Snacks are an important part of each day. Because Paleo foods are so easily-digestible, you may find that you can eat more than you were used to eating on a grain-based diet. I love being able to eat whenever I’m hungry.
Dustin and I eat alot of snacks every day. We pack at least 2-3 in our lunch boxes, we usually have one while we’re waiting for dinner, and we always have something before going to bed.
Almost anything can be made a snack… even leftovers. However, some snacks are much more portable than others.
Here are some of our favorite snacks:
1. Raw vegetables with guacomole: carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, red or yellow peppers, etc.
2. Plantain Chips. I like to deep-fry these in coconut oil.
3. Kale Chips
4. Spicy Okra. This is one of Dustin’s favorite snacks to take to work.
5. Larabars. These snack bars can be found in the diet bar section of your local grocery store or health food store. They contain raw, natural ingredients like dates, cherries, nuts, etc. Be careful with these because, even though they are all natural, they contain alot of natural sugar. They are small, and they taste great, so it’s easy to over-do it. Limit yourself, but enjoy your snack! Note: some of these are NOT Whole30-approved, so check the labels before you enjoy!
6. Trail Mix. Get a big bowl and fill it up with your favorite nuts and dried fruits. We like to combine almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, dried cranberries, beef jerky, and coconut flakes. Fill some zip-up bags, and always have one on hand for emergency snacking.
7. Deli meat. Applegate Organics makes excellent deli meat. We like the smoked turkey and the pepperoni. Use the turkey to make turkey rolls (fill with avocado, broccoli, etc.).
8. Beef Jerky. It is hard to find good beef jerky. Look for a brand that does not contain soy or added sugar. Tanka Bites are delicious. They can be found at Whole Foods, or you can order online. They are actually buffalo! We love these, but they are a little expensive.
9. Diced chicken. Bite-sized pieces of lightly-seasoned chicken make a great protein snack.
10. Applesauce. There are several good brands of individually-packaged, all-natural applesauce.
11. Fruit with Almond Butter. Our favorite fruits to pair with almond butter are bananas and apples. You can also spread almond butter on celery.
12. Meatballs. This is one of my favorite snack ideas. Meatballs are filling, and very portable. This particular recipe includes a ton of vegetables too, so it’s a perfect little snack package.
13. Coconut Flakes. If you need a little punch of good fat to make you feel more full, go for some coconut flakes. They always do the trick for me.
14. Smoothes. This “snack” has become a nightly tradition for us. We usually just dump 1/2 a banana, about a cup of fresh or frozen fruit (usually peaches, blueberries, or raspberries), about a cup of coconut milk, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a spoonful of almond butter into the blender, then pour and enjoy. You can also mix it up to get some different combinations… For example, try banana with coffee, milk, and ice. Or peaches, milk, ice, and cinnamon.
15. Peaches and Cream. This has become more of a “dessert” than a snack. Slice a fresh peach into a small bowl, then pour about 1/4 can of full-fat coconut milk on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon, stir, and enjoy. It is more amazing than it sounds. Try it.