BlogRecipesWhole30 Clean eating & get togethers

March 21, 2016by Courtney Elise2

This week, another popular question will be answered!

“What if you have a get together, birthday party or

holiday event to attend?”

To answer this question, let me start with this:

After reading The Whole30 literature I walked away with a clear understanding that you should set yourself up for success…meaning, don’t have a major holiday, birthday, celebration occur on day 15. Right smack dab in the middle of your 30 day challenge. 
In the first two weeks of my Whole30 journey I had a couple of spur of the moment events that came up… events with alcohol, fried bits of deliciousness and of course, desserts….lots and lots of desserts. 

My cravings weren’t quite under control yet but my willpower thankfully outranked how delicious the cream puffs looked. 

To me, at the time, the most difficult part about the party was that I felt awkward. Everyone standing around drinking and snacking on all of the finger foods. No veggie tray, just me and a solo cup of water and a growling tummy.

I’ve learned a lot of lessons since then &  here are just a few:

1) If possible, plan ahead. 

Offer to bring a veggie tray with homemade whole30 ranch (pg 316 of The Whole30 Book) to the gathering so you’re sure to have something to snack on. 
& if that’s not an option… 
2) Eat before you go. 
If you don’t have time for a full blown meal, grab a Larabar.  Larabars are all natural, super yummy bars with very few ingredients. They come in handy {for me} post gym. After I exercise I get pretty hungry so it’s the best guilt free option that satisfies me until dinner. 

3) Keep La Croix Water stocked in your pantry.
La Croix Water and Larabar’s (at least in my opinion) Whole30 in-case-of-emergency necessities. 

 La Croix water is extra special when you’re sick of plain water. I drink a ton of water {& love it} but even I want to switch it up every now and then. Well, The Whole 30 has lots of “fancied up” (Click Here For Recipes ) drink options using the La Croix flavored waters that you can make in a pitcher, which is perfect for any dinner party or gathering!

4) Host the party yourself


It may sound stressful and unappealing, and I don’t recommend throwing a dinner party during your first W30, unless of course you’re just a rockstar and can handle it, BUT I did throw a get together during my W60 after I had a few tricks up my sleeve.

– familiarize yourself with W30 compliant recipes. I highly recommend you by the book, link is listed under #1, and definitely follow Whole30 and Whole30 Recipes on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.

– At the time of the party, I had W30 ranch as a stable ingredient in my fridge. My hubby still eats regular ranch so offering both was no problem.

– I bought regular tortilla chips for my guests who did not prefer sweet potatoes, deviled eggs (original and avocado, both W30 approved), cucumbers with W30 ranch and regular ranch, 2 salsas, guacamole and fruit.

Deviled Eggs

Regular and Avocado (Whole30 Approved) Deviled Eggs

Like the ranch dressing, I always keep W30 Mayo on hand. See My Mayo Tutorial Here
It’s possible to make these according to the recipe that you usually use, just substitute regular mayo with W30 Mayo. For the regular deviled eggs I added mustard as well (which is W30 approved as long as you check your labels and same with the pickles/relish). I always add salt, pepper and paprika, and there ya have it. Easy peasy.

For the Avocado deviled eggs I cut the amount of mayo in half and add in the avocado. It’s all up to you on how avocado-y you want it to taste. I add a whole Avocado for 4 hardboiled eggs (8 halves)… because I am obsessed with them.

They were a huge success and loved by all.

– Sweet Potato Chips

I used smaller, thinner potatoes with these so they got a bit burned. I do recommend using a bigger potato but with thin slices to make it more chip-like. These were pretty small (but delicious nonetheless). 

  1.  Set Oven to 450 degrees
  2.  Using a mandolin slice sweet potatoes until desired thickness.
  3.  Coat with Coconut (or desired cooking fat of your choice)
  4.  Place coated sweet potatoes evenly on lined baking sheet
  5.  I always add course sea salt and pepper to them but occasionally to  switch  it up, I’ll sprinkle, cayenne, garlic powder, even finely chopped rosemary and thyme to the chips as they bake.
  6. Immediately after you place the chips in the oven lower the temp to 300-325 degrees. As the temperature lowers it allows the chips to start crisping.
  7.  Bake for 45 minutes to 60 minutes. (I rotate the pan every 20 minutes or  so to make sure they are cooking evenly)
  8.  Let them cool completely (they will crisp as they cool) before serving.

I served the sweet potato chips with Pace Organic Salsa (W30, which I bought at Sam’s) and another Salsa brought by a guest which was not W30 approved (mainly because of sugar and corn).
And of course, homemade Guac.


So, all in all, hosting a party or going to a party is not a Whole30 death sentence. But, will power and preparation go hand and hand. After time, I learned what situations to avoid and which ones to plan ahead for. I realize I can’t avoid social gatherings forever which is why Whole30 is so fabulous. It’s a realistic lifestyle change if you just give it a chance!

I am several days post Whole60 and have reintroduced very little, not because I don’t feel deserving of it, but honestly, I haven’t wanted it badly enough to bother trying it.

Reintro is however super important and I am still just taking it a day at a time.

Keep the questions coming! (email, instagram, facebook or below) I am happy to answer and help any and all of you that I can!

Until next time,


Courtney EliseCourtney Elise

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    April 5, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Hey Courtney! So glad to find your blog via Whole 30. I've been on and off paleo for the past 3 years and have completed 2 whole30's. I've always struggled with giving into temptation and then going down a bad path of binging on sweets until I can get the strength up to try again. I love that you stayed with it for over 45 days because you didn't feel ready to deal with temptation. Please keep sharing your journey – it's inspiring to those of us still trying!!


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    Courtney Elise. ♥

    April 7, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Cyndi! It is people like you who make me WANT to keep posting my journey! Thank you for reading, and thank you for your encouraging words. I just posted a new blog a few minutes ago! I struggled this past week and wanted to share it with you guys even though it was hard!


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