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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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10.  Sliced Watermelon & Raspberries

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

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Whole30 Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – OMG so good

I finally decided to start my second round of Whole30 this week! It took me a while to get into it again as I have had a busy month preparing to switch jobs. Good news is that I will be joining a new company at the end of the month! Excited for a new start in the new year, and ready to kill it!

In the meantime, I needed to do a big Whole Foods trip this morning to have me prepared for meals as I get hungry or thirsty. Many of you that know about the Whole30 know that success is achievable when you are prepared, and shopping for the week is really key in staying motivated and ready for your next meal.

Right now I am drinking two lemons cut up in a La Croix Grapefruit can as shown below:

And I just made this fabulous dish of bacon wrapped asparagus that was amazeballs! Normally I don’t like to eat asparagus as you know, your pee smells afterwards. It is gross. Y’all know what I am talking about! Either way I was craving some bacon which is like the cake of the Whole30 diet in my humble opinion. I bought a bunch of asparagus and uncured sugar free bacon this morning, see below:

This Wellshire Sugar Free Bacon packaging is genius as so many people are test driving the Whole30 diet now and thebsugar free aspect is right in the title. So easy for a consumer to know it is without sugar! So many other items in the supermarket has hidden sugar or cane juice in it and you would never know. This diet makes you check labels which is good to know what you body is taking in. For me, this diet has helped me realize the negative effects of sugar and wheat. My sister actually was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease growing up, which is gluten and wheat related from what I remember, and I have a feeling I may have it as well in a less prominent way. Either way I gained around 5 pounds a month after I stopped the Whole30 first round, abbreviated as R1D30 for the cool kids.

Good news is I am starting again to get to my goal weight of 155. I am 165 now. Ideally I would like to be a 135 lb super model bit guess it is not in the cards. 😂😃😎

Below is some shots of my asparagus that I wrapped in bacon and baked in the oven at 300 degrees fahrenheit for 20 minutes and then 500 degrees fahrenheit for 10 minutes at the end. As you see it came out looking pretty fancy:

I literally broke the asparagus and separated it in bundles. I cut each piece of bacon in half and then wrapped them together, placing them in a pan with a little bot of water on the bottom and olive oil on top. I think sprinkled Himalayan salt, black pepper, and garlic powder on each bundle and threw in the oven. This would be great as a side to a main fish, steak or chicken dish if you are having a dinner party. If you are having a cocktail party, best to cut the asparagus and bacon in half so your guests can just pick them up off the plate.

More shots below:

I would also make sure you plate it nicely for presentation to really wow your guests!

Off to do some house chores like cleaning Nutella off the carpet (yeppers momming is real) but wanted to share! Hope you like it and have a great night!

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Day 10 & 11 Whole30 Diets – More meals & deals

The Whole30 blog was right, Day 11 is much easier than Days 9 and 10.  For some reason many folks on the diet have a rough time those two days and I did as well.  I think my body was getting rid of the final bad carbs, sugar and dairy that I have been eating my whole life.  I have SO much more energy and am SO thankful this program was founded.  I feel empowered and have more control over my life than I did before.  I look back and even the two mini creamers I had per coffee (had 4 daily) were really contributing to my weight issues.  I didn’t think they would have much of an impact when drinking them, actually I thought I could use them as a meal replacement at times, which was double bad.  ANYWHO feeling on track and almost half way done with R1D30, in code that means round one of the Whole30 diet!  🙂  Yippeeeee!

Now time for my meals today!  First started off the morning with coffee and sugar free coconut milk (of course, can’t cut out my favorite drink)!  I had 3 eggs and took 2 coconut biscuits I made the night before along with sweet potato chips I made as well.  I did also bring a bag of grapes and a lime with me to drink in my water during the day.  GREAT NEWS!  They had apples at work today!  I decided to cut the apple with the plastic cutlery they provide at work and smashed my coconut biscuits up as well, came out with a delicious snack:

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OK I get it, the pic doesn’t do it justice, HOWEVER for those that are REALLY missing sweets, this is a great replacement for the usual junk food we pollute our body with!

Next up, dinner!  Tonight I had a Turkey HotDog Succotash!  SO GOOD!  Make sure the hotdogs you buy are compliant, i.e. uncured, no sugar, etc.  I started by dicing zucchini and carrots and put them in the frying pan with oil:

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Next up, defrosted the hot dogs in the microwave and then threw them on the same frying pan.  While they were cooking I took each one out and sliced it up into smaller pieces to get it into bite sized form.  WALLAH!  My masterpiece below, and it was so filling:

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Next up had to meal prep for tomorrow!  I throw in the leftover zucchini and carrots from the succotash I had for dinner in the frying pan with my leftover chicken from the night before, added water and now and waiting for my homemade soup to boil.  I will let it cool for a bit, then add more water if need be, keeping it in the same pan and boiling again until the chicken falls off the bone.  Luckily I have some time!  I have my grapes tomorrow and will bring this soup as well.

Thanks for reading guys and I will be in touch tomorrow with more meal ideas and support for your successful Whole30!  Have a good day!