Paleo Snacks


Paleo Snacks: Paleo Easy, Make-Ahead Paleo, and “Paleo in a Pinch”
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Some of the snacks below are just carb or just fat, so insure you pair them with a protein! Protein and fat will keep you full for longer. A protein and carb combination is good post-workout, but keep the carbs low glycemic load if you are looking to lean out.
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Easy Paleo Snacks

  • avocado, chopped into chunks
  • boiled eggs – you can buy them colored at the local German market or buy freerange and make your own cheaper (best advice to boil an egg: eggs in water until they boil, turn heat off and let sit in hot water for 13 minutes).
  • tomatoes, especially when you are craving sugar, also pepper slices and cucumber
  • olives, but insure your only ingredients are olives, water and salt
  • jicama – great snack: peel and slice thinly
  • Juice from one lemon wedge in sparkling water – hey some great alternatives to soda from Mark Sisson
  • smoked salmon (Geräucherte Lachs) or trout (Geräucherte Forellenfilets)- preferably wild-caught, but crazy-expensive of course. Delicious also when wrapped around a hard boiled egg (yum), and optionally eaten with Ruccola or Deutscher Feldsalat (lamb lettuce)
  • can of tuna – get bumble bee’s solid white albacore prime fillet (low sodium & add your own sea salt or the regular kind) because it has no vegetable stock (with yeast/wheat) added or vegetable oil. Add avocado (or EVOO) and onion – mash together
  • sardines (incidentally the ONLY thing available for purchase at the Landstuhl Shoppette that is paleo)
  • sliced apple, celery or carrots with almond nut butter (almond nut butter is available at the commissary but is cheaper if you order online)
  • Sauerkraut – you can find this in a plastic pouch in the refrigerated section in many German supermarkets (great post on its health here)
  • coconut milk, bought at the commissary (full fat)
  • scrambled eggs – how quick are these? include chopped mushrooms, shredded spinach or ruccola or top with salsa.
  • fresh in-season fruit, preferably berries – try grilling fruit – oh my – peaches, pears, plums, apricots, and even fresh figs are AMAZING grilled – jamie oliver has a recipe for grilled peach salad with bresaola (thinly sliced dried italian beef) which also might work with my fav Casa Modena Affettuosi Speck you get at the Commissary but you can also pair with goat’s cheese or sprinkle with cinnamon
  • Pork Rinds – craved these throughout my first trimester. Then cravings stopped. Can’t get more paleo than these, though.
  • shredded coconut, and you have to buy it on the German economy (called “Kokosraspel”) because Commissary versions are all sweetened.
  • leftover roast chicken* plus cheese if you aren’t in the challenge – soaked in coconut milk if you are.
  • raw mushrooms topped with Maille Dijon Originale (found on the German economy) – all the mustard in the Commissary has added sugar. You can also wrap those mushrooms in Casa Modena Affettuosi Speck … YUM.
  • avocado, tunafish or egg salad (but also raw goat cheese, or homemade hummus if you aren’t doing the challenge & the chickpeas are prepared properly) wrapped in the Casa Modena Affecttuosi Speck you can buy at the commissary, or in romaine lettuce leaves or in nori sheets which are available at the Asian store located around the corner from Azur (the swimming pool complex) in Ramstein – don’t get the non-paleo kind from the commissary!
  • a handful of raw nuts (walnuts, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts preferably all prepared properly)
  • crunchy veggies (bell pepper, cucumber, carrots, or celery) dipped generously in egg/tunafish salad* (combined with mayo) or hummus* (hummus is, again, not on the 30-Day Challenge)
  • full fat cottage cheese if you aren’t on the paleo challenge, with nuts and/or fruit
  • Combine canned salmon, avocado/EVOO, tomato and red/spring onion
  • Make sweet potato “chips”: First peel a potato and then use a slicer to slice them all evenly and super thin. Brush them thoroughly with melted butter and spread them out (1-2 layers thick) on stone or other nonstick cookware – bake at 400F for about 20 min or so (but please watch carefully after 10). Can sprinkle these with any number of great seasoning and salts – garlic, cayenne pepper, etc. Kids love these.
  • Make simple guacamole, or wow – these Guacamole Deviled Eggs from MDA

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Make Aheads*:
Make these on the weekend and then take them in for quick snacks or meals during the week.

  • Roast a whole chicken slathered in butter with garlic & rosemary or garlic & thyme or garlic & lemon – how easy can you get – just stick it in the oven at 375F for 50 minutes but please watch it & take out when finished and meat is falling off the bone – flip once.
  • Make my mayonnaise, and use it to dip the chicken in or combine with tunafish or eggs for a great tunafish or eggsalad. YUM. Easy recipe for homemade mayo: take 1 large freerange egg, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar. Have ready about 1.5cups of EVOO. Combine first 4 ingredients using either a food processor or mixer, then keep the mixer/processor running constantly and add the oil first drop by drop then in a very slow stream – you can’t rush adding the oil – until your mayonnaise is thick and creamy – I normally use just barely over 1 cup of oil, but I always have more ready due to differences in egg liquidity.
  • Baked Kale Chips – wash kale, remove thick stems, and thoroughly dry leaves – leaves must be dry but this is the only portion of this recipe that is “make ahead”. Toss leaves in EVOO and sprinkle with salt – you can add other spices also according to preference – cayenne pepper, garlic powder, paprika, lemon pepper, etc. Bake in oven at 350°F until the edges are brown (not burnt) it will take anywhere from 7-15 minutes so watch carefully. Drain on paper towels after cooking.
  • Make Food Renegade’s Bacon And Avocado Egg Salad, except use my mayonnaise recipe. You can omit the fruit or the bacon grease (sub with melted butter) but I personally wouldn’t….

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“Paleo In A Pinch”
sometimes, when you are desperate, a bar is super convenient and saves you from a less healthy choice. Here are the best paleo choices:

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And now some alternative references:

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