Several months ago, my husband and I decided to do the Whole 30 program. It was an unbelievable, life-changing experience for us, and you can read all about it here. The 30 days not only gave us a new understanding of food, but it also gave us food freedom. So, we continue to eat on plan the vast majority of the time. AND we have our daughter, who is 16 months old, follow the plan too. In other words, Whole 30 has really shaped our entire baby-led weaning experience. Now, you must be wondering what has helped us stick it out for so long. Well, here are 5 of our must-have items in order to survive the Whole 3o:
One of the most well-known ways to introduce probiotics into your diet is through yogurt, but if you are on Whole 30, then dairy is a major no-no. So what are you to do instead? Well, the ancient fermentation process of cabbage (fermented cabbage=sauerkraut) also creates probiotics. And yes, you could make your own sauerkraut, but with all of the yummy flavors that Farmhouse Culture offers, why would you want to? Currently, there are 5 flavors; Original, Garlic Dill Pickle, Smoked Jalapeño, Horseradish Leek, and Kimchi. All are Whole 30 compliant except for the Kimchi variety. My personal favorite is the Smoked Jalapeño, and I use it to liven up eggs (which you tend to eat A LOT of on Whole 30). And, anytime I want to add heat to a dish, I will top it with some Smoked Jalapeño Kraut. My husband isn’t quite the lover of heat that I am, so this method works out well. I can put some on top of my dish and leave it off of his.
Each bag of Farmhouse Culture is 16 oz., and the ingredients in each flavor are as follows:
Original: green cabbage, caraway seeds, Sonoma sea salt
Garlic Dill: green cabbage, cucumbers, garlic, Dill, Sonoma sea salt
Smoked Jalapeño: green cabbage, onions, carrots, daikon radish, jalapeño, Sonoma sea salt
Horseradish Leek: green cabbage, leeks, carrots, horseradish, Sonoma sea salt
Are you one of those people who likes to drink their coffee black? Well then, good for you. 🙂 You and my husband, Erik, would get along great. As for me, though, I have to have something in my coffee to get it to go down. And no, it’s not possible to just go without my morning cup of coffee while on Whole 30. Granted, I only allow myself one cup a day, but I NEED that one cup. That’s why I am so glad that I found Nutpods. It’s a non-dairy creamer that is made from a combination of almonds and coconut. Plus, it has the same thick consistency as half-and-half. It comes in three flavors: Original, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut, and all three flavors are not only Whole 30 compliant, they are also officially Whole 30 approved. Yes!
Each container of Nutpods is 11.2 fl. oz. and is made from the following ingredients: purified water, coconut cream, almonds, natural flavors. (Contains less than 2% of acacia gum, sunflower lecithin, dipotassium phosphate, gellan gum, sea salt.)
I loooooove bacon. Who doesn’t? And I truly believe that one of the reasons why I was successful on the Whole 30 program was because I let myself eat bacon. It is hard to feel like you are being deprived when you are eating it every morning. But let me be clear. I only eat THIS bacon. Most bacon has nitrates and sugar and is not Whole 30 compliant. But this one is officially Whole 30 approved. Let me say, though, that it’s pretty expensive at $6.99 a package with each package containing an average of 8 slices. That’s why we work hard to stretch our bacon buck. I will crumble up a slice and sprinkle it over hard boiled eggs or vegetable hashes. And I make sure to save the bacon grease so I can use as a cooking oil later on. After all, anything cooked in bacon fat tastes delicious. This is a scientific fact.
Each package of Pederson’s bacon is 10 oz. and has the following ingredients: Pork, Water, less than 2%, Salt, Vinegar, Celery Powder.
My husband and I may disagree on how spicy we like our food or how we drink our coffee, but we both agree on this: Lawry’s Seasoned Salt is amazing! We both grew up sprinkling it on everything. But Lawry’s Seasoned Salt is not Whole 30 compliant and is chock-full of nasty ingredients like sugar. Here is the ingredient list from their website:
Salt, SUGAR, Spices (Including Paprika And Turmeric), Onion, Cornstarch, Garlic, Tricalcium Phosphate (Prevents Caking), Natural Flavor, Paprika Oleoresin (For Color). Contains No Msg.
Thank goodness then for Redmond Natural Season Salt! It is very similar in taste minus all of the junk. We love it so much and sprinkle it on everything! Make sure to especially try it on potatoes!
Each bottle is 4.75 oz. and is made from the following: Real Salt, organic onion, organic coriander, organic mustard, organic black pepper, organic paprika, organic celery seed, organic turmeric, & organic parsley.
This is Clif Bar’s version of the Larabar. I love Larabars too, but Kit’s has some flavors that Larabar doesn’t have. Please know, though, that not all of them are Whole 3o compliant. Just like everything else, you have to read the ingredient list. But out of all the complaint flavors, my favorite has to be, hands down, Dark Chocolate Walnut. Hello! It literally tastes like a fudge brownie!
The ingredients for that variety are organic dates, organic walnuts, organic unsweetened dark chocolate, organic almonds, sea salt, organic vanilla beans. I also want to comment quickly that Melissa Hartwig once said, in regards to Larabars, not to treat them like a candy bar and not to have more than one a day. I follow this same advice when it came to Kit’s Organic Bars. Usually, I will pace myself, and only have one every other day.
Well, there you have it! My five must-have foods when doing a Whole 30.
Now I want to hear from you! What have been your Whole 30 must-have items?
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