I decided I’d change up the blog a bit and do a vlog instead. I hope you enjoy!
Mentioned in the Vlog:
Some foods I ate on Whole 30
Left to Right, top to bottom: Meatballs with spaghetti sauce and cucumber, tomato green leaf salad; Blackened Trout (restaurant) with asparagus; Ripe banana mash with almond butter and coconut flakes; shrimp with stir-fry veggies; mixed green salad with tomatoes and balsamic dressing, and grilled Cod; Smoked sockeye Salmon with spinach greens salad; Mixed greens salad with Turkey meat; cucumber, avocado and tomato salad.
Drinks: Mainly water with lemon, but also Lacroix was such a delicious treat! It is Whole 30 approved! I also enjoyed my morning cups of coffee, but with unsweetened coconut milk instead. Surprisingly, I like it better! I had quit sugar in my coffee years ago, so that wasn’t an issue for me. I’ve also gotten used to drinking unsweetened ice tea and it’s not so bad at all!
Here are two of my most favorite recipes that can be Whole 30 approved!
Easy Grilled Fish Fillet
( I used Wild Caught Cod fillets and the kids LOVE this)
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 fish packet • Points +: 5 pts • Smart Points: 3
Calories: 194 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 3 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 27 g •Sugar: 0
Sodium: 61 mg (without salt) • Cholest: 73 mg
4 porgy fillets, about 5 oz each
4 tsp olive oil
salt and fresh pepper, to taste
4 sprigs fresh herbs (parsley, rosemary, oregano)
1 lemon, sliced thin
4 large pieces heavy duty aluminum foil, about 18 to 20 inches long
Pre-heat oven to 350. Place the fish in the center of the foil, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Place a slice of lemon on top of each piece of fish, then a sprig of herbs on each. Fold up the edges so that it’s completely sealed and no steam will escape, creating a loose tent. Depending on the thickness of your fish, cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and cooked through. My porgy fillets took about 12 minutes.
Keto and Low Carb Creamy Shrimp and Bacon Skillet
( I do a variation of this without mushrooms, with coconut milk, and I add cascadian farms frozen broccoli and carrots to the skillet)
4 slices organic uncured bacon
1 cup sliced mushrooms
4 oz smoked salmon
4 oz raw shelled shrimp (I used TJ’s Argentinian wild)
½ cup heavy whipping cream OR coconut cream for a dairy free option
1 pinch Celtic Sea Salt
freshly ground black pepper
Cut the bacon in 1 inch pieces
Start heating a cast iron skillet and place the bacon in it on a medium flame
When the bacon is cooked but not crispy, add the sliced mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes
Now add the smoked salmon cut in strips, cook for 2 to 3 minutes
Add the shimp and saute’ on a high flame for 2 minutes
Now add the cream and the salt, lower the flame and let cook for 1 minute, or until the cream reaches the desired thickness.
I also enjoyed modifying regular meals like Spaghetti and meatballs, without the noodles, and baking bone-in chicken with compound butter under the skin with fresh herbs. Also, Applegate has fantastic breakfast turkey sausage that has very few calories in the frozen section. It takes only minutes to warm up in a pan. For lunches I did a lot of leftovers from the night before. Whole 30 doesn’t have to mean spending all day in the kitchen! The two recipes above are super fast, and both are delicious!
A few more things that I forgot to mention in the video:
- It’s so amazing if you can find a friend or have someone partner with you on the journey. I had two friends Danielle and Ashley that were both doing the whole 30 around the same time as me and also a neighbor who had just finished. They have offered so much support and encouragement and that has been WONDERFUL to have!
- I forgot to mention in the video how eye opening it is that sugar is in EVERYTHING. It’s especially so in condiments and sauces. Many snack foods do as well. Even some seemingly healthy foods like nuts or seaweed strips sometimes have added sugar. Bottom line: READ INGREDIENT LIST
- I failed to mention that I lost weight during the Whole30. I’m sure you guys probably came to that conclusion watching the video, but I meant to say something about that. I have lost a total of 13lbs! I would’ve loved to have lost more, but I think that’s a pretty big accomplishment for such a short period of time. My work isn’t done either. I will continue to log calories and exercises in myfitnesspal until I reach my goal!
- In addition to the clean eating, adding meals to myfitnesspal and Whole30, I have also worked out diligently during the last month. I regularly go to Body Pump (a strength training class that uses a bar with weights) 3x a week, use the elliptical 2x a week, and go for 2 mile walks around the neighborhood 2-3x a week. I had a lot of energy to do so while eating on the Whole 30!