Paleo Snacks: Because Being Healthy Also Means Sweet Treats
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Sweet Treats -the Paleo Way
Many individuals who are new to the Paleo diet believe that sweet treats are a big no-no considering that our Paleolithic ancestors supposedly had little to no concept of sweet tooth and the like. And there is also the concept that sweet Paleo snacks are contradictory to the emphasis on healthy food and beverages of the diet. But this is not so!
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You can still enjoy your sweet treats but instead of reaching for packaged, processed and canned foodstuffs, you are well-advised to make your own filling yet healthy snacks from scratch. You need not worry about buying expensive exotic ingredients because fruits, nuts and seeds are the typical ingredients required in these snacks. You may also want to stock up on these healthy snacks so as to avoid giving in to the temptation of munching on unhealthy store-bought snacks, thus, defeating the purpose of being on the Paleo diet in the first place.
Paleo Snacks with sweets
Indeed, enjoying a healthier mind and body does not necessarily mean giving up your sweet tooth. It just means shifting to healthier Paleo snacks such as the following treats.
Sweet yet healthy, not to mention easy to munch into – this is the apt description of the all-natural fruit roll-ups.
- 2 large apples, cored and diced
- 2 cups strawberries, greens removed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup purified water
- Add the cored and diced apples to the strawberries, cinnamon and purified water into a blender; process for about 30 second or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Pour the smoothie into a Teflex sheet, place into a plastic dehydrator, and dehydrate for at least 6 hours.
- Remove the Teflex sheet, flip the mixture, and then dehydrate for another 4 hours.
Paleo Candy Bars
Who says that candies are not healthy Paleo snacks? With these all-natural candy bars, giving in to your sweet tooth is, indeed, sweet.
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup ground nuts, which can be almonds or hazelnuts depending on your preference
- 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon or more raw honey depending on taste
- In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil and honey over low heat to avoid burning the mixture. Take the saucepan out of the stove as soon as the coconut oil is melted into the honey.
- Add the cocoa powder, ground nuts and unsweetened shredded coconut into the coconut oil-honey mixture.
- Pour the final mixture into a small baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Wait for it to cool down.
- Form into squares, refrigerate until hardened, and then cut into desired servings.
PB&J Paleo Style
Why buy packaged peanut butter from the supermarket when you can enjoy a healthier version? You can enjoy this butter as part of your Paleo snacks repertoire – and it’s so easy to do, too!
- 1 cup fresh berries of your choice
- 4 tablespoon almond butter
- Just mix the berries and almonds and voila! A sweet treat for your sweet tooth without veering away from your Paleo diet; and look, Ma, no preservatives and additives, to boot.
But just because these Paleo snacks are considered healthy does not give you license to abuse their goodness either. Eat these snacks in moderation – a single serving will suffice – and to stave off hunger pangs in between meals.