Interrupting all of our holiday festivities to bring you some exciting news! Every year we jump in on the January Whole30 challenge, and this year I am super excited to be leading a group through it! Meal plans, tips + tricks, recipes, what to expect + how to handle it. Changing our diet literally changed our lives (no more headaches!), so sharing that with other people + helping empower them to take charge of their health is literally the best job ever.
If you're thinking of doing the January Whole30 or another health challenge, here are a few things to get you started! Stock your pantry now so that you have everything you need for a successful New Year! (Anyone else LOVE the freshness of the new year, making goals, etc? I might like it a little...) Reading food labels is your first step when it comes to pantry staples, but since they can seem like greek sometimes, here are some of our Whole30 complaint favorites.
SAUCES + DRESSINGS:
+ Coconut Aminos: use this as a soy sauce substitute! Stir fry, BBQ chicken, etc. to add a salty umami flavor to a dish
+ Red Boat Fish Sauce: we use this in Asian inspired dishes!
+ Primal Kitchen or Tessames salad dressings
+ Avocado Oil Mayo: we mostly make our own but love this one in a pinch! The chipotle lime is amazing too!
OILS + VINEGAR:
+ Avocado oil: for cooking, dressings, making homemade mayo
+ Good quality Olive Oil: for cooking, dressings, etc.
+ Coconut oil: for all. the. things. but especially cooking eggs!
+ Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (with 'the mother'!): for dressings, cooking and literally SO GOOD for your health! We do a shot of ACV + apple juice + cassia oil + cayenne +/- turmeric daily for health + wellness!
+ Canned coconut milk: this is a must! Coconut milk yogurt, our favorite coconut curry, even in your coffee!
+ Kettle & Fire Bone Broth: for cooking or drinking (amazing when you have a cold!)
+ Organic crushed (or diced) tomatoes, tomato paste, marinara sauce
+ Nutpods: we usually drink black coffee, but this is a great alternative!
+ Peppermint tea: this isn't totally necessary, but sometimes I love a good mug of tea, especially when we are limiting or eliminating coffee!
+ Organic oregano, paprika, cumin, garlic, onion powder, chili powder, Italian seasoning, thyme, Himalayan salt or Real Salt for anything but great for making your own spice mixes (taco + chili, etc). If we ever don't have dried herbs we just use a drop (or a few!) of essential oils!
In general look for items that are free of wheat, soy, added sugar, carrageenan, MSG, sulfites, dairy, hydrogenated oils like corn, soy and canola. We don't have access to a Whole Foods or other health food store, so we order these from Thrive Market and save both time and money! (Think Whole Foods meets Costco!)
Are you joining us for the January Whole30?? Make sure to follow along on Instagram for recipes, day to day insight and our favorite tips + tricks!