Whole30 Challenge Tips and Made in USA Paleo Foods To Eat On The Go

Whole 30 Paleo Organic Vegan Snacks and Foods For On the Go

What is the Whole30 challenge? It’s the popular challenge where you only eat the most nutrient dense foods for 30 days. The idea is that you’ll reconnect with what you’re eating. It’s not a diet, and it’s not about losing weight. I did lose inches though, and also noticed that my skin glowed. Those are great results, right?

It’s that time again. Whole30 time. I’ll be starting the Whole30 again, later this month. While I see many people have lost weight on the challenge, I’m not doing the challenge for that reason, but rather to detox from all the binge eating I’ve been doing recently, to feel healthy, and to reconnect with foods I love, like leafy greens and good fats, like avocados.

I eat good foods like these daily, but then when you add pizza for dinner, it nullifies any good eating. It’s time to stop all that, and I’m excited for my second Whole30. Yay! I’m ready to share my best Whole30 Challenge tips with you plus some amazing Made in USA products I’ve discovered along the way. This post has been updated with new information.

What is the Whole 30 Challenge?

The challenge excludes the following foods, and any by-products from them:

  • grains
  • legumes (including peanuts)
  • corn
  • dairy
  • MSG or sulfates
  • alcohol
  • sugar

Yes, no sugar, of any kind. You can eat fruit though. The rational behind this is that sugar offers no nutritional value, but fruit has fiber and vitamins and minerals alongside their naturally occurring sugars. NOTE: When I did my first Whole30 in 2014, white potatoes were not allowed. They are now, but I will stick to eating sweet potatoes since they offer more nutrients than white ones.

Find Your Hummus Swap Out – Make Your Own Red Pepper Almond Dip

Step aside hummus. Make room for this tasty red pepper almond spread. With six simple ingredients, almonds, red peppers, olive oil, lemon juice, sesame seeds, and sea salt, you can whip this up any time to make the perfect quick and easy lunch. We eat it with cucumber, carrots, or other veggies. My sister actually introduced me to the recipe. You can see her recipe video using an American made Blendtec in the link above.

Whole30, Paleo, Vegan Red Pepper Almond Spread Recipe

What to Eat During the Whole30 Challenge

Your Go-To Jerky Options

You might be surprised to know that sugar, MSG, and other additives are found in most meat snacks and sticks. Bursting with flavor, soft in texture, with the perfect “snap, Chomps  Hoppin’ Jalapeño meat snacks are a must on the Whole30. They are made from 100% Grass-Fed non-GMO beef, jalapeño peppers, water, salt, citric acid, celery juice, black pepper, red pepper, garlic powder, coriander and stuffed in a collagen casing. I’m normally not a fan of jalapeño, but these have the perfect amount of kick without being overly spicy. In fact, they are my favorite flavor.

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Whole30 Paleo Sugar Free Dairy Free Snacks from Chomps

Meat and Veggie Bars

Wild Zora meat & veggie bars are incredibly flavorful, moist, and tasty. It’s a jerky we love. Zora herself makes paleo and Whole30 approved jerky in Colorado. It’s grain-, gluten-, soy-, nut-, and dairy-free. It’s made with grass-fed beef that is free of antibiotic or hormones. The full ingredients, including, grass-fed beef, organic fruits and vegetables (red bell pepper, apricots, dates, kale, garlic and onion), spices, cayenne pepper, sea salt and celery powder. Wild Zora jerky is made in Colorado.

Wild Zora has two new pork flavors. The apple pork is made with natural pork (raised without added hormones or antibiotics), and organic fruits and vegetables including, kale, apple, apricots, dates, parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme, sea salt and cinnamon.

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Gluten-, Soy-, Dairy, Grain-Free, Whole30 Approved Paleo Friendly Meat and Veggie Bars From Wild Zora | Made in Colorado

The Source For Grass-Fed Meats and Sustainable Seafood

You’ll find that it’s difficult to find meats, especially sausage and hot dogs, that don’t have soy or sugar in the ingredient list. US Wellness Meats makes it easy to get all the meat and seafood you’ll need while during the Whole30. They pride themselves on offering the best quality meats, while offering sugar-free options, perfect for Whole30. The options are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished, they are not fed any antibiotics or hormones, and they do not use any fertilizer or pesticides on their pastures. All its bison, lamb, poultry, pork, and rabbit are sourced from US farmers. Once you try it, you’ll want to have it all the time.

