WHAT I EAT IN A DAY | Whole30 recipes

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY | Whole30 recipes


– Hey guys and welcome back. I’m happy to be kicking off the new year with a new what I eat in a day video and this one is all Whole30 recipes. While I’m not a fan of rigid
diets, I am a fan of Whole30 and that’s because it’s really not a diet. You’re not restricting calories and you’re not prioritizing weight loss. It’s essentially a 30 day food challenge where you eliminate certain foods that may cause digestive
or other health issues, and you learn how your individual body responds to those foods. I’ll talk more about
this throughout the video but first, I think we need to start with a little drone footage
again don’t you think? And let me tell you, it was a foggy and chilly morning along the coast. (uplifting music) ♪ I’ve been up ♪ ♪ I’ve been down ♪ ♪ I’ve been taking chances
that I never took before ♪ ♪ All the way up ♪ ♪ On the highest mountain ♪ ♪ I found the place where
I can drop the old key ♪ ♪ And when you look in the horizon ♪ ♪ What you see is what you get ♪ ♪ A sparkle and a diamond ♪ ♪ And the sudden sunset ♪ ♪ Oh, oh ♪ ♪ I didn’t know what I was doing wrong ♪ ♪ All the things are going on ♪ ♪ Oh, oh ♪ ♪ I didn’t know it could be this plan ♪ ♪ Just let it go and carry on ♪ – I did my first-ever
Whole30 a couple of years ago and it was really
educational on how my body responded to certain ingredients. For instance, dairy
definitely causes acne for me. Now, today, I do eat some dairy but I’m also aware of what
may happen if I go overboard and that’s the beauty of Whole30, just learning how foods
may trigger your energy, mental clarity, hormones, cravings, and for me, certain autoimmune symptoms. I eat pretty clean most of the time but I’m also human and have a tendency to let too much sugar
creep back into my diet. So doing a Whole30 is a great
way to get back on track and remember how much better I feel when I’m not eating loads of sugar. For breakfast this morning, I’m whipping up an easy
breakfast scramble. I show these all the
time on Instagram Stories and just toss in whatever’s in my fridge. If this is your first Whole30, I can’t stress enough how important meal prep is to making your life easier. This morning, I just
need a couple tablespoons of diced red onion but I’m
dicing up the whole red onion so I can easily use it in other
recipes throughout the week. I have several meal prep
videos on my channel and while they’re not all Whole30, you can still get heaps
of ideas from them. After saving a little bit of the red onion for my egg scramble, I’ll also
slice up some cherry tomatoes and whisk two to three eggs,
depending on how hungry I am. I’ll drizzle a little
olive oil into a saute pan on medium heat and add some minced garlic. Then, toss in my veggies and a couple handfuls of baby spinach. Now, I get asked all the
time how I cook scrambles in a stainless steel pan
because yes, the eggs do stick, but I don’t own any nonstick pans. Old-school nonstick was quite
toxic with PFOAs and PTFEs, which essentially is Teflon. And while today’s nonstick is better, I’ve had my All-Clad set for over 20 years and it’s enormously durable. So I’ll show you how I
clean it in a second. After a minute or two, your spinach will wilt down and then
you can add your eggs. Let them cook for a couple of minutes, then add them to your plate. Normally, I’d add some
sliced avocado to the side but since I’m having
avocado with lunch today, I’ll just add a sprinkle of microgreens because you can never
have too many greens. And that’s my easy and
healthy breakfast recipe. But before I enjoy this, I’ll
place my pan in the sink, squirt a little dish soap, and
add hot water to let it soak. (uplifting music) All right, to wash the
stainless steel pan, I just use hot water
and a scrubber sponge. Now, most websites will say
to not use a scrubber sponge as it can dull the surface
but I’m not concerned with maintaining the mirror finish. I’d rather my cookware
be well used and clean and this is how most
restaurants do it as well. And see, so easy. For a mid-morning snack,
I’m enjoying some celery with almond butter and
it’s made even easier, as I’ve already meal
prepped my celery stalks and made my almond butter. If you’re new to my channel,
I do have a separate video on how to make almond
butter in your Vitamix and I’ll link that here. My tip when it comes to snacks on Whole30 is to portion out what you’ll eat because if I were to just dip the celery straight into the jar of almond butter, I can guarantee I’d
probably eat far too much. To give this snack a little boost, I’m adding a sprinkle
of chia seeds on top, though you could also add raisins or dried cranberries as well. (uplifting music) If this is your first
Whole30 and you feel cravings strike throughout the day, the first thing I’d recommend is to make
