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Next-Level Waffles Are Designed For Anyone Who Suffer From Food Allergies

It seems that processed sugar is unavoidable when you’re looking for something ready-to-eat at the convenience store. Even moreso when you’re trying to indulge in the sacred ritual known as breakfast while combating food allergens.

Swapples, waffles reinvented, is looking to change that for anyone suffering from food allergies yet seek the ambrosial delights of the time-honored breakfast cake.

Founded by Rebecca Peress, the waffles were created after she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and blood sugar issues. Her doctor provided a solution: to cut sugar completely from her diet.

It was then she became aware of how much processed sugars were found in the foods she ate daily, and wanted to create something healthy for folks that didn’t contain some of the most common food allergens (gluten, grains, wheat, dairy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and soy).

That’s when Swapples were born.

Made from Yuca root, vegetables, fruits, and spices, the waffles are certified paleo, vegan, and gluten-free.

The yuca root provides tons of antioxidants and vitamin C, says Peress, and is highly digestible and easy on the blood sugar. This makes them an ideal option for athletes, children, and anyone who experiences gut/autoimmune issues.

Swapples come in both sweet and savory options. Savory includes flavors like Everything (Bagel), Garlicky Greens, Tomato Basil. While sweet includes classics such as Blueberry and Cinnamon.

Essentially, the waffles were designed to go with any dish and can be used as substitutes for breads or simply by themselves.

Swapples are currently found in 130 stores in the Mid-Atlantic area and Midwest, and plan to expand nationally. You can also purchase the waffles through their online store.

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These Paleo Pizza Pockets Taste Just Like Hot Pockets But Cut Out Several Major Allergens

Innovating in the “better-for-you” foods industry means you’re not just making salads and veggie bowls. Often times, it involves creating alternatives to the more junky but beloved foods that got us through college and our earlier years, like Hot Pockets.

At this year’s Expo West, we found a paleo Hot Pockets alternative on the market, and it could be the perfect substitute for those who enjoy the nostalgic item, but can’t eat dairy or wheat anymore.

Created by gluten-free and paleo food producer Mikey’s, their take on the classic hits the flavor notes you would expect. However, they utilize a plant-based cheese substitute on the inside and a unique crust made from ingredients like cassava flour, konjac, sunflower flour, and chia seeds.

Behind the pockets is chef Michael Tierney, who’s worked at Michelin-starred establishments like The French Laundry and Eleven Madison Park. He’s part of a growing movement of chefs bringing their talents to the grocery store space, making sure that flavor is capitalized as much as function. Tierney started Mikey’s with an English muffin recipe, and his product lineup has since evolved to include offerings like these pizza pockets.

While Mikey’s isn’t vegan (they use actual pepperoni and ham in their various pocket products), they still are a better-for-you alternative that cuts out many of the major allergens. To have all of that absent while retaining all of the sensory attributes of a classic Hot Pocket is pretty impressive, making these a must-try substitute to the original.

You can find Mikey’s pockets at over 5,000 retailers nationwide, including Sprouts, Target, Publix, Walmart, and Whole Foods. For a full list of stores, take a look at their product locator.

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These Snacks Might Be Able To Replace Traditional Protein Bars

There is a portion of this world that likes to be super active, whether it’s going on a hike, climbing Mt. Everest, or just gettin’ down ‘n dirty in the gym every day. With my 2-3 gentle yoga classes per week and a total lack of stamina when it comes to most anything else, I wouldn’t even dare to place myself within this pristine group of humans, but I appreciate what they do. I like to show my support by being a cheerleader or by taking on the responsibility of making sure everyone gets fed – two things I excel at on a daily basis.

While I may be a gym noob, I do know the most important part of working out is what you eat afterwards to replenish your nutrients. Here’s where Caveman Foods comes in. This company, co-founded by the dude who made Muscle Milk, strives to create delicious snacks packed with protein to give you that perfect post-workout or post-scaling-Mount-Everest fuel.


Caveman Foods has three main products: Primal Bars, Bites, and Jerky. Most of these snacks are not for the faint of heart, and by faint of heart I mean vegans/vegetarians. All three of these products use chicken meat as their base, which provides for a high protein and low fat snack. However, while they aren’t advertised as much as these baseline products, Caveman Foods does make nutrition bars that are nut-based and meat-free.

Let’s talk about these meat snacks for a second, though. In all honesty, eating meat in this format was a new thing for me. I’m usually an eat-steak-hot-off-the-grill kind of gal, but I found myself getting into this. Here’s my rundown of the products:


Chicken Bites: These are such a great idea. First of all, they’re portable and bite-sized, which makes everything better in my book. Also, it’s pretty incredible that these have 10 grams of protein per serving. Second of all, they come in interesting flavors, like habanero & green chili, sun dried tomato & kale and applewood smoked BBQ. The BBQ was definitely my favorite, as its smokiness really shined through. The habanero and green chili, on the other hand, was super spicy. I could definitely imagine it being a good pick-me-up after the gym.


