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Paleo On The Go delivers traditional comfort food but with a healthy twist. As a result, you get delicious, wholesome, and Paleo AIP-friendly dishes that can help you to lose weight but without ingredients that have the potential to irritate your gut.
As part of my review, I had the chance to try five of the almost eighty Paleo AIP meals the company offers.
Started in 2012, Paleo On The Go is a healthy meal delivery service with its operation based out of Largo, Florida. POTG tries to differentiate itself from other Paleo food delivery services by sourcing organic ingredients from local farms that the company regularly visits. The founder of Paleo On The Go has been on the Paleo diet for over ten years, and its executive chef has previously worked at numerous restaurants across the country.
As you can see in my roundup of Paleo Meal Delivery Services, I have reviewed many such services, but POTG piqued my interest because all of their Paleo meals are also Auto Immune Protocol (AIP) compatible. If you think that makes their food any less tasty, think again. All of the dishes I tried were delicious, in particular, the desserts and treats.
Before we get into the actual Paleo On The Go review, let me give you a quick overview of what the Paleo AIP diet is and why you might care about it.
You could argue that the dietary aspect of AIP is a version of the Paleo diet but with additional restrictions that remove otherwise healthy foods that have the potential to irritate your stomach. Examples include nuts, eggs, or certain vegetables, such as nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, etc.).
In case you are not familiar with the Paleo approach, I highly recommend you check out my Paleo Beginners Guide. In a nutshell, Paleo certified meals are free of vegetable oils, conventionally grown produce, boxed chicken or beef stock, refined sugars, grains and legumes, dairy, artificial colors and preservatives and more. Additionally, the official certification guarantees that the meals don’t contain any products in the “gray” area, such as potatoes or oats.
Inflammation and inflammatory pathways are among the primary causes of chronic diseases. Additionally, your diet can directly influence and reduce inflammation and thus reduce the risk of developing such ailments.
For example, some foods can irritate your gut and cause or exacerbate dysbiosis, an imbalance of your gut bacteria. AIP eliminates known irritants, and thus it enables your body to heal itself.
Most of my readers know that my family and I have been following the Paleo lifestyle for a couple of years. So I can confidently say that we eat healthily. Nevertheless, either of us gets bloated after eating certain, otherwise healthy foods.
The problem is that it is incredibly difficult to identify the culprits. That’s where AIP can help by eliminating all potential irritants before you can slowly reintroduce them one by one.
I have noticed that certain foods, such as tomatoes, garlic or onions make me gassy. So I try to avoid those ingredients. Coincidentally, neither garlic nor onions are forbidden in the AIP diet because they usually only cause issues in patients who suffer from Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
But I have noticed that when eating an AIP-friendly meal, I don’t experience any gastrointestinal issues, such as bloating. That made sampling the dishes POTG sent over even more enjoyable.
Unlike other subscription-based meal delivery services, Paleo On The Go offers individual meals you can order a la carte. Additionally, POTG has a subscription service for its meal bundles, so you get the best of both worlds.
POTG has an extensive menu of approximately 80 Paleo, AIP and Keto Diet compatible meals, as well as cost-saving meal bundles. By browsing through their menu, you’ll quickly realize that all of their Keto meals are also Paleo and AIP friendly. That’s rare because many Keto meals I have tried, rely on dairy or similar ingredients to boost their fat content.
In a nutshell, all of POTG’s meals are:
Every time I try a new food delivery service I pick meals that are unique and different from what I had in the past. In the case of Paleo On The Go, I decided to sample their desserts and dishes that mimic traditional comfort food, including:
I truly enjoyed every single meal, and so did Kathy, my wife, and the kids. The only thing Kathy didn’t like was the Slim Mint Cookies because she is no fan of mint.
Instead of traditional flour, POTG uses cassava and tapioca flour to make their empanadas. Besides those Paleo-friendly starches, these empanadas contain palm shortening, grass-fed ground beef, green cabbage, white sweet potatoes, onions, oregano, olive oil, garlic, and sea salt. As natural sweeteners, POTG uses coconut sugar and honey.
|Micronutrients (DV)||Vitamin A (15%), Vitamin C (10%), Calcium (2%), Iron (4%)|
Reheating instructions: To reheat the empanadas, POTG recommends using a toaster oven. We only have a conventional oven that I didn’t want to turn on just because of one empanada and three tarts. So I threw them in a pan on medium heat and „fried“ them until both sides were golden brown.
I have always liked empanadas but never tried a Paleo version before writing this review. However, I have come to appreciate the taste and texture of cassava and tapioca flour from making Paleo-friendly pizza. As a result, I knew what to expect. But even if you are not familiar with the taste of these flours, I’m convinced you’ll be positively surprised by how delicious the empanadas taste. Just make sure to let the inside cool down after removing them from the oven and before taking a bite. Otherwise, you might burn your tongue!
The Chicken Empanada is one of the most popular dishes of Paleo On The Go, and I understand why. It’s delicious, and with 450 calories, it is also relatively filling.
|Micronutrients (DV)||Vitamin A (4%), Vitamin C (15%), Calcium (4%), Iron (6%)|
This empanada shares most of the ingredients with its beef cousin, but instead of ground beef, the Mojo Chicken Empanada has, you guessed it, organic free-range chicken. Additional ingredients include lime juice, cilantro, and arrowroot powder.
