Seasoning salt is for cheaters! Lazy people who can't possibly spend the eensy weensy amount of time it takes to mix together a few of their favorite spices into one jar. Am I right? Ok, ok, maybe not. Maybe there is something to having an expert combine flavors on your behalf. In this case with Paleo Powder Pink, those experts are from Texas and boy howdy do they know how to maneuver three kinds of peppers, salt, and other spices into such a perfect package. Paleo Powder makes life just an eensy bit nicer, and isn't that a nice option? Yes, indeed.
Grow up in the 70s or 80s and you'll likely recognize a certain red plastic seasoning jar, salty-sweet garlicky spice powder inside: Lawry's seasoning salt. Despite being tasty and carrying many food memories, Lawry's contains both sugar and cornstarch making it a no-go for Paleo. Here's where Paleo Powder Pink saves the seasoning salt day, starting with Himalayan pink salt and adding chili, onion, garlic, and more. You'll spend your next visit to your folks' house cleaning out the spice cabinet of decades old paprika and those pesky red plastic seasoning salt jars. Good job!
What does an old Lawry's fan say when they first try Paleo Powder? Mostly something like, "oh, dang, that's good." The smoky heat is just a little past mildly spicy, with the pink Himalayan salt coming through loud and clear. Without sugar or binders which tend to tame spice blends by confusing your tongue, Paleo Powder is potent – beware the huge holes in the shaker for you'll get a hefty sprinkle without even knowing it. A little bit goes a long way, and a lot a bit goes pretty darn far, if that's how you roll.
It's a great deviled egg topping, baked sweet potato embellishment, steak sprinkle, MANGO condiment, and more. Yes, mango. Those of y'all in the desert southwest know exactly what I'm talking about. Everyone else, try it. I'll wait.
Seasoning salts are serious lifesavers in the kitchen. No half-teaspoon of this and quarter-teaspoon of that to make the right spice mix for that roast or the side dish. You grab a jar of somebody's magical blend and just shake like a present on Christmas morning. It's easy, it's handy, it's full of sugar. And MSG. And cornstarch to keep everything separated. Well, at least many of the big-name seasoning blends are that way.
Not so with Paleo Powder. You start with salt – not iodized salt – from the Himalayas and start adding flavor in the form of chili peppers, garlic, onion, and even a bit of cumin. Stop adding ingredients right there. No fillers, no sugar, no absorbents. What does that mean? It means potent flavor and – possibly, depending on your humidity level – a little bit of clumping. A bit of a shake and things are back to normal in no time. When we choose foods that are unadulterated or made shelf-stable until the next century, there will be a little bit of caveats. For this stuff it's the delicious ingredients sticking to each other, sometimes. I can live with that. I bet you can, too.
I love the cayenne pepper in here, as well as white pepper and chili powder. That's a lot of chilis and it makes my mouth water just to think about it. The capsaicin is great for digestion. The blend overall just makes everything taste so good that this might be an excellent way to nudge some reluctant veggie eaters in your life.
Chilies are great for many things, not the least of which is punchy flavor. But nutritionally they are super-high in Vitamin C and linked to good gut health.
Chili peppers contain a substance called capsaicin, which gives peppers their characteristic pungence, producing mild to intense spice when eaten. Capsaicin is a potent inhibitor of substance P, a neuropeptide associated with inflammatory processes. The hotter the chili pepper, the more capsaicin it contains. The hottest varieties include habanero and Scotch bonnet peppers. Jalapenos are next in their heat and capsaicin content, followed by the milder varieties, including Spanish pimentos, and Anaheim and Hungarian cherry peppers.
Compared to just "any old salt", the mineral content of Himalayan salt is outrageous. High in magnesium, potassium, and iron (which gives it the pink hue). Adding to those minerals is a hefty dose of calcium. Now, you'd have to consume a LOT of salt to get close to your RDA of those minerals, but every little bit helps, right? Consuming something that's come from the earth or the sea directly is preferable to the factory processes table salt is subjected to before going in that navy blue cylinder on the store shelf. Viva la Himalaya!
There are about as many uses for Paleo Powder as there are foods in the paleosphere. Here's just a few to get your brain a'storming:
From Dustin, the founder: "In 2010, I began doing CrossFit, and although I quickly saw changes in my fitness levels, I still needed help with my eating habits. I chose to follow a Paleo lifestyle and it changed my life - I lost over 50 pounds! Paleo Powder Seasoning was created to add flavor to Paleo meals while staying true to what a Paleo lifestyle really means – I even use it at my BBQ competitions. My goal has always been to make the best tasting seasoning without any MSG or Gluten."
More from Paleo Powder, about their product:
"Paleo? Primal? Caveman? Gluten free? Vegetarian? Just healthy? Just tasty? Whatever your preference, Paleo Powder adds flavor to any diet.
Paleo Powder is an all purpose seasoning perfect for all your dishes. Our MSG and gluten free, Paleo Friendly and Whole 30 approved seasonings are available in Original and Pink made with Himalayan pink salt."