11 On the Go Whole30 Snacks to Help You Survive
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If you happen to have found your way here to this article, then you are likely interested in taking control of your health. And a program such as the Whole30 is an excellent way to get started.
At the time of writing this article, my family has completed 3 separate rounds of the Whole30 over the course of 15 months.
Update – Since writing this original article, we have completed over 5+ Whole30 rounds.
Each round has consisted of 30 or more days of clean eating … which means no – dairy, alcohol, grains, legumes, and probably most important sugar.
Every time we start the 30-day program, it seems to get easier and easier to change our daily eating habits for the better.
That was one of the Whole30 tips I talked about recently. As long as you can get past the initial week or so … things get much easier and your chances for success really improve.
What is the Whole30?
For those who may not be familiar with the program or need a refresher … the Whole30 rules are really very simple. And one of the most important rules is to Eat Real Food.
Eat foods that have few ingredients (or none) and that you know what they are.
You are not allowed to eat sugar (or other natural sweeteners), no alcohol, no grains, no legumes (including peanuts), no dairy, no harmful additives either. Check out the program rules for more information.
And while these rules may seem daunting … they are doable.
Even my 12 year old son (15 now) has survived three different Whole30 rounds without any junk food. It even helped clear up his asthma and allowed him to run on his school’s cross country team!
So now that we are finishing up our most recent Whole30 round, I think back to starting the program for the first time.
The hardest part for us was giving up our normal snack foods – chips, popcorn, ice cream, etc.
Here is a list of Whole30 compliant snacks when you get in a bind and don’t want to break the rules.
Whole30 Snacks to Survive Your First 30 Days
One of the goals of doing a Whole30 or paleo diet is to limit the snacking if possible. Meals should be large enough to satisfy you until the next one.
And while that should be a goal we all try and shoot for … it can be difficult giving up snacking all at once. Especially for those of us with busy family’s running from one place to the next.
So at times, snacking has been a necessity when we are on the Whole30.
Here is a list of Whole30 approved snacks that our family have relied on in the past.
Without question, LÄRABAR’s are the number one Whole30 snack food for our family.
Just make sure and read the ingredient list as only some of the flavors are compliant. A few of our favorites include –
- Cashew Cookie
- Coconut Cream Pie
- Pecan Pie
- Pumpkin Pie (seasonal)
The majority of time we buy our LÄRABAR’s in 16-packs on-line to save a bit of money.
That is normally the cheapest way you will find them and if you can get them under $1 per bar you are doing good.
Another option to save a little money is to make your own homemade bars, which we have done many times.
You can find a ton of recipes on Pinterest for homemade bars. Most of the recipes we have found use dates and almonds or cashews as the base with other ingredients added in.
Note – With the fruit and nut ingredients found in these recipes, the bars can be very high in carbs. While still Whole30 compliant, just make sure not to overindulge!
2. Chomps Beef Jerky Sticks
A very recent discovery of ours puts Chomps sticks high up on the list of Whole30 approved snacks.
They currently come in 5 different flavors including – Original, Hoppin Jalapeno, Salt & Pepper Venison, Turkey, and Crankin Cranberry.
Again, buying these beef jerky sticks on-line is likely your best option as most stores offer them at a discount compared to physical stores.
If you can buy these for jerkey sticks for under $2, you are doing a good job!
Note – Trader Joe’s sells the original sticks where I live for $1.69 each.
3. Guacamole and Carrots/Celery
One of my favorites that takes a little preparation but tastes so yummy are some cut up carrots or celery with guacamole.
There are several brands of guacamole now that make to-go cups. These small servings make for a great snack along with your favorite veggie.
Not only do we use our Whole30 compliant guacamole cups for veggies, but we will use them on our hamburgers from time to time. Those are bun-less hamburgers of course.
You could also use these guacamole cups on your morning eggs and any other meal you can think of.
Of course you could probably save some money and make your own guacamole at home … which we do from time to time.
4. Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are one of the easiest meals to prep for if you are following the – Whole30 program, paleo diet, or even the ketogenic diet.
Some version of eggs always seems to make it one night a week to our dinner table when we are doing a Whole30.
Besides eating them as a meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner … eggs can also make a great snack.
When we are following the Whole30, we often will buy a dozen (or two) of eggs and hard boil them at the beginning of the week for quick and easy snacks.
Another option is to make egg salad by using compliant mayonnaise that you can buy through Primal Kitchen.
For picnics and party’s, we have even made deviled eggs by using those guacamole cups (mentioned in #3) in place of regular mayo!
Most nuts are paleo friendly and Whole30 compliant, as long as they are minimally processed. We prefer to snack on – cashews, almonds, and macadamia nuts when we can as a great snack.
