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30 Whole30 Snacks That Are Really Mini Meals

One of the most common questions we get from readers going through one of our Whole30 Meal Plans is this – “what snacks can I have on the Whole30?” While the Whole30 program is actually designed to keep snacking to a minimum (or not at all), it is recognized that sometimes during the 30 days you might need some snacks. We put together this listing of 30 Whole30 snacks to give you some unique ideas for Whole30 compliant snack options!

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When is it ok to snack during my Whole30?

First things first, doing a Whole30 is not only life changing but habit changing as well. A lot of snacking is habit based and not actually based on feelings of true hunger. When you go through your Whole30, you’ll need examine your snacking habits and determine when you are truly hungry and need a snack vs. wanting a snack just for a treat or out of habit.

A good way to determine if you are truly hungry and need a snack is to ask yourself this question (Source the Whole30 website) – “Am I hungry enough to eat steamed fish and broccoli?” If the answer is yes, you’re legitimately hungry; go eat a snack! If the answer is, “No, but I’d eat an RXBAR/trail mix/scoop of almond butter” you’re just having a craving–no snack for you!”

What should my Whole30 snacks look like?

Ideally, a Whole30 snack should just be a “mini-meal”. You know the Whole30 meal template? Follow that and you’ll be fine. Try to eat a snack with protein, fat and carbs (a small portion of leftover dinner is the best example). These will be the most satiating snacks that will get you through to your next meal.

The best Whole30 snack

As alluded to in the previous paragraph, the BEST Whole30 snack is actually an easy one – LEFTOVERS! Since you are already cooking Whole30 compliant meals, it’s easy to plan for and make a little extra in case you need a snack. Leftovers can be lifesavers when doing a Whole30, trust us!

True mini-meals require assembly

We don’t think you’ll have any trouble finding Whole30 compliant emergency snacks and travel food. These are the bars, meat sticks and pre-packaged items you may want to have at your desk, in your purse or in your car for true emergency needs. See the Whole30 approved list here.

However, for this listing, we are providing you with homemade Whole30 snack options that are quick and easy while still falling under under the umbrella of a “mini-meal”. While not every snack in this listing is a mini-meal with all 3 macronutrients (protein, fat and carbs), a lot of them are! Those snacks that are not contain a combination of at least 2 of the 3 macronutrients.

cucumber slices topped with tuna on a plate

Tips to go along with this snack list

  • At the end of each section, we’ve listed some compliant products we’ve found to help you out when shopping. Just double check the ingredients before purchasing, as products can change.
  • For snacks in the “prep” section, it’s easiest batch cook ingredients to have items in the fridge when needed. Choose what you want and cook some extra bacon, hard boil some eggs, or make sweet potato “toast”.
  • For any of the “meat” based snacks in the listing, you can sub any leftover meat you have on hand.
  • For a simple guacamole, mix together chopped avocado, lime juice, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.
  • The easiest way to make hard and soft boiled eggs is in the Instant Pot. See this page for instructions and different cooking times for soft and hard boiled.
  • To make sweet potato “toast”, slice a sweet potato into thin slices, about 1/4 inch in thickness. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 400°. After 10 minutes, flip the potatoes over and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  • You can swap out any compliant sauce of your choice wherever mayo or mustard is used.
  • Mix things up and use whatever fruits and vegetables are on hand or in season
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On to the Whole30 snack listing

We put a lot of thought into this Whole30 snack listing and have organized it into sections for you as noted below. Just click on the link if you want to jump directly to any section.

  • Grab – These are quick and easy snacks that can made in just a minute or two. They might require a quick chop of fruit/vegetables.
  • Make – Still quick and easy but these snacks might require some heating or more assembly time.
  • Prep – These snacks require a little advance prep (e.g. make hard boiled eggs, prep tuna salad, etc.)


1. Veggies with almond butter

Sliced carrots and celery on a plate with almond butter

2. Sliced tomato with avocado and basil

Slices of tomatoes topped with avocado and basil strips on a plate

3. Prosciutto and fruit

Prosciutto, blueberries and chunks of watermelon on a plate

4. Veggies and compliant ranch

Sliced carrots, celery and bell pepper on a plate with ranch dressing

5. Mixed nuts and berries

Strawberries and blueberries on a plate with mixed nuts

6. Olives with meat (lunch meat or leftovers)

Olives and rolled lunch meat on a plate

7. Kimchi with avocado

Avocado cut in half and stuffed with kimchi on a plate

8. Macadamia nuts, prosciutto and dried fruit

Dried apples, macadamia nuts and prosciutto on a plate

9. Veggies with non-dairy yogurt

Sliced cucumber, celery and bell pepper on a plate with coconut yogurt

10. Pickles and meat (lunch meat or leftovers)

Pickles and rolled lunch meat on a plate

11. Fruit with almond butter

Strawberries and blueberries on a plate with almond butter



  • Applegate – They have a lot of compliant options.
  • Pederson’s Farms – One of our favorite places to find Whole30 compliant meats.
  • True Story Foods – Their sliced turkey deli meat is compliant.
  • Diestel Farms – Some of their meats have honey or sugar, so check the ingredients.
  • Trader Joe’s – Options and ingredients vary, so check you local store and verify ingredients.

Other options might exist at your local store, just check the ingredients and make sure there aren’t any sneaky sugars in the ingredients!


  • Applegate
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Other stores – Just check ingredients, they should just be pork and salt.






12. Bell pepper sandwich (lunch meat, pickle and mustard)

Half bell peppers topped with lunch meat, pickles and mustard on a plate

13. Chopped sausage, kraut and avocado

Sauerkraut, avocado and sliced hot dog on a plate

14. Bone broth and veggies

Sliced carrots, bell pepper and zucchini on a plate with a cup of broth

15. Lunch meat (or leftover meat) wrap with avocado and mustard

Iceburg lettuce shell topped with lunch meat, avocado and mustard on a plate

17. Veggies with simple guacamole

Sliced carrots and bell pepper on a plate with guacamole

18. Sausage, greens and mustard

Greens with hot dot and mustard drizzle on top on a plate

19. Sausage (or beef) patty and spinach

Spinach topped with two sausage patties on a plate

20. Quick scramble (egg, meat and spinach)

Eggs scrambled with bacon and spinach on a plate

20. Bone broth and coconut yogurt

Coconut yogurt and spoon on a plate with a cup of broth








21. Soft boiled egg over tomato with greens

Sliced tomato topped with arugula and soft boiled egg on a plate

22. Roasted veggies with ghee and nutritional yeast

Roasted broccolini and brussels sprouts with nutritional yeast topping on a plate

23. Sweet potato toast (2 ways)

Sweet potato toast with avocado and nut butter and berry topping on a plate

Toppings pictured are sliced avocado with some everything but the bagel seasoning salt and almond butter with blueberries. You can really use anything that sounds good for toppings. We like to add on some healthy fats and leftover protein to make this a true “mini-meal”.

24. Cucumber slices with tuna salad

cucumber slices topped with tuna on a plate

25. Hard boiled eggs (4 ways)

Hard boiled eggs cut in half with various toppings on a plate

Pictured topped with (clockwise from top left):

26. Bacon in cabbage cup with simple guacamole

Cabbage leaf topped with bacon and guacamole on a plate

27. Chicken salad on apple slices

Round apple slices topped with chicken salad on a plate

Pictured above using our Keto Chicken Salad recipe.

28. Carrots with coconut butter

Sliced carrots with coconut butter on a plate

29. Roasted veggies with compliant mayo

Roasted broccolini and brussels sprouts on a plate with mayo

30. Bacon with simple guacamole

Bacon and guacamole on a plate






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