I have 9 Paleo snacks when you’re on the go so you can stay on track with minimal effort. These are good ideas for work, snacks at home, children’s snacks, and vacations. Sometimes eating on the Paleo diet can be kind of hard. Especially when you are traveling or always on the go. And extra EXTRA hard if you are traveling with kids AND doing the paleo diet. Whew! I’m tired just thinking of it.
Most of these snacks are pretty simple and that’s the beauty of it! Not only are they all super easy to prepare, but they are also packed with enough energy to keep you full while you are away from home! Enjoy!
Here are some answers to some common questions:
Is popcorn allowed on Paleo diet?
Popcorn is not Paleo but if you don’t follow a real strict Paleo diet and you want to “cheat” once in awhile popcorn isn’t the worst snack you could choose. Words of caution though: NEVER eat microwaved popcorn in the packets. Make your own and pop it in coconut oil or use an air popper. Put coconut oil or real butter on it, not soy oil.
Can you eat peanut butter on the Paleo diet?
No, peanuts are a legume and legumes are not allowed on a strict Paleo diet.
Ideas for snacks you don’t need a recipe for:
(scroll down to the bottom of the page for lots more ideas from real people)
- Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Beef Jerky
- Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
- Pork Rinds
- Can of Tuna
- Dark Paleo Chocolate
You may also like these recipes:
1. Curried, Baked Paleo Zucchini Chips – My Natural Family
Zucchini – Olive Oil – Curry Powder – Garlic Powder – Real Salt
My children love these and they don’t even care that they are eating something healthy. I like to make 2-3 pans of them and save them for later. They can be eaten just like potato chips if you want to. These zucchini chips are a great snack but they can also be a great side dish vegetable for dinner. Just don’t cook them until they’re crispy. I cook mine for about half an hour for a side dish. Sometimes I like them without all the spices so I just leave out the curry powder and garlic powder. I also think they are best when I use Course Real Salt.
2. “Skittles” – Joyful Abode
Maroon: White Sweet Potato – Blackberries – Raspberries – Lemon Juice – Coconut Butter – Pink: Strawberries – Orange: Carrots – Oranges – Orange Sweet Potato – Yellow: Parsnips – Lemon – Green: Spinach – Pears – Kiwis – Peas – Avocado – Indigo: Blueberries – Vanilla – Burgundy: Beets – Cherries – Vitamix 750 – Nesco Food Dehydrator – Excalibur Food Dehydrator
These skittles are made totally with fruit or vegetables and coconut butter. It’s the combination of the fruits and veggies that make them so good. The recipes for all 7 different flavors are included. The ingredients listed above for maroon consist of all the ingredients. The other colors only have the ingredients listed that are not included in the maroon variety.
All you need is a good blender and a food dehydrator. Although I have dried fruits in the oven before. The oven is faster but necessarily better. Just turn it on the lowest heat possible. I put links to two different dehydrators because one is way more affordable than the other. I have the cheap one and it works fine.
But if you think you might use it a lot it might be worth the investment to get the more expensive one. Since the skittles are dried they can be stored at room temperature for a long time. That makes them handy to keep in your purse or bag for a time. I’ve also been known to freeze. dried foods and they keep just fine for a really long time.
3. Homemade Beef Jerky – Healthy Recipes
Skirt Steak – Kosher Salt – Black Pepper – Garlic Powder – Chili Powder
This homemade beef jerky tastes so much better than store-bought and it doesn’t have any added sugar or soy sauce. The instructions tell how to dry it in the oven. You may also use a food dehydrator like for the “skittles” in recipe #2. My husband makes a lot of beef jerky.
Just store it in the refrigerator or freezer. It freezes very nicely and it’s easy to just take out the amount you want each time. Since it’s dried it will be just fine out of the frig for a few hours if you want to take it with you somewhere like on a hike.
4. Berry Lemonade Protein Gummies – Delicious by Dre
Fresh Lemon Juice – Honey – Stevia Drops – Lemon or Orange Extract – Natural Food Coloring – Grass-Feed Gelatin
These sweet and sour gummy candies are actually good for you. Pretty weird huh? They are really easy and actually a lot of fun to make. All you do is mix the ingredients, put them into a mold either by pouring or using a plastic bag with a small hole in the corner.
