What is the Whole30 challenge? It's the popular challenge where you only eat the most nutrient dense foods for 30 days. The idea is that you'll reconnect with what you're eating and eat three meals a day (snacking is okay, only in emergencies). It's not a diet, and it's not about losing weight; it's about creating a healthy relationship with food and working towards food freedom.
I've just ended my fifth round of Whole30 in September 2018. My great results (or non-scale victories (NSV)) from doing Whole30 this last time were losing inches, glowing skin, and no knee aches. Those are great results, right?
I'm ready to share my best Whole30 Challenge tips with you plus some amazing made in USA products I've discovered along the way, which is great for your Whole30 grocery list. This post has recently been updated with new information.
What is the Whole 30 Challenge?
The challenge excludes the following foods in any and all forms, including any by-products from them:
- Additives, like MSG, sulfates, soy lecithin, carrageenan, and cornstarch. (Here's the official information about additives.)
- Grains, including corn
- Legumes, including peanuts
- Sugar (This means no sugar of any kind, added to anything you consume. You can eat fruit but in moderation. The rationale behind this is that sugar offers no nutritional value, but fruit has fiber, vitamins and minerals alongside their naturally occurring sugars.)
- No eating foods with no brakes or recreating treats with compliant ingredients.
- Do not consume baked goods, junk foods, or treats with “approved” ingredients.
- No snacking, unless it's an emergency.
What to Eat During the Whole30 Challenge
- Fats, natural and healthy ones
- Meat and seafood
- Nuts and seeds
- Vegetables (just no corn, no veggies in the form of chips and no restaurant fries)
- and Emergency Snacks (see our list below)
My Top Four Tips for Making the Whole 30 a Success for YOU:
- Don't be afraid of fat. Each meal requires you to eat healthy fats. They will keep you full.
- Keep it SIMPLE. You don't have to make new, complicated recipes. Save time by cooking with foods you already love and keep your Whole30 grocery list simple.
- Flavor, flavor, flavor. Make sure you're adding citrus, seasoning, herbs, and fats to your food, and you won't be bored.
- Plan ahead. You don't want to arrive home hankering to eat and not have anything planned for your meal.
Hopefully, these Whole30 grocery list ideas below will make it easier for you to find products that make your Whole30 a success.
Whole30 Compliant Beverages
During my second Whole30, while at my cousin's house looking for compliant tea, I found the tea brand she had in her pantry included cornstarch in the tea bags. I was shocked. Why would cornstarch be in a tea bag?! It simply goes to show that our food system needs a complete rehaul and that you have to check labels to make sure you're not ingesting ingredients that serve no purpose for optimal health. I feel fortunate to have found the items I've listed below as options for Whole30 compliant teas, pre- and post-workout drinks, and sparkling water and other beverages.
LonoLife offers five collagen flavors that come in portable, single serve packets which are great for a quick protein fix when you're on-the-go. Simply add to water and shake to dilute before you sip. Each serving has 10 grams of protein, derived from grass-fed bovine collagen, and is enriched with essential amino acids. 15% off with code USALOVE through January 1, 2020.
- GT's Kombucha is my all time favorite kombucha brand. You simply can't go wrong with this brand. Check the labels because some flavors have maple syrup. I enjoy Multi-Green on Whole30 because it doesn't have any fruit juice and is, therefore, unlikely to entice your sugar dragon.
- LyteLine is a perfect replacement for sugar and additive laden sports drinks. There are zero additives and no sugar. Just a light, refreshing lemon flavor. The brand offers electrolyte-replenishing, liquid concentrate and sports drinks created specifically for health-focused people who don't want unnecessary sugar or additives in their electrolyte products. The ingredients include balanced ions of magnesium, sodium, chloride, and potassium and zinc, an essential trace element, and citric acid. LyteLine products contain no calories, sugars, sweeteners, carbohydrates, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives and is non-GMO, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.
- Mushroom Tea – See our full list of medicinal mushroom options that happen to be Whole30 compliant by nature.
- Numi Organic Tea makes the best organic teas with no additives.