Much like my wife, I don’t like mint, unless it’s in a Mojito. But to my surprise, the mint cookies POTG sent me were one of my favorite treats. Somehow Paleo On The Go’s executive chef managed to add just the right amount of mint as to not overpower the flavor of the other ingredients.
|Micronutrients (DV)||Calcium (6%), Iron (6%)|
When I took the first bite, I thought I was eating a chocolate cookie. But after reading the label, I realized that POTG uses carob powder instead of cocoa to make those cookies. I also learned that chocolate wasn’t allowed on the AIP diet, which is why POTG substituted it with carob.
The latter resembles cocoa powder, and it is made from the dried, roasted and ground pulp of the Ceratonia siliqua, also known as the carob tree.
Besides carob powder, the mint cookies also contain cassava flour, baking soda, palm shortening, pure maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, organic peppermint extract, and sea salt.
Please be aware that these cookies are high in sugar because of the maple syrup. So go easy on them and take them for what they are: a treat. Full transparency: I did not follow my advice.
Much like the Carob Mint Cookies, the Apple Cinnamon Tarts were a family favorite, especially among the kids, thanks to the honey and maple syrup.
|Micronutrients (DV)||Vitamin C (2%) Calcium (4%), Iron (6%)|
Consequently, the same warning applies: Don’t overindulge and consider the tarts a treat or dessert.
Other ingredients include cassava flour, pastured pork lard that POTG renders in-house, organic Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, organic coconut butter, organic coconut cream, and vanilla.
Much like the empanadas, I reheated the tarts in a pan, which isn’t ideal, but it worked. For best results, use a toaster oven or a traditional toaster.
Who doesn’t like wings? Seriously, those wings were delicious, in part because of the liberal amount of coconut sugar the sauce contains. However, it’s worth noting, that the sugar content on the label refers to the amount in the sauce the wings are tossed in. Not all of that stays on the actual wings, and you’ll likely eat less sugar than what the label says.
|Micronutrients (DV)||Vitamin C (15%) Calcium (6%), Iron (10%)|
Besides the carbs, those wings also have a ton of protein and fat, which gives them a relatively balanced nutritional profile. Much like most other POTG meals, the company recommends reheating them in an oven and, for a change, that’s what we did.
Besides the chicken and coconut sugar, the wings contain garlic, pineapple purée, ground ginger, organic apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos (a healthy alternative to soy sauce), and sea salt.
Single-serving meals cost somewhere between $4.50 and $25 (with few exceptions), but POTG also offers meal kits and packs that serve more people.
|AIP Meals||$4.50 – $52.00|
|Keto Meals||$4.50 – $23.50|
|Phoenix Helix Variety Pack||$99.00|
|Breakfast Meal Bundle||$113.00|
|Keto Success Bundle||$175.00|
|Sugar Detox Meal Bundle||$220.00|
|Monthly Meal Bundles||$250.00|
To give you a few examples below is what the dishes I got cost:
If you like the taste of POTG’s meals, I would recommend buying in bulk or getting one of the meal bundles. For example, the Comfort Meal Bundle costs $99.00, which is lower than the $116.25 the individual meals would cost if purchased separately.
Paleo On The Go packages, stores and ships its meals frozen. While I used to think frozen meals were inferior over fresh meals, I recently changed my opinion on that. The considerable advantage of frozen meals is that you can store them for months and only thaw what you plan to eat. That usually results in less food waste and a reduced chance of overeating.
What’s neat about ordering from Paleo On The Go is that you can collect reward points with every purchase. Practically, you receive two points for every dollar you spent, and you can use the collected points with future orders.
The conversion rate of points to dollars is approximately 1:68. In other words, 68 points are worth one dollar.
Paleo On The Go ships their frozen meals nationwide using FedEx. The shipping cutoff time is 4 PM EST for regular and overnight shipments. If you live in Florida, you also have the option of picking up your meals from their Largo facility.
POTG has a $99 minimum order requirement if you want your meals shipped rather than picking them up. The shipping rates vary by weight and location. For example, to have six orders of Cuban Piccadilly sent to my home in Alpharetta, GA, the shipping fees are as follows:
For an order like in the example above, standard shipping costs make up approximately 10-15% of the order value, which is on the higher end of what I have seen.
Preparing healthy and wholesome meals takes time. By using a Paleo meal delivery service, such as Paleo On the Go, you pay for the time you don’t have to spend grocery shopping and cooking. For many of us, time is money, and we rather spend the little time we have on something other than preparing meals.
I’m fortunate enough to have a wife who loves to cook and who fully embraces our active and healthy lifestyle that includes the Paleo diet. But I can certainly see us ordering some of those yummy treats we tried from time to time, especially the empanadas, apple cinnamon tarts or mint cookies.
For those of you who don’t have a full-time chef at home, I recommend you give Paleo On The Go a chance and to check out all the other delicious dishes, most of which I didn’t try, they have to offer. If you do, let me know how you liked them by leaving a comment below!
I was born and raised in Austria. I speak German, English, and Spanish. Since moving to the U.S., I have lived and worked in Alpharetta, GA. In my twenties, I was a professional 100m sprinter. These days I do mostly CrossFit. I'm a technologist and Apple fan. I love science and don't believe anything unless there is proof. I follow the Paleo diet and intermittently fast every day. I'm married and have two trilingual kids. My goal with this blog is to share what I learn so that you can spend time on something else.