I’ve written two posts on Vegetarian Whole 30 (here and here, definitely recommend reading them if you want to know more – Vegetarian Whole 30 is NOT regular Whole 30). Lots of people requested a “day in the life” wrap-up of eats on the plan, so here you go.  I ate Vegetarian Whole 30-ish on Sunday and photographed everything (you’ll see why I say “ish” later).


Well, actually, you’ll see some of the “ish” right away – I had coffee with half and half and Stevia.  On Whole 30, I drank my coffee black or with coconut milk (the actual stuff in a can, not the processed creamer).


As a side note, I try really hard to drink a glass of water BEFORE I start chugging coffee every morning.




This was a scrambled mess of three eggs, peppers, onions, spinach, and artichoke hearts.  I love artichoke hearts in eggs!  Plus grapes and roasted potatoes with mustard.  Another thing I liked about Whole 30 was it encouraged me to eat bigger meals.




Official Whole 30 rules is against snacking, but I can’t do that with workouts.  I had some almonds after my workout – I did 2.0 miles of speedwork followed by some lifting. 




A stir-fry of tofu, onions, broccoli, carrots, and cashews with a side of watermelon.




A cheese stick (another “ish” – full-fat plain Greek yogurt is okay on Vegetarian Whole 30 but cheese is not) and an apple. 




Okay, CLEARLY, peanut butter cups is not on Vegetarian Whole 30 (no form of added or artificial sugar is!) but in the name of transparency, I had a few peanut butter cups while “supervising” the Husband and the kiddos build a fort.


Dinner time for the munchies!  We eat breakfast + lunch together as a family (Henry will eat some of what I do on Vegetarian Whole 30, but in typical preschooler style, foods must be separated – so the eggs and peppers and onion scramble was cool, just not all together).  For dinner, we usually eat after the kids are in bed – they eat too early for me.


I snacked on more almonds while they ate (my chair was missing because it was part of the fort, hah).




Lentils + tahini sauce, more potatoes, tomatoes, roasted Brussel sprouts. 


Plus frozen cherries while watching the series pilot for Fear the Walking Dead (which was awesome!).


Frozen cherries is a pretty bomb snack, by the way.


So – that’s a typical day of Vegetarian Whole 30 eats!  Other snacks that I’d commonly eat include edamame, macadamia nuts, and Greek yogurt (I usually had Greek yogurt every day).  And I ate a LOT of eggs – I wouldn’t have tofu every day but would often eat two rounds of eggs.  My favorite thing about Vegetarian Whole 30 was how much produce I ate on the plan – I ate at least 12 servings yesterday!  Pretty awesome.


What’s the best thing you ate this weekend?  That artichoke scramble was epic!



  • Jana August 24, 2015, 8:51 am

    Thanks for this look inside your whole30ish eats. 🙂

    When you mentioned that you were snacking during the day, I was immediately all “Uhhh, Whole30 does not allow for snacking…” – mostly because this was a habit I struggled with and am happy to have overcome.

    But don’t worry: according to official Whole30 rules, pre- and post-workout snacks are not only recommended but essential! So unless you were mindlessly snacking at midnight because you “felt like it” (which is what I used to do pre-W30), snacks are fine when related to workouts.

    • Caitlin August 24, 2015, 8:56 am

      Whew! Yes, I think work outs + breastfeeding meant that snacking is key for me. I get why they don’t like it in theory, though.

  • Cat @ Reader/Eater August 24, 2015, 10:26 am

    I’m a vegan Crossfitter, so I hear A LOT about #whole30 and why I should convert. It’s nice to see a differing opinion.

    • Caitlin August 24, 2015, 11:02 am

      You can’t do vegan whole 30, i don’t think, but this is a way better alternative than regular whole 30 for us veggies!

  • brynn August 24, 2015, 10:54 am

    OK, I am giving the coconut in a can for coffee a whirl. Everyone says it is epic. And as a coffee lover I think it is my duty. Thanks for the awesome recap/insight!

  • Jayne August 24, 2015, 1:04 pm

    The best thing I had this weekend, that’s hard due to my husband being sick we didn’t have too much but snacks the whole weekend, but we went out to eat on Saturday night at a fancy restaurant and I had THE BEST Sirloin steak! I’m usually not a steak fan but it sounded and was phenomenal!

  • Kate August 24, 2015, 1:16 pm

    Yum, those lentils looks great! How did you cook them?

    • Caitlin August 24, 2015, 8:40 pm

      These are the precooked ones from Trader Joe’s!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 24, 2015, 1:37 pm

    The best thing I ate on the weekend was some amazing smoked salmon with paratha (middle eastern flat bread) and cream cheese. It was such a satisfying snack!