I’m a big fan of the sugar-free hot dogs and ground bison and like using my burger and bolognese recipes with US Wellness Meats’ ground bison.

Grass-Fed US Wellness Meats Review -Whole30 Meat Source

US Wellness Meats also offers seafood from its supplier, Vital Choice.  This Washington based company is deeply committed to supplying only sustainably harvested seafood.  All of its seafood is wild-caught, and most of it is harvested off the west coast.  All of their salmon products are certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council and many of their other offerings are certified as well.  The large raw shrimp prawns are harvested in the Pacific Ocean and processed in the United States, but not from Vital Choice.  These shrimp are wild caught and chemical free.

Alaskan King Crab Claws from US Wellness Meats | Perfect To Eat With Ghee for Whole30

Kick Start Your Day with Bone Broth

I love drinking bone broth to kick start my day, or as an afternoon pick me up. Flavorful and rich, Kettle & Fire bone broth is non-frozen beef bone broth made with grass-fed bones, onions, organic carrots, organic celery, organic parsley, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, black peppercorn, bay leaf, thyme, and rosemary extract. Bone broth is high in protein, calcium and critical amino acids like glycine and glucosamine, which are great for bone and joint health.

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Kettle & Fire Organic Gluten-Free Paleo Grass-Fed Beef Broth | 15 percent off with code LOVE15 | Made with Organic Ingredients and Never Frozen

For Thai Curry, Salsa, and Hot Sauce Lovers

It’s never a bland moment with Yai’s Thai’s Paleo, Whole30 approved, and gluten-free hot sauces and salsas. We love that Yai’s Thai uses simple and healthy ingredients without sugar or artificial ingredients. Yai means grandmother in Thai, and this line of Whole30 condiments used traditional Thai ingredients for unique, bold and zesty flavors that pair well with everything from eggs to fish and beef. The hot salsa packs quite a punch. It’s the perfect balance of these simple ingredients, tomatoes, onions, ginger, cilantro, garlic, organic lime juice, sea salt, thai chilis, and black pepper. I love the ginger, cilantro, lime add to the salsa; it makes for a unique and refreshing salsa, unlike any I’ve had before.

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Whole30 Approved Sauces and Salsa from Yai's Thai

Your Butter Replacement – Ghee

Ghee is clarified butter that is lactose free. I’ve had a few brands before, but none of them stand out like Tava does. It’s great for using it like you would butter. I particularly love adding the Madagascar Vanilla Bean Ghee to my morning coffee with collagen, for sustainable energy. This organic ghee is made with grass-fed butter.

Organic Lactose Free Ghee from Tava

Delight Your Taste Buds

Rich, creamy, and nutty tahini is a perfect addition to many meals. You might know it as an ingredient in hummus, but it’s much more versatile. It’s great to use in dressing, smoothies, desserts, and sandwiches.  Soom Foods Tahini is made with just one ingredient, Ethiopian grown sesame seeds.  Soom bottles its products in New Hampshire in made in USA bottles. There are lots of recipes on Soom’s website, the Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Lemon Tahini Sauce, is one of my favorites.

Vegan Gluten- Dairy-Free Whole30 Paleo Soom Tahini Paste

Get Excited About Hydration

I already drink lots of water, but it can get boring if its the only thing I drink. Especially if you do Whole30 in the summer, get yourself some tea to make iced tea. I particularly love Numi because their teas are organic and have no additives. I was surprised to find that some brands add ingredients like corn starch to their tea. What!?! Ick. Be sure to check the ingredients, even for something seemingly simple like tea! Here are a few of my favorite Numi Organic Tea flavors to make iced tea with. I love brewing about six servings at a time so I can take it with me when I’m driving around town.

Whole30 Drinks Numi Organic Tea

Whole30 Drinks Numi Organic Tea

 

 

 

I love olives and I’m grateful for Pearls Olives To Go!, offering a fast and convenient way to transport them for a quick hunger fighting option. I particularly love the Kalamata Olives To Go! and Fresh Cured Green Ripe Olives.

Olives For Whole30 Challenge | Whole30 snacks on the go

Avocados will be your new bestie during the Whole30 Challenge. While I typically like to purchase fresh avocados and eat them with eggs for breakfast, I love the taste and convenience of having Wholly Guacamole Minis on hand at all times. I promise this will be your go-to item to add to all your meals.

