A dot-com for this time of year

We’re in the post-holiday season and everyone’s thinking about how to eat healthy. The Holy Grail of any meal, of course, is how to make it quick and easy.

A meal needs a recipe. That requires ingredients, which means searching the kitchen or making a trip to the grocery store. Forget an item on your shopping list or assume you had it when you didn’t and what was going to be a healthy meal of chicken and vegetables has turned into another night of delivery pizza.

An occurrence all too familiar for one mother in Loveland, she sought help from her husband. Clint Bounds decided that what his wife, Lisa, could use was an interactive website. That was in 2009.

The site, now available to the public as Plan to Eat, and accessible at
www.plantoeat.com, is itself organized like a dinner with a main course and side dishes.

At the center is the meal planner where you put breakfasts, lunches and dinners together for the day, week and month. The recipe list for each meal generates a shopping list that can be separated by your preferred stores. Further ensuring you never forget your shopping list is a smartphone app that allows you to cross items off as you get them.

The service has grown to more than 3,000 subscribers nationwide. And, yes, spikes in traffic are typical right around this time of year.

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