Top 30 Whole 30 Approved Products – 2017 Version
Kettle n’ Fire Bone Broth– I was introduced to Kettle n’ Fire from the nutritionist at my doctor’s office. He told me to heat up a cup of bone broth in a coffee mug and sip it as an afternoon snack. Sound gross to you? It’s not at all and it’s perfectly paleo and whole 30 approved. It tastes like chicken broth to me, but the nutritional benefits of bone broth are so much greater. You can check out another post I wrote about bone broth here. It also includes a recipe to create your own bone broth if that is more your style.
It Starts With Food – Updated Version– In my first version of Top 30 on Whole 30 I featured the original “It Starts With Food” book. The book has been updated since then with a new look and some new information. If you are new to the Whole 30 then I would recommend going with the more up to date version of the book, and reading it before you start the Whole 30. It really helps.
Silicon Muffin Baking Pan– This pan was a game changer for me. I love making Whole 30 compliant egg cups, but cleaning up the muffin pan afterwards was always a daunting task. Now I don’t have to worry about this anymore thanks to this Silicon Muffin Baking Pan. When you take the egg cups out of the oven, they pop right out with no mess. It’s amazing. I’m serious. Just make sure you put the Silicon Muffin Baking Pan on top of a cookie sheet. It’s flimsy so it’s virtually impossible to transfer to the oven without spilling unless it’s on a hard surface.
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – I learned about Vital Proteins several years ago at Natural Products Expo West. their collagen peptides are made from pasture raised, grass-fed bovine. It is unflavored and packs a lot of protein – 18 g per serving (two scoops). Even though it is high in protein, it is not considered a protein powder – it’s a supplement. I like to use Vital Proteins to make collagen coffee in the morning. You can’t even taste it and you get your protein. Vital Proteins is also officially Whole 30 Approved Partner.
Whole 30 Food Freedom Forever – This is the latest book from Melissa Hartwig, the Co-Creator of Whole 30. In this book she talks about your relationship with food beyond the Whole 30 and situations like holidays, birthdays, and vacations. I feel like this is the stage I’m currently in so it’s been a very great read for me. I highly recommend it if you have done a Whole 30 before or want something to read when you complete your first Whole 30.
Crazy Richard’s Almond Butter– I love this almond butter because there’s just one ingredient – almonds! When I am on Whole 30 I usually get the kind of almond butter that is made directly from the machine at Whole Foods. This almond butter is the next best thing.
Cast Iron Skillet– I am in love with my Cast Iron Skillet! You can get one like this that has great Amazon reviews or you could go fancy and get a Le Creuset one like this. They are a great investment and last a long time. I love searing filet mignons on my Cast Iron Skillet and then sticking it straight in the oven.
Black Coffee– Coffee is allowed on whole 30 (thank goodness), and this air roasted coffee by Black Coffee is one of my favorites. It is one of the smoothest cups of coffee I’ve tasted, and I’ve had a lot of coffee. I also love the mission behind the company. They are committed to the local community of Los Angeles and provide employment to those in need of a hand up in the inner cities of LA. If you haven’t learned to drink your coffee black I highly recommend it.
Whole 30 Cookbook– This Whole 30 Cookbook is hot off the press and just came out in December 2016. It has over 150 Whole 30 Compliant recipes in it. One thing a lot of people don’t understand about Whole 30 is you eat really, really well on it. A lot of the recipes in this book have been posted on the Whole30 website before, so it’s something you might want to look into before purchasing it.
Vital Farms Pasture Raised Eggs – I also learned about pasture raised eggs from the nutritionist at my doctor’s office. There is a difference in pasture raised eggs because the hens are given space to roam around. Even with cage free eggs, the hens are still given very minimal space. My doctor told me pasture raised eggs are also better health wise because they are non-gmo and never given antibiotics. You can really see a difference when you crack them open – they are bright orange! I have been able to find them at Target for $5.99 for a dozen eggs. Yes, it’s more than you would normally pay but it is worth it in my opinion.
RX Bars – I discovered these bars last year and haven’t looked back. First of all, I love their packaging. It’s clean and simple and the ingredients are right there in your face. You can check out my review of them here. I like to keep these on hand for emergency situations during Whole 30 – in my backpack, my purse, and my car. Oh yeah, and in my mouth! Ha! My favorite flavors are Blueberry and Chocolate Sea Salt. Please note: The Peanut Butter flavor is NOT Whole 30 compliant.
Nutpods– I learned about Nutpods from the Whole 30 Snapchat channel. It is a Whole 30 compliant coffee creamer made from almonds and coconuts. I drink my coffee black, but I started making “Collagen Coffee” with Vital Proteins and a splash of NutPods creamer. It is so good! Try it for yourself and you will see!
Vegetable Spiralizer– This is another one of my new favorite kitchen tools. I always wondered how people make veggie noodles and didn’t realize they were so easy to make – you just need a spiralizer! You can check out my review of the Paderno Vegetable Spiralizer here. One of my favorite things to make with the spiralizer is zucchini noodles with pesto or zucchini noodles with meat sauce. So good!
Tessemae’s All-Natural Whole 30 Pack– I learned about Tessemae’s from one of my readers! She mentioned I should add this pack of whole 30 sauces, dressings, and marinades to my Top 30 list and here it is. I really like this set because a lot of the dressings you have in your fridge are probably not whole 30 compliant. This allows you to easily have dressings and marinades on hand without having to make them from scratch.
Hydroflask– Drinking water is important every day, and especially while you’re on whole 30. I love having a nice, reusable water bottle to have on hand to make sure I’m drinking enough water. One of my current favorites is Hydroflask. They also let you customize your water bottle colors now if you go to their website. Pretty neat.
