How-to Put Together a Healthy Lunch Box For Back To School

August 28th, 2012 - Food News, How-To, Inspiration


A Well-Rounded Lunch Box Includes:

  • Whole Grains (Examples: High fiber wrap, pita, or sliced bread with at least 3 g fiber per serving, (I like LaTortilla wraps, Brownberry protein and health-full bread, and Ezekiel brand wraps and bread. Other ideas include whole grain cereal in a ziplock, high fiber pasta, or a Dashing Dish muffin!)
  • Lean Protein (Examples: Low sugar Greek yogurt, lean deli meat, cheese sticks, thinly sliced cheese slices, hard boiled egg, or chicken or tuna salad.)
  • Veggie/Fruit (Examples: apple slices, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, bananas, sliced red peppers, cucumbers, baby carrots, etc.)
  • Healthy Fat (Examples: Small portion of nuts, hummus, or even olive oil based mayo or avocado on their sandwich. You don’t have to focus too much on incorporating a healthy fat, as many foods have at least some fat in them, like cheese or the yolk of a hardboiled egg for example! )

Other Tips for Preparing a Lunch Box:

  • It’s great to get kids involved in making their lunches! It gives them a sense of independence as well as sparking an interest in learning healthy habits at a young age! These habits will most likely carry them through life, so any time you can get kids in the kitchen to cook with you is truly a wise investment!
  • I have found in my own life that it is best to prepare lunches on the weekend, (I sometimes will prepare as many as a week’s worth of lunches on Sunday night!) or the night before. This prevents any feelings of being overwhelmed in the morning!
  • Leftovers often make great lunches as well and prevent any unnecessary wasting of food!

Need Inspiration? Check out the ‘Kid Friendly Recipes’ section of Dashing Dish!


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Zucchini & Summer Squash Recipe Round-Up!

July 23rd, 2012 - Announcements, Food News


Hello Zucchini & Squash Season! If you have zucchini and squash in abundance right now, you are not alone! Check out these zucchini I just recently received from a friend!

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Thanksgiving Menu~ Dashing Dish Style!

November 12th, 2011 - Food News


Well, if your anything like me, you’re already thinking up what you’ll be serving (or bringing) to your Thanksgiving table! I thought I’d share the list of our Thanksgiving dishes with you.  Who knows… maybe it will inspire you to make something new! And look closely…. some of the items on the list are coming to a Dashing Dish this week!  (DD recipes that is!)


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Giveaway~ A Few of my Favorite Things!

August 2nd, 2011 - Fitness News, Food News


I’ve found that it’s the little thing that have really helped me enjoy and continue on my journey to healthy living! As a way of saying THANK YOU to all of the amazing people that support Dashing Dish, I would like to share a few of these ‘little pleasures’ that have made living a healthy lifestyle all the more enjoyable!

Three Winners Will Receive:

  • Nu Naturals Stevia- A 50ct  box of NuStevia Packets and a bottle of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Liquid. I love this brand of stevia, because after trying many brands out there, it’s the only one that I can say doesn’t have a funny aftertaste, and it tastes just like sugar!
  • Power Body ICE with Jody Trierweiler DVD- An intermediate to advanced workout, that really get’s you working! And no equipment is needed, so you now you never have an excuse not to workout! Workout DVD’s have been a lifesaver for me when I’m running short on time, but need to fit a workout in my day! This one is particularly amazing, and was created by one amazing lady who loves the Lord!

To enter this giveaway you could do one of two things:

  • Find your favorite Dashing Dish recipe, and put a link back to it on your Facebook page!
  • If you have a website, mention, and put a link back to your favorite Dashing Dish recipe on your site!

Then leave a comment here saying that you did!

Winners will be announced on August 9, 2001~ which is one week from today! Good Luck and Thank You again for all your love and support!!!

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Introducing…Weight Watchers Points on Dashing Dish Recipes!

June 14th, 2011 - Food News



I am THRILLED to announce that all of my recipes will have Weight Watchers Points Plus! The fabulous and inspiring Jennifer Swafford from “It Sux to be” is an amazing woman of God, and she talks all about her journey on her site!

