Roasted, Salted Cashews

Summertime is upon us! That means road trips, beach outings and sun. It also means limited access to paleo-friendly food options in a pinch. While this may seem frightening or overwhelming, it is easy to stay paleo with a little bit of advance prep. As a follow up to my "Life after Whole30" ramblings, this post is my way of sharing some of the ways that I kept it paleo while traveling for my Dominican vacation and how you can on your Summer adventures too. 

When I was packing my bags, I knew I was going to have a 4 1/2 hour flight (one way) that my stomach needed to be ready for. As awesome as Southwest is, I correctly assumed that they probably wouldn't have an overwhelming variety of snack options for me. Instead, I stocked up on some of my favorite paleo goodies a few days before I left. 

Here's are the snacks I was working with:

Bare Snacks - Fuji Apple Chips: A nice, crunchy, chip-replacement snack. Plus, the only ingredient in this bag is Fuji Apples

YAWP! Bar (Naked Flavor): A crunchy, granola like bar that I'm in love with. You can read more about YAWP! bars in my Whole30 Post *disclaimer: due to recent Whole30 program changes, these bars are no longer Whole30 approved unless an emergency situation.

Justin's Almond Butter (Maple Flavor): This was a one serving, travel size pack. Sweetened only with Maple Sugar, it is perfect for a treat on its own or topping some fruit.

Primal Pacs - Jerky Sticks & Jerky Pacs: This company is a perfect choice for some great protein options. All of their jerky is made with grass-fed & finished meat and has no preservatives. It is fresh and flavorful.

Epic Bars:  If you haven't tried these meat protein bars yet, you are missing out. They are my go-to bars, not only for camping, but for when I want a bar full of something other than nuts and fruit.

Two Moms in the Raw: Check these products out for options like the Blueberry Nut bar shown above, grain-free cereal options or even some really delicious Almond Butter Truffles.

Veggie-Go's Strip: OK! Maybe these are designed for kids. I don't care. These fruit and veggie leather strips are tasty and fun to eat.

Wild Zora: I have a newly found love for these bars. These are meat and veggie bars made with grass-fed beef. Not all of their flavors are strictly paleo, but they are all really good. The BBQ Beef is where it's at.

RxBars (Blueberry): I've talked about these before too. Simple ingredients, such as nuts and dates, combine with egg whites for these protein bars. They are perfect in a pinch and come in great flavor choices. All are paleo (except for Peanut Butter) and super addictive.


You may notice that one of the things missing from my list are any kind of nuts or seeds. If you are looking for any kind of roasted or salted nuts, most store bought options use unhealthy oils. For that reason, I like to buy raw almonds, cashews or whatever my mood is calling for and roast them myself! I use my tried and true slow cooker for an easy, no-brainer roasting method. After they're roasted, I package them for when I'm on the go!


Roasted & Salted Cashews

Prep Time: < 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2-4 hours
Servings: 16 oz. cashews

Ingredients:
16oz bag raw cashew or nut of choice
2 tbs coconut oil, melted
½ tsp sea salt + more to taste
Steps:
  1. Place all ingredients into a slow cooker and stir to evenly coat.
  2. Cook on low for 2-4 hours, stirring every 30 mins or so.
  3. Remove from slow cooker using a slotted spoon and let cool.
  4. Store in an airtight container.