7 Products That Will Make Your Next Whole30 Easier (And Tastier!)
September 10, 2021
By Beth Lipton
The Whole30: Maybe you go for it annually after the holidays. Maybe you use it to reset whenever your digestive health feels off. Maybe you’ve just been hearing about it for ages and decided it’s finally time to try it out.
Whatever brings you to trying Whole30, these are the basics: you eliminate potential irritants for 30 days, including sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, and dairy, then add them back slowly and methodically so you can find out which foods work for you, and which don’t. The program is designed to help you realign your relationship to food, so you can find the sweet spot where you can enjoy the foods you love while also maintaining your body composition goals and letting go of negative feelings around food — what founder Melissa Urban calls “Food Freedom.”
As the program has gained in popularity over the years — millions of people have completed it since 2009 — products have sprouted up aimed at making the process easier. From Whole30 bbq sauce to snacks, coffee creamers, and frozen meals, an entire industry has sprung up around the Whole30 concept.
Here are some highlights, including some hand-picked by Urban herself, all compatible with the program and here to make your journey a little simpler and more delicious.
Whole30 doesn’t permit store-bought chips of any kind (nope, not even kale chips) so what’s the solution when you’re craving a crunchy snack? These little flavor bombs are made with wholesome ingredients like pumpkin seeds, cassava, avocado oil, and nutritional yeast. Available in Ranch, Nacho, or Sea Salt flavors, these are delicious on their own or as salad toppers — plus they have a good balance of protein and healthy fats and carbs.
Buy It: RockIt Crunchy Coated Pumpkin Seeds, $30 for 6 2-ounce bags
Soda habits are tough to break, but with sugar and artificial sweeteners off limits for the Whole30, that’s another item that simply has to go. Luckily, you can get still enjoy these delicious sparkling waters made with herbs, flowers, and fruit. With flavors like Basil Berry, Peppermint Watermelon, and Lemongrass Coconut, there’s an option for every palate. (This one is also a favorite of Clean Plates staffers.)
Buy It: Aura Bora sparkling water variety pack, $33 for 12 12-ounce cans
Dairy is off the menu on Whole30, so nut milks are often used to substitute — but many are made with fillers and preservatives. And to complicate matters further, shipping nut milks isn’t the most environmentally friendly practice. Enter Joi Almond Base, one of Urban’s picks. This concentrate, made from 100% almonds, is free from additives, comes in a smaller tub so it cuts down on packaging waste, and has a lower carbon footprint than almond milk. Blend it with water to make milk, use it in dips and sauces, and when your Whole30 is over, add it to baked goods.
Buy it: Joi Almond Base$20 for 15 ounces (27 servings)
Why does barbecue sauce taste so good? Well, tbh, it’s usually loaded with sugar: honey, molasses, and brown sugar are all classic components of a traditional barbecue sauce. But since all sweeteners are off limits on Whole30, you might be thinking you have to go the entire month without one of your favorite condiments. Good news: Thanks to The New Primal, you can have your BBQ sauce and go Whole30, too (this is another one of Urban’s fave). The sweetness comes largely from pineapple juice concentrate and tamarind concentrate — both Whole30-approved ingredients.
Buy it: The New Primal BBQ sauces, $27 for 4 12-ounce assorted bottles
Eating animal protein is encouraged on Whole30 — which is good news for meat eaters. Having protein at snack time is a good way to keep you feeling satisfied, too, so when a palmier presents itself, you’re less tempted to stray from the Whole30 path. That’s why these dried meat sticks are one of Urban’s favorite snacks: they come packed with 16 grams of high-quality protein. The grass-fed beef used in these sticks is dried for 7 days, which lends a unique texture and rich flavor.
Buy It: Ayoba Droewors beef sticks, $35 for a box of 12
Even if you love to cook, sometimes making a whole meal from scratch is just not in the cards. There’s no shame in grabbing the occasional frozen dinner — and you can actually do that while sticking to your Whole30, thanks to these meals from Primal Kitchen. Choose from microwavable meals or ones you toss into a skillet with some avocado oil, and in minutes you’ll be devouring No-Soy Chicken Teriyaki, Steak Fajitas, Chicken Pesto, or another great flavor combination.
Buy It: Primal Kitchen Frozen Bowls and Skillets, $8 to $13
Forget those fake powdered coffee creamers made from who-knows-what. This product is made from a healthy fat derived from 100% coconut oil (but it’s neutrally flavored — it won’t make your coffee taste like it was spiked with Malibu). MCT — aka medium chain triglycerides — help boost energy, support immunity, and promote good gut health, all stuff we’re into. Plus, Bubs donates 10% of its profits to charity, which we can definitely get behind.
Buy It: Bubs MCT Oil Powder, $34 for a 10.6-ounce pouch
Bonus: You already know that we love Whole30’s salad dressings. The House Ranch and Buffalo Vinaigrette are frankly the best Whole30 salad dressings (especially when you combine them like a mad genius); but we’re also partial to their Creamy Balsamic, Elderberry Vinaigrette, and Secret Sauce.