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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 December 9, 2019

                                                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                                    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                                    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                                    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                                    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                                    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                                    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                                    The result: no more mental stress.

                                                    2. Unplug

                                                    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                                    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                                    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                                    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                                    3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                                    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                                    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                                    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                                    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                                    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                                    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                                    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                                    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                                    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                                    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                                    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                                    The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                                    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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