Thursday, November 17, 2011

Paleo Brands Paleo Foods Review

In the quest to eat as paleo as possible, you'll find times when you need something quick or you starve.  In those times, something like the offerings from Paleo Brands can save the day.

Paleo Brands came about when its founder saw his mother reverse many serious medical conditions by simply eating paleo.  He was motivated enough to start a company based on the concept.  Can't say as I blame him.

But, does motivation equal a tasty product?  Well that's what I'm here to let you know!  Do bear in mind, that this is my opinion, and mine only.  My palette may not be as refined as others' out there.

I finally broke down and ordered the sampler pack for $29.75 with free shipping, which includes one of each of their offerings:

  • Almond Crusted Cod with Spicy Vegetables and Cauliflower Leek Puree
  • Beef Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash
  • Beef with Curry Pistachio Stuffing and Broccoli
  • Fish Patties with Spaghetti Squash
  • Roast Beef with Creamy Butternut Squash

I was skeptical of exactly how good the fish offerings could possibly be.  It's one thing to get fish sticks with all their yummy gluten laden carby breading, quite another to attempt to make "good fish".  And as expected, I was right on this.  The Almond Crusted Cod was barely edible.  The vegetables included with this meal were equally unpalatable.  I hoped against all odds that somehow this was going to be good, because I really do love a good Cod, but it just wasn't meant to be.

Barely Passable:

On a brighter note, the Fish Patties with Spaghetti Squash were much better than their Cod counterpart.  They weren't outstanding by any stretch, and not likely something that will be a repeat purchase for me, but they weren't terrible.


Making the passable category is the Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash.  The downfall of this dish is the fact that spaghetti squash doesn't really seem to microwave from frozen very well.  Even dousing it in the marinara from the meatballs and mixing the two together didn't turn this into an outstanding dish.  I normally eat my spaghetti squash in a marinara sauce, so I expected this to taste as near to that as a frozen dinner can, but my expectations were not met.  Overall, it wasn't bad, but there are better options.


The beef dishes are certainly the stars of the lineup.  The Roast Beef with Creamy Butternut Squash was a delicious serving of roast beef with squash that had a surprising spiciness to it.  Not enough to light my world on fire or anything, but certainly not what I'd expect when eating squash.


The creme de la creme here is the Beef with Curry Pistachio Stuffing and Broccoli.  This was the one dish where both the meat and the vegetables were something that I'd eat again without hesitation.  The beef, much like the roast beef dish from earlier, was absolutely fantastic.  The broccoli was the tastiest of all the vegetables included in any of the dishes.  Maybe because it was the most "normal" of all of them?


It seems like they may be trying to get too fancy with a lot of the meals.  The vegetables miss more than they hit, while on the meat side of things the non-fish meat offerings appear to be just fine in all cases.  It would be interesting to see if they could come up with a chicken offering maybe paired with a sweet potato for the veggie.  Overall, they've got a promising concept that sadly falls short more often than not in execution.  Combine this with the fairly steep cost at $5.95 per meal, and it makes it exceedingly difficult for me to recommend anything other than the Beef with Curry Pistachio Stuffing and Broccoli.  Hopefully they can refine some of these recipes, or add more recipes to their roster to bring up the overall quality of their brand.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fitbit is Pretty Cool - Now Have 3 Members in my Paleo Group!

So a few weeks back, I grabbed myself a Fitbit.  It's a pretty nifty little gadget.  One of the cool features on their website is the ability to create groups of like minded individuals and track your performance against theirs.  After searching the forums, couldn't find a specific Paleo group, so I created one.  After a couple weeks, we have 3 members now (including me) and I'm bringing up the rear!  Hope to get more people in the group.  If you've got a Fitbit and you're a Caveman or Cavewoman, come join us!

Chicken + Caveman =


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Goodbye 38's, Hello 36's!

So recently, my wife and I had to take a trip to Old Navy.  Yes, my size 38 jeans were no longer fitting me, and we had to upgrade to a 36!  Couple that with a sweet deal on jeans they were having, and I was the proud new owner of three pairs of size 36 jeans.  WOOT!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Loadin' up the horse and getting back on

I've been sort of maintaining my efforts as of late, and remembered that, hey, I have $50 on the line to have a six-pack by the end of the year.  So to motivate myself, because they're cool, and I'm a giant stat tracking geek, I bought myself a Fitbit.  It's pretty much a pedometer on steroids, and also tracks your sleep as well.  The website that you sync it to also has a log of many other things, including your food.  So I decided to start logging my food again.  When I saw what a 32oz Pepsi did to my efforts that day, a switch flipped in my head to get back to serious with this paleo endeavor of mine.  Sure I've been eating more paleo than not, but I've been cheating a whole lot more than I should too if I want to see any effects at all.  So Wednesday I said to myself, "Self, we're doing this thing 100% and not screwing around anymore."  And for better than three straight days I was 100% paleo.  It was my parents and a Pizza Oven pizza that brought the streak to a halt.  But no matter.  I discovered a couple things.  First was that I wasn't adhering to paleo nearly as well as I'd thought.  The second day saw me with a bit of an energy drain going on, but I pushed through and that was the only day I could say that for.  On the scale side of things, I dropped 5 pounds, and as of this morning slid in at a cool 219.2 at 22.7% body fat.  I need to head out and buy water as I exhausted the last of our supply playing some Dance Central a bit ago.  I'm rolling well today with the exception of a can of Pepsi I used to dose myself with some caffeine. It's a cruel master :-/  If the can of Pepsi is the worst I do today, I'll be happy, and I can get back on the 100% horse again on Monday.  It's certainly way better than I've been doing recently.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Pics Time!

So it's been a minute (or about 2 1/2 months, give or take) since I posted some pics...


YEAH!  So, still looking a bit flabby on the front... but check out that profile shot!  For perspective, here's the last set I posted:

Progress my friends!  I should be doing better than I am, and if I were, that front shot would look much better.  That said, I was in at 223.4 this morning, only 0.6 off from my best.  Great way to end my week!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I've Been Slacking

It pains me to post this, but I have to admit it.  I've been slacking.  I've been lazy, I've not been preparing to make meals at night, and we've been eating out a LOT because of my failures.  Compound this with not making good choices when we do go out, and I've added a few pounds back.  I was at 227 this morning, after being at my low of 222.8 just a couple weeks ago.

I'm getting back to it and hitting it hard!  I'm starting today, making my attempt at a 100% paleo WEEK.  Not just a day, a whole flipping WEEK.  I've got a few 100% days in the past, and have even strung a few together.  This time, I'm making it a week, and we'll see how well my results work out!  I've started well today, and Tuesdays are always easy since it's Wing Tuesday at BWW and I can order a truckload of meat for a decent price.  Tonight's meal is going to be Paleo Taco Salad.  I've got the beef thawing and am excited to go.

Helping the process to get back on track along is...

That's right... one quarter of a cow!  Woohoo!  Steaks for dinner tomorrow night :-)