Paleo Snack Attack!

Berries can be a nutritious and quick paleo snack. Photo courtesy of Tina Phillips /

Snacking isn’t something that’s necessary or even usual on the paleo diet, since paleo meals are so satisfying.  It’s not uncommon for paleo diet devotees to stick to three meals a day - or even less - without any effort, and without the need to reach for a snack.

But neither is it something to be feared.  In fact, it’s always a good idea to have an arsenal of snack ideas to hand, just in case of unexpected disruptions to your eating plans.  Then, if your meal is delayed, or you have to grab something before rushing off to an urgent appointment, you’re not left thinking “what will I eat?”

I’ve gathered together some options for you here - you may want to consider bookmarking this blog post for ease of reference, next time the urge for a paleo snack attacks!

Basic Paleo Snacks

Mark Sisson describes the following as “snack staples” in his excellent cookbook Quick & Easy Meals:

  • Canned sardines and salmon (I like mackerel, too)
  • Smoked salmon
  • Leftover cooked meat
  • Cold shrimp
  • Olives
  • Full-fat Greek yogurt
  • Fresh berries (you can add cream if you tolerate dairy)
  • Fresh veggies dipped in salsa or guacamole
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Jerky
  • Pork rinds
  • Avocados

Others that I personally favour include:

  • Hard-boiled eggs or leftover wedges of omelette
  • A few swigs of coconut milk (sometimes accompanied by a spoonful of coconut oil)
  • An occasional slice of raw cheese (again, if you tolerate dairy)
  • A few squares of very dark chocolate.  Of course, some would consider this not strictly paleo, but as far as I’m concerned, life without regular helpings of good-quality dark chocolate is just too bleak to contemplate.

Snacking On Meals

Robb Wolf of Paleo Solution fame has some advice on snacking (in short - avoid it unless necessary, and when you do it, eat the foods you eat at mealtimes):

Paleo Snack Recipes

There are some terrific paleo snack recipes gathered together in various places online.  Here are some of my favourites - these are well worth a visit:



What are your favourite paleo snacks?  Please share and spread the good word about snacks that can help rather than hinder the journey to health.  And please share this article on Facebook and Twitter so your paleo pals can benefit from great snack ideas too…

Brian Cormack Carr is a life and career coach, charity CEO, writer, and advocate of a real foods diet.
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3 Responses to Paleo Snack Attack!

  1. scott October 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I found an excellent way to get some nice fat as well as protein. Egg custard.

    6 egg yolks
    1 full egg
    2 tablespoons of Vanilla
    ~add coconut if you like
    1 cup almond milk
    1 cup coconut milk
    1cup whipping cream

    I slowly warm the whipping cream and other milks; to about 80 degrees or so. You can still put your finger in it without yelling.
    Use a whisk and whisk the eggs and vanilla for about 5 minutes. I add some stevia
    slowly drizzle milk mixture into eggs while continuing to whisk
    once blended, put in small bake cups and put oven on 350 for 45 minutes.

    • Lila Solnick October 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      Oh wow! This sounds delish! I wonder if there is a way to substitute the cream with something else? I love cream, but have decided to omit dairy for a while.
      Scott thank you so much for sharing!

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