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10 Best Paleo Snacks Recipes That You Need To Try Making At Home

10 Best Paleo Snacks Recipes That You Need To Try Making At Home

Heard of the paleo diet but wondering what in the world does it mean? Well, the paleo comes from the Paleolithic era, aka when man was still a hunter-gatherer – what the early man ate, is basically what constitutes the paleo diet, also called the caveman diet, primal diet, Stone Age diet, and hunter-gatherer diet, for apt reasons.

The Difference between Paleo Diet And Ordinary Diet

Think back to the early times of man – other than needing to run away from predators and dying of things as simple as the common cold, the paleo man (and woman, for that matter) didn’t have access to grains, salt, processed foods, colas, junk food, chocolates, tea or coffee. What he did have access to, or hunted and foraged for were fruits, vegetable (free range) meat, poultry and eggs, sea food and as well as nuts and seeds.

Wild cereals were sometimes foraged for, but a find was few and far between so cereal was also not a big part of the Paleolithic diet at all. Recent evidence proves that wine, however was, for some time in the Paleolithic era, man learnt to ferment grape juice in animal skin pouches. [1]

The Benefits of Following Paleo Diet

At first glance, the paleo diet seems pretty doable – it’s a clean diet that emphasizes eating fresh, from the source and without any additional additives, preservatives or chemicals and it does help you stay fuller for longer as well as lose weight because of limited food choices. [2]This diet also raises your iron levels and helps you get plenty more phytonutrients from all the plant-based foods you consume.

The downside of the paleo diet is that the absence of grains and cereal can lower your energy levels and it is also a tad expensive. If you are on a paleo diet, you also have to maintain a certain amount of physical activity; which ironically becomes difficult to do simply because you are off carbs and may be low on energy in the first place!

The Secret to Paleo Diet’s “Healthy” Label

The paleo diet philosophy is basically designed to improve a person’s health and athletic performance by taking in lean protein and high GI carbs via fruits and vegetables – the die does not lack in nutrients and can in fact raise your vitamin and mineral levels to an optimum amounts, plus give you plenty antioxidants and phytonutrients as well. Paleo snacks comprise of lean meats or protein, healthy amounts of dairy, healthy fats in the form of nuts and seeds and as many fruits and veggies you can eat! Healthy, tasty, filling and low in calories – paleo snacks make for great tidbits, even if you are not on a paleo diet! [3]

Five Savory Paleo Snacks

Crispy Brussel Sprout Chips

A vitamin rich snack that’s nutritious, tasty and filling, Crispy Brussels Sprouts [4] will please your palate and stomach in just about 50 calories.

    You need: 10 Brussels sprouts, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

    To make it:

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    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. With a paring knife, cut off the bottom tip of each sprout. The outer leaves will fall off.
    3. Trim a tiny bit more off the bottom so more leaves fall off. Continue until you’ve removed all the leaves.
    4. Toss the leaves with the oil, and lay them in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
    5. Sprinkle with salt.
    6. Roast seven to 10 minutes, until leaves are lightly browned and crisp.

    Jalapeno Pumpkin Seeds

    Who says snacks have to be bland? Healthy pumpkin seeds [5] with real jalapenos with olive oil and seasonings are as healthy as they are delicious.

      You need: 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds, cleaned & dried; 3 jalapeño peppers, sliced; 3 tablespoons olive oil and sea salt and paprika, to taste

      To make it:

      1. Remove the seeds from the pumpkin and sort the guts out.
      2. Rinse the seeds pat dry and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet to dry overnight.
      3. Preheat the oven to 350°F and add olive oil and sea salt.
      4. Stir pumpkin seeds with your hands to combine.
      5. Lay slices of jalapeño peppers on top of seeds.
      6. Sprinkle paprika over the top of everything, generously.
      7. Bake for 10 minutes.
      8. Use a spatula to move the seeds and peppers around and bake for another 5 minutes.
      9. Move mixture around some more and bake for a final 5 minutes.
      10. Remove tray from oven and let everything rest for 15-30 minutes to let the jalapeño-ness soak into the seeds.
      11. Store in an airtight container, if you don’t finish them all in one sitting.