- Om Energy makes for a great pre-workout Whole30 compliant drink. It's a mix of mushrooms and vitamins including, Cordyceps, Reishi, Turkey Tail, Agaricus blazei, Maitake, King Trumpet, turmeric, yerba mate, guarana, and Vitamin D, C, B2, B3, B6, and B12. It's great for week two when you're most likely to be feeling an energy slump before experiencing the ‘tiger blood' stage where you'll get a boost of energy.
- Sparkle Skin Boost Powder is a great way to get a collagen boost with vitamin C. These ingredients improve fine lines and skin elasticity. No other product has improved my fine lines more than this one!!! Cheers to that NSV! I'm a huge fan of this product for its clean ingredients, results, and taste. NOTE: Only the No Flavor option is compliant.
- Spindrift makes the best sparkling water because they only add natural, farm-picked fruit juice for full flavor, with no added sugar. Cucumber and Mango Orange are my personal favorite flavors, and I've tried them all.
Whole30 Compliant Broth and Soup
Whole30 compliant bone broth and soups are pretty hard to find. Almost every mainstream brand on the market has added sugar, soy or wheat. Even when I'm not on Whole30, I like to enjoy clean bone broths and soups with nutrient dense ingredients from brands I trust. If you're interested in trying bone broth, it is high in protein, calcium and critical amino acids like glycine and glucosamine, which are great for bone and joint health.
LonoLife Grass-Fed Whole30 Compliant Beef Broth has the most vibrant flavor and I absolutely love. It also comes in portable packaging too, which is great when you're traveling or on-the-go. The broth has simple ingredients including beef collagen, chicory root, beef, salt, yeast extract, natural flavors, potassium chloride (salt substitute), black pepper, and sage. 15% off with code USALOVE through January 1, 2020.
Osso Good Chicken Broth is a paleo friendly and Whole30 Approved bone broth that comes frozen. I've tried numerous bone broths sold in stores and online, and so far Osso Good Broth is my favorite ready-to-use Whole30 Approved broth. They make their Paleo friendly and Whole30 approved chicken broth from pasture-raised chicken and organic, GMO-free ingredients. This chicken broth is from pasture-raised chicken and organic, GMO-free ingredients. It contains filtered water, organic chicken, organic carrots, organic tomato, organic onion, organic celery, organic garlic, organic apple cider vinegar, organic mushrooms, organic parsley, organic thyme, organic peppercorn, and organic bay leaves. I really love this brand and they also make frozen compliant soups. $10 off Osso Good with discount code USALOVE.
- Bare Bones Beef Tomato Broth is non-frozen, shelf-stable, 100% grass-fed beef bone broth with 10g of protein and 20g of collagen per serving.
- EPIC Bone Broth is the ideal sipping broth. There's no need to add anything additional; it tastes that amazing.
- Fawen Ready to Drink Superfood Soup is incredibly flavorful, satiating, and filling. I love both compliant options, Beet & Cabbage and Broccoli & Cauliflower.
- Kettle & Fire Bone Broth is non-frozen, shelf-stable, flavorful beef bone broth made with organic bones, organic onions, organic carrots, organic celery, organic parsley, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, black peppercorn, bay leaf, thyme, and rosemary extract.
- Tío Gazpacho Organic Gazpacho del Sol is out of this world amazing. O.M. to the Gazpacho! This cold, drinkable soup made with yellow tomato, carrot, yellow pepper, cucumber, shallot, garlic, olive oil, and white wine vinegar.
Whole30 Compliant Dairy-Free Creamer and Nut Milk
I've noticed that some people think that they have to drink coffee black while on Whole30. While that is an option, you don't have to drink it black if you don't want. We've found four made in USA, dairy-free creamer and milk options from brands we trust.
- Califia Farms Better Half Coffee Creamer, Unsweetened is a great option especially for people who are used to using a thick creamer. It's dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and carrageenan-free, making it Whole30 compliant.
- MALK Organics, Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Malk is the cleanest nut milk on the market with no fillers or binders. The Vanilla Almond Malk is made with organic almonds, natural vanilla flavor derived from vanilla beans, Himalayan salt, and filtered water. It's not a creamer, but it is an option to add to your coffee.
