My Top 10 Whole30 Must-Haves & Where I Get Them
There are tons of different ways you can approach and successfully complete a Whole30. I started by diving head-first into Pinterest and doing obnoxious amounts of research. Two things I found super useful were meal plans (which I will be sharing in the future) and lists of useful staples (and where to find them!). So in that vein, here are my top 10 Whole30 must-haves and where I get them!
- Almond Butter – I buy the BIG jar (27 oz.) of Kirkland Almond Butter at Costco. Almond butter was an integral snack for me during my first Whole30. I eat it with bananas or apples or just by itself on a spoon! So yummy.
- Coconut Milk (in a can) – I usually get either Native Forest or Simply Asia brand of organic, unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk. Whole Foods brand is good too, and surprisingly is the cheapest place I have found it. Thrive Market (online) is also a great option for coconut milk and many other Whole30 staples. Take a look and if you want to join, we both can get $25 if you use this link!
- Grassfed Butter – I use Kerrygold butter to make my own clarified butter/ghee, as I find it cheaper than buying it already made. I get this at Costco or Trader Joe’s, as those are the most cost-effective locations that I have found.
- Extra Light Tasting EVOO – I buy this in bulk at Sam’s Club or when it goes BOGO at Publix. I make my own mayonnaise, and go through a fair amount of olive oil. I also use my mayo to make really yummy ranch dressing, another staple. Both recipes for mayo and ranch come from The Whole30 book, found here.
- Canned Tuna – We really like the Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna, which we get in packs of 6 at Costco. Tuna salad made with homemade mayo is a quick and easy lunch. Costco’s larger packs of skipjack tuna are pretty good, too.
- Chicken Apple Sausages – Aidell’s brand Chicken Apple Sausages are great for a quick meal. I really like them sauteed with sweet bell peppers and onions. Best price I’ve found is at Costco, but you can also get them at Publix (and probably other grocery stores).
- Larabars – I didn’t find a great source for these, because they are not cheap as far as snacks go. But I’ve gotten them from Amazon, Publix and Target. If anyone has a better source, I’d love to hear it.
- Canned Salmon – I get boneless, skinless Kirkland Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon in packs of 6 cans at Costco. I make salmon patties fairly often, so go through these pretty quickly. Salmon patties are my favorite Whole30 travel food. When I have to travel for work, I make a batch of them, pack them in a cooler with my homemade ranch dressing and cut up carrots, and have a couple of easy-to-eat meals. I use the recipe from The Whole30 book, which uses canned sweet potatoes. It is really yummy.
- Tessemae’s Dressings & Marinades – Our first round through Whole30, I insisted on making my own dressings, and frankly, they sucked. Once this way of eating became the norm for me, I found Tessemae’s in the refrigerated dressing area of the produce section of Whole Foods and angels began singing. The garlic and lemon one is amazing.
- Eggs – Yep, we eat a TON of eggs. Hard boiled, scrambled, fried, in quiches and casseroles, you name it. I get mine (organic, pasture raised) from Annie’s Buying Club, which is a great way to get the best for your buck for good quality organic produce (and eggs)! (If you live anywhere in Florida, you can join Annie’s.) When I run out of my Annie’s eggs, I get organic eggs from Costco.
Happy Whole30 Shopping!
Disclaimer – Any brands recommended are named because they are what I used. No companies paid me to use them (unfortunately). If you like other brands, good for you. And if you find more cost-effective, better alternatives, please share the information!