My favorite snack is one that is high in protein, healthy fat and fiber yet low in carbs, and it’s hard to beat a muffin made with almond flour. Almond flour, which is really just finely ground almonds, also has a low glycemic index, which means it slowly releases sugar into your bloodstream. This provides a sustained source of energy that keeps you feeling full for much longer than most snacks.
For my nut-free chocolate chip muffins I chose coconut flour along with a small amount of tapioca flour for a fluffier texture. Although coconut flour doesn’t have the same nutrient content as almond flour, it is still healthy and a good option for someone who needs to avoid nuts. Muffins made with coconut flour have about 40% fewer calories than those made with almond flour, but about half the protein and carbs, and about a third less fat and fiber.
Before going on the Paleo Diet, I use to grab a bag of Peanut M&Ms to put in my purse for a snack, but now I put a muffin in a small container instead. Much healthier!