Ready to build your Whole30 food list but don’t know where to start? You’re not alone. The Whole30 program is notorious for being equally challenging as it is rewarding.
That’s because the 30-day elimination diet has some pretty strict standards when it comes to which foods you are (and are not) allowed to consume during the program. For example, foods with added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, and certain additives are all prohibited for 30 days.
Although many dieters recommend meal prepping to adhere to the strict requirements, you don’t have to solely rely on homecooked meals during the program. To make your life easier, Whole30 came up with their Whole30 Approved Program: a certification for packaged foods which lets dieters know a product is 100 percent compliant with the rules of the program.
To help streamline your month even more, we’ve gathered and categorized a list of official Whole30-approved picks. Below, you’ll find high-quality proteins; nourishing fats; additive-free marinades, dressings, and condiments; fresh spices; wholesome broths, soups, and beverages; plant-based picks; and ready-to-eat meals. Before starting your month, be sure to add these approved eats to your Whole30 food list, and then don’t miss our 22 Whole30 Recipes to Keep You on Track.
South Africa’s mouth-watering version of beef jerky is made with grass-fed beef, is dried slowly, and marinated with scrumptious spices and vinegar, which helps maintain its tenderness. Snack on fiery Zulu Peri Peri variety or use the original flavor as a chewy salad topper.
Chomps Beef Sticks
These protein-packed sticks are made with 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished beef and are loaded with clean, muscle-maintaining protein. The flavorful snacks’ clean ingredient lists deem it both Whole30- and Paleo-approved.
DNX Beef Bars
Made with grass-fed beef and organic dates, DNX bars pack in a host of nutrients such as brain-boosting omega-3 fats, mood-regulating vitamin B12, and belly-filling fiber. Try the variety pack, which includes taste-bud-pleasing flavors such as fennel sweet potato and Jamaican-style.
From the revolutionary ready-to-heat bone broth to the meat-based snacks, which are loaded with fat-burning CLA, antioxidants, and B vitamins, Epic takes the guesswork out of noshing and cooking on Whole30 (just keep the bars for emergencies only, as snacking isn’t encouraged on Whole30). Another awesome bonus: The respectable brand supports animal welfare and their products are Certified Humane.
Nick’s Sticks boasts that it packs its bars with “all of the goodness and none of the garbage,” and for good reason. The meat sticks are made with grass-fed beef and free-range turkey—and without MSG, nitrates, antibiotics, hormones, sugar, dyes, and gluten for an irresistible yet wholesome snack.
To stay on track during the month, don’t leave your house without throwing one of Wild Zora‘s scrumptious bars in your bag. The bars are jam-packed with lean meats and organic vegetables for a wholesome, low-glycemic snack that will rival homemade dinner.
The ubiquitous brand offers a variety of organic Whole30-approved meat products ranging from sugar-free bacon to uncured beef hot dogs and grilled chicken breast strips. All of Applegate’s products are all humanely-raised, so If you’re looking to add more protein to your everyday meals, crank out the grill and get cookin’.
Health-conscious bacon fans, we have some splendid news: Naked Bacon’s strips aren’t adulterated with any health-harming nitrates, nitrites, or phosphates and feature no added sugar for a truly clean breakfast staple.
Lean meats, like Nature’s Rancher’s line, are a wonderful source of low-calorie protein, anemia-fighting iron, and omega-3s, which have been linked to heart health. Whip up a bun-free burger with the organic bison meat or bake the turkey tenderloins for a quick and easy dinner.
Western Grassfed Beef
Western Grassfed Beef prides itself on using a holistic beef production system that focuses on preserving and restoring grazing lands rather than confining the farm animals to feedlots. These sustainable ethics produce meat products—such as beef sticks and bone broth—that are not only delicious but also nutrient-dense.
Pederson’s Pork Products
From fully-cooked bacon to no-cook breakfast sausage links, Pederson’s makes sticking to your elimination diet a total breeze. The brand is committed to including only clean, minimally-processed ingredients that are sustainably raised, so you can feel good about what you grill.
If you’re looking to spice up suppertime, choose from any of Pre’s grass-fed and grass-finished products. It offers a range of meats from tender filet mignon to marbled rib-eye. Pre’s mission is to offer consumers transparency and products it would be proud to share with friends and family.
