We were approached by Ms. Sana Ghafoor of Paleo Palette to try her paleo snacks. I won’t lie; I have no idea what “paleo” is when she approached us a few weeks ago. I’ve read about in Mariel Rodriguez’ Instagram account. She’s a Filipina actress who’s into paleo dishes. So I read up on the paleo diet first and asked Sana what is it about. Google has this answer:
“The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like we used to back in the day…WAY back in the day. If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you. This means anything we could hunt or find – meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. Sorry, the pasta, cereal, and candy will have to go!”
So basically, we go back to the paleolithic era (ergo, “paleo”) of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors. Ms. Sana further explains that the Paleo diet means eliminating grains of all kinds, sugar, processed food, beans, legumes, etc. Seriously, when I first read this, my head immediately screamed WHAT?! I don’t think I can live without grains, especially rice and bread. They’re the core of my being you know? Haha! Paleo has seven fundamental characteristics that help optimize health, minimize risk of chronic disease and lose weight: higher protein intake, lower carbohydrates intake, higher fiber intake, moderate to higher fat intake dominated by monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats with balanced Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats, higher potassium and lower sodium intake, net dietary alkaline load that balances dietary acid, and higher intake of, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant phytochemicals. There are a lot of changes in a person’s diet once they go into paleo.
Sana started taking interest in paleo and primal lifestyle around 6-8 months ago. She slowly incorporated many paleo food into her life and started making paleo snacks for selling this year. She started taking orders from friends and acquaintances and joined a farmer’s market. She believed in the paleo lifestyle because paleo revolves around the philosophy that we should live as close to being cavemen when it comes to eating. She noted that our DNA has evolved for the past million years and even though we’ve come a long way, we are still modern cavemen as far as our physiology is concerned. When she only eats paleo food, she feels that her energy level is higher. Her reason for going into paleo is to heal her urticaria (hives), lose post-baby weight, have better sleep, and be more energetic. Living as close to nature as possible is the answer to a healthy body and a healthy mind.
Of course, eating a few paleo snacks will not immediately cause me these benefits but I’m mostly curious about the snacks she prepares without using flour, for example, for her chicken sandwich and bread roll. Interesting isn’t it? She used high-end products and mostly organic stuff in making her paleo snacks. Here are a few of her snacks that I got to try (disclaimer: I apologize for the lack of presentation of the samples given to me; I was too excited to try that I didn’t arrange them neatly in a plate; sorry, this is my fault):
Of course I went for the chicken club sandwich first (SR 20 each). I’m surprised by how tasty it is, and it’s not just the filling but also the bread. The texture of the bread is different from say, a slice of milk loaf bread. It’s a bit gritty but it’s tastier nonetheless. The chicken filling has a subtle flavor and a bit spicy. It’s a great snack with some green chili kick! I can’t believe how simple looking yet how flavorful this is. The pizza (SR 50 for the small size) is also the same; it looks plain on the box but it’s pretty tasty. I love the tortilla chicken wrap (SR 20 each) because the stuffing is not bland and the wrap has a soft texture that makes the whole thing easy to chew. It got a bit oily when I placed it in our microwave to warm it up though. The stuffed dinner roll (SR 10 per piece) is an acquired taste because it has mixed Italian herbs that might not be on your regular dinner rolls.
Let’s go to the sweets. Because I put in my brain that it is a “diet” I was again surprised that the sweet stuff in the box were actually sweet and not lacking in flavor. The chocolate cake was really fudgy and chocolatey! It was a bit heavy and the dark chocolate was a bit overpowering but it’s good with coffee and tea (wait, are they allowed in paleo diet? haha). It’s good to be shared. The cookies were great too. If I don’t know I’m eating paleo products, I wouldn’t know the difference. I had a liking for the roasted cashew cookies (SR 40 per half a dozen) than the chocolate chip cookie (SR 45 per half dozen) because it has a good play on texture and it’s sweet that’s not cloying. It’s not too crisp and crunchy, which I like in a cookie. The energy bar (SR 15) is also good with the right amount of ingredients and flavor.
Overall, I enjoyed the paleo food that Sana makes and if you want to get into the paleo lifestyle but doesn’t know where to start, then I suggest that you connect with her and try her products. She shared that paleo is shown in many recent studies to help women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, kids with ADHD, and people with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, infertility, hearts diseases and many skin related diseases. People who are celiac or gluten sensitive can also benefit from the paleo diet as there is no gluten in these food. Of course, you have to be committed to the paleo lifestyle for this to be successful.
Orders with Paleo Palette can be customized according to what you prefer. She can make any new snack that you want in paleo version. She also has delivery (rates depend on your location). Personally, it is something that I’m hesitant to commit to because I’m already committed to my rice and bread but this is just my preference and you can make your own choices. If I’m not in love with rice, I will give paleo a chance. 🙂
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