Paleo Snacks: 3 Healthy Swaps
When coming into a healthier lifestyle, one of the challenges I encountered was finding healthy snack foods that filled the void of all the comfort foods I left behind. I will disclaimer that it is nearly impossible to rival the artificial sweet/salty/fatty taste combo of processed foods with real foods. These fake foods have been designed to overexcite our palates and trigger addictive pathways in our brains (so we buy more!). The good news is that after a few weeks of eating real food your tastebuds will regenerate and you’ll discover a whole new appreciation for the subtle tastes of real food! So next time you get a case of the afternoon munchies, consider one of these healthy alternatives:
Paleo Snack Swap #1: Potato Chips for Coconut Chips
I think we can agree that snacking on potato chips does nothing good for our health or waistline! Not only do potato chips have zero nutritional value, they are also packed with artificial flavourings, preservatives, added sugars and oxidised pro-inflammatory fats (i.e. omega-6 and trans-fats).
Coconut chips mimic the same addictive crunch of a potato chip, and are seriously yummy to boot! ? They are low in carbohydrate and high in healthy, natural fats. You can buy coconut chips pre-toasted (link!), or you can toast your own at home!
Paleo Snack Swap #2: Jubes for Goji & Nuts
Next time you’re craving something sweet and chewy, ditch the jubes and reach for some goji berries. As well as being naturally sweet, goji berries contain small amounts of beneficial nutrients, including beta-carotene and vitamin C. The antioxidants in goji berries also help to ward off cellular damage (the kind that leads to ageing!).
Jubes, on the other hand, do nothing good for us. Not only are they devoid of any kind of nutrition, but they are essentially 100% refined sugar. That means they’ll hit your blood fast, leaving you tired, unfocused and hangry moments later.
To make a complete snack, try combining goji berries with some mixed nuts – the added fats will slow down the glucose response leaving you feeling fuller for longer!
Paleo Snack Swap #3: Soda for Carbonated Water + Stevia (or lemon)
Sometimes we just crave a fizzy drink. But Coke (whether it’s ‘diet’ or full sugar) is nasty shiz.
Next time you’re after something bubbly, try adding a few drops of naturally flavoured stevia (my favourite flavour is grape!) to carbonated water. It’s sweet and refreshing, without the added insulin spike that you would get from soft drink. Alternately, if you’re not a fan of stevia, squeeze in some lemon or lime for some zing!
Stock these healthy snacks in your office desk or cupboard and I promise you’ll feel the benefits – better concentration, stable energy and ultimately a a slimmer, fitter and healthier you!
What are your favourite paleo snacks? Let us know in the comments!