I’m a bit late to the Whole30 bandwagon, I’ll admit it. The program has been around for 10 years now, but I (along with my husband) only did my first round in January of 2019. Ever the Type-A individual, I read the books, did my homework and promptly made a meal planning spreadsheet that accounted for every single meal we ate throughout the month. But what helped more than any of the prep was a small army of Whole30-approved products available on Amazon.
As you may have heard, Whole30 is a notoriously strict program for those of us used to shoveling just about anything and everything into our mouths in the name of sustenance. It’s meant to help you break some bad eating and drinking habits while also allowing you to sniff out exactly which foods may be causing you gastric or other bodily distress. Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: no alcohol; no sugar (added, real or artificial); no grains (the list is extensive); no legumes (yes, this includes peanut butter and soy in all of its myriad forms); no dairy; and no carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. It’s also worth noting that the program prohibits using approved ingredients to mimic foods you’re meant to be cutting out of your life. This means you shouldn’t, for instance, make pancakes out of some mixture of mashed bananas, egg and coconut flour (but after reading that mini recipe, would you even want to?).
If, after going through that list of banned foods, you’re wondering what in the world you are allowed to eat, the simplest answer is “whole foods”. Not to be confused with the pricey Amazon-owned grocer of the same name, Whole30 wants you to focus your consumption on whole foods (albeit approved ones) like meat, vegetables, fruit, legumes that are more “pod” than “bean” (like green beans) and eggs. Lots of eggs. If that sounds less than exciting, that’s where these Whole30-compliant products from Amazon make life much more palatable — pun intended. And you may be pleasantly surprised how many of these items you’ll crave even after you finish the program.
As I prep for a new Whole January in 2020, these are the Whole30-approved items I’m already stocking up on. While many are also available at your local supermarket, the convenience of Amazon (paired with my desire to avoid the grocery store at all costs — lest I add non-compliant foods to my physical cart in a weakened state) means I’m all about the subscribe and save button. At least until February.
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