Week 2 of Whole30 is over and I am pretty sure Sam lost at least 10 pounds by now. You are not allowed to step on the scale at all while on this diet, so I am not certain, but people at work have been telling him he looks different, and I’ve noticed the changes too! Meanwhile I am here eating watermelon, and I can’t stop!
This week was definitely easier than the last, at least for me. I think the biggest part of it was me going to Costco last Monday to do some grocery shopping. Costco always makes me feel better, and I made sure to stock up on meat to last us for the next 2 weeks if not more.
I mentioned that I will share a few things that I bought for Whole30. So here goes: eggs, chicken, beef, bacon, salmon, bananas, watermelon, carrots, dates, avocados, peaches, broccoli, snap peas and a whole lot of nuts! I can’t emphasize how incredible it is to have this membership, and how much easier it is to get all my shopping done in one place.
For this week’s post I also asked my friend Kate to share her experience with Whole30, she was the one who got us all eating right after all 😉
My name is Kate and I began Whole30 on July 6. I am almost half way through with my first 30 days and I feel amazing! I work 40 hours a week and am a busy mom so planning and meal prep has been critical for me.
I love the meals and how I’ve been feeling while on this program. It really feels like a lifestyle change. Plus now I have enough energy to workout again!!!
I am not the best in the kitchen, but I have found the recipes to be really delicious and pretty easy. While making Clarified Butter I did start a small fire and burn my arm. So for now I will be buying my Clarified Butter (ghee) from Trader Joes!
My favorite recipe so far has been one that I made with my Mom (she is also on Whole30). We made Romesco Garlic Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles. We plan on making it again for an upcoming family dinner.
A few of my favorite things this week:
Also the app TwoGrand (soon to be YouFood) has kept me accountable! I love checking off my daily goals and sharing my food photos.
Now to share some of my favorite recipes with you!
Saturday night I made this Chicken Apple Orange Spinach Salad for dinner, and Sam said that it has probably been his favorite so far.
2 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
2 tbsp olive oil
1 apple diced or sliced (whatever you prefer)
1 orange peeled and diced
1 cup spinach (or more if you like spinach)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Turmeric to taste (it will make the chicken yellow, so Sam calls this Yellow Chicken Salad)
1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in the pan, add chicken and spices and cook until done.
2. Meanwhile prepare your spinach and your fruit and mix in a bowl.
3. Add chicken, mix well and serve.
Beef and Turkey Meatballs was another meal I cooked up for us. I’ve been craving meatballs way before we started Whole30, so getting to finally making them is a huge accomplishment.
1 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground turkey
Rosemary and Parsley to taste ( I grow those two in my very very small garden, seriously it’s two pots, but I was really excited to use them in this recipe!)
3 tbsp flex seed (now this has a weird taste, and if you’ve never had it I suggest you skip out on it, or start with 1 tbsp).
1 medium onion diced
Salt, pepper and garlic to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375.
2. Mix all ingredients in the food processor.
3. Scoop onto a foil or parchment lined pan with a spoon (I use an ice cream scoop!)
4. Bake for 10 minutes, flip and bake for 10 more.
Makes about 32 meatballs.
For the sauce:
1 can Organic Tomato Paste (I use the Costco brand)
1 Roma tomato diced
3 small peppers diced
Italian seasoning to taste
Mix all the ingredients in a small sauce pan, heat for about 5 minutes.
And finally, I want to share this Cashew Date Craisin Bites recipe. I got the idea from Lee of Fit Foodie Finds.
1 cup cashews
1 cup craisins
Pulse all the ingredients in the food processor until well mixed, then shape into bars, or roll into bite-size balls. These can be dangerous though, because they are pretty much all I want to eat now.
Well I hope you liked this week’s update, I can’t wait to share more!