Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Giveaway: There's an App For Meal Planning?? Spinning Meals 1.1! Win $50 Whole Foods and $20 iTunes

See the video and information below for more information.

Meal Planning.
I've always dreaded it. A thorn in my side. Seriously, until now, if I had to list my top three parts of my week that were the most annoying and disliked, meal planning would have been right up at the top.

Those of you that know me, know that when it comes to meal planning and eating, I've kind of just been the type of person to fly by the seat of my mommy pants (or running shorts).  I shop for lots of fresh veggies and fruits, make sure we are stocked up on Quinoa/Red and Brown Rice Mix from Costco, and get a few other staples that catch my eye.  Then I get the heck out of the store before my kids start fighting again or my son succeeds in crashing his little kid cart from Trader Joe's into the backside of some old lady.

This meal planning/shopping method usually gets me by for a few days until I'm finding myself overwhelmed in the kitchen at the 5'oclock hour staring blankly at my kitchen cupboards.  This is usually the "How many different ways can mom cook Quinoa" part of the week/month.  Although we eat healthy, my lack of meal planning organization isn't fun for anyone around here.

I'm not entirely sure why this process of meal planning has always been so frustrating and eye-pokingly overwhelming for me.  I mean, I can cook pretty well actually. It's just the process of being prepared to cook when it is time to cook that is my issue.  I just want someone to tell me WHAT to cook and WHAT to buy so that the thinking part is done and I can just do it.  Otherwise, I just end up making the same things over and over again.  And more often than not, if I end up wanting to try something new, I'm lacking at least one of the ingredients (because I didn't make a shopping list) so I end up spending more time going to the store, which leads to spending MORE money.  And a headache.  

But now I don't have to make the grocery list.  I don't have to plan my meals.  And I don't have to rummage through recipes. I don't have to do the MEAL PLANNING THINKING WORK! It is all done for me AND it is all in one place:  My Spinning Meals app on my phone!  


Yes, there IS an APP for THAT!

When Ryan from Spinning Cook first told me about his app Spinning Meals, I had no idea just how USEFUL and PERFECT for ME this would be once I'm all set up! Besides the fact that I was still an "app virgin", I didn't even begin to believe him when he told me that there was an app that could make this part of my life so easy.

Check it out in the video below:





I'm still getting myself acquainted with all the available features (especially now that Spinning Meals 1.1 is out with new features) but I'd definitely say that this app has life changing potential. I know, strong words but this is a strong app!  It is surely a way to simplify things and help take the thinking/planning work out of life so that I can still enjoy eating good food that is healthy and "just right" for my family without having to go through the traditional meal planning process.  Here are just a few highlights of Spinning Meals (but I don't BEGIN to do it justice):
  • It comes with a few recipes already loaded for you so you have something to start "spinning" with immediately but you can add all of your favorite meals and recipes into the app.  If you're like me and don't cook with a ton of recipes but have meals you make from memory, then you can just enter the meal and the ingredients you need and that meal will automatically be part of your Spinning Meals system.  
  • You can search on the web for recipes from your favorites sites and then capture then so that they are automatically in your Spinning Meals recipes.  
  • Spinning Meals will create a week or more of meal plans for whatever meals you want and then generate a shopping list that will allow you to have all the necessary ingredients for your planned meals.  The shopping list is organized in a way that makes shopping easier and you can easily check off ingredients that you already have so that your list is easy to use while shopping.  
  • Option to customize the menu planning for your schedule.  For example: If you have pizza night every Friday then you can just make that a permanent thing in your menu planning.  
  • Because YOU load the app with YOUR food choices, you end up having a plan for meals that cater to your lifestyle.  For us, this means food that will fuel our marathon training and keep us healthy and strong.  
If you haven't already, you should check Spinning Meals out yourself by watching the video above and trying Spinning Meals 1.1 by downloading it off of iTunes for only $2.99.  It just might be the best $2.99 you've ever spent. 

Help Spread the MEAL PLANNING LOVE!
               
To celebrate the release of Spinning Meals 1.1 and to help spread the word about it,  Spinning Cook Ryan decided it would be fun to do a giveaway.  Since I like sharing the things I love, I think a giveaway on Runninghood sounds like a fantastic idea!

So here's the details:

2 Winners!
One $50 gift certificate to Whole Foods 
One $20 gift certificate for iTunes 

Here's some options for how to enter (separate comment for each please):
  1. One of these forms of sharing is required:  Blog, tweet, or facebook about this giveaway by sharing this link and then let me know you did. I will also have this posted on Runninghood Facebook  so you can share directly from that link. (1 entry for each way you share and leave a separate comment for each).
Optional for extra entries:  
  1. "Like" Spinning Cook on Facebook (1 entry)
  2. "Like" Spinning Cook on Twitter (1 entry)
  3. Click on any of the links about the Spinning Meals app or this one HERE and leave a comment telling me what your favorite part of this app would be.  I think mine will be the automatically generated shopping list for my meals!  (1 entry)
Please make sure that if you comment and don't have a blog, that I have a way to contact you if you win. 

