Eating Clean in the Summertime (Whole30, Paleo, Keto friendly recipes and ideas)

Don’t fear picnics, sporting events, family get togethers, camping trips, and birthday parties in the summer. I find that the warm weather and abundance and ease of grilling makes eating clean during the warmer months much easier.

Usually we are eating more fresh veggies and fruit, and a lot of it raw as well. There are a lot of healthy compliant meat options or it’s easy to adjust for your needs. Your favorite sides are also easy to make a healthier, cleaner swaps (think potato salad, dips, and guacamole).

In order to navigate get togethers, I always offer to make a side and check on the protein options. Usually you can have a plain burger if need be. Bringing hot dogs, sausages, or marinated chicken is also usually well received, as long as you’re willing to share.

Below is a round up of items that are our summer staples in my family. All the proteins are amazing on the grill. I marinate chicken and shrimp and most everything else just gets some salt and pepper.

For the sides I’ve included a couple links for my favorite recipes. Also with compliant mayonnaise (link here) you’ll be able to convert a lot of your own favorite recipes.

Finally, finding great clean condiments is getting a lot easier. Most yellow mustards and dill relishes are compliant (just check your labels) and you can find great compliant ketchup now too. I’ve got a list of my favorites and brands below. I also included my affiliate link for thrive market because that’s where I typically find my own at the lowest price.

Happy summer and happy grilling!


  • Steak

  • Burgers

  • Shrimp

  • Chicken

  • Sausages

  • Hotdogs

  • Chicken Wings

  • Pulled Pork

  • Pork Chops



  • Yellow Mustard-Regular is usually compliant

  • Ketchup-Primal Kitchen or Tessemae’s

  • Dill Relish-Check labels, Dill is usually ok, sweet has sugars

  • Mayonnaise-Recipe here

  • Hot Sauce-Franks, Cholula and Tapatío are all compliant

  • Ranch-Tessemae’s, Primal Kitchen, Sir Kensington’s or make your own

  • BBQ Sauce-The New Primal, Tessemae’s or Primal Kitchen

If you don’t want to make your own sauces, I like to buy my compliant ones through Thrive Market. I find they have the best deals and I have been a member for a long time. I have an affiliate link with them to offer you a month’s free membership and 25% off your first order here:

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