Whole 30 Adventure! Time to Get Creative in the Kitchen!

So Amy and I brilliantly decide to run a Whole 30 Challenge at the same time we are running a Buns and Guns Challenge with our clients. They are both 30 days and while we may have bitten off a little more than we can chew….Let’s be real, that’s kind of how we roll. As we were planning the Whole 30 Challenge and gathering everything we need to make it successful, I got more excited about it!

There are several restrictions through the Whole 30 Program but something inside me was pumped to get our clients through this challenge feeling successful! The more we planned, the more jazzed I got. I started looking at my own eating habits and realized that I hang on to some foods a little too tight! Examples you ask? I’m happy to oblige!

My guilty pleasures…

  • Diet Root Beer (I know, I’m an 80 year old man, no offense grandpa)
  • Gum (I really need to kick this habit)
  • Peanut Butter (Not sure what happened but since my son was born almost three months ago, this has been my jam!)
  • Sugar free almond milk lattes 

See the pattern? Sugars and fake sugars. As a nutrition/health coach and personal trainer, I know that these are terrible for you! I just needed a quick and swift kick in the ass to get it out of my system. I decided that I was going to join our clients in the Challenge! My creative juices started flowing the more we planned and I was itching to develop and share my recipes. Hopefully, these recipes will assist everyone in their personal journey through the Whole 30 Challenge.

So here’s the plan…I’m going to be an open book through my blog! I am going to share my best new recipes that I plan to use throughout the next 30 days. Obviously, I can’t share them ALL because many are reserved for the Challengers. Although, fear not! You will see plenty of delicious new recipes to inspire you to one day, join me! It’s not too late! You can always make that decision now and we can do this thing together!

HellaBella Athletics Whole 30 Challenge  #boom

With that being said…. Here we go! Now, the recipe looks intensive but trust me it’s worth it! Spend a little bit of time and you can use any of these items throughout your meals each day! For example, I used the Mango Salsa on my chicken burger! Then I used the Avocado Sante Fe Sauce in my salad to spice it up! The recipe makes a lot so use them wherever you want. Each of the following items are just building blocks for whatever you want to put together. So get creative!

Potato “Toast” with Poached Eggs, Mango Salsa and an Avocado Sante Fe Sauce

Potato “Toast”

  • 4 medium yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Use food processor or grater to grate potatoes. Arrange grated potatoes on paper towels and pat dry with my paper towels (or let air dry). Im medium bowl, add potatoes, whole egg (pre broken and mixed) and salt n pepper. Stir until combined. Heat large sauce pan over medium heat and place 1/2 cup of potatoes in piles in the pan. Press piles down with fork until flattened. Cook 3-5 minutes per side until tender and golden brown.

Mango Salsa

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup mangos, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced small
  • 1/2 jalapeno. seeded and diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in medium bowl and toss together. Done!

Avocado Sante Fe Sauce

  • 1/2 avocado, pitted and skin removed
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/4 tbsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 jalapeno. seeded
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • Whole 30 approved almond milk (I used Trader Joes)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in blender or ninja. The amount of almond milk is up to you and the desired consistency you would like.

Easy Poached Eggs

Add 1/2 cup cool water in mug and gently crack whole egg into the water. Cover and cook in microwave for 60-90 seconds (depending on your microwave and how you like your yoke).

Place potato “toast on your plate, add poached egg(s), mango salsa and sauce! Enjoy!

I’ve done the Whole 30 before! The last time I completed the Whole 30 I was so cautious of staying away from anything I wasn’t supposed to have that I skimped out on flavor and variety. Not this time! I am determined to have fun with this. I have already prepared some delicious and amazing recipes of my own and I can’t wait to share them. Because if the Whole 30 looks like this…I will be just fine!