Premade vs. Homemade: Prepping For A Round

Prepping is such a key part to being successful on a round. Before a round, I carve out a little spot in the fridge for my Whole30 stuff. I also have a Whole30 shelf that ONLY Whole30 products go on! It makes it easy to see what I have at hand and what I need when I need to go to the supermarket.

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.

You can purchase most products on Amazon or give Thrive Market a whirl. I have a membership there, LOVE the prices, and get most of my staple items here! You can get 25% off your first order and free shipping with any purchase more than $49 with a trial membership. If you’re low-income, a veteran, a teacher, a student, you can apply for a free membership through their Thrive Gives program. You can apply here.


SAUCES Having the same plated fats can get boring after a while so I love grabbing a sauce and using that. No thinking, just pour.

Homemade First, Eat The Gain’s Spicy Chimichurri Sauce is one of my go to sauces.  It’s good on EVERYTHING.  I don’t want to burn the enamel off of my two and six year old’s teeth by making it too spicy so I usually set aside a little of the sauce before I toss in the jalapeno.  It makes everyone happy! Second, pesto sauce.  Another super versatile sauce that works on everything.  Put some on your roasted veggies!  Third, another favourite, is Paleo Gluten Free’s Creamy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing.  While they all may seem similar, they are quite different in their taste.  Once you get use to making them, you won’t even need the recipes and can toss things into a food processor and come out with your own creation.

Premade I love Saucy Lips zesty cilantro on pretty much anything. When I don’t want to deal with whipping up a sauce, these do the trick. Every sauce is a winning combination. They’re a small family business that are growing and those are the kinds of businesses I want to support. You can get 15% off your order and free shipping with any order 45$ and over here by using the discount code WHOLE30.

RANCH DRESSING The Holy Grail and most talked about dressing on Whole30. This is such an easy way to get a plated fat in any meal and it so delicious. Dump it on anything–seriously, it goes with everything!

Homemade Whole Sisters Dump Ranch is one of the most popular recipes amongst our readers. Use it with fresh herbs to kick it up a notch–you won’t be disappointed though it taste delicious with bottled herbs too.

Premade For those are slightly frightened of eating a raw egg now matter how delicious it looks whipped up into a ranch dressing, Primal Kitchen has an awesome ranch dressing that I love. Yeah, I’m one of those that can’t get past the raw eggs. You can also get it through Thrive Market here.


KETCHUP There’s no need to give up ketchup during a round. There are lots of options to stock your fridge with and you can keep making potato wedges, hamburgers, and meatloaf.

Homemade Dates add a nice taste to ketchup but, if you’re like me and short on time, you don’t have time to mess around with preparing them. Check out 40 Aprons’ Whole30 Ketchup recipe that’ll take no time to make!

Premade My favourite ketchup is from Good Food for Good–it’s thick and rich…and the taste–out of this World! You can order Good Food for Good’s Ketchup or Spicy Ketchup through Thrive Market (their ketchup is shown on the left) or get it on Amazon here (25% off right now on their 4 and 6 packs!).


MAYO Again, no need to give up egg, chicken, or tuna salad while on a round. That’s great news because it makes for quick and easy lunches!

Homemade One egg, some oil, and a few other ingredients are all you need to make homemade mayo–how easy is that? Check out The Movement Menu’s Homemade Paleo Mayonnaise. It takes 1 minute to make!

Premade If you’re in the no-raw-eggs-for-me-camp (Welcome, I lead that camp!), then Primal Kitchen’s Mayo with Avocado Oil may be for you. I must admit that I found the flavour a bit different when I first tried it. No sugar plus avocado oil instead of soybean oil will do that but I love it now! You can order it through Amazon or Thrive Market.


BUFFALO SAUCE This became a staple in my kitchen when I was on a round–I need that kick in dishes every now and again. This is a must have for The Real Food Drs’ Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash and Peas and Crayon’s Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wrap Tacos.

Homemade This will take you about 10 minutes from start to finish to make which is always a plus given the amount of cooking we need to do on a round. Get the recipe from The Real Food Drs’ for buffalo sauce here.

Premade The New Primal for the win! You can get their buffalo sauce in Mild, Medium, and Hot here on Amazon or can get 25% off your order directly through their website. Of course, you can grab most everything at Thrive Market like a lot of us do.


COFFEE ‘CREAM’ And lastly, we can’t forget our coffee drinkers out there. Some, of which, may be in a slight panic about the prospect of drinking their coffees black. Don’t worry, we have you covered!

Homemade Turns out cashew cream is super easy to make and quite tasty. Carla posted a her recipe on how to make cashew milk. I’ve tried it and really liked it. It’s worth a try–so simple! You can get more coffee ideas on our Whole30 Coffee Guide post here.

Premade I got used to drinking my coffee black. It took a month of trying in order to get there but I did it–I’m actually sipping on an iced coffee sans anything in it right now but that’s because I haven’t managed to get over to Judith’s to pick up some Pumpkin Spice nutpods that she has waiting for me. Nutpods is made from almonds and coconuts and is, quite simply put, DIVINE! It comes in original, French Vanilla, and Hazelnuts flavours BUT, if you’re feeling like something a bit different, try their vanilla lemon, peppermint mocha, pumpkin spice, and dark chocolate orange flavours! Click here and use the discount code jujuswhole30 for 15% off you order.

So, there are the six things you can make or buy to stock your kitchen for a round. Food does NOT need to be boring on Whole30 and you always have to have a plated fat so why not make it something delicious? For more sauces and condiment ideas, check out our That Special Sauce blog post. Enjoy!

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