Pearls + Girls Goes Whole 30 {Week 3}

I just completed my second week of Whole 30!  

Get my menu plan for this week and check out some of the photos of

my favorite recipes from last week’s menu!

whole30logo ~ Pearls + Girls

 This week I really got into my groove with Whole 30.  I was feeling energetic, sleeping well and not craving sweets nearly as much as the week before. 🙂

monkeysalad

 Photo:  Good Cheap Eats

The only setback was having to break away from my planned menu when we traveled out of town for a funeral.  I knew it would be hard to follow the rules while dining out, so the hubby and I just decided to take a break and get back on track the next day.  Let me tell you, my body did not thank me for the slip up the next day.  🙁

salmon

 Photo: Food Network

A few things I discovered during my second week:

1.  I found sugar and soy free lunch meat!  You wouldn’t believe how hard that is!!!  There is sugar and soy in EVERYTHING it seems, necessity has required me to become an obsessive label reader.  I had already tried my local grocery store with no success, so I headed over to Trader Joe’s with my fingers crossed.  I found Applegate Naturals Smoked Turkey – NO SUGAR! 🙂  I diced it up with some avocado, sugar snap peas and spinach with a sprinkle of pecans for a chopped salad lunch the next day.  Yummy!

2.  My hair looks amazing!  I don’t know if it’s all the avocados and coconut oil I’ve been eating, but my hair is shiny and silky, not something I’m used to in the middle of a Midwest winter.  I actually ran out of my favorite moisturizing conditioner and had to skip a day, but you would never know it!

3.  Cashews are my new go to snack!  I don’t know if my tastebuds are transformed or if I’ve been missing out all these years, but cashews taste really sweet to me.  I’ve eaten them for a snack and added them to salads and cauliflower rice for a bit of crunch.  Best. Nut. Ever.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie ~ Pearls + Girls

 If you missed the Strawberry Banana Smoothie or 

Fruit Kabobs with Coconut Whipped Cream, go check out my recipes!

Cat in the Hat Kabobs ~ Pearls + Girls

Here’s my menu plan for next week.  I included a few links to recipes I am trying for the first time.  I did plan 7 dinners to keep things interesting, but I plan to repeat some breakfast/snack options and eat some leftovers for lunch.

Breakfast

Scrambled eggs/bacon/mandarin orange

Monkey Salad (sliced bananas, raspberries, almond butter and coconut flakes)

Eggs over easy/sweet potato hash/grapefruit

Bacon and Eggs over Asparagus/banana

Quiche with bacon and mushrooms/sliced strawberries

Lunch

Rotisserie Chicken with Tomato, Avocado, Cashew and Snap Pea Salad

Leftover Meatloaf/Mashed Sweet Potatoes/Roasted Broccoli

Leftover Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

Taco Salad Lettuce Wraps/Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon

Hard boiled egg sprinkled with salt & pepper/sliced yellow peppers &carrots/handful of pecans

Snacks

Apple Almond Butter Sandwich

Cashew Coconut Blueberry Energy Bites

Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

Chia Berry Smoothie

Apple Pie Snack Mix

Carrot sticks/handful of cashews

Dinner

Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

Grilled Sausage with Hot Mustard/Roasted Potatoes/Cabbage and Carrot Slaw

Crock Pot Beef Stew

Grilled Pork Chops/Sauteed Apples and Onions

Roasted Lemon Shrimp/Mashed Cauliflower/Garlicky Green Beans

Mushroom & Onion Smothered Chicken/Zucchini Sweet Potato Latkes

Meatloaf with Mushroom & Onion Gravy/Mashed Sweet Potatoes/Roasted Broccoli