13 Mouth-Wateringly Tasty (and Super Easy) Portable Paleo Snacks
Staying on track with a paleo diet can be difficult if you’re someone that is constantly on the move.
Many meals require at least a little preparation at home and not everything on your list of available foods will keep in your gym bag, purse, or other travel attire. But, there must be something you can snack on throughout the day that you don’t have to think about before you eat it.
And there is!
Paleo snacks aren’t hard to come by if you know what you’re allowed to eat. Remember, it’s a caveman diet so essentially you can eat anything that our ancestors were eating before and at the dawn of fire.
You’re looking for protein and staying away from processed foods and grains; dairy is fine once in a while.
Instead of spending your day thinking about what kind of snacks you can have that travel well on a paleo diet, keep reading. We’re discussing 13 snacks that are perfect for your busy lifestyle.
13 Paleo Snacks That You Can Take With You
There’s probably no shortage of healthy paleo food in your pantry and refrigerator. So, why can’t you find something to take with you?
Maybe you’re not shopping correctly or maybe you’re just not sure what actually paleo-friendly is. Whatever the case, we’ve got you covered here.
You’ll probably have to make a lot of energy bars yourself at home. The great thing about this is that you can make a week’s worth in just one batch. If you want to mix it up and have a variety, think about making a few batches on Sunday to hold you over a few weeks at a time.
Homemade fruit & nut bars are easy to make and require absolutely no cooking. Not to mention how tasty they are! You’ll need the following ingredients:
Dried berries or cherries
Look for your favourite recipe or try this Almond Date Energy Bar. You can follow the same instructions for making your favourite fruit & nut bars.
Nuts are practically the staple of a paleo diet. You can indulge in peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, and whatever other nuts you can think of. They’re handy on the go and filling enough to hold you over until your next meal.
What’s more, nuts are full of important and essential nutrients to keep your diet balanced and provide your body with everything it needs to fight pathogens. Almonds are high in calcium and cashews are high in magnesium and rich in iron. Walnuts are full of omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants, just to name a few.
The first thing to note when it comes to eating jerky is that you should be looking for jerky that is low in fat and sodium. Most storebought jerky is high in fat and sodium, therefore decreasing its nutritional value. Look for healthy jerky like that sold at Divine Bovine Jerky.
Jerky is especially high in protein which is good for building muscle mass if you’re working out. It also contains fat which your body requires for reducing inflammation and supporting brain health. Finally, jerky has 2.3 milligrams of zinc in one ounce of beef jerky, making up for 17 percent of the daily recommended 40 milligrams.
Fruit snacks are great on the go because they’re conveniently packaged and virtually calorie-free. Beware, they are full of sugars so it’s important not to overload if you have a sweet tooth. Keep them in your purse, at your desk, and easily accessible in the kitchen so you can grab one anytime you’re on the run.
Remember when shopping for healthy fruit snacks to look for 100% real fruit with no added sugars or preservatives.
Eggs are pretty easy to make in a hurry but you can also create delicious snacks with eggs that you can take with you wherever you go. Consider egg muffins, like an omelet that you make in your muffin pan. Hard-boiled and deviled eggs are always quick and easy, too.
Eggs are full of protein and they’re super filling so you can rest assured that you won’t feel hungry ten minutes after consuming an egg snack. Eggs also contain a fair amount of vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and vitamin D as well as plenty of minerals like zinc, iron, and copper.
Paleo on-the-go often involves quick hand to mouth foods like trail mix. You can make your own or buy premade blends at your local health foods store. Try to include a good mix of nuts and dried fruits so that you’re getting the full impact of the nutrients and other essential vitamins.
Pumpkin seeds are full of valuable nutrients and high in antioxidants, not to mention that they have been linked to a reduced risk of some cancers. They’re high in both fiber and magnesium which are essential to digestive health. In fact, pumpkin seeds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
You’ll find 30 grams of protein in just 100 grams of seeds and they’re full of minerals, too. Magnesium is also good for your heart and pumpkin seed scan reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
Of course, in order to get the pumpkin seeds, you’ll need to carve up a pumpkin. Here are some paleo pumpkin recipes that we like.
Paleo crackers are generally low carb and gluten free. You should also look for crackers with a nut base. You can buy them from the local health foods store or make them yourself. Here’s a recipe you can use to make enough crackers for the week:
1 cup of almond meal
1 cup of flax meal
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon herb of choice
Sea salt to season
Optional sea salt flakes for taste
First, mix the almond meal and flax meal before adding the herbs, turmeric and sea salt. Mix in the egg whites until forming a large ball. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
On a large sheet of parchment paper, roll out the ball of ‘dough’ making it as flat as possible. Cook for 20 minutes and voila, paleo crackers that actually taste great.
Salmon is an excellent source of omega -3 fatty acids which are essential for heart health, not to mention skin and nails and overall health in general. It’s also a great source of protein. Even while salmon contains almost 4 grams of fat per serving, the majority of this fat is monounsaturated which is considered heart healthy.
Carry a jar of smoked salmon with you wherever you go for a quick light snack any time of the day. Use it on top of your homemade crackers from above for a completely wholesome treat.
Olives are considered the ultimate heart-healthy snack with anti-inflammatory benefits and not to mention that they actually improve circulation. They’re a wholesome snack that will make you feel fuller longer. Olives have been proven to have anti-cancer compounds protecting against colon cancer, breast cancer, and skin cancer.
Olives also contain oleocanthal, an anti-inflammatory compound that naturally reduces the pain associated with chronic inflammatory diseases like arthritis.
You can never go wrong with a smoothie when you’re on a strict diet because it’s an easy way to get all the nutrients you want and need in one easy to carry container. We really love this Banana Mango Smoothie Recipe.
The key to making a paleo smoothie is to find fruits and vegetables that pertain to a paleo diet and mix them all together with peanut butter and yogurt for the perfect blend.
Another smoothie you can try is the Strawberry-Kiwi Mojito Smoothie. All you need is 1-1/2 cups each of frozen strawberries and frozen kiwi, roughly chopped, fresh mint leaves and 2 cups of crushed ice. If you really want the mojito experience, add 2 ounces of rum or vodka. Blend it together and serve.
Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants that help the body fight off disease. It’s quite a nutritious treat that will keep you satiated throughout the day, not to mention satisfying your sweet tooth. Keep a dark chocolate bar with you a few times a week for the perfect go-to snack on the run.
Yogurt can get kind of messy on the run but it’s the perfect healthy snack for a paleo diet. Not only is it high in protein and low in carbs, but it’s full of probiotics which are essential for digestive health. Keep a few small yogurts at the office, in your gym cooler bag, and in the fridge at home so that you always have the option when you need a quick snack.
Finding paleo snacks on the go doesn’t have to be so difficult. Just keep these snacks in mind the next time you’re running out of the house so that you can remain dedicated to your diet even when you’re busy.
When you have some extra time during the weekend, consider making healthy snacks that you can take with you to work, the gym, or wherever. There are plenty of delicious recipes that you can wrap up and take with you if you’re dedicated to the diet.
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