Cooking with Friends – January Whole30 Edition

As I’ve mentioned before, my favorite way to meal prep is with friends! As often as I can, I try to combine my weekend cooking sessions with a playdate – so I get to cook (and share good food) with my friends and my daughter gets to play with hers.

To do this, I usually ask a friend or two to join the fun. Once we make a date, we email back and forth about the menu and come up with some recipes to try. We make a plan, and then divide up the shopping list so we know who will bring what.

We choose a house to meet at, and make sure we arrive with lots and lots of storage containers to take home all of our delicious eats.

While we cook, our kids play. While we have to stop every once in a while to break up a disagreement between 5-year-olds, it’s more than worth it in the end. We get to spend time together (hard with busy #momlife) and leaved with food prepped to get us through the first part of the week.

I recently had a cooking play date with my friends Andrea and Alyssa – and their daughters. Read on to see what we made:

PALEO PAD SEE EW

I recently saw the episode of The Paleo Way on Netflix that featured Danielle Walker from Against All Grain. One of the recipes she made was her Paleo Pad See Ew – and I knew I had to have it. This recipe did not disappoint! Alyssa was the master of peeling the carrots (I stay away from my peeler since cutting my finger on it last year and needing stitches) and boy, did she make beautiful carrot noodles! This dish was delicious, didn’t require complicated ingredients, and we doubled the recipe to make sure we had plenty to go around.

CHICKEN POT PIE

I had seen Lauren’s Chicken Pot Pie all over Instagram – and my friends agreed this was one to try! We used this recipe and it came out great. We did add some arrowroot to thicken it up to make it more like a true pot pie. It was definitely tasty and we approximately tripled the recipe to make sure we had plenty. A week later, I tried this recipe again with the goal of using canned vegetables. I could only find canned green beans so I used those and it came out great. Next time I find canned carrots and potatoes I am going to grab those to make this dish come together in a snap.

THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING + WEDGE SALAD

Each week in my January Whole30 Coaching Group, we are trying out a different recipe from the fabulous Michelle Smith of The Whole Smiths. This week, I tasked my group with making Michelle’s Thousand Island Dressing + Wedge Salad so I used this cooking play date to make mine. I did get pre-made hard boiled eggs to save time (no shame!) and used some of my delicious Naked Bacon which made the salad incredible. (Save 10 percent off your order with code EVERYDAYWHOLE at checkout!) The homemade Thousand Island dressing was fabulous and got better over time. The salad was a winner and I plan to make it again!

INSTANT POT PULLED BBQ CHICKEN

To make the most of our time in the kitchen, we let the Instant Pot do some work while we chopped, stirred, and cooked! I used this recipe from our blog to make pulled BBQ chicken. It’s so easy – I just added chicken tenders, chopped red onion and small potatoes, The New Primal Classic BBQ Sauce and garlic powder to the Instant Pot. I pressed some buttons and voila – pulled chicken to eat throughout the week! Be sure to use code “Whole30Facebook” for 25 percent off your order from The New Primal.

SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS

What’s a Whole30 meal prep session without meatballs? We made beef meatballs, loosely based on this recipe from Noshtastic. We added tons and tons of spices – lots of garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, parsley, oregano and more. Instead of making our own sauce, we doctored up a jar of pre-made Monte Bene sauce, one of the Whole30 Approved sauces from Cucina Antica. The sauce was delicious on its own but we had some leftover onion so we sautéed that in olive oil in a pot with some garlic and then added the sauce. When the meatballs were cooked, we added them to the sauce to simmer. If you want to try Cucina Antica, save 25 percent off your purchase through February 20 with the code “EverydayWhole” at checkout!

ROASTED SQUASH

While the oven was on, we decided to throw in some roasted squash to help round out our meal prep. We did half of the squash with olive oil and salt and pepper, and the other half with olive oil and Tiny Little’ Chef’s Inflammation Buster seasoning blend. It’s a combo of cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cloves and cayenne — and it’s SO good. Pro tip: It also is a super addition to your coffee. Use code “WHOLE30” for 20 percent off your order when you shop any of Tiny Little Chef’s seasoning blends.

DUMP RANCH

Andrea whipped up some Dump Ranch for us to take home and use throughout the week. This is such a versatile added fat that makes every meal better. We use the Whole Sisters recipe because it’s delicious and easy to modify based on the herbs and spices you have on hand.

MAYONNAISE

Andrea also made some of her famous homemade mayo for us to share. She followed the recipe we recently featured on our blog. This mayo can be used as is or turned into another fun sauce to liven up your meals throughout the week. Mayo is a quick, easy, and budget-friendly added fat for your Whole30. And if you don’t have an immersion blender, get one! It’s a champion of the kitchen and will help you with so many recipes on your Whole30. I have this immersion blender and I highly recommend it!

