It’s your first Whole30 and you are walking through the grocery store aisels aimlessly. You pick up product after product after product, realizing none of them are Whole30 compliant. You feel defeated. How are you going to do this for the next 30 days when you can eat nothing?
Well, the good news is you can eat so many things, and as you get comfortable with reading labels you will realize that and you will find the products that you know are compliant and that you love. Well, here is a list of some products that I know and love, and as many of you take on the September Whole30 challenge, I hope this helps make your life a little easier.
There are so many more compliant products out there that are fantastic… but this is a list of condiments and elixirs that I always have in my household. What are some of your favorite products? Let me know in the comments below!
I love chinese food and saying goodbye to delicious, salty soy sauce was hard for me during my first Whole30; however, i’ve found the perfect combination of sauces to make my stir fry taste as good as take out (but wayyyy healthier!) Big Tree Farms Coconut aminos is by far my favorite brand of coconut aminos. You’ll find that using coconut aminos alone in an asian inspired dish makes it a little more sweet and it lacks that salty, umami flavor. However, if you add a dash or two of the Red Boat fish sauce (a little bit goes a long way) in combination with the coconut aminos– you’ll have that added savoriness for the perfect Whole30 asian-inspired dish.
Toasted Sesame oil— pretty much all brands of Toasted sesame oil are compliant, but I just wanted to include it in my list as it adds so much wonderful flavor to asian stir fries, as well.
Thai Kitchens coconut milk and Thai Kitchens Red and/or Green Curry Paste– I love keeping these items in my pantry to whip up a delicious thai dish in no time. You can find a list of some of my wonderful Whole30 Thai recipes here, but this Green Curry Salmon recipe is a favorite of mine that you must try!
Crazy Richards Almond Butter— I like that this brand of almond butter doesn’t turn into a solid ball after you use it. It stays nice and creamy and the best part? it is literally only one ingredient: almonds. I use this during snack time with apples or bananas, drizzled over sweet potatoes for some extra goodness, and I love using it to cream up sauces like I did here in this panang curry recipe.
Crazy Richards Cashew Butter — same as above. A great compliant, creamy nut butter that is good on fruits or sweet potatoes, and great for cooking.
Raos Homemade Marinara Sauce — My mom is Italian, and I grew up eating and now I cook homemade spaghetti sauce all of the time. I refused to ever cheat and use jarred marinara until… I met Raos. It is hands down the best jarred marinara and I absolutely love keeping it in my pantry for quick, easy, and delicious dinners. One of my go-to meals is to brown up some ground turkey or grass-fed beef, add a small jar of Raos sauce to it, and serve it over either spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles with some crushed red pepper and a squeeze of lemon on top. So good!
Epic Duck Fat — as far as cooking fats go, this duck fat makes your meal go from good to great! The added flavor is incredible! Try my crispy duck fat smashed potatoes!
Fourth and Heart Ghee Butter — There are tons of ghee’s out there, but Fourth and Heart has my ghee loving heart for sure. The flavor is great AND, they have tons of different flavor options– truffle, vanilla, Himalayan salt, and garlic! I highly recommend just buying a whole flavor pack and keeping them all around… you won’t regret it!
Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Spray — Finding compliant cooking sprays can be a little tricky sometimes but, either way, this cooking spray is the shiz. I love how aggressive the spray comes out. It’s great for spraying over veggies before roasting, in the skillet to prevent sticking, and spraying your lettuce for salads!
Seggiano Balsamic Vinegar — Finding a balsamic without sulfites is like finding a needle in a haystack. Well, I found the needle and here are two different balsamics that I LOVE. The first one (pictured on the left) is more of a traditional, more runny balsamic, which is great for dressing salads. The one on the right is a naturally more dense, thick balsamic– which I love for drizzling over veggies and proteins for extra flavor!
Joe T Garcia’s Medium Salsa — Okay, I am a true Texan and I not only love my salsa, but I love my salsa to have a good kick. My favorite store bought salsa (which can be hard to find depending on where you live) is this one from Joe T. Garcia’s. Its fresh and has the perfect amount of spice. Don’t get their “hot” one… unless you want to cry and for your nose to run. Just saying. I love making Taco Salad Tuesdays and topping it with this and some lime juice for my “dressing”.
