We’ve all been there…
It’s the middle of the day.
Right around 3pm.
And your stomach starts to growl. It’s been a long day. You had an early lunch.
And you clock out in a few hours.
But the hunger pangs are kicking in. And there are no good options.
In desperation, you grab a 50 cent packaged rice krispie treat from the vending machine.
Hoping that’s a little less damaging than the other toxic goodies.
But after a short sugar rush, you hit a downward spiral and you’re back in desperation mode.
Ever been there?
I know I have.
But nowadays… a bit of pre-planning keeps me fueled with good, healthy food all day long.
And tasty to boot!
So whenever hunger strikes, here are my personal Top 25 favorite Paleo Snacks…
1. Almond Butter
Ok… so I’m kind of addicted to this stuff.
And I find just a spoonful keeps the hunger pangs away. Plus, it’s a great source of fiber, protein, Vitamin E, Manganese and numerous antioxidants.
You can buy it in the store or make it yourself :)
Important Note: Be sure to soak your nuts in salty water overnight to get rid of most of the phytic acid and other antinutrients.
2. Hard-boiled eggs
The perfect Paleo snack. I make hard-boiled eggs on Sunday night and have a healthy “ready-to-go” snack for the rest of the week. Stick them in your lunch or pack them on the go for a healthy, energy-packed, protein boost.
3. Beef Jerky
A snack fit for a caveman :)
I buy all of my beef jerky from Steve’s Paleo Goods.
They’re grass-fed beef jerky is 100% grass-fed and grass-finished. No added hormones. No MSG. No Soy. No sugar. Just good clean jerky.
Which isn’t easy to find at your local grocery store. Believe me… I’ve tried.
One pack contains 28 grams of protein. And it’s delish!
I like to dip it in their Peach BBQ sauce. I know… sounds weird.
But trust me… it’s gooooood.
4. Banana Chips
You can make these in a dehydrator or just in the oven. All you need are some bananas and an organic lemon. And some cinnamon if you want to get really crazy.
Here’s my Favorite Recipe.
5. Fried Honey Banana.
Ok… so these are for when you need something a little sweeter. But don’t want to go overboard.
Fried honey banana is the perfect little solo snack. No need to tell anyone about these. You won’t
want to share :)
Banana slices fried in coconut oil. Crispy and sweet on the outside. Warm and soft on the inside. You can add a little honey and cinnamon if you feel like treating yourself.
Here’s a quick recipe.
6. Paleo Trail Mix
Mix up some nuts, seeds, fruit, and coconut and you’ve got an instant Paleo snack.
You can even throw in a few chocolate chips for something a bit sweeter.
Just make sure they’re dairy-free. My favorite brand is Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. They’re dairy-free. Soy-free. And nut-free.
Here are a few Paleo trail mix recipes you can try:
7. Energy Balls
I was first introduced to these when my aunt brought them to a family get-together.
After that day, a whole new world opened up to me. Who knew you could get so much energy and protein from something so delicious. Which mostly comes from the almond butter.
There are hundreds of different ways to make these, but here are a few of my favorites…
Double Chocolate Energy Bites – Make these and you’ll be everybody’s favorite person at your next family get-together :)
8. Paleo Muffins
Ok. So this one you probably didn’t expect.
But… there are a lot of great Paleo muffin recipes. And sometimes I crave something warm, buttery, and delicious.
So instead of fighting those cravings, I just make some healthy Paleo muffins once every month or two.
Here are some tasty recipes you can try…
9. Baked Apple Cinnamon Chips
These are one of my fall favorites! Grab some honeycrisp apples at your local farmer’s market. Or make a family trip out of it and head to a nearby apple orchard. Well worth the trip :)
And they make for the perfect baked apple chips. Just 2-ingredients required. Apples and cinnamon. Here’s my favorite recipes for Homemade Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips.
10. Sweet Potato Chips
These are pretty much a weekly staple in my diet. Sweet potato fries and chips. The leftovers also make for a quick and easy snack! Dip them in some Paleo Mayo and you’ve got the perfect pick-me-up. Plus, these sweet and salty treats are
packed with fiber, preventing spikes in blood sugar.
