My #Whole30 Birthday Cake

When I began¬†my first #Whole30 back in July, I did not really put it together that my birthday would fall inside those 30 days. I know, I know – part of planning is looking at the entire time frame, but I was so focused on what I could and could not eat – I did not really look to see what other events might be going on during that time. But, because I had committed to myself (and of course all of you) for those 30 days, I knew I could not use the excuse of my birthday to break my commitment. Not to mention it was like Day 22, so I was feeling like a million bucks by then. I had the normal birthday shindig with friends and family here at the house, but everything was Whole30 style… even the #whole30 birthday cake.

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A #Whole30 Thanksgiving – Bacon Wrapped Asparagus #RoncoReadyGrill

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, I am already prepping for what I will be serving for my #Whole30 Thanksgiving Feast. Even though *technically* my W30 will be over, I still want to show my family how easy and delicious a holiday can be – while still being compliant. So I am pulling out all the stops and making the most delicious Whole30 recipes I can find! One that is topping the list – because it is as easy as it is delicious – is Bacon Wrapped Asparagus. Seriously, this can not GET any easier – in fact this one has been assigned to The Teen. Two ingredients plus my Ronco Ready Grill – voila! One Whole30 side down!

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Whole30 Halloween Stuffed Bell Peppers

When I launched in to Whole30 back in July, I did it alone. My family has dealt with enough of my yo-yo diets, I decided to keep this one to myself. If it worked, maybe they would want to join me next time. If it didn’t they were none the wiser. Perfect plan, right? Well… it worked. It worked so well in fact that when I mentioned that I wanted to do it again – Mike jumped on board. There aren’t even words for how happy that made me.

After that round (his first, my second) we made an agreement to stay as close to whole30 as possible going forward. We all four agreed as a family to stick to Whole30 at least 90% – not stressing over if we eat out or go to a dinner party or whatever. It has been wonderful. I have had so much fun learning new Whole30 Recipes and getting creative with what I serve. With Halloween just around the corner I had an idea of a “treat” everyone would enjoy.

whole30 stuffed bell pepper recipe

Mike had said before that he used to love when his Mom made stuffed bell peppers. I had never had them before, so I thought I would give it a go – adding a bit of a kid friendly spin. When the family came to the dinner table they all loved their little individual “jack-o-lanterns” and gobbled up every bite. It wasn’t until after they finished that I told them they were 100% Whole30 Compliant. How’s that for a “trick!?”

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#Whole30 Side Dish – Carrot and Cauliflower Herb Mash #Whole30Holiday

Since beginning Whole30 back in July, my entire life has changed. Yep, I realize how totally cliche that sounds and I am perfectly ok with it – because it is true. My Whole30 Experience was incredible, and since then I have maintained the lifestyle about 90% – splurging on my last two press trips but staying compliant at home. However with the holidays coming up, I know it is going to be easier and easier to let myself slide if I do not have a plan. So I began this week testing out some “Whole30 Holiday” type food so that when the big day comes, I know I will be serving my family something super tasty – and super healthy.

This week I tried out a Carrot and Cauliflower Mash that was absolutely amazing. The recipe was not only delicious – it was quick and easy to make. The recipe said it served four, but all four of us were wishing for more. It had a sweet and savory taste at the same time – pairing perfectly with chicken, but will also be amazing alongside ham or turkey.

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Celebrate National Coffee Day – September 29th!

Now that the temps are dropping I am waking up in the morning wanting a nice warm cup of coffee. No, I am not an every day coffee person – in fact it has probably been six months since I have had a cup… you know, last time it was cold outside. I’ve just never been a coffee person. I was a milk person – and then a water person when I began Whole30. However, once those crisp mornings begin, my morning routine of drinking an entire bottle of warm water will become drinking an entire pot of coffee.

Monday marks National Coffee Day and to celebrate IMUSA has an amazing recipe for a Mocha Espresso to help give you that extra kick in the morning. Enjoy.

mocha espresso

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