She has personally lost tons of weight using Weight Watchers, and she offered to use the official Points Plus Calculator to factor the Weight Watchers points for all of my recipes! Now anyone on Weight Watchers can enjoy my recipes without having to figure out the points~ how awesome is that!?! Thank You Jennifer!!! Be sure to check out her amazing weight loss journey at!

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Eat More to Lose Weight!?!

January 6th, 2011 - Fitness News, Food News


I was recently talking with a friend who was feeling very frustrated about her lack of progress losing weight, despite her very strenuous efforts. I knew there had to be somewhere that she was missing it, so I began asking questions like…”How often are you working out, about how many calories do you think your eating, etc…”

When she told me she was working out 6 days a week, and eating about 1,300 calories a day~ it was no surprise to me why her weight wasn’t budging…for more than one reason! However, to sum it up, I knew she was not eating enough!

This seems very strange to most people, especially the average person with a ‘dieting mentality’ who has the ever-so-common belief that eating less= losing weight. This is not all there is to losing weight, and if anything, this is simply not true!

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Merry Christmas!!!

December 24th, 2010 - Food News


What a wonderful time of year, the time to celebrate our Savior, Lord and King~ Jesus! Merry Christmas!!! I thought i’d share my menu for the next two days (Christmas Eve and Day).

I will be spending Christmas Eve at my aunts house, and she will be making a ham, and everyone generally brings along a side or two!

For The Side Dish to Pass I Plan to Bring:

For Dessert I Will Be Bringing:

Christmas Morning’s Menu Includes:

Christmas Day Lunch/Dinner Will Be:

  • Panini Sandwiches
  • Followed by Chocolate Fondue~ Filled with fruit, angle food cake, and more!!! (It’s a new tradition we are starting!!!) :)

Merry Christmas and Many Blessings to You and Your Families!!!

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Are You Holding On To Excess Weight!?!

June 14th, 2010 - Food News


Something that’s been on my heart a lot lately is how our society considers it ‘normal’ to carry and suppress any baggage that they may be carrying. I think Americans are famous for holding onto things while still trying to go about their daily fast-paced lives…All the while, ignoring’ anything that could get in the way of their productivity, and thinking that it will eventually go away on it’s own.


Baggage can be anything from hurt, guilt, unforgiveness, emotional pain, depression, anxiety, insecurity, or even shyness…. But it is basically ANYTHING that inhibits you from living the life, and fulfilling the purpose that God has for you!

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Eat More…Feel Satisfied…Reach a Healthy Weight!

May 25th, 2010 - Food News


The simple fact is that weight loss comes down to two factors: decreasing the amount of calories you are eating, and/or increasing the calories you are burning through exercise! The good news is, you can almost always make a ‘healthier’ and ‘more satisfying’ versions of the foods you love without sacrificing taste and feeling deprived! There is also a way to decrease calories without feeling hungry!

How is that possible you might ask!?! The answer is simple…by adding low ‘density’ foods to your meals. In doing so, you will be able to eat larger volumes of food for less calories and allow you to stay full for longer periods of time!

This knowledge has changed the way that I eat in so many ways! I am now able to to eat larger volumes of delicious food, and stay satisfied longer. I also have more knowledge on which foods to select that will fuel my body more efficiently and give me steady energy throughout the day.

So you may be wondering what is the ‘density’ of food anyway!?! Well, here is a basic description along with some examples to demonstrate what I’m talking about!

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The Greatest ‘Health Food’ Misconceptions!

May 14th, 2010 - Food News


I would say one of the things that frustrates me the most in the world of ‘health food’ is all of the products that give the impression of being ‘healthy’, when in fact they are far from it! It literally breaks my heart when I see people trying to put an effort towards eating ‘healthier’ and they choose products/foods that ‘seem’ healthy, but in reality they are probably doing more harm than good!

I decided to do a post on this subject to shed light on the truth about many of the foods that are ‘hiding’ behind health food labels, but in reality are high in saturated fat, sugar, and empty calories.

I could go on forever about this subject, but instead I chose to compose a list of a few of the foods that are often mistaken for being healthy. (Of course, there are many more than what I listed here, but these are the one’s that I’ve seen to be the most common).  I then followed each item with a few tips on how to pick a ‘truly healthier’ alternative!

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