Paleo-friendly HOLIDAY GIFTS! {hint, hint}

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Here’s the number one feature of a Paleo-friendly holiday gift: it must be FOOD.

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(Unless, of course, it involves something I, Liz the Blogging Cave Girl, wrote and am pre-selling on Amazon. We’ll get there. Under the tutelage of the world’s foremost expert in the field, I’m getting better at shameless self-promotion!)

I’ve searched the furthest corners of Ask Jeeves the world for the best, most perfect, most exciting Paleo-friendly nifty-gifties out there. These are at the top of my list – for giving and receiving. {hint, hint, Cave Husband.}

Now, I say “Paleo-friendly” because my first concern here isn’t Paleo Perfectionism. This time of year I’m more Primal Hedonist than Food Fun-Hater. Therefore, I hereby declare that several of these fall under the theme Caveman Would if ‘e Could. Would Grok refuse a life-changing cocoa-butter-based coffee bar?

I think not, friends. I think not.

These goodies will keep you healthy and, of course, hungry for more. They will definitely make your holidays happier. (Material things always do that, right?!)

Paleo-friendly Holiday Gift #1: Steve’s Original PaleoGoods.

Proceeds from sales of Steve’s PaleoGoods fund Steve’s Club National Program, a program that I’m involved with and passionate about. We’re able to provide mentorship and fitness training to at-risk youth with your support, but that’s not the only reason to love these. They’re also really, really, REALLY stinkin’ good. They keep me sane and well-fed during unexpected airport delays and time crunches (and, ya know, breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and the Paleo MRE goes with my husband on deployment.

We even trim the tree with them, because…why not?

I stock up on Apple Pie PaleoKits (yum), Cinnamon Paleo Krunch (double yum), and Dark Chocolate Espresso Krunch (double duh). They’ve got dressings, dried fruits, super-clean jerky of all kinds, and gift baskets too. Buy a kit, help a kid. Love.

Oh, and keep your Paleo Krunch in the freezer for a cool, tasty, perfect treat. You’re welcome.


Photo by the amazing Bill Staley of The Food Lovers

Paleo-friendly Holiday Gift #2: Sardines. Yes, sardines.

I’m a little obsessed with sardines. Fish oil…meh.* I want all the goods that are supposed to come WITH my EPA/DHA. Like CoQ10, calcium and protein. What better way to say “ditch the pills” with love while staying in the holiday spirit? By buying your loved ones Bela smoked sardines!

These come packed in olive oil, “with LEMON,” and plenty of other jazzy flavors. They’re smoked, so they don’t taste fishy. And the tins are just adorbz, no?

These are available online or at Whole Foods.


*Want to know why Fermented Cod Liver Oil is different from fish oil? Read this.

Paleo-friendly Holiday Gift #3: Not a chocolate bar. A COFFEE bar.

When Diane and I performed our comedy show Balanced Bites Workshop in Portland last year, we found the adult chocolate-and-coffee-lovers equivalent to Willy Wonka’s: Cacao. Inside Cacao, we found a coffee bar.

Not a chocolate bar. A coffee bar. Not the kind you drink. The kind you eat. And then I realized that my life to that point had not been complete.

The Ka-POW bar, made by Sagahun Handmade Chocolates, is the best thing since sliced meat. Read why here.

My favorite quote: “The idea behind the confection is to treat coffee beans like they’re cocoa beans.

Uhm, SOLD.

The Ka-POW bar uses cocoa butter; coffee from small-batch, local (to Portland) roasteries, and sugar. Yes, sugar. Let’s not pretend we don’t all get a lil’ sugar sometimes – whether that’s from dried mango or sweet potato or a coconut macaroon (that’s up next). Context, people. The sugar is wrapped in a perfectly healthy fat – cocoa butter – and did-I-mention-coffee. This treat is Hallalujah for your mouth. It’s simple, it’s well-sourced, it’s a dream wrapped in a rainbow.