Primal Bars: The primal bars are essentially the chicken bites but in a larger format, except they have 18 grams of protein instead of *just* ten. If you ask me, this format is probably the most efficient way to regain what you lost at the gym. If you’re a fan of fruit flavors with your meat (weird thing to say, but some people aren’t), you’ll definitely be into the sweet cherry flavor. I would say it’s more tangy than sweet, which was a good flavor combo with the chicken. The smoked jalapeño was a winner. What can I say, I love smoked meats. The texture of these bars are somewhat precarious, since the chicken is cooked and then chopped and formed into the bars. It was just a new texture for me since I’ve never eaten anything like this before.


Jerky: I’ve been eating jerky for as long as I can remember. It was always my dad’s go-to snack whenever we were on the road. Caveman Foods has a pretty dope take on this classic snack. Again, their jerky is made with chicken, which provides you the most protein with the least amount of fat. The texture of this snack is what you’d expect with a good jerky. I was pretty sold on this, especially because I tried the buffalo flavor. I am obsessed with buffalo to the point where you could probably douse anything in buffalo sauce and I will eat it. Please don’t take that as a challenge because I will probably lose.


Nutrition Bars: Okay, these were LIT. I would eat one of these every single day if I could. These come in almond cashew and maple nut flavors, of which the maple nut was definitely my favorite. This bar kind of tasted like those Nature’s Valley sweet & salty peanut bars but a million times better (and better for you). A lot of nut bars can be difficult to eat because they’re overly chewy or the nuts aren’t roasted and sweetened enough, but there were none of those issues here. Each bite was deliciously chewy and sweet, but not overly so. Totally a home run on this one.

Long story short, Caveman Foods is one of the good guys out there. For those of you with dietary restrictions, most of their products are gluten-free, milk-free, peanut-free, and many are 100% paleo. They also use only all-natural chicken and refuse to put nitrates in any of their products. If you’re looking for the perfect snack to refuel, Caveman Foods has got your back.



Photos by: Analiese Trimber


These Paleo Pods Let You Brew Broth In A Keurig


It seems like there’s a pod for everything these days. The latest addition to the K-Cup-familar line is one that brews beef broth. No, you heard right. Beef Broth.

Food Business News reports that the company LonoLife are now offering bone broth K-cups that come in both beef and chicken flavors. A few flavors in development include another variety of chicken, mushroom and a vegetable medley.

While not a part of Keurig, the product can be used in Keurig brewing machines. LonoLife hopes to differentiate from the K-cup brand by making their pods recyclable.

The broth pods are designed to be great for paleo-based diets.


New Study Claims That The Paleo Diet Isn’t Really Paleo


A newly published study says that the human brain mostly evolved in size and power over the past million years not because our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate meat, but rather because they ate high amounts of carbs, especially in the form of starch.

The research, published in the Quarterly Review of Biology, draws on a wealth of diverse data to discredit basic principles of the paleo diet, which advises would-be adherents to eat protein-heavy, low-carb diets — the same diet our evolving, more physically fit caveman ancestors supposedly ate during the Paleolithic era.

According to lead researcher Karen Hardy, from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and her team, the brain uses up to 25% of the body’s energy and up to 60% of its blood glucose — demands that are unlikely to have been met on a low-carbohydrate diet.

In addition, they say that low blood glucose levels resulting from pregnancy and lactation in mothers would have required high amounts of carbohydrates — available in the form of starch-rich seeds, fruits and nuts — in order for both the woman and child to be healthy.

Hardy and her team said that while raw starches are digested poorly in humans, cooking them breaks their crystalline structure and makes them much more easily digestible.

Co-researcher Les Copeland, from the University of Sydney, said:

“After cooking became widespread, starch digestion advanced and became the source of preformed dietary glucose that permitted the acceleration in brain size.

“In terms of energy supplied to an increasingly large brain, increased starch consumption may have provided a substantial evolutionary advantage.”

The researchers said that eating a diet similar to the one our ancestors ate during the Paleolithic era could be healthy as long as it included starchy foods grown underground such as potatoes and yams, as well as newer starchy grains like wheat, rye, barley, corn, oats and quinoa.

Co-researcher Jennie Brand-Miller, from the University of Sydney, summed up the research:

“It is clear that our physiology should be optimized to the diet we experienced in our evolutionary past.

