Top 5 Paleo Snack Ideas On The Go
I’ve had a lot of people ask me recently what type of snacks you can eat on the paleo diet so I decided to put together this list of Top 5 Paleo Snack Ideas. You will notice that none of these snack ideas are fruits and vegetables or items you have to cook or prepare beforehand. Why? Because if you’re like me and on the go all the time, what do you snack on when you’re in your car and don’t have the time to cut up some red peppers or grab some carrots from the fridge? What if you’re in a bind? What can you keep in your car or purse as an emergency snack item as needed? These Top 5 Paleo Snack Ideas are all items I’ve tried and eat as snacks. I hope they help give you some ideas, too.
1. Grass Fed Beef Jerky – Beef Jerky can a great paleo snack IF you are able to find the right kind. And it’s not easy. It’s something you have to be careful with because a lot of them contain tons of artificial junk like caramel color. And caramel color is not gluten free nor paleo. So make sure you check your labels. I found a great Grass Fed Beef Jerky that I love from an online store called Pig of the Month Club. It’s made with beef, salt, pepper, and other spices. It’s really tender and delicious. I got two packs of this stuff and devoured it. You can only buy them online and they cost $4.95 a pack. I think this is a really reasonable price considering Whole Foods sells their organic beef jerky for around $9.99 and it isn’t even half as good as this stuff. If you are interested in checking this stuff out, use the code “SNACKME” to get 15% off your order. You’ll thank me later. There are also some grass fed beef stick snacks that are pretty good too and also pass the paleo test. They make them in a free range turkey jerky flavor, too. Yum!
2. Larabars- I think Larabars can be great snacks in moderation. Why in moderation? Because they tend to be high in sugar and that’s not great if you are trying to control your weight. Larabars are great and have saved me from making bad food choices when I was in a situation where nothing else was available. Larabars are also whole30 diet friendly. My favorite one is the Cashew Cookie. The Larabar Cashew Cookie is only made of Cashew and Dates so it’s good stuff. My other favorite Larabar flavor is Coconut Cream Pie. The ingredients in the Larabar Coconut Cream Pie are Dates, Coconut (Unsweetened), Almonds, Cashew, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil so it’s all healthy and paleo friendly. If you live near a Ralph’s, they usually have Larabars on sale for $1 a bar. Otherwise you can find them at any grocery store or on Amazon.
3. Marcona Almonds- I have to admit that I get bored with raw almonds sometimes and I like to change things up. Plain, raw almonds and cashews get boring to me after a while. One type of nut I’m really digging right now is Marcona Almonds. They are salty and delicious. I dig them. Just make sure you read the ingredients before you buy them because sometimes they are made with added junk like canola oil. Here is a link to some on Amazon that are legit. They are raw but you can always add your own sea salt and spices to them to give them some added flavor and kick without the added junk.
4. Pumpkin Seeds- Some people think that you can only have pumpkin products during the fall, but pumpkin is available all year round! I recently rekindled my love for Pumpkin Seeds. I was driving somewhere about an hour away and had to stop for gas. And I was starving. I hate when I am hungry and don’t have food with me so I went into the gas station mini mart. I looked for healthy snack options which usually end up being nuts. Then I saw David Pumpkin Seeds and I got excited. I love the taste of pumpkin seeds and I especially love carving a pumpkin and then roasting the seeds in oven. I am going to have to do that for Halloween. You can buy David Pumpkin Seeds at any grocery store or mini mart or you can buy them online here at Amazon.
5. Almond Butter Packets – I fricking love these Justin’s Almond Butter Packets. They are really good.We usually buy this stuff in a jar, but the Almond Butter Packets are great to keep in your purse or car when you’re on the go. You can eat this with apples or celery or you can just eat straight out of the packet. Squeeze and go. That’s pretty much why they designed these, right? They are also great for traveling because I’ve found that there are many places that only carry peanut butter and not almond butter. So these almond butter packets are convenient for those situations as well. Just make sure you carry some water with you because you will need it . You can buy them at your local grocery store or here on Amazon.
What about you? Have you tried any of the above snacks? What are your go-to healthy snacks when you are on the go or in a bind? Post in the comments and let me know!