- Neuroast Supercream offers the only powdered coffee creamer I've found to be Whole30 compliant. Both Original and Pumpkin Spice options are compliant.
- nutpods is my go-to dairy-free creamer. All their flavors are Whole30 Approved. If you're looking for rich, flavorful coffee that you'll be excited to drink, I recommend nutpods Hazelnut Unsweetened Dairy-Free Creamer. It's made from heart-healthy almonds, MCT-rich coconuts, and is free from carrageenan, dairy, soy, gluten, and sugar. It's made from simple ingredients including purified water, coconut cream, almonds, natural flavors, and contains less than 2% of acacia gum, sunflower lecithin, dipotassium phosphate, gellan gum, and sea salt. While I typically don't use creamer in my coffee, I find that the richness and texture from nutpods makes a real difference in making me excited for my coffee every single morning! 15% off with code USALOVE.
Whole30 Compliant Collagen
If you're looking for another way to supercharge your coffee, I'd suggest adding coconut cream or MCT oil along with collagen for bulletproof coffee. I've used all these brands and trust their ingredients. They dissolve easily in warm or hot liquid and are tasteless.
- Anthony's Goods Grass Fed Collagen Peptides
- Bare Bones 100% Grass Fed Collagen Peptides
- Further Food Grass Fed Collagen Peptides
- LonoLife Unflavored Collagen Peptides (grass-fed pasture-raised cows)
- Sparkle Skin Boost Plus (Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, and Vitamin C for improved skin elasticity)
- Tonic Beauty Collagen (with Collagen I & III)
- Youtheory Collagen Advanced Formula (Types 1,2 & 3, containing chondroitin and hyaluronic acid)
- Vital Proteins Marine Collagen
Whole30 Compliant Condiments & Dressing & Marinades
Pre-made Whole30 compliant condiments, dressing, and marinades can be pretty difficult to find. There also aren't that many options. The brands listed below are ones we suggest for the vibrant flavors they bring to any dish. All of them are small, family-owned businesses making some or all of their products Whole30 compliant. Of course, these are all made in the USA, so you can trust the ingredient list.
I'm going to give my schpiel about Whole30 compliant mayo. There is no store-bought mayo, compliant or not, that tastes better than homemade mayo. I use this recipe and with these three simple tips, you can create fail-proof, Whole30 complaint mayo. 1) Make sure your egg has reached room temperature. 2) Use avocado oil or light olive oil. 3) Get yourself an immersion blender. 4) Make sure the ingredients are covering the blade of the blender before you turn it on. Voila! 15 seconds later you have the BEST mayo of your life!
- Dress It Up Dressing offers three compliant flavors, Champagne Vinaigrette, Red Wine Vinaigrette, and Blackberry Vinaigrette. (Note: Only Malt vinegar is prohibited on Whole30 because the finished product in malt vinegar contains gluten.) These compliant dressings are packed with flavor making them easy to use on salads or on poultry or seafood. Dress It Up Dressing is a Certified Women-Owned Business and B Corp based in Maryland.
- Mesa de Vida Whole30 Approved sauces are a must have for marinading or just to have on the side as seasoning to dress your meal. I don't think I've ever tasted a sauce so flavorful! Cooked for only 30 seconds prior to packaging, Mesa de Vida concentrated flavor bases are great for cooking from-scratch meals inspired by vibrant cultures from around the world. Mesa de Vida is a women-owned business based in Washington State.
- Noble Made by the New Primal Whole30 Approved BBQ and Buffalo Sauces have exceptional flavor and are great for whipping up quick, flavorful recipes for the entire family.
- Noble Made by the New Primal Whole30 Approved Dressing consider this four-piece dressing kit from The New Primal to serve as a mini wardrobe for your precious greens. With a portfolio of flavors that range from smooth and bright to tart and snappy, our capsule collection transforms any veggie, taco, or poke into a real taste-bud turner.
- Saucy Lips is a small family-owned and operated company. They make healthy, natural, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, GMO-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly products. Their marinates are great for cooking quick, flavorful meals. The Zesty Cilantro flavor is my personal favorite.
