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Product Review: Designs for Health PaleoBar™

First of all, let's make clear that we do not consider ourselves an authority on Paleo, but then again, nobody is, really. Again, the diet is based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans, and unless someone puts a ™ behind the name, people are free to interpret it as they want.
But, there are certain guidelines that paleo falls under, and with these guidelines in mind we looked at the following product: the PaleoBar™ by Designs for Health.

The description goes as follows:

PaleoBars™ are delicious nutrition bars designed to provide a healthy snack food for optimizing the intake of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and micronutrients. They contain no artificial sweeteners, but include natural ones such as xylitol, maltitol, and erythritol. All PaleoBars™ are Kosher certified and free of gluten, fructose, sucrose, soy protein, and hydrogenated oils.

Ok, sounds good, but honestly, we think the word "natural" is used a bit too freely in this description. Yes, maltitol, eryhritol and xylitol might be coming from natural sources, but so does high fructose corn syrup.

The bars come in 5 flavors, and we got the Chocolate/Almond, Coconut/Almond, Chocolate & Vanilla/Almond. Let's have a look at the ingredients next:

Chocolate


You don't need to be an expert to notice that at least 5 ingredients in the list are not considered paleo, that's why we don't quite understand the product name, that clearly gives the impression that you are dealing with a paleo product.



The macros come out quite well actually, they are well-balanced, which is not as common in "real" paleo bars, where the sugar content is usually very high.
Another surprise is the presence of omega-3 derived from anchovy & sardine. This only goes for the chocolate bar and the vanilla/almond bar by the way.

The taste is quite good as well, but given the amount of sweeteners (maltitol, xylitol & erythritol) this is not a surprise. It pretty much gives the idea of a regular candy bar, although you notice the sugar alcohols a bit more.

All the other flavors basically come out the same, they taste really good, but when you look at the ingredients, there is no way that this could be called paleo. Mind you, we're not too fussy about what's paleo or not, again, we do not consider ourselves an authority on it (but who is, really) but even we draw the line at some point.

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Louisiana Chicken

This delicious chicken stew is really easy to make, and if you own a slow cooker or home cooker, they can even do the work for you! To start it all off, you first need to make the spice blend.
Mix the following ingredients together:

1 tsp salt
Cooking with the Philips Home Cooker
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the main recipe:

350 grams of chicken (12 oz.)
200 ml passata
100 ml full fat coconut milk
1 onion
3 celery sticks
3 big carrots
coconut oil for cooking

Cut the chicken into cubes and chop the carrot, onion and celery. In some coconut oil cook the onion until translucent, then add in the chicken and spice mix. Cook the chicken, and after a few minutes add the carrot and celery. Last, add in the passata and coconut milk and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

Optional: serve on top of rice noodles or shirataki noodles (get 10% off with code AFF10)