5 Whole30 Foods I Eat Everyday
Completing my first Whole30 opened my eyes to a whole new world of healthy foods that I plan to incorporate in my normal diet. These foods are both nutritious and delicious. Now I will say, some of these are not cheap and unless you have a Whole Foods, Central Market, or Sprouts nearby, some of these items may be hard to find. With that said, there are items that can actually be made at home. I’ve personally never tried to make them myself, but items like bone broth and ghee can be made on the cheap at home if you have the time. A simple google search should do the trick in finding instructions. With that said, let’s get into it!
Whole30 multiplied my love for sweet potatoes times 1000. I nearly ate sweet potatoes with every meal. I could eat them for breakfast with eggs, or as a sweet treat with some almond peanut butter. We used an airless Fryer to make healthy sweet potato fries to switch it up from time to time as well. Perfect with tahini as a topper too. This one you can find anywhere and it’s cheap and it’s an easily digestible carb source.
The stats on bone broth are undeniable. Over the last few years so many studies have confirmed the long term health benefits associated with bone broth and if it’s done right, it serves as a great post workout drink. Sometimes i like to drink a warm beverage right before bed, and since this stuff doesn’t have any caffeine, I’ll usually end my day with a cup of broth. Since this item is still finding traction, there aren’t a lot of cafes or restaurants that serve bone broth..yet. It if you don’t make it yourself, I prefer the kind sold at Snap kitchen the best. You can also find other options at your nearest Whole Foods.
I adore peanut butter, and it broke my heart to learn that I would have to cut it out being a legume and all while I was completing my Whole30 journey. But during that time, I fell hard for almond butter. The all natural version of this stuff was a staple in my morning mixed in with some eggs and sweet potato. Yeah yeah I know, that mix may not sound appetizing at first, but don’t knock it till you try it! Almond butter is less sweet than peanut butter and it’s another way I can slightly reduce the amount of sugar I inhale on the daily. Although an acquired taste, if you love PB as much as I do, you can learn to love the not so diners t cousin, AB (I need a better name for this stuff).
Ill be honest, I didn’t think there was any version of Sausage out there that was good for you. I’ve always been a fan of chicken everything, but when someone says it’s coming in sausage form, I automatically think fake meat filler with fat sugar and other bad stuff. But Jess and I were desperate for another meat option while knee deep in that Whole30 life. After reading some blogs and doing some research, turns out chicken sausage can be pretty good for you. Granted you gotta read the labels, make sure there isn’t any smoked Gouda in there or that it has been covered in maple syrup. Once we found a sugar free all natural option, Jessica couldn’t get enough of this stuff. It is pretty tasty and the perfect compliment to your eggs in the morning.
During Whole30, I cooked at home a lot. There aren’t a lot of restaurants or ready made meals available where we live that are compliant with the many restrictions that come with Whole30. At first we started cooking our meals with coconut oil, which is great but sometimes leaves a semi-sweet coconut-ty after taste that can really throw you when after cooking certain foods. Then came our discovery of avocado oil. Not only does it burn at a higher heat but it tends to feel like a lighter option overall compared to coconut oil. After Whole30 was over, I found myself still using avocado oil over the typical canola oil I usually use. I think this change is perminent. It is a bit on the pricey side, but I think its worth it especially when cooking high heat items like steak.
There you have it! My 5 favorite Whole30 Compliant Foods that I plan to keep eating on a daily basis. One thing Jess and I discovered is that following a Whole30 plan can be intimidating, but finding substitutes for items you normally eat that are healthy for you is a great way to keep your routine while trying out Whole30 or similar nutrituion plans. There’s nothing really weird among these 5 foods, we’ve all eaten a version of them in some shape or form. Give them a shot!