Monday, April 13, 2009

It's my 100 post party and I'll give away gifts if I want to!

Uncovering Food has been up and running for almost a year. After a slow start, I finally feel like the blog has begun to form an identity. Food has become so complicated and confusing. Low fat, low carb, high fiber, transfats, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, gluten free, vegan, raw, organic, sustainably grown, cost conscious, salmonella, antioxidants, 100-calorie pack, free range, omegas, probiotics, whole wheat... while some of these terms are as old as food itself, the truth behind many of them can be downright confusing.

At the 100 post milestone, I feel, as any good educator should, that it is time to evaluate and assess my work. To set new goals to acheive and improve. And if you keep reading, there is a chance for you to help!

My personal goal is to provide more informative articles that help readers uncover more of the truths behind the food buzz. I also want to take readers on an exploration of more foods that are off the beaten path. But I still plan on sharing healthy low calorie recipes and fabulous product finds.

Here's how you can help! I am hosting a 100-post giveaway for one lucky reader. The box will benefit your body both inside and out. While the gifts for inside the body are some of my favorite foods (I will also include a One bar if I get another shipment in time!), I'll fess up that the gifts for the outside were a gift I was recently given. But now they can be yours!

Goodies for the Inside
1 6 oz jar of Vintage Vine Shiraz Jelly
1 100-calorie pack Blue Diamond Raw Almonds
1 100-calorie pack Emerald Walnut and Almond Blend
1 Orange and Cranberry Gnu Bar
1 box Krusteaz Cranberry Orange muffin mix
1 TLC Pumpkin Pie Bar
1 Chocolate Brownie Cliff Z Bar
1 Chocolate Chip Cliff Z Bar
I was also gifted this book with dozens of brownie recipes. Since brownies are not my dessert of choice, I can't vouch for the book. However the pictures are fabulous!

Goodies for the Outside
Mission Gallery Blueberry Scent Candle
The Body Shop Sugar and Spice Shimmer Soap
Victoria's Secret Romatic Wish Shower Gel (8oz)
Victoria's Secret Romatic Wish Body Splash (8oz)
Victoria's Secret Romatic Wish Body Lotion (8oz)

How do you win? There are plenty of ways to earn entries!

1. Leave a comment on this post (only comments on this post will be counted) with either a topic or food you would like covered by Uncovering Food. If have any additional suggestions or assessments, toss those in as well! Please make sure your email is either in your profile or I have a way to contact you if you win.

The first way is the only way to access all of the other entry methods. Also, if you do earn additional entries using the methods below, please let me know!

2. Follow Uncovering Food by clicking on the box to the left for THREE additional entries! If you are already a follower, remind me when you post below and you get your three entries!
3. Tweet on Twitter up to once a day for an additional entry.
4. Follow Uncovering Food on Twitter for another TWO entries. If you already follow Uncovering Food, remind me down below for your two entries!
5. Link back to this post for another entry per blog post that links.
6. Add Uncovering Food to your blog's blogroll for another TWO entries.

This contest will run for two weeks and will end on April 27th at midnight. Every entry will be assigned a number and I will use the random number generator at random.org to select the winner. The winner will be announced on the 28th here at Uncovering Food and on Twitter.

92 comments:

Juls said...

Really quick, healthy meals for families on the go would be great! :) Congrats on 100!

Kim said...

Visiting from SITS! Nice blog! Fun Giveaway! Congrats on the 100th post!

Happy Tuesday! :0)

Rajee said...

Great giveaway for healthy family!
Love those stuffs to try their product recipes to my blog as exotickitchen.blogspot.com
rajikarthik@hotmail.com

The Blonde Duck said...

What a fabulous giveaway!

cdziuba said...

Great giveaway. I am always on the hunt for healthy slow-cooker meals, so anything to do with crockpots interests me. I also enjoy ethnic cuisines, but don't want recipes that are insanely difficult. Thanks! Hope I win.

cdziuba said...

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Twitter follower cdziuba

Entry # 1

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Follower Entry 1

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Follower Entry 2

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Follower Entry 3

Carolyn G said...

I would liek to see posts about creative uses for leftovers

Carolyn G said...

I follow entry1

Carolyn G said...

Follwer entry 2

Carolyn G said...

follwer 3

janeexplained said...

