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Whole 30 Breakfast Ideas

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.

Baked Apple
Baked apples stuffed with dates, pecan meal, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Tastes better than apple pie!

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.)

Breakfast - 2 bananas and 4 dates

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.Snack - Mango

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.

Baked Apples (2)

Tofu ScrambleTofu 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.

Lunch - Tofu scramble with roasted potatoes and Frank's hot sauce

“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.Squash Oatmeal

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.

What I ate Wednesday on the Whole30

Today marks the first day of week 3 of my Whole30 trial. At first it seemed impossible and I definitely thought I was going to give up by the 2 week mark, but now that I’m in the swing of things, it’s gotten a lot easier.

These are my meals from yesterday (not included are photos of a bunch of water and about 8 cups of organic black tea).

For breakfast, around 9am I had 2 bananas and a handful of dates.

Breakfast - 2 bananas and 4 dates

Around 11am I had lunch, which was tofu scramble (similar to scrambled eggs, except waaay better) with roasted potatoes and smothered in Frank’s Red Hot.Lunch - Tofu scramble with roasted potatoes and Frank's hot sauce

Around 1pm, I had a mango. I just slice them like this and then eat the flesh away from the skin and around the seed. Mangoes are officially my favorite fruit. I used to be intimidated by cutting them, but it was soooo worth getting over that.

Snack - Mango

For dinner at 5, I made 2 portotbello mushrooms that were sauteed in EVOO with garlic, onions, and peppers, roasted broccoli, and a baked hasselback potato. I had more broccoli on my plate but forgot to take a picture before I started eating..oops! For the potatoes, I’ve been taking the lazy way out and I’ve been microwaving them for about 4 minutes (after poking a crap ton of holes in them so they don’t explode) and then I bake them to make them crispy. It’s a lot easier and quicker that way. I also made a big salad that I forgot to take a picture of. I’ve been making a quick oil and vinegar dressing with Italian spices.

Dinner - 2 portobello mushrooms, roasted broccoli, and a baked potato

For a snack around 9pm, I sliced up an organic Gala apple and topped it with cashew butter and natural sunflower seeds.

Snack - Organic Gala apple with cashew butter and sunflower seeds
This has been pretty much what I’ve been eating daily. At first I was afraid to eat the same things over and over again, but I realized I really don’t mind it and it makes things a lot simpler. I’m really enjoying the Whole30 so far. I’ll post my initial thoughts in the next few days.

Whole30 Trial

Starting on Thursday, my husband and I will be doing a month of the Whole 30 diet. It’s basically just eating really clean, whole foods for 30 days. There is a lot to it, some science, a lot of positive reviews, but really we’re trying it as an elimination diet to see if anything specific is causing either of us stomach issues. My goal was to start on Saturday, that way we could have 2 full days of 3 main meals and snacks hashed out at home, and if I absolutely had to, I could run out and get stuff from the grocery store. Based on the amount of off limits foods (basically his lunch meat and cheese), we’re going to start on Thursday when he runs out. Oh, and we’re doing it totally vegan.

Technically, I’m not following the Whole30 to a tee. I’m more like using it as a guideline. The biggest ways I’m straying are with fruit and I will probably make some SWYPO foods. I know that’s one of the biggest rules, and I don’t plan on making them for every meal, but as long as the ingredients are whole, I’m considering them fair game. I guess instead of following the Whole30, I’m just trying to eat whole foods for 30 days. (BTW, I hate any way of eating that has a commercialized name or trademark.)

We are only doing it for about a month, maybe a few extra days if we get tired of eating the same foods over and over again. Which definitely falls back on me not being creative enough, because I realize the huge abundance of fruits and vegetables there are out there.

I’m breaking the fruit rule because the W30 says to only eat it occasionally. I’m far from a fruitarian, but your cells and brain need glucose to function, so it seems counter intuitive to limit it so much. (We will strictly adhere to the no added sugar rule though.) I know part of the W30 is to mentally break the addiction to sweet foods, and eating fruit could undermine that, but I guess that is just more evidence that I’m doing a “Whole30 inspired” month.

As for the SWYPO foods, again I’m not really doing this for the psychological aspect. I’m not opposed to making some banana pancakes with almond meal. I really  decided to break this rule when trying to come up with breakfasts for my husband. I plan on making tofu veggie muffins (like mini quiches) but they will get old quick. I have no problem eating fruit for breakfast, but it won’t fill him up. A really weird, but whole, SWYPO breakfast is banana cinnamon rolls. You slice and dehydrate bananas, mash some dates and cinnamon (and maybe chopped pecans) on them, roll them up, and then dehydrate them again. They’re not even close to looking like traditional cinnamon rolls, but they taste really good.

I’m not going to lie, we haven’t even started yet, and I’m already exhausted. Mainly because I wanted to plan out a month worth of meals (or at least the first two weeks), so that I would be prepared, and in case I was really busy at the end of the week, the following week would already be planned out. I also think the easiest way to fail is to not be prepared. Already, I’ve spent hours planning meals and I feel like I’m doing it wrong. We’re going to eat simpler, so I feel like the whole meal planning/cooking thing should be….simpler!

Resources:

I printed out these meal planner sheets from Free Homeschool Deals and stuck them in a 3 ring binder.

This checklist is super helpful.

And I’ve started a vegan Whole30 board on Pinterest.

I’ve planned out my first week of meals, along with a full shopping list that I will post in a few days.

Have you done the Whole30? Do you have any meal suggestions?