The only downside of nuts is that they can be pricey (ie. macadamia) … so you may be spending some extra money.
Also … try not to overdue snacking on nuts as they are higher in calories and carbs … especially if you are trying to loose weight. I know first hand that nuts can be very addictive … especially when you try your first Whole30.
Just like nuts, most fruit can make for a nutritious snack when you are on a whole foods diet.
However, fruit can also be higher in carbs and should be eaten in moderation … especially for those trying to lose weight.
If you are focused on weight loss or on the ketogenic diet, then try and eat more low carb fruits.
Berries including strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are often the best place to start when it comes to snacking on fruit because of their low carb content.
If you need an extra pick me up, then you could dip your fruit in a nut butter such as compliant almond butter.
And make sure to remember that peanut butter (and peanuts) are off limits! Peanuts are a legume and not allowed.
Note – The same goes for vegetables too when it comes to the Whole30. If your goal is weight loss … try to eat more low car vegetables to start.
Another option for on the go Whole30 snacks is an RXBAR. They offer plenty of compliant options that don’t contain any: dairy, soy, gluten, etc.
These bars are usually made with dates, nuts (cashews and almonds), egg whites, and other ingredients to give them their tastes like berries and coconut.
Just be careful not to overdue it with these bars as they are high in carbs too. This is especially important if your goals are to lose weight on the program.
I have never actually had one of these bars, but have heard they are delicious and can be a great snack.
Technically not a snack, but nutpods can be a coffee lovers dream come true on the Whole30 … my wife included.
If you are used to drinking creamer in your coffee, then nutpods (or straight coconut milk) will be your best bet.
I prefer my coffee black, but my wife has always drank hers with cream. Whenever we are on a Whole30, she uses nutpods in her coffee and loves the taste.
So while not really a snack, if you are a coffee lover and need your creamer, then you will want to try out nutpods.
There are plenty of on-line stores that sell nutpods in different varieties and quantity.
9. Nut Butters
As mentioned earlier with the fruit, nut butters can make for a great snack full of healthy fats. Just remember to avoid peanut butter (legume) as well as any nut butters with non-compliant ingredients.
The most popular (and easiest to find) nut butter is almond butter.
Most physical grocery stores and on-line stores will have what you are looking for. However, expect to pay a much higher price for your favorite nut butter compared to what you pay for peanut butter.
A few popular choices for nut butter include –
- almond butter
- cashew butter
- macadamia butter
- pecan butter
- sunflower butter (not a nut technically)
Another option to help save on the higher cost is to make your own nut butter. We have never attempted to make our own yet … but have heard it isn’t too difficult.
Buying the small packs of organic apple sauce can make for a simple on the go Whole30 snack. And best of all, you probably won’t have to search to hard (or pay that much) to find them.
Several regular brands of applesauce offer compliant options … which is better on the pocket book.
But always make sure to read the ingredient list and check it with the Whole30 approved ingredient checklist … just to make sure.
We have yet to try these roasted seaweed snacks, but have heard they taste great. I like the thought of adding sea vegetables to your diet as they contain beneficial nutrients for your body.
These Whole30 compliant snacks can be purchased at many health stores or on the company website – seasnax.
Just make sure that the snacks you are interested in ordering are Whole30 compliant by reading the ingredients.
What Whole30 Snacks are Missing?
You may be wondering why there are no chips listed on the snack list. Well, first of all, the ingredients in most chips are not Whole30 compliant to start with.
And those that are compliant shouldn’t be eaten either … if you want to follow the detailed rules for the Whole30. The point of this type of program is not really a diet, but rather a lifestyle change. And eating anything chip like (even if compliant) should be avoided for the first 30 days.
By avoiding chips and other unhealthy snacks, you are retraining your body to not crave things like chips and junk food … and carbohydrates.
Another item not on the snack list are peanuts … which as mentioned before are a legume. I only mention this as many people consider peanuts a healthy snack but they are not compliant.
You also won’t see any cheese, yogurt, or other snacks that contain dairy as it is off-limits on the Whole30.
Avoid Snacking Altogether
I mentioned it earlier, but the goal of the Whole30 program is to eat when you are hungry and try to avoid snacking. There are no calories to count. There are no exercise routines you must follow.
Instead, you are supposed to eat healthy and nutritious whole foods with healthy ingredients. Eat these foods during meals until you feel full. Then try to avoid snacking if possible.
You get even mess around a little with doing a Whole30 and intermittent fasting at the same time. I try and do intermittent fasting a couple days per week to take some of the edge off. Once you get used to it … it is actually very simple.
We all know that not snacking is easier said than done. So if you get in a pinch and want to stay Whole30 compliant, then the great tasting snacks listed above (along with a ton more) can help get you by.
What other great tasting Whole30 snacks can you add to the list?