Whole30 week 3: food prep + meal planning {Bonus: Whole Foods Paleo finds!}

Hi all!

I’m back again with some food prep and meal ideas for week 3 of the Whole30! Yes, I know, I am just as excited as you are! I was very proud of myself that I got the majority of my food prep done this afternoon and will finish the rest this evening. I really can’t believe I used to NOT do any food prep or meal planning, pre-Paleo. I can’t even remember if I even planned our dinners ahead of time or not. I know I used to make numerous trips to the grocery store every week. My “diet” was not that great either. Many people thought that because I ran that I ate “healthy”,  but in reality I didn’t, which was why my running sucked. I was very slow, I didn’t have very good recovery post-run, and I never felt like I had any energy for my runs. Being diagnosed with my autoimmune condition was a blessing in disguise. Of course, I could have done with out all the hives, fat lips/eye lids and the other symptoms that I experienced, but if I never had to deal with those than I never would have discovered the Paleo lifestyle. My only regret regarding the Paleo diet is that I didn’t discover it sooner.

Paleo Whole Foods Finds!

I mentioned, in a previous post, that I made my 2nd trip EVER to Whole Foods last weekend, but forgot to tell you the yummy food find’s I bought. They had 3 different varieties of “sweet potatoes” and one of those I had never tried before, the Japanese yam. They are a dark purple color and looks identical to their garnet yam cousin.

whole30 week 3 food prep and meal planning

One of the benefits of following tons of paleo bloggers’ on Instagram is that I find out about different products that I normally wouldn’t hear about. I kept seeing a product from Stumptown coffee roasters that make a cold brew coffee drink and have never been able to find it around my area. I found it at Whole Foods and knew I had to buy it to see what all the hype was. After tasting the cold brew I wasn’t crazy about it, don’t get me wrong it tasted good, not bitter, smooth taste, but I just wasn’t gaga about it. I had mine over ice with some half and half. Another product I was determined to find were sauerkraut and pickles that are Paleo-approved and made by Bubbies. I am officially obsessed with their pickles! The pickles are not Whole30 approved because of the sugar added but I am okay with it. Come get me Whole30 police!

Alright, let’s  get to the real reason you are reading this, food prep and meal ideas!

whole30 week 3 food prep and meal planning

Food Prep:

  • Grilled Peruvian Chicken (Nom Nom Paleo)
  • maple sage roasted butternut squash (Beyond Bacon)*
  • roasted beets
  • sweet potato hash (Nom Nom Paleo)
  • Paleo mayo (Well Fed 2)
  • Ranch dressing (Nom Nom Paleo)
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • garlic mashed cauliflower (Nom Nom Paleo)
  • cook bacon
  • roast broccoli

*I could only find this recipe in Paleo Parents’ book, Beyond Bacon. The link I provided is to the same concept of the recipe but they used sweet potatoes instead of the butternut squash.

Breakfast:

  • sweet potato hash w/ fried eggs + bacon
  • veggie omelet + avocado

lunch:

  • leftover dinners
  • {Applegate} Hot dogs + sauerkraut + pickles + black olives + Paleo deviled eggs
  • {Applegate} salami/turkey roll-ups + pickles + Paleo deviled eggs

Dinner:

snacks:

  • carrots w/ ranch dressing
  • Paleo deviled eggs
  • bacon + avocado
  • almonds
  • banana or apple w/ almond butter {check list of ingredients}

Emergency meals:

  • seasoned ground beef  + lettuce + mayo + avocado
  • sautéed kielbasa {check list of ingredients} + sautéed cabbage and onions + sauerkraut
  • {Applegate} deli meats + hard-boiled eggs

What are some ingredients that you always keep on hand, for quick easy meals?

What is one benefit of using Instagram?

Whole Food shoppers: What is one item that you always have to buy?

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7 Responses to Whole30 week 3: food prep + meal planning {Bonus: Whole Foods Paleo finds!}

  1. I’m obsessed with roasted beets with a little balsamic vinegar. I get all different flavors to add to salads. I like the Whole Foods brand whey protein powder. Their fruit is always way better too.

  2. Meghan says:

    Haha I can’t believe this was your second trip to Whole Foods. I do NOT shop there very much because, hello, I have a budget and Whole Foods does not fit into it. However, I do go in there for specialty products that I know I can find there. For a while, it was the only place I could find coconut flour (though, now, my local grocery store has it, so YAY!). Glad you found some good paleo stuff there!! And I love all the different kinds of sweet potatoes! 🙂 I actually prefer white ones to the orange ones (yams) but here in GA, sweet potatoes are mostly only known to be orange – so it’s a treat when I get white ones. Anyway, I use IG for motivation. 🙂 Perfect example – Friday night I was in between skipping a workout and going to bed or actually working out… I did my usual scroll through IG and saw so many posts about workouts that I got my big booty up and out the door for a run. And you’re darn right I was SO HAPPY about it. 🙂

    • haha yeah if I shopped at whole foods regularly I would be broke and my hubby wouldn’t be too happy either :/ I prefer the whites sweet potatoes too, I feel that they are less starchy than their orange counterparts.

  3. Annie Brees says:

    You’re doing such a great job! What are you Paleo Deviled Eggs? I love eggs, especially deviled eggs! Tell me more!

    • Nothing special, for the deviled eggs, hard boiled eggs and paleo mayo! I make paleo mayo using theclothesmakethegirl.com recipe. I love her mayo! Bring egg and lemon juice to room temp. Put all ingredients in a glass 2cup measuring cup and use an immersion blender. 15 seconds later! Done! You will never want to buy store bought again!

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