Paleo Diet SnacksAre 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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Healthy Low Carb Snacks

by KayZ on July 14, 2013

Low Carb Diet SnacksQuick and Easy Low Carb Snacks

A low carb diet is not an open invitation to consume as many high-fat foods as possible. Instead, you should choose snacks that are high in fiber and nutrients, with carbs that have a lower glycemic index, have protein and heart-healthy fats.

One example of a great snack for low carb diets is celery sticks with peanut butter. Celery offers a lot of fiber; peanut butter is high in protein and has heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Don’t use low-fat peanut butter – it’s loaded with sugar.

Super high in protein and low in fat and calories, edamame makes a great snack. The big box stores now carry individual frozen servings that can be popped into the microwave to steam.

Carrots and hummus make a delicious snack. Use baby carrots or carrot sticks with 1/4 cup hummus. Hummus comes in a variety of flavors such as roasted red pepper, Greek olive, basil pesto and many others.

Nuts are super-healthy and ideal for a low carb diet. Any kind of nuts is okay – just keep in mind that a serving is 1/4 cup.

Meat and cheese rollup – this is an on-the-go favorite. Roll up a slice of cheese or cheese stick in a slice of deli turkey or roast beef.

Cottage cheese with sliced tomatoes – use low fat cottage cheese with cherry or sliced tomatoes. Find the freshest you can, locally grown if possible – the flavor difference is amazing!

Low carb tortillas – if you’ve just gotta have some bread, this is a great alternative. You can use them for wraps, toast them and add butter, use one as a hot dog bun or as the basis for a personal size pizza.

My experience has been that a low carb diet is the easiest to follow. There are so many foods you can eat, and you never have to go hungry…just grab a low carb snack anytime you feel the urge to eat.

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What is the Best Healthy Snack for You?

by KayZ on July 9, 2013

Fruit and Yogurt Low Fat Snack

Get Healthy Snacks Ideas That Fit Your Diet Plan

When you’re looking for healthy snacks, you need to know which types are best for you. Much depends on what type of diet you’re on or what your goal is.

We’re featuring a series of articles on the most popular diets and the best snacks for each, beginning with the low fat diet. If you’re not on a particular
eating plan, read through our suggestions and choose those that make sense to you. What we won’t recommend for any of these diets is unhealthy processed foods.

The types of diets we’ll be featuring:

  1. Low Fat
  2. Low Carb
  3. Diabetic
  4. Vegan
  5. Clean
  6. Paleo
  7. Low Salt

Low Fat Diet

If you’re on a low fat diet, of course you want snacks that have a small percentage of fat in them. But be careful – many low fat snacks contain much more sugar than their higher fat versions. It’s important to read labels and not just grab that low-fat package of cookies or candy. We recommend natural foods that are healthy for your body as well as tasty

Fruits and Vegetables – Of course these are always your best bet. Eat fruit when you’re craving something sweet. Fruits with a lot of water content, like citrus and melons, can help you feel full. Mix fruit with low fat yogurt for a delicious treat.

Raw vegetables satisfy the need for crunchy foods, and because they have a lot of fiber they’ll help fill you up. You can also make low fat dips using Greek yogurt, hummus and salsa.

If you don’t buy organic, wash your fruit and veggies in a mixture of water with white vinegar or a small amount of dish soap added. Prepare them in advance so they are ready when you’re hungry.

Baked Potato – Low in fat and filling, baked potatoes can be a great diet food. Instead of loading them up with high fat sour cream, use the low fat version or yogurt and lots of pepper. My favorite way to eat them is with yogurt mixed with salsa – it may sound strange but it tastes great and is very satisfying

Juice – Buy an inexpensive juicer if you don’t have one. I own this one from Amazon, and it works well. Juicing vegetables is super healthy with no fat. Add a piece of fruit or carrots for sweetness, and half a lemon (no peel) and an inch of fresh ginger for flavor. You can also turn these into smoothies by adding Greek yogurt. There are lots of juicer recipes that are delicious and easy to make.

Popcorn – Air popped popcorn is satisfying and filling. Instead of using a microwave, purchase an air popcorn maker for a much better tasting snack. Instead of butter, use spices and flavorings for extra zest. An easy way to do this is to sprinkle on dry ranch dressing mix, the flavor packet from ramen noodles, or the powder in mac n cheese boxes. (Keep in mind these are all very high in salt.)

