If you are relatively new to the paleo diet, it’s no secret that you’ve probably already experienced some sort of craving from your usual go-to guilty pleasure snacks. It’s a bittersweet feeling to finally stick to a diet that you know will benefit you in the long run. But what if we told you it didn’t have to be all that miserable!?
As we know, the Paleo diet requires us to only eat foods that people in the Stone Age were able to eat. Meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, whatever it may be. However, we now live in the 21st Century; and there are times where it’s perfectly fine to give in and have a good ol’ delicacy of your choice. As long as they remain relatively healthy, your sneak snack won’t necessarily have a detrimental impact on your health.
If you’re looking to switch it up a bit and add some extra flavors to your diet, consider making some of these treats!
Almond Butter Cookies
Everyone LOVES cookies. Whether they’re chocolate chip, sugar, oatmeal raisin, or almond butter cookies in this case, you’re bound to find a favorite. Almond butter cookies are the perfect treat to bake if you’re looking for an extra spark in your diet while also keeping to the Paleo course. Mix the following in one large bowl
2 cups almond flour (or 1 cup of vanilla protein powder & 1 cup almond flour.)
2 organic cage-free eggs
½ cup raw almond butter
tsp baking soda
2 cups dark chocolate chips
Once that’s all mixed up, bake your cookies for 10-12 minutes at 375°, and you should be good to go!
Carrot Cake Bites
Smaller treats make it easier for you to control yourself and budget out your calorie intake. It makes it especially easier for you if said treats also include veggies, like these carrot cake bites! These little delicacies have all the taste and texture you’re looking for, and are still very low in sugar! Plus, they contain a ton of fiber and other valuable micronutrients that will help you on your journey to fitness success!
Use the following recipe to create these delicious treats:
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup shredded carrots
¼ chopped almonds
¼ cup raisins
½ tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
1/3 cup almond butter
¼ cup maple syrup
1/3 cup almond butter
Mix these all together in a mixing bowl, then place it into your fridge for about an hour. Voila! Your carrot cake bites are ready for you!
Fried Honey Banana
If you’ve never had it before, then you have absolutely no idea what you’re missing out on. They are one of the simplest snacks to make, and quite frankly one of the most delicious. Not to mention, bananas are one of the best sources of carbs – healthy carbs. To make them, all you’ll need is:
Honey or Maple syrup
Cut the bananas into thin slices (but not too thin.) Turn on your stove to high heat and use a bit of coconut oil or something similar just enough to cover the surface of the pan. Place the slices in there and flip them every minute or two. Then, mix 1-3 tablespoons of the syrup with a ½ tablespoon of water and pour it onto the bananas. Finally, sprinkle the cinnamon on top.
Don’t worry, you can thank us later.
Mint & Watermelon Salad
Especially beneficial during the summertime, watermelon is a sweet and juicy snack that will certainly help you stay hydrated throughout the day. You may have known that already, though. But, did you know that combining the taste of watermelon with a bit of mint and lime could make a delicious salad? Well, it most certainly can! If you’re interested, take the following:
2 tbsp light olive or avocado oil
¼ cup minced mint
1 tbsp lime zest
2 tbsp lime juice
Using a melon baller, scoop some watermelon or just simply cut them into cubes. Then, whisk together some olive or avocado oil with lime zest, lime juice, and mint. Pour the lime juice over the watermelon and toss it until everything is nicely coated. Refrigerate it, and you should be good to go!
To get an extra flavor (and protein) flare, feel free to add a bit of grilled chicken to your salad as well!
Sometimes you’ve just got to switch things up a bit. Try these flourless brownies if you’re looking for a real chocolaty treat while still staying on track!
We should warn you that there is an unexpected secret ingredient in this specific recipe: zucchini. Don’t worry though! The zucchini gives these treats a pleasurable texture for when you’re eating; it won’t give it any bit of a “veggie-like” flavor. Try them out for yourself!
Here’s how to make them. You’ll need:
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup almond butter
1 ½ cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup raw honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup applesauce
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking powder
Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit while you mix the ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour the brownie mix into a tray and let it bake for 45 minutes. Once they’re done, enjoy!