The shocking thing about cutting out sugar is that once you start looking you will find that it is in every. single. thing. and it can be hard.
It is in bread, dressings, sauces, and even bacon 😳 Who knew??? I did not know bacon was cured in sugar. Dumb.
Finding Whole30 approved foods can be super difficult especially if you are trying to fit the Whole 30 way of eating into your normal way of eating. If you are trying to replace all your favorite foods with Whole30 approved foods, you might find you are getting no where. The obvious statement is -Get back to the basic as much as possible. Bell peppers, garlic, squash, onions, turnips, and kale do not have sugar in it. No matter how much you eat, it doesn’t change the fact that it is sugar free and good for you. The bad news is that most of us have become accustomed to the American diet so those amazing foods taste bland. Apples taste AMAZING when we have no other sugar. Oranges and grapes will rock your socks off and can be an after dinner dessert when you are filling your body with foods that heal.
Once again, in getting my mind prepped for the right foods next month, I made tacos for the whole family. It is a super easy meal and everyone loves it. Normally I have hard and soft shells available for the kids but tonight there was just soft. Ava was not pleased when she found out that the hard shells I had in pantry expired in 2015. I do not even know how that happened. 😬 I did heat them up for her (at her request) not having much hope in them tasting good. I was right, think taco shaped cardboard. It was bad. 😒
I made my own taco seasoning because a lot of the store brands can have extra crap in theirs. Here is one I found on line from Allspice.
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
I put about 2 tsp of this mixture into a pound of beef. Tacos are easy, they are yummy, and before you look at the next picture I want you to close your eyes and imagine your favorite toppings (Whole30 approved of course) on top of your taco. Imagine salsa and avocado and maybe some onions. When you look at my very plain and boring taco make sure that you see your very exciting taco. Ok? Good, you may now look.
Yes, it has two things on there, three if you count the lettuce I used for the wrap😔. I was going to do salsa but the one opened in our fridge had agave syrup in it. Yep, it was one of those -Why the heck does it have a sweetener in it- foods. I will confess that after gobbling this up I totally had corn chips and sour cream because I am not Whole30 yet folks so let’s not get 😜.
The other nice thing about tacos is that you can adapt it to fit your Whole30 needs and still have a meal that the family loves that stayed the same. Caden happily ate his soft shell tacos with no cries from the depths of his soul on where is his gluten and sugar had gone.
What are your favorite toppings for tacos that can stay the same while doing the Whole30?