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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 13, 2018

                                                    12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                                                    12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                                                    Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

                                                    A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

                                                    1. Eat Before Heading Out

                                                    First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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                                                    2. Select The Treats

                                                    Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

                                                    3. Avoid Skipping Meals

                                                    Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

                                                    4. Drink With Moderation

                                                    It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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                                                    5. Be Active

                                                    You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

                                                    6. Get Out Of The House

                                                    Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

                                                    7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

                                                    Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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                                                    8. Set Realistic Goals

                                                    You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

                                                    9. Enjoy Yourself

                                                    Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

                                                    10. Drink A Lot Of Water

                                                    This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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                                                    11. Eat Less And More Often

                                                    Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

                                                    12. Prioritize Your Workouts

                                                    Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

                                                    So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

                                                    Happy Holidays everyone!

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