Snacks?

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irishguns
irishguns Posts: 53 Member
What do you guys keep around to snack on? What are some favorites?

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  • Rei1988
    Rei1988 Posts: 412 Member
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    mac nuts & walnuts!
  • homesweeths
    homesweeths Posts: 792 Member
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    I don't snack. Honestly, this way of eating keeps me so satiated I have trouble getting two meals in. I'd be happy with just one big meal but couldn't get enough calories in that way.
  • justaspoonfulofsugar
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    Snacking is not really part of the plan with primal/paleo.
    I never do as I feel satisfied from my meals.
    Eat more fat with your meals and chances you will feel less hungry between meals
  • ShannonKirton
    ShannonKirton Posts: 304 Member
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    Most of the time I don't snack (anymore), but when I have the need to I usually head for the almonds, cashews, sometimes some fruit and if I'm at home even some meat but small portions obviously. Pork rinds are also great.
  • MikeFlyMike
    MikeFlyMike Posts: 639 Member
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    ^ this this and this.

    Yup, snacking is primarily a psychological habit.
    Get off the processed carb addiction and blood sugar regulates itself to the point of not needing food on the schedule we are used to.

    That being said, when I truly and on a low and need a quick fuel, I go for some nuts.
  • Dragonwolf
    Dragonwolf Posts: 5,600 Member
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    I don't snack. Honestly, this way of eating keeps me so satiated I have trouble getting two meals in. I'd be happy with just one big meal but couldn't get enough calories in that way.

    Agreed. Tried 16:8 IF for a while (not really intentionally, but that's what it ended up being), but I couldn't eat enough even in an 8 hour window to be sustainable, because I was never really hungry.

    But yeah, if you do need a snack, nuts are a good option. A piece of high quality dark chocolate (80%+, ideally, and a good fat content) can work well, too, and can curb a sugar craving.
  • strychnine7
    strychnine7 Posts: 210 Member
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    I agree with the others about snacking in general. Having sad that, when I'm not being strict, I do eat a fair amount of snack-like foods. They usually become meals unto themselves since I have no self-controls with such delicious, and often calorie-dense, food. Almond butter (this will eventually lead me to death-by-over-consumption when I finally give up all pretense of dietary discipline) and apple/banana/carrots, pork rinds (I have put almond butter on these - also quite good... but keep some water handy), almonds, and Larabars are among my favorites.
  • rotnkat
    rotnkat Posts: 393 Member
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    I don't really snack in between meals anymore, but if I do it's usually raw nuts or GF jerky.
  • leighn62
    leighn62 Posts: 142 Member
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    Hard boiled egg, Mini baby bell cheese or a TBSP of almond butter.
  • geisharunner219
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    I have a desk job and sometimes you just have to snack. Usually so you don't dive into the cupcakes or pizza brought in. Lol. My emergency snack are almonds! I have a bag that stays in my desk just in case!
  • Shadowknight137
    Shadowknight137 Posts: 1,243 Member
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    I don't like snacking, but then again, I don't like eating, and prefer to do it all at once rather than split it up, so I cant really say anything against snacking here because it'll be a little hypocritical.

    Personally, my go to when I really don't feel like a big meal at the end of the day to get my cals up is a bar of dark chocolate, preferably 80% or higher, but I can kinda settle for 70. Not that I suggest you tear through bars of chocolate at a time (unless you want to, of course), but a few squares can go a long way for satiation, removing sweet cravings and goes damn fine with coffee.
    Chocolate>Nuts any day.

    Best brands? I like Green&Blacks (70/85%) Lindt Excellence (70/85 and apparently 90% which isn't in my country), Donovans (80% and 60% Chilli - the only exception).
    Or you can make your own with cocoa powder and coconut oil and adjust sweetness/mix-ins to preference. Cheaper that way; I'm kinda getting the hang of it.
  • redheadmommy
    redheadmommy Posts: 908 Member
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    I generally do not snack either, except occasional protein shake plus some nuts at the evening if I am too hungry to sleep.Even before paleo , I tried not to snack between meals during the day. I like to eat nice about meals and if I snack and use up my calorie allowance , I can not eat big enough meals to be satisfied.
  • irishguns
    irishguns Posts: 53 Member
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    Thanks for all the suggestions! I don't really snack anymore either, however my darling fiance just recently started Paleo eating with me and he's been complaining that "we don't have anything" which isn't true, I think he just gets bored at home during the day and starts looking for something fast to eat. We keep nuts around, but I guess he's tired of those.
  • irishguns
    irishguns Posts: 53 Member
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    I don't like snacking, but then again, I don't like eating, and prefer to do it all at once rather than split it up, so I cant really say anything against snacking here because it'll be a little hypocritical.

    Personally, my go to when I really don't feel like a big meal at the end of the day to get my cals up is a bar of dark chocolate, preferably 80% or higher, but I can kinda settle for 70. Not that I suggest you tear through bars of chocolate at a time (unless you want to, of course), but a few squares can go a long way for satiation, removing sweet cravings and goes damn fine with coffee.
    Chocolate>Nuts any day.

    Best brands? I like Green&Blacks (70/85%) Lindt Excellence (70/85 and apparently 90% which isn't in my country), Donovans (80% and 60% Chilli - the only exception).
    Or you can make your own with cocoa powder and coconut oil and adjust sweetness/mix-ins to preference. Cheaper that way; I'm kinda getting the hang of it.

