Flavor-Packed, Paleo-Friendly Summer Dishes

Paleo is one of the biggest diet trends at the moment and for good reason: people are getting great health benefits while eating really good food. The paleo philosophy and diet plan revolve around the idea that our bodies have evolved to handle certain foods: namely vegetables, healthy fats, and animal protein. (Read: Fantastic! All the bacon you want!) Who wouldn’t love this diet? Bring on the meat tornado.

Before you jump on the bandwagon, though, you should know about the flip side. The diet guidelines also suggest that our bodies haven’t adapted to digesting certain food groups and should be eliminated. On this list are: grains, dairy, sugar, and processed oils, just to name a few. If you’ve tried the Paleo lifestyle before, you know those restrictions can make it tough to pick healthy foods that are still delicious and packed with flavor. What’s a caveman to do?

Enter Smoky, Flavorful Paleo-Friendly Foods

Whether you’re just dabbling in the Paleo lifestyle or a seasoned pro, there’s no reason to eat the same boring old paleo staples over and over, or deny yourself some of your favorite foods. North Country Smokehouse has plenty of options that are Paleo-friendly while still having that deep smokiness and mouth-watering flavor you’re looking for. A caveman cannot live on hard-boiled eggs alone.

Remember how we said one of the best parts of going Paleo is all that bacon? Well, there’s a catch. A lot of bacon is made with sugar, either to add flavor or as part of the curing process. Some bacon you can find at the store is sugar-free, but falls flat in terms of flavor. And there’s nothing more disappointing than disappointing bacon. But never fear, cave dwellers, we slow-smoke our bacon to add incredible, mouthwatering flavor that doesn’t rely on extra sugar or artificial flavorings. Try wrapping a few slices of our Sugar-Free Applewood Smoked Bacon around asparagus spears and roasting or grilling them, for a quick, Paleo-approved meal that’s as flavorful and delicious as it is effective.

If you’re following a sugar-free or Paleo diet while also trying to keep your family fed, you know how hard it can be to come up with meal ideas that keep everyone happy. Enter our Old-Fashioned Natural Kielbasa, redolent with onion, marjoram, and other spices, and slow-smoked to perfection. Just slice up a few links, toss them with your favorite vegetables and a bit of olive oil, and dinner’s ready faster than you can say, “20 minutes in a hot oven.” You haven’t had vegetables until you’ve eaten vegetables roasted alongside Kielbasa, where they can soak up every bit of the smoky flavor.

When you’re new to a sugar-free lifestyle, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, eating the same old things on repeat, sacrificing flavor for simplicity and convenience. You can guess how we feel about that, right? Our Mexican-style chorizo is loaded with cumin, red pepper, and other Mexican spices, balanced with a hint of brandy, and packed with bold, punchy flavor. Served on a bed of grilled peppers, it’ll leave you saying, “Tacos who?” (Just kidding. It’s a little sad that tacos aren’t paleo-approved.)

Sugar-free and Paleo-friendly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor. In fact, all of our sugar-free products are smoked low and slow to lock in bold flavors and give you plenty of tempting, mouthwatering options while sticking to your diet. Now that’s a lifestyle trend we can get behind.