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A snack is a portion of food, often smaller than a regular meal, generally eaten between meals. Snacks come in a variety of forms including packaged snack foods and other processed foods, as well as items made from fresh ingredients at home.

Traditionally, snacks are prepared from ingredients commonly available in the home. Often cold cuts, fruit, leftovers, nuts, sandwiches, and the like are used as snacks. The Dagwood sandwich was originally the humorous result of a cartoon character's desire for large snacks. With the spread of convenience stores, packaged snack foods became a significant business. Snack foods are typically designed to be portable, quick, and satisfying. Processed snack foods, as one form of convenience food, are designed to be less perishable, more durable, and more portable than prepared foods. They often contain substantial amounts of sweeteners, preservatives, and appealing ingredients such as chocolate, peanuts, and specially-designed flavors (such as flavored potato chips).

Beverages, such as coffee, are not generally considered snacks though they may be consumed along with or in lieu of snack foods.

A snack eaten shortly before going to bed or during the night may be called a midnight snack.

Paleo Snacks: Delicious Ideas and Recipes

Paleo Diet Snacks

Are You Following a Paleo Diet?

Eating paleo is a great way to stay healthy, especially for athletes and other active adults! Here are a few awesome snack recipes and ideas to satisfy even the worst case of the munchies.

Prosciutto Wrapped Goat Cheese

This one is a great snack for before dinner. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/4 lb. of prosciutto
  • 1 small package of goat cheese
  • 1 oven safe skillet

First, preheat the oven to around 300 degrees. While it’s warming, wrap small pieces of goat cheese with prosciutto and poke through with a toothpick. Place them on the skillet and put it in the oven. Keep an eye on them; it takes just a couple of minutes to slightly crisp the prosciutto and soften the goat cheese. Serve immediately with olives, fruit, and nuts.

Bacon Guacamole Deviled Eggs

This one’s a great mid-afternoon snack for guests.

First, hard boil a few eggs. Make sure you toss some salt in the water to make them easier to peel. While they’re boiling, heat up some bacon in a skillet. For best results, use thick-cut smoked bacon. When the eggs are done, cool and peel them, then cut them lengthwise. Put the yolks in a bowl, and combine with chopped up bacon bits, guacamole, and a dash of lemon juice. Mash them up, and spoon or pipe back into the egg yolks and serve immediately.

Scotch Eggs

This old classic is as paleo as it is delicious. It’s incredibly simple too. Hard boil a few eggs, and heat up some bacon in a skillet. Remove the bacon while it’s still chewy. Peel the eggs and wrap them in bacon; it helps to use a toothpick to hold in place while you serve them.

 

No-Bread Pizza Bites

For this one, use thin cut pepperoni or sausage as the base instead of bread. Place the meat on a skillet and top with pureed tomatoes, a few thin cut peppers, and pepper. Heat until the pepperoni or sausage darkens. Cool and serve right away so they don’t get soggy.

Home Made Fruit Bars

Take some healthy nuts like cashews and macadamia nuts, and some fruits like dates and raisins. Blend, then shape the result into bars on a baking sheet. Chill for a few hours or overnight, and pack them in plastic bags to go!

Finally…the Paleo Ice Cream!

This one’s a lot of fun. Put some coconut milk in the fridge the night before you plan on starting. Combine the coconut milk (about a can), two tablespoons of vanilla extract, a bit of honey, and your fruit of choice in a blender. Blend, then place into a container and put in the freezer. Wait for it to freeze through (probably a couple of hours), then pull it out and cut it up. Place it back into the blender, mix it up, and back into the freezer it goes. Once it’s frozen through, it’s ready to go! You can chop it up a bit and place it into the container of your choice, and it’ll keep for up to a week. This one’s great for the summer. Enjoy!

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