Officially, my 30 days of the Whole 30 diet is up, but I plan on continuing it for the most part. This weekend we’re having family over so I will taste everything I make (to make sure it tastes good!) but I really love how I’ve been feeling, so I think I will still mainly stick to the Whole30 eating plan for a while.
A lot of my meals were simple and repetitive. I found the simpler the meal, the more enjoyable overall it was. I stuck to the main principles of real, whole foods, but I strayed a bit by eating more fruit than is recommended and sort of making SWYPO foods.
Planning is one of the most important things, but once you only have compliant foods in the house it’s easier to be flexible. One day there were 1 lbs of strawberries on sale for 99 cents each, so that day I had a whole container of strawberries for lunch. I would never plan a lunch like that, but it worked out.
(These aren’t necessarily Whole30 recommended meals, but all of the ingredients are compliant and vegan.)
Raw fruits – I ate a lot of dates, and A LOT of bananas because they’re cheap and easy. Mangoes and kiwi fruit were also standard when they were on sale.
Baked apples – stuffed with pecan meal or chopped pecans, dates, and cinnamon. Sometimes I did two apples, or sometimes 1 apple and 1 banana. This was one of my favorites, other than just eating some raw fruit. Possibly could be a SWYPO food because it’s sweet and almost like apple crisp, but that’s why it was so good.
Tofu scramble – I use extra firm organic tofu chopped up and sauteed with onions, garlic, peppers, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, and different spices like cumin, curry powder, garam malasa, turmeric, etc. Usually with diced potatoes on the side. Similar to scrambled eggs, but without that gross egg taste.
“Faux-meal” – Very similar to oatmeal or porridge, made with an acorn squash, homemade almond/cashew milk, and with fruit added in. I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to get over the fact that it was squash, but it was actually surprisingly good. I only made it once, but for someone who really likes oatmeal in the morning, this would be a good substitute.
Coconut pancakes – basically just coconut flour, banana(s), water, and some cashew butter. Not my favorite. I’m mildly allergic to coconut and every time I ate these I felt sick. I’m not sure if the coconut affected me more, or if my stomach was more sensitive, but I stopped using coconut products after making these.