Snack Options for Movie Night
Snacking can be an area of the Paleo diet where many people struggle. It can seem difficult to find quick, satiating, and tasty options to get you to your next meal, bring to a party, or simply satisfy a craving, especially when there are thousands of unhealthy snack products that line our grocery store’s shelves. While it may seem cheaper and easier to just whip out a tub of ice cream or a bag of potato chips, we’re here to let you know that healthy, Paleo-compliant snack options are surprisingly affordable and effortless to put together! Take a look below for a list of some of our favorite Paleo snacks!
Paleo granola is a delicious, sweet option that is great for breakfast, midday at work, or when you’re in a hurry out the door. Combine your favorite variation of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, add coconut oil, coconut flakes, sea salt, and raw honey for granola that will satisfy all of your crunchy, sweet cravings! You can even add milk to it and enjoy it as breakfast cereal!
Sweet Potato Chips
Homemade sweet potato chips are perfect when you’re looking for a crispy, salty snack. Plus, they are easy to make and store, making them a great option to make ahead of time and snack on throughout the week! Using a sharp knife or mandolin, thinly slice a sweet potato widthwise and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Lightly coat the chips in cooking oil (take a look at our post here about the best Paleo cooking oils), add a sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt, and bake for 90 minutes-2 hours at 275 degrees, turning once (a low oven temperature is key to making them crispy without burning!). Once removed from the oven, allow the chips to cool for 15 minutes before serving. They can then be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. When you are ready to eat them, just pop them in the oven at 300 degrees for 10 minutes to crisp them back up!
One of the easiest grab-and-go paleo snack options is hard-boiled eggs. Not only can they be made in less than 15 minutes, they require minimal effort and they store perfectly in the refrigerator for several days. Our foolproof recipe for the perfect hard-boiled eggs: fill the bottom of a medium pot with large eggs, cover the eggs fully with cold water, and place on stovetop over high heat. Once water is boiling, lower heat to medium-low and set a timer for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, immediately move eggs from the boiling water to an ice bath. Allow the eggs to cool in the ice bath for 20 minutes. The eggs can then be peeled from their shell and stored in airtight container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to eat them, season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Yum!
Plantain Chips and Guacamole
A delicious option for a party or just when you’re on the hunt for something salty, crispy, and creamy is plantain chips dipped in guacamole. Plantain chips are becoming readily available at most grocery stores (just be sure the only ingredients are a clean cooking oil and salt), but they can also be made at home. Thinly slice green plantains, coat with cooking oil and salt, and bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees, turning once. For the guacamole, combine ripe avocados, cilantro, diced onions, diced tomatoes, minced garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Chill the guacamole for 30 minutes and serve with plantain chips.
Olives are a wonderful Paleo snack option as they are pre-packaged and do not require refrigeration, making them a great option when traveling. Plus, their fat content will keep you full and focused until your next meal!
There are few things better than salty, crispy pork rinds! Pork rinds are fried pork skins, which makes their flavor rival bacon. Pork rinds can be bought at your local butcher or grocery store, but just be sure the ingredients are clean!
Banana Nice Cream
Dairy-free, sugar-free ice cream? Is this a dream come true? It is! Just place two frozen bananas and a spoonful of coconut cream in a food processor, blend, serve, and devour! It’s really that simple! You can even add some cinnamon, dried fruit, or nut butter for additional depths of flavor! Our tip: when your bananas have turned and are brown and soft, cut them into bite size pieces and place in a storage bag in the freezer. The smaller pieces will be much easier to blend in your food processor!
Nuts are a simple, easy snack option that are sure to keep you full between meals. They can be eaten by themselves, used to make homemade nut milk, or added to your favorite Paleo baked good or granola for an extra crunch and boost of nutrients!
The options for Paleo-friendly smoothies are endless! Toss some frozen berries, greens, almond milk, and raw honey in your blender and enjoy! If you’re on the hunt for a creamy smoothie, try adding coconut cream or avocado!
Need we say more? A piece (or two) of dark chocolate is sure to cure your sweet tooth, plus it’s a powerful source of antioxidants! As if you needed more of a reason to indulge…
Published on: Friday, April 28