Then either put them in the refrigerator or freezer to set depending on how big of a hurry you’re in. You could make them any shape or color you’d like. I’m thinking about making some for my Halloween party using these molds. Wilton Pumpkin Patch Silicone Mold , here is a Wilton Heart Mold . I suggest just searching around on Amazon for Wilton silicone mold and then the shape or holiday you’d like it for. I’m sure you can find just what you’re looking for.
5. Plantain Chips – Fed and Fit
Plantain – Coconut Oil – Real Salt
Yes, I did it right. Only 3 ingredients. Are you like some people and just pass up plantains in the grocery store? I used to be like that. I didn’t even know what they were. They looked weird and terrible. I don’t think like that anymore since I’ve gotten to know them. You can either choose them when they are on the yellow side or the green color side.
The only difference is that the yellow ones are riper and therefore sweeter. The green ones are less ripe and won’t taste as sweet. That choice is just up to your preference. The yellow ones are a little harder to work with because they are more sticky. I do recommend green but you should experiment and have fun. Don’t worry about the skin being brown and a little bruised. The skin on plantains is really thick so the fruit is more protected than with a banana.
6. Quick Seasoned Nuts 2 Ways – Center Cut Cook
Maple Cinnamon Pecan: Pecans – Maple Syrup – Cinnamon – Real Salt – Rosemary Garlic Almond: Almonds – Coconut Oil – Fresh Rosemary – Garlic Powder – Real Salt – Black Pepper
As you can see these are 2 completely different recipes here one for sweet maple cinnamon pecans. Another for salty rosemary garlic almonds. The ingredients are completely different but the instructions are the same. They are really easy to make too.
All you do is put all the ingredients together in a pan and heat them up. Then you spread them out on wax paper or parchment paper and let them cool. Then you can either eat them or store them. It’s a lot of fun to make these
7. Snack Mix – Cook Eat Paleo
Almonds – Walnuts – Pecans – Garlic Infused Olive Oil – Smoked Sea Salt – Smoked Hot Paprika – Smoked Sweet Paprika
This is like a traditional smoky, garlicky, and salty snack mix but it’s made with only real clean ingredients. It can be somewhat addicting. It’s just a nice pure nutty goodness with smoked spices and garlic-infused olive oil. You can make it with any kind of nuts you’d like. Walnuts and pecans were used because they are lots of nooks and crannies for the spices to grab onto and stay. The almonds were used to add some extra crunchiness. There are cashews in the picture.
8. Rosemary and Sesame Crackers – The Healthy Foodie
Almond Flour – Sesame Seeds – Coconut Flour – Tapioca Flour – Pink Himalayan Salt – Onion Powder – Black Pepper – Fresh Rosemary – Fresh Thyme – Olive Oil
These sesame and rosemary crackers are made with plenty of fresh herbs, a blend of nut flours and roasted sesame seeds which give them a big flavor. You may want to dip them in some guacamole, your favorite dip or hummus. You may also decide you like them plain and want to just pop them in your mouth like potato chips.
9. Chewy Granola Bars – Golden Barrel
Almonds – Pecans – Shredded Coconut – Cinnamon – Real Salt – Almond Flour – Coconut Oil – Honey – Almond Butter – Egg – Chocolate Chips
I think granola bars are pretty healthy so my kids and I eat them for snacks all the time. They aren’t just for breakfast anymore. These granola bars come together quickly and are so easy to make. Chopping the nuts is the most time-consuming part and you probably know that isn’t very hard. You can use whatever nuts you like or have on hand. You can forget the chocolate if you’d like.
Paleo snacks you can buy on Amazon:
Ideas from other readers on my Paleo Recipes and Support Facebook Group
What is your favorite Paleo snack?
Larry B. – Chicken wings
Lisa E. – Apple/carrot with nut butter 😋😋
Chad T. – Homemade trail mix
Cashews pistachios macadamia
Dark chocolate chips
Jennifer B. – Dates with almond butter!