Have you ever cooked with friends? What’s on your meal prep menu this coming weekend?

Naked Bacon Make Ahead Breakfast

My weekday mornings are usually rushed trying to get everyone out the door. In the middle of the kitchen chaos of the morning is usually when my husband decides it’s a great time to unload the dishwasher. Can someone please explain why men do this? Why? During all of this rush, I need to get myself breakfast too. I’ve made breakfast bakes, squash casseroles, and everything in between to help get out of the door. I need quick. I need convenient. I need compliant.

The light bulb in my head flickered for a bit and then it came on. *BING* I could just make my veggie portions in bulk and freeze it! I’d have some variety and something quick to go with eggs and not have to eat the same breakfast bake all week!

I had a couple of packages of Naked Bacon that I wanted to use and picked the original. I’m saving the Chipotle flavour for later. OK, it’s actually stuffed on the bottom shelf in the back of the fridge behind a couple of things so my husband doesn’t eat it all. This sort of food needs to be savoured not inhaled!

I cooked some potatoes the night before (it’s easier to cut them to make a hash when they’re cold). Veggies of choice to go with this–asparagus, onions, and mushrooms.

I sauteed the asparagus in EVOO and some seasonings making sure I didn’t overcook them. It’s so easy to overcook asparagus and, if you’re freezing it, you don’t want it to be soggy. No one likes soggy asparagus!

I had a second pan going to cook the bacon. Once cooked, I chopped it up and set it aside then cooked the onions and cut up potatoes in the bacon fat. After a few minutes, I tossed in the mushrooms. When it was done, I mixed in the asparagus and bacon and set it aside. Remember to not overcook the portions that you’re going to freeze.

I ended up cooking a portion of it a little longer so I could eat it for supper and made two eggs over easy to toss on top of it. Love egg yolk on top of potatoes! And, yes, I did have a plated fat. You’re awesome for noticing that it wasn’t in the photo.

I have some bags in my freezer now that I can toss in the fridge the night before. In the morning, I can grab it, make some eggs with it, toss on a plated fat (pesto would be yummy!) and go.

The combinations are endless using other veggies/meats/seasonings like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, peppers, or ground sausage. This is the way that I shake my breakfast up so I can have some variety and beat food boredom!

Oh, and the bacon? Delish! I didn’t find it was as salty or fatty as other bacon and I really liked that–it tasted like fancy shmancy bacon! It’s made in small batches, not mass produced, and it shows. If you want to try Naked Bacon’s bacon and sausage links, we have a 10% discount for you when you use the code EVERYDAYWHOLE. Shop here.

Everyday Whole January Whole30 Discounts

Looking to save a little money on your January Whole30? Or just need to stock up on some of your favorite products? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a round-up of some our group’s current deals and discounts. Some of these links are affiliate links – Thank you for your support!

1. Ayoba-Yo – Use code WHOLE30FB10 for 10% off South African dried meat and a new delicious spice blend.

2. Bare Bones Broth – Use the code “JUJUSWHOLE30” to save 15% on your order of bone broth and collagen peptides.

3. Butcher Box – Through January 31, new customers will get 2 lbs of free Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon with your order.

4. Chomps – Through January 31, get 15% off your order + free shipping when you shop. Use code WHOLE30C19.

5. Cooked – Through January 31, get 10% off your order when you shop – Use code WHOLE30FB.

6. Gather Superfoods – Use the code “WHOLE30” for 30% off your ghee order.

7. Georgia Grinders — Use code WHOLE30JANUARY to save 30% off your order of the world’s best nut butter when you shop. Good through January 31, 2019.

8. Naked Bacon – Use code EVERYDAYWHOLE for 10% off your order of heritage breed raised Whole30 Approved bacon and sausage links, made in small batches.

9. nutpods— Use code “JUJUSWHOLE30” to save 15% off your first order. One coupon use per customer.

10. Tiny Little Chef – Use code WHOLE30 for 20% off your order of handmade seasoning blends.

11. The New Primal – Use code “whole30facebook” for 25% off your order of sauces, marinades, and beef thins!

12. Thrive Market – Use the link for 25% off your first order when you activate your trial membership. You will also be directed to a list of our favorite Whole30 compliant products!

13. Tribali Foods – Use code “loyaltribe” at checkout for 10% of your order this month of Tribalí Foods burgers and sliders

14. True Fare – Use code MYWHOLE30FB for 10% off your order of chef-prepared frozen Whole30 meals.

15. Tru Provisions – Boston-only! Get 15% off your order of homemade organic Whole30 Approved meals for the month of January when you use code “JanuaryWhole30” at checkout. Order online!

16. Wild Zora Foods – Use code WHOLE30FB for 20% off your order of meat and veggie bars.

17. WholeMade Kitchen – Boston’s North Shore only! Get 10% off your order of homemade Whole30 Approved meals with code EDW10 at checkout. Good through March 31. Order online!

