Other than the obvious (fresh fruits and veggies), I occasionally get stumped when looking for a quick snack between meals. Anyone on the paleo or AIP diet has probably run into this predicament before. And if you haven’t eaten in a few hours, what begins as a minor problem can quickly turn to mild panic as you get more and more hungry while searching through the pantry and fridge to find something suitable to munch on. Well, fear no more, help has arrived! The following is a list of low-sugar, healthy, and most important, yummy snacks to grab as you head into or out of the house. You may want to print this and keep it handy so you’ll have something ready at all times!
Trail mix: Dried coconut (Azure Standard’s is awesome!), unsweetened dried blueberries (I love this brand), and nuts
Fresh veggies and guacamole: mashed avocado, lemon juice, kosher salt, chopped cilantro, and a bit of minced onion
Granola: try my recipes for AIP/Paleo Granola or Vanilla Nut Granola!
Apple slices, carrot sticks, and/or zucchini sticks dipped in cashew butter (or other nut butter)
Epic bars: these jerky strips come in varieties such as beef, turkey, venison, and bison. Great high-protein choice!
Yes Peas: pea crisps
Sweet potato fries: Scrub fresh sweet potatoes, then slice into strips. The width doesn’t really matter, but do make sure they are all about the same size so that they will cook at the same rate. Toss with olive or avocado oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20-20 minutes, or until tender and starting to brown. Serve with guacamole, paleo mayo, or BBQ sauce – check out the delicious paleo/AIP version made by KC Naturals!
Homemade kale chips: chop fresh kale into 1-inch pieces, spread on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and toss with olive or avocado oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt, then bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes or until crisp and just beginning to brown.