The Legume Whole30 Reintroduction Guide
So you've finished your Whole30 and you're ready to reintroduce legumes. Good for you! Making an effort to properly reintroduce each food group individually really matters. If you're lost on what Whole30 reintroduction is, head to the official Whole30 article about Reintro.
There are so many yummy legumes to reintroduce when the time comes, but which foods are better than others?
SOME LEGUME FOODS ARE MINIMALLY PROCESSED. OTHERS ARE FILLED WITH JUNKY INGREDIENTS THAT WILL MESS UP YOUR REINTRO RESULTS.
It's also worth considering that your reaction to, say, peanuts, might be really different from your reaction to edamame, or beans. For the purpose of this article, I'm rounding up my favorites of ALL legumes for reintro: pick and choose which kinds of legumes are the best for YOU and YOUR body.
AND TRY TO KEEP ADDED SUGAR OUT OF IT.
Sugar has its own side effects, and with some food group reintroductions it's near impossible to separate sugar from the food group (I'm looking at you, gluten). So as best you can, try to avoid high levels of added sugar as you reintroduce a new food group: this will make the effects and results easier to detect.
HERE ARE MY LEGUME FAVES!
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1. Wild Friends Classic Creamy Peanut Butter
My favorite nut butter company: their Almond Butter is Whole30 compliant! I love this clean, minimally processed creamy peanut butter. I also have a 20% off code for anything at wildfriendsfoods.com : "melissasfoodfreedom" !
2. Banza Chickpea Pasta
I prefer a chickpea-based pasta instead of a pasta made with gluten-free flours: they're naturally gluten free and are much more filling, in my opinion! Plus it comes in a TON of fun shapes.
3. Hope Foods Hummus
My goodness, do I have a love affair with hummus. And this is hands down the BEST hummus I've ever had. The classic hummus is my all-time favorite, but they have other amazing flavors too!
4. Ziyad Falafel Mix
Now don't deep fry this falafel, but go ahead and bake this for a yummy legume dinner! I also like to coat chicken tenders in this mix for a fun spin and a way to use it with animal protein. Try it!
5. Black Beans
Try adding black beans to a burrito bowl, or mixing into ground beef! I like to buy organic, and pre-cooked for convenience.
6. Biena Chickpea Snacks
I love these salty, crunchy snacks. They're perfect on salads! They come in a ton of fun flavors: but for reintro purposes, their classic sea salt has minimal ingredients.
7. Roasted Edamame
If you like edamame, try these! This is the sea salt flavor.
8. San-J Tamari Soy Sauce
Most soy sauces actually contain gluten! This gluten-free variety is just soybeans and sea salt. Yum! Tastes like normal soy sauce, too!
Thanks for checking out my Legume Reintro Guide! Stay tuned for similar guides about gluten-free grains, gluten-grains, dairy, and more.