Red meat gets a bad rap due to its saturated fat content, but grass-fed cuts like Verde’s are undoubtedly a healthy addition to your Whole30. Grass-fed beef contains more fat-burning CLA (a naturally-occurring and beneficial trans fatty acid) and brain-nourishing omega-3s than conventionally-raised beef. Opt for tossing the stew meat into your slow cooker or sizzle up some perfectly-portioned sirloin steaks.
Bison is leaner than beef, which means you’ll get less fat and more muscle-maintaining protein per ounce. Experiment with Honest Bison’s jerky, French rack, and fajita strips to add more energizing B vitamins, immune-supporting zinc, and cardioprotective selenium to your eating plan.
Tribali’s meat patties use 100% organic grass-fed and finished, pasture-raised beef or 100% organic free-range chicken, which all free of preservatives and fillers. Recipes such as the Mediterranean-style and chipotle burgers are crafted by Holistic Nutritionist and mom Angela Bicos Mavridis in her own kitchen with locally sourced ingredients. Broil, grill, or pan-fry the patties for meal prep made easy.
Safe Catch Tuna
Since canned tuna is one of the cheapest proteins in the supermarket, it also happens to be one of the most overfished seafood and biggest contributor of mercury in our diet. With this in mind, Safe Catch tests every single tuna it catches for mercury levels, resulting in the lowest levels of the toxin across any brand.
Seafood is an essential staple in many healthy eating plans because of its abundance of nourishing nutrients including vitamin D and disease-staving omega-3s. Sizzlefish ensures you’re getting the most out of your seafood by offering mostly wild-caught options that are flash-frozen for max freshness.
Vital Proteins Collagen
Strengthen your bones and joints; improve digestion; and aid hair, skin, and nail health with Vital Proteins‘ wide selection of collagen. The versatile powder can be mixed into virtually anything, from soups to tea, sauces, and shakes.
Ghee, or clarified butter, is stripped of its lactose and casein, deeming it ideal for your dairy-free Whole30. It’s packed with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, and has a higher smoke point than butter, so feel free to roast veggies and grill meats with the stuff.
Looking to change up the oil selection in your pantry and saute chicken breast with something other than canola? Fatworks has you covered with its premium cooking oils that include lard, duck fat, tallow, and leaf lard. The humane-focused brand sources only from small family farms in efforts to create a more sustainable food supply.
Tin Star Foods Ghee
If you’re dreaming of the fragrant and toasty flavor of brown butter, look no further than Tin Star’s first-ever brown butter ghee. In addition to this pantry staple, the brand also sells portable single-serve packets of its grass-fed ghee for on-the-go convenience.
While bread is off-limits during your month, that doesn’t mean you have to give up indulging in your favorite nut butter. Georgia Grinders produces Whole30-compliant almond butter, pecan butter, and cashew butter that you can slather on a crunchy apple or a few celery stalks. These hand-crafted jars are a wonderful source of unsaturated fats, which have been linked to satiety and heart health.
Paleo Meenut Butter
Meenut butter is another excellent choice for those looking to satisfy their creamy cravings. The paleo and GMO-free spreads are blended with a scrumptious mix of rich ingredients such as coconut oil, almonds, decaf coffee grounds, vanilla bean, and chestnuts.
Pure Indian Foods Ghee and Spices
Pure Indian Foods streamlines your month with multiple varieties of grass-fed, organic, non-GMO ghee products. Try the herb-and-spice-infused Italian ghee or go for the Turmeric Superghee to boost the clarified butter’s anti-inflammatory properties. Opt for the brand’s familiar spices such as nutmeg and vanilla to the less ubiquitous tandoori masala and vindaloo curry.
Marinades, Sauces, and Condiments
Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil, Dressings, and Avocado Oil Mayo
Looking to finally embark on your elimination diet, but not sure where to begin? Primal Kitchen offers a Whole30 starter kit filled with gourmet-flavored, cold-pressed, and non-GMO avocado oils. Use the Greek dressing to jazz up salads and marinate meats with. The Original and Chipotle mayonnaise jars are also go-to compliant picks.
Big Tree Farms Coco Aminos
Big Tree Farms handcrafts small batches of its coco aminos for a truly delicious and low-sodium soy sauce alternative that deserves a spot on your Whole30 food list. It contains 14 amino acids from certified organic and fair trade coconut nectar.
