Summer Snacking | Delicious Treats to Enjoy This Season

During the hot summer days, we always find ourselves more on the go which means there is less time spent cooking or preparing a meal at home (though I try to find the time to cook at least once a week). That just leaves snacking throughout the day to keep you going, and give your body the nutrients and fuel it needs to get through the day. Here are some delicious treats to help you get through this unpredictable summer. Are you ready for some great snack options?

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Puffs

For those of you cheese puffs addicts, you’ll love this addictive healthier alternative (they’re baked not fried, gluten-free, made with real cheese). If you’re already a fan of Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish then you know how delicious they are. The newest goldfish additions are a crunchy and puffy snack with big flavor. Available in three tasty varieties – Mega Cheese, Buffalo Wing, and Cheddar Bacon – you’ll find yourself buying multiple bags. These small bites of deliciousness are currently available in major supermarkets, grocery stores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

DUKE’S™ Brands Smoked Meats

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One thing I realized while surviving the overwhelming heat and humidity this summer weather has bestowed upon us is that having a good amount of protein really helps but of course you don’t want to go out and wolf down a heavy burger or steak. This is when some delicious jerky comes along. One bite of the above upscale jerky will have you saying goodbye to all others. Duke’s Brands has a range of uniquely flavored smoked meats  (they are slathered in your favorite, delicious sauces) that give you down home flavor in a fulfilling, on-the-go meal (I say meal and not snack because you will only stop eating them when you’re full). While Duke’s Brands do offer classic flavors, you must try their sweet and savory Bourbon Glaze Beef Steak made with Jim Beam, their spicy Island Teriyaki and the host of other dynamic flavors available – one bite and you’ll be hooked.

BIGS Sunflower Seeds

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Sunflower Seeds are a summertime staple. You can’t go near a baseball game without seeing fans snacking on sunflower seeds. While the original is always enjoyable, The BIGS Brothers have come up with a few  great-tasting flavors for this fire roasted all-time snack favorite. Get BIGS Sunflower Seeds in the most premium and unique flavors such as Vlasic® Dill Pickle, Bacon Salt® Sizzlin’ Bacon, “Catch of the Day” Old Bay Seasoning, FRANK’S® REDHOT® Buffalo Wing, etc. Want to try all these flavors? Click HERE to get yourself a sample pack of five flavor varieties for only $3.50.

SAHALE Snacks

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If you’re looking to elevate your trail mix, look no further than Sahale Snacks. Combining the perfect blend of healthy and delicious, Sahale Snacks offer a variety of gourmet fruit and nut based snack blends that include exotic ingredients like black-peppered pecans, fruit, and nuts glazed with maple or vanilla bean, toasted sesame seeds, orange blossom honey, etc. Their must-have snack blends include Crunchers Almonds with Cherries, Apple + Maple, Pomegranate Pistachios, Valdosta Pecans, Cashews with Pomegranate + Vanilla and Grab & Go: Almonds with Cranberries, Honey + Sesame Seeds snacks. Get your hands on these delicious snacks at WholeFoods, Amazon.com, Walmart, and Costco.

Wonderful Brands Almond Accents

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I love products that do double duty, especially when they are so tasty. Not only do these Wonderful Brands Almond Accents make a great out-of-the-bag snack (it’s amazing for blogging fuel), they add lots of taste and flair to salads (both vegetable and fruits salads). Say goodbye to boring croutons and top your greens with the sweet, tart taste of cranberries or pomegranates, or bake your salmon with a sea salt and peppery crust. Want to add a kick to your fruit salad, yogurt or cereal? Any of these Wonderful Brands Almond Accents will do. Get a COUPON and try them for yourself.

Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt

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Of course, I can’t write about summer snacking without the current number one summer snack – frozen yogurt. With the launch of their two newest flavors, Ben & Jerry’s combines the indulgence of rich and creamy frozen Greek Yogurt with the fun chunk-and-swirl combinations that they are known for. The Liz Lemon flavor features Lemon Greek Frozen Yogurt with a Blueberry Lavender Swirl (a flavor created as a special homage to Tina Fey’s “30 Rock” Liz Lemon character – you can really taste the lavender), Pineapple Passionfruit which features Pineapple Greek Frozen Yogurt with a Passionfruit Swirl and Vanilla Honey Caramel, Vanilla Greek Frozen Yogurt with a Honey Caramel Swirl. Dive in and enjoy each spoonful.

What do you think of these delicious treats? Have you enjoyed any of them?

Popcorn, Indiana Debuts New FIT Popcorn Line

Sometimes it’s difficult to snack happily without a little guilt that you’re eating too much. There are lots of great, delicious healthy snacks but how do you stop yourself from eating too much and of course, how much is too much. Thankfully Popcorn, Indiana, innovators of all-natural popcorn and whole grain snacks, introduced a line of wonderfully delicious popcorn that allows you to enjoy more and snack smarter. We all know popcorn is an enjoyable snack with great health benefits –
it contains more of the antioxidant, polyphenols, than fruits and vegetables and is high in fiber. With the Popcorn, Indiana FIT Popcorn range, a new low-fat and low-calorie line of ready-to-eat popcorn, you get so much more.
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Featuring amazing taste, a light crispy crunch, 40 calories or less and just 2g of fat per cup, the gluten-free, whole grain FIT range is perfect for those of you who want to snack smarter without sacrificing flavor. The new popcorn range features four savory and delicious flavors – Sea Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Parmesan & Herb and Onion Dijon (Sea Salt and Olive Oil flavors are on-GMO Project Verified) – all of which have been approved by “The Biggest Loser” as snacks that can be part of a healthy lifestyle.

I must say, I usually stick to regular butter-flavored popcorn but these all-natural tastes amazing, my favorite was the Onion Dijon. It makes a great substitute to potato chips and other fat-heavy snacks. Popcorn, Indiana FIT popcorn will be available at leading retailers nationally. To find a store near you, visit the Popcorn, Indiana website at www.popcornindiana.com.

 

New Year, New Cuisine From Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia

There are lots of upcoming occasions that are a great time to show off your cooking skills, new recipes, etc – there’s Chinese New Year, Super Bowl Sunday parties, regular get-togethers and for a more intimate setting, Valentine’s Day. For these and other occasions, Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia offer simple solutions to spice up any celebration. Chinese New Year is a great time to get time to try some new delicious Asian recipes. One of my favorite dishes, Shrimp Pad Thai, can be spiced up with some color by using Thai Kitchen’s new Rice Noodles, a first-of-its-kind that is made with all-natural, gluten-free ingredients and comes conveniently packaged in four individual servings – wow your guests with either the Purple Corn and Rice Noodles or Red Rice Noodles

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Another recipe hit is Zing Rolls (see the spring roll recipe below), you can also add Simply Asia’s Stir-Fry Sauces to seamlessly spice up Restaurant-Style General Tso’s Chicken and Ginger Teriyaki Lettuce Wrap recipes. Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia actually offer a complete line of Asian convenience items including sauces, curry pastes, rice noodles, noodle bowls, coconut milk and more.

Zing Rolls – Vegetable Spring Rolls with Red Rice Noodles

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Prep Time: 45 minutes
Refrigerate: 30 minutes

3 single-serve packages (2 ounces each) Thai Kitchen® Red Rice Noodles
12 round rice paper wrappers (8 1/2-inch)
2 large red bell peppers, thinly sliced
2 large cucumbers, peeled, seeded and cut into thin strips
3/4 cup shredded carrots
2 medium avocados, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Thai Kitchen® Spicy Thai Mango Dipping Sauce, for dipping

Bring large pot of water to boil. Remove from heat. Add Red Rice Noodles, stirring to separate noodles. Let stand 5 minutes or until noodles are tender but firm. Drain well. Place in large bowl with cold water. Separate noodles fully. Set aside.

