If you're any kind of healthy eater, I'm sure you've had your fair share of granola. It's ?lling with great ingredients like oats, seeds and nuts. You can put it in your yogurt and bring it along on hikes. But if you've decided to reduce the carbohydrates you consume, or if you follow the paleo or primal diet, then traditional granola won't do.
That's where Paleonola comes in. A small but growing company located in Cranston, Rhode Island, has developed the perfect grain-free snack for everyone. Like their tagline "Real Food, From Nature" suggests, it's made simply with nuts, coconut and fruit. No hydrogenated oils, no preservatives, no corn syrup, low in carbohydrates, 100 percent organic, Paleo-friendly and completely vegan. This is granola made even better, with a satisfying crunchiness and a little bit of that gooey-yummy ?avor. It's addicting.
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Paleonola currently offers ?ve ?avors: The Original, Chocolate Fix, Maple Pancake, Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie. If you've been burned before by trite, chemically-generated versions of real food ?avors, like "Apple Pie #6," you'll find Paleonola's ?avors are much more subtle.
Apple Pie, for example, is basically the original with some bits of dried apple and spices added. Any of the ?avors are delicious in yogurt or spread over fruit. Chocolate Fix seems like it should be more of a solo snack, or would taste great in your baking recipes.
Paleonola's online offerings include 10-oz. bags of the good stuff for $8.99. It's a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for: exceptionally high-quality organic ingredients. As an offset, they'll send you coupons if you sign up for their newsletter, and they also offer variety packs and subscriptions to receive (or give) Paleonola monthly. What could be a more welcome holiday gift for the health-nut or paleo foodie in your life?
This year, Paleonola announced the start of their relationship with Whole Foods Markets. They're only in a few locations, so ask your local store to start carrying it. Happy snacking.
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Trisha Reeves is a half marathoner with more than 10 years of running experience.