Gluten Free Wholly Guacamole Minis| Whole30 snacks on the go

Go Nuts! Find A Nut Butter {Without Sugar} You Love

It’s nice to meet you, Kalot. I particularly love Kalot Blueberry Cinnamon Walnut nut butter. I cannot get enough of this Whole30 friendly nut butter. I love the fact that dates are used as the sweetener. With only REAL ingredients including, roasted almonds, walnuts, dates, blueberries, organic coconut oil, organic cinnamon, sea salt, and added vitamins. Kalot makes all its butter in Colorado.

Whole30 Items To Eat Including Kalot Almond and Fruit Nut Butter

 

You’ll want to make sure you have a variety of foods so you don’t get bored. You’ll also wanted to have emergency foods on hand. These snacks, dried fruit and energy bars, aren’t meant to be a late-night snack or replacement for another sugar craving, but rather fast fuel to have after working out. Here are a few of my favorites to have on hand.

Energy Bars and Dried Fruit

I had never tried dried dragonfruit, but I really enjoyed it. Surprisingly the flavor was very much like that of a dried fig. I also enjoyed these flavorful pepitas too. If you’re missing that crunch you used to get from crackers or chips, these pumpkins seeds will get you the crunch you need. Add them to your salads or on top of leafy sautéed vegetables for added protein. NOTE: While most of these superfoods are imported, Navitas Naturals offers a variety of organic raw superfoods that are packed in California. Be sure to check them all out online or at your local Whole Foods.

Whole30 snacks | Dragon Fruit | Organic snacks

Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates, from California date palms, are truly the best I’ve tasted. They are incredibly flavorful and soft. You’ll find yourself using dates in everything, like adding them to salads or on top of sautéed swiss chard with almonds.

Whole30 Challenge - Eat Dates As A Snack

 

If you’re looking for a date free energy bar, you’ll love these. Bearded Brothers energy bars are legit.  These energy bars are raw, organic, vegan and gluten-, and soy-free. You’ll recognize all the ingredients in the bars too. My favorite is the Radical Raspberry Lemon Energy Bar. It has a bold raspberry flavor and finishes with a tart fresh lemon flavor. The Radical Raspberry Lemon is made of  organic figs, organic dates, roasted organic sunflower seed, organic shelled hemp seeds, organic raspberries, organic chia seeds, organic cold pressed lemon extract, and sea salt. Bearded Brothers makes its products in Austin, Texas. 

Vegan, Raw, Gluten- and Dairy-Free Energy Bars from Bearded Brothers

YAWP! makes gluten-free, paleo and Whole30 compliant bar. This is the only crunchy crispy bar I’ve found that’s Whole30 compliant. My favorite of the three flavors is the Naked Bar. It is made organic almonds, organic dates, organic sunflower seeds, organic pepitas (pumpkin seeds) organic black sesame seeds, organic cinnamon, Himalayan salt. If you enjoy chai spices, you’ll also love the Coconut Chai. The spices are pretty strong, so I like it best eaten with tad of almond butter for perfect pre- or post-workout fuel. YAWP! bars are made in North Carolina.

Whole30 Paleo Gluten-Free Crunchy Bars We Love

Post Whole30 Snacks To Keep You From Crashing on Sugar and Wheat

 

These aren’t your boring dry macaroons. Hail Merry macaroons are the real deal. I was wide eyed when I first tried them. All of the flavors, including lemon, cookie dough, chocolate, and caramel sea salt are so vibrant. Hail Merry Caramel Sea Salt Macroons are my favorite flavor They offer a delicate caramel flavor from the organic maple syrup and organic Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, finish slightly salty, and have the perfect smooth texture from the organic coconut oil that holds it all together. Next time you spot these at your local grocery store, grab a bag (or three) to try. They are grain-, gluten-, GMO-free, and vegan.

Paleo, Gluten-, Grain-, GMO-Free Treats From Hail Merry | Made in USA

If you’re looking for a paleo, gluten-free version of Coco Pebbles, this is it! Sprouted, raw, gluten-free, and vegan Living Intentions Superfood Cereal Cacao Crunch is the perfect consistency soaked in dairy-free milk. The textures more similar to granola, than to cereal. It’s crunchy, chewy (thanks to the organic dates and organic raisins), and chocolatey.

It is like the Paleo Gluten-Free version of Coco Pebbles | Living Intentions Superfood Cereal Cacao Crunch

You can call me cave-girl if you feed me Caveman Cookies! These cookies are great. I love the texture, sweetness, and unique flavors. Normally I don’t go for chocolate cookies, but I LOVE the Mayan Cookie which is made of organic honey, almond meal, raw cacao powder, cashews, chia seeds, pure vanilla extract, cinnamon, and chili powder. I love the crunch from the chia seeds and the delicate heat from the chili powder.