- Tessemae’s Whole30 Sauce Boss is a collection of Whole30 Approved marinades, dressings, sauces, and ketchup. I like to use these dressing on salads or as a meat marinade. They offer classics like Creamy Ranch and Lemon Garlic. Find them at your local Whole Foods, or online.
- Yai's Thai uses simple and healthy ingredients without sugar or artificial ingredients. Yai means grandmother in Thai, and this line of Whole30 Approved hot sauce, salsa and simmer sauces uses traditional Thai ingredients for unique, bold and zesty flavors that pair well with everything from eggs to fish and beef. They're bursting with flavor! 20% off Yai's Thai with discount code USALOVE.
Whole30 Compliant Emergency Snacks
For some of you who have done Whole30 in the past, including me, many grain-free, fruit-based bars like Bearded Brothers, Larabars, Thunderbird, and Yawp! were considered Whole30 compliant. From my most recent research online, it does not look like that is the case, but rather Melissa Hartwig, Whole30 co-founder, says protein is king. While a variety of options make for compliant emergency foods on which to snack, here are the most convenient, shelf-stable, pre-packaged American made Whole30 compliant emergency snacks you'll want to include on your Whole30 grocery list.
- American Tuna, 100% albacore tuna, pole caught and packed in the USA. No added water, broth, oil, soy, or preservatives.
- Artisana Organics raw, organic nut butter on-the-go packets are my favorite. Raw nuts ground into butter, with no added ingredients really are better than all the rest.
- Elements High Performance Meals are made in USA, Whole30 Approved, freeze-dried meal option to have on hand at for emergencies while traveling or at the office. We love them for their taste and convenience.
- Whole30 compliant jerky. See our complete list of options.
- Navitas Organics is a great brand for finding compliant ingredients, including organic nuts and dried fruit, to make your own nutrient dense, sugar-free trail mix.
- RxBars. RxBar Mixed Berry and RxBar Blueberry varieties are my personal favorite. The RxBars with chocolate and peanuts are not compliant.
- Wild Zora Paleo Meals-To Go are the ONLY freeze-dried meals made with meat raised by American farmers without antibiotics or added hormones that don't contain grains or added sugar. Their snacks and meals are Whole30 and Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) compliant. They're filling, satisfying, and delicious (…and we're serious!). You'll absolutely want to have these on hand. 15% off with code USALOVE. One time use per customer with no expiration date.
Whole30 Compliant Grain-Free Flours
Anthony's Goods is my go-to brand for grain-free flours. These flours are not meant for recreating paleo friendly treats, but rather to use for breading on meat or fish and or to thicken sauces or soups. Anthony's Goods offers high quality, organic, non-GMO, products that are priced well below many other brands. That's just one of the reasons we love them!
- Anthony’s Goods Certified Gluten-Free & Non-GMO Organic Tapioca Flour has a neutral taste, great for thickening soups.
- Anthony’s Goods Certified Gluten-Free & Non-GMO Organic Almond Flour is a great option for breading meat. This flour is made from California grown almonds.
- Anthony’s Goods Certified Gluten-Free & Non-GMO Organic Coconut Flour is a great option for breading seafood.
Whole30 Compliant Healthy Plated and Fat Options
Avocado or guacamole (We love Wholly Guacamole!), cashews, coconut butter, coconut meat, coconut flakes, and coconut milk, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and butter, and olives are all considered healthy plated eating fats. If you're looking for more information on which Whole30 fats are best, take a look at their official shopping list.
I like using cooking oils with high smoke points so they do not burn and create carcinogens. I suggest coconut oil (350°F smoke point) or ghee (485°F smoke point).
For coconut oil, Nutiva Liquid Coconut Oil is organic and non-GMO. It is the world’s best-selling brand of organic coconut oil. I trust this brand and use their products whether I'm on Whole30 or not.
