It’s the new year and new healthy habits usually make it to my new year’s resolution list. This year, my friend told me about a diet plan called “Whole 30.” She told me how she had done it twice before and it worked wonders for her skin and she even lost some weight. I started reading about it and found that “Whole 30” is a 30-day diet that’s designed to help you restart your body by eliminating foods that could potentially be affecting your body in negative ways. It sounded like something I could benefit from. Maybe I could prevent breakouts? Keep my tummy feeling good after I eat? Sounds good to me I thought……..I thought lol.
What I didn’t realize…..was how totally unprepared I was. I was truly kidding myself thinking I could last all month long eating cucumbers and spaghetti squash spaghetti. This diet truly made me realize I took for granted “normal” healthy foods. Like pass over the dang peanut butter! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking “Whole 30.” I’ve read so many testimonials of how this diet helped a lot of people. But if you’re like me and considering a short-term diet, read read read about it!
During my short diet experiment, I did find some snacks that I enjoyed and felt good about eating. Most of these snacks are “Whole 30” inspired; they are low-calorie and worked to curb my appetite during the day. Here a few of them.
What I love about popcorn is that you can customize it how you want. I like to grab some hot sauce (Lousiana hot sauce..my favorite!) and drizzle a little bit on top. If I want something sweet and salty, I’ll buy some dark chocolate and melt it in the popcorn. Popcorn is also great if you want to make your own trail mix.
APPLES & ALMOND BUTTER
Cut up an apple in slices and get about a spoonful of almond butter. This simple snack always fills me up until my next meal.
SIMPLE VEGGIE SALAD This fresh and bright salad is super easy to make and only takes about 5 ingredients.
1 sliced Roma Tomato
Slices of red onion
1/2 Cucumber sliced
1/2 Tablespoon of olive oil
2-3 splashes of apple cider vinegar
Salt and Pepper to season
- Mix your veggies together with the olive oil and vineger. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Eat right away or let the salad sit for a couple of minutes to absorb the dressing
HARD BOILED EGG
Eggs. “Nature’s multivitamin”. Hard boiled eggs are so versatile and a great on the go snack. Eat these plain or add to your favorite salad.
Set a pot of water on the stove to a medium high temperature and wait to boil. Once boiling, place your eggs in the pot and let sit for about 6-7 minutes. You can put the eggs in a bowl of ice water to cool which will make it easy to peel. FYI: hard boiled eggs stay fresh up to a week in the fridge so make enough for your busy week!
TUNA & “CRACKERS”
For this snack all you need is tuna, cucumbers, and low fat mayo. I like to go to my local grocery store and buy Starkist tuna packets because its great for when you’re on the go and don’t have a can opener with you! Mix your tuna with about half a spoonful of mayo. Cut up a cucumber in slices and these will be the “crackers” to put your tuna on.
BANANA “ICE CREAM”
This one is pretty simple…..All you need….is a banana. Put a banana in the freezer overnight and when you’re ready to have your late night cravings snack, pop it in the blender until its a creamy consistency. Top with your favorite fruit, nuts, or maybe even sneak in some chocolate—I mean you’re having a banana for ice cream, you PROBABLY deserve that chocolate. This snack is a surprisingly good substitute when you’re trying to kick that sweet craving.
Attempting to do “Whole 30” really put me outside of my snacking comfort zone. I think I may keep experimenting with different snacks 🙂. Leave a comment if you like these ideas or perhaps want to share some of your own!