I requested this book because, having sorta gone paleo last year, snacking is the hardest part. Well, cooking EVERYTHING is the hardest part, but the lack of easy, quick snacks definitely makes it hard to stay on the plan long-term. So I was interested to see what an entire book of snack recipes would look like: Super Paleo Snacks: 100 Delicious Low-Glycemic, Gluten-Free Snacks That Will Make Living Your Paleo Lifestyle Simple & Satisfying. The bright, happy book will be especially appealing to paleo families, but there’s a lot here for adults as well. The author, Landria Voigt, is a nutritional consultant and public speaker.
Layout and design:
The book is organized in seven chapters, beginning with the importance of healthy snacking, which also includes notes on portion- and calorie control. Recipes are organized into school and work snacks, at-home snacks, on-the-go snacks, energy-replenishing snacks (for before and after workouts), nut-free snacks, and sweet treats. I liked the recipe layout and the book’s overall design. One typeface (sans serif again) makes it a little difficult to read the recipe instructions.
Nearly every recipe features a full-color, full-page photograph by the author, offering insight to the delicious finished recipes.
Recipes include pigs in a blanket, teriyaki salmon cakes, crispy okra sticks, ranch “cheese” ball, cinnamon graham crackers, pumpkin bars, strawberry gummies, powerhouse paleo coffee, apple pie trail mix balls, “peanut butter” patties, and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Recipes are gluten-free and grain-free. Many are dairy-free. One chapter is nut-free. She does use grass-fed butter, eggs, and coconut palm sugar or coconut nectar in some recipes.
What I liked about the book:
A nice introduction to the reasoning behind snacking, how to snack healthfully, and lots of options. I will definitely be trying recipes from this book. I might even splurge on high-quality hot dogs to make the pigs in a blanket. Just because.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters.
paleo, celiac, gluten-free grain-free diets; quite a few dairy- and nut-free recipes too
Not recommended for:
Migraine, vegan, vegetarian, or low-sodium diets
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.