Heard of the paleo diet but wondering what in the world does it mean? Well, the paleo comes from the Paleolithic era, aka when man was still a hunter-gatherer – what the early man ate, is basically what constitutes the paleo diet, also called the caveman diet, primal diet, Stone Age diet, and hunter-gatherer diet, for apt reasons.
The Difference between Paleo Diet And Ordinary Diet
Think back to the early times of man – other than needing to run away from predators and dying of things as simple as the common cold, the paleo man (and woman, for that matter) didn’t have access to grains, salt, processed foods, colas, junk food, chocolates, tea or coffee. What he did have access to, or hunted and foraged for were fruits, vegetable (free range) meat, poultry and eggs, sea food and as well as nuts and seeds.
Wild cereals were sometimes foraged for, but a find was few and far between so cereal was also not a big part of the Paleolithic diet at all. Recent evidence proves that wine, however was, for some time in the Paleolithic era, man learnt to ferment grape juice in animal skin pouches. 1
The Benefits of Following Paleo Diet
At first glance, the paleo diet seems pretty doable – it’s a clean diet that emphasizes eating fresh, from the source and without any additional additives, preservatives or chemicals and it does help you stay fuller for longer as well as lose weight because of limited food choices. 2This diet also raises your iron levels and helps you get plenty more phytonutrients from all the plant-based foods you consume.
The downside of the paleo diet is that the absence of grains and cereal can lower your energy levels and it is also a tad expensive. If you are on a paleo diet, you also have to maintain a certain amount of physical activity; which ironically becomes difficult to do simply because you are off carbs and may be low on energy in the first place!
The paleo diet philosophy is basically designed to improve a person’s health and athletic performance by taking in lean protein and high GI carbs via fruits and vegetables – the die does not lack in nutrients and can in fact raise your vitamin and mineral levels to an optimum amounts, plus give you plenty antioxidants and phytonutrients as well. Paleo snacks comprise of lean meats or protein, healthy amounts of dairy, healthy fats in the form of nuts and seeds and as many fruits and veggies you can eat! Healthy, tasty, filling and low in calories – paleo snacks make for great tidbits, even if you are not on a paleo diet! 3
Five Savory Paleo Snacks
Crispy Brussel Sprout Chips
A vitamin rich snack that’s nutritious, tasty and filling, Crispy Brussels Sprouts 4 will please your palate and stomach in just about 50 calories.
You need: 10 Brussels sprouts, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
To make it:
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- With a paring knife, cut off the bottom tip of each sprout. The outer leaves will fall off.
- Trim a tiny bit more off the bottom so more leaves fall off. Continue until you’ve removed all the leaves.
- Toss the leaves with the oil, and lay them in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Sprinkle with salt.
- Roast seven to 10 minutes, until leaves are lightly browned and crisp.
Who says snacks have to be bland? Healthy pumpkin seeds 5 with real jalapenos with olive oil and seasonings are as healthy as they are delicious.
You need: 1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds, cleaned & dried; 3 jalapeño peppers, sliced; 3 tablespoons olive oil and sea salt and paprika, to taste
To make it:
- Remove the seeds from the pumpkin and sort the guts out.
- Rinse the seeds pat dry and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet to dry overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and add olive oil and sea salt.
- Stir pumpkin seeds with your hands to combine.
- Lay slices of jalapeño peppers on top of seeds.
- Sprinkle paprika over the top of everything, generously.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Use a spatula to move the seeds and peppers around and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Move mixture around some more and bake for a final 5 minutes.
- Remove tray from oven and let everything rest for 15-30 minutes to let the jalapeño-ness soak into the seeds.
- Store in an airtight container, if you don’t finish them all in one sitting.
Have a craving for chips? Can do on a paleo diet with this crunchy, chip alternative 6 to Doritos, that uses no flour.
You need: 3/4 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1/4 cup flax seeds, 1/4 cup of butter (or ghee), 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoon chili, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon paprika powder, 1 egg and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
To make it:
- Melt the butter and basically…