Evelyn P. – A couple of frozen grapes
Nina B. – Paleo banana bread! And I love paleo puffs and cassava chips
Carrie M. – Graf Pickles, baked sweet potato fries, clementines, celery dipped in almond butter
Natalie F. – Cassava chips and salsa, banana and nut butter
Jeremy S. – I need a little advice on in-between meal snacking. Some days at 10 am and then again at 3 pm I get a little hungry. In the morning I turn to some almonds and in the afternoon I eat an apple. I also eat fruit with my lunch mainly just to help fill me up. The problem with fruit is that they are high in sugars. So are carrots. I eat a Larabar (mostly dates ) when I get home as a pre-workout snack just to have something in my stomach. So what I need are ideas for something quick that I don’t have to put in the microwave during the day to snack on. Celery is a little boring. I don’t have a problem with pickling veggies, I usually do that with carrots and fresh jalapenos.
Angelina B. – try to make your snacks ‘little meals’ that are complete with protein and fat. You’re right – fruit and Lara bars are just sugar. Remember that the sensation of satiety comes from protein and fat, so that’s what you need to get creative with. Macadamia nuts are excellent. A couple of Brasil nuts a day are great for the selenium. Coconut in all forms – coconut chips, coconut shards, coconut milk. Leftovers are always great as snacks. Little meatballs are brilliant. Boiled eggs with a dollop of homemade mayonnaise, fabulous. One of my favorites is a little homemade fruit and nut paleo muesli with coconut milk.
Jeremy S. – Little meals are actually what I am trying to avoid. Anything that involves the microwave is not what I am looking for.
Caroline J. – I agree with more protein and fats. Hard-boiled eggs, chia pudding, avocados, nuts (pecan and macadamia are highest in fats). Celery with nut butter? Fat bombs
Samantha F. – Try some Epic pork rinds. Macadamia nuts. Raw broccoli/cauliflower or raw brussels sprouts I like my raw veggies with guac. Maybe a Paleo seed bread with avocado.
June Webb H. – I agree with Angelina. If you have a smoothie for breakfast, then eat protein as a snack mid-morn (coconut yogurt, egg). PM snack can be nut butters with veggies, snack balls made with coconut, granola. There are lots of recipes and ideas online. We always have different kinds of bites and cookies in containers.
Eileen B. – I agree with you on the sugars. But I cannot eat any fruit or sugars after about 2 p.m. It ruins my sleep and makes me feel kinda lousy. I have made plantain chips with salt. And cassava soft chips with salt. It seems the salt makes me less hungry.
Kelly P. – I put together a whole collection of healthy snacks – both to make and to buy because sometimes you just don’t have the time or energy to do your own, https://www.tastingpage.com/…/healthy-snack-recipes…
Kelly H. – Wholly guacamole has snack sizes and very few ingredients. It is great with red pepper strips
Lee-Ann T. – I have my apple in the am with some peanut butter, this fills me so I have lunch later and by afternoon I’m not really craving anything.
Angie R. – It may be a habit for your brain to want a snack at those times. Add more protein and fats to meals to see if you can eliminate the snacks.
Alise F. – I eat kosher dills. They’re crunchy and filling and help cut my sweetness craving. Sometimes I have to eat two or three but it’s still better than a cookie
Justine R. – I struggle all of the time with snack ideas………my go-to snack before was greek yogurt & fruit or a small apple & cheese stick. Now that I’ve stopped eating all dairy I’m really struggling for quick on the go snack ideas. What are your favorite QUICK snacks??? HELP!!!!
Onelia G. – Fruit boiled eggs some naked bars
Onelia G. – To tell u the truth I never really need to snack if you have enough proteins and fats in your meals you won’t get hungry in between them
Stephanie L. – Some people have to snack-based off of time restrictions though.
Kate T. – I like unsweetened apple sauce w/chia seeds mixed in 🍏
Sue R. – Fruit and nuts or a Lara bar
Savanna K. – I like No Cow Bars and hard-boiled eggs! The cauliflower “hummus” is awesome with sliced raw peppers too
Mary H. – Raw nuts with dried fruit bits
Maret U. – Celery sticks with cashew or almond butter
Daria I. – Celery with Salsa
Bonnie C. – Blackberries and blueberries
Missy A. – Banana and almond butter
Laura P. – Apple with almond butter is pretty filling and satisfying. Also, my go-to snack is a handful of unsweetened coconut chips mixes with a few almonds and a few dates.