Giveaway will end next Wednesday, June 27th and Spinning Cook and I will randomly choose two winners.   

When/If you download Spinning Meals 1.1 and get started using it, please let me know how you like it.  I'd also love if you'd share your recipes/meal plans with me via e-mail so that I can get more ideas for recipes to add to mine.  I know that so many of you are runners and parents like myself and make it a point to plan meals that are not only tasty and welcomed by our families, but also good FUEL for our running habits.    

Happy Spinning,
Amanda

76 comments:

  1. I shared your giveaway on my FB page! This is such a cool app! I'm definitely going to have to get this one!

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  2. My favourite thing about the Spinning Meals app is the grocery list! How convenient is that? I love it!

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  3. liked spinning cook on fb
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  4. I like @spinningcook on Twitter

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  5. I shared the giveaway on my FB page.

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  6. I liked spinning cook on FB.

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  7. The grocery list is definitely my favorite part about the app. So cool!

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  8. Ugh, my worst chore, too. I don't know why, since I like to cook! I think I envision myself puttering around my kitchen, being creative, occasionally popping out to the open air market and grabbing a bunch or endive if needed ....and the reality of the 15 minute drive to the store and the oppressively long lines and wilted produce overwhelms me.

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  9. I like Spinning Cook on Twitter
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  10. I lie Spinning Cook on Facebook
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  11. I like the shopping list and that it considers your food preferences and the seasonal variations
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  12. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/215258791489437697
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  13. I am totally getting that app and telling my sister and others about it. FANTASTIC thank you SO much for sharing.

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  14. p.s. thanks for the sweet comment:)

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  15. I just want someone to tell me what to make for dinner...and someone to go to the grocery store for me. Does this app do the shopping as well?

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  16. I have the exact same issues with you and cooking meals. I clicked on the app and really like it's purpose. I wonder if I need a degree in Spinning Meals? I just wish people would show me stuff, I guess the app will do that, huh? :) I wonder, too, if after all the years I'm winged meals together if I will ever be more prepared. Probably after my kids all leave and go to college :). Thanks for the app demo, I'm definitely interested!

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  17. I hate the meal planning too. It could be that after 26 years of having sole charge of what goes in my family's mouth I'm over it. But instead of adding more meals to my repertoire, I'm just doing the same few over and over again. I'm hoping that either the boys will get so sick of the meals that they will take over OR they'll leave home.

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  18. Very cool! I used to be great at meal planning, but when I'm busy, it's the first thing to go. Just tweeted!

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  19. And I like spinning cook on twitter.

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  20. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/pace_of_laurel/status/215568121828868096

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  21. I follow Spinning Cook on twitter!

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  22. I like Spinning Cook on Facebook!

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  23. I think it's pretty cool that you can automatically plan your breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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  24. i shared on fb https://www.facebook.com/meredith.montgomery.98/posts/288318647933025
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  25. I "Like" Spinning Cook on Facebook
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  26. I follow Spinning Cook on Twitter
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  27. tweeted https://twitter.com/mermont84/status/215600538258120704
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  28. I liked Spinning Cook on Facebook!

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  29. Shared on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RunningHutch

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  30. I liked Spinning Cook on facebook!

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  31. Favorite part of the app would be: Internet recipe capture from sites like Epicurious and AllRecipes!

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  32. I like spinning cooking on Facebook!

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  33. I scheduled a tweet about your giveaway (for Friday morning when twitter is hopefully working again). @Running_Hutch

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    1. Okay it works now so I tweeted about it. [o:

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  34. Oh, and I follow Spinning Cook on Twitter.

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  35. I shared the Facebook post - I am "Meghan Marie"!

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  36. I like The Spinning Cook on Facebook!

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  37. And I am following hime via Twitter.

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  38. This looks great! I tweeted the contest (@trisaratops2198)!

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  39. I am following him via Twitter!

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  40. And my favorite part would definitely be the shopping lists, because I ALWAYS forget ONE ingredient and then am either banging my head against the wall or ordering pizza. :)

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  41. I shared from your fb page to mine. I'd love this app - it would help me out big time.

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  42. I like Spinning Cook on fb

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  43. I follow Spinning Cook on twitter

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  44. https://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/216359674549776384 shared! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  45. I shared on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/pat.joseph.169?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pat.joseph.169/posts/379839872079692

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  46. I Like Spinning Cook on Facebook

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  47. I follow the Spinning Cook on Twitter
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  48. following spinning cook on twitter

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  49. coolest thing to me is being able to add recipes from other websites and not having to retype! already downloaded and can’t wait to use!

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  50. I shared on FB https://www.facebook.com/mel.tee.18/posts/334677479945493

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  51. Shared on FB as Jay Cee https://www.facebook.com/jay.cee.3551/posts/382527888476905

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  52. Follow you on twitter as bikeohio.

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  53. Favorite feature of Spinning Meals would have to be the one you mentioned: Automatic generation of shopping lists!

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  54. shared your giveaway on Facebook

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  55. shared on Twitter @Trinity7588

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  56. I am now following SpinningCook on Twitter

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  57. I liked Spinning Cook on Facebook

    I get his newsletter too

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