ENJOY!

A Look Back: Our Top 10 Posts of 2018!

Eight months ago, we jumped into the blogging world and created Everyday Whole. Since then, our little corner of the Internet has been filled with lots of useful hints, tips, tricks, recipes, and support to guide you through your Whole30!

Thank YOU for being here, and for joining us on this journey. To mark the end of our first year with Everyday Whole, we’re taking a look back at our Top 10 Favorite Posts of 2018!!

Cheers to the past year – and let’s raise a glass (of kombucha!) to a healthy, happy, and transformative 2019!

10. Premade vs. Homemade: Prepping for a Round

A couple of years ago when I started my first Whole30 round, there weren’t many products on the market that were compliant. Now, there are lots and lots of choices. Homemade is usually the cheaper of the two but premade products are convenient and save time. Whatever your budget and inclinations are, there’s something below for you.

9. Whole30 Meal Planning: Success is in the Prep

After completing multiple rounds of Whole 30 and mini resets I learned that preparation is the key to my success. Before creating my own meal plan template, my preparation consisted of writing a random grocery list on the back of an envelope. That resulted in multiple trips to the grocery store because I’d always forget something. That process and cycle made meals and shopping frustrating and overwhelming. I would become easily overwhelmed with trying to figure out what I was going to eat for the upcoming week and when I was going to cook it.

8. Load ‘Em Up: Whole30 “Nachos and Fries”

Hey everybody! My friend and fellow Whole30 Certified Coach Judith asked me to stop by and share a little with you today about one of my favorite Whole30 comfort foods… nachos. Wait, what? Nachos can’t be Whole30 compliant, can they? Well yes, as a matter of fact they can, and I am here today to tell you how to make the magic happen in the kitchen. With the nachos that is – at least for this guest post anyway! If you know me, you know that nachos and me are like peas and carrots. Nachos have been there for me when no one else has. They are undoubtedly the epitome of comfort food for me and aside from that they are just freaking delicious.

7. Whole30 Day 30…now what?

Congrats! You’ve finished your Whole30! You’ve checked off a whole bunch of Non-Scale Victories, you feel amazing, and hey, maybe you’ve even lost a few pounds along the way. Your skin is glowing, your thinking is clear, and you’re sleeping like a baby.

Day 30 comes with a ton of emotions: You’re happy, joyful, proud, and feeling so accomplished, as you should! But is also brings fear and a sense of uneasiness – what’s going to happen now? Will I fall face first into a meal of nachos and ice cream? How do I keep up this good feeling forever? Will I fail?

6. Meal Prepping: Our Members Weigh In

We all know that meal prep and planning is key to a successful Whole30. It’s really hard to wing it when you need to have protein, vegetables, and fat handy for EVERY SINGLE meal. But, the beauty of Whole30 is that there is no one right way to do it!

We checked in with four members of our Facebook group to learn how they stay focused, organized, and on track during Whole30! Check out how THEY do it!

5. A Tour Through Your Whole30 Plate

So, as a novice Whole30er, you might find yourself asking, “What is with all this talk about a meal template?” Basically, the meal template is our goal and guide as to how much of what types of foods we should be eating. It reminds us that veggies should be the primary food on our plate (and that means you too potatoes and sweet potatoes). It also reminds us that we need other real food on our plates. It’s critical that all meals include veggies, protein and a healthy plated fat. Fruit is optional but if consumed, should be eaten as part of your meal and not as a “dessert” Also, keep fruit to no more than 2 servings a day. Remember, ½ of a banana is one serving.

4. Five Things I Should Know About Whole30 But Forgot!

In recent weeks, as I’ve been prepping for my Whole30 coaching exam, I’ve picked up all three books again for another read. I confess that I was dreading it a bit – reading these days often feels like a chore with all of life’s other busy-ness swirling around me. But, it’s actually been eye-opening and kind of fun to go back and read the words that inspire my daily life.

Re-reading the books also reminded me of a few things that I had forgotten along the way of my Whole30 journey. And if I forgot them, chances are others have as well!

3. Five Week Whole30 Meal Plan

Meal planning can be overwhelming when you start your first round. Today, we’re turning over the reins to our wonderful member Christa Page so she can share her meal plans for five weeks. FIVE weeks! Admittedly, I can’t get myself to put together one week of meals so my hat’s off to Christa for being organized on par with the likes of Mary Poppins. Her notes, recipes links, and meal schedule may be found below. Here’s a link to the Excel sheet with the meal plan schedule and a link to our Pinterest board that has all the meals below pinned. Enjoy and a big thanks to Christa for making this available to everyone.