To assemble Spring Rolls, fill 9-inch pie plate with warm water. For each spring roll, dip 1 rice paper wrapper in water to wet completely. Place on work surface. Blot dry with paper towel. Place 1/3 cup drained rice noodles in bottom third of rice paper. Layer with 4 bell pepper strips, 8 cucumber strips, 1 tablespoon carrot, 2 avocado slices, 1/2 teaspoon cilantro and 1 teaspoon peanuts. Fold in sides, then gently roll tightly to enclose filling. Place spring roll on platter or tray. Cover with damp paper towels and plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining rice paper wrappers and filling ingredients to make 12 spring rolls.

Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Serve with Dipping Sauce. Makes 12 spring rolls.

Super Bowl Sundays fans will be truly impressed with with unique game-day favorites like their fun Satay Par-tay (see the photo below), General Tso’s Meatballs or Kung Wow wings.

Satay Par-tay

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes

1/2 cup Thai Kitchen® Coconut Milk
2 tablespoons Thai Kitchen® Premium Fish Sauce
2 tablespoons Thai Kitchen® Red Curry Paste
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch strips
Bamboo skewers

Mix Thai Kitchen® Coconut Milk, Thai Kitchen® Premium Fish Sauce and Thai Kitchen® Red Curry Paste in small bowl until well blended. Place chicken in large resealable plastic bag or glass dish. Add marinade; toss to coat well.
Refrigerate one hour or longer for extra flavor. Remove chicken from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Thread chicken strips onto skewers.
Broil or grill over medium-high heat 3 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through. Serve with Thai Kitchen® Peanut Satay Sauce or Thai Kitchen® Sweet Red Chili Sauce for dipping. Makes 8 servings

Tip: Soak bamboo skewers thoroughly in water for at least 30 minutes before threading with chicken. This prevents them from burning when on the grill.

For Valentines Day, dazzle your sweetheart with a spicy and delicious meal made with Thai Kitchen’s Red Rice Noodles. Thanks to the versatility of Thai Kitchen’s Rice noodles, you can create noodle stir-fries, rice noodle soups, and more with ease. Of course you don’t have to wait until these occasions to create and serve these delicious recipes. These easy recipes make can make every night a special night.

New Delicious Treats from Lifeway Kefir

Lifeway Kefir, makers of the creamy blend of rich flavorful, drinkable, yogurt-like beverages packed with probiotics and rich health benefits. Lifeway Kefir is great for everyone – Kids, infants, seniors, pregnant or nursing women, those with compromised immune systems, and those with digestive disorders. Last year they launched their delicious Lifeway Frozen Kefir, an extra-healthy, probiotic, 90-calories-per-serving frozen yogurt alternative that provides the amazing benefits of kefir’s 10 live and active probiotic cultures (up to three times more than yogurt with roughly half the calories) that help stimulate digestion and support the immune system but in a deliciously frozen form. This addictive, delicious frozen treat came in four fun flavors: Mango, Pomegranate, Original, and Strawberry – allowing you to give up the guilt from eating a whole pint of ice cream by substituting it with this tasty, healthy treat.

 Frozen Kefir-Dulce de Leche

Now Lifeway has introduced three new decadent flavors to their Frozen Kefir line – Pumpkin, Chocolate, and Dulce de Leche (pictured above). These three new decadent flavors make enjoying dessert deliciously guilt-free. Lifeway Frozen Kefir is always 99% lactose-free and gluten-free. These new flavors, which are available now, retails for $4.59-$4.99 for 1 pint /473 ml.
Another great new product from Lifeway Kefir and my new addiction is the Greek Style Fro-Yo – a delectably creamy, tangy and good for you pint of heaven

Greek Style Fro-Yo Blood Orange

This protein packed creamy treat can curb your hunger while satisfying your sweet tooth with its three delectable low-cal flavors – Blood Orange Swirl, Chocolate Swirl, and Honey Swirl. Blending in a velvety swirl of flavor, Greek Style Fro-Yo kefir is gluten-free, 99% lactose-free, 110 calories per serving, and packed with 10 strains of probiotics. These retail for $4.59-$4.99 for 1 pint /473 ml. I fell in love with the Blood Orange Swirl at first spoonful and it was quite a challenge not to enjoy the entire pint in one sitting.

