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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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                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                      Listen carefully:

                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                      1. Pray Daily

                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                      3. Smile Often

                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                      8. Go Exercise

                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                      The Bottom Line

                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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