Game Day Snacks

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Happy Monday friends!  I hope your favorite college football team made it to a bowl game this year.  Football season is a big deal here in our house.  One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon is surrounded by our friends watching the game.  Not because I particularly love watching all the games but rather love the camaraderie and the food that comes with it.  The other weekend we had one of our football viewing days and I was in charge of the snack plate, which is a task I particularly love.  Why?  Because then I get to make EXACTLY what I want.

Blue Diamond Snack Plate
 

I decided to keep it fairly simple.  Fortunately, Blue Diamond had JUST sent me some of their to-die-for almonds which was perfect for the day!  I paired them with a simple cheese and cracker plate and Jenn’s baked seafood dip with crab, shrimp and veggies.  Which you HAVE to make like yesterday.  AMAZING.

 

I had some happy-snackers on my hands.  The dip is cheesy, seafood, goodness.  That I could eat the entire bowl.  The Blue Diamond almond flavors I got were the Smokehouse and Wasabi & Soy.  The Smokehouse are a particular favorite of mine and find their way into my lunch box frequently.  SO much flavor!

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So if you’re looking for a healthy addition to your game day snacks be sure to check out the Blue Diamond almonds.  There is no shortage of flavors to choose from!

 

 

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Best Pocket Sized Snacks

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One of the biggest things that I have had to figure out on my OB/GYN rotation is how to find time for a quick snack in the mornings.  On Internal Medicine we always had something in the morning that provided me time to get in some food.  I need something mid-morning to keep myself going since I eat breakfast at 5:30AM and don’t get lunch until closer to noon.  What is a girl to do?  Figure out snacks that fit in my white coat of course!

 

Snacks

 

Lately I have been sticking to the above snacks and for good reason.  They all give me enough energy to last through the morning and keep my stomach from grumbling in patient’s rooms!

 

1.  Blue Diamond Almonds – I have been loving mixing the dark chocolate with the oven roasted sea salt for a sweet-and-salty combo.  I simply fill up my 21 Day Fix container and keep it in my white coat pocket so in the few minutes I get between patients I can pop a few in my mouth.  The protein keeps me full and the container keeps me from eating my weight in almonds 😉  I’ve also gotten my attending hooked on the dark chocolate ones!

 

Blue Diamond Almonds

 

2.  Larabars – I recently tried this coconut chocolate chip flavor and love it.  I am not always a fan of coconut but I like this flavor even better than the coconut pineapple one from Wednesday.  Again, there is a lot of protein in these which keeps my metabolism going and my stomach happy.

 

3.  Babybel Cheese – I really like how rich the flavor is with these little cheese wheels and I like the calorie content even more.

 

4.  Apples – I pre-slice my apples since the slices make for easier munching.  More often than not I combine the apple slices with some of my almonds for a more well rounded snack.

 

So far these snacks have been working well for me and I am glad I know that since I have Emergency as my next rotation and having quick snacks on hand is the only way you eat in the ER!  Happy Saturday friends :)

 

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Game Changing Snacks with Blue Diamond

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Is anyone else sad that football season is about to come to a close?  While I am hugely disappointed that my Packers didn’t make it to the big game I am still excited to watch it since it’s being played at my home!  While I enjoy watching games throughout the season I have to admit … I do it mainly for the food –  #NoShame.   However I have to admit that most of the time my choices are less than stellar.  So when Blue Diamond offered me the chance to team up for healthier game day snacks you KNOW I was all over it.

Blue Diamond Healthy Game Day Snacking

 

Blue Diamond sent me two new-to-me flavors to try.  I am OBSESSED with the smokehouse.  In fact, I am thinking it would be the perfect addition to my beloved BBQ chicken salads.  The wasabi & soy sauce would be an excellent combination for an almond-crusted fish.  When it comes to healthy snacking though, these nuts are a great option to have on hand!

 

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Almonds are full of amazing nutrients, are an excellent source of protein, and are a fantastic healthy fat to include in your diet.  Not to mention they are heart healthy!  Almonds are my “go to” throughout the day when I need a pick-me-up and they make a regular appearance as my driving home from school snack.  Therefore, having them for the big game sounds like a great idea!

 

In the meantime I am planning our recipes for our game day.  Here are a few other ones I am thinking about making to go with our Blue Diamond almonds.

 

Healthy Game Day Snacking

Zucchini Pizza Bites / Buffalo Cauliflower / Skinny Buffalo Dip /

Skinny Queso Dip / Sweet Potato & Avocado Bites 

 

 

What are your favorite healthy snacks for game day?

