grassfed paleo stix

One thing that annoys me with most beef jerky is that it contains crap ingredients. Typical jerky at the supermarket is going to be coated in sugar and other junk. Not to mention, the low quality of the meat.

Fortunately, for discerning consumers, there’s a neat option called Steve’s Original Grass-Fed Paleo Stix. These are jerky sticks made from grass-fed beef and healthy spices.

Just look at these ingredients:

Ingredients: Grassfed beef, sea salt, paprika, beet powder, black pepper, garlic powder, celery powder, white pepper. Meat is stuffed into a beef collagen casing.

It is just grassfed beef and spices. There is no sugar or artificial crap like MSG in there. It’s such a simple concept, but this is the first time I’ve seen anyone do it!

Next, the nutrition facts:

Serving size: 1 stick
Calories 40
Total Fat 1.5g
Sodium 71mg
Total Carbs 0g
Protein 7g

High in protein, low in fat, and… no carbs! That should be obvious since it’s meat, but compare that to just about any of the average quality beef jerky you find at the grocery store. They are packed with sugar for no reason!

This is also low in sodium, making it one of few beef jerky options for anyone on a low-sodium diet.

Each pack is $5.50, so these aren’t cheap, but that’s the price you pay for quality ingredients.

The taste is pretty darn good! On the first bite, you can tell these are natural. You won’t be mistaking these for crappy Slim Jims, that’s for sure!

grassfed paleo stix

Could I tell they were made with grass-fed beef? Not really. I bet the regular Paleo Stix taste just as good, so the choice is really about your health, rather than taste.)

In general, I’ve always preferred a high quality beef jerky to a “beef stick” style snack, even if it’s a good one like this. It’s the excessive spices that get me! It’s just more enjoyable to eat something like SlantShack beef jerky.

But these Paleo Stix are good and the shape does make them more convenient when it comes to hiking, biking, road trips, etc.

Convenience is a big factor for us endurance athletes. I’m not going to be carrying a Paleo Kit on my long distance bike rides, but I would certainly carry some Paleo Stix. These are easy to eat out of the packaging, and they’re not messy at all. They won’t crumble and fall apart either.

Likewise, you can eat them while driving, and you shouldn’t get crumbs in your lap or sticky fingerprints on the steering wheel.

Lastly, these Paleo Stix are very filling. I could barely eat all 4 sticks at once unless I was really hungry. At only 40 calories each (160 total calories,) that’s impressive!

My final verdict is…

Paleo Stix aren’t cheap, and they’re not the best-tasting beef jerky I’ve ever had, but they are probably the healthiest! If you’re looking for a convenient and healthy snack that still tastes good, this is definitely one to try.

Official website: www.StevesOriginal.com


Product Review Details
Company: Steve’s Original
Product: Steve’s Original Paleo Stix
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2011-03-24
Obtained Product: Free sample from company.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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3 Comments
  1. Is there any difference between the grass fed and there normal sticks? The nutritional info is the same so it seems to me the only difference would be the price and how the cows were taken care of.

    Also, if you prefer beef jerky to sticks, Steve’s Original also sells beef jerky.

  2. @Justin

    Yeah, the original and grassfed should be basically the same on the label. There should be some differences in micronutrient content, less saturated fat, and/or a better percentage of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fats – but in a 160 calorie package, that won’t do much to change a standard Nutrition Facts label.

    And yes, Steve’s Original sells beef jerky, and it’s good (same stuff that’s in the Paleo Kit,) but still not my favorite when judged purely on taste.

    Either way, Paleo Stix still win when it comes to convenience while on the move!

  3. The one and only objection that I have to this outstandingly delicious Paleo treat is that the quantity is too small for the price. It is convenient for sharing on long plane rides though.

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