Mina Harissa — I love this compliant harissa to top on protein or veggies for extra flavor and spice. It’s also delicious in shakshuka for breakfast, or you have to try my Bang Bang Shrimp Lettuce Wraps, which uses this Mina Harissa if you haven’t yet! So easy and SO yum.
Frontera Jalapeno-Cilantro Salsa— Another FANTASTIC salsa to throw on top of taco salads or lettuce cup tacos any day of the week!
505 Southwestern Roasted Hatch Green Chiles — I love this stuff for many reasons, but my favorite thing is how easy it is to make my Green Chile Stew in the fall when I have a jar of this on hand. It saves a load of time and it tastes just as good as fresh, roasted hatch chiles! I also pour in a little of this with some pork shoulder and let it slow cook all day for fantastic shredded pork (you can also do this with chicken, too).
Primal Kitchen Greek Dressing — A fantastic dressing to keep around and throw over lettuce! I love making a big greek salad using this and serving it with my Pan-Roasted Greek Chicken Thighs! So yum!
Tessemae’s Creamy Ranch — I LOVE how creamy Tessemae’s ranch is and having this in the fridge at all times to dip veggies in or throw on a salad is CLUTCH because… ranch. Who doesn’t love Ranch?
Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Mayo — I love making my own mayo because it only takes a few minutes and it’s so luscious! But having this in the pantry whenever I need it for a recipe is, again, pretty clutch! I love making creamy salad dressings, aioli’s, and making tuna or chicken salads.
Primal Kitchen’s Chipotle-Lime Mayo — I love this for, again, chicken or tuna salads for some added zing. It has great flavor! I also love it to top on a bunless burger!
Imagine Brand’s Organic, Free Range Chicken Broth — I always stock up on this to use in recipes that need chicken broth, or for soups (obviously). It’s clean and whole30 approved! (I buy mine at WholeFoods).
Arrowroot Starch/Flour — This is my favorite thickener that is Whole30 Compliant. Sub it for Cornstarch in asian dishes or for flour in gravy and sauce recipes. I love using it in my Mongolian Beef Recipe and my Skillet Chicken Piccata!
Almond Flour — As far as breading things, this brand of almond flour seems to work best in my opinion. It’s never going to be as crispy as your old tenders, but it tastes great and gets you your “fix.” This type of flour is from whole, unblanched almonds, which i think lends to dishes getting crispier and have more flavor.
Frontier Co-Op Adobo Seasoning — I am usually one to make my own spice blends when cooking; however, this adobo seasoning has my whole heart! It has such great flavor!! I season good old grilled chicken breasts all the time with it, pan-seared salmon, and I love adding it to ground turkey or beef for taco salads!
Courtney KeithMarch 11, 2021 at 4:02 pm
The Seggiano balsalmic glazes look amazing! Where do you find them in the US?
AlexMarch 11, 2021 at 10:46 pm
i am pretty sure I found mine at Whole Foods.
LindaJanuary 13, 2021 at 9:25 pm
I LOVE Joe T Garcia’s medium!! I can eat it right out of the jar!! Love all your recipes too!
PrissySeptember 6, 2017 at 2:43 am
This is super helpful! I started W30, R2, D1 today and this helps me to get an idea on items I need to add and have on hand. Thanks Alex! Love your IG posts and stories.
AlexSeptember 6, 2017 at 8:50 pm
Yay! glad you found it helpful and good luck on your round 2!! Go you!
KristinaSeptember 6, 2017 at 1:31 am
I love your list! A lot of these are staples at my house as well!
AlexSeptember 6, 2017 at 8:50 pm
ClaireSeptember 5, 2017 at 8:52 pm
You mention in several of your blog posts that you can find some good products/veggies in your local Asian market! Do you have any recommendations for Asian markets in the Dallas area??
AlexSeptember 6, 2017 at 1:31 am
Yes, my favorite is H-Mart. It’s quite a ways north but has everything you could ever want and more!