2. The Ultimate Whole30 Guide for Newbies

Totally new to Whole30? Welcome! You may have found our Facebook group or our blog as you search for info on the program, and decide if Whole30 is right for you. To make your research easier, we’ve put together some super helpful links with everything you need to know about Whole30 – what it is, how to do it, what to eat, and more!

1. Starting a Whole30 Round

We’re so glad that you found us in our corner of the Internet. Whether you’re new or a seasoned Whole30’er, we have tonnes of resources available for you to get through a round successfully.

Starting A Whole30 Round?

We’re so glad that you found us in our corner of the Internet. Whether you’re new or a seasoned Whole30’er, we have tonnes of resources available for you to get through a round successfully.

First off, I write a weekly newsletter each Friday with advice, tips, and recipes. It’s a little extra support going into the weekend for you. You can sign up for the newsletter by clicking here–it’s on the right and I’d love it if you read it.

If you’re brand new to Whole30, we highly recommend that you grab a copy of ‘It Starts With Food’ so that you can get the how, why, and whats of the program. If you don’t want to get it through Amazon, you can often find a copy at your local library. If you don’t have a lot of time to read, grab the audiobook version. I love audiobooks on my commute! One of the keys to success is planning—do it and you’ll thank yourself later as you sail through your round.

Take some time to purge your mind and your kitchen. Seriously, you don’t need boxes of Oreos and bags of chips laying around everywhere during a round. At the very least, not right under your nose. Read this post for more helpful tips to get yourself mentally prepared and have your kitchen Whole30 ready.

Start stocking on up compliant items. You don’t have to give up ketchup or ranch dressing on Whole30 —matter of fact, you need a plated fat at every meal so we encourage you to use them! Hurray! Though I make some stuff at home, Thrive Market is my go-to place for getting a lot of my dressings, sauces, flours. Check out how to prep with a list of recipes here along with more about Thrive Market.

Are you a little overwhelmed about meal planning? I get it, it was overwhelming during my first round too. You’re in luck though. We have a meal plan for your first three days here. If you feel like going on planning autopilot for the month, one of our wonderful members Christa’s, five week meal plan here. Yeah, she’s all sorts of awesome!

While on the subject of recipes, follow us on Pinterest. We have so many recipes there that you’ll never get bored. We’re adding recipes all the time and we have lots of different boards for you to explore. If you like Instagram, we’re right here.

One of the most handy reference sheets you’ll have is the meal template found in ‘The Tour Through Your Whole30 Plate‘ post . Save it to your phone, print it out and pin it up, or bookmark it. A lot of the problems people have is from not following the template. You can bypass those problems by having a handy reference with you.

We have a lot of tips and advice, recipes, and more here for you to help you through your round. And, along with that, please feel free to email us with any questions. We know how great it feels to get through a round and want you to have that same feeling.

Whole30 Food Freedom and the Holidays!

There’s no way around this – December is a tough month to be practicing Food Freedom. Treats are everywhere at work, it suddenly seems like a good idea to crack a bottle of wine on a Tuesday night, and holiday parties and cookie swaps are filling up the weekends. Many of us give ourselves “permission” to indulge now because we know we’ll “pay” later with a January Whole30.

While it is certainly OK to enjoy the holiday season – and all the special foods that it brings – it doesn’t have to become a food free-for-all. You can still employ strategies to decide which foods are “worth it” in your Food Freedom and which foods don’t really matter after all.

Fellow Whole30 Certified Coach Courtney Coyle recently did a Facebook LIVE with my November Coaching group to discuss Food Freedom. She shared some her favorite tips for navigating the holidays in your Food Freedom. With her permission, I’m sharing them here along with this handy image you can keep on your phone!

We hope this helps you feel strong and confident around holiday food – and empowers you to make decisions you are proud of, whatever they are! You can do this! You are worth it!

Happy Holidays!

FOOD FREEDOM HOLIDAY TIPS

1. Breakfast of Champions – Regardless of the holiday festivities in your day, make sure you kick it off with a good-sized Whole30 breakfast. Load up on protein, vegetables, and healthy fat so you are starting the day satisfied and full of nutrient-rich food. With a solid foundation in the morning, you’ll set yourself up to make better choices for the rest of the day. The Whole30 food will also help keep your sugar dragon at bay when faced with goodies at a holiday event.

2. Routine Matters – Your holiday schedule may be crazy and filled with lots of parties, dinners, and social engagements. Despite the chaos, do the best you can to stick with your regular routine. Have your coffee and quiet time in the morning before the day begins. Get your workout in as you usually do – and maybe even take a family member with you! If you stick with the things you know your body needs and craves, you will be more likely to be grounded and present during holiday events – and in turn, better able to decide if certain foods are worth it. If you are out of sorts with your routine, you can expect your eating to be out of sorts as well!