Wild Zora Bars– If you saw my coverage from Natural Products Expo West 2016, you probably remember that Wild Zora was one of my favorite picks from the show. They are meat and veggie bars that are organic and made with all whole 30 compliant ingredients. The turkey curry bars are my favorite.
Instant Pot– This was the deal of the year on Amazon Prime Day in July 2016. That’s how I first got mine. You can use it to cook meals in a fraction of the time it would take in a slow cooker. You can heat up frozen food quickly and hard boil eggs with it. Keep checking Amazon because I’ve seen them go on sale a couple times since Prime Day.
Primal Palate Taco Seasoning – Taco seasoning is something I always miss when I’m doing whole 30. Now there’s a whole 30 compliant taco seasoning from Primal Palate. You can use it to make my taco lettuce cups.
Fourth & Heart Ghee Butter – Ghee is clarified butter, and it’s whole 30 approved. This company recently rebranded and used to be known as Tava Life. Their grass-fed ghee is paleo and whole 30 approved and it adds great flavor to any meal you’re cooking. It comes in several different flavors – Himalayan Pink Salt, Original, White Truffle Salt, California Garlic, and Vanilla Bean. The Vanilla Bean is great for making Bulletproof coffee.
LaCroix Sparkling Water– LaCroix Sparkling Water has been around for years, but it recently became insanely popular. I’m one of those people who is obsessed with it. We always keep sparkling water in our fridge and this is a staple in our house, whether we’re on a whole 30 or not. It’s just part of our lifestyle. My favorite flavor is Grapefruit aka Pampelmousse. You can find it at any of your local grocery stores. I think Target has the lowest prices, but if you know of a better place let me know!
Epic Jerky Bites – I’ll admit – I was intimidated about Epic Bars when I first about them because they are made of all meat. There’s nothing to be intimidated by though, and I really dig these bison jerky bites. They are easy to pack as a protein-packed snack. I believe a lot of the Epic bar products are whole 30 approved, so they’re definitely worth checking out and adding to our list.
DNA Skincare Nightcreme- I’m all about treating yourself to non-food rewards while you’re on the whole 30. A new brand of skincare products that I’ve fallen in love with are from DNA Skincare. All of their products are made from certified organic ingredients. They also make sunscreen that is all natural and reef safe. I’ve been using their night creme for several months now and love how it makes my skin feel.
Nutiva Buttery Coconut Oil – Nutiva has always been one of my favorite brands of coconut oil, and they took it to the next level with their buttery coconut oil that came out in 2015. I really love using this for cooking dishes like eggs and stir fry. It’s also great on popcorn, but you’ll have to wait until after your Whole 30 for that.
Inspiralized – I received the Inspiralized cookbook as a gift and it has so many great recipes in it. I already love zucchini noodles but there are also great recipes for other types of noodles like butternut squash. Look at the ingredients though because you might need to modify some of the recipes to make them whole 30 compliant. The lettuce wraps with jicama rice are next on my list!
Red Boat Fish Sauce – This brand is an official Whole 30 Approved Partner. I have used this Red Boat Fish Sauce to make whole 30 compliant stir fry recipes and for Cauliflower Fried Rice. It is definitely good to have on hand if you foresee yourself making a lot of stir fry meals during your whole 30 because it’s super easy to toss vegetables and meat in a pan and be done!
Well Fed Weeknights – The author of the Well Fed cookbook series, Melissa Joulwan, is a paleo superstar. I had a total fangirl moment last year when I got to interview her for Fit & Awesome (you can read the interview here). At the time she was writing her latest cookbook, which happens to be Well Fed Weeknights. The idea behind this cookbook is simplicity – every meal can be made in 45 minutes or less. Time is my biggest challenge when it comes to prepping meals for whole 30 and I love Melissa Joulwan’s recipes. Her chocolate chili is my favorite.
Numi Tea – Every night I drink tea on the whole 30. It’s a nice nighttime ritual. I love Numi Tea because it is USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified. My favorite flavors are the turmeric tea and morroccan mint. Certainly any type of tea will be good on the whole 30 but this is a brand I definitely recommend checking out.
Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour – One of my favorite gluten-free flours to cook with is almond flour. It is moist and not dry unlike other gluten free flour mixes. My favorite one is from Bob’s Red Mill. If you’ve never heard of them before, they make all sorts of great gluten-free and paleo baking and flour mixes. I like to use this almond flour to make my paleo chicken fingers. It is a satisfying whole 30 compliant meal!
Chomps Beef Sticks– If you are looking for something to keep as an emergency snack food while you’re on whole 30, check out Chomps Beef Sticks. They are an official Whole 30 approved partner and it says so on their packaging. They have a good amount of protein per stick and a super spicy flavor if you’re into that sort of thing.
Adult Coloring Book and Colored Pencils – As I’ve mentioned before, I’m all about rewarding yourself with non-food items while you’re on whole 30. Adult coloring books are super popular right now. Have you ever done one? It is strangely relaxing. If you find yourself having cravings or stressing out while on whole 30, try some coloring instead. Don’t forget to let me know how it goes!
I wish you a very successful and exciting whole 30 journey. If you see an item you think I missed, post in the comments or shoot me an email and I would love to add it to future updates or additions of this post. You can see my previous version of the Top 30 on Whole 30 here.
If you have any additional questions about Whole 30, you can check out my Top Whole 30 Approved Questions.
What about you? What items have you found to be useful on your whole 30 journey? Post in the comments and let me know!
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