Literally the number one question I get with the Whole30 is, “Well, what do you eat? And I can’t help but giggle to myself every time I hear it, because it’s not like I can’t eat anything while on the Whole30. Sure, there are a lot of restrictions, but there are foods you can eat. I promise!
As long as you know what you’re looking for and what you need to look out for on the food labels, you will be golden. Just keep in mind that your first trip to the grocery store will be a long one. You will need to read every single label and even still, you may come home with something that has added sugar in one form or another or some sort of soy. Those two things are seriously in just about everything. It’s so, so sad.
Once you figure out what to buy, grocery trips should get a little quicker, but I still recommend being diligent with label reading. The fewer the ingredients, the better and be very careful of the various words used to describe added sugar! They can be sneaky!
Here’s part of the answer to everyone’s question. And I say “part of the answer” because I eat a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and other meats as well. This list doesn’t encompass every single thing I eat, but it does show which “packaged” foods are Whole30 compliant and will hopefully help you to identify compliant brands easier when you head to the grocery store to shop for your Whole30.
I should note that snacking isn’t encouraged on the Whole30 unless you’re pregnant or nursing. However, they do say that if you’re hungry between meals, you should have a snack and eating a compliant snack is far better than getting over-hungry and making bad food decisions.
1. RX Bars: These saved me the first few weeks of my Whole30. I was so hungry on my way home from work, but knew I would have to take the time to make dinner. I’d eat an RX bar on my way home and I’d be able to make it to dinnertime without issue! (Exception: the peanut butter flavor. Peanuts are not Whole30 compliant).
3. Bare dried fruits: The cinnamon apple and cinnamon banana chips are my favorites. (Read the labels. The coconut flakes have added sugar).
4. Simply Balanced Almond Butter: This is the creamiest almond butter I’ve found and it’s just perfect in every possible way. I eat this with apples, celery, or drizzled over bananas. I’ve also heard “sweet potato toast” with almond butter is delicious!
1. Califia Farms Almond & Coconut Milk: This is to die for. In the beginning of my Whole30 I craved a glass of milk. That’s all I really wanted. I’d trade that craving for a glass of this and it definitely help. Now, I don’t crave milk pretty much ever, but I always have this on hand to use in various Whole30 recipes.
2. Califia Farms Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk: This is a great alternative to coffee creamer! The local stores around me don’t typically have it, but when I’m at Target I’ll try and grab it. Definitely more cost effective than buying Nutpods… although my love for Nutpods runs deep!
3. Nutpods: Oh Nutpods! These were a lifesaver during my Whole30 when I was scared to death of living my life without coffee creamer. It took some getting used to because Nutpods aren’t really sweet, but now I could honestly drink my coffee black no problem and after “treating” myself to that artificial non-dairy creamer at a holiday party recently I’ll never go back to that overly sweet processed crap ever again. Yuck! Please note, the pumpkin spice flavor is no longer available. I stashed one away for my January Whole30 because I’m a Nutpod hoarder like that!
4. GTS Kombucha: Ooh Kombucha. The first time I tried kombucha I seriously thought I was going to vomit. It was not my cup of tea, what-so-ever. After I was about halfway through my Whole30, I decided to give it a shot and I haven’t turned back. It’s such a yummy fizzy treat and it’s great for your gut! The GTS brand is Whole30 approved for all of the flavors I’ve come across so far. This Limited Edition Living in Gratitude flavor is seriously my favorite, though, and I will cry when the day that they no longer have it!
5. La Croix: If you’re a soda drinker, then La Croix is an absolute must for you for your Whole30. It’s not sweet like soda, but that fizziness will definitely help you out. I’ve never been much of a soda drinker, but I love having these on hand for a flavored alternative to water and to mix things up every now and then.
Warning: I misread the label for the Applegate bacon. It DOES have cane sugar in the ingredients, but it states 0g of sugar on the nutrition facts. To be on the safe side, I wouldn’t recommend this during a Whole30.
1. Applegate Prosciutto: Don’t ever skimp on prosciutto during your Whole30. I love to fry mine up with eggs in the morning or eat with compliant turkey lunch meat rolled up with some Primal Kitchen mayo. Absolutely delicious.
2. Applegate Natural Uncured Hot Dogs: Compliant hot dogs! I’m not a big hot dog eater, but I’m all about having easy options on hand that can be heated up in an instant. Plus, these have minimal, Whole30 ingredients that I feel better about giving to my family.
3. Bilinski’s Organic Mild Italian Chicken Sausage: This is actually new to me and I about did cartwheels when I found it the other day. (If you’re local to me, I found this at Festival Foods).
4. Garrett Valley Sugar Free Bacon: YES YES YES! BLTs are one of our favorite easy weeknight meals to make, so finding a Whole30 compliant bacon was #1 on my list after starting the Whole30. I called around to multiple grocery stores and finally found this compliant brand at my local food co-op! SCORE! I just bake the bacon (see baked bacon recipe here) and toss in a lettuce wrap with Primal Kitchen Mayo and tomatoes! Voila! Dinner in 15min!
