Whole30 has been an incredible journey for me and our family. We’ve learned to eat cleaner and smarter. When I first committed myself to 30 days, I focused on all the things I could not eat instead of the wide variety of food I could eat. Along the way we found some new recipes and rediscovered old ones. Today I’m sharing our “go-to” recipes, as well as a handful of links that will keep variety flowing as you begin your 30 days.
I mainly ate eggs, smoothies and meat for breakfast. As the kids ate something different most mornings (remember, Finn is allergic to eggs), Justin and I made breakfast for two. Justin was amazing and often made our breakfast, even making my smoothie first and then whipping his a little more to throw in almond milk and honey. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked well for 30 days.
Option 1: Bacon Egg Cups *
Option 2: Use your Vitamix or Blender to create a smoothie with the following ingredients: water, chia seeds, coconut oil, coconut flakes, raw almonds, frozen/chopped banana, mixed berries, and kale or spinach. Be sure to add enough water to liquify.
Option 3: Sauté green peppers and onions in ghee. Add two whipped eggs and scramble together. Add a side of pork sausage, if necessary. I always ate with 1/2 avocado and sliced tomato.
Option 4: Power Greens Breakfast Skillet (skip the parm)
Option 5: A variety of egg-based and egg-free recipes – 30 Days of Whole30 Breakfasts from Meatified
Lunches are the hardest for me to “prepare” something. Between getting the kids lunch, picking up toys, unloading the dishwasher or car, and quickly checking messages, there’s little to no time before I need to clean the kids and the kitchen and put Evie down for a nap. Most of these lunches are quick! If I didn’t make one of these options, I often had leftovers from a dinner the night before. I usually added fruit and a raw veggie to my lunches as I have little time to “prep” or “cook” veggies at lunch.
Option 1: Slice a banana (length-wise) and add almond butter to the long sides. Top with crushed cashews and raisins. Add a side salad or baby carrots.
Option 2: Taco Salad using homemade taco seasoning
Option 3: Nick Sticks (turkey are my favorite), a LaraBar (double check ingredient labels as some are not Whole30-approved), and some veggies.
Option 4: Orchard Turkey Burgers (skip the brie and use EVOO and balsamic vinegar instead for dressing)
Option 5: Pan-fry a burger and top with avocado. Serve with fruit and veggies.
Option 6: For days you have a little more time to prepare lunch – think weekends – Meatified has 30 Days of Whole30 Lunches.
As I’ve shared before, we all ate Whole30 for dinner because I’m not in the business of making separate meals for everyone! Here are some of our favorite and easiest recipes. I always serve dinner with a side vegetable. Options included: roasted or steamed broccoli, kale chips, roasted cabbage, side salad, asparagus, brussels sprouts, cooked carrots, etc. Vegetable side options are endless but you have to commit yourself to trying new things.
Option 1: Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp (we also did this to scallops)
Option 2: Hemp Crusted Baked Chicken Fingers
Option 3: Chicken Packets (no baby corn and used ghee)
Option 4: Healthy Homemade Chicken Fingers
Option 5: Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad with Roasted Asparagus * (use a high heat oil instead of butter to cook asparagus)
Option 6: Bacon Wrapped Meatballs *
Option 7: 30 Days of Whole30 Dinners from Meatified
Whole30 really encourages three filling meals and to avoid snacking, but there were times (especially in the beginning when I wasn’t eating enough at meal time), I would be hungry and need a snack. Some of my favorites include:
- unsalted cashews, raw almonds and unsweetened dried cranberries
- almond butter and apples
- almond or cashew butter with veggies (celery sticks and carrots)
- mashed avocado and a spoonful of salsa with carrots
- black olives and cucumber slices
- Go Raw Original Super Cookies with almond butter
- hard boiled eggs
Several bloggers have done an incredible job of documenting their journey with 30 days of recipes. Check out the following posts for more ideas:
Whole30 Eating Log from Good Cheap Eats
Whole30 Approved from The Foodee
The Round-up: 30 Days of Whole30 Recipes from Nom Nom Paleo
The Whole30 Recap: Every Single Day from Nom Nom Paleo (2nd Whole30)
A Month of Whole30 Dinner Ideas from Holly Would If She Could
30 Whole30-Friendly Recipes from The Clothes Make the Girl
30 Whole30 Slow Cooker Recipes from Meatified
If you are interested in starting Whole30, I encourage you to do the following:
- Purchase It Starts With Food. Read it in full before starting your journey.
- Set a start date.
- Plan and prepare. Lay out the meals you will have (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for the next 7 days. Grocery shop and prep your food. Repeat.
- Find support. Join the My Wise Mom Whole30 facebook page for encouragement along the way.
This will likely be my last Whole30 dedicated post, as I believe I’ve answered most of your questions and shared our experience as a family and mine personally to date. If there are things we’ve missed along the way, please reach out! And if you’re on your Whole30 journey, be sure to join us on facebook and keep me posted of your progress. I love hearing about your success!
I also love great recipes, so please share your favorite Whole30 recipe(s) in the comments!
* I found sugar-free bacon (Pederson’s Natural Farms) at Whole Foods. Be sure the look for the package that specifically says “sugar-free.”