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Quaker Popped Snack Chat and a Giveaway

Quaker Popped Snack Chat and a Giveaway


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.


Ha ha.

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.)


And now…..

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.

*Leave comments in the Quaker box below, not in my STUFT Mama comments to be entered in the giveaway.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Quaker. I received product in conjunction with this post. The opinions and text are all mine. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  See Official Sweepstakes Rules

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  1. 1
    Carmen says:

    Making sure I actually take rest days once every one to two weeks!

  2. 2
    Kathy says:

    Focusing on nutrition and what I am putting in my mouth/body…PORTION control…YIKES!!! It is necessary.

  3. 3
    Anna says:

    I’ve got several New Years goals. Mainly I want to be healthy but not be so crazy about it. I focus on every little bite but sometimes don’t put that same energy into my friends and family. I am working on balance this year.

  4. 4
    Randyll says:

    I have really been focussing on nutrition and lifting heavier to build mucle. I usually only focus mainly on cardio but trying something new this year 🙂

  5. 5

    Love that tomato/basil hummus! Trader Joe’s seems to have the best selection of hummus–I can’t get enough of the horseradish one. 🙂 My goals are similar to yours–finding and maintaining a healthy balance between work, family, friends and my hobbies. Also, I’d like to work continue my quest to concentrate on strength training more than cardio, and really make sure that I’m respecting my body. 🙂

  6. 6
    jessica says:

    Running my first marathon next Saturday! Trying to eat clean, most of the time!

  7. 7

    being proactive with my health and listening to the needs of my body!

  8. 8
    Nicola says:

    I just came across your blog and I love it!! I’m also a huge runner and I have two kids so I’m always trying to find that important balance you speak of. I’ve always lived a fairly healthy lifestyle but recently I’m really trying to make better eating choices not only for myself but for my kids also. I think it’s so important that we educate our children on what they should be putting into their bodies. My kids know that every day they are expected to have a “green” drink 🙂 I think once the expectation is there they don’t even question it…it’s just part of the daily routine 🙂

  9. 9
    Heather says:

    I rejoined team in training to train for another half marathon in San Diego in June!

  10. 10
    Jenny says:

    2013 is a big year for me. The twins turn 1 in just a few short weeks!!! Holy cow it DOES go by so fast. I have just about finished my training for my very first half marathon in March, and I am also training for my first figure competition this April. With all of that craziness I have to focus on my health, my eating and balance. With the babies eating more “real people food” haha…I need to focus on their meals. One of which they love being your broccoli cakes. Thanks for the recipe.

    It is going to be a great year with LOTS of fun and healthy goals. I love reading you blog, it really makes my day!!!

  11. 11
    CoMo says:

    My goals are do more cross training and weight training this year, to hopefully help with an improved year of running! I ran my first marathon last year, and am ready to start working on my speed…while still enjoying running! We are hoping to also complete a triatholon this year! Love the cross training!

    Balance and being in the moment is so important and something I too am working on. I am a working mother with 4 girls and a busy life…need to learn to say no more and continue to focus on my priorites!

  12. 12

    Your kiddos are cute and you come up with some great ideas!

  13. 13
    Brandei Bangan says:

    My goal this year is to eat more home cooked meals. I too am trying to create that perfect balance between kids, work, hubby, dogs and home! Oh, did I include my own personal fitness?! Always looking for great new snack ideas!

  14. 14

    I am vowing to stretch more and find more balance in work and life

  15. 15
    hensley says:

    getting more SLEEP. it helps with all aspects of a healthy lifestyle

  16. 16

    Thanks for your pro compression code two weeks ago! I sent it to my husband, and wound up with TWO beautiful pairs for my anniversary. I gave you a shout out thank you on the blog!

  17. 17
    Samantha says:

    Ha! I am totally one of those people that will do the quick calculation on caloric damage if I eat the entire bag. That made me laugh. Late night shopping runs always lower the defenses. Have a great day! 🙂

  18. 18
    Darbi says:

    I just ran my first marathon last month and training for my second in May. This time around, Im going to try to sleep at least 7 or 8 hrs night, get plenty of fruits and veggies and take my rest days!!

  19. 19
    Allie says:

    Oh boy! I have lots of goals for 2013. First is to finally win one of your giveaways. I never feel like I win anything in a drawing. Haha! Mostly, I want to have more balance in my life and in my mind. I have such an “all or nothing” outlook and find myself overdoing things and then going backwards. I’ve been running more and don’t want that to end, so I’m trying really hard not to get injured. I also want to cook more. While, I eat healthy, my diet is limited due to food allergies. I get bored and overeat processed foods. Not good for my mind or body

  20. 20
    sabrina says:

    My new year resolutions are simple eat clean, move more! I’ve been burning the calories away with the dailyburn.com! So awesome! I recently started snacking on quaker popped! my fav is bbq!

  21. 21
    Bethany says:

    I recently found out I was pregnant and I am hoping to remain really active during this pregnancy.

    • 21.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Congratulations Bethany!!! Being active makes a world of difference when you’re pregnant. If you leave this comment in the Quaker conversation you’ll be entered into the giveaway. 🙂

  22. 22
    Stephanie says:

    Hot dang! My GOALS this year are to learn to balance training/work/horses and life! I tend to get too caught up in one area (usually training) and overstress my body and mind. Learning to balance, love life, and appreciate the person I am! Also, another goal is to become more “financially organized”…budget?! Target and Costco get me everytime. I like to set Goals not resolutions!! 🙂

  23. 23
    chelsea says:

    I am listening to my body! If I feel sick, I rest. If I feel an injury coming on, I rest. It is all about listening to your body and not forcing workouts/food!

  24. 24

    I have been trying to stress less and cut out “extra stuff” in 2013! I have cut back on my computer time, and it has helped majorly!

  25. 25
    Jill Morris says:

    I have made myself an early riser by joining a running group, love it! I am being mindful of my meal choices and just learning to balance!

  26. 26
    Shelley says:

    I already eat pretty healthy and exercise…..but want to add in yoga and try to make sure I stick w/ my healthy eats on the weekends too! 🙂

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