Paleo snacks

So I’ve removed my head from the bottom of my almond butter jar long enough to brainstorm about some Paleo snacks.

See how much I love you guys?

And yes that’s a real photo. Don’t ask me how the toning-my-body portion of this Whole30 is going. 😉

Anyways, if you’re anything like me, then you’re a snack machine. I’m the first to admit that I’m always hungry, and I can’t function when my tummy is growling. Literally.

Can. Not. Think.

I’m one of those boring “come hell or high water three whole meals + two snacks a day” types. Plus extra “emergency” snacks in all of my bags JUST IN CASE. Needless to say I’ve thought about this whole snackage situation since joining the Paleo ranks.

I take these things very seriously.

Paleo-friendly Snacks:

  • Almond butter and banana (my FAVORITE on the list.)
  • Lara bars
  • Pure bars (chocolate brownie is my fav)
  • Sliced deli meat (turkey, roast beef)
  • Jerky
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Nuts and dried fruit trail mix 
  • Almonds and other assorted nuts 
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds (shout out to Meg for this idea!)
  • Dates filled with almond butter 
  • Lara bars (most – check the label because some of the chocolate flavors contain dairy or peanuts)

  • Fresh fruit
  • Sweet potato (my other favorite on the list!)
  • Fruit (berries, sliced banana) and nuts “cereal” in coconut milk
  • Carrots dipped in avocado (or guacamole!)
  • Protein shake, made with coconut/almond milk (double check that the protein powder is dairy/grain free)
  • Roasted veggies 
  •  A spoonful of almond butter 😉

I’ll admit, I’m starting to think my life has become a sad place when I add vegetables a deli meat to a list of snacks….. but I actually like them! And they fill you up, yo.

I am not a registered dietician by any means, but in my opinion the most ideal snack is made up of three components:  carbohydrate,  protein, and a bit of  a healthy fat. In my illustrious eating career to date, these have proven to be the infrastructure of the very best snacks in terms of sustaining my energy and satisfying my hunger. I’d be willing to bet there’s some research to back that up, but I’m too lazy to check right now.  In other words, an apple and sliced deli turkey, or a sweet potato drizzled in some almond butter. Does the trick every time!

Just be wary when nibbling on nuts – no peanuts, of course, and be careful of serving sizes. Don’t do like I did last week and inhale a jar of almonds in two days because you fail to realize that a serving is probs just one handful of almonds…. not twelve.

And a word about sweet potatoes – these badboys are nutrition powerhouses, and super easy to take along to work for a snack! Although they taste best in the oven, you can zap them in the microwave for 5-7 minutes and they’re perfect!  I do this practically daily. Just be sure to fork the potato a few times and wrap in a paper towel!

If anyone has any other snack suggestions, share in the comments section please!!

Off to work… Happy Thursday!

SO, snack ideas? And are you a big snacker, or a square meal a day type of person?

7 Comments on Paleo snacks

  1. katie @KatieDid
    January 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM (6 years ago)

    Great ideas, I’ve been slacking on snacks lately as I don’t have many of these items on hand to grab quickly so I end up just waiting until meals. I can definitely be fine most days on three bigger meals. But some of my go to snack are chicken I’ve already cooked and some olives all drizzled in tahini. I also wrap up sweet potatoes with butter or coconut oil to go. Unsweetened chocolate squares. Or just bites of leftovers from the fridge.

    • joelle
      January 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM (6 years ago)

      Katie- OLIVES- great idea! Totally forgot to add to the list. Totally with you on the leftovers though… the best. 🙂

  2. Life's a Bowl
    January 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM (6 years ago)

    I am totes a snacky person- snack plates for meals or snacks throughout the day! They’re the best option to get a little bite of everything you want in one meal 😛

  3. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List
    January 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM (6 years ago)

    I am kinda interested in if you’ve lost weight. Are you going to do a body update? I’m just nosey!

    • joelle
      January 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM (6 years ago)

      Lindsay: I’m nosey too haha. I’ll have an update next week! I’m going to the doctor’s tomorrow and will get weighed so I’ll have something to compare it to my starting weight.. I don’t own a scale.

  4. Jennie (the gf-gf)
    January 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM (6 years ago)

    Hi Joelle – just found your blog (I saw “pink typewriter” and I had to click through!) anyways, wanted to tell you what a great list thisis! I did paleo for a while, and my fave snack was carrots with almond butter.

    Also, I won’t even tell you what I thought I saw when I read “be sure to fork the potato a few times,” but it wasn’t the obvious dirty joke 😉

    I look forward to reading more!

    • joelle
      January 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM (6 years ago)

      Jennie: Um, I think I need to hear this dirty joke. 😉 So glad you found the blog – thanks for reading!


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