What Are Whole Foods ?

Happy Weekend :)

I am sure soaking up the sweat over here this morning:

Pretty sure my weekend is now complete with those two classes under my belt. Hah (only sorta kidding.) I know I profess my love for fitness and group exercise classes a lot, but it is because I fell in love with Group X in 2008 and haven’t looked back since. Gotta convert as many crazies as I can, ya know?!


I mean what group X instructor goes to two different gyms to teach her favorite formats??

Me, silly.

What Are Whole Foods

Anyways, let’s talk food, shall we?? And more specifically, what are whole foods.

That is an excellent question–so instead of coming up with my own drawn out explanation, Wikipedia said this:

Whole foods “are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added ingredients, such as salt, carbohydrates, or fat. Examples of whole foods include unpolished grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and non-homogenized dairy products.”

What are whole foods? — in my opinion they are the foods that come from the earth and/or are not man-made.

hello mother nature on a plate

Whatever you believe, whether it is God, a deity, some spirit, etc., that Being knew what He(/She) was doing! These whole foods include the following of my favorites:

  • bell peppers
  • spinach
  • black beans
  • quinoa
  • berries
  • garbanzo beans
  • nuts
  • apples
  • carrots
  • watermelon
  • cucumbers
  • sweet potatoes
  • + MUCH more

dump fruits and spinach into a bowl and call it a salad

Let’s take a look at foods that are NOT whole foods to better get an idea of what IS considered a whole food.

  • crackers
  • chips
  • packaged cookies
  • dips
  • ice cream/fro yo
  • candy bars
  • soda
  • granola bars (most of them)
  • processed meats, breads, and dairy
  • + pretty much everything found in the middle aisles of grocery stores!

unfortunately Fro Yo bowls are not necessarily whole foods....:(

How to navigate: What are Whole Foods ?

When shopping, go to the outer edges of the grocery stores, that is where the produce is (i.e. answer to what are whole foods!). Grab the beans in bulk (bulk bins), and find eggs and other whole grains near the edges of aisles.

However, there ARE tasty foods that are MADE with whole foods ingredients, and are kept relatively unprocessed. Some companies such as Kashi, Great Harvest, Bob’s Red Mill, Trader Joe’s, and many others make a concerted effort to keep the processing, refining, and adding of chemicals to a minimum.

Kashi Go Lean Crunch + Almond Milk = made mostly with WHOLE foods

Really, if you want to eat less sugar, salt, added fats (think saturated fats), preservatives, and/or chemicals, then whole foods are where you want your mouths and bellies! (best way to check : NO ingredients label on the food, or less than 3 {recognizable} ingredients.)

I try to eat a mostly whole foods diet with some chocolate, fro yo, and made-with whole foods snacks (pita chips, hummus, laughing cow cheese, some grain breads) thrown in there. And that is how I keep my body healthy, happy, and hummin’!

Let’s be honest, there is NO way I’d be able to teach 2 high intensity classes right after each other if I ate Oreos, Little Debbies, hamburgers, and soda as my daily diet {shudder}.

*However, if that is a daily diet you’re used to, try adding in some whole foods as well– in a day or so you’ll be feeling magically a whole lot better, happier, and have tons more energy!!

Have a FABULOUS weekend (I am off to somewhere special, come Monday and find out where!!) :)

What are Whole Foods to YOU?? What did YOU wish were magically, completely ‘whole foods’?? <—fro yo & pita chips is my answer!

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  1. another fabulous post! i’m a big whole food believer and have loved recently trying out new foods and incorporating them in recipes. i now LOVE making quinoa, beans, or barley in bulk (not from cans!) and using them all week. have you been to the soulard farmer’s market? i went last week and discovered what i was missing out on… i’m going again today. if you haven’t been… you HAVE to let me take you. it is beyond amazing!

    • So smart to make the food in bulk ahead of time!

      I would go with ya, but we’re headed out of town!! BUt enjoy the deliciousness for me. Maybe in 2 weeks or so–would they still be there then?! Happy weekend :)

  2. I really feel the same way as you! I make most of my meals at home and I rarely buy anything that comes in a box. I use whole food sources of sweetness like pure maple syrup, honey, and dates.

    I wish I could teach classes like you! Instead, I’ll just go down to the basement and workout myself :)

  3. This is just crazy!!! I JUST wrote a post about whole foods…UNBELIEVABLE! I haven’t posted it yet though…

    Great post babe!

    I WISH canned baked beans were whole foods….Oh do I ever wish!

  4. Hey! To me, whole food are what make you as a whole, happy. :)
    But natural food is the way to go. I love spinach, fish, broccoli, nuts, peaches, pineapples, bananas, berries, corn…just soo much!
    I feel like real, whole foods make me feel a lot more amazing and full of energy!!
    But some chocolate, chips or cake are totally awesome sometimes. It’s just a part of life!! 😉

  5. Hey! I LOVE zumba! And I really wanna try a body pump class. I need a push when it come to weights!

  6. this is SUCH a helpful post! whole foods make me feel on my a-game, which is why i seek them out and try to steer clear of the processed stuff (tastes wonderful, but make me feel terrible!).

    i’m so glad i found your blog! so much inspiration.

    xo christine

  7. caroline says:

    I make cookies out of whole foods. Does that count? Joking aside, whole food makes me feel so much better from the inside out. I notice a change in my complexion as well as my energy level.


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