10 Salty & Sweet Snacks on the Whole30

Guys!  I just had a great lunch and was really craving something sweet!  In the past I would just have a cookie or a potato chip snack in my office, but now that I am on the Whole30 I need to be prepped with better choices to make sure I remain compliant and stick to the plan of doing my best.

I wanted to share 10 different healthy choices that I have used as a snack and you can too.  If you are looking to do a sugar free diet too, this should help guide you on your way!

1. Organic Blueberries

I love blueberries especially when they are super sweet!  Typically if I am not in a rush I will try one blueberry out of the plastic canister first to make sure it is OK.  If it is nice and sweet I will take them.  Some people like the bitterness of them so that is fine too.  Whatever floats your boat!  They are good to have on hand as you go about your day!


2. Coffee with Coconut Milk, Cinnamon and Nutmeg

OMG, in the middle of the day I am always super tired!  I love to freshen up with a nice cup of coffee.  This gives me a boost as I get into the end of the day as I finish up the rest of my work.  I also add in the full fat coconut milk, as it is a great substitute for a sugary creamer as the sugar and dairy really help you pack on the pounds!  To give this a little kick, I add organic cinnamon and nutmeg to it as well.  I also heard the Nut Pods brand and the Bulletproof coffee brands are really awesome too!


3. Organic Apple Sauce

As long as there are organic apples without any added sugar you should be good!  Just check the packaging and nutrition label before you buy as you could end up with something not compliant which would stink.  You can make a homemade version yourself too if you have time on your hands which is awesome but time consuming.  I find it more convenient to grab this right off the shelf and eat it when I can!


4. RXBar without added sugar

These bars are excellent and many of my friends are really into them as a snack or as a breakfast as a whole.  There are wholesome ingredients that are mostly Whole30 friendly but make sure you check the labels before you leap.  They pride themselves on no B.S., meaning no BAD STUFF! 🙂  Super cheeky and trendy.


5. Pistachio Nuts with Sea Salt

I love these nuts!  These always remind me of Christmas time as my mom used to get all of us these fancy Zenobia pistachio nuts that we would always eat way too many of and get a stomach ache!  LOL!  Just be sure they are organic and made with sea salt!


6. Grapes

Goodness gracious great balls of grapes!  I carry a sack of these at a time as they are filling when you eat a lot and are a good substitute for a sugar snack.  You can use green or red grapes as long as they are organic you are all set.


7. Larabars 

Compliant ones only folks!  Make sure you check the label ahead of time, but if you are confused at which one to choose, check out my article here for guidance.

8. Bananas

Again check to be sure they are organic, these are fine to eat once in a while as you stay compliant on the Whole30 diet.


8. Blackberries

I used to steal these from my neighbors bushes on Long Island as a kid and it was amazing!  I think they must have seen us there but never gave us a hard time.  It was a free snack! LOL!


9. Flavored Seltzer, La Croix, Canada Dry, etc.

As long as there is no added sugar here, you should be just fine.  I like to cut a lemon and squeeze it in there too to make it extra delicious!


10.  Sliced Watermelon & Raspberries

Surprisingly this is a delicious mix, add a squeeze of lemon too and you’ll be in heaven!




Whole30 Baked Garlic Kale Chips, Blueberry Lemon Water & Cherry Tomatoes

Everyone wants to know what I am eating on the Whole30 diet, as many find it hard to be creative, full, and happy with the limited ingredients this diet has.

Great part is when you are withdrawing from dairy and sugar, you look much leaner in your face and eventually see weight loss on your entire body!  The first 7 days I had lost 7 pounds on the first round, all together I lost around 13 pounds.  I went off the diet around 35 days and since it was the holidays definitely had some cheat days with an english muffin one morning and a slice of toast and butter for another, but now I am back. I am very happy with the way I feel today and excited to share some good meals I already indulged in today to start round 2 of this diet.

First for breakfast I had 3 eggs with an apple on the side, not on purpose as my son starting eating an apple and didn’t want it anymore so I ate it.  I also had coffee with almond/coconut milk that is sugar free.  This is the brand I really like below is called Califia Farms Toasted Coconut:

I use this in my coffee all day long, and sometimes if I want somethong sweet at the end of the day I will put it in tea as well with coconut oil and it really does the trick.

I decided to make Baked Garlic Kale Chips today, because WholeFoods had Kale on sale for super cheap:

Again this is totally organic like the Whole30 diet recommends, and when eating the whole bunch here it really fills you up!

I also made a thermos of lemon water and blueberries, once I was done I ate all the blueberries and it was delicious!

Also munched on some Angel Sweet Sunset brand cherry tomatoes which are excellent:

Now for the Baked Garlic Kale Chip recipe:


  • A bundle of Organic Red Kale
  • 1/6 cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Organic Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayan Pink Salt


STEP 1 – Preheat the oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit.

STEP 2 – Wash the kale before using and dry.

STEP 3 – Fill an oven friendly 9 x 12 inch pan with the olive oil, salt and garlic powder.

STEP 4 – Dip the dried kale in the pan, add more olive oil if not coated and place in the oven for 10 minutes.

Did you try this recipe?  Let me know if you liked it or had any trips to improve what I gave to you here.  I have heard some folks using paprika or red chili powder on them to give some spice, even some crushed red pepper could give it some kick!

As a reminder most all spices are compliant on the Whole30 diet but you must make sure they are organic.  Although more expensive then regular spices you have to keep in mind it is to get your body detoxed of all the toxins that have polluted your body to this point.  This is why drinking a lot of water and spicing it up with lemon and blueberries, etc. is good too to detox.  Some others combined other fruits in their water, like oranges and limes, or raspberries and lemons, or even pommegranite and lemon.

