The Best of the Whole Smiths | Whole30 Recipe Roundup (2024)

A Whole30 recipe roundup of the most popular Whole30 recipes from the Whole Smiths.

Who doesn’t love a good recipe roundup? I know I do. All nice and tidy in one spot. I’m lazy, what can I say. Actually, I take that back. I’m a woman of convenience, not laziness. Ok, moving on. Not only do I want to pack in my most popular Whole30 recipe into one tidy blog post, I also want to drop a few brief Whole30 insights to keep in mind along the way during your Whole30.

While I don’t have a magical wand to make your Whole30 breezy, I am an over thinker, super analytic spaz and have overthought my food consumption and subsequent clean eating patterns to death. So I’ve tied a couple of those tid bits into this post for you. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first Whole30 or the third, you’re in the right spot. Whether it’s a bomb-ass recipe or the most brilliant bit of thinking (not really) you’ve ever read, enjoy.


First things first.Just because a recipe is Whole30 compliant doesn’t mean that’s the only time you should be eating it. These recipes are ones that should follow you into life after Whole30 as well. Thepurposive aWhole30 isn’t to bea 30-day cleanse where you feel awesome and go back to your old Mac’n Cheese errr’yday ways soon after. Nope. Sorry, that’s not how it works. You might be looking for the Master Cleanse in that case. (No, don’t do it. It’s the stupidest thing ever. Unless you’re going to the Academy Awards in three days, then by all means master cleanse away. Who am I to judge?) What you do and eat after those 30 days is just as important than what you’re eating and doing during those 30 days. So if you see a recipe labeled as Whole30 complaint after your Whole30, you should be jumping up and down, whip and nae-nae-ing, and saying, “Yessss”. Because that’s how you’re eating now.


In my opinion, the goal of a successful Whole30 is to start learning how to eat and prepare real food that works for your body along with how to adjust your lifestyle to accommodate that. There’s more to it than just food. It’s a 30-day period to start understanding your relationship with food under a tight framework to keep you on the path to success long enough (30 days) that you find successes (i.e. non-scale victories).


It’s about creating healthy habits and patterns that don’t leave you running towards a bowl of pasta, three slices of cake and a Pop Tart for breakfast. Take a mental note of when you’re craving sweets. Is it at the end of the day when you finally have a moment to yourself? Are you bored? Are you stressed? For me, it’s a combination of stress and the end of the day ritual wanting a snack to relax with… which obviously ties into the stress bit.


As well, are you reaching for a Pop Tart in the morning because you’re running late or because you haven’t grocery shopped lately? Start picking apart some of your behavior patterns to see what needs to be adjusted. And make the adjustment. Maybe it’s a matter of waking up 15 minutes earlier. Maybe it means you join Instacart, Thrive or some other way of ensuring you get your groceries into your fridge and pantry regularly. Figure it out and fix it. Do it. Without excuses. Because I know you waste 15 minutes somewhere in your day. The invention of social media pretty much guarantees that.


But what to do after that 30 days? The training wheels are off. What you do with thisnewly found information is up to you. You can’t unlearn it. You will always know, for example, that sugar makes you feel like sh*t. Or that gluten makes your stomach bloat. You.Can’t.Unlearn.That. But you can stray from your newly formed habits. It’s important in the days after your Whole30 that you continue to eat that way and make other non-compliant foods the exception to how you eat, not the standard.


That shift in mentality will set you up on the path to clean eating. Oh, you’re going to dive face first into a bags of chips and a bowl of ice cream at some point in the future. I can promise you that. And that’s ok. It happens. And for me, I suspect that will continue to happen from time to time for the rest of my life because, #life. The important thing to do when that happens is acknowledge it and move on. I also tell myself when that happens, I’ll make sure my next day or two of eating is extra clean, it helps relieve some of that unnecessary guilt I guess. But good decisions begets good decisions. As time goes on you’ll find making the right food decisions gets easier and easier. As long as you keep with it.


Here’s the thing. Don’t stop. Decide you are a clean eater now and as Dory says, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” Decide that most of the food you will eat will be clean and work with your bodyand make exceptions for the rest. If you find yourself making too many exceptions as time goes on, you may need a Whole30 reset to back the truck up. But just keep going, can I say that enough? It’s a process. The Whole30 isn’t going to make you a perfect eater overnight or even in 30 days because A. There’s no such thing and B. It’s a journey. So get that out of your mind. However,the framework of the program, if used properly, will set you up on the path to health for years to come.

Mango + Jalapeño Chicken Meatballs

With that said, enjoy these recipes. Pin them, save them, bookmark them and post them online if you make them (don’t forget to tag me because I love seeing what you’re making).