5. Garrett Valley Smoked Andouille Sausage: This sausage is so, so delicious. I was thinking about making it next for this sheet pan recipe. Mmm and the smoky flavor is so satisfying.
6. Wild Planet Pink Salmon: I love whipping this up with Primal Kitchen mayo and tossing in a lettuce wrap for a super quick lunch option.
7. Simply Balanced Tuna: Same as above!
1. Primal Kitchen Greek Dressing: This is hands down my favorite Whole30 compliant dressing. Oh my heavens is this stuff good. Add to your greens with compliant kalamata olives and cucumbers with quartered cherry tomatoes and you’re golden. Salad perfection.
2. Tessemae’s Ranch Dressing: Truthfully, I have not tried this dressing yet, but I just found it for the first time and I’m SO excited. I’ve heard really, really great things about Tessemae’s dressings and I’ll be saving this for my very first inaugural Whole30 salad. It’s a big deal, guys.
3. Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing: This is my second favorite Whole30 compliant dressing. Oh man is this stuff good! Not even just for salads, but for dipping veggies in, too.
4. Yellow mustard: Check your labels, but most yellow mustard is Whole30 compliant. Use yours for egg salad with Primal Kitchen mayo and on your Whole30 burgers on a lettuce bun.
5. Frank’s Red Hot: Buy this and put it on everything. No, but seriously. Adding flavor is key. I put this on everything and I especially love it on my eggs in the morning.
6. The New Primal Marinade & Cooking Sauce: Awesome for marinating chicken to create a flavorful protein. I just marinate my chicken for the day while I’m at work and then bake at 425 for 25 min and add some veggies on the side.
7. Westbrae Natural Ketchup: I’m sure there are other brands of Whole30 compliant ketchup, but this was the first one I found and it was reasonably priced so I decided to stick with it.
8. Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo: I thought I could do a Whole30 without compliant mayo, but I was so very wrong. Don’t make the same mistake as me! This Chipotle Lime version as quite the kick, but it adds some serious flavor. Yum!
9. Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo: Same as above! This stuff is a game changer!
1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Always, always have a good olive oil on hand. You’ll need it for literally everything. True story.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar: Many homemade Whole30 dressing recipes call for apple cider vinegar and many Asian-inspired Whole30 dishes call for it as well.
3. Ghee: Ghee is dairy free butter that is used in many different Whole30 recipes. If you’re a butter person, you’ve gotta have some ghee on hand to melt over your vegetables or on your sweet potato. I also use it for greasing my baking dish before I make egg bake.
4. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a great cooking oil with a high smoke point. It’s also great for drizzling over cubed up sweet potatoes and roasting them in the oven with some cinnamon. Mmmmm perfection!
5. Cucina Artica Marinara Sauce: I almost sung the Hallelujah Chorus in Target when I found this pasta sauce. It was my third store looking for a compliant pasta sauce and I about cried when I saw this! I’ve since made my own, but it’s nice to have a jar on hand to pour over zoodles or spaghetti squash with some ground beef.
6. Pacific Chicken Broth: Always, always, always have compliant broth on hand. Many recipes call for just a little bit, but make sure you have a soup recipe lined up as your next dish to make so you can use it all and not waste a single drop!
7. Epic Bone Broth: Just buy this to sip on, trust me. It’s especially good to have on hand in case you get sick during your Whole30. The immune-boosting benefits are awesome, but the taste is delicious as well. I also put this in with my Whole30 slow-cooker roast, and other Whole30 soups I make.
A Note on Thrive Market:
I was introduced to Thrive Market after I was already a few weeks into my first Whole30 by a friend who I had inspired to try the Whole30 as well. I was amazed at the prices!! You get a significant discount on every item AND if you sign up via this link you also get 25% off your first order. I mean, I’m not good at math or anything, but that’s $25 off if you spend $100! The thing about buying Whole30 products is they are more expensive than the alternative. It’s just the way it goes. So, when you can save 25% or more on different Whole30 compliant products it really does make a difference!
Thrive Market is just about the easiest way to stock-up on all of your Whole30 must haves (check out their Paleo products here and their Whole30 products here. I love it because it’s so much easier to shop from the my couch with two kids at home and it’s so much easier to check the ingredients on all of the products online instead of feeling rushed doing so at the store.
And they’re not paying me to say all of that, I swear. In full disclosure, if you sign-up via my link, I do get a credit, though!
I hope this list helps you to prepare for your upcoming Whole30 or if you’re in the midst of a Whole30, I hope it’s given you a few ideas of what else you can buy! I’ll be putting in my Thrive Market order to get my stock-up items for my January Whole30 and I can’t wait!! We’re only 6 days away!
What are YOUR favorite Whole30 products?