Ahara Rasa offers the most unique varieties of ghee on the market including Brown Butter, Chai Spice, Lemon & Garlic, Niter Kibbeh (Ethiopian Spiced Ghee), Tumeric & Black Pepper, and Vanilla Dream. Made in Portland, Oregon from organic, local, pastured, cultured cow's butter. We love the Gold Star for sautéing or roasting vegetables; the Bulb & Rind for chicken and seafood; and the Vanilla Dream for our bulletproof coffee. The newest flavor, Chai Spice Ghee is also Whole30 compliant.
Ahara Rasa Niter Kibbeh (Ethiopian Spiced Ghee) won the Best New Product Sofi Award in 2018 in its category. The Sofi Awards are like the Oscars of the food industry.
Don't miss our full list of American Made Whole30 Compliant Ghee options.
Whole30 Compliant Hot Sauces
Luckily there is no shortage of super flavorful Whole30 compliant hot sauce options on the market. From well-known brands sold at big retailers to small family owned businesses sold online, Whole30 compliant hot sauce options are abundant.
- Bravado Spice Hot Sauce, Jalapeño and Green Apple is life. This is the best hot sauce I've ever tried. It's incredibly flavorful and is well balanced with heat from the jalapeño and a sweet tangy from the green apple.
- Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is a well-known brand and surprisingly happens to be Whole30 compliant.
- Horsetooth Hot Sauce is a family run company that has been crafting its hot sauce in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2008.
- Picaflor Boulder Sol and Vida Verde Hot Sauce varieties are both Whole30 compliant and made with organic fruit.
- Saucy Lips has seven flavors of compliant sauces that are fruit and spice based. They're awesome!
- Tabasco is a well-known brand and surprisingly happens to be Whole30 compliant.
- Tessamae's Snake Oil Hot Sauce is a limited edition hot sauce made with fish peppers, cider vinegar, and salt.
- Wildbrine offers two Whole30 compliant hot sauce flavors including Smoky Jalapeño Sriracha and Spicy Kimchi Sriracha. I like them both, but prefer the Smoky Jalapeño Sriracha for its more mild taste.
- Yai's Thai offers two Whole30 compliant hot sauce flavors including Hot Chili Garlic and Hot Ginger Lime.
Whole30 Compliant Jerky
Wild Zora Meat & Veggie Bars are incredibly flavorful, moist, and tasty. It’s one of our go-to Whole30 compliant emergency snacks. They are grain-, gluten-, soy-, nut-, and dairy-free and made with grass-fed beef that is free of antibiotics or hormones. The Chili Beef is one of my favorites and made with grass-fed beef, organic fruits and vegetables (red bell pepper, apricots, dates, kale, garlic, and onion), spices, cayenne pepper, sea salt and celery powder. Wild Zora bars are made in Colorado. 15% off with code USALOVE. One time use per customer with no expiration date.
- We have a full list of our favorite Whole30 compliant jerky. Remember that jerky is meant to be an emergency snack and only eaten when there is no other compliant food around.
Whole30 Compliant Grass-Fed Meats and Seafood
There are some great resources for grass-fed meats and sustainable seafood that are all Whole30 compliant. If you're looking for non-scale victories (NSV) cooking with new ingredients is a great way to feel empowered about your food decisions and your path to food freedom. See my tip below for cooking fish fillets quickly, while keeping them moist, tender and flavorful.
- Greensbury Market is a nationwide delivery service for the healthiest, most responsibly sourced proteins. Over the past decade, they have hand-picked quality products from the best U.S. organic farms, ranches, and fisheries. They offer organic, grass-fed, grass-finished meat sourced from a collective of family farms in the USA, 100% USDA certified organic and antibiotic-free chickens and turkeys, and wild seafood that is certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and raised using methods that cause little to no harm to wildlife and ensures the protection of our ocean’s ecosystem. That means no chemicals, no hormones, no antibiotics, and no GMOs are used on any of Greensbury Market products. Read more about grass-fed meat here.
- Sizzlefish, I seriously love you so much! I've had the Wild Sea Scallops, Wild Alaska Halibut, Wild Alaska Haddock, Wild Atlantic Cod, and Calamari. I found all the seafood to be fresh and super tender. The easiest and fastest way I found to cook the fish fillets was to poach them in hot ghee in a saucepan. I hold the fillets with tongs so they won't quite touch the bottom of the pan, but I have it sitting in the hot ghee to cook. (This way the fillets won't stick to the pan.) I hold each side of the fillet in the ghee for about 45-60 seconds. This keeps the fish tender without overcooking it. Works like a charm every time. They deliver nationwide.
