Whole 30 Coffee Talk

In our three+ years of running the Facebook group and over a year of writing this blog, one Whole30 topic has bubbled to the top time and again. That topic is coffee!

Coffee is a universal language, and we’ve seen a passion for java like no other. And since many people come to Whole30 giving up their beloved cream and sugar, there are always lots of questions on how to enjoy our favorite beverage while staying compliant.

There’s no ONE right answer, but there are lots of opinions. However you enjoy it, make sure you start off with a quality coffee in your cup! Life is too short for bad coffee!

Here are some things we love in our coffee and tools we love to make it! Feel free to mix and match ideas and find what works for you.

nutpods – The darling of the Whole30 coffee world, this non-dairy creamer is a universal favorite. nutpods is a plant-based coffee alternative made from almonds and coconuts that does a great job replicating traditional creamer. It comes in a variety of Whole30 Approved flavors (Original, Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Cinnamon Swirl) as well as some seasonal flavors. We are gaga over nutpods and are happy to share our group code of JUJUSWHOLE30 for 15% off your first order at www.nutpods.com. It’s a one-time code so stock up when you order. There’s free shipping, too! You can also find nutpods on Amazon here.

Califia Farms Unsweetened Better Half – If we don’t have nutpods on hand, this Whole30 compliant dairy-free creamer is our go-to! Make sure you choose the Unsweetened variety (in the light brown and white carton) as not all Califia Farms products are compliant. We can find this at our local supermarket (Market Basket) or at Whole Foods Market. You can also grab it on Amazon here.

Cashew Milk – Want to try to make your own nut milk to add to coffee? Check out this blog post from Carla with a great guide to DIY cashew milk!

Coconut Milk – Want to keep things simple in your coffee? Coconut milk is a great choice, and we love the canned variety from Thai Kitchen. You can find it at your local supermarket in the Asian food aisle or on Amazon. The best part about cracking open a can of coconut milk – Use some of it for your coffee and turn the rest into delicious dump ranch to add to your meals!

Collagen Proteins – They’ve become all the rage lately but for good reason. Collagen proteins are a flavorless and odorless way to add collagen – the most abundant protein in the human body – into your diet. Adding collagen to your diet can help with digestion and gut health, joint and bone health, and sleep and hydration. It’s a total win. We like the collagen protein and MCT oil from Bubs Naturals in our coffee–they make the cup extra creamy! Use code W30FBG for 20% off your order at https://www.bubsnaturals.com/ – One-time use for the code, expires 12/31/20. Enjoy!

Coconut Oil – Another great addition to coffee (and your Whole30 pantry!) is coconut oil. It’s a great way to add some healthy fat and flavor to your java – and it also comes in handy with your cooking. (We always shmear what’s left on the spoon on our faces for a little moisturizer!) Our favorite coconut oil is the organic extra virgin one from Trader Joe’s! If you don’t have a TJ’s near you, you can grab it on Amazon here. It also comes in handy individual packets for you to take on the go. Check those out here!

Ghee – If you are struggling with an added fat on your plate, consider adding ghee to your coffee! It’s delicious and the punch of added fat makes your coffee more filling. Our favorite is Fourth & Heart Himalayan Pink Salt ghee, which you find at various grocery stores or on Amazon here.

Frother – Once you have all of your ingredients in the cup, a frother can turn the ordinary into something magical. Make your own compliant latte-style drinks at home and enjoy! You can opt for a simple frother like this one on Amazon, or if you want to splurge a little, this Nespresso frother comes well recommended by some of our fancy coffee friends!

Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker – We love this cold brew iced coffee maker from Amazon because it brews the PERFECT iced coffee. After trying many different ways to make it using many different techniques, this one was the only one that did the trick. Make it at night, toss it in the fridge, and it’s ready for you first thing in the morning. Add whatever you’d like to it and enjoy one of the best iced coffees that you’ll have.

How do you take your cuppa on Whole30? Are you a fan of hot or iced? What’s your favorite brand of coffee?

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DIY Omelet Bar

Guest Post by Ashlie Barnum

I’m Ashlie. A girlie girl with a flair and passion for plating up beautiful food. You can find me over on Instagram @platingpretty.

I’ve been married to my awesome husband for almost 13 years and we have 4 kids under the age of 12. Most days I consider myself an Uber driver as well as a personal chef! I don’t mind because cooking is my joy. It’s my desire to instill a love for a variety of colorful healthy foods in my kids which is why I encourage all four of them to get right there in the kitchen with me.

So, when we are on a Whole30 round all six of us eat the same meal, which sometimes means getting creative. This omelet bar is super versatile, kid friendly, and husband approved. It’s a great “clean out the fridge” meal too.

You can keep the ingredients simple or go wild with a plethora of delicious options – it’s your choice! If you happen to have any leftovers throw them in a scramble the next day or toss in a salad.

A way to get the kids involved is to let them (if old enough) chop veggies, lay out parchment paper, write names of each ingredient, and even add in their own toppings with the help of an adult. However you do it, make it a fun family activity!

Omelet Bar with Hand-Shredded Hash Browns and Fruit

Avocado oil or coconut oil for greasing pan
2 lightly scrambled eggs per person
Salt + Pepper
Pepper flakes (adjust to your heat preference)

Chopped cooked compliant kielbasa
Crumbled up compliant bacon
Fresh chopped tomatoes
Chopped onions
Fresh chopped spinach
Chopped mushrooms
Green chiles

Heat oil in an 8-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in two eggs (seasoned with salt and pepper and pepper flakes) and use a spatula to lift the cooked eggs from the edge of the pan. Lift the pan from side to side to continue cooking the uncooked egg. When the eggs start setting add in your toppings to one half being careful not over fill. Continue to let cook just a bit longer then fold eggs in half. Finish to desired doneness and slide eggs out onto a plate.