Lifeway has joined Christy Turlington Burns and Every Mother Counts to improve the health and lives of mothers and children everywhere. Julie Smolyansky, Lifeway Foods, Inc. CEO ran in the ING New York Marathon to increase awareness and support for the non-profit organization Every Mother Counts (EMC). Lifeway is sponsoring a private screening of Christy’s documentary, No Woman, No Cry in Chicago on April 16th. Lifeway is currently running a sweepstakes and fundraising campaign to support maternal health. The Grand Prize for the sweepstakes includes an all-expense paid trip for two to Chicago on April 16 to meet global maternal health advocate and founder of EMC, Christy Turlington Burns.

T-fal ActiFry – Cook Deliciously! Eat Healthy

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I’ve heard so many cooking stories, trading of recipes and lots of ideas for a healthier Thanksgiving. So many of us think if you use certain ingredients, then you’re eating healthier but it’s not just the ingredients you have to worry about, how your food is prepared is important too. I was introduced to one heck of a machine from called the T-fal ActiFry. A wondrous machine that allows you to cook entrees, sides, desserts, and appetizers without worry.

ActiFry is a unique kitchen appliance engineered with innovative heat-pulse technology. It will definitely make you throw out your deep fryer. ActiFry will change your perception of how food can be cooked. Enjoy absolutely delicious homemade meals with this versatile low fat multi-cooker, using just a tablespoon of oil, its pulsating heat system and stirring paddle. There are several amazing recipes that are possible with the t-fal ActiFry but I wanted to start out with something simple, so I decided to try some healthy fried chicken. All I did was season the chicken and place them in the Non-Stick Removable Pan (I didn’t even need any oil in the recipe)

The T-fal ActiFry features a removable ceramic-coated, non-stick pan, a transparent steam-free lid, a measuring spoon and an automatic stirring paddle which ensures even distribution of oil in each meal prepared (all which are dishwasher safe so cleaning up the ActiFry is just as easy as using it to cook). The recipe called to set the timer for 25-30 min but I put it at 30 because I like my fried foods crispy. The ActiFry features a timer, which can be set for up to 99 minutes. Simply place the ingredients in the non-stick pan, close the lid, set the timer and switch your ActiFry on. The timer beeps to let you know when your food is ready. It’s amazing to see this baby in action. I literally didn’t have to do anything else but wait for the timer to go off an enjoy some amazingly tasty (and super healthy) chicken. I took some video a few minutes after I started the ActiFry

and again when there were just about four minutes left when the wings were a beautiful golden brown

I cannot wait to try some of my Thanksgiving recipes and I don’t plan on being boring either. I might experiment with Spicy Thai Chicken Curry, Chicken and Pineapple or maybe chili (god I’m so excited to cook).

The T-fal ActiFry comes in Black and white and is available at T-fal.com, Amazon.com, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, JCPenney, etc. Happy Thanksgiving!

