Sticking to the Paleo diet’s cardinal rule—“If a caveman didn’t eat it, neither should you”—seems simple enough at first. But factor in a busy schedule, limited funds, a pint-size kitchen, and an office loaded with processed temptations like candy bars and corn chips, and suddenly mirroring Mr. Caveman’s eating habits doesn’t appear quite as feasible. That’s why we scoured the internet (OK, we did some Amazon searches) to put together this list of 11 tasty and easily attainable Paleo snacks sure to get you back on that prehistoric track.
This pocket-size, surprisingly filling bar is 100 calories worth of gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and flavor-loaded protein. Held together by a small amount of dried apricots, this grass-fed beef and organic veggie combo might look a little weird, but one satisfying bite will put most leathery, tough-as-nails jerkies to shame. Opt for the variety pack so you can eat your way through savory flavors like chili beef, curry turkey, Mediterranean lamb, and apple pork.
Organic dates, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkins, roasted cashews, pecans, rich fair-trade espresso, and fragrant vanilla beans join forces for a morning refresher that does a body good. It’s raw-processed and has no added oil, sweeteners or extracts—it’s actually one of the only oil-free brands on the market— but the dates contribute an earthy-sweet chewiness that makes it ideal for stirring into a big bowl of cashew yogurt or popping right from the bag.($33.99 for 6; amazon.com)
This is quite possibly the best 100-percent certified Paleo treat out there. It’s decadent as all get out and manages a soft, sink-your-teeth-into-it texture despite its total lack of grain, dairy, and soy products. A thick drizzle of Base Culture’s beloved almond butter seals the deal. To boot, they’re individually wrapped, making them a fantastic fix for that sudden afternoon chocolate craving. This brand also makes nut butters and breads that are out of this world.($5 for 2; amazon.com)
Three mighty ingredients are all that go into these crispy and hearty—not to mention non-GMO, gluten-free, certified Paleo, nightshade-free, and vegan—chips. Cassava, a.k.a. yucca, is a dense, starchy root vegetable that’s acted as a reliable source of vitamin C, fiber, and manganese since prehistoric times. Needless to say, these smartly designed dippers are a far cry from their thin, greasy potato-based cousins.($10.49 for 2; amazon.com)
A dash of sea salt swoops in to balance out this palm-size energy bar’s jammy sweetness, while hunks of real sun-dried strawberries add a nice zing. It has a pleasantly toothy texture, falling somewhere between crunchy and velvety (like an old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookie) thanks to its unsweetened coconut flake and nut base. It’s also packed with 4 grams of protein and, of course, there are no processed proteins, refined sugar, gluten, grains, dairy, soy, corn, or eggs in sight.($17.49 for 6; amazon.com)
Spice lovers, this one’s for you. This USA-raised 100-percent grass-fed beef stick gets its fiery boost from whole jalapeño peppers, black pepper, red pepper, and a dose of ground jalapeños for good measure. Add a little honey, sea salt, celery powder, garlic, and coriander and you’ve got yourself a gluten-free, MSG-free, nitrate-free, certified Paleo, and 100-percent cowboy-worthy snack.($25.80 for 12; amazon.com)
Grain-free and sweetened with raw, unfiltered honey, these almond and organic coconut flour-based cookies come in cacao nip-studded pairs. Each substantial round clocks in at a mere 80 calories, keeping you full for hours without weighing you down. And the addition of maca powder and coconut oil provide some extra energizing oomph. Crack open a pack of these guys, grab a tall glass of nut milk, and you’re looking at the perfect afternoon treat.($28 for 12; amazon.com)
If you think pork rinds sound like the absolute opposite of a healthy snack, think again. The Paleo faithful love these gluten-free, preservative-free, low-sugar (just one gram!) and protein-heavy crunchers, awesome both on their own and as a vehicle for guac. The Island BBQ flavor adds a bit of tang and smoke to the mix, cutting through the rinds’ natural fattiness for a more balanced taste and texture.($29.99 for 12; amazon.com)
Like chocolate-covered macaroons? Get a load of this guy. Equal parts fudgy and chunky, this straightforward blend of almonds, cashews, egg whites, dates, cacao nibs, coconut, and sea salt does away with all added sugar, gluten, soy, dairy, and as the package reads, “BS.” The egg whites are the key here, providing 12 whole grams of protein per 210 calorie bar, while the rest of the lot contributes 4 helpful grams of fiber. It’s also simply delicious.($20.97 for 12; amazon.com)
Classic indeed. These ultra-handy squeeze pouches have been lining the pockets of the hungry and healthy for years now, marked by both their iconic 1.15-ounce brown-and-white packaging as well as the seriously addictive nut butter inside. It’s creamy, it’s satisfying, it’s low-sugar and high-protein, and it’s made from just two excellent ingredients: dry roasted almonds and responsibly sourced palm oil. Whether you prefer spreading it on an apple or throwing back as is, these adorable packets are definitely prime Paleo snacking material.($17.32 for 10; amazon.com)
Another reliable favorite, all of these lunch box go-to's are made from 100 percent all-natural fruit, with most flavors falling into the 45 to 50 calorie range. It’s reminiscent of a fruit roll-up, but more substantial and wholesome-tasting without that plastic-y, tongue-sticking quality. Take your pick from juicy, no-sugar-added flavors like strawberry, raspberry, apple, grape, apricot, and cherry. Trust us, you won’t even think about trading these for Jimmy’s pudding cup.($11.63 for 48; amazon.com)