Eating right and adhering to your diet can feel like a chore, no matter how much you enjoy the food you’ve been eating. After all, who wants to eat the same snacks and same meals over and over again for months on end – dulling your taste buds and making you long for the fatty, sugary, and calorie-loaded treats of your previous “bad” diet? When you’re sticking with a paleo diet, free of all that is processed and altered, all that is unnatural in food, it can feel nearly impossible to find items to eat at times. What do you do when you want to grab a snack, and nothing but bags of processed chips and cookies are present? The key is to make your very own snacks – treats that are tasty and easy to carry with you whenever hunger strikes. Here are a few different snacks for paleo dieters looking for delicious and simple food to carry with them.
Brussel Sprout Chips
Vegetables are the perfect snack, but they can’t last long outside of refrigeration – and some even require cooking in order to enjoy them properly. Solve your veggie woes with Brussel sprout chips. Break apart this leafy green vegetable, season with herbs, and bake in the oven until crispy. That way, whenever you’re in the mood for crunchy chips, you have a healthy paleo options: your very own veggie chips.
Avocado and Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are an easy and excellent snack for paleo dieters, but they aren’t always filling on their own. Up the ante of your sunflower seed snack by combining them with a quarter of a ripe, perfectly soft avocado. Together, you’ll get protein and good, healthy fats with zero harmful ingredients.
Homemade Trail Mix
Just because store-bought and pre-made trail mix contains processed candies, salted nuts, and other unknown ingredients doesn’t mean you have to swear off trail mix as a snack. Instead, make your own paleo-friendly version at home with all natural ingredients. Add dried fruit (with no added sugar, of course) and the nuts of your choice, such as macadamias and almonds, and you have a very healthy and delicious snack.
Home-Baked Paleo Protein Bars
Granola bars can be paleo dieters’ worst enemy – they’re processed, prepackaged, full of sugar, and not natural in the slightest. Instead of fretting over premade bars, make your own with ingredients that fit the paleo lifestyle and give you a helpful protein boost. Paleo energy bars are great to keep your at-home bars clean by combining dried fruit, like raisins and cranberries, with nuts that offer the protein that keeps hunger at bay.