5 Whole30 Approved Foods For Flat Abs

We are one week down for Whole 30, and it has been a challenge. We don’t miss cheese and bagels as much as we thought we would, but it’s been a learning process. If nothing else, this challenge is teaching us to be more aware of the decisions we make regarding food and allowing us to carefully think about what we are putting in our bodies.

With one week down, and the last(?) weekend of 80 degree bikini-wearing weather approaching, here are 5 Whole30 approved foods for flat abs:

1. Apples. Apples are a great source of fiber and also help keep you full. Plus – ’tis the season for apple picking!

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2. Dark leafy greens. Here is another amazing in-season option. Dark leafy greens such as kale are a some of the healthiest foods you can eat. They contain fiber which will help to keep you full and regular, and are full of nutrients. Add your greens to salads, stir fry and smoothies!

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3. Salmon. Fatty fish such as salmon are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for your health. Salmon promotes fat burning and boosts metabolism. Grill, pan sear, or broil for a delish addition to salads or veggies.

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4. Berries. I can’t get enough berries these days. Berries are full of fiber and antioxidants which is pretty key for keeping your abs flat. Add a handful to your smoothie or just have a few as a healthy afternoon snack.

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5. Green tea. Green Tea is full of antioxidants which helps boost metabolism. AKA: perfect fat burning drink.

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Whole30: How We Are Preparing

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We love a good challenge. It keeps things interesting. That’s why, post-labor day drinking, burgers, pizza, and celebrations, we decided to embark on 30 days of eating whole, healthy, unprocessed foods. You can learn more about what we are getting ourselves into on their site.

Here’s how we are preparing:

1. Take inventory of what we have. So that we don’t spend our entire paycheck shopping for these things, we are going through to see what ingredients we already have that could be useful. Most of them are non-perishable like spices, oils (evoo, coconut), and a few perishable (eggs and egg whites).

2. Eliminate what you won’t be using. I’ll admit, this is one I have been doing in a slightly different way. Trying to eat what we won’t be able to have during the Whole30 (orzo, cheese, spring rolls). It’s tempting to want to use these things up or save them for another time. I am hoping to make this into a slow and steady lifestyle change, so I am opting to eliminate things not on the plan.

3. Make a list of meals and a grocery list. Using this shopping list, we are stocking up and planning out our meals. I am planning on lots of roasted veggies on organic greens with grilled chicken and fish. Yum!

4. Prep lots of veggies. Veggies are a huge part of Whole30. For ease, it’s best to take some time to get these cut up so they are easy to grab and use. Some things we will be doing:

  • cut broccoli and cauliflower into florets
  • trim carrots into sticks or coins
  • cut celery sticks and slice cucumbers
  • prepare salad greens
  • chop tomatoes and onions

We are planning to store these in individual containers so that we can easily make salads or other vegetable dishes. Veggies are a good “legal” Whole 30 snack when you really need one.

5. Have things on hand for easy, quick meals to replace takeout. It’s easy to want to grab takeout, but nearly impossible to make sure there are no added foods that are a no-go. Here are some easy meals we are planning to use.

  • omelets
  • lettuce wraps
  • salads
  • soup
  • stir-fries

We have a lot of work to do, we’ll keep you updated on the journey.

Fresh Rolls For The Win

One of our favorite food blogs, i am a food blog, recently posted a recipe for summer fresh rolls. As  thai food/all food lovers, these are one of our favorite treats when dining out and we were intrigued to give it a try at home. We are starting Whole30 after labor day (more to come on that), so I thought this was the perfect lunch to transition me into the fall.

We very loosely followed this summer roll recipe, and made a few alterations based on how we were feeling.

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 avocado thinly sliced
  • 12 rice paper wrappers
  • 1 english cucumber cut into matchsticks
  • 2 large carrots cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Butter lettuce

Dip one spring roll skin into warm water for about two seconds. Remove and lay, smooth-side down, on a cutting board. Act fast because the roll gets stickier the longer you wait. Lay down one lettuce leaf in the bottom center of the wrap. (If the wrap is a clock, then think between 8:00 and 4:00) Add a small bunch of vegetables and carefully roll bottom side over filling. Fold in each side of the wrap and continue to roll until it’s all bundled up.

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For the sauce: 

spicy almond butter sauce (can use peanut butter if you’re not into the almond trend)
2 heaping Tablespoons almond butter
1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
squeeze of lime
1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
hot water

Mix together, dip, and enjoy!

Lively Up Yourself Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast can sometimes be my favorite meal – especially after a morning workout. I struggle with new options aside from smoothies and oatmeal that are filling and keep me satisfied until lunch. On a recent trip, I had this bowl and was blown away by how much I enjoyed it – it is super easy to make, not to mention vegan, gluten AND dairy free. Extra points for being pretty – Enjoy!

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Lively Up Yourself Bowl: sprouted buckwheat granola, homemade vegan coconut yogurt, banana, local honey, cinnamon, and papaya.