If you’re planning to start your Whole30 month, kudos to you! You’re on your way to reducing inflammation, a smoother digestion, and a flatter stomach. But if you’re reading one too many blog posts about how you’ll have to sacrifice everything you love in the name of this plan—then take a deep breath and know that there’s a better approach.
In order to simplify your Whole30 experience, we’ve rounded up the best groceries to keep in your fridge and pantry during the month. After all, preparation during this elimination diet is key as well as half the battle won. So make sure you’ve stocked up on these delicious and Whole30-compliant picks that will make cooking and meal prep a breeze. (We didn’t include nutrition info because Whole30 is less about tracking calories and more about focusing on whole foods.) And then be sure to grab these 50 Best Snacks For Weight Loss when you’ve hit the finish line
Frankies Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Frankies DOP-certified EVOO has been organically grown, harvested and cold pressed by the same family in Sicily for nearly 100 years, so you know that the flavor is of the utmost quality and authenticity. This versatile oil is essential for cooking everything from fish to meat and eggs and veggies.
Newman’s Own Mild Salsa
Pait this slightly spicy salsa with anything from scrambled eggs to homemade bean-less chili to slow-cooker salsa chicken. It has only 95 milligrams of sodium per serving and will add a subtle kick to your meals thanks to the shreds of garlic, green chili pepper, and cilantro.
4th and Heart Grass-Fed Ghee Butter
Ghee, or clarified butter, differs from the stuff you usually spread on your toast because it has been stripped of almost all of its milk solids, rendering a butter that’s low in lactose yet high in CLA—a fat-burning natural trans fat. Try baking seafood with it or spreading on your sweet potatoes for a buttery flavor.
Chosen Foods Avocado Oil
Lend your dishes a smooth, buttery flavor that’s 100 percent plant-based with Chosen Foods avocado oil. This fruity oil has a smoke point of up to 500 F so save it for grilling and occasional frying. It’s also a great base for making homemade Whole30-compliant mayo.
Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo
You may not be able to smother a turkey sandwich with mayo, but you can enjoy this creamy spread in compliant deviled eggs, tuna salad, or potato salad. While the flavor slightly differs from regular mayo, this brand does pack a nutritional punch thanks to the avocado oil’s heart-healthy oleic acid.
Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
When you’re seeking to add a subtly sweet flavor to your dishes, consider cooking with coconut oil. This organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, extra-virgin oil will also lend your recipes a healthy dose of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs)—caprylic acid, lauric acid, and capric acid—easily-absorbed fats that are used by the body as fuel rather than being stored as fat.
Trader Joe’s Guacamole
Forget dipping salty tortilla chips into guac and dollop this atop bunless burgers or pair with cut-up veggies instead. Each 16-ounce case is made with at least five Hass avocados and is seasoned with jalapeno, onion, and garlic.
Kevala Organic Sesame Tahini
Tahini is a rich paste made of ground sesame seeds and makes an appearance in hummus. Since chickpeas aren’t Whole30-compliant, try experimenting in the kitchen by subbing the pulse with zucchini or cauliflower. You can even use this indulgent paste to stir up homemade sauces and salad dressings.
Eggland’s Best Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs
We love ‘em scrambled, fried, and baked into a frittata, but these pre-packaged hard-cooked eggs have a leg up because they require absolutely no effort in the kitchen. Eggland’s Best’s Grade AA eggs also have another advantage over other brands you’d usually boil: They’re packed with 25 percent less saturated fat, 10 times more skin-healing Vitamin E, double the heart-healthy Omega-3 content, and 38 percent more eye-protecting lutein.
SunButter No Sugar Added
With just roasted sunflower seeds and a touch of salt, this unsweetened sunbutter is an ideal replacement for peanut butter. Plus, it’s packed with more nerve-protecting magnesium, anemia-preventing iron, and immunity-boosting vitamin B6 than jelly’s longtime partner in crime.
Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour
Thicken sauce or coat chicken before baking with gluten-free almond flour. Not only will it add serious texture to your meals, it’ll also lend a healthy dose of fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E.
Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour
Otto’s Naturals cassava flour is a versatile flour that is gluten-, grain-, and nut-free while packing in the same great taste and texture of the wheat-based stuff. If you’re not a fan of almond flour’s slightly nutty flavor or have a nagging nut allergy, this flour is for you.
Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Simple Coconut Milk
Native Forest’s unsweetened coconut milk is made with just organic coconut and purified water, and is free of any thickeners and emulsifiers. Add this creamy dairy alternative to smoothies, soups, stews, and sub it for milk or cream in some of our 50 Cheap and Easy Slow Cooker Recipes.
Put down the diet soda and grab a can of guilt-free La Croix. All of the delicious fruity flavors are free of sugar and calories yet chock-full-of flavor and fizz.
Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
If you’re searching for a zesty new seasoning sauce to invigorate your usual grilled chicken dinner and are missing the flavor of soy sauce, look no further than this bottle of coconut aminos. This subtly sweet sauce is an exception to the “no added sugars” rule and can stand in for soy sauce or tamari—transforming even the blandest chicken breast from drab to fab with significantly less sodium.
Chomps Hoppin’ Jalapeño Beef
These spicy beef sticks have “Whole30 Approved” plastered on their label, so rest assured you won’t be chomping your way through a slip-up. Chomp uses 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished beef for a bite that’s lower in fat and high in slimming omega-3 fats, CLA, and a slew of vitamins. These are perfect for alleviating in-between-meal hunger pangs.
Justin’s Classic Almond Butter
Almond butter is a filling snack paired with an apple or some celery sticks. The creamy spread has a healthy combo of satiating protein and fats, which will be sure to keep your hunger at bay.
Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds
Before strapping on your sneakers, have you ever thought of popping a few almonds as a pre-workout? Almonds contain L-arginine, a potent amino acid that helps you burn more fat during your sweat sesh.
Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Cream
Cook up your favorite cultural cuisine with Native Forest’s organic coconut cream. Dishes such as chicken marsala, aromatic curries, and spicy soups benefit from this compliant alternative to heavy cream. You can even try whipping the cream until its thickened and then dolloping it on your morning coffee.
Rhythm Naked Beet Chips
If you’ve cooked beets at home before, you’re familiar with the nearly back-breaking effort it takes to peel the veggie, chop it, and then figure out a way to remove the red stains splashed on your T-shirt. Luckily, these naturally sweet beet chips let you snack on the stuff without all the work.
Zupa Noma Tomato Gazpacho
This superfood is loaded with slimming ingredients such as lycopene-filled tomatoes, red peppers, apple cider vinegar, and olive oil—which helps your body absorb the tomatoes’ fat-soluble vitamins. Sip it cold for a filling snack or pop it in the microwave for a light lunch paired with a salad.
Wonderful Pistachios Roasted and Salted
We love Wonderful’s pistachios because they’ve got only two ingredients: pistachios and sea salt. Not only do these Hulk-hued nuts pair well on salads and in a baked chicken crust, they’re also jam-packed with vitamin B6, which helps the body metabolize fats and protein.
New Barn Unsweetened Almond Milk
Although you can’t pour this into a bowl of Froot Loops, you can totally sip this Whole30 staple on the go or splash it into your morning cup of Joe. New Barn’s compliant almond milk is unsweetened, free of carrageenan, and packs a solid dose of protein and fiber per serving.
Brooklyn Biltong Zulu Peri Peri
These all-natural beef snacks come coated with some serious flavor thanks to anti-inflammatory garlic, onion, paprika, and cardamom. When you’re craving a kick, add these protein-packed shreds to salads or omelets, or snack on them on their own.
Larabar Apple Pie
Larabar is known for using only a few simple, wholesome ingredients—which is why many of its flavors, such as apple pie, are Whole30-approved. Although snacking is not generally recommended on the plan, Larabar’s healthy take on the Thanksgiving staple will help quell hunger pangs that hit on-the-go.
RXBAR Coconut Chocolate
When hanger catches you off guard, and you can’t reach for your mid-afternoon Snickers bar, go for one of RXBAR’s delightful flavors. Coconut Chocolate is made with eight approved ingredients such as dates, almonds, cashews, and egg whites. Just void grabbing the non-compliant flavors: those that incorporate peanut butter as well as the Maple Sea Salt. And again, only use these bars for hunger emergencies, as you’re encouraged to fill up on three meals per day.
Epic Bar Lamb Currant + Mint
This lamb-based bar is replete with lean meat, spearmint, and Mediterranean spices for a quick snack that won’t get your hands as messy as a Greek gyro would. The entire bar contains only 130 calories (just in case you were wondering) yet manages to pack in eight grams of muscle-maintaining protein. Try using this bar as a base for cucumber slivers and eggs for a quick, balanced breakfast. Speaking of the morning meal, check out these 37 Best Breakfast Foods for Weight Loss.