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So you've taken the plunge and decided to go Paleo. Good for you! But have you figured out what you're going to snack on throughout the day?
Even though moderation is the key to dietary success, that doesn't mean you shouldn't snack...and that you shouldn't indulge every once in a while! And the best part is, you can indulge without blowing your diet. If you're craving popcorn, try some popped lotus seeds instead. Need some more crunchy options? There's some great flavors of grain-free crackers to choose from. How about something with a little heat? A ghost pepper pork and beef stick might do the trick. And chocoholics don't need to forego their favorite sweet treat, they just need to upgrade to one that has organic chocolate and unrefined coconut sugar.
To help you as you embark on your Paleo journey, we've picked out a handful of snacks that will satisfy all your tasting needs. Shop our faves below!
Stryve Biltong Beef Jerky
Satisfy your inner carnivore with this 100% beef biltong, made without sugar, MSG, nitrates or preservatives. It's air dried to help lock in nutrients and keep it tender, so fret not about your jaw getting sore from all the chewing with other dried jerkys. Plus, it has 16g of protein in each serving, so it has up to 50% more protein than jerky. It also comes in five flavors, including Zesty Garlic and Spicy Peri Peri.
Hu Vegan Chocolate Bars
If you're a chocoholic, Hu Vegan Chocolate Bars will be your salvation. The list of "no's" on this bar is longer than the actual ingredients list, but the most important is there's no sugar alcohol, cane sugar or refined sugar. The Dark Chocolate Sea Salt is a revelation, but to truly experience heaven on earth, go for the Hazelnut Praline. It tastes like a Nutella bar without the guilt and junk.
These popped lotus seed snacks will satisfy your craving for popcorn while omitting all the Paleo no no's. All you'll find in a bag are roasted lotus seeds, Himalayan sea salt and olive oil, and whatever seasoning you might choose (options include salt pepper and turmeric, paprika garlic, vegan cheese and more).
Dang Coconut Chips
The perfect mix of salty and sweet, Dang Coconut Chips are made by slicing up coconut meat, toasting it, and seasoning it with sea salt… and that's it! There's just 1g of sugar per serving, which comes naturally from the coconut. Eat them solo or use them to top salads and other goodies for some extra flavor.
Chocolate Sea Salt RxBar
Another good snack bar for when you're on the go, RxBars are also made from a limited ingredient list of whole foods that are Paleo friendly. We love the Chocolate Sea Salt bar, made of chocolate, egg whites, dates and nuts, and that's it. But there's also Mixed Berry, Peanut Butter and a variety of other flavors.
Taali Himalayan Pink Salt Water Lily Pops
Dare we say these salty crunchy puffs have replaced popcorn for us? 'Cause they have. A little smoky with just the right amount of salt, these popped water lily seeds offer 67% less fat and 20% less calories than popcorn, and six grams of vegetarian protein. They're also Paleo and Whole30 compliant, gluten free, sugar free, grain and corn free, vegan and certified non GMO.
Chef's Cut Real Snack Pork and Beef Ghost Pepper Sticks
We've covered sweet, salty, crunchy and meaty...how about something with a little heat? Chef's Cut has paired real cuts of beef and pork with the infamously hot ghost pepper for the spiciest meat stick ever, boasting seven grams of protein, one gram of sugar, and only 100 calories.
Cappello's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Cappello's almond flour Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is a grain-free, paleo-friendly dream for cookie lovers everywhere. This dough is sweetened with organic maple syrup and selectively sourced chocolate morsels for a delicious bite that can be eaten straight from the spoon or baked up.
—Originally published on Jan. 8, 2020, at 3:00 a.m. PT