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Fast snacks for a primal eater short on time

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Does anyone have any take along snack ideas other than nuts and fruit? Not that those aren't good, but they're getting stale. What do you usually grab or set out a head of time when you know you're going to be busy and pressed for time? I have time to eat quality breakfast and dinner at home, but lunch is suffering. I'm not reaching for Neolithic food anymore (yay, will power), but an hour or two before I'm supposed to head home, I'm starving. Anyone else run into this, or have creative filling midday snack ideas?

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on July 26, 2012
at 10:00 PM

I buy local grass fed cream, and they also make yogurt. Unfortunately, they make non fat Greek yogurt, boo. However, I had read online that you can make your own Greek yogurt by taking a few tablespoons of live culture yogurt and add it to milk, or in my case cream, and let it sit on the counter for a few days. I'm thinking about trying that.

20aee218ca5bce816122348144db9792

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on July 26, 2012
at 09:56 PM

Mmmmmmm!!!! J'adore freeze dried fruit! My oven has a dehydrating option, so I do dried fruit sometimes. Does anyone know if freeze dried fruit is possible at home, or if it's something you need commercial equipment for?

20aee218ca5bce816122348144db9792

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on July 26, 2012
at 09:54 PM

Thanks for all of this, guys! Very, very helpful!

20aee218ca5bce816122348144db9792

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on July 26, 2012
at 09:53 PM

There is no one way to do Paleo, and you are correct that not all carbs are created equal. I find for myself that my optimum carb load is under 100g, unless I am training hard that day. @Bill, you would have to quantify low/high fat. I don't go out of my way to seek out fat, but I don't avoid it. The things that I eat that contain fat either come from produce or pastured animals.

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on July 25, 2012
at 07:16 AM

Great link. So many sardines!

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on July 25, 2012
at 01:54 AM

Yah i tried the banana and never liked it. Amazon allows me to get JUST the apple. :)

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on July 25, 2012
at 12:45 AM

@JoshKrouse...an N=1 experiment on yourself doesn't prove anything for "all humans" like you say. I do paleo with medium low carb. 150g per day usually, but sometimes more, sometimes less. But to say that all humans run better that way is absurd. Look at different hunter-gatherers. Some do better with more carbs, some less. If carbs weren't important at all, there would be no point in the body's ability for gluconeogenesis. Bill1102inf makes a valid point in that some people are trying to make paleo low-carb when it doesn't have to be.

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on July 25, 2012
at 12:35 AM

I forgot about coconut--that's a great one. I buy a whole coconut at the store each week and munch on the pieces throughout the week. It makes for a great snack.

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on July 24, 2012
at 10:50 PM

I added my answer below before I saw this one. I like Kipper Snacks because of the pop top and because they're sold at the Costco I go to. Most sardine brands I've seen have pop tops. Just make sure you look to see what kind of oil they're in. Olive oil is best, but you'll often see them in sunflower oil (not the worst) or soybean oil/vegetable oil (I stay away from that). I was surprised by the many options in canned fish when I first started buying it. I guess I didn't realize that many people ate them. Good to know I'm not alone.

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on July 24, 2012
at 10:14 PM

Yes, COSTCO has them too. We buy them. They have FD Bananas and strawberries...they are a bit...yucky!

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on July 24, 2012
at 09:46 PM

@Bill1102inf No, your wrong high fat, medium high protein, and medium low carbs from vegetable sources are ideal for all humans. Now if your a monkey and have an extra large gut than sure higher carb loads are better for you but as a human who runs on fat and protein as well as vitamins often found in vegetables that come with carbs (Although lower in carbs than fruit) we can thrive and be lean and healthy. I've experimented with the notion myself and have found that I function and feel much better on a lower carb diet!

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on July 24, 2012
at 09:24 PM

Why are you trying to keep your paleo carbs low? Do you think that low carbing it is superior to low fatting it? Thats wrong btw.

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on July 24, 2012
at 09:23 PM

yes, buy 1/4lb Boars Head Roast Beef Low Sodium. Freeze it. Defrost it. Enjoy. You want PROTEIN and a little fat. Not all fat nuts, nor insulin spiking frankenfruit.

20aee218ca5bce816122348144db9792

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on July 24, 2012
at 09:07 PM

I like it! I have a couple of pop top cans of sardines in my pantry. Haha grosses my husband out, but I think they're good. I remember eating sardines in mustard sauce on crackers with my dad as a kid :) Have you seen any good brands of canned fish with pop tops? or are there any canned fish that anyone recommends over other brands or other kinds?

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on July 24, 2012
at 09:03 PM

I live in Oklahoma, so buying something Paleo, even at the Snobby food stores near OU, yields few choices outside of fresh produce. Don't get me wrong, fresh produce is great, but I'm trying to keep my carbs low so I try not to eat a lot of fruit, and I don't have a lot of time to run stuff like carrots under the faucet :)

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on July 24, 2012
at 09:01 PM

I'm a student, so I try to bring a small lunch bag and put it in my backpack. I have the staples, nuts, fruit, etc. I like to eat locally from the farmers market, so I prefer stuff that's in season, but I will go for stuff I can't get here, like avocados. I have tried bringing lamb jerky and like that. I've brought Steve's Paleo kits and love them, though they're a little messy.

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on July 24, 2012
at 08:54 PM

Are you able to pack lunches or do you usually buy? If so, what do you usually bring/buy?

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on July 25, 2012
at 12:35 AM

sardines is a must on the go.. I always keep a few tins in my locker at work. There is a blog that rates diff sardines. mouth-full-of-sardines

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on July 25, 2012
at 07:16 AM

Great link. So many sardines!