    They do have a 90% that I've seen before. I'm not really into chocolate though. I used to be before I started the whole Paleo thing but now I could almost care less. I tried a dark chocolate peanut butter cup a few days ago and just was not happy with it at all. I was asking for my fiance, who really doesn't eat many sweets to begin with. Lindt's (I think) makes a Chili chocolate bar and last time I had it, it was fantastic.
  • Dragonwolf
    Dragonwolf Posts: 5,600 Member
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    I don't like snacking, but then again, I don't like eating, and prefer to do it all at once rather than split it up, so I cant really say anything against snacking here because it'll be a little hypocritical.

    Personally, my go to when I really don't feel like a big meal at the end of the day to get my cals up is a bar of dark chocolate, preferably 80% or higher, but I can kinda settle for 70. Not that I suggest you tear through bars of chocolate at a time (unless you want to, of course), but a few squares can go a long way for satiation, removing sweet cravings and goes damn fine with coffee.
    Chocolate>Nuts any day.

    Best brands? I like Green&Blacks (70/85%) Lindt Excellence (70/85 and apparently 90% which isn't in my country), Donovans (80% and 60% Chilli - the only exception).
    Or you can make your own with cocoa powder and coconut oil and adjust sweetness/mix-ins to preference. Cheaper that way; I'm kinda getting the hang of it.

    They do have a 90% that I've seen before. I'm not really into chocolate though. I used to be before I started the whole Paleo thing but now I could almost care less. I tried a dark chocolate peanut butter cup a few days ago and just was not happy with it at all. I was asking for my fiance, who really doesn't eat many sweets to begin with. Lindt's (I think) makes a Chili chocolate bar and last time I had it, it was fantastic.

    80%+ dark chocolate isn't so much about the sweet. Once you get beyond that, it no longer really tastes sweet, and the bitterness of the cacao and the fat starts taking over. Dark chocolate is often recommended because it's just enough sweet to satisfy the sweet tooth, but also chock full of antioxidants and other awesome goodness.

    Chocolate is a superfood. Unfortunately, Hershey, et. al. turned it into junk.
  • irishguns
    irishguns Posts: 53 Member
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    I don't like snacking, but then again, I don't like eating, and prefer to do it all at once rather than split it up, so I cant really say anything against snacking here because it'll be a little hypocritical.

    Personally, my go to when I really don't feel like a big meal at the end of the day to get my cals up is a bar of dark chocolate, preferably 80% or higher, but I can kinda settle for 70. Not that I suggest you tear through bars of chocolate at a time (unless you want to, of course), but a few squares can go a long way for satiation, removing sweet cravings and goes damn fine with coffee.
    Chocolate>Nuts any day.

    Best brands? I like Green&Blacks (70/85%) Lindt Excellence (70/85 and apparently 90% which isn't in my country), Donovans (80% and 60% Chilli - the only exception).
    Or you can make your own with cocoa powder and coconut oil and adjust sweetness/mix-ins to preference. Cheaper that way; I'm kinda getting the hang of it.

    They do have a 90% that I've seen before. I'm not really into chocolate though. I used to be before I started the whole Paleo thing but now I could almost care less. I tried a dark chocolate peanut butter cup a few days ago and just was not happy with it at all. I was asking for my fiance, who really doesn't eat many sweets to begin with. Lindt's (I think) makes a Chili chocolate bar and last time I had it, it was fantastic.

    80%+ dark chocolate isn't so much about the sweet. Once you get beyond that, it no longer really tastes sweet, and the bitterness of the cacao and the fat starts taking over. Dark chocolate is often recommended because it's just enough sweet to satisfy the sweet tooth, but also chock full of antioxidants and other awesome goodness.

    Chocolate is a superfood. Unfortunately, Hershey, et. al. turned it into junk.

    Ah, I will keep that in mind. Thank you!
  • Lizzard_77
    Lizzard_77 Posts: 232 Member
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    When I did my Whole30 I learned that if you are not hungry enough to eat a piece of fish and a cup of vegetables then you are not hungry, it's psycological at that point. Taking that to heart, when I feel snacky or if I really think I am hungry I pop open a can of tuna, sardines, or grab a boiled egg. If I am still snacky or truly hungry then I will eat some veggies and/or a ferment like sauerkraut. For me (and many) snacking is a dangerous activity so I avoid it at all costs.
  • runningjen74
    runningjen74 Posts: 312 Member
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    I'm trying to do the whole 30, so all the food I'm eating on work is brought from home. I brought nuts but have realised I can eat far too many of them if I'm stressed. So the nuts have gone. Now if I'm hungry, I take a glass of water. If 30 min later and it's hunger not stress and I can't hold out till my next meal I'll buy a small I eve of fruit. But I won't bring fruit in with me. Means I'm at mercy of canteen in work having fruit. But I 'be found most of the snacks I needed I didn't at all, it was habit and because they were there.
  • pandafoo
    pandafoo Posts: 367 Member
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    My go-to snack is a mix of nuts/seeds that I put together, including walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and hazelnuts. I also enjoy eating roasted coconut flakes, yum. You can buy raw coconut flakes which you can doctor for a tasty snack.
  • irishguns
    irishguns Posts: 53 Member
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    My go-to snack is a mix of nuts/seeds that I put together, including walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and hazelnuts. I also enjoy eating roasted coconut flakes, yum. You can buy raw coconut flakes which you can doctor for a tasty snack.

    I have some raw coconut flakes, I hadn't thought about roasting them. Good idea, thank you!