Unhealthy snacks too can be avoided and replaced with healthy and delicious paleo diet snacks. Following are 5 favorites that will provide great paleo snacks between meals, for entertaining guests, or just to indulge in when the urge hits.
Many people may conclude that it is impossible or very difficult to enjoy life by tossing aside all the processed foods and returning to a diet that cavemen consumed. The truth is that there are hundreds of great recipes that are delicious, healthy and pleasing to the palate.
Many of today’s illnesses are a direct result of consuming a multitude of additives, chemicals, artificial colorings, and other items placed in food items that were never originally meant to be there. The Paleo Diet brings you and your family back to eating healthy food that nature intended. By consuming a Paleo Diet, you can eliminate or significantly reduce the risk of such health problems as obesity, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, myopia, gout, cancer, macular degeneration, diverticulosis, acne, and more.
For Those Hot and Hazy Summer Days
Peppermint Sun Tea
If you have ever made sun-cooked tea then you will love this Paleo substitution. With summer approaching, this excellent refreshment will not only quench the thirst of all who imbibe, but it’s healthy too!
2 quarts pure, filtered water
4 sprigs fresh peppermint or ¼ cup dried peppermint
1/8 teaspoon stevia natural sweetener
Fill a 2-quart pitcher with pure, filtered water.
Tie peppermint into a muslin bag.
Place the bag of peppermint in the water and cover the pitcher (to keep out insects and debris).
Place the pitcher outside so that it receives full sunlight. Lighter tea will take about 4 hours while stronger tea should be left out for about 5 hours.
Remove cover and tea bag. Add 1/8 teaspoon stevia natural sweetener and stir until dissolved. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Quick paleo diet snacks for the Kids
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Refined Sugar, Dairy, Grain, Egg Free)
Kids like to munch and, unfortunately, they tend to head straight for the unhealthy sweets like cookies that are filled not only with gluten, but also with refined sugar. This great chocolate chip cookie recipe will produce a batch of goodies that won’t last long with the young ones (or older ones either!). The best thing is these yummy cookies are quick to make and free from refined sugar, dairy, grains, and eggs!
2 cups almond flour, blanched
¼ tsp mineral or unrefined sea salt
¼ tsp baking soda, heaping
A ¼ cup of coconut oil
¼ cup honey (make sure it’s pure honey as many cheap brands are made from sugar)
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (carob chips can be substituted)
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Line baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
In a glass bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. Add remaining ingredients (except for chocolate chips) and mix thoroughly. Let dough stand for 5 minutes.
Mix in chocolate chips.
Roll dough into small balls and place them evenly on the parchment paper. Flatten out dough balls with a roller or drinking glass.
Bake cookies for 8 or 9 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
Note: Due to the lack of dairy and eggs, these cookies will not brown much.
Tasty paleo diet Snack Anytime
Pickled Purple Egg Recipe
This is a great snack that is both tasty and colorful. They can be eaten anytime, are easily carried in lunch bags, and are lactofermented!
8 hard boiled eggs
4 tsp sea or mineral salt
¼ to a ½ cup of juice from lactofermented beets (the more juice the darker the color)
Pure or filtered water
Place eggs into the quart jar.
Add salt to beet juice and dissolve.
Add beet juice to the jar of eggs.
If needed, add water to cover eggs (eggs must remain submerged in a liquid).
Leave the jar out for a day to soak at room temperature.
Refrigerate for several more days.
For Ball Games or Family Nights
Sticky Glazed Chicken Wings & Legs
Here’s a great Paleo recipe that is perfect for those exciting ball games in front of the TV or for other family home activities. Of course, they also are wonderful served with meals or to use as a side to Paleo pizza!
8 chicken drumsticks or 12 chicken wings (preferably free range)
1 cup homemade chicken broth
½ cup quality balsamic vinegar (without sugar)
1/3 cup Tamari or Coconut Aminos
2 Tbsp raw honey (make sure it’s natural and not processed sugar) or sucanat
2 minced garlic cloves
2 Thai chilies (dried, whole), or 1 small hot chili pepper (fresh), or ¼ tsp red chili flakes
Mix all ingredients into a large saucepan, add chicken pieces, and heat on high.
When the sauce comes to a boil, reduce to simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
Skim off any surface scum.
Increase heat to medium-high and move chicken pieces around often. Cook until the sauce has been reduced to a sticky glaze (approximately another 20 minutes).
Remove dried chilies and either serve hot or refrigerate.
When Guests Arrive
Cashew Boursin “Cheese” Spread
Your paleo diet snacks need not interfere with entertaining guests. Here is a great “cheese” spread hors d’oeuvre recipe that can be served at gatherings. Guests will never know that it’s vegan and not raw cheese… unless you want to brag, of course! This is also a great spread for those who are dairy intolerant.
1 ½ cups of raw cashews
¼ cup pure, filtered water
2 Tbsp dry white wine (vinegar can be used as a substitute)
2 tsp freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp organic yeast
2 finely minced cloves of fresh garlic
½ tsp unrefined mineral salt
Rinse raw cashews thoroughly and soak in warm, pure water and a dash of mineral salt overnight.
In the morning, remove raw cashews and rinse in clean, pure water.
Place the cashews in a blender, add other listed ingredients, and blend into a dream state.
Place the spread into a glass container, cover, and refrigerate overnight. The refrigerated spread will last for around 5 or 6 days.
Serve with gluten-free paleo diet snacks or sprouted grain crackers, or raw vegetables.