The ultimate list of store-bought Whole30 essentials, from on-the-go snacks to condiments to coffee ‘creamers.’ All of these convenient products are Whole30 compliant and ensure that you have a successful (and a bit easier) thirty days!
Day 30 of my Whole30 is Friday.
It’s been a successful adventure. I lost 10 pounds (I know you’re not supposed to weigh yourself until the last day, but the doctor’s office weighed me during my appointment a few days ago). I slept better. I had more energy. My workouts were on point. My skin was clearer. And those were just a few of the benefits.
If you don’t know what the Whole30 is, it’s pretty much as it sounds: eating only whole foods for 30 days, and then slowly reintroducing them one by one to determine how certain food groups can affect you. It resembles the Paleo diet as it completely cuts out dairy, legumes, sugar, grains, and alcohol. It also eliminates processed food and the ‘extra stuff’ you may find in even ‘healthier’ packaged foods.
But thankfully, that doesn’t mean that you can’t buy any store-bought ingredients while on the Whole30. There are plenty of approved products, and I’ve turned them into this list of over 50 store-bought Whole30 essentials to help make your month a bit easier.
This is my second Whole30. The first one, last summer, was definitely much more difficult for me. I felt like I spent forever planning, shopping, cooking, and worrying about what I could and couldn’t have. Which is why I wanted to create this list.
Each product is linked via Amazon, which is a great place to buy your Whole30 essentials. But I also love shopping at VitaCost, Thrive Market, Costco, Barefoot Provisions, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s.
Many of these products can be found at those places, so no matter where you prefer to shop, it’s fairly easy to find these great store-bought Whole30 essentials.
This post contains affiliate links, but are always products I love & highly recommend.
Store-Bought Whole30 Essentials: Condiments
Before starting the Whole30, I took a quick peek at all of the condiments in my fridge. Every single one of them was non-compliant! The organic mayo, the Dijon mustard, all of the dressings, all of my pickles/relish, and the salsa. When it comes to condiments, read your labels carefully. There is almost always sugar hiding in there. Off-limits are soy sauce, sriracha, Worcestershire Sauce, and most ketchups (the one I linked below is compliant). Word of warning: Whole30-compliant condiments are much more expensive than your typical condiments. However, they’re higher quality and almost always taste so much better. Since a condiment is something you use pretty sparingly anyway, all of what I listed below should last you the entire month, except maybe the mayo (especially if you’re making tuna salad like crazy. #guilty).
Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayonnaise: Making homemade mayo is encouraged on the Whole30, but if you’re all “ain’t nobody got time for that” like I am right now, this is my absolute favorite store-bought mayo. It is delicious and creamy, and there is also a compliant Chipotle Lime version.
Coconut Secret Organic Coconut Aminos: The best umami substitute for soy sauce. It’s delicious in Asian dishes, in marinades, in fried cauliflower rice, or in homemade burgers.
Annie’s Naturals Organic Horseradish Mustard: A tasty mustard with a horseradish kick. I love using this one to accompany roast beef or in savory dressings and marinades.
Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Greek Dressing & Marinade: Great dressing full of spices, herbs, and lemon zest. A nice go-to for dressing a simple dinner salad.
Primal Kitchen Whole30 Kit: Nice kit packed with lots of Whole30 goodies. Both the mayos mentioned above are included in addition to the Greek Dressing & Marinade, a Ranch dressing, and extra virgin avocado oil.
Tessemae’s All Natural Buffalo Hot Sauce: Delicious compliant buffalo hot sauce from a great brand.
Red Boat Vietnamese Extra Virgin Fish Sauce Bottle: Best of the best when it comes to Whole30 compliant fish sauce. No preservatives, MSG, or sugar.
Fruitchup Paleo Ketchup: One of the very, very few compliant ketchups out there, this one is sweetened with dates and raisins.
Saucy Lips Pineapple Thai All Natural Sauce: This all-purpose sauce is made from fresh pineapple, apple cider vinegar, olive and sesame oil, garlic, sea salt, and spices. You may have to control yourself from putting it on everything.
Oregon Brineworks Organic Raw Fermented Classic Sauerkraut: Packed with probiotics and delicious on hot dogs!
Bubbies Kosher Dill Relish: Love me some dill relish, and this one from Bubbies is a keeper.
Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste: Check your labels when it comes to curry paste, as most include sugar, corn flour, or soybean oil. This Thai Kitchen Green Curry Paste is compliant.
Store-Bought Whole30 Essentials: Nut and Seed Butters
Nut and seed butters are Whole30 saviors. Perfect for apple dippin’, using in sauces, or, you know, eating from a spoon.
Raw Barney Butter Almond Butter and Chia: This Barney raw almond butter has double protein power thanks to tasty little chia seeds.
Artisana Organic Raw Cashew Butter: One of my favorite raw cashew butters.
Nutrawbar 100% Raw Pistachio and Macadamia Butter Organic Superfood Spread: A tasty nut butter made with just 3 ingredients: pistachios, macadamias, and vanilla bean.
