Thanksgiving Food Challenge - Concept
Sometimes, I feel like the world is full of healthy eaters - especially when I'm browsing my favorite healthy living blogs, reading their tweets and surrounding myself with overall healthy pictures, recipes, and ideas. However, I wonder if we may actually be in the minority? I'm not up on the latest studies to know, but what I do know is that each of us can spread the healthy word out, like ripples in a pond.
Rather than going on and on about this, I'm going to try to keep things simple. The idea is that we spread our healthy lifestyle with others this Thanksgiving season. At most Thanksgiving dinners (at least the ones I'm used to), whether you're hosting the whole meal or just bringing a side dish, you can bank on being able to share your mad cooking/baking skills with your friends, family, and even co-workers by cooking the main dish or bring something on the side or for dessert.
How to Play
The Thanksgiving Food Challenge is simple - choose a dish and make at least one small change to make it healthier. You can make as many changes as you want, but even one change is great.
Here are some examples:
- Use an organic ingredient (sub organic milk or eggs for your famous dessert)
- Use a local ingredient (local veggies anyone?)
- Substitute a healthier ingredient (try brown rice syrup instead of sugar as a sweetener for your famous cake)
- Serve a healthier alternative (steamed green beans instead of green bean casserole)
- Give a family recipe an entire healthy make-over
Leave a comment on this post with your email address and choose one of the following: 1. a comment explaining what you made and what you changed or 2. a comment with a link to your blog post/web site explaining your makeover. 3. a comment saying you tweeted your challenge entry (use hashtag #tdayfoodchallenge).
*EDITED 11/23/09 to add: Every dish you makeover can count as a separate entry, but you must leave a separate comment for each dish - one comment per dish to have them count as separate entries. The more dishes you makeover, the more times you get to enter for the fabulous prize below!*
Post comment(s) by 11:59 pm ET Saturday, Nov 28, 2009 to enter for the prize. (Post after deadline to leave your entry for fun)
I've created a banner for the challenge if you'd like to use it on your blog or web site:
You can use the following code to add this banner to your site:
The prize is helping make the world healthier one ingredient at a time. Oh wait, you want something for you? Ok...
I'll randomly select someone from the group who posts by the deadline to receive a handmade (by me) pair of Swarovski pearl drop earrings (sterling silver) - perfect for your next holiday party and just in time!
I have a couple other pearl colors and several crystal colors and would be happy to help you pick some colors to match your preferences.
With this challenge being so simple, it should be pretty easy for lots of people to participate. Let's spread the healthy word and show people that healthy can be tasty! And if you're wondering how changing out 1 ingredient can make a different, I truly believe that every change for the better makes a positive impact overall. I leave you with this quote:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead
(PS I will be repeating this for Christmas, Hanukkah, and other end of year celebrations - look for twitter hashtag #holidayfoodchallenge)