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  • Good evening from England! Looking for tasty Paleo Snacks....

    Hi,

    I started the paleo diet in late 2011, and I can honestly say I'm now leaner, fitter and have more energy than I've ever had. The one bit I'm struggling with though, is where to find great Paleo snacks? It's so difficult to resist the temptation, particularly when at work, of the normally sugary 'treats'!

    Does anyone have any tips for great Paleo snacks out there that I can buy? I may even create a site to collate all the advice, and possibly even distribute snacks through. I've searched everywhere and can't find what I'm looking for, so I figure.... go create it!

    If you're interested in seeing the list, register your interest here:

    http://bit.ly/J0qcP5

    Thanks in advance for any tips!
    Last edited by PaleoSnacks; 04-12-2012, 01:26 PM.

  • #2
    Originally posted by PaleoSnacks View Post
    Does anyone have any tips for great Paleo snacks out there that I can buy?
    How about an apple, banana or a few nuts. Alternatively, why not make something up to take with you instead of buying a snack? When I was working I always carried a rucksack containing my waterproofs, lunch, spare specs, medication and etc plus a little snackable stuff.
    Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.

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    • #3
      Thanks Nigel, good tip, and I'll definitely try and work that into my routine!

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      • #4
        Snacking is bad for your health. If you're eating primally you should feel no need to snack. Many get by on two meals a day and nothing else
        Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

        Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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        • #5
          Thanks Peril. Why is snacking bad for your health?
          Last edited by PaleoSnacks; 04-14-2012, 03:21 AM.

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          • #6
            Because your metabolism is tuned to scarcity not plenty. Keep stoking the fire and some metabolic processes will never kick in. Snacking is a major contributor to obesity, regardless of net calorie consumption
            Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

            Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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            • #7
              Snacking is generally hard on the pancreas, liver and digestive system. On average, it takes the pancreas about 6 hours to fully recover from producing all the enzymes required to digest a meal and performing endocrine functions in response to the ingested nutrients, e.g. secreting insulin and other hormones. And the liver has to process various nutrients ingested as well as breaking down toxins ingested.

              A healthy gut is better at absorbing micronutrients, and good gut health is vital for a strong immune system and avoidance of autoimmune disorders, as well as good mental health (via the gut-brain axis). The liver is the powerhouse of metabolism and also involved in maintaining the immune system.

              So it's good to give each component of this system a decent rest between meals if you can, and not confuse and taunt it with random piddling tidbits of food.

              However, don't worry if it takes a few months to wean yourself off snacking. Try to eat high-fat/high-protein snacks. Yes, it's a good idea to have something healthier to help you resist temptation when sugary treats are waved under your nose. Boiled eggs, a tin of tuna, cold sausages, natural yoghurt mixed with raw cocoa powder and a bit of honey, chunk of cheese with an apple, 40 g of very dark chocolate are good options. If you're going to snack make it a decent amount of food and then aim to eat a bit less for your next meal, and eat that later too if convenient. If you can break away from set meal times and eat when you're hungry, that should help matters.
              Last edited by paleo-bunny; 04-14-2012, 04:03 AM. Reason: grammar
              F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by paleo-bunny View Post
                raw cocoa powder
                Where can one find it in England? All I've seen is dessicated coconut but not powder or flour.

                I have managed to give up supper and don't snack now either. I don't feel the need since I've given up wheat etc.
                Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.

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                • #9
                  Cocoa powder, not coconut powder. Chocolatey stuff

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                  • #10
                    Smoked mackerel!! We are blessed with such great affordable ready to eat smoked fish in the UK.

                    At the supermarket, smoked salmon tends to be farmed, not wild, but mackerel is cheap and generally wild.

                    I eat it at work, on the go after the gym, when I get home in the evening and I'm starving... It'll take care of your omega 3/6 balance too

                    Also affordable and good for cooking: kipper and haddock. Thank you Scotland!
                    Last edited by AngloPaleo; 04-16-2012, 04:18 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Apart from smoked fish, other hi fat or protein snacks I've been packing up along my lunch for work:

                      Carrot batons, celery sticks, sliced red peppers, red onions... Toss with olive oil and spices du jour.
                      Cooked chicken drumsticks. Skin on, bit of garlic butter, herbes de provence. Yum!
                      A piece of omelette/frittata (though in practice I don't do that often cuz I think eggs are boring)

                      When I haven't packed lunch properly and I'm hungry: a bag of microwave-in-the-bag veggies from the supermarket with some pastured butter (Kerrygold). Avocados. Can of sardines. No-preservatives high-quality parma ham is available too, but I think of it as a condiment, not a good source of protein.

                      I try to stay away from fruit & nut because they're too 'easy' and it's easy to overeat them. But I'll have macadamias (the low-polyunsaturated fat nut) now and then in a pinch.

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                      • #12
                        I use home-made pork scratchings. They are left over after I have rendered the lard from them in the oven.

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                        • #13
                          There is a company in the UK that does paleo snacks, they are The Naked Ape (www.thenakedape.co.uk). They make them from biltong, dried fruit, nuts and seeds. I always have some in my desk just in case I have been too lazy to prepare anything!

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                          • #14
                            Hard boiled eggs, tins of sardines, mackerel etc can all be used to add some protein to a bag of salad. Trail mix is a doddle just go through your larder bunging stuff in but easy on the dried fruit as it will give you high blood sugar and diarhoea.
                            Check out my sig for some stuff that my wife makes. Like everyone else says paleo isn't about snacking but it's handy to have something in the desk drawer/ glovebox/rucksack when you need it.
                            Man seeks to change the foods available in nature to suit his tastes, thereby putting an end to the very essence of life contained in them.
                            www.primaljoy.co.uk

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