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on July 24, 2012
at 10:29 PM

hard boiled eggs...come in their own wrapper

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on July 25, 2012
at 01:00 AM

I detest eating lunch at work. I Hate the cafeteria. I hate heating my food in the work microwaves. Blehh. I usually opt for a sizable breakfast and dinner like yourself.

After eating breakfast, I pack a large thermos with coffee and coconut milk - hot or iced. No sweetener. That fills me until lunch.

I also pack one of the following:

1) A container of dried coconut, chopped unsweetened baking chocolate, a spoon of almond butter, (sometimes) a few raisins, and pour more coconut milk or a few spoons of yogurt on top. Eat with a spoon. [probably higher carb than what you're looking for with the dried fruit, but it helps me get through most of the day.]

2) An avocado. Cut and sprinkle some salt on top.

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on July 24, 2012
at 11:39 PM

definitely canned fish (sardines!), avocados with seaweed, dried unsweetened coconut, fruit and veggies, and jerky are some of my favorite go-to snacks

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on July 25, 2012
at 12:35 AM

I forgot about coconut--that's a great one. I buy a whole coconut at the store each week and munch on the pieces throughout the week. It makes for a great snack.

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on July 24, 2012
at 10:39 PM

I just use it as an opportunity to skip a meal and eat more later.

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on July 24, 2012
at 09:00 PM

Cut-up raw veg! Hard boiled eggs. Whole fruit.

Stuff doesn't go bad anywhere near as fast as we fear it does.

Even better if you have access to a fridge (like in an office setting), but I've left stuff out for hours and I've never had a problem. (I've left it out at room temp though, not in a hot car or something like that.) If you're in an office, you can keep a few cans of sardines or tuna in your desk drawer. Keep a can opener there too, or just buy the pop-top cans. (Heheh...maybe not the most appetizing for your coworkers, but too bad!) Keep a little olive oil on hand too if you buy the plain tuna.

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

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on July 24, 2012
at 10:50 PM

I added my answer below before I saw this one. I like Kipper Snacks because of the pop top and because they're sold at the Costco I go to. Most sardine brands I've seen have pop tops. Just make sure you look to see what kind of oil they're in. Olive oil is best, but you'll often see them in sunflower oil (not the worst) or soybean oil/vegetable oil (I stay away from that). I was surprised by the many options in canned fish when I first started buying it. I guess I didn't realize that many people ate them. Good to know I'm not alone.

20aee218ca5bce816122348144db9792

(122)

on July 24, 2012
at 09:07 PM

I like it! I have a couple of pop top cans of sardines in my pantry. Haha grosses my husband out, but I think they're good. I remember eating sardines in mustard sauce on crackers with my dad as a kid :) Have you seen any good brands of canned fish with pop tops? or are there any canned fish that anyone recommends over other brands or other kinds?

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on July 25, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Coconut! Or coconut butter.

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on July 24, 2012
at 10:44 PM

If you don't mind being the person who gets looked at for the smelly lunch, you can look at your canned seafood options: sardines, anchovies, kippers, tuna, oysters, etc. I've learned to embrace my new identity as 'smelly-fish guy'--I find Kipper Snacks to be the most satisfying and tasty--but you might want to stick with tuna since that's seen as more 'normal'. They have some that are in packaging rather than cans, so they're easy to open. There are also some that are packed dry so you don't need to drain them.

I often pack myself a small salad: spinach or lettuce with baby tomatoes and sliced cucumber or pickles. You can add slices of precooked chicken/turkey too, and any other vegetables you like. Save a couple of slices of bacon from breakfast and you'll be loving yourself when you open those up. If you're worried about fresh produce staying fresh, try to eat the most perishable items earlier in the day and save the things that stay good longer for late-afternoon/early evening snacks. I usually pack a few items of many different things so I have lots of options and don't go crazy eating a whole bag of nuts just because that's all I have.

If you do dairy, cheese can be a great snack and you can buy individual serving sizes of greek yogurt (although it's a little hard to find the full-fat kind). A couple of squares of dark chocolate help me get through the day and coffee I find helps to suppress my appetite (probably due to the heavy dosage of cream I add).

20aee218ca5bce816122348144db9792

(122)

on July 26, 2012
at 10:00 PM

I buy local grass fed cream, and they also make yogurt. Unfortunately, they make non fat Greek yogurt, boo. However, I had read online that you can make your own Greek yogurt by taking a few tablespoons of live culture yogurt and add it to milk, or in my case cream, and let it sit on the counter for a few days. I'm thinking about trying that.

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on July 24, 2012
at 08:55 PM

I buy Freeze dried apples on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Brothers-ALL-Natural-Fuji-Apple-Crisps-0-35-Ounce/dp/B0019413WA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343163270&sr=8-1&keywords=freeze+dried+apples

Costco cariies these as well I think?

still a fruit I know, but other than that the only other think I try and keep handy is jerky

239bcbf6d0013fd74890f5c7305daf64

(664)

on July 24, 2012
at 10:14 PM

Yes, COSTCO has them too. We buy them. They have FD Bananas and strawberries...they are a bit...yucky!

C4fa226c86c0ac5d2f49b48069c1c1a8

(120)

on July 25, 2012
at 01:54 AM

Yah i tried the banana and never liked it. Amazon allows me to get JUST the apple. :)

20aee218ca5bce816122348144db9792

(122)

on July 26, 2012
at 09:56 PM

Mmmmmmm!!!! J'adore freeze dried fruit! My oven has a dehydrating option, so I do dried fruit sometimes. Does anyone know if freeze dried fruit is possible at home, or if it's something you need commercial equipment for?

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