I am so excited to tell you about the new Whole Foods Weekly Meal Plan option! This will be available for members beginning with our April plans. (April plans will go up on the member page on April 1.) The Whole Foods Plan joins our Traditional and All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plans. Members get access to all three options!
There’s a whole spectrum of how people eat at home. What people consider healthy varies widely. No matter what you choose to eat, there’s someone who will cite research to say that it isn’t healthy.
With this Whole Foods Plan, we want to avoid all judgement and encourage healthy eating. This plan seeks to incorporate a wide variety of healthy foods. If you are following a paleo diet or vegetarian/vegan diet or raw diet, this is not the plan for you.
But if you’re interested in eating more whole grains, vegetables and fruits, along with a variety of meats then you’ll like this meal plan. The recipes are Eat at Home favorites, with changes made to add whole foods where needed.
Our goal at Eat at Home is to help you make healthy choices for your family.
When you think of Whole Foods think FRESH, UNPROCESSED, & REAL. Whole Foods are fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, real cheese and whole grains. We will stay away from refined sugars and highly processed foods. You will find that you will recognize the ingredients.
The Whole Foods Meal Plan will encourage you to use fresh food when possible because it has the most nutrients and vitamins. You’ll be encouraged to make things from scratch, and we will give you all the encouragement we can to help you gain confidence as a healthy cook! We know that many of you want to eat as healthy as possible, and we want to be a resource for you as you make highly nutritious meals for your family!
Just like our other meal plans, the Whole Foods Plan includes 6 dinners and 1 dessert. We aim to make the dessert as healthy as possible too. Honestly, we debated whether or not to include dessert. In the end we decided that one dessert a week provides a nice treat. And it’s good to see how even dessert can be made more nutritious.
Introducing our new Whole Foods Plan writer
I have wanted to introduce a Whole Foods Plan for a while now, but I knew I needed a special writer for it. While my family does eat healthy, we also eat a wide variety of foods, including those that are not whole foods (pasta and white flour, I’m looking at you!).
I wanted to bring on a writer who could take Eat at Home favorite recipes and adapt them where needed. I also wanted someone who could add a new dimension of options specifically for the Whole Foods Plan. And the new meal plan writer would need to be able to keep things simple and convenient as much as possible too.
Enter Sarah! I’m going to let her tell about herself and her family’s journey to whole foods:
“After my husband and I had been married for one month we hopped on the industrial scale at his family pecan farm only to discover we each had gained 15 pounds. 15 pounds in one month! That was not ok! We read the Makers Diet by Jordan Rubin, and consulted a few nutrition experts that we knew. We decided we were going to focus on eating Whole Foods. (*Not to be confused with the organic grocery store Whole Foods.) I started creating a weekly meal plan, so we knew what we were going to eat each evening. After one month of eating whole, unprocessed food, we had both lost the extra honeymoon weight and we both started feeling great.
Over the years our meal plan has changed. I’ve learned a lot about what “healthy” food is, and what things to avoid, and what foods to enjoy. It has been a process. I did not make huge changes overnight. The small changes we have made have become part of a healthy lifestyle. We still eat French fries on occasion, and of course we enjoy birthday cake at family celebrations too, but we’ve made such great lasting changes that my children ask for Carrot Cake* for their birthdays, and green applesauce* for lunch. (Carrot Cake has 1 pound of carrots in it & green applesauce has spinach in it….and I know you’re thinking ‘yuck’, but they both taste great! And yes, my kids are normal!)
It is my hope that as the Whole Foods Meal Plan writer I can encourage you to make nourishing food that your family will enjoy, just like I am doing for mine. Oh, and you might like to know that we live on a really tight budget, and still eat GREAT! I cook 5 days out of a week, and we eat left overs 2 days. I enjoy cooking, but let me be honest… I need some down-time too!
I have a knack for being able to recreate recipes I’ve had at restaurants. I’m especially good at identifying ingredients based on taste. I am a firm believer that homemade food ALWAYS tastes better & is usually better for you too! All the women in my family are wonderful cooks, so I guess you could say good cooking is in my genes. I grew up eating colorful meals, which were typically meat and veggies. As I discovered my own style of cooking I realized I liked eating REAL food. I also realized that food is connected to many special relationships, and those relationships grow and blossom around meals. There is much to be said for sharing a meal with one another. When food tastes good you want to savor it, and you want to share it with those you love. It is my genuine hope that I can encourage you to learn the benefits of eating WHOLE FOODS, and help you to provide the most nourishing, live giving food you can provide for your family!”