The Only Whole30 Party Menu You'll Need to Survive Celebrations

It's that time of year again: barbecue season has arrived. Everyone's gathered around the grill, drinks in hand, probably beer. And you might not be having the very best time you could. Why? Because you're in the midst of the Whole30 nutritional reset.

If you don't know what the Whole30 is, it's a 30-day nutritional reset for your body.  In other words, it's a transition from processed foods to that of the whole-food variety. No, we're not talking about the store, rather just foods that are real, natural, unprocessed. Foods that were made for your body to thrive, and see no results such as inflammation.

The Whole30 is a 30-day program where you cut out processed sugar, legumes, grains, and dairy for 30 days. In return, you eat real food. You know, the food that goes bad if you leave it be for 3-5 days. This means no chicken wings, no meatballs, no sweets, leaving little to enjoy during backyard barbecues.

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Well, not anymore.

But wait, what if we told you that it didn't have to be a party of agony, rather one that you can deliberately navigate in your own way, and still enjoy the finer things like tiny meatballs on skewers and crispy carnitas.

Just because you're on some part of a journey to a healthier you doesn't mean it has to taste bad, or even be boring! Real food is fun because there are so many ways to spice things up that you'd never guess these decadent delights and football classics were actually good for you.


Skinny Mojito Mocktail

La Croix Water

First, if you're doing a Whole30, one of the rules clearly states that you can't drink alcohol during those 30 days, and if you don't want to start over because of one pesky cocktail, why not make a Whole30-approved mocktail?

La Croix is a great substitute for any flavored water you may have previously mixed with your liquor of choice, and it'll serve a similar purpose here. Mix some of your La Croix with ice, lime, and mint for a skinny mojito mocktail and no one will even wonder that you're drinking alcohol (and guilt) free.

Get the recipe here.

Pomegranate Mint Spritzer

Real Food with Dana

This mocktail relies on water and fresh pomegranate seeds for a bright, lip-smacking taste and it is so delicious, you're non-Whole30 friends will want one.

Find the recipe here.

La Croix Coconut Lime Mocktail

Lily & Val

Simply cut the honey from this recipe to make it completely Whole30-compliant, or if you want to have a tiny little treat, guests can add it to taste.

Find the recipe here.


Baked Buffalo Wings

Jay's Baking Me Crazy

Before you freak out, yes, there are many appetizers and finger foods you can get your hands on without breaking guidelines.

Luckily for you, Frank's Red Hot Sauce has your back in their own Whole 30-approved way, and you can make some killer chicken wings with one bottle of Franks.

Get the recipe here.

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Paleo Running Momma

It just takes simple modifications, like the use of ground turkey or chicken along with the lack of breadcrumbs to hold these meatballs together, and there you have it: a Whole 30-approved meatballs. Better yet?

They're made with a luscious sauce inside of a crockpot, making serving and clean-up a breeze. Get the recipe here.

Fried Zucchini with Cool Dill Dip

Paleo Newbie

This recipe fakes out even the most die-hard chips and dip fan. It's paleo-friendly and completely Whole30-approved - in fact, you might even have a few converts after serving these.

Find the recipe here.

Main Meal

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Paleo Leap

Make some slow cooker pulled pork, place your desired amount between two cut and cooked rounds of sweet potato, and you'll have yourself a barbecue sandwich of dreamlike proportions.

Better yet, bake some sweet potatoes, and fill them with your pulled pork for a flavor and texture variation. Get the recipe here.

Crock-Pot Pork Carnitas

Maria Makes

If you're not feeling inspired by barbecue, try your hand at pork carnitas, which you can dress up in any way that you feel.

Have them over a bed of greens or with a side seasoned cauliflower rice to round off your meal. Get the recipe here.

Sweet Potato Chili

Tastes of Lizzy T

This chili recipe has been adjusted to meet the needs of Whole30, and it hardly tastes like it's lacking. Full of flavor and heavy on the vegetables, this is the perfect halftime main event.

Find the recipe here.


Grilled Peaches with Coconut Cream

Paleo Grubs

This decadent dessert tastes full of sugar, and it really isn't! While these are more paleo-compliant than Whole30, we say live a little.

Find the recipe here.

Cinnamon and Nutmeg Banana Ice Cream

Today's Letters

Pop a few bananas in the freezer now and blend together as the sun sets for a creamy, icy dessert that tastes as fresh as it is.

Find the recipe here.

Raw Brownie Bites

Paleo Grubs

These little chocolate gems are a combination of five simple ingredients like dates and cocoa powder. Nothing tastes as delicious and fudgy as pitted dates, y'all.

Find the recipe here.

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