11. Paleo Meatballs
These are more than just great appetizers. They’re also great for a protein boost on-the-go :) You can also freeze these and reheat whenever you need a quick side-dish for dinner.
Just add a bit of Frank’s Red Hot to any recipe if you’re looking to turn up the heat a bit.
Here are some of my personal faves:
12. Lara Bars
Most energy bars you’ll find in the stores are full of grains, additives, and toxic chemicals. In fact, you’ll generally want to avoid anything that comes in a package.
But… I make an exception for Larabars. Because they contain minimal ingredients. Usually a combination of fruit, nuts, and spices. They’re also free of dairy, gluten, soy, and grains.
Here are the top 4 Larabars to grab that are paleo-approved:
Apple Pie Larabar (My favorite!)
These are a great option when you need something quick and easy.
13. Frozen Grapes
Put a few handfuls of grapes in a plastic bag. Stick in the freezer for a few hours and you’ve got a perfect Paleo snack. Kids love these sweet, frozen treats as well. Perfect for summer.
But be sure to eat these sparringly. As fruits are higher in sugar.
14. Paleo Smoothies
Smoothies make for an excellent breakfast. But they’re also great for a mid-day snack. Bursting with nutrients, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and more.
Here are some of my faves:
15. Turkey Wrap
Here’s a quickie for you. Just wrap a slice of turkey around some avocado. A quick and easy energy boost from the protein and good fats.
I personally love peppers of all kinds. Red, green, orange, yellow. Whatever I can find in the organic aisle. But they also make for a great little snack when dipped in Paleo Honey Mustard or salsa.
17. Cauliflower Popcorn
Need a fun, healthy snack for your next Twilight marathon?
Cauliflower popcorn is the perfect snack for any movie night. Sweet and crunchy – without all the added toxins of traditional popcorn.
All you need is a head of cauliflower. Olive oil. And some sea salt.
This is a snack you can feel good about :)
I LOVE avocado. I also love that it’s packed with healthy fats, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and fiber. This makes for an excellent Paleo snack all by itself. Just grab a spoon and enjoy!
19. Grilled Peaches
Here’s something a little different. Grilled peaches with a bit of cinnamon can satisfy almost any sweet tooth. Plus, they’re also great as a dessert :)
20. Paleo Fruit Roll-Ups
These fruit roll-ups are a fun snack you can make at home. And they’re perfect for kids and adults alike.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes:
Sometimes I just like to keep it simple. I cook a whole chicken in the crockpot at least a few times per month. It makes meal planning a LOT easier. But it also makes for a quick and easy snack.
You can freeze chicken in little baggies and pull them out when needed.
Just be sure to look for pasture-raise, hormone-free chicken. I usually get mine at Earth Fare or Whole Foods. This simple snack is packed with Vitamin B3, protein, Vitamin B6, Selenium and Vitamin B12.
22. Homemade Energy Bars
Store-bought energy bars can get pretty pricey. Fortunately, you can make your own Paleo energy bars at home that are healthier and more affordable.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes:
23. Banana Bites
It doesn’t get much easier than this. Chop up a banana. Grab 2 slices. Dab some almond butter in between. Enjoy!
24. Egg Muffins
These protein-packed treats look just like a muffin. But contain just 4 ingredients. Eggs. Coconut oil. Kale. And Cherry Tomatoes.
These are perfect for a Saturday morning breakfast. And will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days for quick and easy snacks on the go!
Here’s a tasty recipe for Paleo Egg Muffins.
25. Detox Salad
This is a go-to recipe in my household. But don’t let the name fool you. This stuff is delish! Especially when you add my secret ingredient :)
This is a variation of the “Whole Foods Detox Salad”. The 3 main ingredients are organic cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots.
You can get the full recipe here: http://realfoodrn.com/detox-salad/
But if you want to make this salad one that the whole family will love, then be sure to add my secret ingredient.
A tablespoon of Honey Mustard Dressing from Steve’s Paleo Goods.
This stuff has me eating more vegetables than I ever have.
It’s that good. And it’s perfectly Paleo.