Good morning! Happy hump day!
Holy cow yesterday was busy. The day flew by and the boys and we found ourselves at Costco at 8:00 pm. I don’t recommend going there that late. There weren’t any samples, they were out of quite a bit of stuff and I was tired and hungry so ended up buying some random things.
And yes, one of them was a $1.50 huge hot dog.
That does not happen often, but you do what you have to do sometimes. The boys polished off their new snacks and we were getting desperate.
Want to know what new snacks we’re snacking on over here and a chance to win some?
So we got a really cool package the other week with these Quaker snacks.
I know, right? That’s a lot of Quaker snacks. Quaker® Quakes® are now called Quaker® PoppedTM. They’ve got a new name, new cute packaging and 14 freaking yummy flavors.
I don’t know about you, but snacks are always an issue at our house. I usually need a pretty substantial snack in the afternoon and the boys want snacks, well, pretty much throughout the day. Ha ha. It’s important to have healthy snacks around or else we’re all in trouble. Serious trouble.
We welcomed these whole grain brown rice and corn snacks that are popped, not fried with open arms.
Some highlights about these snacks. They come in a bunch of different flavors, including my favorite, chocolate.
I’ve used the big versions of the large version of chocolate rice cakes to make one of my first dessert recipes on here- the ice cream STUFTwich. (Really funny reading that old post by the way.)
These snacks are 120 calories a serving and made with whole grains. Now I’m just putting it out there, but if you sometimes have a little moderation problem like myself, you can eat the whole bag for 360 calories. Not that I’m encouraging that, but I’m just being honest that it’s hard for me to eat just one serving of snack foods (or anything rather). There are three pretty substantial sized servings in one bag.
I’m saving the chocolate ones for a special occasion, but we’ve gotten into our fair share of the other flavors.
The vanilla crème brulee ones were a hit.
They’re tasty enough to be eaten plain, but also the perfect size to have a little fun and make some mini popped sandwiches.
We made some pretty darn tasty “Poppin’ SunButter mini sandwiches” and had them with some cut up pears.
Some of us had a few more than others.
We also got our hands on some Quaker Popped Chips.
We ate these all different ways: right out of the bag, with some hummus
and as little cheese sandwiches.
Those were a big hit also, don’t be mislead by the face. He’s a thinker.
It’s all about handy snacks and making food fun at our house. Not just for toddlers around here, but for mama too.
since we’re still pretty much starting the new year (it’s only February for goodness sake),
here are 5 small steps I’m taking toward a healthier lifestyle in the new year (among others).
-Trying to find the balance between racing, running, motherhood and career (like I talked about in yesterday’s post).
-Slowing down and being in the moment with my kids, STUFT Daddy, family and friends.
-Snacking smart. Being prepared when that afternoon hunger hits to avoid mindless eating out of stress or being tired.
-Getting more sleep. Hopefully becoming an early riser so I’m fully prepared for the day.
-Focusing more on healthy eating and more fruits and vegetables for the whole family. (Avoiding late night Costco trips with the boys might help out a bit with this one.)
Here’s your chance to win:
Reply below for your chance to win a sample of all 14 flavors of Quaker Popped Rice Snacks and $1,000 gift card to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions.
Tell me how you are planning a healthier lifestyle in 2013.
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