Snacking is what makes or breaks any diet. Snacking is what causes most people to gain weight in the first place, grabbing a chocolate bar or some sugary snack to make it to the next meal and late night snacking can be even worse.
Snacking involves that little piece of something you grab to eat to get through until lunch or dinner. Snacking is what makes or breaks any diet. Snacking is what causes most people to gain weight in the first place, grabbing a chocolate bar or some sugary snack to make it to the next meal and late night snacking can be even worse.
Snacks don’t have to be your enemy though. Snacking gives you much needed energy especially if your meal times aren’t so consistent. You can make some good quality high energy Paleo snacks that can get you through your day.
Transition to Paleo
Once you have been on the Paleo diet for awhile you will definitely feel your body change and love how good you feel. Starting off though, there is a transition period that is not so much fun. You may notice decreased energy levels and while still adjusting you may be unsure quite what you can or can’t snack on to get through the afternoon.
You may also find yourself tired but not particularly hungry, that’s okay it is common as you adjust. Making sure you are eating enough fats, calories and getting the right nutrition may be a little intimidating initially. A little planning and some good Paleo snacks can quickly turn that around and get you to the energy level you were expecting.
Eggs have both choline and selenium, and deficiencies in either maybe why you are so tired. They are small and you can easily throw a hardboiled egg in with your lunch. Don’t get caught up in the myth that you shouldn’t be eating yolks because that’s where all the good nutrients are.
Apologies if you are hearing Bing Crosby singing about “Chestnuts roasting over an open fire” in your head right now, but chestnuts are still an excellent snack. They are a safe carbohydrate that is also rich in Vitamin C, B6 along with copper and manganese. They are often roasted or boiled but a handful of them is an energy boost in the afternoons.
Pemmican is a Native American treat made from tallow and dehydrated meat and very high in protein and good fats. If you are feeling brave you can try making your own. You can easily throw it into your lunch bag; it doesn’t take up much room.
Avocadoes are technically a fruit but they pack all the nutritional punch of a vegetable. They are a great way to make sure you are getting enough fat and calories. Whip some avocadoes into guacamole and dip veggies into it and you have the perfect snack.
If you are tired all the time or just not feeling like you have enough energy and it is not the philosophy of the Paleo diet to leave you feeling deprived or hungry. Snacking on healthy nutrient dense foods will help keep your energy levels up. If none of these snacks appeal to you or you just don’t want to eat boiled eggs everyday there are a ton of Paleo snack ideas online.