So, as I’ve already mentioned, Lars and I are doing the Whole30 for the second time. Since I have the benefit of experience this time around, I am making sure to get everything prepped and planned in advance.
Part of that preparation included making this meal planner and grocery list. When I was done with filling in all our meals, I thought that my little spreadsheet was pretty useful, and other people might think so too!
I’ve split the Whole30 into 6 different 5 day segments. I find that easier than going by a regular week, because then you can start and end on any day you want without confusion. Also, it makes sense when you are eating this much fresh food at home to go to the grocery store every 5 days.
So you can see for the meal planner that there is an option for sides. I find that the meal that I spend the most time cooking and planning is dinner. (Makes sense, right?). In our last Whole30, we ate the previous dinner’s leftovers for lunch most days.
So the way I like to plan our Whole30 dinners is by picking a protein and a side. Some meals don’t need a side, like hearty stews or big salads. The point is to try to get in interesting proteins, veggies, and fats. So that’s why the spreadsheet is set out that way.
If you would rather download an editable excel file, you can download that here.
I have the grocery list set up by store sections. I find that when I include canned or frozen goods in the “vegetables” section I forget to pick them up. I always feel like I’m done with fruits and veggies once I get out of the produce section of the store. Having the canned and miscellaneous categories makes it easier to shop without forgetting items.
Anyways, I hope you find these planning tools as helpful as I do! Good luck!