The Whole30 journey took over my February this year so I thought I would share my favorites, Whole30 style. I chose the items below as my favorites because they were the items that helped make this program something I looked forward to eating every day.
At first glance, the Whole30 can seem hard, impossible even, but it’s not hard at all. Sure, it takes planning and a dash of willpower but, it has proven to be a delicious way to eat and can really kick start a positive relationship with food.
Tessamae’s Ketchup and Sweet Potato Fries
When my tastebuds needed some extra love I reached for this tried and true combination. Back when sweet potato fries were the new hot thing on every menu I, like most, renounced ‘regular french fries’ in favor of these sweet little guys. Little did I know then that these fries (when cooked properly) could be a healthy choice for meals. When I have made sweet potato fries recently I’ve cherished every bite. Each bite was made even better with Tessamae’s all natural ketchup. I’ve loved ketchup for as long as I can remember and this stuff filled a void that I knew I would miss.
Dates Rolled in Coconut Flakes
My first weekend eating Whole30 meals was hard. Before, weekends were reserved for eating all the fun things that I would normally try to avoid during the week. I wound up being surprised at how my mind played tricks on me while grocery shopping that first Saturday. At the end of my shopping trip, I came across dates rolls with coconut in the bulk food section of the People’s Food Co-op and the ingredients listed “dates, unsweetened coconut flakes” all of which are Whole30 compliant. I really had a craving for something sweet (chocolate, if I’m being honest) but these little guys actually fit the Whole30 bill. After I had my dinner that night I had a date roll for my dessert and it almost felt like I was eating a cookie. These little guys were sweet and filling. They were just want I needed to stay on track and not feel like I was going crazy.
Cinnamon Faux Latte
I tried this coffee concoction late in the game but I’m very glad that I did. It might be a new stand-by in my daily-ish coffee routine. Drinking black coffee just isn’t my thing so I experimented with a recipe I heard a lot of Whole30-ers rave about. Basically, it is brewed coffee, blended (has to be blended) with a small dollop of ghee, a draw of coconut milk and a shake of cinnamon. And just like that, my love for coffee sparked again.
There is just something about nut butters that make me feel comfort food-y all over. It must be because they are reminiscent of munching on peanut butter sandwiches and peanut butter cookies when I was a kid. I was able to get some almond butter in the bulk section of a grocery store I shop at and mostly used it on fruit, particularly on bananas. The first week of my Whole30 I managed to get a really bad cramp in my left thigh and after doing a little scrounging online I found that it might have been because I needed more potassium in my diet. Since then I’ve eaten about 2 bananas a week with almond butter as a topping. I genuinely looked forward to eating this combo every time I had it.
Crispy Roasted Veggies
Finding my groove with vegetables hasn’t been the easiest. I know that I like them sautéed and steamed but I don’t LOVE them prepared that way. During the past 30 days I did find that I LOVE them oven roasted to the point of them having a bit of a crispy crust. This somehow brings out the natural sweetness of the veggies and adds a great texture that’s similar to a chip or fry. The #1 crispy veggie that I’ve made so far has been broccoli. What I do is lightly coat the vegetables in olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder, place them on a baking sheet and put in a 400º oven for 20 minutes.
Kombucha + La Croix cocktail
I was really worried about getting enough good gut bacteria while I was on the Whole30. I was use to loading up on greek yogurt as a steadfast breakfast and digestive helper so I really wanted to find an alternative. After doing research on Whole30 meal plans I heard of this cocktail. I very much enjoy kombucha and La Croix on their own so I was game to put the two together. My favorite combo was GT’s Synergy kombucha’s Guava Goddess and Apricot flavored La Croix. My gut was happy and every time I drank it and it felt like a fancy soda that I shouldn’t be having.
Today marked the official start of reintroduction. We started things off with legumes.
Even though we are done with Whole30 we are still on the Whole30 journey for the next 12 days. The guidelines will still be in place for most of the days and I’m really excited to see how each food group makes us feel.