Let's talk about snacks.
From the outset, the Whole30 program encourages you to eat meals that are filling enough to get you to your next meal, eliminating snacking as much as possible. But, why?
So far for the entirety of my Whole30 program, I've stayed away from snacking. I'll have an orange or an apple here or there, or drink a Dave's G.T. Kombucha when I would normally down a Coke from Sonic, but since pre-packaged, Whole30-compliant snacks are pretty hard to come by, I just skipped them altogether.
Until yesterday, when I went a little crazy at Trader Joe's.
Chowing down on snacks, even when they're approved, compliant snacks, takes away market share in your stomach from more nutrient-rich, delicious foods that you could be eating as a meal instead. If I eat half a bag of dried mango, no matter how compliant it is, I'm just not going to be hungry for sweet potatoes, eggs and chicken later.
But, no matter where you are in the snacking/meal planning/fruit-loving stages of your Whole30 journey, if you've stuck it out this far, keep on keepin' on. Don't beat yourself up for snacks here and there. Remember, there's no such thing as a "perfect" Whole30.
Breakfast: coffee (womp, womp)
Lunch: sweet potato with compliant chicken salad
Snack: dried mango, spirulina chips and TJ's apple & mango bar
Dinner: sweet potato with chicken, poached egg and TJ's salsa verde