Anna Grotevant, MS, RD, LDN
During the month of February, EE is focusing on – you guessed it – LOVE! Make sure to join our mailing list so you never miss a post.
Food is often connected with emotions, and love is no exception. We often use food to show others we love them. Have you ever experienced one of the following?
- Bringing a new mom a comfort food dish after the birth of her baby
- Buying your kids or grandkids their favorite candy for when they visit
- Cooking breakfast for your parent or spouse to celebrate Mother or Father’s Day
- Delivering cookies or other holiday sweets to those in need
- Sending a special dish to someone who is suffering from an illness
While I would never advocate that you stop doing these things, I want to shed some light on a common issue. In my practice, I often hear clients attributing weight gain to well-meaning friends and relatives, who, in times of sorrow or celebration, can be counted on to bring food. If we couple this with the known fact that people who are struggling or celebrating tend to overdo it on food, a well-meant gesture can turn into trouble, especially for people who are trying to maintain their weight.
Food can be a beautiful way to show how much you care, and it’s universally well liked! That being said, being conscious of bringing foods that are not only delicious but have some redeeming nutritional qualities can you show you care about your friend or loved one’s happiness and health.
Here is a round-up of recipes and ideas that I think would be perfect to bring by to someone you care about. Some of these I have tried myself, others I’ve just ear marked for future use. If you try any, leave your thoughts in the comments section below. We love hearing from you!
Avocado chocolate pudding <– Great as a dip for fresh fruit!
A replacement for cookies <– Great for new moms who need quick and healthy snacks
Beef and Butternut Stew <– Freezes beautifully!
Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Casserole <– I usually serve this with a side of brown rice or roasted potatoes