I’ve had some requests to put together a post about items that make the Whole 30 easier for newbies. One friend told me that she had a stressful trip to the grocery store and needed some visuals! It made me think of how clueless I was the first time I did it. I went to the store armed with a long list and read label after label to make sure I was buying the right thing. Hopefully this post helps to speed up that process! These items are my essentials, things I use most often when preparing Whole 30 meals. Also, click here for super helpful downloadable shopping lists from Whole 30. The links to the items are included below.
1. Ghee: Use this for cooking, especially tasty when you cook your scrambled eggs with it. It can be found in the refrigerated section by the other butters, or sometimes it is on the shelf where the Indian foods are kept (because it does not need to be refrigerated). Purity Farms is the brand I buy. I have not tried other brands, but I am sure there are other good ones out there, just read the label to be sure its compliant.
2. Almond Meal/Flour: I use this when I make Meatloaf. Also can be used to thicken sauces or coat meat before baking.
3. Stackable To-Go Container from Black +Blum: Its always a good idea to be prepared if you are going to be out all day. I love this little container because of its size and design. When hunger strikes, you want to be prepared, so you are not tempted to cheat!
4. Blender: Essential for sauces, mayo, and dressings.
5. Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk: These are staples! Use coconut oil as a cooking fat, look for the “unrefined” kind. When purchasing coconut milk, make sure it the full fat version with no sulfites. I love the one by Native Forest.
6. Mandolin: Speeds up the process of chopping fruit and veggies. Very handy to have!
7. Julienne Peeler: I love using this to make “Zoodles,” zucchini noodles. Also can be used on other produce to create thin strips.
8. Food Processor: Very helpful for making cauliflower rice and cauliflower mash. Also for dressings and sauces.
9. Spices: One way to add flavor to your Whole 30 meals is to utilize spices. I love the spices from Morton and Bassett. They don’t have any yucky additives, are high quality, and very flavorful! I am kinda obsessed with their Chili Powder. It makes Chocolate Chili taste especially amazing!
10. Measuring Cups and Spoons and Cutting Board: If you are going to be spending time in the kitchen doing a lot of cooking, might as well do it in style!