Who doesn’t like a challenge especially when it comes to food??
The 3rd Annual VegOut! Challenge, kicked off by the Recipe for Success Foundation, is getting boots on the ground in Houston and San Antonio, with the challenge to eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days for the month of March.
Participating this year is easier than ever with the newly designed web site at http://www.vegoutwithrfs.org. Participants will be able to sign up online, track progress, earn badges and keep daily logs so it’s easier to complete the challenge. There are several links to guide veggie fans through the process including suggested veggies, links to make your own dishes and dozens of restaurants featuring veggie dishes for the challenge.
Many of the finest chefs and best restaurants in Texas have signed up to participate in the VegOut! Challenge and have created veggie-centric dishes for the month of March to encourage diners to incorporate veggies into their daily diet. Among the participating Houston restaurants are Brennan’s, Canopy, Cyclone Anaya, Etoile Cuisine et Bar, Flow Juice Bar, Kiran’s, Luby’s, Lucille’s, Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, SNAP Kitchen and many more.
The month-long challenge is filled with prizes like dinners, spa packages, gift cards, and much more to help inspire a spring surge of healthy eating.
Research proves that any behavior repeated for 30 days becomes a habit. Recipe for Success is challenging participants and families around the country to “step up to the plate and pile it with veggies.
Recipe for Success, approaching their 10th anniversary, was founded in 2005 by Gracie Cavnar and is a health-based initiative aimed to create a world where healthy eating is the norm while nutritious food is shared and celebrated with people of all ages and social classes.
In an effort to get more people to embrace a healthier lifestyle, Recipe for Success introduced a month-long initiative in 2013 called VegOut! 30 Ways in 30 Days Challenge.
Houston Mayor, Annise Parker and San Antonio Mayor, Ivy Taylor proclaimed March as VegOut! with Recipe for Success Month on February 24, 2015 with Professional Soccer Player and former Houston Dynamo player, Brian Ching. He announced his new goal is to eat 30 different vegetables in 30 days.“We’re a creature of habit stuck eating the same things over and over again, so I’m excited about challenging myself to try new vegetables,” he said.
Last year, 7,500 Houstonians took the VegOut! Challenge, consuming more than 80,000 pounds of produce in just one month. This year, Recipe for Success looks forward to expanding its reach beyond Houston with new partnerships with other cities like San Antonio and get more participants to VegOut, not only in Texas, but across the country.
Cavnar explained they have geared their efforts toward making healthier eating an adventure.
“This is a friendly competition that people from all walks of life and all ages can be a part of, and another way we can impact young children, exposing them to a healthy lifestyle early on,” she said. “Recipe for Success was just an idea more than decade ago. To see what it has blossomed into 10 years down the road is a true accomplishment. We’re changing lives, and that’s what counts.”
Recipe for Success Foundation is dedicated to combating childhood obesity by changing the way our children understand, appreciate and eat their food, and by educating and mobilizing the community to provide healthier diets for children. They have developed a comprehensive experiential learning program that makes healthy food fun through books, contests and public awareness campaigns. Recipe for Success also works to make affordable, healthy food available to everyone. For more information, visit recipe4success.org.