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First and foremost, I love to snack and would 100% categorize myself as a grazer. Second, I recently completed another round of Whole30. I did my first ever Whole30 last year and, after feeling so good as a result, decided to give it another ago. One of the most important things I found in being successful on the program was having snacks handy at all times to fill me up when hunger struck and to curb pesky sugar cravings.
Having done it twice now, I have established a really great list of healthy and Whole30 approved snacks. Of course, these snack ideas can be used by anyone who is trying to make healthier food choices or by anyone who suffers from allergies to gluten, soy, dairy, peanuts or any other grain.
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The following list of snacks are Dairy, Gluten, Grain, Soy and Peanut FREE as well as being Whole30 approved! What’s more, they are super easy and delicious! Enjoy!
#1: Lara Bars
These are easy to grab and toss in your purse or stash in your desk drawer at work. There are several flavors that are all delicious, but if you are looking to be Whole30 compliant and/or have a peanut allergy, you want to AVOID the ones with chocolate and/or peanuts. READ LABELS CAREFULLY. Some of my favorite flavors were the Key Lime Pie and Coconut Cream Pie.
#2: Rx Bars
Again, these are perfect for an on-the-go snack! All the flavors are super yummy, but if you are looking to be Whole30 compliant and/or have a peanut allergy, you want to AVOID the ones with chocolate and/or peanuts. READ LABELS CAREFULLY. The Blueberry and Mixed Berry bars were my favorite.
#3: Kind Pressed Fruit Bars
These are awesome! Only a few ingredients… a handful of pressed fruits and chia seeds. Delicious! They taste like Fruit Roll-Ups, you guys, but better. All throughout my Whole30 experience I had a box of them tucked in my car console when I was out and about and in need of a snack. My favorites were the Cherry-Apple-Chia and the Apple-Strawberry-Chia but the Kale-Pineapple ones are pretty darn good, too!
#4: Chomps Beef and Turkey Sticks
Mmmmmm… if you have ever been a fan of Slim Jim’s or Beef Jerky then this is the snack for you! Easy to carry along in the car or your purse/pocket, these tasty beef or turkey sticks are the perfect salty snack for any busy, on-the-go schedule. You can find them on Amazon or at Trader Joes.
#5: Fresh Fruit
It doesn’t get simpler than this. Just grab a banana, an apple, a handful of grapes, a clementine, and head out the door. Wash berries and cut up strawberries at the beginning of the week so you can quickly grab them when you need a little bite. Buy the pre-washed, pre-cut stuff at the store when it is on sale or if you really don’t have any extra time. Fruit is such a refreshing, filling and yummy treat during a busy day. And the natural sugars in fruits really helps to satisfy a sweet tooth if you are hoping to stay away from the refined stuff.
#6: Veggies Dipped in Whole Sisters Dump Ranch
My favorite raw veggies to have as snacks are baby carrots, celery, sliced bell peppers and cut up cucumbers. I can eat naked, raw veggies most of the time but often I need a little something to dip them in. My favorite, easy, store-bought, low-calorie dressing for cut up veggies is the Bolthouse brand Ranch and Blue Cheese made with yogurt BUT… if you are looking for a dairy-free option that is Whole30 approved, click HERE to make Rachael’s Dump Ranch that is seriously amazing and possibly better than the real thing. I love mixing this ranch or any store-bought ranch with hot sauce for an added zing!
I love all nuts but my absolute favorites are pistachios followed closely by cashews and almonds. If you are doing Whole30 you have to stay away from peanuts and peanut butter (because they are actually a legume, not a tree nut) and are known to cause inflammation in the body.
All tree nuts and seeds, however, are fair game! I am pretty sure I ate a pound of pistachios every day on Whole30 and still managed to lose 7 pounds! If you want to make this a sweet-and-salty snack, you can mix them with dried, unsweetened fruits such as raisins and cherries to make a little trail mix.
Also delicious is almond and cashew butter which goes great spread on a banana or as a dip for celery and baby carrots. I know, I know the carrot thing sounds weird but it is actually really good!
Another protein rich snack is just a plain ol’ hard-boiled egg. I love these especially with a little salt on top and some mayo to dip it in. It’s like a deviled egg but less work. Grocery stores even sell bags of already hard-boiled eggs, making this virtually a no-effort snack option. And, if you need a good Whole30 approved mayo, try the Primal Kitchen Brand. It is so yummy and keeps for a really long time!
#8: “Chips” and Guacamole
Of course, a good ol’ corn tortilla chip is fab dipped in fresh guac but if you are looking for a Whole30 option or just a grain and gluten free option you can use these roasted plantain chips I found at Trader Joe’s.
They are salty, not sweet, crunchy and make a wonderful vessel to carry the guac to your mouth. Another yummy alternative is using carrot sticks and cut up cucumbers to dip in your bowl of green deliciousness.
Store bought guacamole usually has some hidden not-so-natural ingredients in it but one brand I have found that doesn’t is the GoodFoods brand Chunky Guacamole which can be found at Costco and most supermarkets.
However, if you want to go for the gold and whip up your own guacamole (really not as hard as you may think), click HERE to view my own totally awesome recipe for the job!
You can basically throw any kind of fruit and even several veggies in a smoothie and blend it up in 60 seconds or less for a delicious and different mid-morning snack. My favorite smoothies are the ones that involve a frozen banana.
Bananas going brown and you don’t have time to bake a fresh loaf of banana bread? Rip off the peel and throw them in a freezer bag for the next time you want a smoothie. Friends don’t let friends throw away brown bananas.
Never made a smoothie before? Grab you a good blender and start with a ½ cup of base liquid such as almond milk or coconut milk. My favorite Whole30 approved brand is the Califia Farms Almond Milk which you can now find in most supermarkets.
Then, add one frozen banana that you have broken into about 4 or 5 pieces. Next, add any other frozen fruit you want and even a handful of spinach to get your veggies in. Your smoothie may be green but I swear it will not taste like a salad.
Next, I put my blender on the “ice crush” mode for about 30 seconds to chop it all up and then hit “blend” or “smoothie” to make it nice and creamy for approximately 1 minute. You may need to stop and add a little more water or liquid of choice to it if your blender is strugglin’ and the motor sounds like it might light on fire.
#10: Crispy Fruit
Oh, brother. Here she goes again with the fruit.
I know, I know, but I love it and these crispy, freeze-dried fruits are so good especially when you need a crunchy treat. I don’t know about you but sometimes it is the texture of foods that I crave and not so much the food itself. Is that weird? Whatever, man.
I found these by accident at CVS pharmacy but my local grocery store also has some yummy dehydrated fruit options like the Bare Brand you see below.
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