One of the keys to success on a Paleo Diet, is having something “paleo” to eat when you get hungry. A little planning on your part can prevent you from indulging in something your body doesn’t like.
I always try to have a snack or two with me, then if someone offers me doughnuts I’ve got a plan. Intermittent fasting is also and option when you don’t have time to enjoy a meal, however, if you are not careful that could turn into a binge.
Garlic Stuffed Olives: These are very tasty. I keep a bottle of the in the refrigerator at work. The garlic is crunchy and provides some prebiotics for colon health.
Dark Chocolate: A square or two of dark chocolate can really calm the appetite down. The darker the better, after eating paleo for awhile I find anything less that 80% tastes too sweet. Some of my favorites are Lindt Excellence Extra Dark Chocolate 85% and Ghirardelli Chocolate Intense Dark Midnight Reverie 86% Cacao.
Oysters: These are just loaded with nutrients and the can will go anywhere. There are times I just crave oysters. Try and find wild caught, bpa free and canned in a good oil. Crown Prince Natural Smoked Oysters in Pure Olive Oil are one of my personal favorites.
Sardines: Another satisfying snack loaded with protein and good fats. Crown Prince Sardines in Mustard are good, but I really enjoy almost any sardine. Make sure you get the ones that still have bones and skin, that stuff is good for you.
Fries: French fries from regular potatoes or sweet potato french fries are a great snack. These are great after a good workout or a long hike. Make these at home so you know what kind of oil these are cooked in.
Spam: I know Spam is not Paleo. However, Spam is very portable. These little single serve slices are great to carry in your bag or in your car. They will hit the spot when you don’t have any other food choices. SPAM Single Classic might just keep you from eating a meal that you’ll regret.
Nuts: Nuts can be a good snack if you have self-control. I find it difficult to stop eating nuts, so I generally avoid them. They are a bit high in Omega 6’s too. Try Mauna Loa Dry Roasted Macadamias with Sea Salt and a square of dark chocolate, that will satisfy even the most intense hunger.
Fruit: This works well for some people. I find fruit tends to make me hungrier. If I do have a piece of fruit it is usually about one hour before I plan on eating a meal. If you find fruit calms the hunger and doesn’t make you gain weight, go for it.
Jicama: This crunchy tuber is very satisfying. It is loaded with water, making it a great summertime snack. Bring some along to the beach or on a hike, it may become your new favorite food.
Jerky: Try to find jerky from grass fed animals if possible. Watch the sugar content as some have quite a bit added. Tanka Bites,Buffalo Cranberry Bites are my favorite hiking snack. These are the perfect fuel for trotting through the forest.
More Paleo Snack Ideas
Everyday Paleo is a great cookbook. It has loads of snack ideas for kids and adults. Pick up a copy for your paleo kitchen.
Once you get a hand of Paleo eating, finding snacks it easy. Since you are eating plenty of healthy fats and proteins, you may find snack become less necessary over time.
What is your favorite snack?