Ah, the Whole30. I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now, right? Well if you haven’t – here is a quick summary. The Whole30 is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. The creators, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, emphasize their desire to help others change their relationship with food and create life-long healthy habits. It focuses on taking a whole 30 days (hence the name) to learn how to eat well. Really well. The Whole30 promotes eating real, natural, non-processed foods and is often compared to the Paleo Diet because of its restrictions. Whole30 recipes may sound intimidating – but I promise they are no more difficult than non Whole30 recipes.
So what CAN’T you eat — dairy, soy, grains, legumes, and refined or added sugar. This is why people often hesitate before diving into the Whole30. However, the idea behind the 30 days is that if you can eat this way for a month, you’ll see serious improvements in your physical and mental well-being, get in the habit and never go back! Once the time is up, you slowly start to work in some of the restricted foods again, like dairy and grains.
Kids can do pretty well with the Whole30 lifestyle, but it’s always more important to make sure their growing bodies are getting the nutrients they need. Limiting grains or dairy may mean you have to supplement the carbohydrates or calcium with something else, to make sure they’re getting everything they need. Even if you don’t get the kids 100% on board, this is a great way to work on your health as a family, and these are recipes they’ll enjoy!
Sweet potato, egg and bacon make this one of the best breakfasts ever. Even if you’re not doing Whole30, you should still try this recipe out.
With something this good, you won’t even realize you’re eating zucchini instead of noodles. And even if you do, you probably won’t care. Also, don’t feel like you have to limit this recipe to only breakfast. It’s a great lunch or dinner too, especially if you’re looking for something quick and easy. It’s just zoodles, sweet potatoes and an egg, all drizzled with a sinful sounding but ultimately sinless avocado sauce.
Some avocado, tomato and egg whites with a fruit of your choice on the side sounds more like a restaurant meal than a diet, right? Yeah, I thought so.
If you need to stick to a diet and serve a dinner party at the same time, this is the recipe for you.
Everyone will be too scared of your new cooking skills to complain, sensing that you may come out with a live chicken at any point.
Here’s a healthy, spicy lunch to go, with zero guilt and more jealous stares than you can shake a stick at.
If having everything grilled isn’t enough for you, a tomato vinaigrette seals the deal. Add this one to the recipe book!
Since avocado is awesome, just sub it in for the yogurt. Make the meatballs, pop some in the fridge and reheat when you want to lunch on this recipe.
If you’ve never made your own sloppy joes before, you need to. You’ll never buy the canned stuff again. You don’t need a bun to make this recipe taste like childhood.
Wrap the burger in a collard green leaf for a makeshift bun, add a little parsley to the fries, and this recipe gets you set for a summer-time cookout!
Easy, cheap and healthy: You really can’t ask for anything better than that. The spice makes it into a whole new kind of thing, so don’t skip out on this recipe. The lovely Melissa even includes directions to keep this Whole30 compliant.