- Tribalí Foods Beef Patties Umami have amazing flavor and I can't imagine going through Whole30 without them on hand! I love having these patties on hand for Whole30 because they make it so, so simple to create a meal by simply adding plated fat and lots of green veggies. They come individually sealed and frozen. They have 19 grams of protein and are made with organic 100% grass-fed beef, garlic purée, shiitake mushrooms, fire roasted onion, Red Boat Fish Sauce (anchovies, sea salt), Umami seasoning (dehydrated garlic and onion, sea salt, mushroom powder, spice, olive oil ), and nori seaweed.
There is a lot of meal prep and cooking with the Whole30 because finding compliant options at mainstream restaurants or on-the-go options can be pretty difficult. If you're looking for Whole30 compliant meal delivery options that cut down meal prep time, without sacrificing flavor, I highly, highly recommend the options below.
- CavemanChefs makes it easy to buy Whole30 compliant meals a la carte or via subscription. Their meals are hearty, perfectly seasoned, satiating and completely Whole30 compliant. The Lemon Dill Salmon has been my favorite so far! The website makes it easy to search on Whole30 compliant meals that are available each week. CavemanChefs is a chef owned company offering the best quality of food available. They use all natural, grass-fed, grain free, sustainable, and organic foods to create complete meals delivered straight to you. CavemanChefs offers Whole30 compliant meals at free pick up locations around Denver to Boulder (See locations here.) or they ship nationwide. You can order the meals to be delivered fresh or frozen, which makes it very convenient for meal planning.
- Cooked offers Whole30 Approved meal delivery. The meals arrive fresh (not frozen), ready-to-eat, and are delivered nationwide. They are proud to source locally and organic whenever possible. I've loved the variety and flavors of all the meals. They're truly a great way to save time during your Whole30 journey. 15% off Cooked with discount code USALOVE. Valid on first orders over $45 only. No expiration.
- Ketoned Deconstructed Pork Egg-Roll is EGG-cellent!!! (Sorry, but I had to.) Flavorful, satiating and doesn't leave anything to be desired. This Ketoned meal is PERFECT to have on hand. Meals arrive frozen and it's easy to thaw, heat, and serve. Ketoned delivers nationwide.
- True Fare's Whole30 Approved pre-made, ready to eat meals are excellent. They come frozen and thaw quickly. They've designed five, 10, 15, and 30-day Whole30 meal plans for your convenience. These meals are available as a one-time bundle or a subscription and include three meals per day, plus Whole30 compliant emergency snacks. From Tarragon Turkey Burgers, Italian Chicken Salad, and Pink Peppercorn Beef, these meals excite your taste buds and leave you satisfied until your next meal. Simply heat up your meal, and you're ready to eat! True Fare delivers nationwide.
Whole30 Compliant Nut and Seed Butters
Nut butters can be a sugar dragon triggering food. While these nut butters contain no sugar and are Whole30 compliant, they can trigger your brain to want foods that do have sugar. Make sure you're not eating nut butter by the spoonful as a snack in between meals, but rather as a plated fat with a meal. If you're feeling hungry between your three meals of the day, it's likely because you're not eating enough plated fat at each meal. These options are great to have on hand as plated fat or as an emergency snack.
- Artisana raw, organic nut butters are so incredible. They're perfect for satiating hungry, but don't eat this if you're worried about your sugar dragon.
- Barney Butter Raw + Chia is amazingly smooth, creamy, and flavorful almond butter blend. I've been a fan for many years now.
- Bliss Almond Coconut Nut Butter, made with unsalted dry roasted almonds, coconut oil, desiccated coconut meat, and sea salt, is a great option for adding on top of celery and eating at mealtime because of its high-fat content. I love the crunchy texture too!
- Blue Mountain Organics is a USA Love List favorite because they're made with certified organic, raw nuts to create a simple nut butter. The texture and flavor are incredible. These nut butters are made in Virginia's Blue Mountain region.
