Our on the go lifestyle in American culture has become the norm. Express pedicure, 20 minute oil change, 7 day detox, and we’re off!
The feed back I hear from people who have a desire to get healthy is that they struggle with carving out the time to prep, that the convenience of drive through is tempting, and that grab and go would make life so much easier. There are days where I struggle with that too and if I’m not well prepared the quick fix of fast food or takeout can easily start to call my name (I mean come on it’s hard for it not to when it’s all around us!)
IF I’M BEING HONEST…
On the go is my style too. I joke with people that i’ve been busy for all 29 years of my life (although this is a much improved area in recent years) and honesty part 2: I rarely have the passion for cooking a meal that takes me standing in the kitchen for an hour or more (okay honestly anything over 30 can be a deal breaker)!
So how did Whole30 work for me? Because I took the Whole30 rules, adopted the spirit, and made it work for who I am. I repeated meals frequently, ate leftovers 3 or 4 times, and occasionally ate my green beans from a can because LIFE. The Whole30 is all about staying compliant and working at your habits and relationships with food not getting it PERFECT.
Below you will find a compiled list of Whole30/Paleo/Clean protein options that are grab and go so you can eat well, like really well, not the fake kind of lollipop appetite suppressant well while not compromising your health and still getting out the door in a jiffy!
Under each protein source iv’e also listed ways I use this protein and what you can pair with it!
But… before we get started I want to share my favorite on the go meal that has saved my behind many, many times before: Ingredient Meals
Ingredient Meals as defined by Bree: One food item from various food groups arranged on your plate next to one another but not touching because who likes their food to touch?
Example: One chicken sausage, cucumbers, almonds, and orange slices. It’s not glamorous but its quick, effective, and hitting four important food groups.
Any of these proteins can be eaten by themselves with one or 2 added foods on the side for the perfect ingredient meal.
Tuna Salad add mayo or mashed avocado for healthy fat. Rather than making it into a sandwich try scooping it up with cut up bell peppers, celery, or cucumbers.
*Read labels carefully as some tuna contains soy.
Prosciutto wrapped avocado or melon, on top of a salad, as the base of an egg muffin, or crisped up in the oven!
*Found at Trader Joes and Costco
Sweet potato toast, avocado, and lox with some everything bagel seasoning.
*Omit dill sauce for Whole30
Sausage (chicken and breakfast)
Sausage with peppers and onions or used as a component in an “ingredient meal”.
Chicken salad, bbq or buffalo shredded chicken, buffalo chicken casserole, on top of a salad, tacos with a lettuce shell, or any other recipes that call for chicken (this cuts cooking time down drastically).
*Read your labels as some rotisserie chicken has Whole30 ingredients that are NOT compliant.
This is the perfect time to try out a baked spaghetti squash for spaghetti and meatballs!
*Found at Costco
BBQ pulled pork or taco bowls (shredded lettuce, diced tomato, guacamole, salsa, black olives, and jalepaneos…if you are adventureous like my husband)
* Found at Costco
Egg salad (love that you get some added fat in this option) try scooping with cucumbers, baby bell peppers, or celery, eggs in a salad, and pickled eggs (a great snack).
Burger bowls are my favorite! Bed of shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, fried egg, bacon, avocado, ketchup, mustard, bbq, or whatever your favorite burger topping may be.
Ingredient Meals!!! Say no more!