Low Fat String Cheese – The low fat variety of string cheese tastes just as good as the full fat version. Take your time, peeling each string off before eating it. Eating slowly and and savoring your food will help you feel more satisfied.

Jerky – If you really want to get some chewing time in, eat high-protein, low-fat jerky. Besides beef and turkey, there are many types of wild game jerky, including alligator, venison and buffalo.

Of course there are other snacks that are healthy, but first ask yourself – is it healthy, is it natural, is it moderate in sugar as well as fat?

Next up – the Low Carb Diet.

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Today’s post is written by Registered Dietician, Allison Stowell, MS, RD, CDN on behalf of Guiding Stars.

I truly believe that the right snacks can make or break your day. Go too long between meals and you are probably going to overeat …choose a poor snack and you will likely have the same result (plus 100 calories or so).

But choose the right snack and you create a nutritious bridge from meal to meal that sustains you, controls hunger, appetite, fatigue and even mood. The Guiding Stars star-rated snack suggestions below are ideal because they include carbohydrate, protein and fat, which is a combination that will leave you satisfied. They are also great for your next summer trip as they fit into a small bag or drink cooler.

Here are 10 healthy snacks for summer travel that all earn Guiding Stars:

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Post image for New Website Uses Science To Help YOU Pick Healthier Snacks…

We’ve got a special treat for you today.

We recently interviewed Allison J. Stowell MS, RD, CDN, who is a Registered Dietician and part of the Guiding Stars team.  Guiding Stars is a new website that gives you an objective food-rating system which uses a scientific algorithm to show you which foods are most nutritious.  From their About Page: "The more nutritional value a food has, the more Guiding Stars it receives. If a food doesn’t receive a star – it means it doesn’t meet our rigorous criteria."

We asked Allison to tell us about Guiding Stars and to give us a few insider tips for healthy snacks for the summer and for taking on long car rides with kids.

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO RECORDING OF THE INTERVIEW HERE:

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READ THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE INTERVIEW HERE:

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Healthy snacks for the car!

When I was in fifth grade, my friend’s parents took me on vacation with them to Chincoteague, VA.  We were eating snacks in the back of the car.  I ripped open a bag of pretzels the wrong way, and they exploded all over the back seat.  Crumbs and salt everywhere.  Took a while to clean up that mess.

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Healthy Snacks Of The Rich And Famous

by Chris Davis on July 1, 2011

We found a cool article today that we thought you’d enjoy…

It reveals the healthy snack choices of some of Hollywood’s hottest actresses, music’s biggest stars and of course, super models!

Here’s the quick wrap up:

Jennifer Aniston:  low-salt, low-sugar and un-processed whole foods (she didn’t give any specific snacks, so that stinks!)

Jennifer Hudson:  plain, non-fat Greek yogurt with frozen berries

Katy Perry:  grilled chicken and soy milk, never any potato chips and never any fried foods

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Snack Review: SmartFood Popcorn Clusters

by Lauren A. on July 27, 2009

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I love popcorn, but I never really make it or buy it as a snack because I eat too much of it! (Yes, it’s low in calories for a single serving, but one of those microwave bag has three servings, and I usually eat the whole thing…) That’s why I was glad to hear that SmartFood started coming out with single-serving Popcorn Clusters, in three different flavors.

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Snack Idea: Peeled Single-Serving Nut Packs

by Lauren A. on July 22, 2009

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In my post on the health benefit of nuts, I mentioned how the snack-sized bags of nuts you get at a deli always contain around three portions, more than you need. So sometimes I’d by big bags of nuts and divvy them out into single servings in ziplok bags.

Well, I don’t have to waste my time doing that anymore now that I’ve discovered the company Peeled. They make exactly what I’d been looking for—single-serving, one-ounce bags of nuts.

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nana'sMy husband used to laugh at me for buying healthy cookies. “The whole point of eating cookies is to indulge,” he’d say. “They’re supposed to be rich and buttery.”

Then he tried a Nana’s chocolate chip cookie.

I shouldn’t say he tried one. He ate the whole cookie—my cookie, the one that I was just about to put in my mouth. I wasn’t very pleased.

“I thought you don’t like healthy cookies,” I said.

“These are good!” he replied. “Wow, I can’t believe how healthy these are for you,” he said over and over, reading the back panel.

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