What’s your healthy snack plan?

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Skinnygirl.

Do you have a snack plan?

An average American consumes up to 25 percent of their daily calories from snacks alone! We are becoming a nation of snacking and it’s something we can’t ignore. Is it good or bad? It all depends on how you deal with it.

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Personally, I love to snack. I’m not a big meal person. That 25 percent is more like 50 percent for me. I’m busy a lot. I work a full time job and have a business AND the blog, and I usually don’t have the time set aside to cook.

I have my snacking dilemmas. I often feel a strong pull to snack when I’m working, especially when I feel like I’ve worked a lot and I’m mentally drained or bored. That’s when I want to snack. Getting more excitement back in my life and break through the ordinary of the to-do’s. It’s natural.

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I typically crave sweets. I’m a HUGE sweets person. I love my pastries and chocolate… I could have it all the time. BUT being health-conscious I don’t do that. There are thankfully foods I eat that satisfy my cravings without sacrificing flavor.

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I have a variety of favorite healthy snacks I usually reach towards. It usually depends on my mood and current craving.

Sometimes, if I want something more fresh and sweet, I opt for fruit, like an apple, grapes, or berries.

Sometimes, if I’m craving chocolate – I opt for chocolate flavored cereal or adding cocoa powder to greek yogurt with Stevia. I also really like eating a snack or protein bar that’s flavored chocolate.

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Speaking of snack bars – I recently tried a new one by Skinnygirl. I had no idea they had snack bars but being me, I love trying new products so I loved trying these out.

Flavor wise, they have three varities: Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Pretzel, and Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate. I ate two on the day I was traveling to California for my vacation and it was JUST the thing I needed to hold me off until I finally got to my destination.

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My favorite flavor was the Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate. I really liked the Peanut Butter one too but for some reason, the banana one just hit the spot more than the other one did. Bot were delicious. And at only about 170 calories they are a great gluten-free, Kosher, no-junk-included snack!

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Skinnygirl is doing this cool promotion called “Skinnygirl Snack Swap”.

Throughout the month of September, Skinnygirl is encouraging women to swap out their snacks for more healthful options with the Skinnygirl Snack Swap campaign. The website is super cute and features a playful tool that asks people to choose their favorite snack and then personally picks healthier options to match that craving. Love it! Brilliant.

Since I’m a chocolate lover I went in and tried one of their recipes for a healthy snack swap… the Chocolate Mug Brownie Cake with Walnuts! Ummm, you know I LOVE mug cakes and this one is just fabulous… I omitted the walnuts though cause I just don’t care for nuts that much (except in nut butter form, hehe)

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Chocolate Mug Brownie Cake with Walnuts

Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin or unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 Tbsp semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts

Yield: 1 serving

  1. In a microwave-safe mug or boil, mix all ingredients except walnuts very well.
  2. Microwave mug cake for 2 – 2.5 minutes (note: microwave wattages and power levels vary; be careful as mug cakes can easily overcook)
  3. Carefully remove from microwave and top with walnuts.

Adapted from: Happy Being Healthy

Nutrition Analysis (per serving):

Calories: 325, Protein 12g, Dietary Fiber 7g

 

Delicious :) And that’s only ONE of the recipes they have to offer… Definitely worth checking out.

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You should totally go ahead and check it out. Their Snack Swap promotion is really awesome and they have plenty of nutritionist-approved healthy recipes and sncak ideas to choose from, so you never have to make a “bad” choice when you’re craving something specific.

If you share your healthy snack swap on your social media, you enter in a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Target!! Now that’s another great reason to snack smart ;) All the details are available on their website.

Here’s where you can find them online:

  • Skinnygirl Daily Website: http://bit.ly/1A6hw7K
  • Skinnygirl Daily Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1tAnbi0
  • Skinnygirl Twitter: http://bit.ly/1jVs8RP
  • Skinnygirl Instagram: http://bit.ly/1ngUVQS

 

GIVEAWAY:

Wanna try these Skinnygirl snack bars for yourself? You’re in luck! Enter via the rafflecopter widget below. US residents only (no P.O. boxes!). Void where prohibited.

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If you don’t win – don’t worry. You can use coupon code SNACKSWAP10 and get your snack swaps here  :) With that promo code, you’ll save $1 on your purchase.

 

Peanut Butter & Jelly Giveaway!

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It’s another giveaway time! I know I’m ending this summer on a really awesome note, right? Woohoo!

And now to celebrate the coming of Fall… and back-to-school for those of you who are in school or have little kiddos who are back in school – we all know one of the yummiest snacks or lunches to have is the good ol’ PB&J right?

Mmm yes.. peanut butter & jelly – such a delicious combination. But the traditional way can get boring right? I know I like variety myself!

I tried it out with a more FUN peanut butter – White Chocolate Wonderful from Peanut Butter & Co and their Raspberry preserves… this made for a seriously delicious pair… except I don’t like to eat it as a sandwich (yawn).

Here’s how I mostly ate it…

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Mmm yes, what could be better than PB&J as a topping for ice cream? Especially when it’s HEALTHY ice cream (check that out too).

What could be better?

Oh, I know – getting it FOR FREE, perhaps?

 

Giveaway:

Enter in my giveaway to win 2 jars of peanut butter and 2 jars of jam as above! Yum! US only. Ends 9/15! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Arctic Zero Giveaway (3 new flavors! 3 winners!)

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The best “ice cream” ever has three new flavors.

And you could be one of three people lucky enough to try it for free ;) (or any other flavors)

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me talk about why Arctic Zero is the best freaking frozen dessert evahhh.

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I love frozen treats in the summer… or any time in the year actually. Arctic Zero has the ability to satisfy my craving without feeling guilty because the ENTIRE pint is only 150 calories! That’s right. It’s super low in calories and it’s NOT filled with junk ingredients either. It’s all healthy stuff. It’s good stuff!

I just love it…

I absolutely LOVED the coconut flavor. Then the Sea Salt Caramel. Then the Orange Cream, but only because I never cared much for that one in general.

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Loved it topped with some peanut butter and berries. Yep. I go intense.

Anyway, do you wanna try some Arctic Zero for yourself, for free? Enter in my giveaway!

GIVEAWAY (3 Winners!)

Three winners! The winner will receive three vouchers, which can be redeemed at your local grocery store. US only. Giveaway ends September 8th! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Good luck!

After-School Snacks + Monthly Link-Up

Can you believe August is pretty much over? Time is flying.

I realize I say this all the time but it seems like the older you get, the faster time goes by. It’s crazy. Slow down!

Anyway, students are going back to school right about now… if you have kids I’m sure you’re excited for this. I’m done with school and being single I don’t have any more school talk, except at work for promotions, but this doesn’t mean I can’t share some deliciousness in the form of After-School Snacks suggestions with you ;)

Check out the embedded slideshow below!

Check out 12 Best After-School Snacks

by Kamila Gornia at Foodie.com

Now for some link ups!

Marketing & Business stuff:

Psychology & Lifestyle stuff:

Delicious Recipes:

Enjoy!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Foodie by Glam.