The 35 Best Paleo-Friendly Snacks
When people think of eating paleo, they think of tons of meat: bacon, steaks, pork chops, and chicken thighs. And while meat does play a role in the paleolithic diet—named for the way our ancestors ate free of dairy, grains, sugar, and most other refined carbs—it's also based heavily on plants and healthy fats like nuts and extra virgin olive oil.
That being said, eating paleo requires a lot of meal prep and cooking. If you're in a pinch, it can be a real struggle finding snacks that aren't just compliant, but also tasty and convenient. Luckily, we partnered with Caveman Foods to round up our top 35 favorite paleo-friendly snacks perfect for on-the-go fueling.
Although not all of these are strict paleo (some contain coconut sugar and other paleo-friendly sweeteners), they are free from refined sugars, dairy, and grains. Stash them in your desk at work, hide them in your glove compartment, or place them in your purse. That way, you have a paleo-friendly snack always within reach and won't be tempted to go off plan. And while you stock up on these favorite finds, be sure to check out our list of The 14 Best & Worst Weight-Loss Paleo Foods.
Caveman Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bar
Missing your favorite chocolate and nut snack bar? Now you can enjoy a sweet treat that tastes like a decadent dessert with Caveman's dark chocolate almond coconut bars. The perfect mix of sweet and salty, these certified "Paleo-Friendly" bars are filled with hearty almonds, sunflower seeds, and cashews and coated in chocolate. Munch on one in between meals or save it for dessert.
Epic Chicken Sriracha Bar
Who knew a mere 100 calories can pack in 15 grams of wholesome, naturally raised chicken protein, and still be low in fat and carbs, and sugar-free? Apparently, Epic did. And its nutrition isn't the only part we're raving about. Seasoned with cumin, oregano, garlic, and spicy red pepper flakes, this bar is revolutionizing meat as a snack.
RXBar, Chocolate Sea Salt
Although RXBars have more sugar than other protein bars on the market, the clean list of ingredients gets our seal of approval. The sugar comes naturally from dates and RXBars even use egg whites to give their bars a boost of protein. The protein and fiber help process the sugar better to prevent blood sugar spikes.
Larabar, Apple Pie
Larabar is another bar made from simple ingredients but also higher in the sugar department. That's because the sugar is the all-natural kind from dates. The other ingredients are just as simple: almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon—super clean and also incredibly tasty. We recommend these before a workout when your body needs more simple carbohydrates for quick energy.
Paleovalley Beef Sticks, Original
These 100% grass-fed beef sticks were featured in Paleo Magazine's Best of 2014 list, and not without a good reason. This low-carb snack boasts high levels of B vitamins, vitamins A and E, and CLA, which is known for its cancer- and stomach fat-fighting properties. They also come in four taste bud pleasing flavors: original, jalapeno, summer sausage, and garlic summer sausage.
Justin's Classic Almond Butter Squeeze Pack
Justin's is all about being natural. Their almond butter is made with dry-roasted almonds and a bit of sustainably-sourced palm fruit oil, which lends the spread its creamy texture. These squeeze packs are perfect for throwing in your purse or lunchbox when you're craving a creamy treat. Better yet, pair with apple slices or a banana for a complete snack.
Caveman Sweet & Smoky Chicken Bites
Lightly sweetened with coconut sugar and maple, these chicken bites are the perfect mix of sweet and smoky. At just two grams of sugar and a whopping 11 grams of protein per serving, they're a filling snack option and a convenient alternative to full meat bars.
Emerald Natural Almonds 100 Calorie Packs
Almonds are paleo-approved, but it can sometimes be hard to just stop at a handful. While almonds are packed with protein, healthy fats, and an amino acid L-arginine that can help you burn more fat during workouts, they are also calorie dense—if you're not careful, you can end up downing hundreds of calories worth of almonds in one sitting. That's why we love these 100 calorie packs. They're perfectly portioned and contain only whole natural almonds without sketchy ingredients or additives.
Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips
Looking for an all-natural alternative to crunchy corn tortilla chips? These plantain chips are the perfect vehicle to deliver salsa or guacamole straight to your mouth and have the satisfying crunch of regular chips. Plus the ingredients are simple: plantain chips, palm oil, and sea salt.
