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If I could time-travel, my first mission would be to rewind sixteen years, befriend six-year-old Haley and snatch the Slim Jims from her hand in exchange for these PaleoValley turkey and beef sticks. I don't follow a Paleo diet now, nor did I back then, but the paleo-ism of these bars isn't the sole reason I appreciate them.
I'll give you a quick run-down of this company's story, and then let you read the rest here. Chas and Autumn are a husband-and-wife team who set out on a mission to heal Autumn's IBS, and along with two other close friends, launched PaleoValley to promote the importance of nutrient-dense foods. Today, they sell not only turkey and beef sticks, but also vitamin and mineral complexes, superfood bars, and superfood powders.
These turkey and beef sticks are what my six-year-old self desperately needed. Okay, they're more than that, but I just had to give that little side-note to make sure you know that child-Haley loved anything that involved sausage and snacks, and these bars are a close combination of the two.
For the beef sticks, PaleoValley uses 100% grass-fed and finished beef. What many beef buyers might not know is the importance of looking for grass-finished beef - grass-fed cattle may be fed diets containing grains and other supplements during their last few months, whereas grass-finished cattle are fed nothing but grass for their entire lives. And if you must know some benefits of grass-fed beef, consider higher quality nutrient profiles and potentially less methane-gas-impact on the environment (1). Nowadays, most of us are likely aware of grass-fed beef in the grocery store and hopefully purchase that over its not-as-pretty grain-fed twin when we want to grill up some cheeseburgers, but how about when it comes to snacks, when we're looking for something quick and easy? PaleoValley saw that need and took initiative to make sure a grass-fed snack-able beef stick for those of us who just love them.
And for the turkey sticks, PaleoValley uses turkey meat from only pasture-raised turkeys. If you're like me, you weren't exactly clear on the difference between "pasture-raised" and "free-range", as they've seemed to be two of the buzzwords used in reference to meat and egg production these days. According to Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), farmers are required to give their birds 2 square feet per bird and outdoor access when weather permits in order to receive the Certified Humane Free-Range seal. To receive the Certified Humane Pasture-Raised seal, farmers are required to give their birds 108 square feet per bird and outdoor access year-round. The difference is clearly in square footage, and within that, food differs as well - free-range birds eat processed grain and supplemented diets, while pasture-raised birds are free to eat a variety of greens naturally growing on the pasture without any chemicals or pesticides (2,3).
Both the beef and turkey sticks are naturally fermented, yielding gut-friendly probiotics to aid in digestion. Each stick has 6-7 grams of protein and as little as 1 gram of saturated fat (which is typically much higher in beef products). Organic spices are used to bring exciting flavors like cranberry orange, summer sausage, and garlic.
Are you ready to give these a try? Head to the online store and use "HH30" at checkout for 30% off your purchase! And remember, I only promote companies/products here on my blog whose mission and values I whole-heartedly support. PaleoValley is paving the way for more environmentally friendly and humanely raised animal products, and as a former vegan, I hold those as high priorities when I make food choices. So, here is a delicious and convenient way for you to do the same!