Few things in the world make me happier than Paleo snacks.
Seriously, you try going three years on a special diet and see how much you appreciate someone else preparing your food for you. Actually, I suspect that’s probably why you’re here, so I’m pretty excited to tell you about some of my new favorite Paleo snacks.
I spent a couple months this summer testing out One Stop Paleo Shop’s snacking staples. I travel a LOT, and having snacks on hand can make the difference between happy Claire and hangry Claire (you can ask my fiancee which one of these is preferable).
In this post, I’ll point to a few of my newest Paleo snacks and other finds from One Stop and tell you how they factored into my routine.
I grew up eating everything bagels and didn’t realize how much nostalgia they dredged up for me until I cracked open this easy mix. It’s a combination of cassava flour, pumpkin and flax seeds, and the flavor is pretty close to a whole wheat bagel once they’ve been boiled and baked. I followed the directions and added a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning. These aren’t exactly a quick breakfast, but they came together much quicker than they would have from scratch. Plus, they’re pretty great for an impressive Saturday morning baking project.
This cashew butter is somehow unsweetened, which I find astonishing because it tastes so sweet. I think it’s the addition of warm spices like cinnamon, shredded coconut and the natural sweetness of cashews. I recently went to a conference where this was served and started directing strangers toward it, which says a lot about how much I enjoy it (also about how much I like strangers). I’ve been spreading it on gluten-free toast and dipping in with a spoon. A little goes a long way, and I find it’s a great craving buster. As far as Paleo snacks go, this is one of my new favorite finds.
As the weather cools down, I sometimes switch out my morning coffee or tea for a mug of broth. Sure, you smell like soup all day, but the benefits of collagen are pretty superb and I notice a definite reduction in my joint pain when I work more of it in. This might not technically qualify for a list of Paleo snacks, but I loved having the new Beef and Chicken Collagen Bone Broth packets from Vital Proteins around for travel. Pro tip: I added it bouillon-style to a recent batch of Osso Bucco because I was out of actual broth. Quick, versatile, and a nice change from my typical unflavored collagen.
Consider this permission to eat fruit snacks as an adult. Veggie Go’s are a combo of dried fruit and veggies (admittedly mostly fruit, which is why they taste so good) which reminded me of gummy snacks. I especially liked packing these during a recent hiking trip when I needed more fuel than usual, but they’ve also been a handy purse snack.
I guess you could also feed them to your children if you’re into that sort of thing (sharing).
I’ve never been a huge fan of cassava chips, but these combine sesame seeds, nutritional yeast and cassava flour for something between a chip and a cracker. The texture is really unique and would even be great for dipping. Definitely one of my favorite new crunchy Paleo snacks, and something I’d happily feed to non-Paleo guests.
If you can’t eat potatoes, I highly recommend plantain chips. Not because they taste anything like potatoes, but because they’re equally delicious. What I like most about Artisan Tropic (besides the fact that they’re fried in stable and sustainable palm oil) is their shape. As promised, they’re a strip. This makes them ideal for dipping, and I think the thicker cut is a little more satisfying than other plantain chips I’ve tried.
RX Bars are my favorite balanced protein bar. The ingredients are simple, most flavors work with even a “squeaky clean” Paleo template and they just taste good. I’ve been a big fan of the Maple Sea Salt and Chocolate Coffee flavors in the past, but OSPS sent me their brand new Mixed Berry and Chocolate Chip flavors and I’m adding them to my list of favs. These bars hold up for several months in storage, so I keep one in my purse, car and gym bag. They’re small enough that packing is simple but dense enough to stave off hunger when lunch is nowhere in sight.
These mini RX Bars have about 100 calories less than their adult counterparts, making them a more realistic size for little ones. The packaging has a kid-friendly look, too, and flavors are a little less complex. In case you don’t know this by now, I pay zero attention to whether something is “for kids” so I’ll just tell you that I heartily enjoyed all three bars, and your children probably will too.
Rickaroons are a super clean alternative to sweeter treats. They contain coconut palm sugar, so they’re still an indulgence if you’re avoiding sugar, but it’s nicely balanced with a good amount of fat from almond flour, coconut, and seeds. Since these Paleo snacks are individually wrapped they travel well, although I wouldn’t leave them out in extreme heat. My favorite is the Chocolate Blonde.
These didn’t last long in my house. These small, crunchy cookies are actually relatively low in sugar, owing I think to the addition of tigernut flour in their mix. It’s naturally sweet but an excellent prebiotic, too. Like all Simple Mills products, they come alarmingly close to the real (gluten-y) thing but use incredibly clean ingredients. Just buy some, okay?
Collagen Beauty Water
This new spa water-inspired collagen from Vital Proteins is, admittedly, not exactly like spa water. It tastes like collagen. Collagen in liquid has a specific taste. It’s not unpleasant, and to me it’s totally worth the joint health benefits. I actually enjoyed the Collagen Beauty Waters because the flavors are subtle and work well with collagen. Plus, they contain hyaluronic acid for extra skin, hair and nail health. I’m approaching 3o here, and I’ll take what I can get. My personal favorite was Lavender Lemon, which made me feel FAN.CY. It’s a perfect afternoon pick-me-up when you’re feeling snacky but don’t really want to snack.