Melissa Hartwig (the mastermind behind the Whole30 lifestyle) states in the Whole30 resources that many things in life are hard, and that of those many things, Whole30 is not hard. Sure, the loss of loved ones, disease, losing a job, etc. are all hard things we may face in life. But I’m here to tell you: Whole30 is hard too. I’m not saying it’s up in the ranks with the most difficult things in life, but it is most certainly challenging.
Though many of my recipes have been inspired by Whole30 and Paleo lifestyles for quite some time, I have only recently completed my first Whole30. It was difficult, and often times annoying, but I did indeed see some amazing changes in my body and have learned some great lessons about myself. In this blog post, I’m sharing some of the simple staples that I had available or prepared at all times. These staples = life for me on my Whole30, and I hope that they make your round of Whole30 that much easier, too. But first, for those of you who are knew to Whole30:
What the heck is a Whole30?
Whole30 is not a diet or weight-loss plan. Whole30 is essentially a dietary reset that challenges you to eliminate processed or altered foods and only consume whole foods for thirty days. The program has a ton of rules that I’m not going to include in this post. I will, however, point you in the direction of some resources if you’d like to learn more:
The Whole30 masterminds have quite a few books available for purchase (click the images above to shop on Amazon). These books are a GREAT resource for Whole30 rules, tips, and recipes. The Whole30 website also offers many free resources that are super helpful.
These resources are great! Although, many of the recipes they include here are on the complicated side. They are delicious, but do require several ingredients and often also require a lot of your time. During my Whole30, I found cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day for 30 days to be exhausting and overwhelming. So along the way I started to implement some simple and easy staple recipes/ingredients into my routine.
Staple 1: FRITTATAS
Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day, but on Whole30, it’s tough to whip up a compliant breakfast when you’re in a hurry. My work-week breakfast staple quickly became frittatas. They are easy to make and one batch will last you several days. Simply store in the fridge until you need it, and the reheat at work (or home) when you’re ready to eat! Here are some of my favorite frittata recipes (pictured above, omit cheese if listed in recipe):
STAPLE 2: COCONUT MILK
Coffee is a Whole30 compliant beverage, but cream and sugar are not compliant add-ins. This is a big problem for some people, but I’m happy to say that I’ve found a life-long replacement for cream (I’ve never been a sugar in my coffee person) in my coffee: coconut milk. Not the boxed kind you find stored next to the almond milk in the refrigerator isle, though. I’m talking about full fat canned coconut milk. It is thick, creamy, slightly sweet and so so delicious in my coffee (frothed along with my collagen peptides of course).
Not only is it delicious, it’s a healthy fat that will help keep you full throughout the morning. Canned coconut milk is not created equally though, as some brands are not compliant due to extra additives. Pictures of some compliant brands are included below, click them to shop:
STAPLE 3: CHICKEN SALAD
Whole30 recommends eating leftovers from dinner for breakfast or lunch the next day. That advice is great in theory, but not so much in practice (for me at least). My boyfriend and I did Whole30 together, and by the time we each ate our fill of our meal, there was almost never any leftovers to save for later. Our giant dinners always nearly disappeared, as if by magic, no matter how much “extra” we thought we we had made.
My solution to the lack of leftovers issue was chicken salad! Make a big batch at the start of the week, and eat it on the days that you run out of leftovers. My favorite recipe is Cranberry Nut Chicken Salad. It does call for cranberries, though, so make sure you’re using berries that are compliant. If you can’t find compliant cranberries, try substituting grapes or diced apples, or switching to Super Crunch Chicken Salad instead.
STAPLE 4: SMOKED SALMON
Smoked salmon was an absolute live saver during my Whole30. It’s not only decadent, but it requires no cooking! A compliant protein (fish) that doesn’t need to be cooked! Hallelujah. A no-cook, no-prep meal is a real treat on Whole30. Add it to a salad for lunch or dinner, or serve it along side some eggs and an avocado for breakfast. A little squeeze of lemon and a shake of Everything But The Bagel seasoning is all it needs. Smoked salmon is in the same boat as coconut milk, though. You’ll definitely need to read your labels to make sure there isn’t any added sugar. The images below are examples of some compliant brands.
STAPLE 5: HARD BOILED EGGS
I had never had a hard boiled egg until doing the Whole30. I always thought they looked and smelled gross, so I never even though to try one. I’m not sure what encouraged me to start cooking them during my round of Whole30, but boy am I glad I did! They are delicious. During Whole30, I’d whip up nearly a dozen at a time, and save them to use in breakfasts and lunches, and as emergency snacks. The pictures above are examples of how I’d incorporate hard boiled eggs into simple and easy meals. A sprinkle of salt, pepper and Everything But The Bagel seasoning or cayenne pepper is my favorite topping. If you’re new to cooking boiled eggs, here’s how I do it: Perfect Almost-Hard Boiled Eggs.
YOU CAN DO IT!
A round of Whole30 is hard. You are forced to live without foods that are deeply engrained in your diet, but it is worth it. You will learn so much about yourself and your body. If there’s anything else I can help you with, please let me know in the comments below!
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