40 Easy Paleo Snacks

On the Paleo diet, traditional snack foods like pretzels, crackers, and potato chips are out. But there are plenty of healthy Paleo snacks to choose from – give some of these Paleo snack ideasa try and you might be surprised with how much you like them!

  1. Nuts – nuts are a great Paleo snack because they’re so portable: just toss a few in a baggie and run out the door. Try almonds, cashews, or macadamia nuts, but avoid peanuts, which are actually legumes.  If weight loss is your goal limit nuts to only a handful.
  2. Hard-boiled eggs – eggs aren’t just a breakfast food! Hard-boiled eggs are simple to make and travel well for a protein boost on the go.
  3. Jerky – if you can find store-bought jerky with no sugar or soy sauce, it’s a great Paleo snack option; otherwise, you can make your own in a dehydrator or even in the oven. Beef is traditional, but buffalo and turkey jerky are also tasty.
  4. Fresh fruit – fruit is easy to transport and holds up well at room temperature. An apple, a banana, or an orange makes for a quick and simple Paleo snack.
  5. Chopped raw veggies – if you chop up some carrot or celery sticks on Sunday afternoon and toss them into plastic bags in the fridge, you’ll have an easy Paleo snack to grab and go all week.
  6. Can of tuna – many grocery stores sell single-serving cans of tuna: some of them even have a convenient peel-off lid so you don’t need a can opener.
  7. Dried fruit – be sparing with this one, as dried fruit is high in sugar, but for an active athlete this can be a great energy boost.
  8. Roasted pumpkin seeds – you can buy these separately, or just scoop out the seeds when you cook a pumpkin, and roast them in some coconut oil with a dash of sea salt until they’re a light golden-brown.
  9. Meat and veggie skewers – for a gourmet Paleo snack (or finger food for a party), arrange folded slices of deli meat, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and other veggies on a skewer and enjoy.
  10. Banana chips – cut up a banana into thin slices, and lightly coat the slices in lemon juice. Bake them on a cookie sheet at 200 degrees, turning them every 30 minutes. When they’re crispy, take them out and store them in an airtight container.
  11. Apple slices with nut butter – peanut butter is out (since peanuts are actually legumes, not nuts), but almond, cashew, or macadamia nut butters with crisp, tart apple slices are all delicious Paleo diet snacks.
  12. Crispy kale chips – cut the stems out of several kale leaves, sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt, and bake at 275 degrees for 40 minutes, turning them halfway through.
  13. Slices of deli meat – turkey, roast beef, or ham slices can be easily stored in a small bag or Tupperware. For extra kid appeal, cut them into shapes with cookie cutters!
  14. Meatballs – one or two meatballs (hot or cold) give you a conveniently travel-sized energy boost, and they’re easy to make in bulk and store for later.
  15. Fruit salad – a few strawberries, an orange, and a handful of blueberries make a Paleo snack that tastes as good as it looks.
  16. Cucumber cups – cut a cucumber into slices about 2” thick, hollow out the centers, and stuff with tuna or salmon. These are perfect finger food for a party, since they’re not messy to eat.
  17. Guacamole with veggies – guacamole is a wonderful Paleo snack, full of healthy fats and vitamins. Try it with peppers or carrots for added crunch.
  18. Single serving packets of nut butters – many brands of nut butter sell it in convenient single-serving packets that are great to throw in the bottom of your purse for an emergency Paleo snack.
  19. Gizzards – gizzards are an organ that only birds have (you can get either chicken or turkey gizzards); they’re conveniently snack-sized and packed with nutrients! Try them on their own, or on a skewer with roasted veggies.
  20. Cucumber sandwiches – a small piece of meat between two crunchy cucumber slices makes a refreshing bite on the run.
  21. Paleo trail mix – round up your favorite group of mixed nuts, add some dried fruit and coconut flakes, and mix well!
  22. Bacon-wrapped apple slices – cook some bacon, and wrap it around crisp slices of Granny Smith apples for a salty, crunchy Paleo snack.