      No-Ritos

      Have a craving for chips? Can do on a paleo diet with this crunchy, chip alternative [6] to Doritos, that uses no flour.

        You need: 3/4 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1/4 cup flax seeds, 1/4 cup of butter (or ghee), 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoon chili, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder, 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

        To make it:

        1. Melt the butter and basically mix up all the ingredients together, and knead it into a ball.
        2. Take two sheets of baking paper, lay the ball on one, the other sheet on top and then flatten it out with a roller.
        3. Cut triangles with a knife.
        4. Heat the oven to about 180C (350F) and bake for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
        5. Turn the oven off and let them harden for about another 15 minutes.
        6. Serve with salsa…

        Rosemary Salty Sweet Potato Chips

        Sweet potato is a high GI food – meaning your body has to work to break it down and the energy release is slow and steady. These chips [7] are crunchy and very satisfying indeed, and as healthy as healthy can be.

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          You need: 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled; 1tablespoon coconut oil, melted, 1teaspoon sea salt and 2teaspoon dried rosemary

          To make it:

          1. Heat oven to 375°F and slice sweet potatoes 1/8 inch thick.
          2. Grind sea salt and rosemary with a mortar and pestle.
          3. Toss sweet potatoes in a bowl with coconut oil and salt-seasoning mixture.
          4. Place on a non-stick baking sheet (or a regular pan greased with coconut oil) and place into the oven.
          5. After 10 minutes, take the pan out and flip the chips. Place chips back in for another 10 minutes.
          6. Pull the pan out and place any chips that are starting to brown on a cooling rack.
          7. Place the chips back in for 3-5 minutes. Every oven is different so keep a close eye on the chips so they don’t burn.
          8. Cool and eat…

          Fire Roasted Red Pepper Poppers

          Red peppers, bacon, chicken and fire – can’t get more paleo than this, or healthier, or yummier than this either in this recipe everyone can enjoy [8] .

            You need: 2 red bell peppers, 6 strips of bacon, 1 small cooked chicken breast, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper

            To make it:

            1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
            2. Light your grill if you plan on roasting the peppers before baking. It’s not really necessary but adds flavor.
            3. Chop red bell pepper into large chunks about 1” thick boats.
            4. Drizzle the peppers with olive oil and add a dash of salt and pepper.
            5. Lay pepper pieces on the grill and close the lid. Cook until slightly charred, about 8 minutes. (You can skip this step and just pop them in the oven raw if you want, they will just take longer).
            6. Break your cooked chicken breast into 12 bite sized pieces.
            7. Separate each bacon slice lengthwise into two pieces.
            8. When your peppers are done place the piece of chicken in the pepper boat and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
            9. Wrap the strip of bacon around to hold it all together.
            10. Repeat and place in a baking dish. Bake for approx 25 minutes or until the bacon is cooked. If your peppers were not pre-cooked it may take longer.

            5 Sweet Paleo Snacks

            Raw Hemp Algae Bars

            A no-bake recipe [9] with healthy raw ingredients like pistachios, coconut, spirulina and hemp – this one is an easy to make, healthy and yummy snack.

              You need: 1/2 cup pistachios and pumpkin seeds each, 3/4 cup shredded coconut, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup hemp hearts, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder and 3/4 cup dates, chopped

              To make it:

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              1. In a food processor, pulse the ingredients until the mixture is crumbly but beginning to come together.
              2. Press into an 8-inch square cake pan or glass dish.
              3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
              4. Slice and serve.

              Flourless Blueberry Espresso Brownies

              Sometimes, you just need to have a brownie! But doesn’t mean you have to cheat on your paleo diet – try these flourless brownies with a coffee zing [10] !

