Everything You Need to Start Whole30

Everything You Need to Start Whole30

Because you can’t just eat avocados for 30 days. (As much as you'd like to.)

By Liz Kennedy

No sugar, no booze, no grains, no beans or legumes, no soy, no dairy, and no processed additives. Meet Whole30—the diet everyone’s talking about. If you’re looking for a reset, this is it. While it may sound like your food options are limited on this diet, there are actually a ton of foods you CAN eat and they’re all delicious (avocados, anyone?). Your reward for eating clean for 30 days? Weight loss, clearer skin, improved sleep, more energy, better digestion, and fewer headaches. Sign. Us. Up.

First thing’s first, if you’re gonna do Whole 30 you gotta rid your fridge and cabinets of all your temptations. Cheese? See ya later. Leftover pasta? Nope. Chips? Not today. Bottle of wine? Well, you better drink that before your 30 days start. Next thing on your to-do list? Meal plan before you start (not the morning of!) and arm yourself with an arsenal of easy recipes (there are a million on Pinterest) that you can make in big batches. Finally, if you really want to make the most of your meals, grab some of these Whole30 must-haves that’ll make your experience a whole lot more enjoyable. And whatever you do, no cheating for 30 days.


1. It Starts With Food


If you’re going to tackle Whole30, you need to understand the theories behind it. Written by the Whole30 founders themselves, this book is the ultimate guide for Whole30 questions (you’re going to have a lot of them), shopping lists, meal planning, and recipe ideas.

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2. RX Bars


Hello deliciousness. Even if we weren’t doing Whole30 we’d be eating these protein-packed bars all day. Made with egg whites, nuts, dates, and no B.S. (their language, not ours), we cannot get enough of these filling bars.

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3. Nutpods


Attention coffee addicts! Worried about not being able to put creamer in your coffee on Whole30? Have no fear, Nutpods are here. Rich and flavorful, this non-dairy creamer is made from coconut and almonds and has no sweeteners, no soy, no carrageenan, no GMOs, and no artificial flavors. It’s so good, you may just keep using it after the 30 days are up.

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4. Grass-fed Organic Ghee


OMGhee this stuff is good. Ghee is the must-have fat for cooking on Whole30. This is pure butter fat that is perfect for sautéing, pan-frying, or roasting. Make sure you get grass-fed and organic.

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5. Organic Coconut Oil


Slather it on your veggies (and on your skin while you’re at it) and start roasting. We’ve never met a veggie roasted in coconut oil we didn’t like.

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6. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar


Perfect for dressings or chugging with water and lemon, apple cider vinegar is the go-to vinegar for Whole30. We love it mixed with olive oil, lemon, mustard, and some spices for a delicious salad dressing.

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7. Organic Almond Butter


Move over Jif, there’s a new nut butter in town. Unlike peanut butter, almond butter is Whole30 approved,, which means we are slathering it on everything.

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8. Primal Palate Organic Spices Everyday Blends


You’re gonna need something to spice up all the compliant food you’re cooking. Organic, gluten-free and non-GMO, these are some of the highest quality spices available—and they’ll totally kick your Whole30 up a notch.

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9. Slow Cooker


Using a slow cooker will make your meal prep a breeze, which is key for this diet. Perfect for chili (just remember, no beans on Whole30) and slow-cooked meat, we love to just set it and forget it until it’s time to eat.

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10. Cuisinart Mini Food Processor


Chop, chop. There will be a lot of chopping on the Whole30 plan. Save yourself some time and invest in a mini food processor to help with your meal prep.

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11. Coconut Aminos


A soy-free soy sauce alternative, this is the perfect marinade for meat, veggies, and Asian-inspired dishes.

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12. Spiral Slicer


Unfortunately pasta is not Whole30 compliant, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have noodles—veggies noodles that is. Run zucchini, butternut squash, beets, or carrots through the spiralizer, cook noodles with meat or veggies, and top with sauce for a pasta-like treat.

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13. Vitamix


This blender puts every blender you’ve used before to shame. And while it’s an investment, it truly is a game changer. Great for soups, nut butters, smoothies, dressings, dips, and more, this blender will become your new kitchen BFF.

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14. La Croix


It’s everywhere. And for good reason—it’s delicious. This sparkling water is the perfect replacement for your soda habit and a great way to liven up your water routine. With many flavors to choose from, you can’t go wrong adding this effervescent drink to your Whole30 plan.

BUY FROM: Amazon, $20.36 for variety pack

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