Throughout my previous Whole30 experiences I have discovered a few products that I could not seem to live without over the course of those 30 days. In fact, most of them I still use regulary even when not on a round. If you are considering giving Whole30 a try, you may want to look into stocking your pantry/fridge with some of these goodies. And, even if you aren't, most are excellent to give a shot anyway...they are just that good!
Tessamae’s – If you are like me and just not up for making your own dressings while on Whole30 (momma ain't got time for that), Tessamae's is the way to go. Having these dressings on hand takes a little of the effort out and makes life feel a bit easier when doing Whole30. They have a few different ranch options (regular, habanero, avocado, everthing bagel) and all that I've had are delicious. Besides dressings, they also offer condiments that are Whole30 compliant. I'm a regular user of the ketchup and BBQ sauce. In fact, I've taken the BBQ sauce with me out to restaurants to dress up a plain smoked pork or pulled chicken sandwich. Yep, I'm that girl. I use all of the afformentioned dressing and condiments even today when not doing a round of Whole30.
GT’s Kombucha – Not all Kombucha is Whole30 approved but most flavors of GT’s are good-to-go with no added sugars. Gingerberry, Hibiscus Ginger and Gingerade are my all-time favorites. I enjoy pouring my kombucha in a wine glass to make it feel a little more fancy.
Ghee – I had no idea what ghee even was prior to Whole30 and now its a kitchen staple. One of my favorite brands is 4Hearts in both the regular and garlic. Another note...somehow making eggs is so much better when cooking them in ghee and it's pretty much the only cooking fat I use anymore when making eggs. Who knew?!
Primal Palate Spices – These are a little more pricey than some spices you may purchase at your local grocer but let me tell you, they are amazing. The flavor combinations just can't be beat. Meat & Potatoes, Breakfast Blend and New Bae are used pretty heavily in my kitchen. Pumpkin pie spice is perfect for adding to my coffee this time of year. As an added bonus...you can also get them on Amazon Prime. #winning
Braggs Nutritional Yeast – I never even heard of this product before Whole30 either. Nutritional yeast has a 'cheese-like' flavor so it rounds out the flavor in a few Whole30 recipies. Don't get me wrong, it is not a cheese replacement, but it does make for a nice addition to casseroles and soups.
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar – I'm always up for other drink alternatives with Whole30 and ACV is a good choice. There are several benefits to drinking ACV on a regular basis including but not limited to immunity, digestion, inflammation, weight control, healthy skin, and muscle pain relief. My go-to is a cup of hot water, ACV and a little bit of cinnamon (and sometimes honey if not on Whole30).
ButcherBox – A box full of meat delivered straight to your door-step, what’s not to love! They offer monthly or bi-monthly deliveries and you can choose your own meat combination. Chicken, pork or beef...you can select one, a combo of the three or all three! It is so convenient to have a freezer stocked full of delicious meats; makes meal planning a little easier.
Larabar - These are a must for me to keep on hand at all times. I often hit the gym super early and while I don't want to eat a 'meal' before my workout, I also don't like to work out on an empty stomach. This is where Larabars come in super handy. Not all flavors are compliant so you have to check your labels but these are perfect pantry staples for any time, Whole30 or not.
Coconut Milk - Since dairy is off limits with Whole30, coconut milk is a nice alternative with several recipes that I have found. I'll buy generic if its compliant but one of the brands that I do like is Thai Kitchen. They have full fat and light canned coconut milk as well as coconut cream which is called for in a few of the recipes I make regularly.
Nicks Sticks - These are good to have handy for emergency Whole30 food. I found them super helpful if I was out and got hungry or I was at a place that had really no Whole30 dining options. These meat sticks would fill my stomach until I could get in a full meal.
Applegate Natural Meats - Three words. No-sugar added bacon. I discovered this brand when searching for a Whole30 approved bacon at my local grocer. Their no-sugar added bacon is delicious. Delicious. It makes you wonder why bacon needs to have sugar added in the first place. Once I tried the bacon, I began trying several of their other products including the all beef hot dogs, grilled chicken strips, proscuitto and turkey burgers. The hot dogs are a family staple; the kids love them and I've turned several other family members onto them. Applegate is a little more expensive than your other similar meats but well worth it in my opinion.
Califia Farms - While Whole30 has taught me to enjoy my coffee black most of the time, Califia Farms has a coconut and almond milk creamer that I love. For those times that I feel like adding a little something to my cup of joe, Califia is my go-to. And, if you aren't on Whole30, they have some delicious flavored cold brew coffees. I had the Pumpkin Spice Latte cold brew this morning and OMG...soooo good.
What are some of your favorite Whole30 must haves?! I'd love to have some other ideas to add to my ever-growing list.