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20 Paleo Snacks That You Will Love

20 Paleo Snacks That You Will Love

Some people say that paleo snacks are unnecessary, and in a perfect world that might be true: In a perfect world, you’d eat a perfect sized meal that would keep you nourished and fulfilled until the next meal time. But obviously things don’t always work out like this and there are always times when you just need a little something to tide you over. It’s for times like these that it’s a good idea to have a go-to list of paleo snacks.

This is especially true if you’re in the early days of your Paleo regime, as it will help to protect you when moments of weakness strike. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of snacks for just such occasions. First up are 7 snacks that require a minimal amount of preparation, followed by emergency paleo snacks that you can grab from the cupboard or the fridge at a moment’s notice,

1. Tuna & Avocado

Some foods make you feel healthier than they logically should, and I love that. Tuna and avocado are two foods that give me that healthy happy feeling, and it definitely helps that they also taste delicious! Cut the avocado in half and scoop out the inside into a bowl, add the lemon juice and mash it together with the tuna. Obviously the sizes of avocados and lemons can vary, so be sure to taste the mixture as you make it the first time so you get the right balance for you between the ingredients.

2. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber, potassium, and protein, as well as being a really easily prepared and tasty snack. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F. Toss the pumpkin seeds in the coconut or olive oil, and spread them evenly on a baking sheet in one layer. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the seeds are crisp and golden brown. Add salt to season if desired.

3. Bacon and Eggs

You might scoff at the notion of this being a quick and easy snack, but you’d be wrong. You can even pretend you’re baking! All you need is a muffin tray, english bacon strips and eggs. Push the bacon strips into the muffin cup, and simply crack an egg into the middle of it. Pop it in the over at about 180 degrees for 10 minutes and you’ve got the easiest bacon and eggs of all time.

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    4. Kale Chips

    Tear your kale leaves into chip-sized pieces and coat them with olive oil or coconut oil. Then bake them until the edges are crunchy.

    5. Apple & Cheese Slices

    Apples and cheese go surprisingly well together, and sometimes when an apple just won’t satisfy you, a few slices of cheese can make all the difference.

    6. Carrots & Paleo Hummus

    Some easily-prepared paleo hummus along with sliced carrot is a perfect snack. Of course, it doesn’t have to be carrot—celery, cucumber, or pepper will all qualify as paleo snacks

    7. Fruit Smoothie

    This is a great one for when you’ve just finished a gym session or other form of exercise; just be sure to use fresh fruit. Personally I’ve a weakness for mango, so it usually features in any smoothie I make, along with either kiwi or freshly-squeezed orange juice and lots of ice. If you don’t like to add ice, just dice your mango into cubes and freeze those for the same result. To recreate the creaminess of a traditional smoothie use either coconut milk, or even avocado. This snack can get even healthier if you decide to modify it by adding fresh vegetables like carrot, kale or spinach.

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      Emergency Paleo Snacks

      8. Tin of tuna

      Healthy, fast and convenient, it’s always a good idea to have a tin of tuna in the cupboard.

      9. Smoked salmon

      Wrapping your smoked salmon in a leaf of lettuce makes for a handy on-the-go snack.

      10. Dark chocolate

      Sometimes, the only thing that will satisfy the craving is chocolate!

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        11. A trail mix of your favorite nuts and seeds

        This one does need a small bit of preparation, but if you keep a container of mix in the cupboard it’s there whenever you need it.

        12. Melon & prosciutto slices

        This is a great snack for summertime. Just wrap some melon slices in prosciutto and enjoy.

        13. Fresh fruit

        Ready to eat, straight from the fruit bowl. Healthy and convenient.

        14. Dried fruit

        Dried fruit can be fairly calorie dense naturally, so it’s often advised not to eat too much of it but as a snack now and again it shouldn’t be an issue.

        15. Olives

        These are one of the foods that inspire huge relief when you find out they’re allowed. Just be sure they’re not packaged in a non-paleo substance.

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          16. Jerky

          It can be tough to find true paleo jerky, but it is possible. Just make sure there’s no sugar, soy MSG or other preservatives.

          17. Chopped raw veggies

          Chopping vegetables for dinner, I often end up eating raw carrots or peppers or turnips, and they’re just as useful as quick snack.

          18. Sliced cold meats

          Sliced deli style meats are obviously convenient. If you’ve not gone for your own pre-prepared turkey, ham or beef you’ll need to find a brand that offer a paleo friendly product.

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            19. Natural salami (no artificial additives)

            Much like jerky above it can be tough to find a true paleo-friendly salami, but if you’ve got a local butcher you should be fine.

            20. Cucumber sandwiches

            A slice of meat between 2 slices of cucumber is quick, tasty and paleo friendly.

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            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

            Boundaries are limits

            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
            • When do you feel disrespected?
            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
            • When do you want to be alone?
            • How much space do you need?

            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

            Sample language:

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            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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            Final Thoughts

            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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