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Save Money and Time with Weekly Real Food Meal Plans for the Busy Home

traditional real food meal plansDo you need some help getting real food on the table? I have an answer for you: weekly real food meal plans from Emily Bartlett at Holistic Squid!

Nutrient-dense, Real Food Meal Plans

I love these real food meal plans because they are full of the same nutrient-dense real foods that I recommend, like healthy saturated fats, bone broth, fermented foods, and grass-fed/pastured meats. Whether you’re new or experienced with real food, following these meal plans will make sure that you’re getting plenty of the health-promoting foods you need–with minimal stress and thought on your part.

Weekly real food meal plans are now available in traditional real food or Paleo real food. Both options are suitable or can be easily modified for gluten-free and dairy-free diets–so whatever your dietary preferences are, I think you’ll find a good fit with one of these options.

How Weekly Real Food Meal Plans Will Save You Time and Money

real food meal plans sample menuMeal planning saves you money. When you know exactly what you’re going to eat for the week, you only buy the foods that you actually need, so you end up throwing away far less food. And when you’re eating expensive, high-quality food, making use of everything you buy can mean significant financial savings.

Meal planning also means that you won’t be running out for take-out when life gets busy or you can’t figure out what to have for dinner. When you’re armed with a meal plan in advance, it’s much easier to still eat real food even when life gets challenging.

Making your own meal plan takes time, though–and if you’re busy, you may not have the time to meal plan! This is where Holistic Squid’s weekly real food meal plans come in. Every week you get a delicious, nutrient-dense dinner plan for the week without any time investment on your part.

When it comes to the actual shopping and cooking for the week, Emily has you covered, too. Emily tells you exactly what to buy and exactly what to cook when so you can streamline the time you spend at the store and in the kitchen.

What You’ll Get with Weekly Real Food Meal Plans

When you sign up for either traditional real food meal plans or Paleo real food meal plans, each week Emily will send you:

  • A detailed shopping list to save you time and money
  • Your schedule for the week laid out day by day (with one main cooking day and minimal time in the kitchen)
  • Recipes for 5 dinners – plus an extra – with enough leftovers to cover most of your lunches too!
  • One double recipe each week to bank “fast food” in the freezer
  • Bonus recipes each week so you always have real food handy

Want to see what a weekly menu looks like?

Get a free traditional real food meal plan here, and a Paleo real food meal plan here.

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Sign up for traditional real food meal plans here.

Sign up for Paleo meal plans here.

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Want an even better deal on weekly real food meal plans? You can get 25% off all meal plans by signing up for VGN Premium, the new real food membership discount club. In addition to saving on meal plans, you’ll also get tons of savings on content from your favorite bloggers and products from your favorite natural/real food brands–all for only $5/month. Read more about VGN Premium here.

My Colorado CSA Box: Week 6

Colorado CSA Box Week 6In last week’s CSA box, we got: beets, garlic scapes, chard, and spinach.

If you follow these CSA posts regularly, you may have noticed that I skipped week 5. I was really busy after I picked up the veggies that Thursday, so I completely forgot to take a picture of the CSA haul. By the point I remembered it was about five days out, so I figured that I’d just take a week off. The produce selection was pretty much more of the same, so you didn’t miss much. 🙂

But anyway, back to week 6. It seems like there wasn’t much selection this week (due to the two bags of spinach), but that was actually my doing.…

Announcing the Winner of the Lunch Crock Giveaway!

lunch crock giveaway winnerIt’s time to announce the winner of the lunch crock! The winner is:

Angelique R! (petakinethi@…com). Congratulations, Angelique! Please email me at with your name, mailing address and phone number so I can send you your prize.

Thanks so much for entering, everyone!

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Giveaway: Win a 20 oz. Lunch Crock!

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I’m running another giveaway! This time I’m giving away a 20 ounce Crock-Pot lunch crock. If you take your lunches to work, this is a great way to heat them up without using the microwave. I got one of these for Jesse for Christmas and he loves it. He took hot meals to work in a thermos for many years, but he says that this works so much better.

How to Enter to Win

1) Click on this link and read about the lunch crock

2) Click here to sign up for the Whole Natural Life newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time, but you must be subscribed when I pick the winner in order to be eligible to win.…

Giveaway: Win a Copy of The Nourished Metabolism E-Book!

The Nourished Metabolism Giveaway
Do you have a nourished metabolism or a stressed metabolism? Contrary to popular belief, your metabolism isn’t all about burning calories. According to Elizabeth Walling’s new e-book The Nourished Metabolism, your metabolism actually encompasses how every cell in your body processes and uses energy.” As a result, it’s pretty easy to see that the health of your metabolism has a huge effect on your overall well-being. Check out these signs and symptoms of a stressed metabolism versus a nourished metabolism:

Nourished Metabolism

Stressed Metabolism

  • Normal body temperature
  • Level moods
  • Handles stress well
  • Healthy hair, skin and nails
  • Excellent digestion and normal bowel movements
  • Good sleep patterns
  • Consistent energy
  • Steady blood sugar
  • Balanced hormones and a healthy sex drive
  • Subnormal body temperature
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to handle stress
  • Dry skin, dandruff, brittle nails, psoriasis, eczema, etc.