t like food where the sweet flavor is overpowering, even if it all comes from stevia.
Chareva and the girls were also big fans of the Dark Chocolate Almond Bars. (I probably would have been a big fan, but only managed to get my hands on one before they disappeared. The bars, that is, not the girls.) So many snack bars sold online are garbage, even if they’re low-carb. Soy protein, maltitol and whatnot. By contrast, look at the ingredients in Sisson’s bars:
Almonds, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Grass-Fed Hydrolyzed Collagen, Cassava Root, Water, Coconut Flakes, Honey, Natural Flavors, Coconut Oil, Bitter Chocolate, Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Nibs, Himalayan Pink Salt, Monk Fruit Extract, Tocopherols.
Again, as with the Primal Fuel, the sweetness is subtle. Each bar provides 15 grams of protein, eight net carbs (14 minus six grams of fiber) and 15 grams of fat. You can eat these as a treat and actually be doing yourself a favor.
Our care package included some salad dressings we haven’t tried yet, so I won’t comment on them other than to say they’re made with real ingredients. Avocado oil provides the fat, and most of the dressings also contain red wine vinegar. Pretty much everything on the label is listed as “organic.”
My favorite item in the care package is the mayonnaise. Why? Because it tastes just like mayonnaise! I’ve made mayonnaise that’s okay, but doesn’t quite taste like, say, Hellman’s. I ordered some paleo mayonnaise awhile back that tasted more like a mustard spread than mayo.
But Sisson’s mayonnaise tastes like the real deal. And unlike the real deal (assuming we’re calling Hellman’s mayo “real”), this stuff is actually good for you. Here are the ingredients:
Avocado Oil, Organic Cage-Free Eggs, Organic Egg Yolks, Organic Vinegar, Sea Salt, Rosemary Extract.
I don’t know how Sisson’s people managed to make real-food mayo that tastes like commercial mayo when so many others have tried and failed, but they nailed it. I spread this stuff on a slice of turkey breast when I want a quick protein snack.
By the way, you know how often one of us wishes that someone would open a chain of paleo restaurants? Well, Mark Sisson is doing that, too. The current plan is to open a Primal Kitchen Restaurant in three locations: South Bend, Indiana; Anchorage, Alaska; and (of course) Los Angeles. Sisson will be conducting a webinar next week for people who are interested in becoming franchise owners. You can read more on the topic here.
If there was ever a sign that people’s attitudes about fats are changing, here it is: there’s a company now that sells fat. Specifically, FatWorks sells lard, tallow, chicken fat and duck fat. The animals are all raised in cage-free environments, and the cows who provide the tallow are grass-fed. In other words, these are the good fats.
The only one I’ve tried so far is the tallow. I’m old enough to remember when McDonald’s still fried their French fries in tallow, and man, those were good fries. So for breakfast on Sunday, I asked Chareva if she’d mind frying up some taters in tallow. She told me later the tallow gave her iron skillet a nice, non-stick quality. She never had to scrape the potato slices from the pan.
No wonder our great-grandmothers cooked with the stuff. I remember reading somewhere that Teflon helped the low-fat diet movement gain momentum. It was suddenly possible to fry or bake low-fat foods without having them stick to the pan. If only we’d all known better.
I noticed right away that the potatoes became crispy without us having to fry them to the burning point. Can’t say that about vegetable oils, which don’t taste good anyway. And according to Nina Teicholz’ book The Big Fat Surprise, heating those “heart-healthy” vegetable oils to frying temperatures produces a chemical relative of formaldehyde. So the bad news is that those oils will kill you. The good news is that you’ll already be preserved when you die, which saves the undertaker some work.
Anyway, the taters fried in tallow were awesome. Crispy, delicious, satisfying. I ate a few as a stand-alone snack, then put three eggs fried in butter on top of the rest. Heckuva tasty breakfast.
I don’t eat meals at work very often these days, since I usually leave at 3:45. But when I do decide to eat at the office, it’s often a soup I like called True Primal. No grains, soy, preservatives, sugar, MSG, vegetable oils or any of that other nasty stuff. The ingredients are:
Water, tomatoes, diced beef, carrots, onions, green peas, green beans, tomato paste, chicken broth, rendered chicken fat, pork gelatin, sea salt, spices, garlic.
Each one-can serving contains 18 net carbs, 10 grams of fat and 20 grams of protein. If you’re on a strict ketogenic diet, the peas and carrots might be a no-no, but it’s a good lowish-carb soup and pretty tasty. Beats the heck of out Campbell’s.
Enjoy. I certainly did.