Whole30 Faves

Hi foodies!

So, Whole30 Round 4 started up on Monday for me — my sister, my mom and I are all doing it, and we are swapping favorite recipes back and forth. So I thought for my “Foodie Tuesdays” this month, I am just going to share with you some of my favorite Whole30 eats! I apologize that some of them aren’t so much “recipes” as they are ideas, but I wanted to share anyway….please forgive me!

As I wrote in my post from the last time I did the Whole30 challenge, I honestly feel like some solid food pre work makes ALL the difference….especially now with littles running around, I HAVE to have stuff ready to grab and eat so I don’t get off track…or hangry from just eating fruit all day.

One of the things I have been loving making is this chia seed pudding — it is super easy to make and stores well in the fridge for the whole week. I eat it plain, or pair it with some fruit, dates and/or nuts for a hearty and filling breakfast or pre-workout snack. (sidenote, when you aren’t doing Whole30, if you make it with some greek yogurt, its even more amazing!)

All it needs is:
1 cup liquid (I use unsweetened almond milk)
3 Tbsp chia seeds
ground cinnamon and vanilla extract to taste

Mix together and allow to chill overnight. Top with fruit and desired compliant toppings!

Over the weekend, I cook up ground chicken in advance, and also love to make a crockpot full of slow-cooked pork carnitas for lunch and dinners throughout the week. For some quick wraps, I used plantain tortillas, and they have been a game changer! I make up a quick batch of homemade guacamole, or a mix of olive oil, basil, lemon and salt and pepper and topped the chicken and pork with sauces, layered with desired toppings, and I was STUFFED!

For dinner, we used the same carnitas, and layered in a bowl with cauliflower rice, lettuce, tomato, cilantro, olives and salsa. YUM!

Now, If you religiously follow the rules of Whole30, I think it is frowned upon to make fake-baked goods….but with the helter-skelter day of having two 2 year olds in the house, sometimes, I really need grab-and-go, and don’t have time to make something in the moment. SO, I made up a batch of fake cookies this weekend, and so far, they have been really helpful to grab in a quick pinch. I apologize in advance for not having exact measurements to hand…y’all should know by now I just throw things in a bowl. I’m sorry!

I used almond flour (approx 2 cups), ground dates (approx 1 cup), 2 eggs, about 1/2 cup melted nut butter, about 2 Tbsp olive oil, approx 2 tbsp cocoa powder, about 1 tsp baking powder, and a pinch of salt — mix well and drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet — bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes. Modify it all to your taste and preference! Great quick snack!

Hope these ideas help your creativity start flowing if you’re thinking of doing the challenge! Its definitely a game changer to set aside time on the weekends to get yourself set up on the right track, so come hungry crunch-time, you’re making a good decision and have all of your foods ready to go. Happy (colorful!) healthy eating!

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