I successfully completed my third (!) Whole 30 *thunderous applause* and thought, my not talk about it a bit on the interwebz. You can read everything I ate during my very first round HERE. But today, I wanna talk about the foods that I have to have in order to make it through. If you’re wanting to undertake your own Whole 30 (read up on it, first and foremost), give these foods a shot! However, I think what’s super great about the Whole 30 process is you really learn what foods feel best for you personally. So experiment and have fun!
Here’s what I need for a successful Whole 30…
- Lara bars – great in a pinch if you get HANGRY
- Guacamole pods – an easy (read: lazy) way to add some healthy fats to your lunchbox
- Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausage – my favorite sheet pan dinner to cook up on busy nights = these sausages + baby red potatoes + broccoli
- GT’s Kombucha – afternoon pick-me-up
- Flavored seltzer water – not married to La Croix, the store brands work just fine for me
- Almond butter – gotta pair my fruit with protein
- Applesauce pouches – just make sure there’s no added sugar (my husband calls these baby food but *shrugs*)
- Carrot and red bell pepper sticks – when you’re off sugar, raw veggies like these taste AMAZING
- Chicken burgers – TJ’s has a pre-made, compliant option but we just get ground chicken and make ’em ourselves
- Potato and sweet potato latkes/home fries/hash browns – honestly do you even NEED bread when you can have a latke??
- Bananas – I just can’t be bothered to cook eggs every single morning so these are my go-to brekky fuel
- Banana pepper rings – the best way to top a salad imho
- Salami – what can I say? I love my Italian meats
- Ghee – when I DO cook eggs, this is the business
- Plantain chips – for crunch
Have you ever completed a round of Whole 30? What would you consider your must-haves? Share below! ❤
As I mentioned in my How I’m Kickstarting 2018 post, I want to spend more time in the produce section than anywhere else in the grocery store. So, to hold myself accountable, I thought I’d share a recent grocery haul. (I also want to start experimenting with more daily life micro-blogging in 2018 and thought this might be a fun one for that!) Here’s what I got and why I consider these items staples…
Bananas – Versatile because you can pair them with so many things. I love to have one with almond butter for my breakfast but they’re also great on top of oats, quinoa, granola, yogurt, etc.
Nectarines – Hand fruit is always good to have … on hand …for a quick portable snack. Down here in South Florida even the trash apples (sorry red delicious!) are kinda pricey but I’ve found nectarines to be affordable year-round.
Avocados – Good healthy fats for your brain and skin.
Zucchinis – I’ve cut way back on grains since our Whole 30 experiment so I love spiralizing zucchinis to replace noodles in any dish.
Pesto – Great as a topping for those spiralized zucchinis (easy lunch!) and really yummy on potatoes, too.
Bell pepper – Add an extra color to your salads or chop into sticks for a raw vegetable side with lunch.
Red onion – Great salad element (they really take it to the next level!), especially when you throw in something sweet too – like raisins or chopped dates. All about that taste balance!
Lemon – For detoxifying lemon water.
Broccoli – Yummy to add to soups or steamed up as a side.
Green lentils – I like to add these in place of grains to bulk up soups and stews for a healthy, protein-packed winter meal.
Kale – For salads or steaming but never for smoothies because my blender just isn’t strong enough, lol.
Sweet potato – Packed with Vitamin A and Beta Carotene so it’s great for your eyeballs!
Gluten-free wraps – Throw some avocados and veggies in, wrap it up!
Kefir – High in probiotics so it’s good for the gut.
Almond milk – Add it to smoothies, use it in baking, pour it over granola.
Walnuts – For salads and snacking. They’re great for your brain because they pack that Omega 3 fatty acids punch!
Kombucha – Because I’m addicted.
What are your grocery staples lately? Any tips for spending more grocery-time in the produce department and away from the convenient lure of frozen, packaged foods? Let me know!