Dastony Sprouted Pumpkin Seed Butter: This brand makes all kind of seed butters for anyone with nut allergies, including pumpkin, watermelon, and hemp seed butters.
Store-Bought Whole30 Essentials: ‘Creamers’
Don’t think you can live without cream in your coffee? These are some pretty delicious compliant substitutes.
nutpods Dairy Free Coffee Creamer Variety Pack: I love this brand. Get a variety pack to see which one you like the best: Original, French Vanilla, or Hazelnut. They’re all compliant.
Wander Life Coconut Creamer: Another compliant creamer with a touch of vanilla bean, this one also contains MCT oil.
Coffee Booster: This organic, chocolate-y coffee addition is made with virgin coconut oil, grass-fed ghee, and raw cocao.
Store-Bought Whole30 Essentials: Vinegars
Almost all vinegar is compliant when it comes to Whole30 with the exception of malt vinegar, which contains gluten. As you can probably tell from above, I’m a big fan of grabbing my vinegar from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, as it’s reasonable and convenient. But here are a few other amazing organic brands that are always in my cabinet.
Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: This raw, unfiltered, and organic apple cider vinegar is one of the best there is.
Eden Foods Organic Brown Rice Vinegar: Yes, you can still have rice vinegar even though you can’t have rice. Try it in an Asian-inspired dressing.
Bionaturae Organic Balsamic Vinegar: This organic balsamic vinegar has no added sulfites.
Napa Valley Naturals Organic Red Wine Vinegar: Red wine vinegar is always a great go-to when it comes to a quick, tasty, and versatile dressing.
Store-Bought Whole30 Essentials: On-the-Go Snacks
The absolute worst part of the Whole30 is being hungry and on the road, stuck in the office, or at class. You’ll find your vending machine or convenience store options very limited, if there at all. That’s why I love to have plenty of emergency on-the-go snacks stashed in my purse or car. Here are my favorites.
Artisana Organics Nut Butter Packs: Convenient, perfectly portioned nut butter packs, Artisana offers quite the variety including almond butter, walnut butter, pecan butter, and cashew butter.
Artisana Organics Coconut Oil and Coconut Butter Packs: Similarly, Artisana offers the same convenient little packs for raw coconut oil and raw coconut butter.
Sun-Maid Raisins: Unsweetened, dried fruit is Whole30 compliant. I like to keep Sun-Maid raisins handy. They’re just 100% raisins with no added sugar and 100 calories per box.
Portioned Nut or Trail Mix Packs: Individually portioned nuts and compliant trail mixes are a great grab-and-go snack, and you can find these fairly easily just about anywhere. I like the Trader Joe’s ‘Just a Handful’ raw almonds.
Freeze Dried Strawberries: Freeze dried fruit is delicious and adds a fun crunch to your snacks. Just make sure you’re buying a brand without added sugar, such as Karen’s Naturals (linked above) or Natierra.
Bare Natural Apple Chips: These apple chips contain no added sugar and are just made from apples (or apples and cinnamon, if you get the cinnamon version). They’re crunchy, delicious, and a great source of fiber. I love dipping them in almond butter!
Store-Bought Whole30 Essentials: Oils
When it comes to compliant Whole30 cooking and finishing oils, some are better than others. Here are my picks and what to use them with.
Chosen Foods 100% Pure Handcrafted Avocado Oil: I love this oil so much that I buy the big bottle at Costco (which is a great price, by the way!). It has a very high smoke point which makes it an excellent choice for cooking.
Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: I know there’s quite a bit of conspiracy floating around the Internet right now about coconut oil, but I still love the stuff and I use it very sparingly anyway. This is a brand I always have in my pantry along with Artisana Organics.
La Tourangelle Roasted Walnut Oil: Walnut oil, rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, is great for drizzling on a simple salad or some grilled vegetables.
California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Of course, my go-to always for dressings and roasting vegetables. I like this brand, which is affordable, made in the US (California), and easily found at most grocery stores.
Spectrum Naturals Organic Unrefined Sesame Oil: The Whole30 states to use sesame oil in moderation. I never cook with sesame oil, but I love to drizzle it on cauliflower fried rice, stir-fries, or use it to make a tasty Sesame Ginger dressing.
Store-Bought Whole30 Essentials: Bone Broth
Bone broth is versatile, delicious, and chock full o’ protein. You can warm a cup of it and sip it as-is, but it also makes the perfect addition to soups, stews, chili, sauces, compliant gravy, and even gazpacho.
Bare Bones Bone Broth: Bare bones is my favorite brand, and probably the only one you’ll ever need. They make beef, chicken, and turkey bone broth in classic flavors or some tasty versions such as Rosemary Lemon and Tomato Spice. One of the best parts about this organic bone broth is that it comes in convenient, eco-friendly, ready-to-sip pouches! Order them on Amazon (linked above), their website, or use the store finder to check out where they’re sold near you. Many grocery stores (both chain and smaller natural markets) in my town carry them, which is awesome….