I would love for you to cover smart fast food choices. I also added you to my blogroll, linked back, and became a follower (so I think that's 7 entries). THANKS - pick me :)

Emily said...

I would love to see more crock pot recipes! I love coming home after a long day at work to a nice hot cooked meal!

blackdove5 said...

Looks great!!

And you know I'm already following your blog and on twitter!

I never realuzed the Krusteaz were organic, I should take a closer look. I think the name just puts me off. I think or Krusty the clown from The Simpsons.

L. Elizabeth said...

Hey! I am a follower on your site and on twitter! You are also on my blogroll! I LOVE the giveaway! I hope I win!

Happy 100th Post!

-Leslie
http://lovejackson.blogspot.com

Anne said...

Hi! I'd love to see more recipes with tofu. I also like seeing product reviews!

I'm a follower of your blog, and I also follow on twitter!

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

I wouldn't mind hearing your assement of Goji berries..they are considered a superfruit..then again what is a super fruit? You are followed and tweeted!

Christine
mackfamily11@yahoo.com
www.mamanandgourmand.blogspot.com

Amy said...

I'm an Empty-nester, so recipes for cooking for two would be helpful.

Amy said...

I'm following you on Twitter. My ID is amylou61.

Emily N. said...

the topic of alkaline diet and foods that work with it

Missy said...

I would love to hear you talk about artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol in gum.

You are on my blogroll, I follow you, and I just linked back!

Jenna Z said...

I'd like to learn more about fat free ice creams, sugar free ice creams and the like. How do they do it? Can't be healthy!

Danielle said...

I would love to learn fun creative ways to use leftovers!

Mom on the Run said...

Happy 100th post!! What a great milestone.

I follow you and would love to know your opinion on Truvia.

christin said...

I would love more slow cooker meals:) Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!
christinbanda@yahoo.com

christin said...

I follow:)
christinbanda@yahoo.com

Zara said...

Happy Birthday (1 year and 100 posts...how exciting!)

I follow you.

I LOVE the recipes with produce you get from your farm co-op. Beets, mustard greens, etc. Keep that up!

blueskyworld said...

thnk you !

i follow you~

Diane said...

I'd love to see some healthy recipes for picky children. I have four of them.

diane_brush@yahoo.com

Julie said...

I love hearing breakfast ideas!! You're already on my reader and I'll link back tomorrow :)

Anonymous said...

I'd like to learn more about chia seeds which I've seen pop up recently on a few blogs.
-Amelia

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

maybe some tip on how to find the best local foods (I'm good on farms and csas, but I'd love to find more local packaged stuff)

I follow yo here and on twitter and you're on my blogroll

Melissa said...

Maybe some healthy recipes that include bacon. Is that possible? I think that would be neat!

-Melissa, mat032008@aol.com

Melissa said...

I am following Uncovering Food now! :)

Melissa said...

I am following you on twitter. My ID is schweetmeli.

techyone said...

I love recipes for the slow cooker and fast and easy recipes. Yes, I know, total opposites but it depends how how busy I am each day on what I need recipes for.

Christy said...

I agree with Techyone...more slow cooker stuff. I would love to read about some healthy recipes for the crock pot.

Donna-FFW said...

would love to know more about storage /freezing of fresh herbs, and perhaps a segment on perfecting gnocchi..

5 Star Foodie said...

Congrats on your 100th post!

Mo Diva said...

woman you already be on my bloggity roll!

suburban prep said...

most days it is just my husband and myself for dinner. I have run out of idea to make dinner exciting or even interesting. Might you have something?
Thanks

Sarah said...

Hi! Product reviews and healthy homemade snacks are always welcome!

PS - I'm a follower!

Mimi said...

The cauliflower & m'rooms looks great. I would love to see more great cauliflower recipes.

Mimi said...

Follower entry #1

Mimi said...

Follower entry #2

Mimi said...

Follower entry #3

Mimi said...

I'm following you on Twitter #1

Mimi said...

Following on Twitter as Screaming_Mimi #2

Karie said...

For me.... Weightwatchers friendly meals that actually taste good.

kimert said...

Great blog!
Visiting from SITS. :)

mub said...

I hadn't come across your blog before, but I'm glad I have now! I'd be curious to know about what kind of cooking tools you like to use the most. I really like the mystery box challenge too. I hope I can participate in May!

auntrene said...

