All of our Eat the Chocolate recipes are made and tested in our own kitchens. They must pass the taste test of our spouses, children, and families. All recipes, however, must also be approved by Eat the Chocolate Nutritionist, Lynne Hutchison. Lynne further modifies and categorizes each recipe to fit into a signature formula she created specifically for our Eat the Chocolate healthy meal plans.
How our Healthy Meal Plans became Healthier
When Eat the Chocolate Nutritionist, Lynne, saw our original meal plan, she thought it was a great start. However, there were some changes and modifications to that original plan that she felt needed to be made. This helped our healthy plan become even healthier!
Lynne checked our portion sizes, nutrient density and overall variety. She checked to be sure we had proper amounts of fruits, veggies, whole grains, proteins and healthy fats. Where necessary, she made healthy swaps of ingredients and recipes in the meal plan.
Going through this process with Lynne got us thinking. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was some kind of pattern we could follow in creating healthy meal plans? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a meal plan formula as we develop future recipes to be sure we are following her recommended guidelines?
From that idea, Lynne put her creative nutritionist mind to work and came up with a signature Eat the Chocolate Meal Plan Formula!
Specifically designed to provide a model for a healthy eating pattern, our signature formula is now the backbone of all our recipes, meal plans, and monthly membership recipe program.
Based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the goal of our meal plan formula is to make it as easy as possible for busy families to be healthy. Lynne designed the formula to promote healthy weight maintenance and reduce the risk of weight-related chronic disease.
We design each Eat the Chocolate recipe to fit into this formula. We further categorize each recipe based on its nutrients, variety, portion size and amount. If the recipe passes the test, it is given a corresponding symbol. This symbol then helps us know how to fit the recipe into our meal plan calendar. (Of course, recipes still have to pass the test of busy moms and family taste buds!)The combination of all recipes over the course of a day and a week provide us with the proper nutrients in the proper portions recommended.
Bottom Line: Less Stress at Meal Time!
So what does this all really mean? Formulas and guidelines and nutrient density….?
Here’s the bottom line: thanks to Eat the Chocolate Nutritionist, Lynne, we can trust that our meal plans and recipes are healthy! We can leave the complicated stuff to Lynne to be sure we’re following the guidelines. And we can know that being healthy most of the time will lead to health for us and our families.
After all, at the end of the day, we are all doing our best. Don’t give up. Love yourself. And #eatthechocolate.