For many of us, 2017 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2018! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks, and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.
Paleo blogger Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo and the Whole30 team partnered with Whole Foods Market to share some of their top product picks that are all Paleo compliant — and this list of pantry essentials is pretty legit. Brit + Co has tried all of the products and can attest to their deliciousness as well as versatility. As you Hit Refresh with your diet and "feed" your resolution to eat healthier, consider these products and recipe suggestions.
Vital Farms Pastured Eggs ($6): Crack a pastured egg next to a conventional egg, and you'll immediately see the difference. Pastured eggs mean the chickens were free to roam outdoors and forage for high-protein worms and bugs rather than rely solely on vegetarian grains. Pastured eggs may be more expensive than organic, free-range, or conventional, but the flip side is this humane farming technique results in nutrient-rich eggs with vivid, orange-yellow yolks. Try out the eggs in a Whole30-approved Paleo sausage egg "McMuffin" recipe from Nom Nom Paleo.
Rao's Homemade Marinara ($7): Some nights, fully homemade meals are just not happening, which is why you want to keep your pantry stocked with Paleo-friendly goods. Use this particular sauce in Nom Nom Paleo's one-pot poached cod in tomato sauce that comes together in roughly 10 minutes.
O California Balsamic Vinegar ($14): Not all vinegars are created equal. This balsamic vinegar is made in California and aged in oak wood. Try it brushed over grilled chicken with rosemary and black pepper, drizzle it on strawberries, or use it in vinaigrettes. Enliven just about any veggie or salad green with a little drizzle. For starters, try it in Nom Nom Paleo's marinated roasted beets.
Harmless Harvest Coconut Water ($5): According to the Whole30 guidelines, coconut water should be used sparingly, diluted with sparkling water or other water, or reserved only for rehydration purposes after a really hard workout. As for a normal Paleo diet, coconut water is fair game! Harmless Harvest has one of the tastiest ones on the market. It tastes like liquid cotton candy and has a matching hue that's created when the antioxidants interact with light.
Red Boat Fish Sauce ($14): A secret ingredient that makes Asian food taste so umami-rich is fish sauce. It's apparently high in vitamin B and minerals plus protein. A few dashes work wonders in stir-fried veggies. To try it in a heartier meal, check out Nom Nom Paleo's Instant Pot Korean short ribs.
Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos Sauce ($9): Coconut aminos equals Paleo-friendly soy sauce. While slightly sweeter than regular soy sauce, it has the same salty, savory quality as soy sauce but none of the non-compliant ingredients. Use it instead in any dish that calls for soy sauce, and try it out in Nom Nom Paleo's Paleo chicken chow mein to satisfy takeout cravings.
Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt ($2): Salt is what makes everything taste good, and thankfully Paleo and Whole30 diets don't make you give it up. Nom Nom Paleo's top choice is this simple and inexpensive Kosher salt.
365 Tomato Paste ($2): Thicken up stews like Nom Nom Paleo's ground beef chili with the use of tomato paste. Pick up the tube version so you don't have to worry about it spoiling before you get a chance to use it all. Though it sounds strange, remember to cook it (i.e. sauté it) to release more flavor.
Wellshire Farms Sugar-Free, Dry-Rubbed, Sliced Uncured Bacon ($6): No, you can't have sugar on a Paleo diet, but yes, you can have bacon! You really won't miss the sweet taste as the sugar-free version still contains all that smokey flavor. In terms of recipes, it's hard to pick just one — Nom Nom Paleo's bacon recipes list is a staggering 36 pages long!
The New Primal Marinades & Cooking Sauce ($8): These Whole30 Approved marinades come in Citrus Herb, Classic, and Spicy. Try them on steak, chicken, or salmon, and if you know what's best, grill up that protein.
Epic Venison Steak Sea Salt + Pepper Strip ($2): Whole30 loves Epic's bars, broths, and animal fats. Whole30 recommends reducing your dried fruit and sugar intake, but it can be tough to locate jerky or bars that don't have hidden sweeteners. This particular bar from Epic contains zero sugar yet boasts incredible savory flavor and eight grams of protein.
Kettle & Fire Bone Broth ($7): For an easy sipping broth or soup starter, look for a Whole30-compliant broth like this one that's made from the bones of 100 percent grass-fed, pasture-grazed cattle. Each container has 20 grams of protein.
Primal Kitchen Mayo ($10): It can be daunting to have to make your own mayo from scratch, but here's a Whole30 secret: Find a compliant one like Primal Kitchen's. It's sugar-free and made with avocado oil. Whole30 also swears by the same brand's salad dressings and avocado oil.
Tessemae's Organic Ketchup ($6): So many of Tessemae's sauces, including BBQ, buffalo, and mayo, have received the coveted Whole 30 Approved seal. This ketchup is incredible. It's date-sweetened and tastes only slightly more tart than standard ketchup. Slather it over burgers or roasted potatoes. Nom.
Applegate Uncured, Organic Turkey Hot Dogs ($8): Yes, you can have a hot dog on Whole30; it just needs to be as clean as can be. Applegate's Natural Prosciutto, Organic Uncured Beef, and Chicken Hot Dogs are also on the okay list. According to the Whole30 forum, store the dogs frozen for a last-minute protein option.
Wild Catch Canned Wild Albacore Tuna ($5): The reason this is Whole30-certified? This particular brand has the lowest mercury levels of any other canned tuna on the market! While you can always make a tuna (or salmon) salad to top a bed of lettuce, try something different with a Whole30 recipe for tuna sliders, which are coated in coconut flour and fried. Mmm.
Yai's Thai Salsa ($5): Try this awesome Whole30 Approved salsa on fish, as recommended on the Whole30 forum. Whole30 also recommends the curries and almond sauce for quick, makeshift dinners that don't compromise on flavor.
Waterloo Sparkling Water ($6): LaCroix had better watch out, because these sparkling waters from Waterloo actually do taste incredible. Watermelon is the way to go, especially when you want to treat yourself without blowing the diet.
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