How to use Pinterest for your Nutritional Needs

In case you missed out on our Nutrition Fair in the AMU yesterday, here are some insider tips on how to use Pinterest that were written by our very own Wellness Committee member Beth Krey.
 

How I use Pinterest for my nutritional needs

If you have used the online tool Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) before, you are aware there are many, many, many tantalizing “pins” out there for practically anything you are interested in. From the kitchen related: How to pick a superstar watermelon! (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/365776800956022617/) For the DIYer at heart: Build your own storage bins! (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/92112754850979457/) To the fitness-challenged: Tank Top Arm Workout! (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/92112754850934523/) I wanted to take a moment to share how I utilize Pinterest to best serve my mostly-healthy food cravings. I definitely use Pinterest for some other fun things like workout plans, craft ideas and decorating concepts – but I’ll stick to food and nutrition for this post.

At its core, Pinterest is a website that allows users to collect and organize things called “pins” onto “boards” of interest by linking an image to the source’s website. You can give your “pin” a description to help you and others know what it’s about or why you selected it. This “pin” becomes a live and interactive piece of Pinterest, which according to the website is its reason for existence – Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing the things that inspire you.

As a Pinterest user, you are able to connect with friends from Facebook and Twitter or invite others via email. Once you pin a link to something – your friends and everyone else who uses Pinterest can see it. This interactive component is a way to gain inspiration from others, search for new ideas and have a place to store links to things that interest you.

In a nutshell, I use Pinterest like I would a recipe box. I have created a board for each recipe area – such as “pizza”, “chicken”, “sandwiches”, etc. There are three ways I choose to look for and add pins to my Pinterest profile’s boards:

  1. Via Pinterest’s home feed which includes pins of my “friends” along with pins that are popular at that moment from anyone that is a member and uses Pinterest. This has been great for the not so healthy, but oh so delicious, decadent dessert ideas. I have also found great pins this way, including the “10 Top BBQ Ideas”.
  2. As I read blogs or explore websites, or even get links from friends, I will “pin” the interesting recipes into my category boards as I find them. This is a quick way for me to sort through recipes I’m interested in trying without having to find that email later or print out the recipe and store it somewhere.
  3. I have literally put my recipe box on Pinterest. All the past recipes that have been clipped and stored in a small container for years have been added to my boards if I can find the online version of the recipe. Even most recipes from the local newspaper have an online source. To me, the only paper-worthy recipes are those hand-me-downs from my mom and grandma. To be quite honest, I have even found many of these older family recipes online. I also take my physical magazines and rip out interesting recipes, only to add them to my Pinterest boards when I have a free moment and then recycle the ripped out pages.

Now that I’ve accumulated over 1,000 pins (mostly all recipes – and probably on the lower end of an average user’s number of pins), it’s very easy to find a specific recipe or search through my pins to located that pesto recipe I can’t remember the name of or ingredients to. This isn’t a sponsored post for the website, just an honest description of how a normal 30 year old mom keeps down clutter and makes life a little easier.

One word of caution regarding the MANY pins available to search through on the website, is to check out the source link before you re-pin to your personal boards. Sometimes the items that are referenced are not what is linked – or are not linked to the full description/directions you are looking for. Often pins go viral and everyone seems to be reposting the same thing – but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great recipe. Also, those bunny-shaped rolls aren’t always as easy to create as the picture makes it seem. But that delves into a new area: Pinterest-FAILS. Good luck using Pinterest to best suit your needs!

Beth Krey

 

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