sure you’re hydrated. I drink a ton of plain water but then will also have an
herbal tea here and there. Some of my favorites are
chamomile with lavender, peppermint, and lemon-ginger. Tea time is also usually
a work break for me, though today I spent it answering a bunch of your comments on my
website and YouTube channel and relaxing on my sofa
rather than at my desk. Of course, I’d rather be on my patio but it was just too darn
cold outside for that today. For lunch, I’m keeping things really easy and whipping up some
tuna-stuffed avocados. I make a lot of meals from scratch but I think it’s important to remember that you can definitely use
Whole30-compliant canned goods to make your life
easier, like canned tuna. Two brands I frequently grab for tuna include Safe Catch and Wild Planet. Both of these are high-quality tunas and I also wanna point
out that the albacore tuna I’m eating today isn’t in water or oil, it’s just straight-up tuna, so you don’t need to drain the jar. The liquid in the jar
is from the tuna steak and as you can see here, it’s a solid, fresh piece of tuna and
not mushy, cheap tuna, which does make it a bit more difficult to get out of the cans sometimes. Once both jars are emptied into my bowl, I’ll use a fork to break up the tuna and stir it together with the liquid to add the moisture back to the tuna. Next, I’ll add a 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and I’m using my homemade mayonnaise. If you’ve never made mayo at home, watch my separate video for it
because it’s incredibly easy and once you make it yourself, you’ll never buy it from the store again. Then I’ll add a half a
tablespoon of Dijon mustard and this brand is Whole30 compliant, a couple tablespoons of red onion, and one stalk of celery. This comes together really
fast because my red onion is already diced for the week and my celery is already washed. So I just have to slice and
dice one stalk of celery, which is two halves that I have in my jar. I receive a lot of questions
on the storage containers and jars that I use, so as a reminder, I do have a separate video on
that and you can always find all of the products I use on
the shop page on my website. Lastly, I’ll chop up one to
two tablespoons of fresh herbs and today I’m using parsley and chives but dill also pairs
really well with the tuna, so feel free to use an assortment. This is a great tuna salad
recipe to eat on its own but today I’m enjoying
it stuffed in an avocado. The healthy fats keep me
full and the creaminess of the avocado paired with the savory tuna is absolutely delicious. So all I have to do is
slice an avocado in half and hope that it’s a
perfectly green avocado, which this one is, remove the pit and pile on some of the tuna salad. I’ll also sprinkle a
little black pepper on top. (uplifting music) Because I’m one person,
I’ve also got leftover tuna salad for a couple of days now, so I’ll store that in the fridge
and then go enjoy my lunch. Most of you know that I work
from home and while I love it, I’ve found that my posture and flexibility has been getting quite
bad because I’m hunched over my laptop all day long. So I’ve been making more
of a concerted effort to take stretching breaks in the afternoon and already, I’m feeling so much better. There are some wonderful
channels on YouTube for yoga and stretching
but I found this one from Yoga With Adriene that has stretches for text-neck, which
is exactly what I need. I’ve realized that much of
this what I eat in a day video is also meal prep for the week but that’s just because
that’s how I truly eat. I tend to cook in bulk
so I can enjoy leftovers all week long and to be
honest, to do less dishes. You guys know I love hummus and today, for an afternoon snack, I’m
making a new hummus recipe and this one is low carb,
paleo, and Whole30-compliant and that’s because it’s
cauliflower hummus. So I’ll preheat my oven
to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and slice my head of cauliflower in half, then quarters, and remove
the florets from the stalk. Once all of the florets are removed, I’ll add them to a sheet pan,
drizzle a little olive oil or avocado oil on top,
and give them a toss to make sure everything is coated. Then I’ll roast these for about 20 minutes or until they’re just starting
to get a little color. While the cauliflower is cooking, I’ll add all of the other
ingredients to my Vitamix and that includes two
tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of water,
and a 1/4 cup of tahini. And since I didn’t have
any of my homemade tahini already made, I just grabbed
this one from the store. I’ll also add the juice of one
lemon, one clove of garlic, a 1/4 teaspoon salt, a
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, and a pinch of ground coriander. When the cauliflower is done, I’ll scoop that into my Vitamix as well, then blend everything together
until it’s nice and creamy. This recipe is similar to
