Thinking about doing Whole30? Your first one can be a little daunting. For a month you don't eat any dairy, grains, legumes, alcohol, added sugar, and processed foods. Then you slowly reintroduce them all one by one to see what — if anything — bothers you.
Read more: Here's What You Can and Can't Eat on Whole30
If it seems like there are a lot of rules, you're right. There are! But rest assured that you can overhaul your eating habits without overhauling your grocery shopping routine too. Here are 10 of the best Whole30-compliant grocery products you can find at Trader Joe's!
1. Organic Riced Cauliflower
At first you might feel at a loss since you can't have any grains (corn, rice, quinoa, wheat, rye, millet, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, bulgur, or sprouted grains) during Whole30. If that's the case, stock up on a few bags of TJ's frozen riced cauliflower. It's the perfect base for a ton of different side dishes that you won't get sick of.
The Whole30 creators make it pretty clear that you shouldn't really eat Larabars for any purpose other than an emergency snack because "they're as close to candy as you can get." With that in mind, feel free to stock up on a few flavors in case of emergency.
It should be noted that not all Larabars are Whole30-approved. Acceptable options currently include: Apple Pie, Banana Bread, Carrot Cake, Cashew Cookie, Cherry Pie, Chocolate Coconut Chew, Coconut Cream Pie, Key Lime Pie, Lemon Bar, Pecan Pie, and Pumpkin Pie.
3. Clarified Butter (Ghee)
Diary is off-limits during Whole30, which means that butter is out of the question. But clarified butter aka ghee is totally fine because it doesn't contain lactose or milk proteins. We've written before about why Whole30 loves ghee and here's why you should too: It has a higher smoke point than butter and is more shelf-stable (read: it lasts longer than butter).
4. Butternut Squash Zig-Zags
You're going to be eating a lot of veggies during your Whole30 journey, so why not make them look a little more fun? These crinkle-cut butternut squash zig-zags are just the right shape to add a bit more zip to your plate.
5. Grass-Fed Angus Beef Burgers
As long as you skip the cheese and bun, you can eat as many burgers as you want (score!). Pick up a box of these grass-fed burgers in the TJ's frozen aisle and you'll be all set.
6. Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Fillets
Another frozen aisle protein source: wild Alaskan sockeye salmon fillets. Fish and shellfish get the Whole30 nod of approval. As a general rule, check the labels on every pre-packaged item that you buy to make sure there is no added sugar. It can pop up in unexpected places. (Yes, even in meat and fish!)
7. Mixed-Nut Butter
There is an entire forum on the Whole30 website where participants ask "Can I eat this?" into the void (which is not technically a void because responsive and supportive moderators respond yes or no and why). You can eat nuts on Whole30, and this mixed-nut butter contains all approved ones: almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, and pecans.
Noticeably absent are peanuts, because they are technically legumes, not nuts!
8. Organic Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage
There's no added sugar in this sweet Italian sausage! Which means you should pick a package of it up and throw it onto a sheet pan with lots of veggies for an easy meal.
9. Organic Coconut Aminos
Soy sauce is another Whole30 no, but these organic coconut aminos from TJ's are a yes (and are a decent substitute!). The Whole30 website has an entire blog post dedicated to the logic behind allowing coconut aminos. Read all about it.
10. Chunky Spicy Guacamole Autentico
This zesty, pre-made guacamole is Whole30-compliant! Add a dollop to your dishes to add a little something-something. Sauces and spreads (like guac) are key in helping to avoid meal-time ruts, which can be pitfalls to the successful completion of Whole30.
What are your favorite Whole30-approved products from Trader Joe's?