These Whole30 Essentials Will Have You Thriving (Not Just Surviving)

Good news: Whether you want to break up with bad habits or figure out what’s causing that food baby, the Whole30 can help.

More good news: You get to go shopping!

Possibly bad news (depending on your shopping views): This trip is for your pantry, not your wardrobe.

Overhauling your kitchen can be one of the hardest parts of a new diet or program. But it’s arguably one of the most important, especially with a method like the Whole30.

The Whole30 is designed to be a short-term reset for your body. It eliminates foods thought to affect your metabolism, digestion, and immune system for 30 days. Instead, you focus on eating “real” foods with simple and recognizable ingredient lists (or no ingredient list at all).

For many people, this requires wising up on nutrition facts. But instead of spending hours in a grocery aisle, consult this list of kitchen staples and recipes and get ready to “pwn” your Whole30 experience.

The bare necessities

Let’s break down the pantry basics to help put Whole30 on autopilot (well, almost).


Unsweetened applesauce

Santa Cruz Organic is USDA-Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. If ascorbic acid on the label throws you off, don’t worry, it’s basically just vitamin C.

Lavva Yogurt

This plant based yogurt is free of lactose, dairy, soy, and added sugar, but full of prebiotics and probiotics. It’s made with a blend of organic coconut, Pili nuts, and young plantains for a thick and creamy texture that’ll have you double-checking the label. (Don’t worry, it’s indeed Whole30 compliant.)


If the word “jerky” makes you think of Slim Jim, snap out of it. CHOMPS Snack Sticks, The New Primal Beef Thins, and Epic Bars are all made with grass-fed beef or all-natural turkey. Keep them on hand for emergencies or on-the-go snacks.


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