Once you’ve gotten over the first hurdle of thinking of the Paleo diet as restrictive (think of all the fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and lean meat you can eat!) then it’s time to think about snacking.
Cookies, chips and processed convenience foods are obviously a no-go on the Paleo diet, so go for no-fuss snacks like fresh fruit, a small handful of nuts or a slice of cooked meat instead. If you have a little more time on your hands, whip up these Paleo snacks for later. Whether you take them to work to keep hunger pangs at bay, or enjoy after a workout to maintain your energy levels, these are smart snack choices.
- Ginger Cinnamon Apple Chips. If you’re cutting out grains and cereal then bags of tortilla chips are off the menu and fried potato chips aren’t the healthiest snack choice either. Instead, make your own crunchy snack by baking apple slices – there’s no added sugar and you can add experiment with flavorings too!
- Paleo Trail Mix. Buying trail mix is an option, but check the ingredients for added sugar or salt, and chocolate pieces are of course a no-no on the paleo diet! Another way is to make your own version at home – start with this simple version with sunflower seeds, almonds and unsweetened coconut, just keep an eye on your portion control.
- Egg Muffin Cups. Healthy egg omelets baked in a muffin tin – what’s not to love? Endlessly customizable with whatever you have in the cupboard, you can also enjoy these tasty bites for breakfast or lunch. This recipe makes 12 and freezes well so that’s snacks for the week sorted.
- Date Energy Balls. Traditional cakes might be a thing of the past on the paleo night, but it is possible to enjoy a sweet treat every now and again. This walnut and date recipe satisfies cravings without resorting to artificial or added sugars. They are nutrient and energy rich so save for post-workout or during an outdoor activity like hiking.
- Ants On A Log. Take yourself back to kindergarden with this cute and nutritious snack! Top celery sticks with the nut butter of your choice and sprinkle with dried currants or raisins – light, crunchy and a mix of savory and sweet, this is a snack for all ages!
What are your favorite Paleo snacks? Let us know in the comments below!