my traditional hummus recipe and really just swaps
cauliflower for chickpeas but I will say that even with
only one clove of garlic, the garlic flavor is quite a
bit stronger in this version and that’s because cauliflower
is so neutral in flavor so if you’re sensitive to garlic, you could also saute the garlic or use garlic powder for
a more neutral flavor. Now, I’m not going to eat
this entire batch of hummus but I thought I’d show
you how I garnish it if I’m serving it for a crowd. I’ll scoop it into a bowl, drizzle a little olive oil on top, and sprinkle some sunflower seeds. Then I’ll chop up a tablespoon
or so of fresh parsley and add that on top, along
with some cracked black pepper. And this cauliflower hummus
is always a hit at parties. Because I have my celery pre-sliced, that makes for the perfect
device to scoop up the hummus but I’ll frequently use carrots
or sliced cucumber as well and then of course, I’ll put the leftovers into one of my glass
lock storage containers to enjoy this hummus throughout the week. (uplifting music) For dinner, I’m gonna
make a Whole30 creamy chicken-broccoli casserole
and this is so darn good. It’s got a cheesy-like
flavor without any cheese but we’ll get to that in a second. First, we need to make
some shredded chicken, so I’ll add a couple tablespoons
of olive oil to a pan and about one and a half
pounds of chicken breasts. I’ll sprinkle these with salt and pepper and cook on one side for five minutes, then flip them over, add
a cup of chicken broth, and add the lid and let
them continue cooking for about seven to ten minutes or until they’re cooked through. I think shredded chicken made this way has so much more flavor than
straight poached chicken. While the chicken is cooking, I’ll make my vegan alfredo sauce. This is a reader favorite
recipe on my website and it’s perfect for this casserole. I’ve already soaked one
cup of cashews overnight so I’ll rinse those and
add them to my Vitamix, along with 3/4 cup of
water, two garlic cloves, a 1/2 a tablespoon of lemon juice, a 1/2 a cup of diced yellow onion, and two tablespoons of nutritional yeast, which is the secret ingredient that gives it that cheesy flavor. I’ll also add one teaspoon of salt, a 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, and a 1/4 teaspoon black
pepper, and then blend it all together until
it’s nice and creamy. Now, I know that cheese-like replacements, like a vegan nacho dip are not
something Whole30 supports, but I did ask Melissa Hartwig
Urban about this recipe and she said it was fine in this context. The chicken and broccoli
are the star of this dish and the vegan alfredo sauce
just keeps it all together. Now for the fun part, which is how I shred four chicken breasts in about 15 seconds. And when I shared this
on Instagram Stories a few weeks ago, you guys were amazed. So all you have to do is add the chicken to your stand mixer and
use the paddle attachment. Lock the tilt head on your mixer, so it doesn’t bounce
up and turn it on low. In 15 seconds, you’ll have
perfectly shredded chicken. I need to add some
veggies to this casserole so I’ll slice up ten cremini mushrooms and dice about a 1/2 a cup of yellow onion and I already had the
onion diced in the fridge. I’ll add a couple tablespoons
of olive oil to a pan and saute the mushrooms and
onions for about three minutes. While the mushrooms are cooking down, I’ll remove the florets
off two heads of broccoli, though I’m using three today, as one of mine was a bit smaller. Then I’ll add these to my pan and saute for another three minutes
or until the broccoli is crisp, tender, and bright green. After I’ve preheated my oven
to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, all I have left to do is
assemble my casserole. So I’ll place the shredded chicken on the bottom of a casserole dish and layer the broccoli
and mushrooms on top. The vegan alfredo sauce is quite thick so I’ll thin that down
with a cup of chicken broth and then pour it on top of everything and this will thicken back
up while it’s cooking. I like to make sure
everything is well-coated, so I just smush it down
a bit with the spatula and then cook this for 20 to 25 minutes. When the casserole comes out of the oven, the sauce should be bubbling
and slightly thickened. I’ve made this recipe several
times over the last two months and I am still not tired of it. It’s creamy, filling, flavorful, and it makes for the best leftovers, as I think it has even
more flavor the next day. (uplifting music) I hope you guys enjoyed
seeing what I eat in a day and maybe got a few new
Whole30 recipe ideas. I have more Whole30 recipes on my website, along with a Whole30 shopping list and a post with Whole30-compliant snacks, so make sure to check
all of that out as well. If you’d like to see more
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in next week’s video.