Hi there! I wanna drive right into this post because I think that a lot of people have a lot of misconceptions about how expensive doing the Whole30 can be. (NOTE: This is NOT a sponsored post whatsoever)
I have tried to do a lot of meal planning and prep to alleviate a lot of the panic induced grocery store runs that always end up costing $20-$30. I have done a lot of my bulk produce shopping at Aldi and have had really good luck. Stocking up on big bags of sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, garlic and onions are staples for the Whole30 and are usually under $2 at Aldi. Fruit is also really cheap and worth checking out- I bought a bag of apples, individually packaged all-natural applesauce, and some fresh raspberries. I have also had really good luck with the avocados (usually around .75 a piece!). Things like almonds, cashews, applesauce, canned fire roasted tomatoes (compliant) and raisins are also available at Aldi for super cheap. I also took my chances on some wild alaskan salmon and thought it was pretty good! Great in a pinch and much cheaper than the prices you usually see at the seafood counter. So, I bought most things at Aldi that didn’t require checking ingredient labels.
I supplement my Aldi trip to my regular grocery store for different proteins. I try to cook a whole chicken for dinner on Sunday because they are super easy and take little effort. They usually provide enough for a few meals as well. I have been cooking ground turkey quite a bit because it is considerably cheaper than ground beef and I find them interchangeable in most meals.
In the past two weeks I have made the following recipes and kept them in the fridge for meals all week.
Chili (I used ground Turkey), Thai chicken (I modified and used shrimp and cut out all non-compliant ingredients), turkey bolognese, and this fantastic sweet potato quiche. I also roast big batches of potatoes and other root veggies together and keep them in the fridge for easy meals. Thinking back on all of these different recipes, I know that they were all budget friendly and relatively cheap to throw together.
Chris and I have a $400 budget for groceries (we use YNAB and love it). I know that I have about $200 left for the remainder of the month. I know that there is the possibility that I could go over but I’m not going to stress about it. I know that eating out this month will be very limited and so other budget lines will make up for it. I also know that I am set for groceries until at least next weekend, which brings me past the halfway point on the Whole30.
Doesn’t sound so scary, right? I am by no means an expert, but I know that Chris and I do best when we stick to our budget so I am really trying to make this month work for us in the best way possible. I think it is also important to remember all of the things normally on your grocery list that are not while you are doing the Whole30. You won’t be buying ANY dairy, any wheat or any sugary products. Those things really add up! You really are spending the bulk of your money on food that is SO good for you and your body too.
ANYWAY. Onto day 12 meals!
WHOLE30 Day 12 EATS –
Breakfast was a slice of the quiche in the above picture. I also had two clementines and some almonds at work.
Things that I have been enjoying: Dare I say that I enjoyed my cup of coffee with coconut milk? It still isn’t sweet, but I think I am learning to love it.
Things I miss: The ability to just make anything I see on pinterest for dinner. (Jalapeno cheesy garlic bread?)
How I have been feeling: Still feeling flippin’ fantastic. I thought I had a twinge of a headache at work so I drank lots of water and felt much better.
Have any questions? I would love to try and answer them!
Have you done a Whole30 before? How did food prep help you?