Thursday, April 23, 2015

Whole30 Cleanse Food Ideas

This post is for my friends Ildi, Heather, and Kristen.  Ildi is curious about what food we'll eat on the cleanse, so I'm sharing that.  Heather and Kristen are both currently gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free, so these ideas fit within their restrictions.  Heather has food intolerances and Kristen is breastfeeding her son who is having digestive issues when she eats those foods.   

Husband Jeff and I are starting the Whole30 cleanse on Monday, April 27.  The cleanse excludes foods that can cause inflammation such as sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, MSG, sulfites, and carrageenan.   I've been preparing a list of food/meal ideas, bookmarks for specific recipes, and food that we can buy that fits in with the program.

Here is my Pinterest board of Whole30 ideas.   I also have over 200 bookmarks of Whole30 recipes.  There is also a recommendation for how to make a balanced Whole30 meal, the short version is a hefty amount of protein (1-2 palm-sized portions) and veggies with a decent amount of fat. 

I mention mayo in these ideas and it would involve making it homemade. 


  • sweet potato hash (sweet potatoes, bell pepper, onion) with fried egg on top
  • southwest egg bake (peppers, onion, taco meat, salsa, black olives, green chiles)
  • pumpkin breakfast pudding (with eggs to make it like a souffle and nuts on top)
  • roasted veggies with fried egg or scrambled on top
  • scrambled egg masala
  • fritattas with leftover roasted veggies


  • lunch meat rolled around avocado
  • riceless sushi with tuna, salmon, shrimp, sweet potato, cucumber, avocado, carrot
  • taco salads
  • any leftover meat from dinner on a salad 
  • avocado and tomato salad
  • tuna salad in cucumber cups
  • egg salad
  • chicken salad


  • meatballs/meatloaf
  • pot roast/beef stew
  • grilled steak
  • burgers
  • chile con carne
  • poached or baked fish
  • ceviche or avocado shrimp salad 
  • fish/shrimp curry
  • shrimp scampi
  • nut crusted fish
  • fish taco lettuce wraps with cumin-lime coleslaw
  • pesto (no parmesan) on fish, chicken, or veggies
  • chicken or steak fajitas without tortillas
  • almond-crusted chicken fingers
  • mustard chicken
  • Mexican chicken soup
  • salsa verde chicken 
  • chicken shawarma 
  •  cauliflower or cashew alfredo sauce (nutritional yeast instead of parmesan) on veggies with chicken
  • BBQ pork shoulder
  • roasted veggies with sausage
  • cauliflower rice (could season with lime and cilantro)
  • zucchini noodles with homemade red sauce
  • baked sweet potato fries with spicy homemade mayo
  • tomato basil soup
  • celery, fennel, bell pepper slaw
  • lots of homemade dressings - vinaigrettes, creamy cashew dressings, mayo dressings, tomato dressing, kalamata olive dressing, etc.


  • nut butter on apple slices, banana, celery, cucumber slices
  • hard-boiled eggs or deviled eggs
  • monkey salad (banana, nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins, nut butter)
  • smoothie (these are not really recommended but sometimes you gotta bend the rules)
  • romesco dip (roasted red pepper and almonds) with veggies
  • olives
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • deviled eggs
  • savory spiced nuts
  • stuffed dates 
  • grainless granola (dried fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut) to eat as a topping for fruit


  • flavored water (lemon, lime, cucumber, mint, berries)
Let me know if you have any questions or want any specific recipes, I'd love to share with you.

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