If you’re participating in our August Whole30 group, you should have already received an email with the following meal plans. If you’d like to participate in an upcoming Whole30 AIM Well group sign up here for the AIM Well general newsletter, but feel free to follow along with the meal plans below!
Last full week, you guys. How you feeling? Hopefully, you’re starting to feel some of the physical and mental benefits of this transformational program. Your sleep should be getting good, or what I call Butter Sleep because it’s so yummy. Clearer skin, more energy, looser clothes, and overall brighter disposition are all benefits reported in week three.
You should also be feeling a lot more comfortable in the kitchen, be it a love hate relationship with your dishes, at this point you should have a few quick meals you can throw together when cooking a three course dinner is the last thing on your mind.
Below are some new recipes and some old standbys to get you through this last full week of your Whole30. #YouGotThis.
As I’ve mentioned in the Whole30 Prep post, I recommend shopping twice a week. Saturdays/Sundays and Wednesday/Thursdays. That way you are only having to think of what you need for a few days at a time. I find this easier to concentrate while I’m meal planning and at the store. Plus food stays its freshest.
Mix and Match
By now you should be getting used to the idea that a protein + veggies + fat = a meal. And hopefully you’re getting comfortable mixing and matching elements to make yummy, unique meals. You’ll start to gravitate to some staple meals, and that’s great. A quick throw together meal is your best defense when those stressful, exhausted voices creep into your head saying “17 days is really great and you should just stop here and be proud of yourself!” That voice is right, but not about stopping. A full 30 day program is really the only way to get the most out of this journey and you KNOW you can do it.
Salad for Breakfast?!
I’m really into Dinner for Breakfast. For one, to avoid SWYPO for sweet cravings for traditional breakfast foods, but also because it’s usually already cooked from the night before. So when I started experimenting with breakfast salads, I was instantly hooked. I usually take a protein from the night before, throw it over some lettuce, pour on some pre-mixed compliant dressing, top it with an avocado and go to town, er, work.
I like arugula and curly endive lettuces, or no lettuce salads like this Sausage Breakfast Salad. You can use sausage Primal Palate Sausage Patties from Week Three or roll ground turkey into balls and bake in the over to have on hand for breakfast all week.
BLT Breakfast Salad – I don’t like reheated eggs, so I make my eggs fresh but everything else I prep ahead of time.
Prosciutto Tomato and Avocado Salad (leave off the cheese!)
And here’s a great list of some Breakfast Salad tips.
Knock yourself out. GO CRAZY, you breakfast salad eater you!
Lunches + Dinner: MEATBALL WEEK!
I’ve been pretty deep down a meatball rabbit hole for weeks. I’m obsessed. They are so versatile, you have have a different flavored dish each night using the same base meatballs. I prepped about 3 dozen meatballs last weekend and we ate them 4 out of 5 days for dinner and lunch leftovers. My kid likes them, they are easy for a little toddler hand to hold, and they are easy to whip up and reheat well. WIN-WIN-WIN.
I’ve made beef, turkey, lamb, and combos of each. I make patties for breakfast and balls for lunch and dinner. I know, I’m into diversity.
This is pretty much how my meatball week looks:
- Buy a bunch of ground meat: lamb, beef, chicken, turkey, pretty much anything ground.
- Prep a crazy amount of balls. 3-4 dozen, you can freeze them if you aren’t plan on having them every day. I’ve mixed and matched beef and turkey, beef and lamb, and also have done stand alone lamb, beef, and chicken. Here are a few meatball recipes:
- Next, I plan out a flavor profile for dinner each night. Here are a few of my faves:
And some ideas for what to serve them over:
- Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Spaghetti Squash
- Cauliflower Garlic Mash
Take the leftovers for lunch. BAM! Meatball Week FTW! I look forward to hearing what combos you come up with this week.
BALL SO HARD.