SeaSnax Chipotle Roasted Seaweed Snacks
Seaweed snacks might not seem like the most filling snack on the list, but the combo of crunchy and salty will satisfy your junk food craving. Roasted seaweed snacks give you the potato chip experience for only 15 calories per serving. They're super low in calories and seaweed naturally contains iodine, an important nutrient for your thyroid.
Simple Mills Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers
Just because you're paleo doesn't mean you have to give up crackers entirely. These tasty bites from Simple Mills are made with a nut and seed flour blend so they're free of grains, gluten, soy, and dairy. At just 150 calories for 17 crackers, they're the perfect base for tuna or your favorite spread.
Siete Grain Free Lime Tortilla Chips
Missing your beloved tortilla chips and salsa? Now you can enjoy them again with Siete's grain-free chips. Made with paleo-friendly cassava flour, coconut flour, and avocado oil, these chips pack a zest of lime that pairs nicely with pico de gallo or guacamole.
Fruition Chocolate One Hundred Percent Chocolate Bar
Now you can enjoy a chocolate bar and still eat paleo. Fruition makes one of the few 100 percent cacao bars that's intended to be eaten, not baked. It's made up of a blend of Dominican and Peruvian cacao with notes of juicy red berries and intensely roasted cocoa. One bite is all you need.
So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Vanilla Yogurt Alternative
If you've been missing dairy after giving it up, then So Delicious' dairy-free yogurt alternatives made with coconut milk are for you. The unsweetened vanilla doesn't contain any added sugar so mix in some berries and chia seeds for added sweetness and texture. Just note that the yogurt alternatives are made with brown rice so if you're strict paleo or on a Whole30, these aren't for you.
Available at local grocery stores including Whole Foods and Target
Rhythm Beet Chips, Naked
We love these beet chips because they only have one ingredient: beets. If you're looking for a sweet veggie to snack on and sick of carrot sticks, then these baked beet chips are calling your name.
Know Better Chocolate Chip Waffles
Surprised there are chocolate chip waffles on this list? Once you glance at the ingredients, you won't be—Know Better is a paleo-friendly brand that makes grain-free, gluten-free, and protein-packed baked goods with coconut flour, chia seeds, and egg whites for added protein. These chocolate chip waffles also contain no added sugars; the chocolate chips are made from cacao and allulose. Enjoy them topped with almond butter for a seriously satisfying snack.
Veggie Go's Berry, Apple & Spinach Strips
Fruit leather isn't just for kids. If you're craving something sweet, pick up Veggie Go's fruit strips that are made with veggies along with fruit. Their best-seller—berry, apple, and spinach—get its sweetness from strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries while packing an extra nutritional punch from spinach and sweet potatoes.
Zupa Noma Chilled Vegetable Soup, Organic Tomatillo Jalapeno
Who says soup has to be enjoyed hot? Zupa Noma makes delicious drinkable soups that are meant to be enjoyed cold. Pack one of these in the work fridge for snack emergencies. The best part? You can drink them right out of the bottle; no need for a bowl and spoon.
KIND Cherry Apple Fruit Bites
Fruit snacks have come along way since you were a kid. Instead of artificial dyes, sketchy sweeteners and tons of sugar, KIND made fruit snacks how they should be made—with just fruit. With zero grams of added sugars, you can enjoy these as a sweet snack no matter how old you are.
Rhythm Foods Kale Chips, Kool Ranch
Move over, Doritos; there's a new ranch chip in town and it's actually healthy for you. These kale chips are seasoned with zesty ranch flavor from dill, garlic, and lemon juice. Plus, they're made with only clean ingredients, unlike Doritos (hello, MSG!). Although these chips do list sugar on the ingredients panel, it only comes in at 3 grams per 1-ounce serving.
Oloves Basil & Garlic
Olives are a great paleo-friendly snack; they're filling, satisfying, and contain healthy fats. But who wants to carry around an olive jar? Oloves makes snacking so much easier with their convenient pouches. In tasty flavors like basil and garlic, you won't even realize you're munching on something healthy.
