I think an important element of Whole30 is the total annihilation of what constitutes breakfast, lunch, or dinner food. I guess I’ve always thought it was a bit silly that we have these very specific ideas about what’s appropriate to eat first thing in the morning vs. later in the day, especially with breakfast. Here’s an example of how that manifested in my life pre-Whole30:
And, of course, post-Whole30…
Oh man, I love stir-fry. I had some bok choy in my fridge that I thought might go to waste if I didn’t use it soon, so I figured now was the time. I also tossed in broccoli, sliced green pepper, onions, and scallions, and my protein of choice for this was ground beef (chicken may be the more intuitive choice). After cooking everything in a little olive oil, I added about 1/2 cup of coconut milk, a scoop of almond butter, and some cumin and cardamom. That is where the magic happened. If you like that creamy peanut sauce on your stir fry and you’re doing Whole30: do this. Very good. Play with the amounts to see what suits your taste buds.
I also had a few strawberries on the side.
After breakfast, Adib and I went out and had an awesome day in DC. When it was time for dinner in the evening, we headed to Chop’t. A little pricey, but the ingredients were fresh and it was delicious.
Basically, I created my own salad and used my best judgment when choosing what to order: spinach, broccoli, red onion, red and green peppers, beets, hard-boiled egg, avocado, grilled chicken, and Mexican Goddess dressing. The dressing was incredible. Creamy because of the avocado, and not dairy? What’s not to love?
I consulted their Allergies & Special Dietary Needs PDF for choosing options that were soy- and dairy-free. Navigating eating out while doing Whole30 is HARD. But this worked out, and it wasn’t Chipotle, so I’d count that as a success.