I have said it before, the WLC is no lay-up but it does get easier over time. The Challenge is real and comes in many forms. For me, the most challenging of the challenges is eating. It isn’t hard to eat compliant but it can be hard to eat compliant and do so with flavor (note: if I were talking to you from the Food Network I would have said ‘flavor profile’ instead. You’re welcome.). Creams, milks, cheeses and breads really do have a hold of me when it comes to my favorite foods. Not to mention my nemesis, that evil dude sugar. Then there’s the part about not eating meat and the choice/taste curve heads to the bottom right quadrant fast.
So what does one do to help bring taste back in the WLC? Plan. That’s what. Here are a few tips and then the best tip of all at the end.
- Pesto – pine nuts (pecans or almonds can also work), garlic, salt and olive oil in a food processor
- Mrs (or is she single?) Dash – there’s a chipotle version of this that’s quite fine
- Butter – beans and greens are always better sautéed in butter with a pinch of seasoning
- Texas Pete – goes on almost everything
- Cinnamon – chopped apples, pecans, butter, dried fruit (no sugar added) and cinnamon sautéed is something special.
- Sun-dried tomatoes – these make everything better
- Fresh olives – chop finely with olive oil, salt to make a nice a tapenade
- Dates – chop these finely and use where sugar was needed; insane fiber here too. DON’T DISCOUNT THE DATE!
- Cocoa – add to chopped dates, pecans, vanilla then ball up and roll in coconut; high energy snack and/or dessert
- Sweet potatoes – purée for pancakes (with coconut flour), add to smoothies or bake and eat with butter and cinnamon
The best tip of all (and no, I’m not too skeert to admit it)? Pinterest. Search on ‘Whole Life Challenge’ or ‘Whole 30’ to get a good sample of the possibilities. Or you can take a peek at our board here. That’s right, I like Pinterest. Loud and proud baby!
What’s your favorite WLC recipes or kitchen hacks?