Karen Ann V. – Celery with sunflower butter from Trader Joe’s. Awesome and not as expensive as the other “butters”. Also North Shore Farms “carrot chips or beet chips. Lara bars are awesome too but be careful to read the label, some have sugar. Cashew Cookie is my fav.
Nicola F. – I typically just eat fruit for a snack
Laura P. – By the way, my Costco has almond butter. Great price and almonds are the only ingredients.
Laine N. – As above, almond butter on apple slices is a favorite snack and smoothies don’t have to be just for breakfast 🙂
Bill S. – we core and apple and add a little water, put a little cinnamon in it and microwave for a few minutes….yummm
Lisa A. – Sweet potato chips, jicama sticks, and celery served with tahini or guacamole 🙂
Claudia W. – Hard-boiled eggs
Alan L. – guac with plantain chips
Tracy M. – Baked Apple chips, or kale chips. Also, love frozen grapes
Alan L. – for a treat whip whole coconut milk and put it in the fridge, then put it on some fruit- it basically becomes whip cream but its not for an everyday thing…
Mom Eats Paleo – We love black olives! LINDSAY olives have a natural product that doesn’t contain any chemicals or additives. I found them at Costco ($8.99 for ten cans).
Caroline J. – Pickles, fruits, nuts, fat bombs, bacon, veggies, eggs, homemade muffins, homemade buns
Donna N. – I like to snack. And I like apples, watermelon, banana chips, plantain both green and ripe and nuts
Ivey P. – I save all my fruit for snacking. My favorite snack is a green apple with a little raw almond butter. I sometimes do fat bombs. Usually something with a coconut and/or 90% (with a little stevia) base. Homemade salsa, guacamole with some hardened cassava tortilla pieces (which I harden just by warming them too long on the stovetop). Homemade grass-fed/finished beef jerky that I make in the dehydrator. This is the recipe I use. https://paleogrubs.com/homemade-paleo-beef-jerkyDonna Nelson I have a juicer and it is wonderful to make carrot juice, and apple juice, ginger, oranges, lime juice with strawberries and pineapple Also beet juice with carrot juice
Billie Anne W. – Bananas (greener has less sugar), pork rinds, apples, yuca chips, cassava flour tortillas chips with salsa, mango, chicken wings, homemade bread (flaxseed meal and tapioca starch) with All Fruit jelly and BLT with homemade bread and homemade mayo.
Caroline J. – Fat bombs 9 of the Best Ever Keto Fat Bomb Recipes to Help Induce Ketosis
Adrienne U. – We love these (from my blog): https://wholenewmom.com/…/honey-bunches-of-oats…/
Beth B. – HU CHOCOLATE so good
Also frozen banana in a food processor and add hu chocolate gems (chips)
Tastes just like ice cream
Gayle C. – What’s HU chocolate?
Mikayla C. – Gayle C. it’s a brand and it’s delicious! I’m obsessed. Sometimes I put almond butter on the chocolate it’s soo good.
Beth B. – Let me add they have crackers too that are also delicious but there was something in there that didn’t agree with me. All paleo
Check out their website
Bronwen R. – https://paleogrubs.com/baked-sweet-potato-chips
Debra N. – Meat bars or beef jerky, be careful of the high sugar fruits.
Taylor M. – Debra N. What’s your fav beef jerky recipe??
Debra N. – I buy it already made low carb. My favorite meat thing is Vermont turkey pepperoni sticks or the chili and lime sausages https://images.app.goo.gl/LGBAi28nFrne2Hdj9 https://www.vermontsmokeandcure.com/…/uncured…/
Ian L. – Real Paleo Beef Jerky farmersbox.com/A3081833
Heather B. – https://imsimplyadad.com/gfcf-packaged-snacks/
Leah S. – Almond crackers and chem-free ham, pickles etc:
Jeremy M. – A bag of pork rinds and homemade guacamole.