The Paleolithic diet is a diet based on the concept that processed foods are causing a large number of health problems and that if we eat foods that our pre-agriculture ancestors ate, that we will live healthier lives. The idea is that these foods are the foods our bodies were designed to eat. The Paleolithic diet is also known as the caveman diet or the stone age diet. Here are a number of snacks that are appropriate for the Paleolithic diet.
Snack #1: Fruits
Our caveman ancestors gathered and ate fruit to survive, so fruit are allowed on the Paleolithic diet. In fact fruit is one of the only sweet items on the Paleolithic diet’s menu. There is some debate on whether fruit juice should be allowed or not. Some say it is ok and some say it’s not. It’s up to you whether you want to allow it or not. However, if you want to try to lose weight on the Paleolithic diet, you should try to stay away from sugary fruits.
Snack #2: Seeds and Nuts
Many seeds and nuts were gathered by our cavemen ancestors and are allowed as snacks in moderation on the Paleolithic diet. The stipulation, however, is that only things that can be eaten raw are allowed on the diet, so any nuts that cannot be eaten raw, such as cashews, cannot be eaten on the Paleolithic diet. This does not mean that you cannot eat cooked nuts—just as long as they could be eaten raw. Also, peanuts deserve special consideration. They are considered legumes, not nuts, which are forbidden on the Paleolithic diet because they cannot be consumed raw.
Snack #3: Trail Mix
Since both fruits and nuts are allowed on the Paleolithic diet, trail mix makes a great snack between meals, as long as it is consumed in moderation. In addition, make sure that your trail mix does not contain any forbidden food—such as cashews, peanuts or chocolate. It may be best to make your own trail mixes rather than purchase premade trail mix from the store. You’ll better be able to ensure eating properly.
Snack #4: Salads
Vegetables of all kinds are allowed on the Paleolithic diet, and so you can go wild on the kinds of salads you make. Any combination of vegetables is allowed. However, you will need to be careful when it comes to dressing. Cavemen did not have processed dressings in which to cover their vegetables. When dressing salads, go with olive oil—allowed on most Paleolithic diet plans—and vinegar.
Snacks #5: Olives
Olives contain many health benefits—from antioxidants to healthy fats—and have been eaten by mankind for thousands of years. Olives make a wonderful snack between meals on the Paleolithic diet, as long as consumed in moderation, like all other snacks.
As long as you consume these snacks in moderation, you can receive all of the benefits they provide. Remember that snacks are meant only to keep your body full of energy throughout the day, and so you will not overindulge between meals. They are not meant to be a meal unto themselves.