My Whole30 Hacks (That Are Now Yours!)
After an explosive amount of texts and emails recently requesting my tips and tricks for this 30-day reset, I decided to make my (super quickly thrown together) comprehensive guide available to all! (So stop texting me, mmkay?) (JK I LOVE WHEN YOU ASK ME FOOD/HEALTH QUESTIONS!!)
Here's what I would tell you if you asked me for Whole30 advice...
*I'll be updating this periodically!
1. READ THE WEBSITE. (AND GOOGLE)
All the rules are there for you and FREE. Read and comb through the site to get a firm grasp on the rules and the resources available to you! There is so much free help out there, Whole30 kits, the new books (I loved the Day by Day Journal) and the daily emails you can sign up for!
If you don't know if something is compliant, google it! If you're in need of a grocery list, simply google "Whole30 shopping list" and there they'll be! It's a wonderful thing.
2. PREP THE RAW GOODS
I love having an abundance of raw foods to snack on OR to through together a cooked meal with.
Berries, cucumbers, carrots are all great to have around, but prep your onions,, kale, peppers, broccoli etc and making your morning omelette, vegetable soup, or braised chicken thighs will easily come together with prepped vegees done!
3. LEARN HOW TO OVERCOME YOUR SUGAR DRAGON
For those of us with a sweet tooth and fruit is just not doing it, I HIGHLY recommend making your own cashew milk. For some reason, this always helps me with my after dinner cravings. And its SO easy to make.
Easy Cashew Milk: (Click here for recipe on my blog)Lightly toast cashews (about 1 cup for 2 cups of milk) for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees until slightly golden. Put in a blender and cover with water and a pinch of salt. Blend thoroughly then adjust thickness by adding more water if desired. This is also how you make cashew cream which is useful to add as a dairy substitute to coffee, pasta sauces, anything! Just add less water when blending to make a thicker consistency. Serve milk over ice in a chilled glass for a serious treat.
*Dont hesitate to experiment here--add cinnamon or cocoa powder for a nice alternative, a little vanilla bean etc.
*If you're a coffee person, this is a great alternative to milk/creamer.
4. USE A SPIRALIZER
Endless options! (Check out this blog for inspiration)
-Serve cold with pesto, make a creamy sauce with cashew cream and mint, serve with (whole 30 approved) bolognese, or tomato sauce with an egg on top.
-Spiralize apples and sauté with ghee and cinnamon for a yummy breakfast with bacon and eggs.
-Spiralize sweet potato, toss with ghee and garlic powder and bake until crispy! (Recipe here)
5. HERBS HERBS HERBS
Herbs and spices are really your friend during the whole 30. They make things fun and seem super decadent. Grab a ton of herbs at the market and throw them into omelettes, zucchini pasta, water, marinades for chicken steak etc. Or just an herb salad to go alongside your steak!
6. PIMP YOUR WATER
Make "spa water" the night before. Add fruits, mint, ginger etc to a big pitcher of water and you'll be so happy the next morning.
People love "La Croix" sparkling water as well.
7. DRINK BONE BROTH
I like Kettle and Fire. Not only is it the main component in my Hero Breakfast, but I use it to cook almost everything from soups to braises to steamed kale. It adds flavor and a boost of nutrition with minerals, protein, and stomach-lining collagen (not to mention collagen is the building blocks for our nails, skin, and hair!).
8. RELY ON THE AMAZING WORK OF OTHERS
We are truly fortunate to have an amazing array of professional Whole30 bloggers who have incredible recipes and how-to's available for free!
Some of my favorites are:
Things I can't live without on a whole 30:
Cashews (butter, milk, plain)
Coconut yoghurt (Anita's or Coconut Cult--check your labels for no added sweetener)
Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
Baked white, purple, and orange sweet potato (SUPER FILLING. Add ghee and cinnamon or make hasselback with rosemary and some hot pepper flakes...unreal)
Homemade dressings --my go to is shallot, garlic, apple cider vinegar, mustard, avocado oil. Let the garlic and shallot mellow out in the vinegar for about 10 minutes before adding the oil and mustard. Season with salt and pepper.
*Another favorite for summer is basil vinaigrette. In a blender or food processor, add a big bunch of basil, a clove of garlic and a small shallot, a splash of red wine vinegar, a pinch of salt then blend while adding oil. Experiment with other herbs, and vinegars. Condiments are paramount.
Chia Jam (Recipe here)
Have fun! Don't think about what you *can't* have, think about all the amazing combinations of things you can.