My Favorite Whole 30 Snacks

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My Favorite Whole 30 Snacks

I’m half way through Whole 30! Woohoo! Crazy to think that just about two weeks ago I was binge eating Halo Top ice cream in preparation for my first day. (This is actually discouraged by the program but I did it anyway)

I’m already feeling some positive effects from the eating plan. I have more energy (most days), I feel better mentally, I like the way my skin looks, and I have just a general feeling of being healthier. One of the weirdest things that has happened is that I find myself not really wanting certain foods like I would before. Example: Muffins with mom at Gav’s school was yesterday and I didn’t have any desire to eat the muffin. Like….what? Who am I? (I did, however pretend to take a bite to make Gav happy. If for some reason you’re reading this in the future Gav…Sorry!)

My Favorite Whole 30 SnacksMy Favorite Whole 30 Snacks

Anyway, I haven’t really had the urge to snack but when I do, here’s what I have found to be most satisfying and filling:

Larabars – Be careful with these. Bars are recommended to be eaten sparingly and as backups. There are also some that are non compliant, just read the labels! My personal favorites so far are cashew cookie, coconut creme pie, and key lime pie.

Blueberries and Cashews – Sounds weird, and a little like bird food, but they go really well together! The nuts, I get the raw kind, have great protein and healthy fat while the blueberries are sweet.

Almond Butter with Apples or Celery – A great alternative to the classic peanut butter (not allowed because it is a legume). My favorite brand is Justin’s because you don’t have to stir it or refrigerate it! It stays nice a creamy.

Plantain Chips – You have to get the roasted and salted kind (not the sweet ones!) and they are delicious. Also make sure that they are cooked in the right type of oil. I’ve made plantain nachos with them as well and it’s so stinkin’ good! Not sure where to find some? Trader Joe’s has them and Whole Foods bulk section carries them. Some Kroger’s now have a bulk section and they can be found there as well.

That’s It Bars – These bars have the best name. They are made up of two fruits each…THAT’S IT! They are great for on the go snacking when you don’t want to lug around a piece of fruit that might get squished. You can get them at Target and I’ve seen them at a Starbucks or two if you happen to need something with your morning black coffee!

If you must snack, it’s always great to have a healthy option even if you’re not doing a Whole 30. Try to eat enough of the good stuff at your meals but sometimes, you just gotta get your snack on!

If you’ve done a Whole 30, what were some of your favorite snacks?

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Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

Somehow this school year is coming to an end and, when it does, I’ll have a kindergarten graduate.  That just sounds so weird!  Anyway, I’ve always loved making end of the year gifts, as well as Christmas ones, for Gav’s teachers.  (Check out my party in a box gift from last year!) Teachers are incredible (And I say this as a parent and the daughter of a teacher).  They sacrifice way more than their students’ parents know and they deserve out thanks.  Let’s be real, if they didn’t do it, you’d have to and when’s the last time you considered home schooling?  NOT I! (Not to knock home schoolers.  If that’s what you are called to you, more power to you and you have the patience of Job.)  This year Gavin had to transition from one school to another and his current teacher has been nothing short of awesome!  I wanted to make her something special and here’s how a make her treat-filled flower pot.

Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

What You’ll Need: Terra Cotta Pot, Paint, Floral Foam, Wood Skewers*, Faux Flowers, Candy Bars/Bagged Treats/Gift Cards, Green Construction Paper, Floral Moss

*If you use flowers with stems, you don’t need these.

Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

Paint your pot how you’d like or you could even have you kiddo do it.  I went a little doodle happy on this one but I like it!  Place your foam inside, cut to fit as snug as possible.

If you’re using a flower with a stem, just hot glue your treats/cards to the stems.  If you have skewers, glue the flower to the top and then the treats/cards to the skewer.  Arrange them in the foam at different heights and fill in any bottom space by stuffing floral moss in the holes.

Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

Cut out a leaf shape from the construction paper, fold a crease into the middle, and glue them randomly onto the stems or treats.

Treat Filled Flower Pot Teacher Gift

I added a fun little note to this one but you could always accompany the pot with a thoughtful card.  Be sure to write you child’s name and year for the teacher to remember later!  I put Gav’s on the bottom to it wasn’t distracting.

