Besides buying a ton of vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins (Eggs. SO MANY EGGS.), you’re going to need a few other items that you may not recognize. Before starting the Whole30, I had never used Ghee or cashew butter… Now they’re a couple of my favorite staples. Check out this list of my favorite Whole 30 Approved products!
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Ghee: $8.29 for 7.5 oz jar
You may not have heard of ghee, but be prepared to love it. Dairy isn’t allowed during the Whole30, so regular butter is out…But Ghee is clarified butter, meaning all of the impurities have been removed. It’s lactose free, shelf stable, and full of vitamins. It also has a higher smoke point than butter, so I use it for sauteing, roasting, and even popping popcorn (for O, of course).
Coconut Milk: $1.99 for 13.5 oz can
You’ll use coconut milk for a lot of things…Namely, ranch dressing. I know that sounds weird, but trust me. I always have a can of coconut milk in the fridge (so the cream separates from the water) in case of a ranch emergency. You might also use coconut milk for any number of recipes…I recently made some Whole30 Pad Thai that was pretty delicious!
Peanuts are legumes, not nuts! So no peanut butter on the Whole30…Sad but true. Still, there are alternatives that I might actually like a bit more than peanut butter if you can believe it. Either of the above options are good, though I may prefer cashew butter…I think it’s more versatile. I made pad thai with mine, but it’s also good for dipping fruit and veggies when you need a snack.
Larabars: $5.89 for 5 bars
I wish I had discovered these earlier in my Whole30. Coconut Cream Pie has been my favorite so far, with apple pie and pecan pie coming in as a tie for second. I eat one of these in the morning, about an hour before my workout, and they keep me from running on empty until I can get home to eat. They’re nice to have in your purse, for those times you realize you’re starving because it’s 1:00 in the afternoon and you’re about to gnaw your own arm off. Only some varieties are approved, so make sure to read the labels. I’ve found that coconut cream, apple pie, pecan pie, key lime pie, lemon bar, carrot cake, chocolate coconut chew, pumpkin pie, and cherry pie are all Whole30 compliant.
Coconut Oil: $8.99 for 14 oz jar
I actually didn’t use this much…I just really love ghee. Some people feel that way about coconut oil, though, so I thought I’d include it. This is another versatile oil, and it can be used for sauteing or in recipes. I know a few people that swear by it in mashed sweet potatoes…I prefer ghee and chili powder in mine. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to. Of course, this one has a bonus, because it works wonders for some people as a hand cream, hair mask, or shaving cream.
Not an ingredient, but definitely a good thing to have on hand. This book explains the point of the Whole30, gives you an idea of what to expect, and even starts you off with a seven-day meal plan so you don’t have to stress over your first week. There are some excellent recipes, too…The tomato and spinach frittata was delicious!
The Whole30 Cookbook: $21.00
Also not an ingredient, but I figured I’d add this in for fun. I doubt you’ll make it though all of the recipes in the first book, but if you do…There are 150 more totally compliant recipes in this one. Of course, you can always search Pinterest…but I found that some “Whole30” recipes I had pinned included some non-compliant ingredients. Just make sure to read the recipes carefully!
What were some of your favorite Whole30 discoveries? Let me know in the comments!
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