When I first started my Instagram account, I had zero desire to share pictures of food, recipes and especially any personal information. I strictly had an account to follow others, mostly fitness accounts, as a way to inspire myself to lift weights. I saw a few “foodie” accounts and at the time couldn’t understand why in the world anyone would want to follow an account solely based on food. Hah! Well times have definitely changed!
I slowly started following more and more food accounts and developed relationships with people. Who knew that I could become friends with people I’d never met because of our interest in healthy eating!? I began to get more and more involved (obsessed?) with Instagram; I started to play around with my food, actually attempt pretty photos, downloaded an editing app, and started sharing little pieces of my life. Before I knew it, I was creating and sharing recipes daily and even started this blog. I never imagined my Instagram would be what it is today or that I’d have so many virtual friendships because of it!
I recently tried out a new app called MealShare; which is designed to connect people who are trying to build a healthier relationship with food and to make food logging simple. I created a profile by selecting my food preferences and giving a few stats about myself and then started recording my meals simply by taking a photo of what I was eating. I like this concept of food logging because it is a lot less tedious than tracking every calorie or macro.
You, your friends and a private practice dietitian can rate your meals on a scale of 1-10 (1 being extremely unhealthy and 10 being extremely healthy). I gave these Delicata Squash Pancakes a health rating of 8 simply because I don’t think they should be eaten every day.
I like that the MealShare app promotes intuitive eating and food freedom, rather than numbers and strict guidelines. I feel this is a more sustainable approach to eating healthy. I’ve been finding it helpful to look back through my photos to see what I’ve been eating and how I can improve rather than rely on text and numbers. I also think the rating part is great if I want a friend’s or an expert’s opinion, but like the fact that I can also remain anonymous and log my food just for my own eyes. I look forward to connecting with more people on the app that are trying to better their health and improve their diet, just as I have connected with many people on my Instagram.
MealShare is still in Beta, but is quite user-friendly. I highly recommend it to anyone trying to eat healthier, lose weight or improve areas of their health like sleep or brain function. This app is available for anyone with an i-phone and if you want to try it out, use the code “MealShareRabbit” to get a free 15 minute consult and 5 free meal reviews from a dietitian. You can also follow them along on Instagram 🙂
And now, the recipe for these Delicata Squash Pancakes 🙂
Recipe makes 4-5 pancakes.
These pancakes are fluffy and moist. They smell absolutely wonderful too! It was hard not to steal a bite before taking photos!
I topped these with homemade coconut butter, cacao nibs, bee pollen and a bit of baked Delicata squash.
Not only is this recipe great because of its simple, wholesome ingredients, but I love that it can all be made in one bowl. You can also use a food processor or blender, but the squash is soft enough to mash with a fork…making cleanup easier!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Pathways to Nutrition, Inc. but all thoughts and opinions are my own.