Quick and Easy Paleo Snacks

The entire concept of snacking isn’t very Paleo in itself, since hunter gatherers had ate only sporadically when food was available. Sometimes you just need a snack though, so here are a couple ideas:

Cheddar cheese and almonds in a bowl

Ingredients:

2-3 oz. cheddar cheese
Large handful of almonds.

Chop up the cheese into quarter-inch squares and mix with the almonds in a bowl. Enjoy. The mixture of almond and cheddar is surprisingly tasty. Obviously, dairy doesn’t work for everyone on the Paleo diet, but a substitution of goat cheese would work nicely.

Berry almond milk smoothie

Ingredients:

4-6 oz frozen mixed berries
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein
4 oz of almond milk

Place the ingredients into a blender and pulse until the smoothie reaches your preferred texture. I prefer the berries to still be a little bit frozen.

Enjoy!

Paleo Chili

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1-2 tablespoon chili powder
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 med. yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced and seeded
1 green bell pepper, diced and seeded
1 minced large garlic glove
1 can of fire roasted tomatoes
1 can of tomato sauce
salt and pepper
7 slices of bacon, diced
16 oz. ground beef (preferably grassfed)
Sour cream (optional)
Cheese (optional)

1. Cook bacon until brown and crispy
2. Add veggies
3. After about 5 minutes add the ground beef and spices
4. Stir until beef is browned, then add tomato sauce and tomatoes
5. Continue stirring and cook on low for 7-10 minutes.
6. Garnish with sour cream, cheese, and additional chili powder if (like me) you like it hot!

Brown Bag Paleo – Trail Mix and Fruit

For those of you looking to pack a lunch that is Paleo but doesn’t require an ice pack or insulated lunch bag, here is a simple solution…Make some trail mix and add a piece of fruit like a banana. Here is a recipe for some simple Paleo trail mix:

1/2 cup dried currants
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup whole cashews
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

Mix and match various other nuts and dried fruits as you please. The fats and protein provided by the nuts provide plenty of energy to keep you going throughout the day without dragging you down like heavy meals in the middle of the day tend to.