If you've done Whole 30, you know that eating anywhere besides in your own kitchen can be a hassle.
And if you haven't done Whole 30 -- a strict, 30-day diet that requires nixing common ingredients like dairy, grains and sugar -- perhaps the reason is because it's hard to find compliant food anywhere besides your own kitchen.
This week, Zoes Kitchen announced that it is one of the few companies in North Texas that has joined forces with Whole 30 to sell Whole 30-approved food.
This is a big moment for Whole 30 eaters. Even at "healthy" restaurants, anyone following the Whole 30 plan is forced to be an annoying orderer, asking if the chefs can cook with ghee instead of non-clarified butter. Or asking if they can order a sandwich ... without the bread and cheese, so maybe let's not call it a "sandwich" anymore. Salad, but with no croutons or sugary dressing. And so on. I'm speaking from experience when I say that even if a restaurant is serving up healthful fruits, veggies and meats, a majority of it would not be Whole 30 compliant.
Whole 30 defines itself by what it doesn't allow: no added sugar, no alcohol, no grains, no soy or legumes, no dairy. It has become a popular way for healthful eaters to drop a few extra pounds or finally divorce themselves of a sugar addiction.
One of the helpful parts of Melissa and Dallas Hartwig's Whole 30 books is that the brand has carefully aligned itself with companies it deems worthy of selling Whole 30-compliant items. La Croix, the sparkling water, is Whole 30 compliant, for instance. Eureka! Drinking a can of bubbles makes a strict diet not feel so sad.
The addition of Zoes means Whole 30 eaters will have another place to eat. It's also potentially a good option for keto or paleo eaters, who follow similar (but not the same) rules.
According to Whole 30's website, the only D-FW eateries that are Whole 30 compliant are:
*Gather Kitchen in downtown Dallas
*Snap Kitchen (10 locations in D-FW)
*Zoes Kitchen (25 locations in D-FW)
Zoe's says it's the only "national Whole 30 approved Mediterranean restaurant." The Plano-based company has been touting the benefits of a Mediterranean diet for some time now.
"Working with Zoes Kitchen to create a variety of delicious, satisfying Whole30 meals has been such an exciting project," said Melissa Hartwig, Whole30 CEO. "They've made such efforts to create a robust selection of Whole30 approved offerings to serve our program followers, including identifying subtle modifications to some dishes on their menu to create even more options for the program."
Compliant items at Zoes will be designated with the Whole 30 logo. The Whole 30 menu includes chicken, shrimp or salmon kabobs; cauliflower rice bowls (without feta or tzatziki); greek salad (no feta; pita is replaced with cucumbers); roasted vegetables and more.