One of the most frequent questions I’m getting about Whole30 is about snacks.
Technically, snacking is discouraged on Whole30. But realistically, some of us need snacks to keep our moods in check. (Read: me.)
Whole30 is typically a significant reduction in calories, so you may find yourself needing more snacks toward the start of your Whole30, and less toward the end. Obviously, if you need to snack for a medical reason (blood sugar, for example), eat the snack. I’m not about to claim myself an expert on what your body does or doesn’t need.
For most of us, the Whole30 team’s main advice on snacking is to check the motivation behind grabbing a snack. Are you really hungry? Have you had enough water today? Are you snacking out of habit or boredom? If you are truly hungry, go for it. But if you realize there’s a different reason behind wanting a snack, try to have a glass of water or green tea and see if you feel better after that.
Regardless, there will be days when you’ll need a snack. These are also great options you can keep in mind for after your Whole30 as healthier substitutions for the chips, cookies, etc. that you typically grab.
- Hard boiled eggs
- Mixed nuts or a homemade trail mix
- Bacon zucchini fritters
- Lettuce wraps/rollups with chicken apple sausage or compliant deli meat
- Homemade plantain chips with salsa or guacamole
- Compliant smoothies
- Lara Bars (sparingly — high in sugar)
- RX Bars (sparingly — high in sugar)
- Apples with almond or cashew butter (check for sugar in your nut butter)
- Sweet potato fries
- Frozen grapes, blueberries, or other fruit you enjoy (eating them frozen is so good in the summer!)
- Zucchini chips
- Sweet potato toast
- Guacamole deviled eggs
- Dried fruit (apricots, raisins, etc.)
- Buffalo chicken dip with celery (you won’t miss the cheese — Zach can’t tell the difference!)
- Fresh fruit, especially during the summer
Hope this helps! Keep the questions coming!