                You need: 1 cup coconut cream, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon coffee, 2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, 1 cup blueberries

                To make it:

                1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
                2. Place coconut cream concentrate (coconut butter), eggs, honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, baking soda, and sea salt together in a mixing bowl.
                3. Use your hand mixer or stand mixer to mix all your ingredients until well blended.
                4. Once ready, fold in your blueberries by hand so you don’t crush them all.
                5. Pour your batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish (grease with coconut oil) or into greased individual mini muffin pans.
                6. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
                7. At about 25 minutes, do the toothpick test and judge how much longer you need.
                8. Remove from oven, let cool.
                9. Once cool, use some melted coconut cream and drizzle all over your brownies.
                10. Cut and Enjoy.

                No Bake Raspberry Chocolate Bars

                What’s better than chocolate? Paleo chocolate, and a snack/dessert (PaleoLeap: No-Bake Almond-Raspberry Chocolate Bars)) that doesn’t need baking!

                  You need: 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted; 1/2 cup coconut butter, 1/2 cup maple syrup or raw honey, 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder, 1/2 cup fresh raspberries, 1/4 cup dark chocolate, thinly chopped and 1/4 cup roasted almonds, chopped

                  To make it:

                  1. Combine the coconut oil, coconut butter, maple syrup, and cocoa powder over a double boiler, and whisk until blended and smooth.
                  2. Add in the dark chocolate bits, chopped almonds, and the raspberries, gently stir.
                  3. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper and pour the chocolate in evenly.
                  4. Place in the freezer and freeze 15 to 20 minutes.
                  5. Slice while the mixture is still cold, and serve at room temperature.

                  Gluten Free Cashew Glazed Donuts

                  Craving those donuts? Again, no need to cheat on your diet – here’s a really cool gluten-free recipe [11] that uses the best of ingredients to make you a snack that is so worth all the effort.

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                    You need: 2 cups almond meal, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted; 3 tablespoons honey, melted; 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar and 3 eggs

                    To make it:

                    1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
                    2. Melt coconut oil and honey in a small microwave safe bowl.
                    3. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
                    4. Divide batter evenly between 12 molds in a donut pan (each one should be a little less than halfway full of batter).
                    5. Bake for 15 minutes and allow to cool before removing from the pan…

                    To make the Cashew Cinnamon Glaze: 2 tablespoons cashew butter (or smooth peanut butter if you prefer!), 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon… Melt all ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl. When everything is melted, whisk until its super smooth. When donuts are completely cooled, dip them in halfway into the glaze. Dig in…

                    Dried Fruits Bars

                    A simple and easy to make snack, dried fruit bars [12] are great to munch on, and are bursting with nature’s goodness as well!

                      You need: 1 cup dried dates, pitted; 1 cup raw almonds and 1 cup dried cranberries

                      To make it:

                      1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
                      2. Place the almonds on a baking dish and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
                      3. Let cool before using.
                      4. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and pulse until the ingredients start forming a ball, scraping the edges of the bowl to prevent the mixture from sticking.
                      5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
                      6. Spread the mixture out into the pan, and shape into a large rectangle.
                      7. Top with another piece of parchment paper, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
                      8. Cut into evenly shaped bars.

                      We hope you enjoy these paleo snacks – for they are healthy, tasty and filling – even if a paleo diet is not up your alley…

                      Featured photo credit: Eat Drink Paleo via eatdrinkpaleo.com.au

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                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                      1. Understand Yourself Better

                      Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                      Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                      2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                      I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                      Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                      3. Become Aware of What Matters

                      As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                      You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                      4. Boost Creativity

                      The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                      When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                      You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                      5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                      A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                      Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                      6. Process Life Experiences

                      When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                      Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                      7. Stress Relief

                      In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                      Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                      8. Provide Direction

                      Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                      One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                      9. Solve Problems

                      Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                      Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                      When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                      10. Find Relief From Fighting

                      Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                      Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                      11. Find Meaning in Life

                      Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                      12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                      Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                      13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                      When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                      14. Let the Past Go

                      I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                      15. Allow Freedom

                      Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                      16. Enhance Your Career

                      Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                      Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                      17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                      All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                      18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                      No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                      We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                      Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

                      Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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