The Ninja Professional Blender – Snow Maker

Whether you’re playing bartender at your summer parties or looking to drop a few pounds, adopt a healthier lifestyle and eating habits or just save money by making your own smoothies, then you need a great blender. You need a blender that is fast, versatile, and hard-working – in other words, you need The Ninja Professional Blender.Ninja Professional Blender image

The Ninja Professional Blender has a 1000 watt motor and exclusive blade system. This innovative blender offers professional power and performance but at a price that’s easy to swallow. Like much more expensive, professional-grade products, this blender has the speed and accuracy to blend batter, soups, sauces, and dips evenly; whip up a smoothie to help lose weight or improve your health; or concoct yummy frozen drinks for your guests if that’s more your style. And, with the largest capacity in its class, the 72 ounce jar can easily serve six ten-ounce frozen drinks, making the Ninja Professional Blender the perfect product for large families, health enthusiasts, or those who love to entertain.
One thing that blew my mind about the Ninja Professional Blender is the fact that it crushes ice, make that pulverizes ice into snow…..in seconds – it’s an amazing thing to see.

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So amazing that I took video of this wonder blender in action when I was whipping up some at-home Jamba Juice Smoothies (more on that in another post) for a few friends I had over. I must add that I wasn’t the only one impressed with the Ninja Professional Blender‘s power, the word WOW was used several times. Check out the video below

Ninja products are designed to be affordable as well as revolutionary in their capability to crush, blend, chop, and puree,” says Mark Rosenzweig, CEO of Euro-Pro, the company responsible for developing innovative Ninja products. “In fact, the new Ninja Professional Blender crushes ice and blends ingredients faster than any other blender, and yet it won’t crush your budget.” At $99.00, the Ninja puts several more expensive blenders to shame (I speak from first-hand knowledge), So whether you want to into snow for sno-cones, blend frozen fruits into creamy smoothies, or puree vegetables into delicious, fresh soups or dips, make your first choice the Ninja Professional Blender. The Ninja Professional Blender is available at retailers in the U.S. and Canada such as Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s. Visit www.ExperienceNinja.com to learn more.

Lifeway Frozen Kefir Giveaway

As the weather gets sunnier and the temperature gets hotter, we look for things to cool us down and sometimes (most of the time), we tend to ignore healthier foods and snacks and go for taste, well thanks to Lifeway Kefir, we can combine healthy snacking with yummy keep-you-cool snacking. Lifeway Frozen Kefir is an extra-healthy, probiotic, 90-calories-per-serving frozen yogurt alternative from Lifeway Foods, Inc. that provides the amazing benefits of Kefir’s 10 live and active probiotic cultures (up to three times more than yogurt with roughly half the calories) that help stimulate digestion and support the immune system but in a deliciously frozen form.

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The delicious frozen treat is available in four fun flavors: Mango, Pomegranate, Original and Strawberry, the first Kefir Treat in the Freezer Aisle. The original flavor will also be sold in a 3.6-oz. single-serve size packaged with a spoon. All four varieties will come in one-pint containers selling for $4.49 to $4.99. Lifeway Kefir’s new good-for-you frozen yogurt alternative is the latest addition to an extensive line of Kefir dairy beverages and associated probiotic foods

Lifeway Frozen Kefir is also great to help you keep a flat stomach. This creamy low-fat, “flat belly power food” also provides all-natural, gluten-free and 99% lactose-free benefits. To help you stay cool and fit during the hot summer months, I am gifting four winners a VIP Coupon for a FREE PINT of Lifeway Frozen Kefir.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post stating which Lifeway Frozen Kefir flavor you’d like to try

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LIFEWAY FROZEN KEFIR GIVEAWAY

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Must be legal U.S. and Canada resident, 18 yrs or older to enter. Sweepstakes to commence on May 30th, 2011 at 12:00:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and end on June 6th, 2011 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. My Life on and off the Guest List will determine (4) five winners by random drawing from all eligible entries. Four Winners will receive (1) one VIP Coupon for ONE FREE PINT of Lifeway Frozen Kefir. Limit one prize per household. Odds of winning are dependent on the total number of eligible entries. Approx estimated retail value of prize $4.99 each. Winners will be notified by email. Offer valid while supplies last. Giveaway sponsored by My Life on and off the Guest List; Prize provided by Lifeway Foods.