You’ve heard the benefits of going Paleo. But the problem is that you’ve also heard some myths as well. It’s a hard diet to follow. There’s a lot of prep involved. The ingredients are expensive.
Wrong, wrong, and more wrong.
Of course, all successful diets are about lifestyle changes. Building new habits and eliminating old habits is hard work. But if you’re dismissing the Paleo Diet already, don’t. There are a ton of easy Paleo snacks that will keep you full
Still not convinced? Let’s recap what the Paleo diet is and isn’t and then we’ll prove it to you with 7 easy Paleo snacks you can make today.
What is the Paleo diet exactly?
First things first…before we dive into all the easy Paleo snacks you can have on this diet, it’s important first for everyone to understand exactly what the Paleo diet truly is.
Truth be told, people often refer to it as the “caveman diet”. It’s one of those diets where processed and carb-y food are out. Instead, it focuses on staples like meats, nuts and seeds, vegetables, and good fats. And that’s putting it pretty plain and simple.
There are different versions of the Paleo diet out there as some or more strict or lenient than others. Some people use the Paleo Diet to springboard into ketosis. Others are looking to use this diet to blast stubborn belly fat. As a result, some people will shy away from certain food items that are technically Paleo. Still, these snack ideas include something for everyone.
What foods are off-limits on the Paleo diet?
A true Paleo diet means that you are removing grains from your meals and snacks. And there is no wiggle room in this. Many people often feel that this is one of the hardest parts of Paleo.
In addition to no grains, there is also the elimination of dairy, refined sugars, beans, and soy. Once you decide on other Paleo principles that are the right fit for you, keep a list in a food journal or your phone of what your favorite Paleo ingredients include.
7 super easy Paleo snacks anyone can make (or buy)
First things first. This is not a food blog. At least, not the kind of food blog that you might be familiar with. There’s no long narrative. There aren’t dozens of process photos. We link to the experts for that stuff.
Instead, we want to get down to business with these easy Paleo snacks right away. We also know that not everyone’s schedule is set up for time to bake and cook from scratch. We got you. That’s why we’ve included several store-bought snack options as well.
Whether you are making your own or grabbing some off the shelf at the store, the secret here is to find a chip with a few ingredients as possible.
Eggs used to have a bad rap when it came to dieting. But let’s be real. People also thought that eating endless amounts of calorie-free soda were a good call. So what we know about dieting and nutrition has evolved, and eggs are back in. The best part? They’re a super easy protein source to add to any meal plan.
Nuts and seeds
Ok, ok. We know you’re not a squirrel. But there’s a huge advantage to nuts and seeds being greenlighted on the Paleo Diet. Trail mix for everyone! If you like your trail mix on the sweeter side, look at adding in some dried fruit. Stash some in your gym bag or your desk drawer.
No, really. The caveat to this is that Paleo-friendly muffins do not resemble the cake-esque creations that you know and love. Instead, these muffins are powered by gluten-free alternatives like coconut flour. They also pack an extra protein-rich punch.
Look, no one is telling you to walk around eating raw celery all day. (But it is Paleo and that definitely qualifies as easy!) Instead, get creative with your veggies. Not sold on how a veggie can do that? Let’s just say if you thought you had to give up popcorn because corn is off-limits, you thought wrong. That’s right. Popcorn is back as an easy Paleo snack.
Semi-related: A good friend of mine, Rich, just posted an AWESOME mega-guide to Keto and Paleo Meal Prep. Be sure to check that out and show his blog some love!