Quick & Easy Whole30 Meal Ideas

See these two lovebirds? They’re my adorable parents…
Everybody say, “Awwwww“.LovebirdsThese two embarked on their first Whole30 today! And now it’s on the Internet Mom & Dad, so you have to stick to it. The people know! My mother asked about some quick & easy Whole30 Approved meal ideas. As I was typing I got to thinking that just maybe this would be of interest to some of you. So, in honor of Bob & Jen… Let’s do it:

– Scrambled Eggs (3) + Sugar-Free Bacon (3) + Roasted Broccoli
– Breakfast Frittata with assorted veggiesCheery Breakfast– Roasted Hash: sweet potatoes, mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchini, onion, and garlic; roasted in olive oil + Sausage – all chopped and tossed together in a bowl!
Coconut Milk & Chia Seed Pudding (without sweetener) + fresh berries
– Spinach Banana Smoothie: 3 cups spinach + 2 tbsp almond butter + 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Milk + banana (but eat something else with it!)Strawberry-Banana-Spinach Breakfast Sausage Patties over a bed of Kale + Roasted Sweet Potatoes
– Omelets filled with whatever vegetables you’d like! 🙂
– Egg Cups: Bacon + Egg + Veggies; all baked together in one cupcake pan in just 20 minutesEgg Cups

**I put this category together because I almost always make dinner for two and save the extra for lunch. 2-in-1 meals for the WIN! :)**
– Tilapia + fresh salsa + steamed veggies (TIP: Tilapia takes 5 minutes at 500-degrees in the oven AND you can steam veggies in the microwave.. no excuses)
– Beef Burger over Spinach + slices of Tomato & Onion + Sauteed MushroomsDelicioso– Spaghetti Squash + meatballs + tomato sauce (check the label for sugar)- Taco-seasoned Ground Beef over lettuce, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper… instant Taco Salad!
– Applegate Farms Prosciutto wrapped around Apple Slices + small side salad
– “Zoodles” (zuchinni noodles) tossed with olive oil, salt & pepper topped with Grilled Chicken and Diced TomatoesRoasted Veggies & Squash– Hard Boiled Eggs + fresh veggies + handful of almonds or cashews
– Shrimp Kebabs: bell pepper, squash, zucchini, and shrimp coated in olive oil & grilled + squeeze of lime
– Stir Fry: chicken + any veggies + coconut amines + hot sauce; cook in sauté pan and DONE
Lazy Man Plate: protein + veggies + fruit + nut/seed (no cooking required)Lazy Man's Lunch Lettuce Wraps: Romaine Lettuce Leaves + Ground Chicken + Cucumber + Tomato + Balsamic Vinaigrette (check labels)
– Soup in the Crockpot (or anything in the Crockpot, really); just set it and forget it! 😉
French Onion Soup

I hope this helps you in your Whole30 journey! This is by no means an exhausted list, but just an option for you to glance over when you’re short on time and in need of a “real food meal” that’s Whole30 Approved!

For more recipes for Whole30, check out my recipes page for more ideas & tips!

Whole30 at STARBUCKS

Sorry in advanced, but you won’t find any frappuccinos or pastries on this list.

"Frappuccino" must be code for "A Milkshake You Can Drink in the Morning"
“Frappuccino” must be code for: “A Milkshake You Can Drink in the Morning”. Talk about a sugar rush.

But if you’re a big fan of the morning mud (or other Starbucks items) then step right up and ask your barista for one of these items:

– Black Coffee (hot or iced)
– Unsweetened Teas (hot or iced)
– Caffe Americano
– Apple Juice
(cold or steamed)
Evolution Fresh Juices:
Apple Berry
*Carrot Orange Mango
*Coconut Water & Greens
*Essential Greens
*Essential Vegetable
*Avocado Greens
*Carrot Apple
*Sweet Burn
*Sweet Greens
*Pineapple Coconut Water
*Smooth Greens

Black CoffeeFood:
– Seasonal Harvest Fruit Blend
– Protein Bistro Box (but only the fruit and eggs)

Starbucks Fruit Bowl

Extra Tips:

1) You can use a reusable cup and get 10-cents off your drink order.
2) If you add the Starbucks mobile app, you will get all kinds of rewards like free birthday drinks & free in-store refills!
3) Currently, the treat receipt is happening until August 17th! Get any grande drink for only $2 after 2pm.
4) When I know I’m headed to Starbucks, I bring a little jar of coconut milk to add to my coffee.

NOTE: Remember, if you’re participating in the Whole30 program, only 1-2 8oz cups of coffee is allowed and it must be before 12pm.

Theme Park Packing

Guess what. You don’t have to eat theme park food. Although I could probably eat all the churros in sight. You also don’t have to go hungry. There are a few things you can do to get some healthy, nutritious foods into the park to satisfy the hunger pangs. And I am going to share them with you. You’re welcome 😉

Sarah and I had a lovely trip to Sea World to say goodbye to the Clyde & Seamore Show. They are changing the show and we just had to get once last laugh while we still had the chance.

Sea Lions Tonite! ShowHow often do you get to see a sea lion and walrus do “the Wiggle”?

Not to mention there is also lots of other fun things to do and see around the park. Hello, dolphin friends.

Dolphin FriendsOkay, now onto the real reason you’re all here…

Theme Park Packing Tips: For those determined people who want to eat healthy, but not get frisked at the bag check for bringing your 3-course meal with you.

1. Pack “Snacks”: Many theme parks don’t like when you bring full meals into the park. I’ve worked at Universal and Sea World and even if you bring in just a sandwich, it counts as a meal. When you pack small baggies of nuts and veggies, a tiny tupperware of sausage, and a Larabar, they all count as snacks. You know that when you eat it all at once, it’s a satisfying meal.

Sea World Snacks
See? It looks like a bunch of snacks; little do they know.

2. Nix the Cooler (if you can): The cooler or lunchbox often brings immediate attention to those guarding the gate. Ah! Get them! They’re not buying our food! If you place your individual bags in different pockets of your backpack it brings less alarm and you’ll have an easier time getting through the gate.

Stashing the Coconut Water & Veggies

3. Plastic for the Win: Glass is a big no-no in most theme parks. I personally love packing food in glass, but I’ve had to walk back to my car with my glass jar of berries because it’s not allowed in the park. Plastic bags will go through untouched.

Plastic for the win!

4. Tag-Team It: If you have a bag and your friend has a purse, divvy up the food to make it look like there is less being brought into the park. Plus, you’ll both bond over feeling like stealthy ninjas sneaking into the park.

Secret Larabar Pocket
Obviously the Larabar stash comes with me.
Me + My Partner in Crime, Sarah
Me + My Partner in Crime, Sarah

There you have it! And one more mammal picture for the road, shall we?

Now that is one adorable killer whale, am I right?
Now that is one adorable killer whale, am I right?