“Eating meat may have kickstarted the evolution of bigger brains, but cooked starchy foods, together with more salivary amylase genes, made us smarter still.”

Written by the editorial staff at NextShark


The Paleo Diet Is Pretty Much Bullsh*t, According to New Study


For years now, The Paleo Diet supporters have stridently advocated to the wide-eyed health-conscious that emulating the meat and vegetable-heavy diets of our ancestors who lived in the Paleolithic Period (hence the diet’s name) just made so much darn sense.

Well, new research says The Paleo Diet isn’t actually all that Paleolithic.

A study from Georgia State University to be published in The Quarterly Review of Biology contends that early humans were dietary jacks-of-all-trades.

Ken Sayers, an anthropologist and lead author of the study, said:

“Based on evidence that’s been gathered over many decades, there’s very little evidence that any early hominids had very specialized diets or there were specific food categories that seemed particularly important, with only a few possible exceptions. Some earlier workers had suggested that the diets of bears and pigs—which have an omnivorous, eclectic feeding strategy that varies greatly based on local conditions—share much in common with those of our early ancestors. The data tend to support this view.”


Besides “cavemen” being opportunistic eaters with much broader diets than paleo diet subscribers often contend, the anthropology team behind the study also emphasizes that early humans’ diet varied heavily by region—hunter-gatherers in colder climates relied almost exclusively on animals for food, while their equator-based counterparts incorporated plant-based resources.

As well, Sayers says that characterizing our ancestors’ diet as “healthy” isn’t easy since their lifespans were much shorter and because the diseases associated with modern diets today might only be apparent because we’re living long enough to see their effects.

On today’s goal of balancing a diet vs. our ancestors’ diets that were based on survival, Sayers said:

“Throughout the vast majority of our evolutionary history, balancing the diet was not a big issue. They were simply acquiring enough calories to survive and reproduce. Everyone would agree that ancestral diets didn’t include Twinkies, but I’m sure our ancestors would have eaten them if they grew on trees.”

So, one fad diet down, 1,000,000 more to go?

Written by NextShark‘s Alan Van 


Woman Saves Money on the Paleo Diet By Eating…Dog Food

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The paleo diet, fad or not, is expensive to keep up. Purchasing all that fresh protein — up to a third of the diet — can take a toll on your bank account, which is why one woman decided to try eating dog food.

Yes, that’s right — food made exclusively for dogs: dog food. Writing for OZY, and bravely at that, Anne Kadet details how her six-day diet of dry and wet dog food (and treats) not only fulfilled the paleo diet’s guidelines and goals, if not surpassing them, but also helped saved her time and money. Kadet writes:

“… all that fresh meat and produce costs a fortune. Plus, there’s a lot of cooking, and I have better things to do with my time — like reading dog food labels. And yes, I couldn’t help notice that my dog’s high-end kibble — like my paleo diet — is high in protein, grain-free and gluten-free. It’s made with ‘simple, holistic ingredients.’ It’s fortified with omega-3 and omega-6 and antioxidants. The best part? Canidae is an expensive dog food, but at 85 cents a meal, it’s a lot cheaper than eating paleo.”

Kadet describes the kibble she crunches for the first meal on her experimental paleo dog food diet as “dry and gritty” with a “nutty, slightly sour taste.” It’s only later on that Kadet notices her dry dog food is labeled “Not for human consumption,” and so she emails an NYU professor specializing in human and animal nutrition who tells her, “Canned food is sterile. The kibble is not, and there have been many instances of salmonella contamination.”

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From there, not wanting to be both grody AND sick, Kadet moves on to various wet and refrigerated dog foods that range from “metallic and disturbingly bland” to “rich and flavorful.” The latter fare is such a hit to her palate that she goes to Petsmart to take advantage of their buy-10, get-two-cans-free deal, presumably saving herself money that the average paleo diet enthusiast … isn’t? (My feeling is that spending money on food meant for humans, in order for you or other humans to consume, is probably never a waste, but what do I know?)

After a full six days of eating canine meals, Kadet claims that she lost two pounds and had a blood sugar level that “dropped to the ultralow end of the ideal range.”


In conclusion to her adventure, Kadet writes:

“I’m excited to go back to eating people food. But if I were broke? I’d choose to live on kibble over Kraft dinner or ramen noodles. Surely, an all-in-one, high-end dog food is more nutritious than a diet of white flour and fat?”

While I don’t subscribe to paleo diet theories, I salute you, Anne Kadet — I like your moxie. Hopefully though, while saving money on the diet, and for the benefit of your loved ones, I hope you invested in some seriously heavy duty mouthwash.

Originally written by Alan Van for NextShark


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