3. Have your “worth it” questions handy – As outlined in Food Freedom Forever, there are several questions you can ask yourself before you decide to consume “a potentially less-healthy food or beverage.” Among them are: “Is it worth it?” “How will consuming this impact me physically, mentally, and emotionally?” “Do I really want it?” “Do I need to consume anything here to enjoy the experience?” You can use any of these questions – or some of your own – to help you decide if something is truly worth it. Keep these questions handy on your phone, on a notecard, or on your fridge. Make it a habit to run through them when you are faced with something you know has the potential to “mess you up.” As Melissa says in Food Freedom Forever, “it’s important to honor your truth in that moment by asking yourself if you even want it in the first place, and declining if you realize you just don’t. Nothing derails food freedom faster than eating something you knew you didn’t really want, leaving you feeling out of control and disappointed in yourself.”

4. Be honest with yourself and others – If you shove leftover candy in your face at midnight when no one is watching, then it doesn’t count, right? Many of us are familiar with holiday (or non-holiday) secret binges. It’s a terrible feeling to sneak food, obsess over it, and then feel guilty after it’s eaten. Be honest with yourself – and with others. If there are foods that are making you feel uncomfortable in your Food Freedom, acknowledge that. You can move them elsewhere or maybe ask relatives to not to bring them. Know yourself – and understand where you are in your Food Freedom journey. For me, I love holiday cookies and participate in an annual Mom’s Group Cookie Swap. I enjoy cookies at the swap but I know that if I bring them into my house, they will likely get eaten – by me. They make my “worth it” questions get a bit fuzzy. So, I am being truly honest with myself this year. Cookies are hard for me. So after the swap, I am going to give away the leftovers to neighbors and co-workers. I love that I have a plan – I can enjoy them at the swap if I decide they are worth it there but after that, they are going to be re-homed! I can go into the event calm and ready to enjoy!

5. Give yourself permission to decide in the moment – It may be tempting to try to map out your holiday events in advance and try to plan when you will indulge, and when you won’t. Don’t do that! Go into each event with an open mind, and permission to flex your Food Freedom if you think it’s worth it. By doing this, you are not setting yourself up for binges or cheat days, or feelings of deprivation or sadness. And things change day by day: At one party you may decide a glass of wine is worth it but at another gathering, you may be happy sticking with seltzer. Or at a holiday brunch you may decide that you want to stick with eggs and veggies but at work party, it’s worth it to go for a piece of cake. Rely on the tools you learned in Food Freedom Forever to give yourself the space to make these decisions as you as faced with them.

6. Play the tape through all the way to the end – As you are deciding if something is worth it, fast forward in your head and think about the very end of the situation. Will it truly be worth it in the end? How will the wine/cake/cookies/ chocolate/etc. make you feel in an hour? In two hours? The next day? Will you feel physically sick or emotionally tied to sugar? Will you be able to hit that workout you have planned in the morning? Will you feel your best when you see friends and family tomorrow? Will it all be worth it then? By playing the tape all the way through, you allow yourself the opportunity to think about the final outcome of the eating experience – and then you truly decide if it will be worth it. This is a brilliant strategy and one that I am planning to use throughout the holidays and beyond!

7. Make your plate last if needed – This is great tip from Courtney about going through buffet lines or making a plate during a family-style meal. Let everyone else take first and use the time to run through your “worth it” questions. If you are the last one to take, you won’t feel rushed or stress out about having lots of other eyes on your plate. You can take your time, take deep breaths, and choose wisely. And if you want to go back for more – or something else – make sure it’s really worth it (using many of these strategies listed) and be mindful about what you put on your plate. Go slow (it’s not a race!) and truly enjoy what you are eating and drinking.

8. Show yourself grace – We are all so much kinder to others than we are to ourselves. If you eat something and it turned out to NOT be worth it, don’t beat yourself up. Take it as a learning experience, vow to do something different next time, and move on. Don’t let your days be filled with guilt or shame. Reframe and grow from it. And don’t wait until the next Monday or month or even numbered day to make a change – Start with your next bite. My co-blogger and friend Jenny wrote the following in our last blog newsletter and it’s so true. Speak to yourself as you would to a friend:

‘It’s been a crazy week for me. My father is in the hospital which has, needless to say, being super stressful. I’d love to say that I’ve sailed through the week eating Whole30 foods and staying focused but I haven’t. Given my bad food choices (nothing is appetizing and I’m going for whatever’s quick), I’m feeling much worse and anxious. I’m going to pick myself up and get organized this weekend though and get back on track.

I was hoping to write you this week and talk about managing stress and putting yourself first when you’re having a rough week but I’ll spare you that pep talk until I begin practicing it myself. 😉 Yeah, so planning and prep kind of flies out the door sometimes. I was beating myself up over it earlier this week but realized that I would never be that hard on someone else so I’m giving myself a pass this week on the negative self-talk.’

