The Essential Whole30 Grocery Shopping List

published Jan 9, 2020
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Are you thinking about doing Whole30 this year? Maybe you’re already a few days in? (If so, YOU CAN DO IT!) There are a few key things to know. First, the rules: For a full 30 days, you’ll eliminate added sugar, alcohol, and foods that contain carrageenan, MSG, and sulfites. You’ll also avoid dairy (although clarified butter or ghee is permitted), legumes, and grains. You’ll focus on eating nutritious foods that are in their original state, or close to it (aka whole foods). You won’t have to track anything — there’s no calorie counting, no portion control, and absolutely no standing on a scale or pulling out a tape measure. Your only goal is to stick to the plan for a month.

Of course, there are lots of other things you’ll need to know (we can help with all of that), but the second most major thing is what groceries you should be stocking up on. Because the plan’s founder and successful followers say that, in order to succeed on Whole30, planning is key. If you have Whole30-compliant groceries on hand at all times, you’ll be able to make smart choices and stick to the plan.

To help you, we’ve put together this grocery list! And we’re even going as far as to call it the Essential Whole30 Grocery List. Ready? Here goes.

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Whole30 encourages eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. Shop for fresh, whole produce (like kale, avocados, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, etc!), but know that there are lots of packaged products that can help make your Whole30 food prep easier and more streamlined.

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Meat, Poultry, Eggs, and Other Proteins

In this category, you want to mostly choose whole, raw ingredients that you’ll then cook at home.


Sorry, dairy is not permitted on this plan. But these delicious dairy alternatives are free of carrageenan and are Whole30-compliant.

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Pantry Staples

Make sure you have ghee or a compliant oil on hand for all your cooking needs. Bonus: The creamy ranch at the bottom of this list is the best compliant salad dressing we’ve had!

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Snacks and Drinks

Because you’re encouraged to eat mostly whole foods on Whole30, you’ll want to minimize your packaged snack choices. When you do buy packaged foods, be sure to select ones that are as close to their whole food state and free of any added sugars, carrageenan, MSG, or sulfites.

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