Snacks are fun. However, paleo snacks take a little more planning (it all comes back to plannning/food prep I swear!). I am in the car a lot these days, so snacks are pretty darn important (for me and the toddler). Here are a couple paleo-centric snack ideas (if you have some, please leave them in the comments!):
Nuts and Dried Fruit
I like to mix the two together and create my own mini-trail mix. Lately, I’ve been measuring out cashews and dried (unsweetened) apples. I am loving those apples!! I measure out the nuts because even though they are “good fats” it is sooo easy to eat like, 12 servings in 12 minutes and that equals a million calories sooooo yeah. I try to keep it a little bit under control.
Hard Boiled Eggs
I heart eggs. I could eat them all day long. I’ve been buying 60 eggs (yes, 60) at Costco lately and hard boiling ten or so. They are so great to have in the fridge or bring with you on car trips <–easy, cheap protein!
Homemade Paleo Muffins/Bread
Hey, sometimes we need some “bread” in our lives. About a month or so ago, I made a couple batches of pumpkin paleo muffins and froze them. Freezing them is key for me because then I don’t eat them all in two days. It’s great because you can just take out 1 or 2 and microwave them or leave them out overnight and enjoy the next day.
Jerky can be a little pricey, but it is another great source of on-the-go protein. If you have a Costco card, you can find large bags at a reasonable price. If not, check online or even at Walmart, the prices may be a little better.
Take a note from your toddler (or nearby baby) and try some of the applesauce squeezes. These are obviously incredibly convenient and a great source of carbohydrates when you need some. Make sure to pick ones that are unsweetened though!
I have been obsessed with oranges lately!!! They are a little messy, but I bring some cut oranges with me when we drive...they are so good! You could bring bananas or apples too. As far as veggies, anything goes! Cut up some peppers, cucumber, even broccoli if you like it raw. Can’t go wrong with fresh fruit and veggies.
Good fats, baby! What an easy snack too. I don’t love green olives so I’ll be passing on those, but black olives are delicious. Make sure to pick olives without many added ingredients (the shorter the ingredient list, the better).
If you’re really hard core (and I’m not), bring a little pack of tuna. You could get creative and bring along avocado too and use that in place of your mayonnaise.
Deli Meat Slices
Lately I’ve been packing little zip lock bags full of turkey slices. I try to buy some that are lower in sodium because a.) that’s a healthier option, and b.) the other ones are just too salty. The best choice is nitrate-free, organic, blabla but sometimes those are just a little pricey so do the best you can!
Not all Lara Bars are created equally! Look for the flavors with no sugar/chocolate added like Apple Pie and Cashew Cookie. Lara Bars are great when you’re in a hurry and need to grab something quick!
There are lots of other packaged Paleo snack options out there…some that I don’t even know about I’m sure! These are just a couple to get you started!
Do you have any “go to” Paleo snacks?