How To Snack The Right Way On Your Whole30 & A Giveaway

We are almost a week into the new year, which also might mean that you are almost a week into your Whole30, if you’re doing one. Ever since completing my latest Whole30 in December, I have found that my body responds better to 3 large meals and 1-2 small snacks.

In the beginning, it seems that a lot of folks focus on the foods that you can’t eat instead of focusing on all of the delicious foods that you are allowed to eat. I never found myself struggling to find a healthy snack, and today I’m here to show you some of my favorite Whole30 compliant snacks, along with a fun giveaway at the end of the post.

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In the beginning, my typical snack would be a sliced banana with almond butter. Whenever I eat fruit, I almost always try to pair it with a healthy fat, such as nuts. I’m not an expert, but I once read that it’s important to pair a sugary fruit with a fat to balance out the sugar, and ever since then, I’ve stuck with it. Plus, I find the pairing of carbs and fat help keep me full longer than just a banana would!

whole30-snack-almond-butter-bananaWhen it comes to almond butter, make sure that it’s just made with almonds and salt. I love the Barney Butter, but sadly it has a non-compliant oil in it, so I stuck to the MaraNatha or Trader Joe’s almond butter.

whole30-snack-almond-butterThe one and only time on my Whole30 that I ate an apple. I warmed a sliced apple and topped it with almond butter and cinnamon. It was delicious, but my stomach hates raw apples, so this was a once and done snack for me. I also found that almond butter didn’t sit well with my stomach, so I cut almond butter out about halfway through my Whole30.

whole30-snack-apple-almond-butterApplesauce and almonds. This was a really random snack or pre-breakfast that I had one morning before a run. It worked.

whole30-snack-applesauce-almondsTHESE guys are the best! I typically had a trail mix packet around 4 pm during the weekdays to tide me over between lunch and dinner. I get these in bulk at BJ’s Wholesale, and they are 100% Whole30 compliant!

Whole30-Trail-Mix-SnackI’m one of those individuals who are oddly obsessed with slivered almonds, so I often would sprinkle some on top of a sliced banana. I like getting a bit of crunch with each bite!whole30-snack-banana-slivered-almondsMy favorite snack ever. I could eat roasted plantain chips all day long! I always pair these with a packet of almonds because I like a healthy fat to balance sugary fruit.whole30-snack-roasted-plantain-chipsLarabars, a delicious life saver of mine! These full-sized bars are amazing and good for when you’re in a time crunch.whole30-snack-larabarBut when you just need a little bit of food to tide you over for maybe an hour or less, the Larabar minis are your best friend. Even better, as a Larabar ambassador, I’m going to giveaway 2 prize packs of mini Larabars.

One winner will receive a package of Whole30 compliant Larabars, and that winner will be chosen from the comments, so in order to win that, just tell me in your comment that you’re currently on your Whole30, and a current struggle or anything about how it’s going so far.

whole30-snack-larabarThe second winner will win a package of non-Whole30 Larabars, in my two favorite flavors, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter Cookie. In your comment, tell me which you’d rather try more, the PB Cookie or the PB Chocolate Chip!

peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-larabarThe giveaway will end Friday, January 8th at 11:59 pm, and I will announce the winner next week!

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What is your favorite Whole30 snack?

Let’s Celebrate Being a Larabar Ambassador with a Giveaway!

I am so excited for today for a handful of reasons. I have been keeping this little secret to myself for a bit now, and I can finally reveal it! At the end of 2014 I had applied to be an Ambassador for Larabar for their 2015 year. Well, about a month ago I received word that I was chosen to be one of their ambassadors for this new year, and not only does it benefit me, but it benefits you as well!

Part of the process for applying for and becoming a Larabar Ambassador was to complete an in-depth questionnaire talking about why we wanted to partner with Larabar and how we promote a healthy life. The second part asked how we would promote a healthy life to those around us.

Larabar recently sent me my first shipment of products to giveaway, and I am extremely happy that I get to give these out. In the package were 300 mini Larabars. 3-0-0!

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This batch will last the first half of the year, which means that I can give these out at events, have friends and family try them, and even better, hold random giveaways for you guys, as this wouldn’t even be possible if it weren’t for you guys. 🙂

My package consisted mostly of 4 flavors:

Cashew Cookie

Love this one! It tastes pretty similar to cashews, and it gives me my cashew fix without binging on and demolishing an entire can of cashews, which I have been known to do. This is a healthy alternative for when you’re craving cashews in the baddest way!

cashew-cookie-larabarPeanut Butter Chocolate Chip

MY FAVORITE! This one is so good and tastes exactly like a chocolate chip cookie. That’s all that needs to be said about this one! I loved the mini chocolate chips that are used in this bar. This again is perfect for when you really want a chocolate chip cookie but not necessary all of the nasty ingredients in a real cookie. Larabar makes it possible to treat yourself while still being healthy!

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Peanut Butter Cookie

This one is pretty good but I was actually let down that it wasn’t super peanut buttery. Still a solid bar though!

peanut-butter-cookie-larabarUber Roasted Nut Roll

LOVED this one. Super addicting, as in I didn’t want this bar to end. I’ve grown up on granola and trail mix bars, so I loved that it reminded me of a trail mix bar, and it made me feel a lot better knowing that it was a healthier option that one that you might find in the aisle at the grocery store. It was filling & simply delicious. I especially loved how filling this one is before a workout, whether it’s a run or strength workout.uber-roasted-nut-bar-larabar

And now it’s time to share the healthy love with you guys! I will be giving away 7 goodie bags to start with each of these flavors. All you have to do is enter in as many of entry ways as you’d like, and I will select a winner on Friday! If you aren’t selected, don’t worry, I will be giving away these Larabar goodie bags 1-2 times a month!

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This post is sponsored by Larabar. I received the samples as part of being a Larabar Ambassador. All opinions are my own, and all expenses for mailing the prizes are incurred by me.