  23. Sweet potato fries – cut a sweet potato into French fry-sized pieces, toss with coconut oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake on a cookie tray for about 20-25 minutes.
  24. Frozen bananas – these are a great Paleo diet snack that kids can eat just like popsicles – you could even freeze them on a popsicle stick.
  25. Salad shrimp – salad shrimp (the smallest kind – they’re usually no more than an inch long) are tasty on their own, or dipped in salsa or guacamole.
  26. Ants on a Log – fill a celery stick with almond or cashew butter, and sprinkle raisins on top for a Paleo snack that’s perfect for a playdate.
  27. Chicken drumsticks – chicken drumsticks are perfectly snack-sized and a great finger food – they’re fast to cook if you like them hot, but they’re also tasty cold on a summer afternoon.
  28. Paleo Smoothies – toss some frozen berries and a little coconut milk into a blender, with one or two eggs for protein.
  29. LARABARS – most commercial energy bars are full of grains and toxic chemicals, but LARABARS are nothing but dates, nuts, and spices. They’re great for a quick Paleo snack on the go.
  30. Jalapeno peppers stuffed with guacamole – a Paleo version of the classic “jalapeno poppers,” these are a spicy, tasty Paleo snack idea for a Superbowl party or a team cookout.
  31. Frozen berries – a cup of frozen strawberries or blueberries makes a perfect Paleo snack on a hot summer afternoon. Top with coconut milk for a special treat!
  32. Salsa with veggies – you can make your own salsa, or buy an all-natural version from the grocery store; just make sure it doesn’t have any crazy or unpronounceable ingredients.
  33. Organic, no-filler hot dogs – if you can get hot dogs with no artificial additives, they make a great Paleo snack.
  34. Coconut Milk Kefir – all the benefits of probiotics, with none of the drawbacks of dairy! Coconut kefir is great on its own, or with some fresh fruit.
  35. Devilled eggs – they don’t travel as well as their hard-boiled cousins, but devilled eggs are a quick and convenient Paleo solution to the after-school munchies.
  36. Salami – if you can find and all-natural brand of salami, it makes for a mess-free Paleo snack that you can take anywhere.
  37. Chicken hearts – true Paleo foodies know that organ meat is often the most nutritious part of an animal. Chicken hearts are the same size as large olives, and great on their own or wrapped in bacon for an extra-tasty treat.
  38. Plantain chips – plantains are a slightly starchier version of bananas; they aren’t very good raw, but they make a great Paleo snack as plantain chips! Slice them into thin slices, then brush with coconut oil, sprinkle with salt, and bake on a cookie sheet for about half an hour at 350 degrees.
  39. Paleokits – if you’re so busy that you can’t make time to stock up your own snack stash, Paleokits are a convenient way to steer clear of gas stations and convenience stores.
  40. Paleo “baked goods” – these are last on the list for a reason. They aren’t the best snack option, since they keep you focused on trying to re-create your old foods, rather than enjoying your new Paleo menu. But when the cravings strike, the internet is full of recipes for Paleo muffins, cookies, and energy bars made with gluten-free flour substitutes.

40 easy Paleo snack list reblogged from http://www.paleodietsuccess.com


15 thoughts on “40 Easy Paleo Snacks

  1. When you mention berries & coconut milk, is it full fat coconut milk like you’d find in the asian food aisle or is it the coconut milk you’d find in “milk cartons?”

  2. Hi Tisha I like the list of your Paleo snacks, this is great! Can we feature your article ” 40 Easy Paleo Snacks” in our magazine and give you credit for writing it.

  3. I thought the following were not allowed on paleo:
    chicken legs
    salami (or any other “salty” deli meats)
    sweet potatoes

    Please correct me if I’m wrong because I will greatly miss all of these foods!!

    • All are ok to eat. Sweet potatoes are a bit starchy so if weight loss is your goal eat in moderation. They are also great to eat after a workout for muscle recovery. Deli meats & bacon need to be nitrate free. Chicken needs to also be free of antibiotics. Jerky is a great Paleo snack just be cautious of how the cow was fed and how the jerky was prepared. I hope this was helpful. Take care and be blessed.

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