Happy day 9 of Whole 30 for me! For those of you who don’t know, I decided to make my New Year’s Resolution the typical “I’m going to get healthy” goal that about 90% of Americans resolve to do each January. Read more HERE.
The lovely thing about the Whole 30 challenge is it’s a realistic plan with specific goals and boundaries. Yes, the cleanse can be difficult as I crave nothing more than a giant ice cold beer and shredded cheese on my salad, but I don’t have to battle the feeling of being hungry like I do with portion control diets. I can eat as much as I want, as long as those foods are Whole30 approved. Check out their website, www.whole30.com, to learn more about the diet.
The key tip to success when attempting to complete a round of Whole30 is p r e p a r i n g. Being able to plan out your meals and prep your food ahead of time makes caving into cravings much less likely when the time arrises. Today I am sharing with you my favorite items off of Amazon + the internet that I couldn’t do Whole30 without.
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As I mentioned, a lot of Whole30 is prepping meals ahead of time and also cooking in bulk to have leftovers for meals. Cooking from scratch can be a lot of fun, but also pretty time consuming.
I find myself using my Rubbermaid containers SO often throughout Whole30, in fact last night I ran the dishwasher with probably 80% rubbermaid containers. I also love how the lids and bottoms stack so well in my kitchen so my tupperware closet is not a complete mess, and finding what I need is quick and simple.
Upon doing your Whole30 research the first thing that will jump out to you is dang, sugar is in every salsa/salad dressing/sauce known to mankind. GOOD LORD!! (Seriously, check out some of those “healthy” salads that are advertised for pretty much any restaurant. Not so healthy when you account for all of the sugar!) There is good news – you can make many sauces, such as homemade ranch, BBQ sauce, and ketchup, with the help of an immersion blender. It makes blending up salsa a breeze too! This tool is definitely worth the investment.
Real Talk: This item is easily on my top 5 of kitchen appliances in my house. I actually purchased this sometime before Whole30, and found that it actually grinds your ice up in a smoothy (if that’s any indication of it’s magical powers).
There are 2 attachments – I call them the “grinding” and “whipping” attachments. The first is great for crushing – I use it for salsa, smoothies, or really anything with ice. The second is one that I use almost daily. You can quickly throw in several eggs and some coconut milk and pulse for 5 seconds for whipped eggs to be scrambled, or my personal favorite – creating Whole30 lattes with strong coffee and coconut milk!
The reason I prefer my bullet over a blender is cleanup is a breeze and it takes up hardly any room. It’s an awesome tool that I highly recommend.
This isn’t the exact model I own, but it’s on my wish list for one specific reason: you can program this slow cooker for a certain time frame so your food doesn’t overcook while you’re at work!
As you know, many slow cooker recipes require very little effort and time to assemble but offer amazing dinners after a few hours of not so patient waiting. Whole30 slow cooker recipes save my butt over the course of my diet. To make cleanup a breeze, I recommend splurging on the crock pot liners, HERE.
This product is by no means a need because a simple knife and cutting board can get the job done. I found the mandoline slicer to be particular helpful for prepping veggies for salads, and particularly slicing apples or potatoes for baking. This cuts your time down on food prepping considerably, so if you’re the type of person who doesn’t devote a lot of time to cooking look into this!
Plan To Eat, $4.95/Month
Plantoeat.com is a wonderful tool that my friend Blair at BlairBlogs.com introduced me to. This meal plan system requires quite a bit of work at first, but the effort you put in pays off in the long run. Blair does a wonderful job of explaining what it is HERE. Basically you input your recipes, then plan out your calendar meals. The site then generates a grocery list based on your meals that’s organized by where said items are found in the grocery store.
I found that even though I spend $4.95 a month on this tool, I save money in the long run because I’m only buying foods I need when I’m at the grocery store. I’ve noticed a considerable cut in my grocery spending by using plantoeat!
Plan to Eat conveniently provides a 30 day free trial, so at least give it a shot if you’re doing a Whole30. I bet you’ll find it useful beyond your diet!
If you aren’t a fan of making your own dressings, mayo, etc. or you despise fighting the crowds to shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joes, take a look at Thrive.com. The above link will get you 15% off your first purchase and free shipping. By signing up you do get a free 30 day trial, and after that a membership is $59.99 a year. The awesome part about their membership is your savings on purchases is put towards your membership. For example, if you save $30.00 worth of money through their website your membership fee is only $29.99 for that year. Generally our products make it to our front porch within 4-5 business days, and their selection is amazing! Give it a shot.
What about you – what are some kitchen gadgets that you love, whether it be for #whole30 or cooking in general? Please share in the comments! 🙂