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Make Your Pledge to Healthify Your Dinner and You Could Win $1,500 {Giveaway}

As busy moms sometimes it is hard to find the time to prepare healthy meals for our families. Healthy Moms wants to stress how important it is to make time to not only eat dinner as a family but also prepare delicious healthy meals to help your kids grow big and strong.


General Mill’s and Eat Better America is also encouraging families to live a healthier lifestyle by choosing nutritious food for mealtime and snacking. Visit Eat Better America and sign the pledge to “healthify your dinner” for a chance to win $1,500 in free groceries.

The Eat Better America website also offers information on nutrition, healthy recipes, and printable coupons for General Mill’s products.

Five Time Saving Tips for Busy Moms to “Healthify” Their Family Dinner

1. Wash and slice up fresh fruit and veggies ahead of time and place in plastic freezer bags. You can store them in your freezer or refrigerator to use later.

2. Prepare main courses for the week ahead of time and freeze. Before leaving in the morning pull it out of the freezer to defrost then you can pop it in the oven upon your return.

3. Plan ahead! Make a list of the meals that you want to prepare for the week along with the recipes. Do your grocery shopping based upon those recipes.

4. Replace packaged snacks with healthier alternatives such as unsalted mixed nuts, seeds, cut up fresh veggies, and fresh or dried fruits.

5. Organize your refrigerator so that the items you will need to prepare dinner are in front and in a easy convenient place.

General Mill’s wants to help you and your family to eat better by offering one lucky Healthy Moms reader a $25 gift card for groceries at their local grocery store.

Required for entry: You must be a US resident 18 or older in order to enter. First visit Eat Better America on Facebook and become a fan or Follow Eat Better America on Twitter. Then enter the Eat Better America Sweepstakes for a chance to win $1,500 in groceries. To win the $25 gift card leave us a comment with your tip on how you get your family to eat healthier. The giveaway ends on May 31, 2010.

For extra entries:

For extra entries:

Subscribe to our Healthy Living Newsletter

Follow Me on Twitter

Subscribe to Healthy Moms

Follow This blog with Google Friend Connect

Digg This Contest

Tweet This Contest

Stumble the Contest

E mail the link to our site or this contest to a friend (make sure you BCC talbertcascia @ yahoo dot com so I have proof of the e mail)

Become a Fan of Healthy Moms on Facebook

Join our Blog Frog Community

Join the Healthy Moms Network

Add Healthy Moms to your blogroll.

Blog about this contest. Make sure you include a link back.

For every entry including extra entries please leave a separate comment. Winners will be chosen randomly from the comments and e mails that I receive. The contest ends on May 31, 2010 at midnight PST.

*Disclosure in exchange for writing this General Mills is providing the $25 grocery gift card to one Healthy Moms reader. All opinions are truthful and 100% mine.

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.

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160 Comments

  1. peg42 May 27, 2010

    I'm a FB fan of Eat Better America (Margaret E. Smith) and I Follow Eat Better America on Twitter (peg42). I entered the Eat Better America Sweepstakes.
    My pledge/tip is to have healthier options of food available in our home for my family. More fruits, more veggies and less unhealthy snacks.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  2. peg42 May 27, 2010

    I'm Subscribed to our Healthy Living Newsletter
    Thanks again
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  3. peg42 May 27, 2010

    I follow you on twitter (peg42)
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  4. peg42 May 27, 2010

    Subscribed to Healthy Moms
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  5. peg42 May 27, 2010

    Google friend follower (rickpeggysmith)
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  6. peg42 May 27, 2010

    I became a FB fan (Margaret E. Smith)
    Thanks
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  7. Kristie May 27, 2010

    I REALLY like to bake, so I've started finding 'healthified' baked goods to make for the family! 🙂

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  8. Kristie May 27, 2010

    I subscribe via e-mail.

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  9. Kristie May 27, 2010

    I'm a follower through Google Friend Connect.

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  10. Kristie May 27, 2010

    I'm a fan on facebook.