Tessemae’s Dressings and Condiments
When you find yourself rolling your eyes at romaine and having a stare down with spinach, you know it’s time to give your daily salads a little boost. Tessemae’s boasts finger-licking dressing and condiment flavors including Avocado Ranch, Lemon Garlic, Hot Buffalo Sauce, and Creamy Caesar. The best part? They’re all organic and many picks come in portable to-go packs.
Yai’s Thai Sauces
If you’re foreshadowing those Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles cravings getting out of hand during your Whole30, easily avoid a slip-up by stocking up on Yai’s sauces. Add Thai Coconut Curry to hearty stews, jazz up a stir-fry with Ginger Lime Hot Sauce, and marinate chicken satay with the Thai Almond Sauce.
Mesa de Vida Cooking Sauces
Revitalize your go-to dinner proteins with Mesa de Vida’s international-inspired cooking sauces. Unlike your average ketchup and BBQ sauce, these glazes are low in sugar and boast intense flavors hailing from North Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Challenge your palate and minimize meal prep boredom on your Whole30 with these exciting additions.
The New Primal Marinades
Whether you like it spicy, citrusy, or prefer to keep it classic, The New Primal offers cooking marinades suited to every recipe and palate. To seriously boost your lunch’s flavor factor, marinate meats for at least six hours before baking.
Red Boat Fish Sauce
A Southeast Asian cooking staple, Red Boat’s classic fish sauce marries both potent flavor and high-protein content for a truly unforgettable meal. It abides by its 200-year-old artisanal process to craft fresh sauce from black anchovies aged in traditional wooden barrels. Sounds like a must-try to us.
Whether you’re just starting Whole30 or on a two-month streak (Whole60, anyone?), the key to staying on track is finding fresh ways to spice up your meals. Primal Palate does just that with its organic spice blends. Sprinkle the steak seasoning on a marbled rib-eye and toss some Super Gyro Seasoning on a Mediterranean salad.
Elevate your daily dishes with Paleo Powder’s unique all-purpose seasonings. The versatile spices are a one-stop shop for all your cooking needs thanks to their exclusion of sketchy additives and preservatives you’d find in many popular bottles.
Baking chicken, turkey, or duck for dinner? Opt for the Wind spice collection. Or go for the peppery citrus Sea spice if you’re broiling some salmon or scallops. And if you’re considering throwing a lean pork loin on the grill for lunch, Spice Cave offers a savory Land seasoning.
With over 100 freshly-ground and custom-blended spices, you’re bound to nix boredom in the bud during your elimination diet. Choose from exotic picks such as Szechuan peppercorns and ghost chilies or tap into your inner chef with marjoram and saffron.
Broth, Soups, and Beverages
Bare Bones Broth
Rather than spending hours simmering bones for homemade broth, pick up a few packs of Bare Bones’ 100 percent organic, pastured, and humanely raised broths. You can choose from classic beef, turkey, and chicken broths as well as spice up your soups with the Rosemary & Lemon and Tomato & Spice varieties for an added dose of skin-loving collagen.
Bonafide Provisions Broth
If you’re accustomed to blending a plant-protein-based shake after your sweat sesh, you may find it difficult finding a Whole30-compliant powder. That’s where Bonafide’s handcrafted bone broth comes in. The organic chicken broth packs in a respectable 10 grams of protein and only 280 milligrams of sodium per cup for a sip that’ll help you build your abs without bloating you out.
The Osso Good Co. Bone Broth
Oh so good, it is. Whip up paleo-friendly soups in a jiffy with Osso’s high-quality bone broth. The brand was born with the belief that food is medicinal and therefore crafts its broths with only responsibly raised, non-GMO, hormone-free, and organic ingredients.
Kettle & Fire Bone Broth
Kettle and Fire’s bone broth sets itself apart from its competitors by adding veggies to the mix. The Mushroom Chicken bone broth packs in organic carrots, portobello mushrooms, and celery for a truly unique flavor and added nutrients. It’s filled with anti-inflammatory glucosamine, glycine, proline, and chondroitin for total health.
Complement your meals and refuel on the fly with Zupa Noma‘s chilled veggie-loaded soups. The soups come ready-to-drink—so you won’t scurry around for a stove—and will nourish your body with fiber-rich superfoods such as tomatillo and avocado as well as anti-inflammatory turmeric.
