As promised, my first Whole 30 post is about my favorite Whole 30 snacks. For those that don’t know the rules of Whole 30, I will briefly tell you the foods that are not allowed during these 30 days. You are not allowed to eat dairy, grains, legumes, and added sugars. Most importantly, the program tells you that you are not allowed to try and recreate a “junk food” item with ingredients that are Whole 30 approved. The reasoning behind this is to eliminate the craving altogether as a whole, not just the “junk” foods. This was the one area that I definitely abused the last time I attempted Whole 30. I made treats that I craved such as banana bread, ice-cream, and cookies with Whole 30 ingredients. So, they technically were “Whole 30,” but it did not abide by the rule. So finishing Whole 30 last time did not eliminate my cravings, only shrunk them. I am determined to follow this program to a T to really reset my body and get into better eating habits. I think that some rules are quite over the top, but having to pay such careful attention to product ingredients, really made me more informed about the things I eat. I actually don’t eat many of the products I used to after seeing the ingredients on the label, but unfortunately I was still left with my sweets craving. The time has come to eliminate this once and for all (for the most part)…Gotta live a little, right?! So here is a list of some of my favorite Whole 30 snacks:
- Dried apricots
- Mixed nuts (except peanuts because those are not allowed)
- Rhythm carrot sticks
- Rx bars (was introduced to these last time I did Whole 30 and am in love)
- Homemade almond butter (not pictured)
I have found that the more Whole 30 foods you can find that you actually enjoy, help make the journey a little less frustrating. For example, whenever I crave dessert, I will have a cup of frozen grapes. They are so delicious and seriously make me feel like I am getting away with something. Although I am only on day 2, I am already feeling mentally better about this program. I think one thing that has really made a difference from my last attempt at Whole 30 is my mindset. Last go round I felt like a victim and as if life was so hard because I “couldn’t eat anything.” This go round I am staying really positive about it, and in return am not as bummed out about the things that I can’t eat (mind over matter)! My next post will feature my breakfast and dinner for week 1!