Happy Whole30ing and congratulations on your road to a healthier you!

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The Best of the Whole Smiths | Whole30 Recipe Roundup (2024)


Is peanut butter allowed on Whole30? ›

Though peanuts and peanut butter aren't allowed on the Whole30 program, other nuts and nut butters are. Cashew butter is loaded with nutrients like healthy fats, magnesium, manganese, and copper. Its smooth, sweet taste pairs well with apples ( 1 ).

Can you eat fruit on Whole30? ›

Let's start with a food list of what you can eat on Whole30: All vegetables, including potatoes. Fruit, including strawberries, watermelon, apples, oranges, and bananas. Seafood, such as fish, oysters, shrimp, and mussels.

Can you eat chocolate on Whole30? ›

Try thickening your sauce or gravy with arrowroot powder or tapioca starch instead. Anything less than 100% cocoa (cacao) is off-limits during your Whole30 elimination. Even the really dark chocolate still contains added sugar.

Can you eat dates on Whole30? ›

Anything less than 100% cocoa (cacao) is off-limits during your Whole30 elimination. Even the really dark chocolate still contains added sugar. All fruit, including dates, can be part of your Whole30 elimination.

Can I eat bananas on Whole30? ›

Basically, all fruits and veggies are acceptable on Whole30, so your favorite apples, bananas, berries, and the like are fair game.

Is almond milk allowed on Whole30? ›

It's got only four ingredients: water, organic almonds, organic acacia gum, and sea salt. You've seen this in literally every grocery store, and now you know: Yes, you can drink it while doing Whole30. Silk's unsweetened vanilla carton is fair game, too.

Are potatoes OK on Whole30? ›

Are Potatoes Whole30? Yes! As of January 2021, all varieties of potatoes are included in the Whole30 diet. Yet, the catch is that fries and chips are not included in the diet as they are not considered to be “real” or whole foods.

Is olive oil allowed on Whole30? ›

Extra virgin olive oil is approved and Whole30 compliant. Regular olive oil (aka pure olive oil) and light tasting oil are also approved by the authors. While on the Whole30 plan, you should avoid most packaged salad dressings and mayonnaise. Most of these products are made with seed oils and are not compliant.

What is the one bite rule on Whole30? ›

One bite of pizza, one spoonful of ice cream, one sip of beer within the 30-day period and you've broken the 'reset'—and have to start over again on Day 1,” Whole30 instructs.

Is popcorn allowed on Whole30? ›

Anything with gluten is off-limits, along with rice, oats, corn and pseudo-grains like quinoa or buckwheat. That means no pasta and popcorn for 30 days.

Can I have co*ke Zero on Whole30? ›

Though diet sodas and sugary beverages are off-limits on the Whole30 diet, you can drink water, herbal teas, coffee, and any other liquids that don't contain any sugar or artificial sweeteners. Fruit juice, when 100% pure, is also acceptable on occasion.

Is pineapple allowed on Whole30? ›

Kiwi is just one of the Whole30-approved ingredients in the Chili Mango-Kiwi Salad. 64. Pineapple. A single serving of pineapple boasts 131% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

Is hummus Whole30 approved? ›

On the Plant-Based Whole30 program, you can enjoy traditional hummus made with chickpeas! A great and healthy way to snack when you need a little something to get you through to the next meal, hummus and plant-based dips with veggies is a win-win.

Is canned tuna Whole30 compliant? ›

Canned tuna – If you are on a Whole30, just double-check the ingredients. A lot of canned tuna contains soy (look for the “CONTAINS SOY” disclaimer below the ingredients), which is not Whole30 compatible. My Walmart has a store brand that is compatible, as well as I can find it fairly affordably at Winco.

Can you eat tomatoes on Whole30? ›

On our "limit" list, but a small amount can add lots of flavor. The best ingredient list would read just "tomatoes," like Pomi brand. All vinegar varieties (except for malt) are Whole30 permitted, even rice or wine.

What is a Whole30 substitute for peanut butter? ›

Almond butter is the most popular alternative to peanut butter when completing the Whole30 diet.

What nut butters are Whole30 compliant? ›

Whole30 Approved
  • Almond Butter.
  • Bulk.
  • Cashew Butter.
  • Hazelnut Butter.
  • Pecan Butter.
  • Pouches.
  • size-12 oz.
  • size-64 oz.

Is hummus OK on Whole30? ›

Hummus lovers rejoice. On the Plant-Based Whole30 program, you can enjoy traditional hummus made with chickpeas! A great and healthy way to snack when you need a little something to get you through to the next meal, hummus and plant-based dips with veggies is a win-win.

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