Yup, you can be a vegetarian and still do a Whole30 challenge. Find out how to plan a simple menu with veggie-friendly recipes that include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
What is Whole30 anyway?
Whole30 is a 30-day challenge that’s similar to the Paleo diet, but with a few more restrictions. It excludes Paleo-friendly sweeteners (like honey and maple syrup), baked goods, alcohol, and most desserts.
Although the Paleo lifestyle incorporates gluten-free desserts, Whole30 believes you should hold off on them for the 30 days. The purpose is to reset how your mind thinks about sweets in the first place, so you no longer get the urges or cravings.
While the challenge is primarily short-term, some people opt to do it for longer periods of time. The benefit of this challenge is to evaluate how your body reacts to a more wholesome, cleaner-eating lifestyle (without inflammatory triggers).
How to Eat Vegetarian on a Whole30 Diet
If you’re thinking about doing a Whole30 Paleo challenge on a vegetarian diet, you’ll want to consider making some minor adjustments.
The first thing is to avoid plant-based sources of protein that you might be used to, like grains, legumes, and dairy. Although they are common staples in the vegetarian world, both Paleo and Whole30 diets exclude them from their food list.
To compensate for the exclusion of meat, it’s important to fill your plate with plenty of veggies, eggs, and (if you’re pescatarian) seafood for protein. If you’re vegan, you’ll want to sub in alternative sources of protein like:
Nuts and seeds (like almonds, walnuts, pecans, and pumpkin seeds)
Nut butters (like almond butter, cashew butter, and coconut butter)
Moderate amounts of fruits (like avocados, peaches, and berries )
1. Whole30® Breakfast Chia Pudding
This simple and sweet chia pudding will fill you up and prevent pre-lunchtime snacking. Change it up each day by swapping in other favorite fruits.