What is it about the age of 45 that makes me seek out chocolate like a sniffer dog at an airport? Seriously, it is embarrassing. I used to shake my head at those women who couldn’t “live” without chocolate. Trust me, I can “live” without it, I just don’t want to anymore.
The problem is that most chocolate on the shelves is loaded with soy, dairy, preservatives, chemicals, and waxes! They also tend to come with a boatload of high fructose corn syrup or refined sugar. Let me cut to the chase. All of that is BAD.
As a follower of the Paleo lifestyle, finding chocolate that is well-sourced and has the right ingredients is a needle in a haystack venture.
BUT not anymore. I have curated the five best Paleo chocolate bar options on the market right now. And because I am very generous, I am going to share that information with you! Hopefully, the market stampeded that ensues after this post published will not be so much as to leave me in a chocolate lurch.
How To Eat Chocolate On Paleo – The Five Best Bars
HU KITCHEN: I walked 27 blocks to the Hu Kitchen restaurant because it was touted to be the best Paleo restaurant in New York. It was worth every dang step. The food at this place is so clean and delicious and the vibe is amazing. At the checkout, I spied their chocolate offerings and I bought a bar. The Cashew Butter and Vanilla Bean was my choice and it was delicious. It was so rich it lasted me a couple of days (unheard of) and I was happy to see that I can get it from several online vendors. Want to learn more about HU KITCHEN?
HONEY MAMA: I first discovered these at my local natural food grocer. I love the different flavors the maker of this bar offers. The Lavender-Rose actually comes with little petals on it! The flavors of these bars are earthy and deep. This company has a deep commitment to sourcing only the best, local ingredients which is a huge part of the paleo philosophy! These need to be kept in the fridge because they have a large coconut oil content which will make them melt at room temperature.
PURE 7: Pure 7 is a small batch chocolate company that keeps things simple. Their ingredients are squeaky clean and wholly organic. The name comes from the fact that the two families that own the company have seven children and originally there were only seven ingredients. Don’t get much more down-home than that. The bars are beautiful when you open them and I appreciate that Pure 7 sees there is a ritual component to eating chocolate. It should be enjoyed with all of our senses from packaging and visual of the product to the lasting delicious flavor left on your tongue.
EATING EVOLVED – PRIMAL CHOCOLATE: I bought a whole stack of these on a whim because I loved that they were paleo and okay, the monkey got me. Their packaging is adorable, and I absolutely love their motto. “Chocolate: It’s food, not candy.” Oh, yes it is, my friends! This company has one of the widest offerings of Paleo chocolate from bars to truffles to mint cups. Definitely worth checking out. My favorite is the Crunchy Caramel.
RIGHTOUSELY RAW: As you can probably tell from the name this company is deeply committed to only raw ingredients but one of the things that I really love that none of the sweeteners they use pop above 35 on the glycemic index. This means less of blood sugar rush which is far better for your health! I love Audrey the owner’s story too. She is a cancer survivor. She worked in a health food store to get the discount in order to afford the healthy foods she wanted to keep her cancer free. She decided that was malarkey. She took on a mission to make healthy foods available for a better price. Righteously Raw has many offerings from truffles to macaroons and full-size chocolate bars.
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This week I encourage you to just read ingredients. Consider the number of ingredients and what they are (if you can decipher them!) How might you move toward a “fewer ingredient” lifestyle? What are some areas of your nutrition that you could operate more consciously? The sweets we ingest are a great place to start. If you are going to indulge, do so with quality, well-sourced ingredients!
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