We’re jumping the gun on this week’s STM feature to bring you exciting news! For the last two months, we’ve been chatting it up with Primal Pacs, a “Paleo” snack company out of the Seattle, WA, area. We tried their kits back in October, and really liked the flavor of their jerky and the interesting inclusion of mango and Marcona almonds. When we flipped the bag over, however, we discovered the best part about the Pacs… no added sugar in their ingredient list, not even in the jerky! We’ve been looking for a Whole30-worthy emergency snack kit for a long time, so we immediately called Primal Pacs and started talking jerky.
The first snack kit approved for your Whole30 program
Based on our conversations, we are happy to announce that Primal Pacs is the first ever Whole9 approved – AND Whole30 squeaky-clean! – snack pack. We’ve had long calls with Matt Pierce, the owner of Primal Pacs, to talk about his ingredient list, and did our own independent research to verify the quality of his beef sources. We could not have been happier with the results – Primal Pacs’ commitment to high quality ingredients, healthy animal protein sourcing and delicious flavor without the additives or sweeteners really impressed us. And the fact that it tastes better than any “Paleo” snack kit we’ve ever tried doesn’t hurt, either!
Meeting our strict “Whole9 Approved” criteria
Jerky: Primal Pacs sources their beef from local sources in northern California and Washington. All beef is grass-fed and organically raised, although not all the farms have been through the expensive and time-consuming certification process. Matt Pierce says, “Right now I am working on legally being able to call the product grass-fed on the label. Because of a number of issues with the USDA, this will most likely take a while to achieve – it’s all very convoluted. In the end, the beef is from good sources and is raised and processed in a responsible manner.” After doing our research, we are comfortable that the jerky used by Primal Pacs is of the highest quality, both with respect to your health and the animal’s health and welfare. In addition – and this is HUGE – their jerky is not sweetened! No sulfites, nitrates/nitrites or other artificial preservatives either – Whole30 approved!
Dried Fruit: Primal Pacs uses cranberries sweetened with apple juice. We know, apple juice is technically “sugar”, but fruit juice is Whole30 approved, and cranberries don’t sweeten themselves. We were more than okay with this one small concession, given the number of cranberries in each kit is small. The bulk of the carbohydrates come from the dried mango, which has a modest sugar content with no added sweeteners. Finally, neither of the dried fruits contain sulfites or other preservatives.
Nuts: Their macadamias are dry roasted (no vegetable oils!) and unsalted, as are their Marcona almonds. We like the macadamias for their high monounsaturated fat content, and Marcona almonds make for a really nice flavor change from traditional almonds.
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And now, just a little reminder… Primal Pacs, while delicious and healthy, shouldn’t replace your built-on-real-food MealSimple™ breakfasts, lunches and dinners. They’re a great, portable snack when you’re on the go, but don’t rely on them as your primary nutrition source! Have you tried their kits, love their jerky, used their snacks in a tight food spot (like we have while snowboarding)? Talk about it in comments.