9. Savor the moments and the food – The holidays can be a loaded, emotional time of the year but at the end of the day, they’re about spending time with family and friends. They are not meant to be a time to beat yourself up or feel guilty or shameful. Embrace the holidays for what they are, take time for yourself in the busy-ness, and remember to savor the people and the experiences (special food included) that come around only once a year. Food is a piece of the holidays but there’s so much more. You can be in control of the food – not the other way around. Sip, savor, and enjoy! And know that anytime you need it, a Whole30 (or a shorter reset) is at your fingertips to help you get back to feeling your best for the new year ahead!


Courtney is a certified alcohol and drug counselor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, working primarily with opioid addiction. Through her own struggles with food and exercise addiction, she has worked towards her own food freedom utilizing her education in psychology, career in addiction treatment and of course, the Whole30. After experiencing her own transformation through her first Whole30 in January of 2016 Courtney became dedicated to sharing her story with as many people as possible to help improve their health habits and relationship with food. For more on Courtney, find her on Instagram at @CoffeeCarrotsandCurls.

Whole30 Cyber Monday Deals

Happy Holiday Shopping Season! We know that many of you will be scouring the Internet for good deals today so to help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the best Whole30 and healthy living deals we could find.

Some of these deals contain affiliate links, but as always, we only share products and companies that we personally love and use. Thank you for your support of our Facebook group and our blog. We are beyond THANKFUL for you and our incredible community!

Whether you’re shopping for the Whole30 fans in your life – or for yourself – we hope you can take advantage of these great sales. Cheers to a happy and healthy holiday season ahead!

Happy Shopping!

xxoo, Your Friends at Everyday Whole

Ayoba-Yo

15% off your order for Cyber Monday (11/26) through Tuesday (11/27)

Because Tuesday is #GivingTuesday , they are also donating a bag of droewors (meat sticks) to their charity partner, Martha’s Table, for every $20 spent on the website Monday & Tuesday.

Click here to shop or use code “giveback15” at checkout at www.ayoba-yo.com.

Bare Bones Broth

Buy more, save more! (11/21-11/30)

2 items, get 15% off!

If you buy 5 items, get 20% off!

If you buy 9 items, get 25% off!

If you buy 12+ items, get 30% off!

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CHOMPS

Cyber Monday (11/26): Buy 2 months on subscribe and save, get 3rd month free!

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Cooked

Get 20% off any orders of prepared/ready-to-eat Whole30 meals made now through Cyber Monday (11/26) with the code “Whole30Holiday

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Follain

Since you’re paying so much attention to the food you’re putting into your body, we wanted to share with you some clean beauty deals. What you put on your skin matters – and Follain has an awesome selection of clean skin, makeup, hair, and bath products that make perfect gifts for you or others in your life!

Cyber Monday (Sunday 11/25-Monday 11/26): 20% + free shipping with code CYBER20

There’s also a bunch of gift sets that are already up to 30% off – great as hostess gifts or holiday gifts. Above discounts do not apply as they are already heavily discounted!

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Georgia Grinders

Free shipping on orders of 25$ plus.

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Gather Superfoods

Cyber Monday (11/26): Gather will release 100 limited edition 32-oz jars of original ghee and brown butter ghee. There will be 50 of each jar and one of each jar will have a golden ticket or number! Whoever gets that jar will win a $50 Amazon gift card.

For 30% off those jars, use code W30CM30.

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Not Ketchup

25% off products with code BLACKFRIDAY through 11/30

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20% off all Not Ketchup and Fruitchup on Amazon through 11/30

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nutpods

Buy one, get one 25% off on www.nutpods.com

Good today through Cyber Monday (11/26)

*We also have our group code “JUJUSWHOLE30” for 15% off your order at www.nutpods.com. Offers cannot be combined.

Pampered Chef (Our own co-admin and blogger Carla Brockway is a consultant and is sharing her special deals!)

Cyber Monday (11/26) Deal: Free shipping on orders of $75 or more, plus your choice of measuring spoon sets!

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Email Carla at Pamperedchefcarlabrockway@gmail.com with questions!

The New Primal

Save 30% off your order on Cyber Monday (11/26) when you use code “cybermonday” at checkout.

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Thrive Market

If you’re new to Thrive Market, you can get an extra 25% off your first purchase and a FREE 30 day trial using this link. And for Cyber Monday, Thrive Market is offering something special for new users *AND* current members. Today only, all Thrive Market Brand products are *30% off*. And the money you save on those items will be gifted to you as *Thrive Cash*, which you can use towards your next purchase (and maybe those New Year’s Resolutions).

TrueFare

  • Buy any 10-meal menu option and get a free box (12 packs) of Galactic Trail Mix. Just add the 12-pack of Galactic Trail mix to your cart and it will be discounted ($44.99) at checkout.

