Paleo-Friendly Snacks

 Posted by on 9 June 2012 at 10:00 am  Food
Jun 092012
 

Recently, I received free samples of “That’s It” fruit bars. They’re just dried fruit — no sugar, no preservatives, no nothing, except two kinds of fruit per bar. They’re really quite delicious, and they make a good on-the-go snack. If anything, they’re a bit too easy to eat. (I’m not anti-fruit, but I try to limit my fruit intake, particularly dried fruit.) If you can’t find these bars in your local store, you can buy online.

The “That’s It” Fruit Bars got me thinking about other easy paleo snacks, particular when I’m out and about. Here’s a few items that I like to mix and match:

  • Diced uncured ham
  • Apple
  • Salami
  • Prosciutto ham
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Diced cheese
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Dehydrated fruit
  • Dehydrated roasted sweet potato
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Lara Bars
  • Banana
  • Dark chocolate
  • Sweet potato
  • Chicken breast
  • “That’s It” Fruit Bars
  • Greek yogurt

As for the sweet potato and chicken breast: I always keep small portions of them frozen for when I need a full meal while in town, particularly after my SuperSlow workouts.

I’ll roast about 20 pounds of sweet potatoes, cool them and remove their skins, and then pack 5 oz into each sandwich bag. I throw all the sandwich bags into a gallon-sized freezer bag, then store that in the freezer. I do the same for sous-vide chicken breast. (That freezes and thaws very nicely.) Then, even if I’m in a big rush, I can grab a sandwich bag of sweet potato and a sandwich bag of chicken for a decent meal.

As for my dehydrated fruit and sweet potatoes, I’ll save that for a future post.

What are your favorite paleo-friendly snacks?

  • claire story

    Thank you! These are great tips, especially roasting sweet potatoes ahead of time & freezing in baggies. Question though, are cheese & yogurt on the paleo diet?

    • http://www.philosophyinaction.com/ Diana Hsieh

      Thanks! As for dairy, some people tolerate dairy fine, others don’t. My advice is that people test themselves via a 30+-day elimination, then do whatever works for them. In my case, I used to be fine with dairy, but due to my leaky gut issues, we’re mortal enemies, at least for now.

  • jj

    I am not paleo but I have cut out sugar and white flour from my daily diet and have sharply cut down on my intake of grains. I have found that one of the benefits is that it has completely eliminated my need for snacking. I no longer have the hunger pangs I used to have between meals. And having to skip or postpone a meal is no longer the unpleasant experience it used to be. On some days if I become very busy I might even forget to eat at all until it is getting close to bedtime and I realize that I probably ought to eat something. When my normal meal time does arrive I always have plenty of appetite to eat generous portions. But I no longer have the hunger pangs that I used to have when it was getting close to meal time. So, in my case, I no longer have a need to find healthy snacks. In fact, I try to avoid snacking between meals because I have noticed when I do snack, even on something healthy and low glycemic, I am usually hungrier after the snack than I would have been if I had not had it at all.

  • adavies42

    i feel mildly guilty about it, even as a paleo, but i tend to use commercial bacon bits (real, e.g. http://www.hormelfoods.com/brands/hormel/hormelbacontoppings.aspx, i.e. not bac-o’s) as an instant protein snack. very handy when i’m late for work….

  • http://twitter.com/rose_w Rose W

    Thank you for the snack list and the fruit bar recommendation. The That’s It fruit bars are now being tested by several people on the avoiding corn forum to see if they are really corn free. I just got our package and have to wait until Claire gets over a reaction to chicken to test them.

  • http://twitter.com/Paleo4thePeople Paleo for the People

    I am currently at Boy Scout Summer camp and the food is FAR from Paleo.

    I brought jerky, almonds, pistachios, apples and bananas for snack between my salads, which are basically the only Paleo option!

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paleo-for-the-People/252394711532554

    I am trying to track the challenge there.

    Any assistance would be appreciated!

   
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