Friday Favorites #47
September 27th, 2019

Whole30 Edition

"A year from now, you'll be glad you started today."
 - Unknown
In February 2014, I decided to try Whole30. I loved the way it made me feel, and I knew I was completely onto something. Whole30 transformed my cooking, because if I could enjoy spectacular food that was gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free, why wouldn’t I want to?  This week I returned to Whole30 Recipes for an Instagram takeover. For those of you who follow along, you’ll be familiar and may even be all about Whole30 yourself, and for those who aren’t, you may wonder what it is. So, for this week’s issue I’ve invited some of my favorite Whole30 influencers to share their tips, and my Table Talks podcast conversation with @healthylittlepeach dives in too.

I adore my Magic Elixirs, and I’m going to bet that you do, too. Can I get an amen? Whether it’s Marinated Onions, Pistachio Pesto, or my new 999 Island Dressing, frankly they all make Whole30 easy, delicious, and fun. My dear friend Michelle recently started doing Whole30, and I have been cooking for her. Wouldn’t you like to be my neighbor?

The best tip that I am going to give you is this: It is absolutely key to have Whole30 a buddy. You can divide the cooking and each make a Magic Elixir twice a week to share.

Here are some more Whole30 tips I gave Michelle:

  • Whole30 Mayo is an absolute must, and simply makes life better.
  • Specialty beverage: whether it’s my Passion iced tea or Spindrift, I think a fantastic drink with beautiful ice cubes just makes me feel better.
  • Everyday Roast Chicken Breast is a lifesaver. It is the conduit to delicious chicken salad, an absolute staple, and something to have on hand at all times.  
  • Coleslaw: make it right now. Shredded cabbage, slivers of carrots, Whole30 mayo, vinegar, salt, and pepper. It is simple and holds beautifully, and in a pinch is something that you can grab.
  • I am much more successful if I start the morning with a meal that I love. It keeps me on track. Breakfast is easy for me, because essentially, it’s always my dinner leftovers with eggs, Marinated Onions, and arugula on repeat.
  • To do Whole30 and still cook for your family, my best advice is to have your family on Whole30 too--and simply don’t mention it to them, and nobody will be the wiser.

Whole30 is going to give you so much extra energy to be your best self. I love to use that energy to clean and organize my space, so that I’m not only looking and feeling my best, but the space around me is too!

So my question for you is this:  What are you going to do with all of your extra energy?
What is the Whole30?
The Whole30 is designed to change your life in 30 days—but it’s not a diet, a detox, or a weight loss program. Think of it as a short-term reset, created to help you curb your cravings and bad habits, boost your metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and calm your immune system. The entire program is available, for free, at

Ashley's Whole30 tips:

Cook with eggs.
Assess what you have.
Shop in bulk or at Aldi
Don’t cook different meals for your kids. 
Don’t get caught up in buying grass-fed and organic.
Whole30 on a budget (Ashley's best tips).

Ashley McCrary, Founder, Healthy Little Peach

The BEST part of Whole30 is making the connection between which foods serve you and which don’t. I enjoy those lightbulb moments as I work with a client to establish the WHY behind their food habits and abolish the shame and guilt that come with eating non-compliant foods within their food freedom. Whole30 isn’t just a 30-day reset; it’s a reset plus reintroduction AND your food freedom, but you’ve got to check all the boxes along the way to actually establish what food freedom looks like to YOU!

Jacob Heath Henriquez

2019 Whole30 Certified Coach of the Year


My favorite Whole30 breakfast is usually created from dinner leftovers, a dash of creativity, and all the colors. This works for so many reasons!

1. You never get bored, because dinner leftovers include proteins, vegetables, flavors, and textures to redux.
2. You limit food waste, save money, and rotate in something new and delicious every day--what’s NOT to like?
3. By simply adding color, you both elevate the nutrition (vitamins and minerals) on your plate and start digestion off right, because you “eat with your eyes” first.

Stephanie Vanlochem

Keep it simple, and batch cooking is the key. I like to have a few recipes in rotation, so that I won't get bored easily.  My new favorites are no-cook meals, for example my Asian-inspired Tuna Salad with Creamy Toasted Sesame Dressing. You can easily swap the dressing (hint: one of Teri's Magic Elixirs) to create more variety!

ChihYu Smith, founder of I Heart Umami and Author of the Asian Paleo Cookbook
Click to buy ChihYu's Asian Paleo Cookbook

My favorite go-to Whole30 snack of choice is a few turkey slices, some olives, carrots, and celery and a little Tessemae's Buffalo Ranch. That tackles all the things you want in a meal in one snack plate: protein from the turkey, good fat from the olives, compliant ranch, and some fresh cut veggies. It's easy, requires no cooking, and is so satisfying!"  I've been working on a new Whole30 endorsed cookbook! It's filled with 100 healthy weeknight recipes, perfect for busy evenings yet they are all packed with delicious flavor! The book will be officialy released on December 31 but is available for preorder now!  Just click this link: Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes

Alex Snodgrass, Founder of The Defined Dish

One of the new Whole30 resources that I am really excited about is Melissa's new book, The Whole30 Friends & Family Cookbook.  As the holiday season approaches, this book will help make your Whole30 a success. Get a sneak peek of two of the recipes, on the Whole30 website

The new cookbook is being released on Tuesday, October 15th, but you can pre-order your copy here!
This week's favorite recipe: Whole30 Crispy Hoisin Stir Fry
I’m so excited about this recipe. When planning Whole30, it’s really fun to create new recipes, and this Whole30 Hoisin Sauce is a recent favorite. Such a spectacular new Magic Elixir that you will want to eat it on everything.
This week's nocrumbsleft Table Talks Podcast:  

Episode 35: A Peach of a Gal
In this episode, Teri and dear friend and coconspirator, Ashley @HealthyLittlePeach discuss their love of Whole30,
inspiration, hard work, and being female entrepreneurs.

This week's giveaway!

This week we are giving away a couple of Whole30 Favorites to a lucky winner!

Applegate Whole30 Bacon and Tessemae's new tailgate pack.

You can find fantastic Whole30 Approved Applegate products here and Tessemae's NEW condiments and sauces, classic dressings and pantry lines by here.

*Please note that the Honey BBQ is paleo friendly, not Whole30.

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