  • Or, take 20% off storewide on orders $100 and above. Use coupon code “Thankful20” at checkout.

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*No two offers/codes may be combined. Offers good through Cyber Monday (11/26).

Wild Zora Foods

Save 25% on all Wild Zora products (11/22-11/26) with code “BLACKFRIDAY2018

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Whole30 Black Friday Deals

Happy Day After Thanksgiving – a.k.a. the official start of the holiday season. We know that many of you will be shopping ‘til you drop today (and throughout the weekend!) so to help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the best Whole30 and healthy living deals we could find.

Stay tuned, though, as we will be sharing more offers on Cyber Monday!

Some of these deals contain affiliate links, but as always, we only share products and companies that we personally love and use. Thank you for your support of our Facebook group and our blog. We are beyond THANKFUL for you and our incredible community!

Whether you’re shopping for the Whole30 fans in your life – or for yourself – we hope you can take advantage of these great sales. Cheers to a happy and healthy holiday season ahead!

Happy Shopping!

xxoo,

Your Friends at Everyday Whole


Bare Bones Broth

Buy more, save more! (11/21-11/30)

If you buy 2 items, get 15% off!

If you buy 5 items, get 20% off!

If you buy 9 items, get 25% off!

If you buy 12+ items, get 30% off!

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ButcherBox

New ButcherBox members will receive a FREE Ultimate Steak Sampler (2 Ribeyes, 2 NY Strips, and 2 Filet Mignons – $75 value) with their orders. This deal runs from today through Cyber Monday (11/26) – It expires at midnight PST or until supplies run out.

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CHOMPS

CHOMPS-giving (11/18-11/25): $10 off orders of $49+, $25 off orders of $100+, $60 off orders of $200+

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Cooked

Get 20% off any orders of prepared/ready-to-eat Whole30 meals made now through Cyber Monday (11/26) with the code “Whole30Holiday

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Follain

Since you’re paying so much attention to the food you’re putting into your body, we wanted to share with you some clean beauty deals. What you put on your skin matters – and Follain has an awesome selection of clean skin, makeup, hair, and bath products that make perfect gifts for you or others in your life!

Black Friday (Thursday 11/22-Sunday 11/25): 20% off with code “GETCLEAN

There’s also a bunch of gift sets that are already up to 30% off – great as hostess gifts or holiday gifts. Above discounts do not apply as they are already heavily discounted!

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Gather Superfoods

50% off with code “W30BF50” through Sunday 11/25.

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Georgia Grinders

Save 33% on your orders on Black Friday (11/23) with code “BLACKFRIDAY”

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Not Ketchup

25% off products with code BLACKFRIDAY through 11/30

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20% off all Not Ketchup and Fruitchup on Amazon through 11/30

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nutpods

Buy one, get one 25% off on www.nutpods.com

Good through Cyber Monday (11/26)

*We also have our group code “JUJUSWHOLE30” for 15% off your order at www.nutpods.com. Offers cannot be combined.

Pampered Chef (Our own co-admin and blogger Carla Brockway is a consultant and is sharing her special deals!)

Black Friday: Every Whole30-er knows that you spend a ton of time in the kitchen prepping and cooking for a round and #lifeafterwhole30. Pampered Chef tools make that time just a little bit more fun.

Carla is offering some Black Friday Deals that are some of my personal favorites. Don’t be fooled by the *gasp* brownie pan; it’s perfect to portion mini compliant meat loaves, egg cups and buffalo chicken sweet potato egg bake.

  • Buy a brownie pan, get a mini nylon spatula free!

  • Buy toaster stoneware pan, get a toaster tong free!

  • Spend $50, get a kitchen paring knife free!

These offers are good through Sunday 11/25.

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Email Carla at pamperedchefcarlabrockway@gmail.com with questions!

TrueFare

Buy any 10-meal menu option and get a free box (12 packs) of Galactic Trail Mix. Just add the 12-pack of Galactic Trail mix to your cart and it will be discounted ($44.99) at checkout.

Or, take 20% off storewide on orders $100 and above. Use coupon code “Thankful20” at checkout.

Click here to shop.

*No two offers/codes may be combined. Offers good through Cyber Monday (11/26).

Wild Zora Foods

Save 25% on all Wild Zora products (11/22-11/26) with code “BLACKFRIDAY2018

Click here to shop.

On The Road…With Whole30

I recently hopped on a plane by myself for a girls’ weekend away. It was my first time spending more than a night away from my daughters. I was so excited to catch up with friends. I knew there would be linger-y dinners and food that was definitely NOT Whole 30 compliant, but I still wanted to maintain some semblance of my normally healthy diet.

Since it was a special trip, I had made dinner reservations at some hot restaurants in Chicago months in advance. I also planned for healthy quick lunches in the city.