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Thank you to all of the hard working teachers out there and hang on just a little bit longer!  Summer’s coming!

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I started a Whole 30 last week.  Today makes day 9 and I’m actually enjoying the challenge it provides.  (Does this make me crazy?)  Also, I know that I may not be saying the same thing on day 25 but you never know.   Either way, I’m really enjoying that it’s forcing me to cook more and find healthier options.  I was thinking about meals I could make with what I already had and I remember a meal I had with my best friend.  She uses a food service from time to time since her husband travels a lot and she graciously shares with me whenever she can.  (Love her!)  One time we shared a sweet potato breakfast bowl and I remembered how yummy it was.  I thought I’d take a stab at making one myself.

My first try, while very good, wasn’t really up to par with the fancy food service one.  Now breakfast hash 2.0….well here she is!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

The first new ingredient was the bacon.  I don’t care what anyone says, bacon makes things better!   However, it took me FOREVER to find a Whole 30 approved bacon but I found it!  (Hint:  Just go to Whole Foods first.)  The addition if the bacon gives the dish a nice fatty component and favor up the wazoo!  I sautéed the garlic in the leftover grease so I would have to use any extra oil.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

The second addition was ghee.  Ghee is clarified butter and the only slightly dairy product allowed in the program.  I had read that it was compliant but I wasn’t sold.  I’m an all or nothing kind of person.  So I looked up exactly why they added it in and was satisfied with the answer.  If you’re curious, it has to do with the process of draining out the milk solids which is the main source of dietary problems for most people.  It’s safe to say that I’ll never buy regular butter again!  My kitchen smelled heavenly.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

This serves 4 but I could’ve stuffed my face with at least half, if not all of it.  So could my husband!  He asked if he could have seconds and I told him no because it had to last us two more servings.  Neither of us was happy about this.  I will say that it is a time consuming dish.  Sweet potatoes take FOREVER to soften!  But it’s worth it and a great addition to a weekend breakfast/brunch menu!

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
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Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

Delicious and Whole 30 approved!  This dish will fill you up and not make you feel like you're missing out on anything.

Course Breakfast
Keyword breakfast hash, sweet potato, sweet potato hash
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author gavandro

Ingredients

  • 8 strips Sugar Free Bacon
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 4 cups Diced Sweet Potato (raw or frozen)
  • 3-5 cups Spinach Leaves
  • 6 eggs
  • Sea Salt + Ground Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp Clarified Butter or Ghee

Instructions

  1. Cook the bacon until browned and crisp.  Set aside on a paper towel.

  2. Drain the majority of the bacon grease from the pan and use the left over to sauté the garlic.  Add ghee to the pan as well as the sweet potatoes. (cook time will depends on raw or frozen) Add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Push to one side and add spinach leaves.  Sauté until wilted.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs.  Push all the ingredients in the pan to the side and add the eggs.  Scramble until cooked through.

  5. Stir everything in the pan together adding more salt and pepper to taste.  Crumble the bacon and toss together.

Recipe Notes

Great additions to this meal: Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, Red Bell Pepper, Grated Cheese (not Whole 30 compliant)

Not sure what Whole 30 is or want to start your own?  Click HERE for all the info.

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What You’ll Need:  Paper Mache Unicorn, Exacto Knife, Paint, Floral Foam, Decorative Rocks, Plants

DIY Unicorn Planter DIY Unicorn Planter

Using the knife, cut out a hole in the top of the unicorn.  I bought this one at Hobby Lobby but they also have other animals like dinosaurs so go crazy!  Make sure the hole big enough to stuff the foam in and small enough that it won’t be gapping.  Now all that left to to paint and plant!  I planted this one exactly like the mini planter place cards with the addition of pouring more rocks into the legs of the unicorn for weight.  I glued my favorite colored rocks around the edge of the hole to cover any gaps.

DIY Unicorn Planter

I love her!  She adds a pretty pop of green to my office (not pictured because, like I said, crappy lighting) and sits nicely on a shelf above my computer.  Now all she needs is a name!

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1. 29 gifts – This. Book.  I can’t recommend this book enough.  Whether you are going through a personally hard time or even if you’re in a season of highs, this book will move you.  It’s about a women’s struggles with Multiple Sclerosis and how giving away 29 gifts in 29 days changed her perspective.  Very powerful stuff!

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