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  11. MOMFOREVERANDEVER May 27, 2010

    If I don't buy it, they don't need it. I avoid the chips and cookies and stay in the healthy departments like meat, dairy and produce

  12. abfantom May 27, 2010

    I pledged to reduce the fat and salt in my family's diet.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  13. abfantom May 27, 2010

    I follow publicly via GFC.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  14. abfantom May 27, 2010

    I'm an email subscriber.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  15. mogrill May 27, 2010

    Im a FB fan. We make it a family outing and go to the Farmers market to find healthy things to eat and snack on.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

  16. Rebecca Graham May 28, 2010

    Follow eatbetter on Twitter: rhoneygee
    I am adding more fruits and veggies to our diet.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  17. Rebecca Graham May 28, 2010

    Follow you on Twitter: rhoneygee

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  18. hale2005 May 28, 2010

    I am following on twitter!
    mrcheapo

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

  19. hale2005 May 28, 2010

    I buy my family more whole grains to eat healthier.

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

  20. Marcia May 28, 2010

    We're cutting back on salt so I have had to find ways to use more spices and herbs in my cooking

  21. wildcat32 May 28, 2010

    follow Eat Better on twitter @5memb
    I stopped buying sodas and junk food and have more fruits and vegetables on hand.
    monster6236(at)gmail(dot)com

  22. wildcat32 May 28, 2010

    tweet http://twitter.com/5memb/status/14905150188
    monster6236(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. Amber May 28, 2010

    i get my family to eat healthier by providing lots of fruits for snacks!
    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

  24. Amber May 28, 2010

    I follow your blog with google friend connect!
    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. Anonymous May 28, 2010

    Following on twitter (gobronson)

    Joined the pledge for the sweeps.

    And I am actually currently trying to get my kids to eat more fruit and veg!!

    oneadem@gmail.com

    Jordan B.

  26. Valancia May 28, 2010

    Following on twitter as skyxsky27
    I try to make things with olive oil or coconut oil so we eat healthier.

    skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

  27. Anonymous May 28, 2010

    Luv to win. Thx much.

    swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

  28. buzzd May 28, 2010

    I follow them on twitter
    I have more fresh fruits and veggies as snacks so we don't eat as much junk food

  29. Deborah Wellenstein May 28, 2010

    I'm trying to keep only healthy food in the house, and we're cooking way more. Thanks!

  30. Stephen May 28, 2010

    Hi! I did as requested on all points except entering the other contest, I went and couldn't find where to enter. 🙁

    To eat better though here, we disposed of the frying oil and put the deep fryer in storage.

  31. sarah May 28, 2010

    remove unhealthy food from the house. if they have no other options, they will start eating healthy foods

  32. Nicole May 28, 2010

    I follow Eat Better on Twitter @Pittsy82 and “LIKE” them on Facebook (Nicole Pitts), and entered the sweepstakes. My tip is to boy more fruits and veggies and less junk food 🙂

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

  33. Nicole May 28, 2010

    I subscribe via email

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

  34. Nicole May 28, 2010

    I follow on Twitter @Pittsy82

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

  35. Nicole May 28, 2010

    I subscribe to the Healthy Living newsletter

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

  36. Nicole May 28, 2010

    I follow via Google Connect

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

  37. Nicole May 28, 2010

    I “LIKE” you on Facebook (Nicole Pitts)

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

  38. Louis May 28, 2010

    serving fresh fruits and vegetables instead of sugary snacks

  39. Louis May 28, 2010

    I like Healthy Moms on FaceBook (louis huff) 🙂

  40. Kiara May 28, 2010

    I'm a fan on facebook.
    austma7@aol.com

  41. her5boys May 28, 2010

    I get my family to eat better by filling the cupboards with healthy options. They can't eat a bunch of junk if it isn't there. I visited on facebook, follow on twitter and entered the contest!

  42. her5boys May 28, 2010

    I subscribe to the healthy living newsletter!

  43. her5boys May 28, 2010

    i follow you on twitter..her5boys480

  44. her5boys May 28, 2010

    I follow on google friend..brkwalker

  45. Amanda May 29, 2010

    They eat what I fix, so the burden lies with me to make healthy, tasty meals. It's not as hard as people make it out to be, really. Healthy food just tastes better once you get the processed junk out of your system, your body doesn't miss it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. CC May 29, 2010

    I grate up carrots and add that to recipes

    speechforme at gmail

  47. CC May 29, 2010

    I follow on twitter @speech_hero

    speechforme at gmail

  48. CC May 29, 2010

    I subscribe in google reader

    speechforme at gmail

  49. CC May 29, 2010

    I follow with google friends

    speechforme at gmail

  50. CC May 29, 2010

    I stumbled:neonfish

    speechforme at gmail

  51. CC May 29, 2010
  52. CC May 29, 2010

    I added you to my blogroll: http://superpoweredstuff.blogspot.com/

    speechforme at gmail

  53. clc408 May 29, 2010

    I am a fb fan of Eat Better America. I think healthy eating starts at the grocery store. I buy only healthy items so I'm not tempted by bad choices. If it's not in the house, you can't eat it!

