Congratulations if you have adopted the Paleo diet. You are probably feeling, lean, strong, energetic and raring to go. Eating like a caveman has never been healthier or more enjoyable.
With hundreds of recipes now available the Paleo diet can be varied and interesting. But if those late morning hunger pangs or that post lunch slump have left you tempted to reach for the cookie jar, stop!
Following a Paleo diet doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself. With a little planning you can prepare delicious high protein Paleo snacks to satisfy your appetite and keep you on the straight and narrow. Here are ten to get you started….
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1) Paleo Energy Bars
These Paleo energy bars couldn’t be easier to make. Slip them into your lunchbox or use them as a cookie replacement when nothing else will do.
Place equal amounts of nuts, dried fruit of your choice and dates into a food processor. Pulse until the different ingredients have mixed together and formed a ball.
Remove and press into a baking tray so that the mixture is about 1 inch thick. Refrigerate until the mixture is hardened then cut into squares, rectangles or triangles.
2) Chocolate Bacon
Yes, you did read that correctly, chocolate bacon. One of those bizarre discoveries that has proven to be a really tasty combination but you can’t help wondering who first thought of it.
Begin by cooking your bacon and setting to one side. Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Stir constantly so the chocolate doesn’t burn or curdle.
You must use chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa content otherwise it just isn’t Paleo. When the chocolate is melted, use a pair of tongs and dip each rasher of bacon in the lovely mixture.
Once covered, lay on parchment paper to cool. Delicious!
3) Ham and Egg Muffins
These handy little muffins are just the right size for a high protein snack. Begin by greasing a muffin tin with a little coconut oil. Using thinly sliced ham, place one slice in each muffin cup so that it forms a lining.
Whisk up six eggs and add a few finely sliced vegetables. Pour the mixture into the muffin cups until they are almost full. Cook in a medium oven until the egg mixture has set.
Once cooled these can be stored for a number of days in an airtight container.
4) Bananas and Bacon
This is a really simple one and ideal if you want something quick and easy. Peel and slice a banana lengthways. Spread the flat surfaces of your banana with your favourite Paleo butter, we chose almond butter.
Add a slice of cooked bacon and sandwich together. This one can be a bit messy to eat so it might be best for snacking at home.
You could use a fork to eat it of course but we’re pretty sure those cavemen didn’t and half the fun is licking your fingers.
5) Turkey Avocado Rolls
Did you know that avocados are an ideal source of protein for those on a Paleo diet? Team them with your favorite sliced meats and they make a delicious snack.
Take a large but thin slice of turkey, ham or pork and lay it flat. Finely chop an avocado and some cherry tomatoes.
Place a few spoons of avocado and tomato to one side of your meat slice then roll it until you have formed a tube. If you are not eating your roll immediately, use a cocktail stick to secure it and add it to your lunchbox.
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6) Spicy Coconut Cashews
Sometimes that favorite movie or television program just wouldn’t be the same without a bag of snacks. These spicy cashew nuts really fit the bill when you just want something to dip into.
Begin by frying a little chilli powder for a minute in some coconut oil. Add 2 cups of cashews and 1 and a half cups of unsweetened coconut.
Stir until the mixture is golden brown and spread out on a tray to cool. Season further if you wish and put into a sealable bag or airtight tub.
Grab a handful whenever you need a snack or you want something to crunch on, be warned though they’re so tasty you might have to eat them straight away.
7) Cucumber Cups
These are so elegant you can serve them as finger food at a party. The good news is they only take minutes to make.
Cut a cucumber into 2 inch chunks. Scoop out the filling with a teaspoon or melon baller leaving the bottom of the cucumber intact if you can.
Fill the cucumber cup with flaked salmon or tuna and garnish with some finely sliced tomato, simple.
8) Paleo Scotch Eggs
Invented by the London Store Fortnum and Mason nearly 300 years ago, Scotch eggs have been the favorite picnic food of Britons for almost as long.
Fortunately the rest of the world seems to have caught on to this delicious snack and now there is even a Paleo version, high in protein and guaranteed to satisfy hunger pangs.
Begin by hard boiling six eggs. Remove their shells and leave to cool. Take 1 lb of ground pork or beef and divide into six. Take an egg and carefully mold your chosen meat around it.
Taking two eggs at a time fry them gently in coconut oil for a few minutes to seal them. Transfer to a medium oven and cook for a further twenty minutes. Well worth the effort, this snack is very filling.
9) Ants on a Log
Did you know this childhood favorite comes in a Paleo friendly version? Taking only five minutes to prepare it is a super speedy way to satisfy that urge to snack.
Take 2 celery stalks washed and with their leaves removed. Spread 4 tablespoons of almond or cashew butter along their length then sprinkle with raisins.
Satisfyingly crunchy, this snack will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
10) Lettuce Wraps
Create these wraps with two large lettuce leaves. Lay the leaves on top of each other. Place a slice of turkey and a slice of ham in the middle of the leaves.
Add some finely chopped red onion and some sliced avocado. Fold up the bottom of your lettuce leaves and then fold the sides into the middle to form a wrap.
This is a lovely fresh snack ideal on a hot day.
11) Paleo Chocolate
Yes we know we said we’d give you ten snacks and this is number eleven but no snack list could ever be complete without a bar of chocolate.
Not strictly that high in protein, we had to include it for all those chocolate lovers out there.
Forget those expensive bars of Swiss chocolate, you can make your own with just a few ingredients. Melt a cup of coconut oil over a low heat, add a cup of cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons of honey and a tiny drop of vanilla extract.
Stir until the mixture is hot but not boiling. Pour into a candy mold or silicone tray. If you want a little more flavour in your chocolate sprinkle cinnamon, orange or lemon zest or ground nuts into the mixture.
Refrigerate until cool and enjoy on those days when it just has to be chocolate.
Enjoy Your High Protein Paleo Snacks!
So there you have it, high protein Paleo snacks that are both tasty and healthy. Guaranteed to keep you going until your next meal, they just take a little planning and preparation.
Why not prepare some yourself and add your own unique twist? The possibilities of Paleo snacking are limitless.
Think like a caveman and blend foods that you would never have put together before to create delicious combinations, chocolate and bacon, we rest our case.