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30 Days, 30 Ways: Here’s What to Eat On The Whole30 Diet

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If you’re looking for a good way to cleanse your body of processed chemicals and sugars, the Whole30 diet is a great option. It asks you to cut out sweeteners, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, processed foods and beverages, baked goods, and junk foods, plus only eat clean, for 30 days — which seems like it doesn’t leave you a lot. With the limitations of this diet, you have to become extremely conscious of what you’re putting in your body. The plus side is you also start to understand how the food you eat affects everything from your energy levels to what foods actually leave you bloated. This diet can also promote a healthy mind-body balance. And there are some amazing, innovative, and delicious options available for all your meals.

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, your carefully portioned meals will be made of meat, eggs, seafood, and vegetables. But that doesn’t mean you have to eat eggs for breakfast, vegetable pasta for lunch, and salmon every night for dinner.

For breakfast, if you still want to use eggs, check out this Zoodle Breakfast Bowl. Even though pasta is off-limits, vegetable-based pasta is not. This bowl takes about 30 minutes to make, and is layered with zucchini noodles, a fried egg, roasted sweet potatoes, and topped with an avocado sauce. Another great egg-based option is a Breakfast Salad that has breakfast sausage, cherry tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, and of course avocado. If you love your morning toast, give this Potato Avocado “Toast” recipe a try. Topped with a poached egg, the base of this sandwich is actually hashbrowns cooked into a patty shape.

For bacon and brunch lovers, there’s a great mini frittata recipe you need to try. With a total prep to eat time of 35 minutes, these Sun-Dried Tomato Bacon Mini Frittatas are a little involved in terms of cooking but so worth it. Not just great for brunches, these are easy to take on the road, whether you’re heading to the barn or work. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days, so they’re an excellent choice if you’re a Sunday night meal prepper.

Now that it’s harvest season, you’ll want to give this Paleo Balance Bowl a try for lunch or dinner. Filled with chicken breasts, butternut squash, avocado, and some mixed greens, this isn’t your basic salad. Another great bowl option is this One Pan recipe that has Italian sausage, onion, and peppers.

Fall also means it’s the time of year where we’re longing for warm, filling comfort food. Try this Creamy Spaghetti Squash Casserole that has bacon and broccoli in it. There’s also an amazing Sloppy Joe Bowl, Tomato Basil Turkey Meatloaf, and Chicken Pot Pie Soup recipes that are perfect for cold-weather meals.

The great thing about the Whole30 diet is, not only does it promote healthier eating habits, but everything is gluten free and meal-prepping friendly. Just because you’re not eating the same foods you used to, like cheese or bread, doesn’t mean your meals still won’t be amazing.

Nicole is a writer for Heels Down Media. If she's not writing or editing, she's either running, doing yoga, or at the barn working on becoming a better, stronger dressage rider.

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