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My Whole 30 Experience + 30 Whole 30 Recipes

by Sharon on May 13, 2015

 

My Whole 30 Experience + 30 Whole 30 Recipes

Some of you may remember my incessant ramblings about the Whole 30 last month? Well, a friend from work and I decided to take on the Whole 30 challenge for the month of April and if you are planning on trying it yourself or need some inspiration, here are is my Whole 30 Experience + 30 Whole 30 Recipes that I enjoyed during the challenge.

Firstly, do I have to tell you guys I’m not a doctor and that this post is simply my thoughts/feelings/experiences, yadda, yadda, yadda and not medical advice? No? Good. 😉

You can check out the details of the Whole 30, buy the book, etc. –> here.

The basics are:

  • No sugar (even natural kinds such as honey or maple syrup)
  • No grains (tough for me as an oats/quinoa/brown rice addict)
  • No dairy (tears for cheese)

It may seem limiting but trust me, it’s not. Lots of healthy fats (can you say avocado city?), fruits, veggies and quality proteins will keep you satisfied.

As always, anytime you embark on a cleanse or detox of some sort, it is KEY that you be organized from the get-go. Don’t think you are just going to fall out of bed on Day 1 and all the approved foods will be in your cupboards along with a chef to prepare it. Roll up those sleeves and get a game plan in order. I find breaking it down by week is the best. Write down the meals you plan to eat, the snacks you will need (yes to snacks!), and make your shopping list. Then go shopping, Captain Obvious! That’s always fun, right?

My second strategy for success is to not concern yourself with the dreaded calories. I know, I know. There are many calorie counters out there. But this challenge taught me that not all calories are created equal. I mean, I already kinda knew that and I’ve never been a huge fan of calorie counting, but some folks can be quite obsessed with it. Don’t worry, I have many, many other obsessions but luckily counting calories isn’t one. 😉 The reason I say it is because a lot of the approved foods on the Whole 30 challenge are pretty caloric and high in fat. But don’t fear the fat! I’ll tell you why.

As usual, I like to eat in abundance and this past month was no different. I did not hold back on eating avocados, almond butter, cashews, whole eggs, the whole nine yards when it comes to fat.

Another thing I did, which is considered a ‘cheat’ in the eyes of Whole 30 purists was to bake goods with approved ingredients. Apparently it feeds the sugar monster, which creates cravings. However, my life will cease to exist without getting creative in the kitchen baking, so I completely disregarded that ‘rule’. Sue me. 😉

In the end, I actually enjoyed the challenge and felt a little sad when it came to an end. Not sad enough to not eat cheese, though. I lost six pounds and .5% body fat. Pretty remarkable considering I ate so . much . fat . The proof is in the avocado pudding. Fat does not make you fat. Sugar makes you fat. Deal with it. 😉

I will say that this challenge would have been virtually impossible for vegans and almost impossible for vegetarians. I ate chicken, eggs, and even Whole 30 approved bacon (sugar-free) daily. It did feel funny to eat bacon and eggs and coffee and not be cheating but that’s the fun of the Whole 30, I guess.

In the end, I’ve decided I will definitely try to cut down on the sugars, even the whole food honey/coconut sugar/maple syrup sweeteners, that I normally use. Dates and bananas work so well for adding that punch of sweetness.

I’m back to brown rice and quinoa though. Life without lentils? Not for me, either.

I do, as always, recommend doing ‘cleanses’ like this to reset and refocus on your health and get you back in the kitchen preparing snacks and meals. That’s really the main goal.

Here are 15 snacks and 15 meals that were my go-to recipes for the Whole 30 Challenge. Enjoy!

Meals:

Detox Green Smoothie – Add Whole 30 approved protein powder to this for a quick, satisfying breakfast.

Detox-Green-Smoothie

Chili Lime Chicken with Red Cabbage SlawAdd a nice hunk of avocado along side this!

Turkey Avocado Burgers

Sweet Potato Hash & Eggs

Chicken Cauliflower Fried ‘Rice’

Chicken & Cauliflower Fried -Rice

 

 Creamy Avocado & Spinach Pasta with Zucchini Noodles

Almond Breaded Chicken Fingers with 11 Herbs & Spices – Toss a salad together and BOOM!

ALmond Breaded Chicken Fingers with 11 Herbs & Spices

Chicken Shawarma with Avocado Mayo – Brilliance!

Sweet Potato Chili

Butternut Squash & Kale Hash

Asian Chicken Meatballs

Avocado & Eggs on Sweet Potato ‘Toast’

Avocado & Sweet Potato -Toast- & Eggs

 Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Crispy lettuce subbed in for a wrap. Light & fresh.

Paleo Nachos

 Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns – These + eggs = Yum!

Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

Snacks:

Vegan Bulletproof Coffee – Not technically a snack, but my favourite thing from the Whole 30 Challenge

 Bulletproof Coffee

Apple Pie Bites

Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado Bacon

Cacao Mesquite Energy Balls

Cashew Bars – Or you could buy a larabar. 😉

Toasted Cashew Coconut Bars

Fig & Pistachio Powerballs

Salt & Vinegar Sweet Potato Chips – Did someone say chips?

Raw Carrot Cake Bites

Detox Friendly Granola

Detox Friendly Sugar Free Granola

Frozen Cinnamon Date Treats – Pure snack perfection!

Apple Sandwiches

Baked Cinnamon Apples

 Hard Cooked Eggs – The best method, in my opinion.

Spinach Chips

Coconut Curry Roasted Almonds

Coconut Curry Roasted Cashews-7

 So there you have it. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. :) Good luck!

 

 

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Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen May 13, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Thanks for linking to me Sharon!

I need to try those almond flour coated chicken fingers soon. I sometimes have trouble finding dinners that both JZ and Iwill like, but I know those would be a hit for both of us!

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Sharon May 14, 2015 at 8:39 am

My JZ enjoyed them! Just pair it up with some kind of dip and you’ll be good to go. 😉 Have a great week Chelsea!

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Lauren May 13, 2015 at 9:28 pm

Thanks for including me here Sharon! Glad to hear you had some success with the Whole30, it would be damn tough to give up grains and beans for good. Must try those spaghetti squash hash browns soon, yum!!

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Sharon May 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

Right? I like a little variety and thankfully my system isn’t reactive to these foods. Those frozen dates were the bomb!!!

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Kristi May 25, 2015 at 6:23 pm

I’ve been thinking about trying a Whole30, but too nervous about how much work it will be and how little time I have. Thanks for these recipes! This is nudging me in the Whole30 direction again…

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Sharon May 26, 2015 at 7:43 am

Hey Kristi! It definitely takes some organizing but the routine really perfects itself a couple of weeks in. Good luck! Let me know how it goes. :)

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