Ahhh…what to pack in that insulated lunch bag for lunch, the drive home or to the Box, etc. As requested (thanks to everyone who responded with ideas on FB) here’s a list of a few ideas, many coming from 717 members. Check out our own Erin Vroman’s blog, Pushups and Carrots, for more great ideas or Google “Paleo snacks”.
I recommend combining a protein and/or fat choice with a carb choice. Stock your bag with extras just in case you’re hungrier than usual or get delayed at the office.
• Hard Boiled or Deviled Eggs
• Leftover grilled chicken or shrimp or steak or salmon or…whatever came off the grill the night before.
• Leftover meatballs
• Canned tuna, salmon or sardines (no soybean oil)
• Smoked salmon
• Nuts (macadamias are a great choice) – limit to a handful if trying to drop body fat
• Seeds: moderation since most are high in omega-6 fatty acids which are pro-inflammatory
• Nut butter
• Roasted pumpkin seeds
• Fresh coconut: extra work but worth the effort!
• Dried coconut – make sure it’s unsweetened.
• Raw veggies: besides the old standbys of carrots and celery, try radishes, peppers, cucumber, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and jicama. Add some salsa, guacamole for fun.
• Crispy kale chips
• Chicken hearts or livers
• Leftover sweet potato fries
• Banana or plantain chips: slice thinly, toss with coconut oil and dehydrate or bake at 180F, turning periodically until crispy.
• Fresh fruit – easy to pack
• Frozen fruit – eat them right out of the freezer: blueberries, raspberries, grapes, bananas.
• Ants on a Log: Spread nut butter over celery sticks and add a few raisins. An old standby!
• Meat and veggie skewers: combine on a skewer: leftover meat, cherry tomatoes, pepper pieces and whatever else looks good. Cooked or raw.
• Lettuce Wraps: meat, veggies, guacamole, or bacon, whatever you have around wrapped in lettuce.
• Cucumber boats: peel the cuke; slice in half length-wise. Scoop out seeds then fill the boat with tuna or salmon salad
• Apple slices with nut butter: If packing for later, soak apple slices in a mixture of lemon juice and water for a few minutes to prevent browning. Let dry on a paper towel for a minute before spreading nut butter.
• Apple slices with bacon for a special treat!
• Smoothie: blend frozen or fresh fruit, coconut milk (or full-fat yogurt if you eat dairy), raw free-range egg for protein (optional) or scoop of whey or egg protein powder. Google “paleo smoothie” or try paleomg.com or www.marksdailyapple.com
A little more effort…
• Riceless sushi rolls: www.marksdailyapple.com
• Jerky: preferably homemade and free of sugar. Otherwise, go with least processed available. Beef, turkey or even salmon! www.briangreen.net
OK if you’re active and not trying to drop body fat:
• Paleo Trail Mix: nuts, coconut flakes, dried fruit (in moderation), dark chocolate chips for a splurge or try this one from Mark Sisson: www.marksdailyapple.com
• Dried fruit: moderation, no sugar added (stay away from Craisins!)
• Lara bars
• Paleo desserts – easy on these! You know who you are. 🙂
Primal options if you do well with dairy:
• Cottage cheese or yogurt with fruit: choose whole-fat, preferably made from raw milk.
• Yogurt or kefir smoothie: add fruit, a handful of spinach or kale(optional), eggs if you want some extra protein, a little honey if you want.
Emergency: Paleokits are expensive but might save you from a disastrous trip to Sheetz: www.stevespaleogoods.com
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