  • Meg August 24, 2015, 1:50 pm

    Hi, Caitlyn,
    Long time reader – I absolutely love your blog. One question I had that I meant to include in your “Thoughts about Whole30 Challenge” post was the social aspect of this experiment. Did you feel like you had to turn down social dinners in order to maintain your diet? How did you handle situations where everyone was drinking wine or eating cheese and you had to abstain? Thank you!

    • Caitlin August 24, 2015, 8:40 pm

      I think I went out a few times on Whole 30 and I just made the best effort that I could… I never bailed completely but I do remember that once I just ate beforehand. I went out with everyone who was boozing and I just offered to be DD 🙂 I think they all liked that!!! It’s only 30 days, you know? It’s not really that long.

  • Olivia August 24, 2015, 2:28 pm

    I swear by Whole30/paleo. My husband and I are in week 10 of Whole30 eating. We’ve been super strict but are planning to transition to the more flexible paleo diet here soon. We’re down just shy of 50lbs in 10 weeks (32lbs for him and 17lbs for me)!

  • Amanda August 24, 2015, 3:13 pm

    I looove frozen fruit, but I have crazy sensitive teeth- it’s definitely a love/hate thing for me!

  • B August 24, 2015, 3:39 pm

    Oh I need to check out the vegetarian whole 30. I have wanted to do a whole 30 for a while but as a pretty strick vegetarian I thought I might starve without tofu, greek yogurt or cheese – on top of no grains or processed food. Glad to see how yummy all of the food you made looked. Putting this at the top of my to do list!

  • HG August 24, 2015, 4:10 pm

    THis is by no means meant to be snarky.. but I almost feel like you should call this a different sort of plan since it’s very different than Vegetarian30.. snacking/coffee creamer/candy/cheese. As a reader I LIKE reading the honesty and it gives me a real perspective on how to take principles, but make it realistic. I just don’t think it’s respectful of the tried and true plan that the Hartwigs wrote.

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 24, 2015, 4:24 pm

    Yummy eats! I love that you threw some ish-es in there! 😀

  • Caitlin August 24, 2015, 8:00 pm

    I tried whole 30 but bailed after a few weeks because I normally only eat meat about once per week and it was wayyyy to much meat for me (and so expensive!). You’re the first person I’ve heard talking about veg whole30. It seems like a great option! I was wondering if you put any sauce on your lunch stir fry?

    • Caitlin August 24, 2015, 8:38 pm

      It had coconut oil and salt 🙂 I like stuff plain though!!

  • Kelsey @ Chatterbox Blog August 24, 2015, 9:18 pm

    I’m a vegetarian so this gave me some great ideas for meals — how did you cook the lentils? I love them but am never quite sure how to incorporate them into anything other than salads!

    • Caitlin August 25, 2015, 6:10 am

      They are the pre made ones from Trader Joe’s!

  • Nicole August 25, 2015, 5:41 am

    Thanks for sharing, Caitlin! So often it seems bloggers only share perfection with us (which I totally get!) but it’s nice to see -ish parts of life, too, since that’s more how I’d likely approach something like the Whole30. I’ve been super interested in it but I know I’m likely to fail if I consider it “all or nothing”. However, if I go at it like you, I’ll still totally benefit. Being more mindful of what I eat is always a good thing and I can always improve the amount of veggies I’m eating! 🙂


  • Grace @ Diary of a Running Snail August 25, 2015, 8:36 am

    Thanks for some great ideas! I have been trying really hard lately to make a lot more vegetarian/whole 30 choices in my meals. I find that eating vegetarian gives me so much more energy!
    I also love frozen cherries as a snack:)
    The best thing I ate this weekend was some vegan coconut gelato – YUM!

  • Joanna August 25, 2015, 10:06 am

    Awesome! I try to drink water before coffee too! Especially when I was breastfeeding! It helped me stay hydrated. I drank so much water when I was nursing, and even now that i am done I still feel like I drink so much!

  • Cassie August 25, 2015, 12:59 pm

    That looks awesome! I’m a big snacker right now too.

  • Megan August 25, 2015, 4:44 pm

    Best thing I ate was 4 Rivers BBQ while visiting family in the Orlando area.
    Brisket sandwich, baked cheese grits and green beans.
    So delicious!

  • Kate @KateMovingForward August 25, 2015, 10:59 pm

    Looks like a yummy day of eats! I also find myself snacking on almonds a lot–they are so easy to grab on the run! My favorite thing I ate this weekend was fresh raspberries. 🙂

  • Cooldude September 1, 2015, 3:13 pm

    These look like the perfect snack to have before a workout or to take hiking with you! Anything with chocolate and you’ve got me sold, Cannot wait to try to make these., Natural Healthy Life Ideas

Healthy Tipping Point