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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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                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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