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25 Paleo Snacks That Will Keep You Healthy and Happy at the Same Time

25 Paleo Snacks That Will Keep You Healthy and Happy at the Same Time

Trying to lose that belly fat or get bikini-ready for the warmer weather? Consider switching out your unhealthy between meal treats for a more nutritious, Paleo-friendly snacks.

The Paleo Diet, also known as the Caveman Diet, uses foods that you could hunt, gather or grow. Fresh vegetables and fruits, organic meats and eggs and even dairy-free chocolate all fall into the Paleo-friendly category. Things to avoid are anything in a bag or box- essentially, all processed foods and dairy.

Legumes also fall on the non-Paleo-friendly list. Before you turn up your nose, check out these 25 healthy Paleo Snacks- you may be surprised.

Paleo Nachos with Sweet Potato Chips by Eat Drink Paleo

    This is a hearty snack that could make a meal! Even the cheese sauce is dairy free! Sneak this into a tailgating party for some healthier eating choices.

    Paleo Egg Cup by A Healthy Life for Me

      Basically a mini-omelet, you bake this breakfast snack in a muffin pan. Add what ever you like, cook and pop them out when they are done. Eat fresh or store in the fridge for a snack later.

      Unfried Falafel by Paleohacks

        This recipe swaps the beans for healthier cashews to make it Paleo-friendly and then adds a whole lot of veggies to the mix. Top with Paleo mayonnaise or Sirracha for that extra kick.

        Paleo Egg Roll by Paleohacks

          These handy egg rolls are great for a late night snack or to tide you over during a long stint studying for that exam. Use the Paleo-friendly coconut aminos instead of soy sauce for dipping.

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          Homemade Pork Rinds by Paleo Leap

            Just when you thought Paleo recipes were dull – they include a carnival favorite! But these pork rinds aren't deep fried, they are oven-baked, making them a healthier snack option that the whole family will enjoy!

            Broccoli & Cauliflower Halloumi Fritters by Eat Drink Paleo

              These broccoli and cauliflower fritters are egg-based, making them a great healthy breakfast snacking choice.

              Paleo Garlic Hummus by Paleoaholic

                This recipe uses cauliflower instead of chick peas to make the creamy base. Use as a dip for fresh cut carrots and celery. Sprinkle on some curry powder for a flavor twist.

                Nightshade-Free Springtime Guacamole by Clean Eating Veggie Girl

                  This recipe swaps out the more traditional tomatoes & peppers for radishes and green onions, but it still packs a powerful refreshing flavor.

                  Paleo Garlic Aioli and Kale Chips by Bravo for Paleo

                    The Garlic Aioli is a Paleo mayonnaise that makes a tasty dip for these oven roasted kale chips.

                    Paleo Parsnip Chips by Paleoaholic

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                      Swap those potato chips for these oven-roasted parsnip chips. Use guacamole or paleo hummus as a dip and watch them disappear!

                      Carrot Scallion Latkes by Elena's Pantry

                        Better known as a potato pancake, this Latkes recipe uses carrots, scallions and coconut flour to bind them to make this yummy snack.

                        Paleo Turnip Fries by Paleohacks

                          French Fries are notoriously bad for you, so why not swap them with this healthier option? Though ketchup won't liven these turnip fries up, try a paleo mayonnaise or some bacon bits.

                          Zucchini Pesto Roll Ups by The Fitchen

                            This easy vegetarian dish includes a cashew-based pesto and makes for a nice appetizer or light snack.

                            Mini Pepperoni Pizza Bites by Paleo Leap

                              It's pizza- in a pepperoni! For this recipe you'll need a mini-muffin pan to form these tiny bite-sized snacks that the whole family will love.

                              Beef Jerky by Flo & Grace

                                This recipe requires using a dehydrator and can be time-consuming (4-6 hours in the dehydrator), but afterwards you'll have a handy nutritional snack to take on the go or to enjoy at home that will keep any carnivore happy.

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                                Sweet Paleo Treats

                                Healthy Fruit Leather by Brooke's Kitchen of Culinary Dreams

                                  This dish uses apples, strawberries & grapefruit, but you can change up the fruits to suit your tastes. Raspberry & rhubarb? Peaches & Pears? Go wild with it!

                                  Apple Peach Fig Bars by Nourished

                                    These healthy fruit bars make a great after-school treat. Add a small amount of flax seed or chia seeds for an extra healthy boost.

                                    Paleo Lemon Bars by Food, Faith & Fitness

                                      These lemon bars are made from only five ingredients! Best eaten chilled.

                                      Coconut Oil Fat Bombs by Paleohacks

                                        Gluten-free and no-bake this tasty snack is easy to make, using the coconut oil to bind it together. Best eaten chilled. Use a dairy free dark chocolate to go full Paleo.

                                        No-Bake Coconut Crack Bars by Chocolate Covered Katie

                                          This easy to make treat is sweetened with pure maple or agave syrup (your choice) and made in a food processor.

                                          Chocolate Goji Energy Balls by Nutrition is Medicine

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                                            These cashew based goodies are easy to make and great for grabbing on the go- or taking to work to make new friends!

                                            The Best Paleo Chocolate Truffles by Lexi's Clean Kitchen

                                              To satisfy those chocolate cravings try these yummy chocolate truffles for that late night snack.

                                              Mini Raspberry Popsicles by Paleo Leap

                                                Fantastic for a hot weather treat, you can change up the raspberries for blackberries or even strawberries – or go all out and use all three!

                                                Pina Colada Pops by the Reality of Skinny

                                                  These non-alcoholic creamy popsicles, combine pineapple, banana, and coconut milk among the ingredients for a super smooth and elegant icy snack. Want to change it up? Try orange and banana or go for a straight strawberry creamsicle.

                                                  Nut Free Trail Mix by Elena's Pantry

                                                    Just when you thought all trail mixes had to have nuts, here comes a version of everyone's favorite hiking food that everyone can enjoy. Using seeds, dried fruit and chocolate (use dairy free chocolate for full Paleo version), pack this handy snack in a plastic bag or container and hit the trails or pavement, as the case may be.

                                                    Healthy choices for your snacks makes for a healthier you! So consider swapping that bag of potato chips for one of these nutritional Paleo snacks!

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                                                    Last Updated on August 20, 2018

                                                    35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                                                    35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                                                    Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

                                                    But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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                                                    The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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                                                    While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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                                                    While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

                                                    If You’re Staying In

                                                    1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
                                                    2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
                                                    3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
                                                    4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
                                                      • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
                                                      • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
                                                      • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
                                                      • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
                                                        • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
                                                        • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
                                                        • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                                                          • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                                                          If You Want to Get Away

                                                          1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                                                          2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                                                          3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                                                            • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                                                            • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                                                            • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                                                            • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                                                            • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                                                            • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                                                              • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                                                              • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                                                              New & Exciting Experiences

                                                              1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                                                              2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                                                                experience.
                                                                • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                                                                • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                                                                • Experience white water rafting.
                                                                • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                                                                • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                                                                  • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                                                                  • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                                                                    • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                                                                    • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                                                                    • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                                                                    Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

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