Revolutionize Your High Protein Paleo Snacks

Revolutionize Your High Protein Paleo Snacks

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.

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Healthy Snacks After Dinner

Healthy Snacks After Dinner

My Auntie Jean has always been one of those ladies that absolutely needs something sweet after her dinner. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched her munch through healthy salad mains only to binge out on a sweet dessert!

She’s actually the inspiration behind this article – I started looking into healthy snacks after dinner on her behalf!

She was adamant that I didn’t have to go looking for something fancy – she just wanted a healthy substitute to arm wrestle her longing sweet tooth!

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Keeping it Healthy!

Let’s face facts here – anything that manages to properly satisfy our sweet tooth isn’t going to be the epitome of a healthy meal.

I kept this in mind as I was searching around the internet looking for after dinner options. I had to find some common ground – my auntie would not just settle for a bowl of fruit!

So some of the healthy after dinner snacks I’m covering here are going to have a bit of sugar in their makeup…but that’s alright! They are low sugar options and they are a world away from your more traditional after dinner calorie fests…

1) Chocolate Bananas

I have to be honest I had to try this one out for myself because I’m a bit of a monkey when it comes to bananas ( love ’em ).

BananasThis awesome fruit is a good source of vitamins C and B6 along with being packed rigid with fiber and potassium.

Now, I’m no ‘Chef Ramsey’ when it comes to desserts but I found this little beauty incredibly easy to pull off. Simply:

  • Cut a few bananas in half
  • Put them in the freezer for about 3 hours or so
  • Take them out then roll them in melted dark chocolate
  • Roll them in some sort of crunchy topping ( I picked granola )
  • Put them back in the freezer for about an hour

Simple, delicious and not too heavy on the sugar – a perfect starting point for healthy snacks after dinner!

2) Frozen Fruit

The chocolate bananas were nice…and that got me thinking!

What other fruits worked out in a frozen situation?

So dug around a bit on a few health blogs I often visit and I found out that grapes or pineapple make for a great frosty treat. These frozen treat choices are very sweet and take a while to eat since you can’t easily chomp through each bite.

This gives off the feeling that you are actually tucking into some sort of dessert – try it and see!

3) Popsicles

PopsiclesPopsicles are great because they can me made by you and you therefore you have complete control over what is going into them.

A friend of mine is well into his body building routine and he swears by popsicles as a way of quieting down that pesky sweet tooth. He told me that he often makes them out of plain orange juice ( not from concentrate ).

But let’s be honest here – if you like smoothies then you can really think outside the box with healthy popsicles. Blueberries, cherries, Kiwi fruit – just be as creative as you want and mix up some cool flavors.

4) Simple Dark Chocolate

I know it’s not the same as milk chocolate and I know it sometimes tastes like feet, but dark chocolate really can take away that sugar urge.

Quality dark chocolate is more than 70 percent cacao which means it avoids all the low quality fats and sugars which milk chocolate contains.

As you can probably tell – I hate the stuff, but many slimmers I have come across swear by it!

5) Greek Yogurt Parfait

Greek yogurt is an awesome source of calcium and performs well as an effective ally to healthy weight loss.

I used to use this type of yogurt regularly when I first got into distance running because it supplied me with a mountain of protein ( twice as much as regular yogurt! ).

Again, you can pretty much think outside the box with this healthy delight, but I used to love topping it off with natural honey and/or a small portion of fruit.

6) Berries

This is a personal favorite of mine but I HATE the way supermarkets overprice them! Berries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants available and taste great.

Berries

They are super high in sweetness and flavor and really low in calories. As I mentioned, the only downside is that they are often overpriced when compared to other fruits.

7) Plain Popcorn

Without all of the butter and salt, popcorn is actually a really healthy and low fat option snack choice. It has a really high level of fiber which is excellent for promoting healthy weight loss.

For those of you that cannot face popcorn without the sweet edge try a dusting of cinnamon. It does a great job of turning the corn sweet and it also regulates blood sugar.

Craving Healthy Snacks After Dinner?

Remember, taking on one kind of craving at a time may help you eat less and lose weight much more effectively. Start with those tricky after dinner treats and watch your body shape take a much more attractive form…

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