Guest Post: How to Meal Plan

Hey you guys!  I am thrilled to have Annemarie from the blog Real Food Real Deals to this fantastic guest post on meal planning for you!

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“Putting together a weekly meal plan is one of the best habits to develop when you transition

to a homemade lifestyle. Having a meal plan in place makes life less stressful and it makes

mealtime healthier. Meal planning will help you to save money and time, too.” – Conquering

Your Kitchen, pp. 41 & 54

It would be nice if healthy, homemade food magically appeared on the table each night, but

unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. One of the most important things you can do for your

sanity is to plan out your meals ahead of time.

Sometimes that’s easier said than done. Most people don’t really like meal planning, so it’s easy

to put it off. I used to plan meals a couple days at a time, and I was constantly anxious about how

to get healthy food on the table for my family. If I didn’t know what we were having for dinner

on a particular night, I would be distracted until I figured it out.

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Healthy Buckeyes

Do you know what buckeyes are?  I made some healthy buckeyes for you!  Buckeyes are a dessert that originates in Ohio.  According to Wikipedia, the buckeye candy resembles the buckeye tree, which is the state tree in Ohio.  I am not from Ohio and have only driven through it a couple times.  However, I have had buckeye candy in the past.  Basically, it’s a peanut butter fudge which is covered almost entirely in chocolate.  You can’t really go wrong when you think about peanut butter and fudge right?  Well traditional buckeyes are made from powdered sugar and other processed ingredients.  Not mine!  All you need is 4 ingredients to make my version.  If you like recipes with minimal ingredients, you may also like this post with 20 healthy dessert recipes with 5 ingredients or less.

Healthy Buck Eyes - My Whole Food Life

You guys!  This recipe is seriously easy to make!  The balls themselves have no added sugar.   The chocolate chips contain a little.  Not much when you think of how thin the layer of chocolate around the ball is.  These healthy buckeyes are vegan, gluten free and grain free.  I hope you enjoy them.  As you read this, I am on my way to Florida for my family’s first real vacation together ever.  My husband and I never even got a honeymoon, so this trip is huge for us! We are super excited to be able to take the kids to Disney.  Why am I telling you this?  Just to let you know that it may take me a little longer than usual to answer any questions/comments you may have.  During the time that I am gone, I do have several guest posts lined up, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, I plan to be posting a little about our trip on Instagram.  Feel free to follow along.  Onto the recipe.

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Pumpkin Coconut Butter

You guys!  Pumpkin Coconut Butter is awesome!! Have you tried coconut butter?  It’s so amazing.  It’s melt in your mouth delicious.  I use coconut butter in a lot of my raw desserts.   So I decided to create a Fall inspired coconut butter recipe.  That is how this pumpkin coconut butter came to be.  It would make a great spread for toast, you could swirl it in overnight oats or even melt is and drizzle on pancakes or ice cream.  Yum!

Pumpkin Coconut Butter - My Whole Food Life

Of course if you don’t want to use this pumpkin coconut butter in all of my suggestions above, you could just eat it with a spoon!  I’m not gonna lie.  I had a few spoonfuls of this in the process of making it.   Hey, I got to taste test right? :)  This coconut butter is vegan, gluten free and paleo.  Just about everyone can enjoy it.  You can whip it up in minutes!

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