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July 11, 2016

5 Whole30 Snacks You Should Be Making Now

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Have you heard of Whole30? You’re not alone. Its whole-foods based approach to eating is similar to a Paleo diet, encouraging consumption of meat, seafood, eggs, plenty of veggies, some fruit, and ample healthy fats from unrefined oils, nuts and seeds. The main message behind Whole30 is that we should avoid packaged or processed foods: basically, anything requiring a label is out.

This makes it tricky when it comes to finding quick, nourishing Whole30 snacks as most products on the market are indeed packaged and labeled, and more than we’d care to admit come with a side of preservatives, flavor enhancers or sweeteners.

But there’s good news! There are tons of simple Whole30-approved snacks you can make at home, saving both time and money and ensuring you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs without any of the garbage.

Here are some of our favorite no-junk, whole-food go-to’s:

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Paleo Baked Apples

You’ll need: apple, walnuts or pistachios, cinnamon, coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the top off your apple and remove the core, leaving a bit of flesh at the bottom to support your apple. Fill the apple with a few teaspoons of crushed walnuts or pistachios and a dash of cinnamon. Pour a little melted coconut oil over the top. Bake 25 to 40 minutes, until the apple is fork-tender.

Protein Bites

You’ll need: 1 cup pitted dates, 2 ½ tbsp lemon juice, ¼ cup raw almonds, ¼ cup walnuts, ½ cup shredded coconut, 1 tbsp chia seeds or white sesame seeds, pinch of sea salt
Line a baking sheet or large tupperware container with waxed paper. Combine dates, lemon juice, almonds and walnuts in a food processor and pulse until smooth and evenly combined. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse a few moments longer to combine. Add a little more lemon juice if the mixture is too mealy. Roll into 1” balls and place on waxed paper. Refrigerate or eat right away.

Baked Kale Chips

You’ll need: 2 heads lacinato kale, washed, hard ribs removed and torn into 4” pieces, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup nutritional yeast, 1 tbsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Combine olive oil, yeast and salt in a small bowl and mix until smooth. Toss kale with mixture in a large bowl until evenly coated, then spread on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake 40 minutes or until crispy.

Toasted Coconut Flakes

You’ll need: unsweetened coconut chips, sea salt, cinnamon
Combine a pinch of sea salt and cinnamon in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Once it’s hot, spread coconut chips in a single layer. Stirring often, toast chips until they’re browned and fragrant. Remove from heat and add to your bowl with spices. Toss to combine. Enjoy!

Homemade Guacamole and Veggies

You’ll need: 3 avocados, 2 roma tomatoes, ¼ red onion, 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 lime (juiced), cayenne pepper to taste
Scoop avocado flesh into a bowl and mash with a fork to desired consistency. Finely chop tomatoes and onion and add to bowl along with all remaining ingredients. Serve with chopped fresh veggies.

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