As you round the bend into September, you may find your diet has slipped… Our bellies are a bit bloated, be it from snack-filled picnics or those warm summer nights that call for a few craft beers.
#SeptemberWhole30 is an opportunity to hit reset for a month to become more mindful of your eating habits.
The point of Whole30 is not to punish you for the excesses of your summer of fun by ridding your diet of everything good and tasty (which include grains and legumes, plus anything that contains carrageenan, MSG, soy, and sulfites). Nor is the message of Whole30 that these foods are inherently bad.
Rather, the idea is that some of these foods might be triggers for you. Cheese may be behind your tummy trouble; soy may be the culprit when it comes to your runny nose.
The goal is to investigate how your body responds to certain foods, by first eliminating them and then slowly reinstating them after the 30 days are up. If they still work for you — great! If you find something that helps you feel better in your body, that’s great too.
Whole30 snack culprits
While we can help supply your Whole30 compliant breakfast, lunch and dinner, one major part of staying committed to 30 days of healthy eating is to plan ahead for your snacks, so you don’t end up grabbing one of a processed snack foods like granola bars, energy drinks, potato chips, sugary mochas and chocolate bars to get through the day.
While on the Whole30, say no to….
Prepared and Ready-to-Eat Foods
These include extra ingredients used to change their taste, make them more shelf-stable, and so on.
Heavily Processed Foods
One step beyond ready-to-eat foods are heavily processed ones, such as frozen meals, soda, baked goods, and candy. These include artificial ingredients, such as coloring, preservatives, or flavorings.
Whole ingredients: the way to go
Your snacks need to include whole ingredients that are close to their natural state and free of additives and preservatives…. But that doesn’t mean they need to be devoid of flavor!
Fruits are allowed, in moderation, but don’t use them as a dessert replacement. Remember that you’re trying to limit your sugar intake during the 30 days in order to feel better and break any habits of turning to sugary food.
Without further ado, read on for our tastiest Whole30 snacks to tide you over throughout the day!
Top seaweed with avocado, cucumber, carrots and/or sesame seeds. Want some spice? Sriracha is not Whole30 compliant, but wasabi is, and makes for a more authentic taste.
Apples + Lime
Lime juice protects apple slices from browning, and adds some zing.
Plantain Chips, Salsa + Guacamole
This is a great option if you have to bring yourself a snack for a party. Trader Joe’s plantain chips are Whole30 compliant and a perfect balance of sweet and savory, plus thick enough to stand up to chunky pico or a creamy guac. Avoid store-bought guacamole, since it often includes processed ingredients, and make it yourself by mashing avocado with salt, pepper and lime juice.
Mixed Nuts, Olives + Salami
A winning combination. Really good for the afternoon slump when you need a bit of protein and healthy fats to power through. You have to make sure you find compliant salami.
FYI: All nuts and seeds are Whole30 compliant, with one exception: peanuts, because they are a legume.
Signature Menu: Easy Healthy Meals for Everyone
We prepare healthy, ready-to-eat, weekly Whole30 approved meals and deliver them to your door. Fully cooked with fresh, local ingredients each week, these easy-to-serve meals give you a break from worrying about what to cook, so you can enjoy your Whole30 journey!