  54. clc408 May 29, 2010

    Following on gfc

  55. clc408 May 29, 2010

    Like you on fb (Cynthia Conley)

  56. jmcharries May 29, 2010

    Water. We drink tons of water. If you have some right before a meal you don't eat as much and it keeps you full throughout the day.

    jmcharries@cox.net

  57. jmcharries May 29, 2010

    I follow you on twitter under the name JCHARRIES

    jmcharries@cox.net

  58. jmcharries May 29, 2010

    I Subscribe to Healthy Moms via e-mail

    jmcharries@cox.net

  59. jmcharries May 29, 2010

    I follow you on Google Friend Connect under the name jmcharries

    jmcharries@cox.net

  60. Nicole May 29, 2010

    we don't drink soft drinks

  61. tatertot374 May 29, 2010

    I stopped buying pop and we drink more water
    Thank you
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

  62. tatertot374 May 29, 2010

    I follow on twitter
    Thank you
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

  63. tatertot374 May 29, 2010

    I follow
    Thank you
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

  64. Joannie May 29, 2010

    I make sure that what's in the fridge and in the pantry is healthy: yogurt, fruit, raw veggies and hummus, low fat cheeses, various kinds of nuts, and dried fruits. If the junk's not there, they'll choose something healthy.
    hi_joan_elliott at hotmail dot com

  65. jzagarjr May 29, 2010

    I try not to keep too many sweets in the house.

  66. Deb May 30, 2010

    I follow on twitter and a fan on facebook….entered the pledge. My tip is to replace slowly all the white bread and pasta with whole grains.

  67. Deb May 30, 2010

    I follow you on twitter

    fairydancer35

  68. Deb May 30, 2010

    I subscribe to Healthy Moms

  69. Deb May 30, 2010

    I follow you on google friend connect

  70. idahomom May 30, 2010

    Kathy N Scott is
    a FB fan of Eat Better America and idahomom7 follows Eat Better America on Twitter. I entered the Eat Better America Sweepstakes.

    My tip is that my kids will eat anything with pasta, so I add the vegetables to the pasta.

  71. Erica C. May 30, 2010

    We let the kids pick out new fruits when we go shopping so eating healthy is a little more fun for them.

  72. tomservo56954 May 30, 2010

    Getting whole grain items is an easy and painless way to do so.

    Paul
    tomservo56954@comcast.net

  73. Julieh May 30, 2010

    I get my family to eat better by not buying processed snacks, instead I prepare little bags of chopped fresh fruit and veggies to grab and go. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

  74. ohstac May 30, 2010

    I try to make our main meals healthy by serving fresh fruit & veggies.

  75. ohstac May 30, 2010

    I follow you on twitter (ohstac)

  76. ohstac May 30, 2010

    I follow on google.

  77. Deborah May 30, 2010

    We eat healthier because I minimize the processed food I bring into the house, and make sure healthy snacks are ready and available.

  78. Shawn May 30, 2010

    We eat healthier by having more healthy fruit and vegetable options, expecially in the summer months when it is so plentiful.

    shawn113(at)hotmail(dot)com

  79. Shel May 31, 2010

    I follow Eat Better on Twitter (auntiethesis) and I'm an Eat Better FB fan (Michelle Hudak) and I entered their sweepstakes.

    I always buy fruit and veggies for the kids to snack on and I make it easy since I cut it up and put it in easy open containers in the fridge so they can grab and go when they're hungry.

    shel704 at aol dot com

  80. Shel May 31, 2010

    I follow you on Twitter @auntiethesis

  81. Shel May 31, 2010

    Healthy Moms FB fan-Michelle Hudak

  82. Carolsue May 31, 2010

    I follow Eat Better America on Twitter @cezovski
    I entered their Sweepstakes
    We are eating better because we are growing many of our own vegetables now
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  83. Carolsue May 31, 2010

    I follow you on Twitter @cezovski
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  84. Carolsue May 31, 2010

