In light of the newest Whole30 cookbook, I thought I would share a Whole30 Fast and Easy Meal Plan for you. You may be thinking about next month and starting a Whole30. Here’s your chance to get see how fast and easy some Whole30 recipes are to make at home. Keep things simple and use quality, fresh ingredients and you will be inspired to keep your Whole30 going!
The recipes I’ve picked here are often easy to prep ahead, which is where the magic happens if you are planning a Whole30. It’s the “planning” portion that is most important, and often overlooked. You will want to prep ahead quality snacks, make-ahead meals, and easy breakfast options to keep your motivation on tract.
Quick version of the Whole30
Some of you may have already tried a Whole30, while others have heard about it for awhile. Here’s my general guideline for explaining a Whole30:
- Fill your plate with a lot more vegetables and fruits, but mostly vegetables.
- Accent your plate with a quality protein, such as grass-fed beef, pastured raised chicken and eggs, nitrate free pork products, and seafood.
- Here’s what’s not being explained enough when talking about a Whole30 challenge. The quality of your food makes a huge impact on your health. It’s worth spending the money on the best quality meat you can find. Learn more about why in my post here about sustainable farming. Poor quality meat causes inflammation in the body and it’s the number one issue you want to resolve when it comes to optimizing your health.
- Add in healthy fats from avocados, coconut, olives, nuts and seeds.
- Eliminate the following: sugar, gluten, alcohol, caffeine, legumes (beans/lentils/peanuts) and dairy.
How do I make Whole30 Fast and Easy for me?
My best advice is to plan ahead, and don’t go it alone. Having someone to partner with is great motivation for sticking with the plan. This may be your husband, or maybe it’s your best friend. Staying accountable is one of the keys to success. I also coach clients who need an accountability partner outside the home, and clients appreciate being able to ask the random questions that come up when navigating a Whole30.
One additional suggestion is to be super organized about what you have on hand, and what’s needed at the grocery store. Your success will come from getting the junk out of the house so it’s not tempting you. I rarely buy big tubs of ice cream any more for my kids because I didn’t want it tempting me, lingering in the freezer. Keeping your kitchen clean, clutter free, and organized makes a difference. To make grocery shopping easier when starting a Whole30, you can shop at Thrive Market and order their Whole30 Starter Set. Type it in the search bar and there are two different packages available.
On to the menu items…pick a few new recipes, but remember to keep things simple. That’s the best way to stay on track!
Whole30 Fast and Easy Breakfast Ideas
- Mango Lime Chia Pudding-this is a great recipe if you make your pudding with coconut milk and it’s too rich.
- Turkey Blueberry Patties– a unique combo to mix up your morning. Bake these ahead of time and reheat as needed. Save the muffin recipe here for post Whole30.
- Scrambed eggs, layered over spinach, with a side of kimchi or sauerkraut. Remember to add in fermented foods to your routine to improve your gut health.
- Sweet Plantain Apple Bacon Hash– grab some pink lady apples for this fast and easy Whole30 breakfast.
- No coffee, remember. Grab this Teechino Dark Roast Dandelion tea that helps support your liver as you detox during this program. It looks like coffee, just drink it black or with almond milk.
Whole30 Fast and Easy Lunch Ideas
- Carrot and Raisin Pineapple Salad
- Paleo Avocado Lime Tuna Salad
- Cauliflower and Coconut Milk Soup (I do recommend pairing this with bone broth for more health benefits.)
- Clean Eating Lettuce Wraps with Chicken and Avocado
Whole30 Fast and Easy Dinner Ideas
- Fajita skewers-this is always a kid-favorite in our house, make extras for lunches the next day.
- Asparagus Spinach Frittata– I’m a huge fan of breakfast for dinner, and then having leftovers for breakfast or lunch later in the week.
- Quick Garlic Lime Pork Chops
- Hamburger served on a grilled portobello mushroom cap, or sweet potato toast.
- Steak Salad Steakhouse Style– doesn’t that look delicious in the image above?! Make the Whole30 ranch dressing and you can use it on a number of things during your Whole30 challenge.
Whole30 Fast and Easy Snack Ideas
- Quick note here…snacks are not a key part of the Whole30, however I think there are times when you need to grab something fast, and these are all easy to find.
- Epic bars- variety pack sold here.
- Chipotle roasted almonds
- Plantain Chips
- Seaweed Snacks– look for ones made with olive oil, avoid anything with canola/sunflower/safflower oil.
- Dry Roasted Nuts- no oils in the ingredient list.
Additional Whole30 Resources
- Need a custom Whole30 meal plan? Head over to my Nutrition Consulting page for more details on how I create personalized meal plans that work for you, save you time in the kitchen, and help reach your health goals.
- Want to do this on your own? Grab the newest book from Melissa Hartwig, creator of the Whole30. Whole30 Fast and Easy cookbook is now available!
- Food Freedom Forever book can help you navigate changing food habits. It’s an amazing read if you are looking to make some changes on your own.
- Listen to the Feel Good Effect podcast when Melissa is a guest. Lots of good motivation in this episode.
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About Emily Roach
Emily Roach is a culinary nutrition expert and works with clients to create a healthy lifestyle design. She loves teaching her kids how to cook, playing tennis and inspiring women to take control of their health. Emily does one-on-one consulting, cooking workshops and speaking engagements.