Oh Snap! Pickles Hottie Bites
Oh Snap! makes eating pickles as a snack super easy with their convenient pouches filled with bite-size pieces. The hottie bites add a spicy kick with turmeric and red pepper. At 0 calories per serving (!!!) it's definitely a guilt-free snack.
Wholly Guacamole Classic Minis
Guacamole is a paleo snack staple, but big batches of it can turn brown and go bad before you get to enjoy it. Enter these mini guacamole cups that come in the perfect 100 calorie portion size. Dunk your veggies or plantain chips in one for a satisfying snack.
Bare Baked Crunchy Organic Apple Chips, Fuji & Reds
Sure, the paleo diet tends to favor whole fruit over its dried counterpart, but sometimes you want something a little sweeter. These apple chips are made simply from apples and are baked to perfection. Munch on these in between meals to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Bumble Bee Omega-3 Albacore Tuna Pouch
Tuna is always a satisfying protein-packed option, but fussing with a can and a can opener makes enjoying one on-the-go next to impossible. That's why we love these pouches from Bumble Bee. One whole pouch is just 100 calories and 16 grams of filling protein. Enjoy one with a grain-free cracker or on its own.
Barnana Organic Coconut Chewy Banana Bites
These chewy fruit bites taste like you're eating tropical candy, but the ingredients couldn't be simpler: organic bananas and organic coconut. Since one six-piece serving has 15 grams of sugar, these are best enjoyed in moderation but still make for a sweet snack.
Purely Elizabeth Coconut Cashew Grain-Free Granola
If you thought you had to give up granola entirely after going paleo, think again. Purely Elizabeth makes it possible with their grain-free options made with a blend of nuts, seeds, almond flour, and coconut oil. Although it does contain added sugar, it's in the form of coconut palm sugar, an unrefined and paleo-friendly sweetener.
Eggland's Best Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs
Eggs are one of the best sources of protein, and now you don't need to hard boil a carton to enjoy them as a snack when you're busy. Eggland's Best makes snacking on eggs easy with their bags of hard-boiled eggs that are already peeled. Stash these in your work fridge for a filling, protein-packed snack.
Go Raw Zesty Pizza Sprouted Flax Snax
If you've been missing pizza after giving up gluten and dairy, Go Raw makes enjoying this comfort food possible again with their sprouted flax "snax." The blend of tomato and spices tastes like you're biting into a slice with a whopping 5 grams of filling fiber.
Dang Unsweetened Toasted Coconut Chips Lightly Salted
Coconut is a staple in any paleo diet, and Dang makes it easy to snack on this filling fruit with their chips. Made simply with coconut and sea salt, these are tasty on their own or mixed with almonds and cashews for a homemade trail mix.
Pacific Foods Organic Bone Broth, Original Chicken
Sipping on broth in between meals is actually a great way to fill up your stomach and get a serious punch of protein for few calories. Pacific Foods makes it easy with their organic chicken bone broth cartons that come in convenient 8-ounce servings. Pour one into a coffee mug, warm it up in the microwave, and enjoy!
Go Raw Choco Crunch Sprouted Cookies
These sprouted cookies are the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. They're made with four simple ingredients: organic coconut, sprouted organic sesame seeds, organic dates, and organic cacao. At just 11 grams of sugar for three cookies, they're a paleo dieter's dream.
Navitas Organic Cacao Nibs
Dark chocolate is chock-full of antioxidants and rich in good-for-you nutrients like healthy fats, iron, and magnesium. And while you can't get those benefits from a sugary commercial candy bar, you can get them from these nibs made of pure organic cacao and nothing else. With no added sugar, these bites are a little bitter but perfect for hardcore dark chocolate fans.
Delicious & Sons Organic Eggplant Spread
If you've been missing hummus after going paleo, this eggplant spread is the perfect substitution. Spread it on a grain-free almond flour cracker or dunk cut-up veggies in it for a complete snack.
More Than Fair Whole Artichoke Hearts
Artichoke hearts don't just make for tasty ingredients in salads. Munch on some from More Than Fair for a satisfying snack that's just 35 calories a serving.
In partnership with Caveman Foods