For breakfasts, my plan was to rely on food that I brought with me and to augment with food from local coffee shops. I also bought myself a new small water bottle that I kept filled with water and in my purse. Staying hydrated throughout the day is key for me to keeping cravings at bay.

My flight out was at lunchtime so I took food with me to the airport. I had a hardboiled egg in a Ziploc baggie, ½ a Fawen brand soup, sliced cucumber, and an apple with a Barney Butter.

This is definitely less than what I would normally eat at lunchtime, but to be honest I’m not a great flier so I wanted to keep it light. I drank the soup while waiting in the security line so I could get rid of the liquid and finished the rest of my lunch while waiting for my flight to board. During the flight I opted for a seltzer to drink from the beverage chart and a serving of Barnana bananas. For whatever reason those seemed to settle my stomach.

In the mornings on my trip, I left the house with a turkey strip, Vital Proteins collagen, a Barney Butter, and a compliant bar. The bar was for emergencies. I tend to get HANGRY if meals are delayed, but luckily that never happened.

My flight home was delayed by more than two hours and I didn’t leave Chicago until 10:30 pm. While waiting, the restaurants in the terminal shut down and I was happy that I had a compliant Rx bar with me. I ate it before boarding and then tried to sleep a little since my new arrival time plus time change meant that it was nearly 2am before I landed.

Not ideal, but this falls under the category of a true emergency for me. My flight kept getting delayed and there was no back up or healthier options for a meal.

All in all, I had a great trip and I was happy to stay close to my routine. I had a fabulous time away and felt great about my eating. This is true Food Freedom.

How do you handle being out of your routine? What’s your favorite Whole 30 travel food?

Easy Whole30 Weekend Meal Prep

Our schedule changes all the time. My husband’s a nurse and his shifts are different from week to week. I always take some time over the weekend to sit down at the kitchen table, listen to a good podcast (I’m blowing through them so if you have good ones that you listen to, let me know!), and plan, plan, plan. So, what did I make last weekend?

Every week, I do the same ol’, same ol’:

  • I roast a bunch of veggies

  • I make some meatballs. This week it was turkey meatballs because ground turkey was on sale. I toss them in almond flour, an egg, spices and pan fry it in ghee. And, apparently, looking at the picture on top of this page, I made a small meatball Christmas tree. Deck the halls! Blogging tip–look at your picture closely BEFORE eating. I’ll have to add more decorations to my Christmas tree the next time.

  • I also put a package of chicken breasts into my Instant Pot to cook and shred so I had a container full of grab and go chicken. I didn’t feel like cooking the other day, so cut up some veggies to stir fry, grabbed some chicken, and some The New Primal Mustard BBQ sauce. Super simple supper as shown above. You can get 25% off The New Primal sauces, marinades, and beef thins using the discount code whole30facebook.

  • I also make a sauce for the week… This week was a double batch of Eat The Gain’s creamy lemon garlic sauce. I usually make a double batch for a plated fat and vary it each week.

There were some beautiful green plantains in the supermarket which I took advantage of. I grabbed a bunch and made lots and lots of tostones to use for Clean Eating Veggie Girl’s Ground Turkey Plantain Nachos AND to freeze. So, so good. If you haven’t delved into the awesomeness that are tostones, don’t wait a minute longer. They are super easy to make. You can get a how-to on tostones here.

The best part about tostones–well, there are lots of good parts but here’s two: you can cut them into thinner strips like I did for the nachos to have more crunch AND, our Facebook member, Margarita, suggested freezing them after you fry them once and press them. This is exactly what I did and I have a bag full of tostones in my freezer to take out when I want them but am too busy for the prep work.

I also made Nom Nom Paleo’s Instant Pot Ground Beef Chili. I love my Instant Pot so much–I sauteed everything in it then pressure cooked it for 15 minutes. I skipped most of the spices that the recipe called for, except salt, and used my Tiny Little Chef Traditional Chili Seasoning instead. The chili turned out a little watery so I think I’ll put a bit more tomato paste in it the next time. You can get 20% off Tiny Little Chef seasoning with the discount code WHOLE30.

And, speaking of tomato paste, I can’t stand buying those little cans only to use a tablespoon or two for a recipe. I took some parchment paper, put it on a plate, and doled out the rest of the can in little 1 tablespoon scoops. Off to the freezer they went to harden a bit and they’re now sitting happily in my freezer in a bag waiting to be used. I feel like Martha Stewart for thinking of doing this!

I don’t want meal preps to be overly complicated and end up spending all afternoon in the kitchen. I usually try at least one new recipe a week. If you need some inspiration, you can check out our recipes here or visit our Pinterest page here.

Hopefully, this’ll give you a few ideas for you meal prepping this weekend!