Q: Who can join The Recipe ReDux? What criteria do you use to determine membership acceptance?
A: To be considered for membership into The Recipe ReDux, your blog must:
■ Be recipe-focused throughout the blog
■ Have an emphasis on healthy food preparation
■ Be based upon scientific, peer-reviewed research. All blogs will be checked to verify that any nutrition advice, instruction, references or recommendations posted are based on science.
■ Have at least 10 recipes posted before applying.
■ Have a ‘RECIPES’ index easily seen upon the homepage
■ Be posted on behalf of yourself – not hosted by or on behalf of a third party organization.
The Recipe ReDux was developed as a fun and social way to provide great tasting, healthful recipes based on whole foods and sound nutrition principals. As we strive to include as many members as possible, we require that all members adhere to these standards. Membership application is based different factors, including a review of previous recipes and blog postings. Special consideration for membership is given for bloggers who:
- Are a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, APD or RD2Be
- Have demonstrated leadership and participation in the healthy food blogging community
- Exhibit potential for growth and development in areas of social media outreach, photography, brand identity, etc
To determine whether or not your blog and recipes contain “healthy” recipes, please refer to “Q: What do you consider healthy?” listed below.
Q: Do I have to be a registered dietitian (RD) to join?
A: No, but health professional credentials are preferred for membership at this time. All applicants should be passionate about creating healthy recipes that taste great. We consider recipes that focus on incorporating more whole foods as a better choice for overall health.
Q: What do you consider “healthy”?
A: The term “healthy” can be interpreted a number of different ways. While there are no “off limits” foods in an otherwise balanced diet, The Recipe ReDux aims to showcase dishes that incorporate at least one nutritional benefit:
■ Reduction in overall calories and/or sugar
■ Increase in fiber
■ Lowering of saturated fat and/or increase in mono- or poly-unsaturated fats
■ Reduction in sodium/salt from processed foods
■ Showcases at least one food group mentioned by the Dietary Guidelines as the basis of a healthy diet: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, seafood, beans, nuts and seeds
Q: What are the requirements for The Recipe ReDux?
A: Taste rules. This group was founded on the belief that every healthy dish deserves to be delicious, so please keep taste top of mind when testing your recipe. Beyond that, let your creativity and nutrition expertise reign. We don’t require a specific number of ingredients or a time limit, but please keep the home cook in mind while developing your “ReDux.” Recipes that are time consuming or use obscure, hard to find ingredients won’t have wide-spread audience appeal. Keep your readers coming back for more!
Participation requires that you not miss more than two (2) consecutive months of regular posts on the 21st/22nd of the month.
Also, being a part of this community goes beyond simply posting a recipe to your blog. It is considered a best practice to take some time to engage with your fellow bloggers by commenting on, sharing, and tweeting their posts; this is also considered a key benefit and obligation of your membership.
We also require that all members who join The Recipe ReDux comply with the WOMMA Social Media Marketing Disclosure Guide (http://www.womma.org/ethics/
In addition, all members who join The Recipe ReDux, agree to the aforementioned rules and warrant that you will not include material in your Recipe ReDux posts that are obscene or vulgar, contain adult-only material, are racially insensitive, or contain religious/political opinions or beliefs. You also agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless The Recipe ReDux (co-owned by ReganMillerJones, Inc and Teaspoon Communications) from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, demands, costs and expenses suffered or incurred by any party arising out of your participation in The Recipe ReDux. Members are prohibited from selling goods and/or services or using affiliate links within any ReDux posts. Any form of marketing, which requires a disclosure statement (such as sponsored recipe contests, free samples, product reviews, etc.) is prohibited within the monthly themed ReDux posts (on 21st and 22nd.)
Posts that violate any of these rules are subject to deletion in The Recipe ReDux linking system by the moderators and will be grounds for immediate deletion of membership.
Q: If I have some “unhealthy” recipes on my website, will my membership automatically be denied?
A: No. The Recipe ReDux is not about banning any one food or food group. It is about celebrating the foods and dishes we should eat more often. We do, however, expect that members’ blogs be mostly devoted to promoting those foods that support a healthy lifestyle, and are not used as a platform to promote fad diets, supplements or “quick fix” weight loss schemes.
Q: What if I can’t participate one month?
A: Participation requires that you not miss more than two (2) consecutive months of regular posts on the 21st/22nd of the month. Unless you alert us when missing months, failure to participate adequately will result in automatic dismissal from the group. If membership is revoked, a former member must reapply. There is currently a waiting list for acceptance.
Q: Who establishes the theme every month?
A: For the most part, we look to members to suggest themes. At times, the moderators will tweak or combine member suggestions and occasionally will come up with their own theme based on season and trends. However, the monthly theme is never sponsor-driven – all sponsored post opportunities are kept separate from the monthly theme.
Q: Do I have to post nutritional analysis with my recipe?
A: No. We are not obsessed with numbers or nutrients, but are committed to celebrating great tasting, healthful food. We do ask, however, that within your post you highlight for readers why this recipe is healthier.
Q: I’m not really ready to join, but I would like to follow what this group is doing. What’s the best way to follow along?
A: We understand based on schedules and outstanding commitments, The Recipe ReDux may not be for everyone – but access to healthy recipes should be! So please feel free to add member blogs listed on our blog roll to your blog reader/catcher or follow the conversation on Twitter via #TheRecipeRedux.