Looking for the whole Whole30 story? We’ve got it! Whether you’re thinking of trying your very first Whole30 program, or just need a little refresher, this post has the goods. From fave brands, go-to products, plus the top bloggers you need to bookmark, get ready for your healthiest month yet.
What Is Whole30?
The Whole30 program is all about eliminating a range of potentially problematic foods—temporarily. By foregoing grains, legumes, dairy, sugar, and processed foods, you’ll be able to see how your body responds. Make adjustments to your diet accordingly after the month-long program ends. More than anything, Whole30 is all about the journey, so get ready for some introspection, experimentation, and open-minded thinking alongside all those new recipes you’ll be trying out.
Whole 30 Brands You’ll Love, Plus the Top Products to Stock Your Pantry
These tried-and-true brands deserve space in your pantry!
For packable protein, The New Primal is in the bag. It started out as a home business, but now these snacks made from grass-fed and pasture-raised meats are available to all. You can also pick up Whole30-approved marinades, too!
This sauce will quickly liven up your meat, fish, and veggie dishes—and you can still stick with your Whole30 goals. Marinate chicken in the fridge before it hits the grill, or toss some into your stir-fry. You’ll love that there’s no added sugar, soy, dairy, oil, or artificial preservatives.
Although Whole30 doesn’t advocate for mindless snacking, if you’re in a pinch, reach for a turkey stick. The combo of chili pepper, cilantro, lime juice, and parsley really adds zest to this protein-packed snack.
Founder Madeline Haydon was pretty impatient to find a wholesome dairy-free creamer that gave her the richness of half and half, sans dairy. She couldn’t find a product without carrageenan or other nasty ingredients, so Nutpods was born!
Whole30 founder Melissa Hartwig says you can go from “Whole30 ho-hum to Whole30 overjoyed” with your morning buzz. This luscious creamer is made with hazelnuts, coconut cream, and purified water for the perfect java pairing.
The Yai’s Thai philosophy is simple: authentic recipes with a modern twist. This company is all about making Thai flavors accessible and easy to enjoy every day of the week, without compromising on clean, healthy ingredients. From curry to almond sauce, you’ll want to try them all!
Sauté your favorite vegetables (like carrots, cauliflower, and snap peas), and pour on some yellow curry to transport you to Thailand—stat. This curry is made with a base of coconut milk and gets its gorgeous hue from turmeric. It’s not too spicy, making it perfect for the whole family.
Peanut sauce is a staple in many Thai dishes, but if you can’t do peanuts, almond sauce is the answer! Each jar blends up this nut with fresh red curry paste, coconut milk, and a splash of tamarind juice for sweetness.
Yep, many of our Thrive Market Collection products fit the bill when it comes to your Whole 30 month. Here’s a sampler.
Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? This jar is made from sustainably harvested coconuts from the Philippines, and is fair trade and non-GMO, too. Use it to sauté fresh veggies, power up your cup of joe, or make a marinade.
Here’s an easy way to get that same sweet-yet-salty umami flavor soy sauce offers, but in a wheat-free version! Coconut aminos are made from the organic sap of the coconut tree, plus there are amino acids in every drop.
Its promise is in the name. Safe Catch’s rigorous testing standards mean this brand has one of the lowest mercury counts on the market.
A can of tuna is a Whole30 staple. This 5-ounce can will add some protein to your power lunch and help fill you up.
Safe Catch Habanero and Mint
Feeling adventurous? Take your taste buds to new heights with a spicy kick from habanero pepper. There’s also a dash of paprika, ancho chili, onion, cayenne, and garlic for extra flavor.
Kettle & Fire was started by two brothers with a passion for health. You can count on these bros to deliver added benefits thanks to being slow-simmered for at least 20 hours, which provides enough time for nutrients like collagen and amino acids to really soak into the broth.
This savory broth is made by simmering organic chicken bones with filtered water, herbs, spices, and organic veggies. You can sip it as-is, or use it to infuse sauces and stews.
No time to cook a wholesome Whole30 meal? Let Kettle & Fire do the work! You’ll love this warming soup made with organic tomatoes, olive oil, spices, and finished with just a touch of coconut milk for that creamy texture (without the cream!).
Primal Kitchen was started by Mark Sisson, a former triathlete and marathoner. The line is known for its liberal use of avocado oil in everything from mayos to marinades.
No canola oil here! This jar is made with avocado oil, organic eggs, rosemary extract and just a touch of vinegar—the perfect recipe for a creamy spread you can dollop onto tuna, spread in a wrap, or turn into a dipping sauce for fresh veggies.
From tossing your salad to marinating chicken breasts, this sauce has everything you need. It’s made with Mediterranean-inspired ingredients like balsamic vinegar, lemon, pepper, onion powder, oregano and without dairy, gluten, grains, soy, and sunflower and safflower oil.
Whole30 Bloggers to Follow
Time to sip on a nut milk latte and bookmark some new vegan blogs! From top notch recipes filled with plants galore to product recs and lifestyle tips, these are the influencers to know.
We have to start with the original Whole30 blogger, Melissa Hartwig! She founded the program along with her husband, and the site is a treasure trove of Whole30 inspiration, from recipes to tips. You can even find an engaged community to cook alongside you on the journey.
Yep, Michelle Tam is a Paleo blogger, but there are loads of delicious Whole30 recipes on her site. Start with this Whole30 prep post to get things started, then head to the archives for recipe inspo.
This healthy food blog is run by Teri Turner, who is Whole30-certified (and a contributor to its site). From soup and salad to sloppy joe’s, you’ll find lots of healthy recipes to fuel your month.
Meet Caroline Fausel, a Whole30 blogger, coach, who has completed five Whole30 programs since 2014 and helps others stay the course, too. Her site has recipes, success stories, and tips for your best month ever.
5 Easy Whole30 Recipes
If all this reading is making you hungry, here are five of our top Whole30 recipes to enjoy!
Take your eggs to the Mediterranean with fresh zucchini, EVOO, and juicy cherry tomatoes. Just swap the butter for Whole30-approved ghee for a perfect start to your morning.
Tuna, with a twist! Safe Catch added Indian spices like coriander and cumin to this tin so your next salad will be inspired by global flavors. Enjoy a scoop in lettuce cups for a wholesome lunch.
Sheet pan? Check. Shrimp? Check. Broccoli? Check. Slide it in the oven, and you’ve got a Whole30 dinner! Add sesame oil for flavor and red pepper flakes if you like a little kick.
Elegant yet easy is the name of the game with these sage-infused meatballs nestled in a bed of spaghetti squash. You won’t even miss the noodles!
Give your muffin tin some love during your Whole30 month with this make-ahead lunch or dinner. Each savory cup is mixed up with ground chicken,, and wrapped in bacon. Each portion delivers 3 ounces of protein to help keep you full.