I have to be honest, like many of you may be, I am new when it comes to the paleo lifestyle. So ultimately it has been a lot of fun for me, finding some great mouth-watering paleo diet snacks to try.
As a fitness and nutrition expert does, I looked for the best, most reputable resources to help me understand the basics of the paleolithic diet. One aspect I truly love, if followed properly, is that it is a lifestyle that rids your pantry and refrigerator of heavily processed foods. A Paleo way of eating means eating nutrient dense, whole foods; choosing grass-fed or wild animals and not being afraid of adding fats to your meal plans. And it is, yes, referred to as the caveman diet.
Give these snacks a try and read more here about a Paleolithic lifestyle. It just may be what you have been searching for.
1. Chocolate Bites:
Not into baking, but itching for a sweet treat? In a high-powered blender (or food processor) add:
1 cup walnuts
1 1/3 cup pitted dates (approximately 15)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Blend well, shape into bars and eat!
2. Zucchini Fries:
Once such paleo snack that requires a some preparation and baking time are zucchini fries.
Start out by cutting the zucchini into strips, the size of home-cooked fries.
Whisk two whole eggs in a small bowl and set aside.
Place approximately 1/2 cup coconut flour in a separate dish, beside the whisked eggs.
In yet another bowl, mix almond flour (or almond meal) with 1/2 teaspoon of parsley, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder.
Now, place the dishes in order of coconut flour, egg, and finally the almond flour mixture.
Proceed to dip each zucchini strip into the coconut flour, then egg, and finally the almond flour. Place onto prepared baking pan, trying not to overlap the strips.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden, turning them over halfway through the baking time.
Super easy “fast-food” Paleo snacks can be as simple as raw fruits and vegetables. How about putting some brightly colored produce together such as mango and cucumbers? For this you would slice the cucumber, cut the mango and skewer them in an alternating fashion. The colors looks amazing together!
4. Zucchini Pizza Bites:
Looking for a great back-to-school treat? How about zucchini pizza bites?
Preheat your broiler and line a baking sheet with foil.
Slice zucchini into 1 inch thick pieces, layer with a slice of tomato, sprinkle on an Italian herb blend and top off with your favorite paleo friendly cheese.
Broil for 1-3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
5. Baked Apple Chips:
Fall is not that far away, and these could be your favorite go-to Paleo snack! (Warning: Although these are super tasty, they do take longer to prepare and bake).
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees and line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper.
Slice your favorite apples crosswise into rounds and toss them in freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Line apples in a single layer onto prepared baking pan and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake them for one hour, flip over each apple and bake for an additional one hour. Keep a close watch on them for the remaining 30 minutes since ovens may vary in temperature.
Allow to cool completely, as they become crispier.
I am happy to say that these are the types of foods I would normally eat and serve to family even though I do not follow a paleolithic lifestyle. So take note because a paleo diet consists of great concepts that we all can adapt to our lifestyle, in efforts towards living healthier.