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I usually drink a bright-green powerhouse in the morning and it fuels my day. While sweet potato hash sounds delicious, I am hesitant to stop, since it gives me a solid energy throughout the chaotic morning of teaching. Here's what I include- can I keep some of the basics and swap out the protein for veggie protein? What about the fruit juice?

-organic frozen blueberries

-splash aloe juice

-Suja Mighty Greens (or another juice, like pomegranate, fresh oj, whatever looks fresh and in season and is on sale)

-tsp. spirulina powder

-scoop of Vitamin Shoppe's Whey Protein

-sometimes a scoop of flax meal and/or hemp hearts...I only do this when I'm working out a ton and need the extra calories/fats

-a cup or so of organic baby kale or baby spinch

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Hey Ellie

This isn't gonna be what you want to hear, but no. We'd really prefer you eat your food rather than drinks it. Your body does not register liquid food in the same way that it does solids as it's the act of chewing which kick starts the production of digestive enzymes, plus smoothies/shakes tend to be fruit heavy. Fruit juice is allowed only for adding to recipes (or a small splash to liven up your water), and not for drinking.

Apart from that here's the official take on it from Melissa herself:


Smoothies: We’d rather you didn’t

This is a very popular question, with a very unpopular answer. Smoothies (generally made using lots of fruit) are technically compliant on your Whole30, but we strongly recommend against it. Food that you drink sends different satiety signals to your brain than food that you chew. So when you drink your meal, your brain isn’t getting the feedback it needs to tell your body that it’s had enough of what it needs. Plus, smoothies are generally really fruit-heavy, and starting your day off with a liquid sugar-bomb sets you up for cravings, hunger, and volatile energy levels throughout the day. In summary, we’d rather you just eat the food, and skip the smoothie.

It's 30 days - instead of trying to figure out how you can get through just by eating compliant foods why not embrace it fully, and follows the rules AND the recommendations - Build each of your meals to match the recommended meal template + pre/postWO meals where appropriate - you might be surprised with your results.


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Thank you for the tough love response. Ok. I'm in. I can do it. 

I'll pop a few spirulina pills with my sweet potato hash instead of sneaking the powder into a chew-free morning sugar bomb. I also mix collagen peptides into my black coffee in the morning. Is each of these Whole30-approved? 

PS I love the no bs nature of the Whole30 community. This is my first virtual community, and it was the direct approach that got me here. Thanks.

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Yup, provided there are no off plan ingredients in either the spirulina pills or the collagen peptides you're good to go :)

You don't have to stick to the meal plan by the way, although some find it helpful until they get themselves into the swing of things.... 

Oh, and welcome! B)

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