5 Healthy Paleo Snacks That Will Hit The Spot

Zucchini-Chips-Paleo-SnacksPretzels, chips and crackers are No- Nos when it comes to following a Paleo diet, but don’t worry there are plenty of options out there for you to enjoy when you get the urge to snack. The basis of the Paleo diet is to eat foods that are nutritionally healthy for you while eliminating the ones that are full of chemicals and additives like many pre-packaged foods are. The traditional snack list is filled with pre-packages style snacks which are why they shouldn’t be eaten if you want to stay true to the Paleo way of eating.

The rule of thumb to consider when choosing and making great tasting Paleo diet snacks is the more natural the better. The healthy Paleo snacks listed below are great for when you want snacks on the go for snacks for work. They’re delicious, healthy and you won’t feel deprived at all.

  • Delicious Zucchini Chips – potato chips are a weakness for many people, but unfortunately they are simply not very good for you. Potatoes are not part of the Pale diet, so when the urge to have something crunchy hits, try yummy Zucchini chips. Making them is easy, just slice the zucchini into thin slices and put the slices in a mixing bowl, add a light amount of coconut oil, salt and paprika in it and toss the slices in the mixture. Spread them out on a wax paper covered baking sheet and bake for about 2 hours for 230 degrees until they are crispy.
  • Unique Kale Chips – Still wanting a crunchy snack? Kale chips are unique and delicious and easy to make as well. Make sure the kale is dry when you bake it. Using the curly kale makes really interesting snacks that even the kids will want to try. Tear the kale into pieces and toss in olive or coconut oil, enough to coat them, and salt. Bake at 350 degrees on a baking sheet for about 15 minutes or until they are the desired crispness.
  • Paleo Apple/Coconut Treat– this is one of the most delicious snacks you can make if you’re in the mood for something sweet with some crunch to it as well. All you need are apples (granny smith will add some tartness and Gala or Fuji will be sweeter) fresh lemon juice, almond butter, unsweetened shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and sliced almonds.  Slices up the apples and toss in lemon juice (this prevents browning too) Lay out the apple slices on a plate and drizzle almond butter over the top of them, sprinkle with chocolate chips, coconut and sliced almonds and you have a snack or even an after meal dessert that is sure to please.
  • Mini BLTs without the Bread – these adorable and DELICIOUS little snacks will make eating “BLTs” your new favorite thing. Get about 20 cherry tomatoes, 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled up, ½ cup of cream cheese, about 2 tablespoons of finely chopped spinach leaves, 1.5 teaspoons of grated parmesan and some sea salt.  Scoop the pulp and seeds out of each cherry tomato after slicing the top off and set aside for filling later. Combine all the other ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Taking a little melon scooper, fill each empty cherry tomato with the bacon mixture.  Chill before serving and watch them disappear in seconds!
  • Zucchini and Avocado Hummus – if you’re looking for a healthy Paleo approved dip for those zucchini chips; you will love this unusual version of hummus. All you need is a zucchini courgette, peeled and diced into small pieces, ¼ of an avocado, 1 clove of garlic, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of cumin, 3teaspoons of tahini, and 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth (use pulse) dust with paprika to make it look pretty and serve it chilled.  It’ll keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.

The snacks above are just a small handful of incredibly healthy snacks that anyone following Paleo diet can enjoy.  Paleo diet snacks are a way to enjoy your day, snack on the go or even at work and not blow your eating plan.  You’re guaranteed to have to fight your friends and family off whenever you come around with these snacks.

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