- COnut Pure Sea Salt Almond Butter is great if you're looking for a clean, no oil added nut butter that is liquidy and not hard to spread. The texture and taste are great.
- Crazy Go Nuts Plain Walnut Butter is a great option for making your own walnut sauce which is a simple mix of walnut butter, coconut aminos, and lime juice. I put it on my cauliflower fried rice for added fat and flavor.
- Dastony is another USA Love List favorite because these nut butters are simply stone grind certified organic, raw nuts made into nut butter. The raw cashew butter is my personal favorite. Honestly, you might want to consider using their nut butters to make nut milk because they taste too darn good to not eat by the spoonful.
- Kalat Superfood's Blueberry Cinnamon Walnut, it's oh so nice to meet you. I cannot get enough of this Paleo and Whole30 friendly nut butter. It's made with roasted almonds, walnuts, dates, blueberries, organic coconut oil, organic cinnamon, sea salt, and added vitamins. NOTE: If you're worried about awakening your sugar dragon, I would wait until post Whole30 to try this one.
- Nutiva Coconut Manna is a great option for getting in your healthy plated fat at mealtimes. It's great to add on top of cooked broccoli or chicken for extra flavor.
- Once Again uses only the finest organic nuts available to make its creamy nut butter. Their natural creamy nut butters are made with only nuts, nothing else, for wonderfully rich-tasting nut butter. The butter is packaged in glass jars derived from 50% recycled glass. I enjoyed the almond, cashew, and sunflower seed butters.
- Soom Foods Tahini is made with just one ingredient, Ethiopian grown sesame seeds. I find it to be one of the richest and flavorful brands of tahini on the market.
- Wild Soil® Almond Butter has an amazing flavor and texture. The company's proprietary almonds are grown in Californian soils our forefathers knew – biodiverse and productive. Their almond nut butter is made with Estate Grown almonds direct from their farm. It's produced in limited quantities.
Whole30 Compliant Salsa
Whole30 compliant salsa is another category that can be tricky since most salsas on the market have added sugar. From well-known brands sold at big retailers to small family owned businesses sold online, Whole30 compliant salsas aren't too hard to find.
- Green Mountain Gringo is chunky, flavorful, hearty, and made in North Carolina. It's pretty amazing in texture and flavor.
- Herdez Roasted Salsa Verde
- Jardines Medium Salsa
- Muir Glen Organic Salsa
- Pace Chunky Salsa
- Yai's Thai hot salsa packs quite a punch. It's the perfect balance of these simple ingredients, tomatoes, onions, ginger, cilantro, garlic, organic lime juice, sea salt, thai chilis, and black pepper. The ginger, cilantro, and lime makes for a unique and refreshing salsa, unlike any I've had before.
Whole30 Compliant Tomato Sauce
Whole30 compliant tomato sauce is another one of those hard to find product categories. Here's a full list of options for dairy free, soy free, sugar free, wheat free options. Be sure to look at each sauce variety individually as some brands have tomato sauce made with wine or other non-compliant ingredients. Each brand name is linked to a compliant option.
- Cucina Antica
- First Field
- Gia Russa
- Michaels of Brooklyn
- Monte Bene
- Muir Glen
- Newman’s Own For The Common Good
- Organico Bello
- Sauces ’N Love
- The Jersey Tomato Co.
Sick of cooking yet? If you're looking for compliant Whole30 compliant options for eating out, check out our Whole30 Restaurants by City List and if you're near True Food Kitchen, it's always a safe bet as well.
Why Try to Buy American When Putting Together Your Whole30 Grocery List?
Whole30 is all about fueling your body with wholesome quality ingredients. All the time, but especially when you are hoping to get results from the Whole30 program, you want to be able to trust that what you see on the ingredient list is what you are putting in your body. These American companies are often small, independent companies, manufacturing their products in the USA for the love of it, with a focus on quality. You could probably call them up and talk to them if you wanted to! Support these companies you can count on. As long as you are reading the nutrition labels anyway, also keep an eye out for “Made in the USA”.
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