Thinking about starting Whole30? I’m on Day 22 and I’m still loving it. I love the healthy foods I’m putting into my body so that I have enough energy to make it through the day. I sleep better too! There’s so much to love about Whole30. Go here to see why I decided to try something so extreme.
You can’t just jump into a Whole30. It’s important to prep beforehand so that you have the food handy to succeed. In addition to plenty of fresh veggies, meats, and fruit, you’re going to want some basic Whole30 pantry staples. Be sure to check out the Whole30 shopping list for great ideas. I knew I wouldn’t use everything on the list, but I have found several things to be super helpful.
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Ghee is clarified butter and is Whole30 approved. Use it anywhere you might be inclined to use standard butter. This is the kind I use. You can find it in the ethnic foods aisle at Whole Foods.
My favorite application? Drizzled onto a sweet potato. Sprinkle with sea salt and a dash of cinnamon for a healthy and delicious side dish. I typically bake 3 sweet potatoes on Monday and eat about half a potato with my lunch each day.
2. Coconut Cream
If your biggest question is “How will I survive without cream in my coffee?” then this is your answer. It’s no miracle worker, but it helps a ton. I add a dollop of it into my coffee along with cinnamon and quickly run it through the blender. Native Forest is a reputable brand without any added junk that’s not Whole30 approved.
Native Forest is a reputable brand without any added junk that’s not Whole30 approved. I ordered an entire case of 12 from Amazon to last through my Whole30.
3. Healthy Oils (Olive Oil & Coconut)
I use these in different applications. Everyday for breakfast, I have sauteed kale and fried eggs. I sautee the kale in olive oil but the eggs go in coconut oil. Why? Because I need more coconut oil in my life and kale just tastes better in olive oil. Don’t ask why. It just does.
4. Salt (Kosher & Sea Salt)
Why does salt matter? Because good salt just tastes better and we all want better tasting veggies on Whole30! Trust me, once you switch to Kosher & Sea Salt, there’s no going back to regular table salt.
5. Coconut Milk
This will come in handy for soups and other recipes. With good quality coconut milk like Native Forest, you can actually put it in the fridge and let the cream solidify at the top. In just one can, you’ll have cream for your coffee and milk for your soup!
My favorite application? This curried cream of broccoli soup. Amazing.
These are only a small part of Whole30 and should be used in moderation. A small handful of toasted nuts can add quite a bit of texture to a salad. My favorites are Bergeron’s Pecans because 1) they’re local to me and 2) they’re safe for my son who is allergic to most nuts. Bergeron’s only processes pecans so I know the nuts do not come in contact with peanuts, cashews, or anything else my son is allergic to.
My favorite application? This Avocado Sonoma Chicken Salad. I have it for lunch several days a week.
I know, I know. Whole30 says that while they are technically compliant, they are, essentially, candy. But they’re the perfect emergency snack (yes, even snacks are off limits in Whole30!). However, if you’ve just spent 2 hours at the doctors office with all 3 kids in tow and it’s already 1 in the afternoon, if you don’t eat something now you absolutely will go through that drive thru and it won’t be pretty. And this, my friends, is why I keep a LARABAR in my purse. No, these are not friendly to my son’s food allergies, so I’m very cautious with them. And yes, I want to learn how to make my own.
8. Almond Butter
You know what tastes like dessert on Whole30? Almond Butter spread on an apple. Seriously, it tastes completely indulgent and is delicious. It can be tricky to find a brand without added sugar or any other junk, but Barney Butter Bare delivers. And it’s safe for people who are allergic to tree nuts (other than almonds, of course). I emailed the company to find out. I don’t have an apple and almond butter every day, but occasionally it’s a nice addition to my lunch.
Have you tried Whole30? What would you add to this list?