It’s the 12th edition of Cassie’s Challenges and this week I’m challenging you to make a meal for a friend or family member!
How did everyone go with the fruit challenge last week? From your feedback last week, it sounded like you were all smashing it out of the park! Me – not so much! I did well during the week, but the weekend didn’t consist of too many fruits or vegetables! So sadly, I must admit that I only met 5 out of 7 days.
The challenge made me realise that whilst I usually get 1 serve of fruit in a day, I really don’t regularly hit that 2 serves mark. I’m going to take the challenge further now and try to be more conscious of my fruit consumption and continue finding more ways to easily incorporate it into my diet.
And there’s one thing I know for sure – I must get back onto smoothies! I haven’t had one in weeks!
Now this week’s challenge is a little different:
Week 12 – Make a meal for a friend or family member
This week’s challenge is all about sharing the love through a home cooked meal! I personally believe one of the best gifts you can give someone is something home-cooked with love!
Now I’ll preface this by saying I’m not talking about your run-of-the-mill dinners that you make for those who live in your household! I’m talking about a home-cooked meal either in the form of a gift, or extending an invitation to someone to join you for a special meal!
Often, we think to share a home-cooked meal in times of need, and this is fantastic. But sharing the gift of food doesn’t have to end if someone isn’t going through a difficult period. To get us feeling inspired for the week I thought I’d jot down 9 different ways you can share the love through food!
9 reasons for you to share the love through food:
- Dinner Invitation – Invite a friend or family member (or a few) over for a home cooked meal! And of course, this can also be a breakfast or lunch if you prefer!
- Birthdays – This is obvious! Nothing better than a homemade cake or dessert to celebrate a birthday!
- Celebrations – Celebrations aren’t limited to birthdays! A new job, promotion or house are all worth celebrating with food!
- Thank you – Say thank you to someone special in your life through the gift of food! I mean, I have never said no to someone baking me some cookies in the form of payment for a helping hand…
- Babies – Any mum will tell you that the last thing they want to do after bringing home their brand-new bundle of joy is cook! A stash of freezer meals will not only be appreciated but have you branded with legendary status for years to come!
- Sickness – It’s currently winter here in Australia and I think we all know at least one person who is suffering from a cold! Why not make up a batch of soup to let them know you are thinking of them?
- Grieving – This is generally one of the most popular times to gift a meal. Grieving takes different forms in different people, but most often food is one of the last things on anyone’s mind after the death of a loved one. Making sure they remember to eat is a huge help!
- Break Ups – Crappy times – yes. Made better with food that was made with love – almost definitely.
- Just Because – Just like the recent letter challenge, we can all be guilty of waiting for the perfect moment to do a kind gesture. Here’s the thing – there is no perfect moment. Is your friend always begging you to make that signature dish of yours? Surprise her with it! Haven’t made your kids favourite meal in months? Now’s the time! Food is a sure-fire way to make someone’s day!
I hope that has helped you get some ideas for how you might get involved with this week’s challenge! As always, I’ll post what I get up to on Instagram, and would love to see your creations too! So please be sure to take a picture and upload under the hashtag #beforeverhealthier.
And if you’d like to see some of the previous challenges, I’ve listed them below for quick reference! Don’t forget that you can participate in a challenge at any time! So if you’ve missed any previous challenges, feel free to jump on board whenever you get the chance!