Whole30 meals recap
I don't know how interested you are in what we ate during the Whole30, so feel free to skip this post if it's not your thing (I don't plan to turn into a food blogger!). But, I have had several people leave comments that they're either doing their own Whole30 now or are at least intrigued enough to learn more, so here we go.
Meals sometimes took me almost an hour to eat! There's a lot of meat to chew! Over the course of the 30 days, our protein sources were pork, chicken, turkey, beef and eggs. This PDF is super helpful on what you can (and can't) eat, and what specific veggies, fruits and fats are preferred.
I've only included photos of my meals, so if you want to see Eric's (he's a little more adventurous than me), check out our Instagram hashtag, #teamwilliamswhole30. If you haven't read much about the Whole30, please note that some of my plates have more fruit on them than recommended, because I'm pregnant and trying to get all the calories I can.
We usually had eggs and sausage for breakfast, but it was fun to break it up a bit and have steak and eggs one day! Rooney particularly loved it!
I wasn't super great about eating breakfast pre-Whole30. It used to be my favorite meal, but as a mom I try to sleep in as long as I can and then rush to get out the door to work. So it definitely affected my normal morning routine to spend 30 minutes at the breakfast table!
I had Nick's Sticks for lunch nearly every day (usually beef since the calorie count is higher, but the turkey ones taste very similar). They're easy and super yummy. This was a common lunch for me pre-Whole30 as well. Eric usually had a spinach salad with tuna. I think it's important to find a quick go-to lunch that you can rely on.
Dinner was by far the hardest meal for me every day. I'm not really sure why. I suppose it was my least-healthy meal pre-Whole30, and maybe my brain was just too used to getting cheese and bread and sugar around that time of day. Plus, we're all tired and a little cranky at the end of the day and not wanting to put much thought or energy into what we're eating.
We never really made a meal from a "recipe" - we just kept it simple with meat and veggies and fat.
Snacking is typically discouraged on Whole30, but Eric and I were both losing more weight than we wanted, so halfway through we decided to add in smoothies and lots of cashews.
Here is my smoothie recipe if you need an extra 850 calories:
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 can coconut milk
- All Purpose Dry Rub Recipe (for chicken breasts and drummies)
- How to make a Smashburger (we use ghee to cook ours)
- Baked steak recipe (using ghee)
- Whole30-approved sauces from Tessemae's (we bought the ketchup, BBQ sauce and mayo)
- My Wise Mom (my friend Kerry's blog)
- Instagram accounts:
Anyone else taking the plunge soon, or considering it?