    I subscribe to your Healthy Moms newsletter by e-mail
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  85. Carolsue May 31, 2010

    I follow you publicly on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue)
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  86. Carolsue May 31, 2010

    I like you on Facebook!
    Carol Anderson Ezovski
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  87. kathy pease May 31, 2010

    like eb on facebook Kathy L Pease
    following eb on twitter klp1965

    have already entered their sweeps

    well it all starts with me i do the grocery shopping so i have been buying more fruits and veggies and less junk

  88. kathy pease May 31, 2010

    Google Friend klp1965

  89. kathy pease May 31, 2010

    like you on facebook Kathy L Pease

  90. Jennifer R May 31, 2010

    My tip on how to get my family to eat healthier is to only bring in the house foods that have nutritional benefit to you. If it is the only thing in the refrigerator or cabinets it is what kids will eat when they are hungry.

  91. cdziuba May 31, 2010

    FB Fan of Eat Better America Carol P Dziuba and I follow them on Twitter cdziuba, and I entered the sweeps

    To stay healthy, I avoid processed foods, and visit our local farmer's market 2x a week.

    cdziuba@aol.com

  92. cdziuba May 31, 2010

    Subscribe to your Healthy Living Newsletter

  93. cdziuba May 31, 2010

    follow you on Twitter cdziuba

  94. cdziuba May 31, 2010

    Subscribe to Healthy Moms

  95. cdziuba May 31, 2010

    Follow This blog with Google Friend Connect

  96. cdziuba May 31, 2010

    Carol P Dziuba Fan of Healthy Moms on Facebook

  97. cdziuba May 31, 2010

    Joined your Blog Frog Community

  98. cdziuba May 31, 2010

    Joined the Healthy Moms Network

  99. JD May 31, 2010

    home cooked meals!

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

  100. Barbarawr May 31, 2010

    I visited Eat Better America on Facebook and become a fan. I entered the Eat Better America Sweepstakes for a chance to win $1,500 in groceries. I sneak healthy food into our meals. I add beans for fiber in casseroles, use whole wheat pasta, and put shredded zucchini in EVERYTHING.

  101. Barbarawr May 31, 2010

    I follow you on twitter – bsw529

  102. Barbarawr May 31, 2010

    I Follow This blog with Google Friend Connect

  103. Barbarawr May 31, 2010

    I'm a Fan of Healthy Moms on Facebook – barbara wright

  104. gmmerrell May 31, 2010

    I am pledging to eat more fruits and vegetables rather than unhealthy snacks and foods!

    gmmerrell@yahoo.com

  105. gmmerrell May 31, 2010

    I am an e-mail subscriber to healthy moms

    gmmerrell@yahoo.com

  106. gmmerrell May 31, 2010

    I follow you on twitter (GMERRELL)

    gmmerrell@yahoo.com

  107. gmmerrell May 31, 2010

    I follow on GFC (gmmerrell)

    gmmerrell@yahoo.com

  108. Mami2jcn May 31, 2010

    We eat a lot of fresh fruit.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  109. Mami2jcn May 31, 2010

    I follow you on twitter @mami2jcn

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  110. Mami2jcn May 31, 2010

    I follow you on GFC.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  111. missrantsypants May 31, 2010

    Im a fan on FB, and I entered the contest.

    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

  112. js22 May 31, 2010

    I'm a Eat Better America on Facebook fan on facebook-Joanne Schultz. http://www.facebook.com/js2222
    i follow Eat Better America on twitter – js22222222 .

    I try to have healthier snacks like fruits and cut up veggies available to snack on instead of crackers and chips.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    email in blogger profile.

  113. js22 May 31, 2010

    i follow on twitter – js22222222 .
    email in blogger profile.

  114. js22 May 31, 2010

    I subscribe to your blog's feed via google reader.
    email in blogger profile.

  115. js22 May 31, 2010

    I follow your blog on google friends connect- Joanne Schultz .
    email in blogger profile.

  116. js22 May 31, 2010

    tweet: http://twitter.com/js22222222/status/15129823363
    email in blogger profile.

  117. js22 May 31, 2010

    I'm a fan on facebook-Joanne Schultz. http://www.facebook.com/js2222

    email in blogger profile.