Have a great Whole30 day! 😃

Day 8 & 9 on the Whole30 Diet – More Meals & Drinks

Oh boy, yesterday I did not bring enough compliant food to work with me, so was hungry parts of the work day and it was not cool!  I figured out fast that I really need to be overly prepared.  That being said when I got home from work last night I cooked a ton!

For dinner, I made a chicken leg roast in the oven, adding two lemons, sliced tomatoes, carrots, whole garlic along with olive oil, Himalayan salt, pepper and cumin.  I put a little water in the bottom of the pan and let it roast for a little over an hour at 425 degrees fahrenheit.  It was really hearty!  I would say if you are making it on your own and want more carbs, trying cutting up and adding a white potato or sweet potato depending on what kind of mood you are in!  As a drink I had some tap water with ice and sliced a whole lemon, eating the lemons once I was finished as I was craving sweet but too lazy to make a compliant dessert.

Today I am overly prepared with food, bringing the leftover chicken from last night and some grapes and almonds as a snack.  I heard others on other forums say that the almonds were making them bloated, but then I heard that it could still be your body adjusting to your new diet.  Keep the faith, don’t weigh yourself until the end of the 30 days if you want a big surprise!  I have had some sneak peeks admittedly and already lost almost 10 pounds, so super happy.  I do have headaches and withdrawal symptoms here and there, however I just stay head strong and ride the wave.  All in all I do have so much more energy, can breathe much better and feel more comfortable in my skin as my double chin is not as visible!  I think it came from being overweight, although is hereditary in my family, I think it also comes from wheat.  One of my sisters has Celiacs and is allergic to wheat, so I have a feeling we all might be slightly but may not know it yet.  Either way once I am done with the diet I will let my family know about it too as they all are looking for a good healthy diet to reset their sugar levels.

Now having kids it is more important to me to really take care of my health as my kids depend on me.  I think I mentioned some family members were diabetic or close to it so I want to make sure I avoid the issues and daily maintenance of it.

In the meantime for breakfast I was out of the coconut milk this AM so had to had my coffee black, but added a little bit of coconut oil instead to make it great.  I had ghee with scrambled eggs in a pan, added avocado on the side and it was super filling.

My husband went to pick up our new rental car this AM from Nissan as our cars airbag is faulty so they do not want us driving it.  We now have a rental car for the next 4 months until Nissan gets the supplies to replace it.  Apparently there was a big multimillion dollar legal case against them as some people passed away from it, so now all owners will be getting paid.  Good for us as we get a little extra cash, a nice newer rental car and our safety is not compromised.  I had a little more time to hang with my kids as well which was fun.

Daniel Tiger is on now and they are so happy!  I am going to jump in the shower soon to get ready for work, hopefully my husband gets back from Nissan soon.

Happy Whole30 and keep the faith, you are over 1/4 of the way done! 🙂


Refreshing Drinks on the Whole30 Diet


I was majorly addicted to sugar, dairy and carbs when I started the Whole30 program!  I would drink a ton of diet soda, regular soda, specialty fruit drinks like Izze’s from Whole Foods that were packed with fake sugar and real sugar.  This would give me a temporary pleasure but now I see, after 5 days, 8 pounds lost, that my insulin levels and weight gain were mainly due to the drinks I was drinking.  I didn’t really eat much but was just drinking the wrong things!

So grateful for the Whole30 diet, and wanted to share the allowed and permitted drinks to drink while changing your diet over the next 30 days.

  1. Black Coffee

black coffee

Guys, I am a HUGE coffee fan and surprisingly never drank coffee prior to having children.  Now that I have two twin boys that are 4 and working full time, my coffee is my saving grace!   I used to go to Starbucks and get the fancy pumpkin spiced coffee or the caramel macchiato coffee, and they were just packed with dairy and sugar.  No bueno for my overall weight and well being.  Although I was getting a temporary rush, my highs and lows during the day were super rough.  The black coffee without milk and sugar or heavy creamer really is a BIG change from what I was doing before.  Happy that I am still able to have caffeine in this manner as I love coffee!

2. Infused Water

water with orange

Sweetness here is the best!  It is naturally flavored with the orange and with a little ice and fresh water, this will hydrate me all day.  I just keep adding ice and water throughout the day as I drink each glass and it is stellar.  I would suggest either filling up a water bottle if you have one or even getting a straw in a paper cup to chug this down.

3. Green Tea

green tea

There are so many good benefits to green tea that have been explained in many different books and articles here on the web.  I would suggest that if you are in the mood for an energy boost and are not satisfied with a coffee, try green tea instead.  It has bioactive compounds that are good for the brain and body, increasing physical and mental performance as well.  It also has been known to help prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, diabetes, Parkinson’s, obesity AND overall extends your lifespan.  Especially now that I have children it is important to me to make sure that I take care of myself even better than before as I want to see them grow old too, graduate school, marry, grandchildren, etc.

4. Coconut water

coconut water

Living in Los Angeles now, when me and my family go to the beach on the weekends and drive on the PCH, there is this truck that offers coconut water right from the coconut with a straw just like in this picture!  We try and stop there often, but if you do not have access to fresh coconuts at your local grocery then I would make sure you read the ingredients on the back of any coconut water bottle to make sure there is no added sugar as this would set you back all to day 1 of the Whole30 diet again.

5. Seltzer

seltzer la croix

OK so I haven’t tried LaCroix Seltzer yet myself, but my sister in DC loves this brand and swears by it!  Since no alcohol is allowed during the 30 days, this with ice is a great alternative to it!  There are many other brands that are compliant, along with Canada Dry and the no-name brand you may have in your supermarket.

baby drinking water