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5 deliciously simple paleo snacks

I hope everyone had a blast doing 13.2. If you haven’t done it yet, good luck – hope you like box jumps.

I don’t know about you guys, but I need about a million snacks to get me through my day. I know it gets discouraging trying to find snacks in the grocery store that are 100% paleo, but really there are a lot of options – you just have to be willing to take the extra time to look for them and ask the store staff, if necessary. Here are 5 things I found at the grocery store this week. With the exception of the Trader Joe’s almond butter, it’s all from Walmart or Target. Yes, really!

SAMSUNG Lara bars!

If you’ve been eating paleo for a while, you probably know about these. Totally natural fruit/nut ingredients, no preservatives, no sugar, sweeteners, etc. Until recently I was getting them from Trader Joe’s, since they sell them for $1.00 apiece as opposed to the $2.50 the local upscale grocery store asks for them. However, I don’t know when they started but the Walmarts in my area are now carrying them by the box! Yes, I’m ridiculously excited about this. They are about $5.25 for a box of 5.

Short ingredients lists make me :)

Short ingredients lists make me 🙂

 GoGo Squeez!

So these little guys are called GoGo Squeez Applesauce on the Go. I don’t personally consume them, because I’m over the age of 8, but my daughter LOVES them, and they’re 100% fruit and fruit juice. Yay for little paleo babies! I got a huge box of them for like 8 bucks at Walmart.

GoGo's ingredients

GoGo’s ingredients

Available at <a href="http://www.target.com">Target</a> Crispy Green Mangoes from Target

I usually get my dried mangoes from Trader Joe’s, but they were out of the unsweetened, unsulfated kind I always get the last time I was there. These are freeze dried, so they’re crispy as opposed to chewy. However, they are actually surprisingly delicious, totally all-natural and only about a buck a pop.

 Raw, Crunchy, Unsalted Almond Butter

Exactly how it sounds. Crunchy and almondy and delicious. 🙂 Available at Trader Joe’s. I eat this with everything.

 Naked Coconut Water

There are a lot of brands out there for coconut water, but this is definitely my favorite. There’s nothing added, just straight coconut water. They also have these in flavors like lychee and pineapple, but I think those have some other additives. What I do if I want some flavor for these is blend them with a strawberry or kiwi, and ta-da – instant deliciousness. Bonus – they’re only about $1.50 at Walmart.

If you have questions about other snack ideas, comments, or you know of some hidden paleo secret and want to share, please let me know. Happy snacking!

You Poor Hungry Caveman: How to avoid starving on the paleo diet

If you’ve transitioned to a Paleo lifestyle you’ve probably noticed a couple things about it – you’re hungry, like, all the time… and it can be kind of rough trying to find food you can eat.

The good thing about the first part of the problem is that Paleo doesn’t ask you to count your calories or restrict yourself to a certain amount of meals per day. If you’re hungry you don’t have to wait until a certain time to eat. That being said, you also can’t camp out in your kitchen all day cooking. So here are some tips on how to eat throughout the day.

1. When you have time to cook, try to make enough to last more than one meal.

This helps out especially if you have a job where you’re away from home all day. Just pack your delicious caveman cuisine into a Tupperware and save yourself that painful trip to the restaurant where you’ll have to harass the server with a million questions about each menu item.

2. Eat until you’re full!

Every meal, every time. Seriously. Otherwise, you’re going to be ravenous again in twenty minutes. Trust me, that gets old quickly. Of course, don’t gorge yourself till you can’t move, but you get the point.

3. Stock up on paleo snacks.

Your fridge should always be jam packed with fruits and vegetables. Other really good snacks to graze on throughout the day are almond butter, cashews/assorted nuts, dried fruits (try to find the kind without preservatives), hardboiled eggs, bacon, jerky (again without preservatives if you can help it), kale chips and anything coconut (they have roasted coconut chips, coconut strips, and of course coconut water). A lot of these things can be found at your local farmer’s market. Trader Joe’s and other natural food stores carry some as well. And you’d be surprised what you can find if you look hard enough at your regular grocery store. Today at Walmart, I found Crunchies dried fruits, which are all natural with no preservatives, nuts, Naked coconut water, cage-free organic eggs and almond flour. Not bad for your neighborhood superstore. You really just have to keep your eyes open and make a point to hunt these things down.

4. Protein powder.

Post-workout, I’m always starving and I usually am rushing off somewhere in a hurry, so this is an absolute necessity. I also use it if I just really have no time to make anything or go to the store.

5. Try quick and easy recipes.

I know there are a lot of awesome paleo recipes out there, but every meal doesn’t have to be a gourmet affair. Sometimes there just isn’t time or money for that. Easy and quick meals include avocado and tuna salad, chicken salad, rotisserie chicken with veggies, and Old Faithful – eggs and bacon.

Avocado tuna salad

Avocado tuna salad

Paleo spicy shrimp

Paleo spicy shrimp

Rotisserie chicken and steamed veggies

Rotisserie chicken and steamed veggies

I hope this is encouraging to those of you feeling the stress of trying to do this paleo thing right. I know it can seem difficult, but doing some of these things should make it a little bit easier on you. Please feel free to let me know if you have additional tips, questions, comments or pictures of your favorite paleo meal!

This week’s WOD’s:

Monday: “The Chief” – Max rounds in 3 minutes of

3 Power Cleans

6 Pushups

9 Squats

Rest 1 minute, Repeat 5 cycles

Result: 80 lb. cleans, 17 total rounds + 7 extra cleans

Tuesday: Skill – 5×5 Front Squat

Result: 110 lbs.

WOD – For time:

30 burpees

Run 1200 M

30 burpees

Result: 10:46

Wednesday: No WOD

5×5 Back squat

Result: 145 lbs.

Thursday: For time:

21-15-9 reps of

Power Cleans

Box Jumps

Result: 6:43 (20” box, 75 lb. clean)

Friday: Had to skip snatch WOD because of rotator cuff problem 😦

5×5 overhead press @ 65 lbs.