Paleo-friendly Holiday Gift #4: Hail Merrys.

Hail to the Merrys indeed. The best way to get a gluten-free coconut enthusiast in a Happy Holiday tizzy is to send ‘em a goodie like this. (Thanks, D-sizzle, for buying my friendship with such an amazing gift!) This company occupies that eco-aware, health-conscious middle-ground between the thoughtful omnivores and the vegivores: there’s not a Paleo on the planet that doesn’t appreciate responsibly-sourced, delicious food – plant-based or not.

And they have some RIDICULOUS flavors in these holiday tins, including strawberry shortcake, chocolate, and sea salt caramel. Ingredients center around organic maple syrup, organic shredded coconut, fair trade dark cocoa, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic Madagascar bourbon vanilla, and sea salt.

Simple ingredients, simple enjoyment. And this will be a HUGE hit, even with the gluten-ful. Bring these to a party and nobody will touch the flour-filled “special brownies.” (Actually, I guess that depends on what kinda party we’re talkin’ about. Amiright?)

Paleo-friendly Holiday Gift #5: A future gift of the best book ever.

Shameless plug: My book comes out in May, and it’s available for pre-order on Amazon! If Michael Pollan and Tina Fey had a book baby, this would be it. Modern Cave Girl is about all the “whys” and “are you kidding meees?” behind the food we eat, delivered in typical Liz fashion (if somebody can put a name to that “fashion,” that’d be grrreat).

When a skeptic asks you the following questions about your Paleo/Primal/Real Food choices…

Haven’t you read The China Study?
Isn’t all that cholesterol going to clog your arteries?
Don’t you need whole grains and vegetable oils?
Why doesn’t your chosen diet have the word “Skinny” in it? 

…You can simply hand them this book. It explains everything, from how the Margarine industry and the factory farm industry are connected; how we got hoodwinked by Canola Oil, and why meat-eating is definitely sustainable and ethical. All with a healthy dose of snark, sarc and sat. (And truncs.)

A handwritten note that says you bought MCG for a loved one is THE can’t-miss gift of the season.

Nothing says “I love you” like things you can’t use yet.

Paleo-friendly Holiday Gift #6: the best Olive Oil ever.

REAL, delicious, peppery Kotinos Olive Oil from the company owner’s village in Peloponnesos, Greece is the most unique, spectacular olive oil you’ll ever taste. Trust me. I’m a Cave Girl. And Cave Girl would if she could (and does when she can).

Olive Oil is a traditionally-valued ancestral food. It has a long history in culinary culture and it’s a total foodie’s delight – when sourced right. I love fat – delicious, healthy, satiating fat – and I believe we need a variety of fats. When it comes to plant fats, coconut, red palm (carefully sourced) and olive are my healthy go-tos.

I dip, top, and drench veggies in this stuff. I make my stuffed grape leaves with it. I take swigs of it on occasion and even use it on my skin (more on that in my upcoming skin care guide!) It’s legit.


That’s all, folks! I’d love to hear about YOUR go-to holiday nifty gifties. Give me more to recommend to the facebook and twitter crowds!

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  1. Margot says

    Love this list but mostly the Mr. Panos reference! As a Greek Cave Lady I’ve followed Mr. Panos for a while – although I haven’t been able to eat Yia Yia’s cooking in a while ;)

  2. says

    I recently discovered Hail Merry macaroons and yes, they are little balls of perfection. I’m doing a secret santa thing at work and I have to get a gift for a 20 year old male who is starting to get into crossfit. I want to get something not edible for under $20. Can you help me out?

  3. says

    bahaha i love the note on the cover of your book. I want to pre-order sooo bad but amazon never delivers stuff to my house, always gets returned! So I must wait. Booo. these are all great gifts though!! Coffee bar? YES PLEASE! Paleokits? PLLLEAAASEE SANTA!!! I could go on, but i wont ;)

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