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Smarter Snacking in 2015

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Hey there friends!  We are here in Vegas celebrating the holidays with Chris’ family before jet-setting to Phoenix to see mine.  The girls are having a blast with grandma and grandpa while Chris and I are also getting some us time.  Everyone is a winner 😉  The only downfall I am having is staying on track during this vacation.  My mother-in-law is a big baker and the house is full of treats.  One of my biggest weaknesses is that I am a mega snacker so having all these treats around with so much spare time is dangerous.  So I think this is the perfect time to share some of my ideas for smarter snacking.  I recently had the chance to partner with Sara Lee® to share a healthy transformation and my snack habits have been just that :)

 

Sara Lee

 

Snacking can be the downfall for anyone trying to watch what they’re eating.  Many of us find ourselves snacking for no apparent reason … we aren’t really hungry and really we may just be bored.  While I am 100% about eating when you ARE hungry, what I find myself fighting is the mindless snacking.  So instead I have been focusing on choosing healthy, nutrient dense options so that when I reach for a snack it is satisfying as well as healthy.

Snacks

Some of my favorite snacks include my shakes, fruit, and cheese sticks.  I always keep water on hand to help between meals and to stay well hydrated. Another quick, simple, and delicious snack?  A simple PB sandwich.  The Sara Lee® 45 calorie bread is a pretty good option for these!

#45DelightfulPeople

Some of the reasons I love this bread:

  • Sara Lee® Delightful Breads provide delicious taste and delightful texture with 45 calories per full-size slice. New flavor Oatmeal joins the current line which includes 100% Whole Wheat (made with real honey), Healthy Multi-Grain and Wheat.
  • The Delightful breads are all heart-healthy and provide an excellent source of fiber in each serving (2 slices), with no artificial colors or flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup.

 

One of my favorite ways to use this bread?  Toasted with smashed avocado and a dippy egg.  Seriously SO good!  It has healthy fats, protein, and carbs.  A pretty darn good snack in my humble opinion 😉

 

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Right now Sara Lee® is holding a #45DelightfulPeople contest looking for 45 healthy transformation stories!  If you enter, you can win free bread for a year, workout gear, an iPod shuffle and more!  Just for entering you get a free t-shirt so make sure to head on over HERE to tell your story!  Your transformation can be anything – losing weight, getting more sleep, no-scale victories, and more.  The sky is the limit :)

 

I am off to spend more time with family!  Have a great night :)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee®

How do you snack smarter?  What’s your “transformation”?

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Favorite Healthy Snacks

I am a snack machine.  Seriously.  I always have been.  I am just not one to be able to wait hours between meals and feel ok.  I suffered from pretty bad hypoglycemia growing up and fell into the pattern of eating every 2-3 hours to keep my blood sugar stable since.  While that doesn’t work for everyone, it keeps me from getting dizzy, shaky, and cranky!  I thought I’d share some of my favorite healthy snacks today!          

 

1.  Fresh fruit and veggies Fresh Fruits and Veggies

As part of my Sunday meal prep, I wash and cut tons of fruits and veggies to munch on throughout the week.  I am currently loving celery, carrots, and cucumbers dipped in Melanie’s ranch dressing dip!  Love that it’s made primarily with Greek yogurt :)  For some protein, I will dip  apples or banana in peanut butter.        

 

2.  Greek Yogurt with Cereal I love a little crunch with my yogurt!  I love the added protein that you get from Greek yogurt over regular.  Fact: did you know I used to HATE yogurt?  In college I trained myself to like it.  I always liked the taste but I didn’t like the texture.        

 

3.  On-The-Go Snacks I love pre-packaged healthy snacks to be able to throw in my gym bag or purse and just go.  The trouble is finding some that aren’t hugely processed and full of additives.  I recently received a package from Wonderful brands to try out.   Wonderful Snacks In it were Wonderful Pistachios, Wonderful Almonds, and Wonderful Almond Accents.  I love the tubes of almonds and pistachios because Chris can easily take those to work or I can have them ready for on the go snacking for both Em and I!   Wonderful Almonds Pistachios are a great source of both protein and fiber and almonds are a naturally cholesterol free snack.  Plus, they all come in a variety of flavors!  I got the roasted and salted and sweet chili pistachios to try.  NOM.   Wonderful also makes other products from nuts to fruit to pomegranates.     I have been known to buy the POM  Wonderful pomegranate arils to avoid having to mutilate pomegranates to get them.   Some call it lazy, I call it efficiency 😉    

 

Beyond just the products I also like the principles the company practices.  Their product goes from the farms they use in California to your table.  They also are committed to practicing sustainable farming practices by reducing waste, water, and energy.  

 

Wonderful brands want you to get to try some of their sensible summer snacks as well.  One Food, Fitness, and Family reader will win a Wonderful prize pack just like the one I received.  Giveaway will run un Friday, August 2 and you can enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.      

 

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Good luck!  Now … it’s just about time for me to have a snack 😉

 

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