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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 September 18, 2020

                                                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                                    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                                    1. Exercise Daily

                                                    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                                    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                                    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                                    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                                    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                                    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                                    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                                    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                                    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                                    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                                    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                                    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                                    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                                    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                                    The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                                    • Eat unprocessed foods
                                                    • Eat more veggies
                                                    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                                    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                                    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                                      5. Watch Out for Travel

                                                      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                                      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                                      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                                      6. Start Slow

                                                      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                                      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                                      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                                      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                                      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                                      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                                      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                                      Final Thoughts

                                                      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                                      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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