Pregaming your dinner with soup is a sure-fire way to feel satiated without loading up on calories, but the brew can get a little tricky to prep when you’re out and about. Tio gazpacho takes the guesswork out of enjoying the appetizer with its chilled, bottled, and drinkable soups. Much like a savory smoothie, you can grab a bottle and enjoy on the go—no heating or mess required.
New Barn Unsweetened Organic Almondmilk
Mooove over, two percent milk. New Barn’s unadulterated almondmilk is crafted with organic almonds and without questionable carrageenan. Unlike many commercial bottles, this pick packs in 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of satiating protein per cup and is ideal for adding a creamy factor to coffee, tea, or enjoying on its own.
Thankfully, you don’t have to forgo your morning Joe on Whole30; but if you can’t stomach it black, Nutpods is here to help. The line produces dairy-free creamer with no added sugar, soy, carrageenan, or artificial flavors and colors, and come in tasty flavors including French Vanilla and Hazelnut. So long, Starbucks run!
Choffy Brewed Chocolate
Brewing coffee and tea in your French press is a no-brainer, but why not add another antioxidant-rich bev to the tool? Choffy roasts and grinds 100 percent premium cacao beans that are enjoyed as an indulgent and smooth java alternative. Take it black or splash in a dairy-free creamer like NutPods. You choose from different roasts ranging from French to Volta Dark for a jitter-free jolt and a velvety rich sip that will rival your favorite hot cocoa.
Much like Choffy, Crio Brü creates a cacao-based coffee alternative that’s brimming with a plethora of healthful benefits. Each unique roast boasts a diverse flavor profile from fruity, spicy, fresh, and aromatic infusions.
One of our favorite diet sodas is Whole30-approved thanks to its inclusion of fruit flavors and exclusion of sugars and artificial sweeteners. As its name suggests, each sip packs in a subtle hint of fresh flavors coming from kiwi, strawberries, pomegranate, and other favorite fruits. Whether you’re yearning for something flat or fizzy, Hint offers endless options that are bound to please beyond the month.
Tea tops our list of Eat This!-approved drinks because of its high antioxidant and phytonutrient content and its ability to torch belly fat. Klio’s organic herbal teas are grown in Greek mountaintops and can be enjoyed piping hot before bedtime (it’s naturally caffeine-free) or poured over ice for a daytime refresher.
Who knew the summer staple can help you sail through your Whole30? Concocted with zero sugar, flavors, calories, or sodium, these colorful cans will help you hydrate without sacrificing precious flavor. Get on the trendy bandwagon and add the variety pack to your Whole30 food list.
It may be marketed for juice-loving kids, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the nostalgic-flavored cartons, too. Pick from fruit punch to strawberry lemon and orange mango for a guilt-free drink.
The first-ever effervescent water made with just freshly-squeezed fruit definitely deserves a spot on your Whole30 grocery list. The H2O is triple-filtered while the fruit is picked from family farms so you know you’re sipping on a beverage as clean as it tastes. Choose from fun flavors such as raspberry lime and cucumber.
Strangely addictive, they sure are! Seasnax makes use of the ocean’s nutrient-dense plants to create deliciously crunchy seaweed snacks in a plethora of intriguing flavors. Add the potato-chip-esque Chomperz to salads and wrap lean salmon and veggies with the seaweed sheets for a satisfying spin on sushi.
Cece’s Veggie Noodle Co.
Get on the spiralized veggie trend and crush your Whole30 with Cece’s organic vegetable noodles. Swap your favorite carbs for produce (think beets, zucchini, and even riced cauliflower and broccoli) and top off with coconut aminos and a fried egg for a scrumptious dinner you’ll crave all year around.
Farmhouse Culture Kraut and Gut Shots
Sauerkraut balances your microbiome and beats bloat thanks to its powerful probiotics, and Farmhouse Culture’s kraut appeals to your taste buds with its plethora of flavors. Choose from jars such as Kimchi, Smoked Jalapeno, and Horseradish Leek or throw back one of the belly-loving Gut Shots for a quick and zingy dose of good bacteria.
Whole30 shouldn’t make you feel doomed or deprived, but if you’re especially in need of a hearty meal, Grandcestors curates individual frozen dishes that resemble grandma’s home-cooking. The meals are vacuum-sealed to maintain optimal freshness and are layered with nutrient-dense produce, meats, and healthy fats to keep you sane and satiated. And when you’re looking for more ways to shed fat once your month is up, don’t miss these 55 Best Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.