Recently I’ve been reading up quite a bit on a relatively new program called Whole30. It has similar principles to the paleo diet in that it recommends eliminating numerous food groups that can be detrimental to our health. As a full time recipe developer, I’ve really struggled to stick with the paleo lifestyle even though I freely admit I feel infinitely better when I adhere to the principles. I’m a work in progress, taking things one day at a time.
What is Whole30? Much like paleo, it’s a program based around eating whole foods such as meat, seafood, eggs, produce and healthy fats. For 30 days, you eliminate sugar (including sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup and artificial sweeteners), alcohol, grains, legumes, and white potatoes. No MSG, carrageen or sulfites. And finally, no “paleo friendly” desserts, which are all over the internet these days.
Whole30 promises to increase energy and maintain it throughout the day, ease aches and pains caused by inflammation as well as other ailments that medicine are not fixing. It promises to help with weight loss, if that happens to be a goal. It promises to change your life.
As I already mentioned, it’s extremely difficult for me to follow plans like this as a recipe developer. But I want very much to try it when the time is right. And judging by the testimonials I’ve heard from friends, it’s worth the effort.
Are you wondering what kind of meals to prepare on Whole30? Check out this roundup of 6 easy recipes for beginners. (Note that some of the descriptions contain a few basic modifications.)
Mixed Berry Coconut Cream Parfaits (Brooklyn Supper)
These parfaits feature lemony whipped coconut cream paired with fresh black and blueberries. They make a lovely breakfast that can be prepared the night before. Omit the honey to keep the recipe Whole30 compliant.
Cashew Coconut Bites (Parade Magazine)
For the occasional snack or sweet craving, these little cashew coconut bites are amazing. Since vanilla extract usually contains alcohol, it should be omitted from the recipe.
Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops (The View From Great Island)
These grilled lamb chops are incredibly flavorful and satisfying. Not a fan of lamb? Try swapping it with chicken, which also pairs wonderfully with lemon and thyme.
Blackened Barramundi (All Day I Dream About Food)
Barramundi, a delicious firm white fish, is sprinkled with blackening spice and grilled to perfection on a panini press. If you don’t have a panini press, you can still cook Blackened Barramundi in a hot skillet on the stovetop.
Chili + Lime Roasted Asparagus (With Food and Love)
When asparagus are in season, they are one of my favorite vegetables to serve with dinner. This zesty preparation will pair perfectly with either meat or seafood.
Caramelized Banana Peanut Butter Blender Ice Cream (Savory Simple)
You don’t need an ice cream maker to prepare this amazing Whole30 compliant dessert. Just a blender. It’s smooth, creamy, and rich. You’ll never miss the dairy!
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