Five Delicious Healthy Paleo Snacks
The Paleo lifestyle has become more common in recent years, with many benefits discovered by its followers. The paleolithic lifestyle consists of meat, nuts, fruits and vegetables, aka “hunter and gatherer” foods. It keeps grocery shopping simple and your diet absent from processed foods and refined sugars. The great news is that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for nutrition when eating Paleo. There are countless snack options for those looking for something to harmlessly munch on when they feel those pesky midday hunger pangs. These five grain free snacks are tasty, easy to make and perfect for the workday or weekend.
Snack #1: Almond Crusted Zucchini Crisps
Almond flour - a Paleo cook’s best pal. The almond flour crust on these zucchini slices make for a crunchy and delicious healthy Paleo snack. Your friends are going to be asking for the recipe in no time.
Ingredients: 1 sliced zucchini, 1 cup almond flour, 1 egg, 1 tsp each garlic powder, thyme, salt and black pepper
- Step One: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Step Two: Beat egg in a small bowl.
- Step Three: In a separate bowl, mix the almond flour and spices.
- Step Four: Dip zucchini slices into the egg and then coat in the almond flour mixture. Place slices on a baking sheet.
- Step Five: Bake for 12-14 minutes, turning halfway through to cook evenly. Serve right after taking them out of the oven. Enjoy!
Snack #2: Bananas with Almond Butter
Not all healthy Paleo snacks require a ton of work to accomplish great taste. Sometimes jazzing up pantry staples is all you need to tie you over. Bananas with almond butter is the perfect grain free snack when you’re in a rush.
Ingredients: 2 bananas, choice of creamy or crunchy almond butter
- Step One: Peel bananas and cut in half, forming 4 bananas boats.
- Step Two: Scoop out a ¼ inch of middle of banana halves, to give room for almond butter.
- Step Three: Spread almond butter on each banana half. Eat up!
Snack #3: Avocado Deviled Eggs
A welcomed addition to every family gathering or picnic spread, deviled eggs are a classic dish that everyone can appreciate. Deviled eggs can be easily jazzed up to fit the parameters of a Paleo healthy snack with the help of our favorite super food, avocados. These avocado deviled eggs will have everyone asking you your secret, which you know is Paleo craftiness at its finest.
Ingredients: 2 slices of diced bacon, 6 eggs, 1 prepped avocado, lemon juice, cilantro, salt, pepper. Optional: paprika, cayenne or pepper
- Step One: Fry two slices of bacon; cut and dice and set to the side.
- Step Two: Hard boil the eggs, remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Step Three: Once cooled, remove eggs from their shells and cut lengthwise in half. Place yolks in a bowl with the avocado.
- Step Four: Mix yolks and avocado until fully mashed. Stir in a little cilantro and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Step Five: Place avocado mixture in the eggs. Serve with a dash of cayenne or paprika on top.
Snack #4: Granola Snack Balls
Being able to create Paleo granola snacks comes in handy during those busy mornings when you need something quick to grab and go. These paleo granola balls are great for breakfast or a midday snack to hold you over until dinner. Leave a comment below letting us know what you think of this grain free snack.
Ingredients: 1 cup paleo granola, ½ cup almond butter, ½ cup vegan chocolate chips, ½ cup ground flaxseed, 1 tsp vanilla
- Step One: Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Step Two: Cover and chill for two hours.
- Step Three: Once chilled, use a cookie scoop or roll into 1-inch balls.
- Step Four: Enjoy right away, or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Snack #5: Cinnamon Apple Chips
Satisfy your craving for a crunchy snack without veering from your healthful path with these delicious cinnamon-apple chips.
Ingredients: 4-6 apples, 1 tbsp Lemon Juice, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, cold water
- Step One: Mix the lemon and cold water in a large bowl.
- Step Two: Remove the stems and slice the apples ¼ inch thick. Soak in the lemon water for 1 minute.
- Step Three: Drain the water from the apples. Add the cinnamon and gently combine.
- Step Four: Place the slices in a single layer in a dehydrator (or oven) set to 135℉. Leave for 7-10 hours, depending on thickness.
- Step Five: Test a chip. If it’s crispy, your apple chips are done; if not, continue cooking. Store in an airtight container. Snack on the chips as they are, use them as a topping on yogurt, granola or oatmeal.
Healthy Paleo Snacks Made Simple: Bonus Ideas
If you’re short on time this week, these healthy grain free snacks are simple and don’t require any prep work! Keep them stocked in the pantry to set yourself up for Paleo success:
- Paleo Granola
- Whole Fruit
- Plantain Chips
- Beef Jerky
- Veggies with Guacamole