You Could Win $10,000 in Groceries for Being America’s Healthiest Cook from Aetna and Recipe.com

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Aetna, one of the nation’s leading health care providers and Recipe.com are teaming up to spread the awareness of healthy eating by offering up $10,000 in free groceries to one lucky national winner who submits their favorite healthy recipe to the Aetna Healthy Food Fight. Additionally, four regional winners will be flown to NYC to cook for Chef Bobby Flay.

How to Enter

What’s the catch? There is none, just head over to the Aetna Healthy Food Fight web page and share your favorite healthy recipe with others as we all work harder to treat our bodies right and stay healthy. While you’re there, you can check out all of the other recipes and vote for your favorites, get quick healthy cooking tips from Chef Bobby Flay and see if there are in any live events coming to your area.

Why the Healthy Food Fight is Important to Me

I’m a southern girl, through and through and love my fried chicken, BBQ, sweet tea and so much more, but those tasty treats that I grew up on are not exactly healthy. Just 14 months ago, I was sitting in tears as my 62-year-old father was sitting in the hospital after a heart attack awaiting a triple bypass.

Now, when it comes to unhealthy eating, my dad is at the top of the list. He’s always had high blood pressure and cholesterol and it runs in the family as well. But you know it isn’t always that easy to break bad eating habits.  To give you a better idea of how attached he is too his unhealthy ways, think of the panic you would be in if someone were to disconnect your from the internet completely for a week (no phone even) now, that same panic you just envisioned is what you would get out of him if you tried to take his salt shaker away. Not good, I know.

How I’m Fighting the Healthy Food Fight

Sharing a home with my parents allow me take care of dad as much as possible now providing better meal and snack options for him and breathing down his neck like a fire breathing dragon gently reminding him that he shouldn’t eat the bad things when he does get his hands on them.

I keep more fresh produce in the house, bake from scratch and try and steer clear of boxed and canned foods loaded up will salt and preservatives as much as possible. Even doing this doesn’t guarantee a healthy meal though because I am a cheese and breadaholic so I’m constantly on the lookout for new healthy recipes that are not only low on fat and sodium but packed full of the vitamins, fiber and protein we need.

In the effort to keep my dad around as long as possible I’m also setting my children up to understand what it means to eat healthy, helping to ensure that they can enjoy life too!

My Favorite Healthy Recipe

It is as simple as they come and summer time staple in our home. Nice big fresh zucchini cut into thick slices, drizzled with just a touch of olive oil and a quick twist of garlic sea salt tossed onto the grill.

Yep, I told you it was simple. Add in some eggplant, yellow squash to the mix and some fresh tomato slices and we have a meal.

We also love to wrap some asparagus in a lean pounded out steak, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and seasoning of choice that day and toss in the oven until it just begins to get tender. If you haven’t over indulged in sodium and fat for the day, go ahead, sprinkle a good crumbled feta on top, and enjoy.

Man, now I’m hungry, good thing it is almost dinnertime!

Want to Get Involved Even More?

Join in with SheSpeaks for an Aetna Healthy Food Fight Twitter party on September 15th at 8pm EST by following #SSFoodFight and @shespeaksup.

Do you try to add new healthy recipes to your families diet on a regular basis or are you guilty of falling back on the comfort foods of your youth that may not be so good for you?

This post was written by me for SheSpeaks and the Aetna Healthy Food Fight in exchange for a Circulon® eight-inch skillet and spatula donated by the Meyer Corporation, U.S. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.