Paleo Cookies From Caveman Cookies Review

 

You rock my world, Paleonola! Grab a handful of Paleonola’s Apple Pie granola. Close your eyes and put a handful in your mouth. You’d think you were eating a piece of apple pie, even better. The granola has a great crunch and taste great with almond milk too. Dinos & Katelyn, the husband and wife duo, make their grain-free granola in Rhode Island.

Gluten, Grain, Soy, Dairy Free Granola fro Paleonola - Pumpkin Pie Flavor Reviewed | GMO free snacks | Whole30 snacks

If you’re looking for a “brownie” look no further. I highly suggest WholeMe DateMe Bar. I’m not joking when I say this will satiate your brownie craving. It’s made with dates, pecans, eggs, almonds, coconut oil, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt.

DateMe Bar Amazing Paleo Desserts | Whole30 snacks

Just like the old adage says, keep it simple. Simple Squares did just that with their tasty nut bars. Mmm…they are so delish. I love that they are only slightly sweet. The herbs add a complex and bright taste to these unique nut bars. I especially love the ginger square – it’s a great post workout snack.

Simple Squares Paleo Snack | Whole30 snack

If you’re looking for tasty, and easy paleo baking mixes, I’m a big fan of Paleo Baking Company. The company is making it so easy to eat flavorful gluten-, grain-, soy-free cake mixes. The base of these mixes are made with coconut flour, hazelnut flour, sea salt, and baking soda. The carrot cake is my favorite variety. You just need to add coconut oil, honey, eggs, water, and grated carrots to whip together the perfect paleo sweet treat!

They’re easy to use to create your own cupcakes, cakes or bread loaves.

Gluten-Free Paleo Baking Company Cake Mix Reviewed

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Post by Jill Homiak

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Comments

  1. I love all kinds of nut butters! At the local Farmer’s Market the Amish stand will grind it for you while you watch 9the kids always loved that!)
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  2. This is a great post – I am so glad you had a good Whole30 experience! I’ve now done it three times to get “back on track” and I’m so happy with my new energy/etc. just from eating foods that love me back.

    FYI, here’s my post for advice for anyone thinking about starting a Whole30: http://meredithtested.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/book-review-it-starts-with-food/
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    • Jill Homiak says:

      That’s so great that you’ve done it 3 times now, Meredith. It’s also good to hear about others experiences with the challenge!

  3. Maryann D. says:

    All of these snacks and drinks are wonderful. I have tried some, but not as of yet tried Numi Organic Tea. I do love tea and would like this very much.

  4. Robin Wilson says:

    This is very new to me. I think I could try it but I honestly don’t know if I would succeed. Please forgive my ignorance, but I’m not quite sure what it means to reconnect with what you eat. I will do some googling on this. I am very intrigued.

    • Jill Homiak says:

      You could totally do it, Robin! I’m a carb lover and it still worked. You really feel great while you’re doing it too.

  5. I appreciate this post for post-whole30… but snacking is not allowed during the program. It’s one of the main rules. Three meals a day, no snacking.

  6. The kale chips have added cane juice, woops! Great list otherwise.

  7. Karen D says:

    Great compilation of some fabulous food products! Really like Wholly Guacamole.

  8. huh, lots of those things look like “paleo junk food!” 😉

    • Jill Homiak says:

      Sher, yes, the are! Those are paleo treats are marked in the post as, “POST WHOLE30 SNACKS TO KEEP YOU FROM CRASHING ON SUGAR AND WHEAT”. Hope that makes more sense! 🙂

  9. Amazing Whole30 food collection. I really appreciate that you had a great experience of Whole30 Foods. It has very healthier products.

  10. Michele Sanders says:

    I’m on my 3rd day of the Whole30 challenge.. I need help with snacks..

  11. Some of your suggestions aren’t really okay on the whole 30. The plan says you shouldn’t replace bad foods like cake & cookies with cake & cookies made from compliant ingredients. Doing that doesn’t teach your body to fight the cravings and sets you up for falling back into the bad cake and cookie trap later. Also, dried fruit is off plan. The sugar content is too high and easily becomes a ‘food with no breaks’ .

    Lots of good ideas tho! Thanks

  12. Where do I get these foods?

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