  118. erin m. June 1, 2010

    Following and LIKE Eat Better America. Entered their contest too!
    I think there's a Fiber Revelution going on. I help the family by cooking with foods rich in fiber and whole grains!
    (panicxduh@yahoo.com)

  119. erin m. June 1, 2010

    Subscribed to the Healthy Living e-mail newsletter!
    (panicxduh@yahoo.com)

  120. erin m. June 1, 2010

    Stumbled this giveaway post!
    username:erinxduh
    (panicxduh@yahoo.com)

  121. erin m. June 1, 2010

    Following blog via GFC.
    (panicxduh@yahoo.com)

  122. erin m. June 1, 2010

    Following via Twitter.
    http://www.twitter.com/erinxduh
    (panicxduh@yahoo.com)

  123. erin m. June 1, 2010

    LIKE on Facebook
    name:Erin M.
    (panicxduh@yahoo.com)

  124. erin m. June 1, 2010

    Subscribed to the RSS feed.
    (panicxduh@yahoo.com)

  125. erin m. June 1, 2010

    Joined the BlogFrog!
    username:panicxduh
    (panicxduh@yahoo.com)

  126. susan1215 June 1, 2010

    I keep a cheese, yogurt and fruits around the house for my children to eat.

  127. susan1215 June 1, 2010

    follow via twitter susan1215

  128. susan1215 June 1, 2010

    facebook fan

  129. susan1215 June 1, 2010

    follow via GFC

  130. susitravl June 1, 2010

    Fan of Eat Better America on Facebook (SusanBenegas)and I Follow Eat Better America on Twitter (susitravl). I entered the Eat Better America Sweepstakes.

    So glad summer is here so we can eat healthier by grilling our meat/chicken/fish and eating more fresh fruits and veggies.

  131. loni June 1, 2010

    I am a facebook fan..

    we chop up fruits and veggies on Sundays for the entire week, so we just grab a container and go!

  132. lisaray June 1, 2010

    My daughter decided to go vegetarian. To simplify dinnertime, I am now serving more meals gearsd towards her.

  133. ccboobooy(charity) June 1, 2010

    Facebook Fan of Eat Better America-charity s.

    Follow Eat Better America on twitter-@ccboobooy

    I entered the Eat Better America Sweepstakes.

    We are limiting our salt intake, and I'm grilling instead of frying foods.

    charisscharity at yahoo dot com

  134. Jinxy and Me June 1, 2010

    I keep cut up veggies and fruits ready in the fridge so that they are handy for snacking.

  135. Jinxy and Me June 1, 2010

    I'm following your blog in Google Friend Connect.

    nesta 67 {at} live dot com

  136. Jinxy and Me June 1, 2010

    I'm following you on Twitter (I'm @ThriftyJinxy).

  137. A Mom's Take June 1, 2010

    to eat healthier we keep fruits on hand! twitter followed (amomstake)
    janel_marie at yahoo dot com

  138. A Mom's Take June 1, 2010

    twitter (amomstake)

  139. yadgirl June 1, 2010

    I get my family to eat together by serving pasta.

  140. Atreau June 1, 2010

    We eat healthier when we purchase healthier ingredients so we make those plentiful and abundant!

  141. brianpiero June 1, 2010

    Thanks for the giveaway…we serve a selection of fruit / vegetables with all our meals, so the kids have no excuse that they don't like a certain item because there is always another choice !!!

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  142. brianpiero June 1, 2010

    Following you via Twitter: @brianpiero

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  143. brianpiero June 1, 2010

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/brianpiero/status/15155328696

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  144. ladyt64 June 1, 2010

    I buy more fruits and vegetables so my family eats healthier.

  145. Betty C June 1, 2010

    I follow Eat Better America on Facebook (Betty Curran) and on twitter as willitara. I also entered the sweepstakes.
    I keep plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables handy for snacking and try to keep unhealthy snacks out of the house completely.

  146. Betty C June 1, 2010

    I'm follow on twitter as willitara.

  147. Betty C June 1, 2010

    I follow with google friend connect.

  148. Betty C June 1, 2010

    I'm a fan of Healthy Moms on Facebook.

  149. 07violet June 1, 2010

    eating only whole grains

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

  150. 07violet June 1, 2010

    following on google

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

  151. 1993wel June 1, 2010

    I try to shop smarter at the grocery store and only bring home healthy foods. We can only eat what I've stocked in the house, so if I buy fruits and veggies and whole grains, that's what we all eat.