Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Join the Aetna Healthy Food Fight #SSFoodFight @shespeaksup

We always try to eat healthy foods, because it  is one way to aid in staying healthy.  The main problem we have with that task is TIME!  In today's busy world, making healthy food choices is not always an easy thing to do!!  When we have time, I love to prepare a healthy meal from scratch, but some nights I'm tempted to use the processed, high in sodium, convenience foods.  I'm ashamed to admit that I use them on occasion!  They may be fast, but they aren't all that healthy!

I'm lucky because my family loves fresh fruit and vegetables!  We eat salads a lot!  My hubby makes a yummy low calorie and very low fat dressing for them, and we gobble it up!  We also do a lot of other things to make our  meals healthier!  We have begun substituting whole wheat or vegetable pasta for the traditional white pasta.  I'm also using more brown rice and less white rice!  All the little things you change can add up to big benefits!  My hubby has high blood pressure, and I am diabetic, so I am very conscious of the amount of salt and processed sugars we use!  We use spices instead of salt to flavoring our meals. Being married to a chef has lots of benefits.  One major one is that he can tell me how to best flavor my foods without the salt and sugar!

Along with the fresh veggies, we also keep lots of fresh fruit around!  We love snacking on fresh berries, apples, peaches, oranges, grapes, mango, or any fruit that is in season.  We have also found that snacking on frozen fruit not only satisfies our sweet craving, but also the crunch craving!

Do you have a personal recipe that’s delicious and health-conscious? Submit it on HealthyFoodFight.com for a chance to win $10,000 worth of groceries donated by Recipe.com! You don’t have to be a professional chef—anyone can win! There are also live cook-off events to look forward to—check HealthyFoodFight.com for details.

If you think these tips are good, make sure to join in on the upcoming Twitter Party!  For this week's Twitter Party, SheSpeaks is teaming up with The Aetna Healthy Food Fight to discuss an amazing contest to find and vote for the tastiest and healthiest recipes from across the United States.  Also...a huge bonus...PRIZES!!  You can win Dutch Ovens and gourmet cookware from Circulon donated by Meyer Corporation, U.S.

#SSFoodFight Recipe Swap Party Details
When: Thursday, September 15th
Time: 8pm EST
Hashtag: #SSFoodFight
RSVP: http://bit.ly/PMTWT

Aetna is one of the nation's leading providers of health care, dental, pharmacy, group life, disability insurance and employee benefits.  They help people achieve health and financial security by providing easy access to cost-effective, high-quality health care. And continue to be a leader in building a stronger, more effective health care system by working with doctors, hospitals, employers, patients, public officials and others. Learn more about Aetna’s mission.   You can learn more about Aetna and the Healthy Food Fight by clicking HERE!

Disclosure:  My thanks to Aetna Healthy Food Fight and www.shespeaks.com for allowing me to participate in this opportunity. I will receive a thank you gift for my participation.

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