I am on the look out for Crockpot meals that are healthy, and quick to throw together. I like recipes that do not require numerous steps. Also I have been on the look out for Bread recipes that are healthy. I am especially looking for ways to get veggies into the kiddos. Thanks!

auntrene said...

I am a brand new follower. I will be back. Thanks!

Superjaxster said...

Congrats on the 100th post! I'm new so I'm not sure what all you have uncovered, but I would love to hear about greek yogurt. Like what brand is the best, what to do with it, recipes. I've heard that this stuff is better than reg yogurt, but I'd like more opinions on that. Thanks!
ps if you've already done this, let me know so I can read about it!

Superjaxster said...

I'm a new follower

Superjaxster said...

Following you on Twitter

Superjaxster said...

Also just tweeted!

Melissa said...

I would love to win this! I love eating healthy and I love Romantic Wish from VS!!

I am a follower now!!

I would love to hear about quick and easy chicken dishes!

Martha said...

Visiting from SITS. Hmm, how about the lowdown on Superfoods?
Also, love the fast, easy recipe idea. Thank you.

Martha said...

Just became a follower, thank you.

tammy said...

How about some quick, healthy Summertime dinner time ideas. :)

tammy said...

I'm following you now.... ;)

tammy said...

I'm also following you in Twitter. :)

Musings of the Mrs. said...

I just started growing herbs and would love a post dedicated to how to cut them so they keep growing, and different things to use them for. Especially the dill, which grows out of control. AND I really hope I win!!!

Musings of the Mrs. said...

I'm following you now. Yay for 3 additional entries. I'm crossing my fingers.

Oh, and congrats on 100 posts!

Angie Marion said...

Love your blog! Stopping by from SiTS!

One thing I'd like to learn more about... which is the best: low cal, low fat or low carb? Can you help with that?

Congrats on the 100 posts!

Angie Marion said...

I am following you now.

Rikki said...

yum yum yum!

Rikki said...

I am following you now :o)

Rikki said...

and on twitter...

I feel like this could get me 3-5 at the state correctional, lol!

Rikki said...

I added you to my blogroll and realized that I forgot the original directive to give you a topic. I would like to learn more about foods for teens (I teach ninth grade, so it would interest me to know more information about that - like why do they like the things they do? What do they need at that age?)

Hairline Fracture said...

Visiting from SITS--this is a great giveaway!

Hairline Fracture said...

I tweeted about it too! http://twitter.com/hlinefracture

Honey Mommy said...

I would love to get some more fast easy lunch ideas that my kids will eat... more than just PB&J, you know?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I do follow for sure. I have no blog but mail my buds about you. I need ideas on healthy in between meal things that up protien for my hubby. He is working out alot, and not eating enuf and on the go with the job...and protien bars usually taste...AWFUL! Ty for the chances to win, looks like a great giveaway to me. Cher
hilly77@comcast.net

Andrea M said...

I would love more info on healthy snacks for kids

ikkinlala said...

I loved your recent post about the cherimoya, and I'd like to see posts about other exotic fruits or vegetables.

Linda said...

Congrats on your 100th post. I'd like to see posts about ways to make vegetables more exciting.

Michelle said...

I'd go for alternatives to processed foods... how to recreate them at home.

Michelle said...

And I'm following!

carma said...

I'd say a food to cover would be eggplant!

janetfaye said...

I cook for my grandson and I would like to see quick healthy cooking for childrens meals.

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C.G. the Foodie said...

Thank you to everyone who entered this contest. Every entry was typed out into excel and assigned a number. With Random.org selecting the winning number, let's congratulate Rikki at Cowgirls Like Me!!!!

Rikki, I left you a message at your blog on how to get in touch with me.

There will be another contest up this week, so keep your eyes peeled.

Thanks!

Disclaimer:

I get asked by readers if I am being paid to push products. The simple answer is no. In fact, most of the products I write about are ones I have found and purchased during my trips to the grocery store or on the road. Occasionally, a company will send a sample my way and if I believe the product will serve a need for my readers and I would buy the product myself, then I will share it with you. Sometimes I will write to a company after reading about it, if I believe it will help us lead healthier lifestyles. But even then, if the product doesn't pass my scrutiny, it won't make the screen of Uncovering Food. You can trust that every product or recipe posted here has passed through my lips, and that I wouldn't blog about it if it wasn't worthy of you... my favorite readers.