If you want to eat healthy, you need to think. You need to think about what you eat, where you eat, and how you eat. You also need to think before, during, and after you sit down to a meal. Just think, think, think.
But before you are “thinked” out, it’s important to remember that many prompts exist to help you identify what you need to keep you in thinking-mode when it comes to food.
At Around the Plate, we’ve talked a lot about the important of thinking ahead. We’ve talked about the importance of meal planning and how making a list (aka thinking in advance about what you are eating and writing it down) can help you better stock your pantry. We’ve also talked about the importance of eating small meals throughout the day so that when those meals happen you aren’t making food decisions on an empty stomach (aka thinking about what foods you really want to eat and which you could probably do with out).
So if you are a thinker or a plan-a-header, your chances of eating well are pretty good. Of course, you still have to know the basics – things like what foods are going to provide the nutrients your body needs, what types of foods should be making it to your plate on a regular basis, and why a small soda at fast food restaurants probably isn’t as small as you think it is.
Additionally, you need prompts or reminders to help you stay on track. For me personally, this is HUGE! I forget everything. You know the Uncle in It’s a Wonderful Life? Imagine him as a young woman and you have me. True story.
That’s why I’m excited to be co-sponsor of the Dine ‘n Dish Challenge. Along with Dana from Words to Sweat By, we are bringing you a challenge that will not only help you with the basics, but prompt you to plan ahead.
You may already be doing this, but we still want to challenge you to think outside the box with your meal planning techniques. And whether you plan your meal the week before or five minutes ahead of time, the Dine ‘n Dish Challenge can help you find ways to boost the nutritional content of your regular meals in the most time-efficient way.
The challenge is all about rollover ingredients. These are ingredients that you may use for one meal, but then have a bunch leftover that need a dish to call home. Instead of tossing out those leftovers or
hiding placing them back in your cupboard, we are encouraging you to chop, dice, and slice them so you can use them in another dish later that week. By doing all the prep at one meal, you can save yourself oodles of time on those days where timing really is everything. You may also find that if your rollover ingredients are already prepped, that you are more likely to add them to additional meals as the days go by.
With the Dine ‘n Dish Challenge, we are asking bloggers to commit to 10 days of food prep. You can sign up on the Words to Sweat By blog now through October 21st. You can also download the pledge and a few other handy meal planning tools as well! For example, I created a Quick List specifically for this challenge – you can’t get it anywhere else!
Blog about your experiences with the challenge and help inspire others to create rollover ingredients. Who knows… it could lead to a future world where meals are super easy to put together. Or hey, who doesn’t love the idea of freezer meals? The possibilities are endless!
And, I don’t want to forget this… THERE ARE PRIZES! A grand prize winner will be selected from those who complete the challenge. Its going to be epic.
Are you with us? I hope you will sign up for the challenge and blog along the way. Both Dana and I will be sharing some of our Dine ‘n Dish meals, tips, and resources throughout the entire month of October and you won’t want to miss it!
The Girl Behind the Plate,
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