Hash Browns

Reserved compliant bacon fat, avocado oil, or ghee for frying
1 small/medium potato per person (red, Idaho, russet, etc.)
Salt + Pepper
Pepper flakes

Use choice of fat/oil in a thin layer of a large skillet. Meanwhile use a grater to shred the potatoes. Add a layer of shredded potatoes to pan making sure not to overstuff otherwise your hash browns will be gummy. Fry potatoes up in batches. Serve alongside omelets and fresh fruit.


Ask the Coach – Your Whole30 Questions Answered!

By Judith 

Recently, I put a call out in the Facebook group for Whole30 questions I could answer in my new blog series,” Ask the Coach.” I was excited to receive quite a few! I chose two questions to answer in this first installment, and I will tackle more them in the coming weeks. 

Have a burning Whole30 question? Email me at judith@everydaywhole.com and you may see your question appear in a future blog post!

Jolynn P. asked: “I could use ideas for plated fats that are not avocados. Thanks!”

Thanks, Jolynn! I have to say that this has been one of the most popular questions over the years. For some reason, people seem to get tripped up by the idea of adding fat to every meal. It doesn’t have to be complicated – and there are tons of ways to add to fat (which helps you feel satisfied and satiated, as well as providing what your body needs to function well!) to your meals.

The Whole30 meal template lists some basic ideas for fat (along with suggested serving sizes, although I personally do not measure a thing in my life). 

They are: oils and cooking fats, ghee and nut butter, coconut, olives, nuts and seeds, avocado, and coconut milk. Most of these can be added right to your meal, regardless of what you are eating. For example, you can drizzle olive oil over meat and veggies, add a side of olives to your plate, sprinkle some unsweetened coconut on fruit, and enjoy a handful of nuts with your lunch. You can add coconut milk to your coffee! Easy peasy.

Note: Whole30 recommends you add fat to your plate BEYOND any cooking fat you use because a lot of that stays in the pan. For more on that question, check out this blog post.

Beyond that list, here are my favorite ways to add fat to your plate:

  • Compliant ranch dressing – I like Tessemae’s or I make my own using Whole Sisters’ Dump Ranch recipe. 
  • Homemade pesto – I use this basic recipe and sub in any greens I have on hand (arugula, spinach, fennel fronds, etc)
  • Homemade wing sauce – Heat ghee (I like this one from 4th & Heart) with compliant buffalo sauce (my favorite is Medium Buffalo from The New Primal, use code “whole30facebook” for 25% off your order!)
  • Compliant mayo – You can easily make your own (I like this recipe!) or buy one that’s premade (I like this one from Tessamae’s!) You can turn the mayo into spicy mayo, buffalo mayo, ranch mayo or any other variety of mayo that makes you happy!
  • Compliant oil-based salad dressing – You can make your own vinaigrette (like this balsamic one from Tastes Lovely) or get a pre-made dressing from The New Primal. You can also just use whatever oil and spices you have on hand to whip up a quick and easy dressing for greens or to drizzle on whatever you’re eating!
  • Any other oil- or nut-based sauce – Here are some great ideas from Eat The Gains!
  • Tahini – You can buy this premade (here’s one from Thrive Market!) or make your own
  • Guacamole – Tired of avocado as is? Mash up your own guacamole! Check out this recipe from The Real Food RDs – save the chips for your Food Freedom!
  • Lard, tallow, and other animal fats – These fats may be more obscure to you but they provide a lot of great benefits. Read more about them on the Whole30 website here.

I love this post from fellow Whole30 Certified Coach Bailey Fischer on common mistakes that people make during a Whole30. See #3 – Eating enough fat is key to success on Whole30. As I like to tell my clients, healthy fat doesn’t make you fat! Healthy fat is your BFF on Whole30, so eat up!

Julie P. came in hot with a question on cooking oils. She wondered: “How do you choose cooking oils based on taste and temperature?” For this one, I turned to fellow Whole30 Certified Coach Ana Desmond, for her expertise. (You can check out more of her amazing culinary creations on Instagram here!)

From Ana: 

I base my cooking oils on both taste and cooking temperature.  My favorite ones to use are Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Ghee, and Coconut Oil.  I always have these on hand, both in liquid form and spray! 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is almost always a safe bet when you aren’t too sure what to use.  It is light in flavor and can withstand medium temperatures.  You can also find olive oils that are both bold or milder in taste.  I like to use “Extra Light” Olive oil when making my homemade mayo.  And I love the Trader Joe’s Garlic Olive Oil to sauté or bake veggies.  

If you are going to roast, sear, or pan fry and temperatures are going to be high, reach for Avocado Oil. It has a high smoke point which is very important!  Smoke point is important for a few reasons.  When oil smokes it releases toxic fumes and free radicals which are very harmful to you, it will give your food a rancid flavor, and it will smoke up your kitchen! (My firefighter hubby doesn’t like that too much! LOL) 

My favorite brand of Avocado Oil is Chosen Foods. It is mild in flavor. It can be a little pricier than other oils, so I am always on the lookout for them at TJ Maxx! 

Ghee… ah ghee!  All about flavor here!  Gives you that buttery taste we all love AND has a high smoke point.  Sometimes I will combine both ghee and olive oil when sauteing, as the veggies really soak up the ghee!  My favorite is again from Trader Joe’s!

Coconut Oil!  I have a love affair with all things coconut!  However, it does smoke at a high temperature!  I use it when cooking on medium heat. I love it when making scrambled eggs, baking sweet potatoes and butternut squash!  And I love it for my hands, skin, hair, and nails! But back to cooking! Coconut Oil can have a “coconuty” flavor.  So, if that is not your thing, buy refined coconut oil as opposed to unrefined.  I love the Chosen Foods brand!