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WIAW: Snackalicious And A Reminder

Posted Mar 14 2012 4:07am

It is Wednesday, so I am sure you can probably guess what today is going to include…

WIAW, of course! Inspired by a very creative lady over at Peas and Crayons, so if you are looking for a ton of inspiration to change-up your eats, you might want to take a peak and see the bunches of other bloggers who participate in this weekly ritual.

I do have to be honest. I am sometimes hesitant to view a daily schedule of other people’s meals and snacks…or lack thereof.

I have gotten a few questions asking if I am ever triggered by blogging, reading, or interacting with others in the community, and overall, yes…but also no.

(Um? That is not vague, CJ.)

When I am having a lot of negative self-talk, or a difficult time, I typically don’t read anything, or anyone, I know could potentially be a trigger for me. There are some blogs that I actually find quite inspiring and those are the ones I gravitate to for encouragement or support, but there are many others that I have trouble NOT comparing myself with.

“Omg they run a million miles and then eat only non-processed, vegan diets with no carbs.”

This might be a little extreme but there are definitely posts where I am astonished at the intensity of workout compared to the minimal nutrition.

BUT, I have to realize that all individuals have different needs, and as an outsider I might not see the whole picture. The author might not include snacks; they may be ashamed like I was to feature some of the foods they view as “bad,” etc.

So that being said, the moral of the story is to read with an open-mind, be aware of what you might be sensitive to, and try to remember that every body is unique with varying requirements and preferences.

(I am actually talking to myself in the above statement, if you didn’t know!)

And continuing with the theme of making generalizations or harsh judgments about specific items, I am going to put my embarrassment aside and share some things I have pushed myself to try lately, attaching a positive connotation with their consumption rather than degradation and self-hatred.

Super Pretzel Soft Pretzel

I love sporting events.

Actually, that is an understatement.

Watching live sports is one of my favorite activities to do, especially with my husband.

We often attend hockey games, enjoy seeing the Phil’s, and I even sat through the Eagles/Giants game a few Decembers ago when it was -4856846 degrees.

Growing up we went to the ice rink nearly every weekend to see my beloved Bears, and it was always a tradition to get a soft pretzel.

When Ryan and I started going to these things together we carried on the custom and even threw in an awesome ice (aka the best water-ice EVER) as dessert.

I haven’t had either of those things in years.

We have been to games since, but the pretzels and my cold treat were left with the vendors, despite Ryan asking if I wanted to share.

TOO MANY CARBS! Empty, stupid calories that I do not need.

How about delicious, warm and gooey goodness that you love to dip in mustard?!

Well, when Ryan looked over my list, and saw the pretzel-phobia (nothing he didn’t already know) he suggested he pick some up at the grocery store.

The Super Pretzel Soft Pretzels are not intimidatingly large. You put the salt on and bake them yourself, so really this was a challenge that only ranked at a 7 on the scale, but taste wise, it was way up near a 10.

I think I love the mix in texture; crunchy-salty outside and a warm soft center, that the snack provides because there was something so comforting and fulfilling about having one.

No mustard needed because it was fabulous on its own.

Baseball season is around the corner so who knows; maybe Ryan and I will be sharing out fifth-inning past time sooner than I think :-)

Trader Joes Peanut Butter Cup Trail Mix

I saw this recently on my friend Erica’s blog, and she raved about the combination of flavor.

*PS-the photo above is totally Erica’s. I still need to get a new camera after the theft!!!

Ryan LOVES Target’s Monster mix with the peanuts, raisins and m&ms, which he coincidently ran out of last week, so when I was at Trader Joes this weekend I picked a bag of the similar version and thought he would love the addition of cashews and almonds.

I never even considered trying it myself.

No way.

But then after dinner one night I was debating what my last item would be since I was low on fats for the day, and I went over to our drawer to get my traditional Emerald Sweet and Salty Nut Mix. Next to it sat “Ryan’s” mix that he still had not opened.

The nutritional stats were pretty similar to my normal serving of nuts so what excuse did I have? (Why shouldn’t I be able to have it regardless?)

I portioned out (Working on the measuring habit, I promise!) my after dinner delight and popped a cashew into my mouth. Then a raisin, an almond, and I saved the tiny peanut butter cups for last.

Oh my goodness this was good!

Expensive, at nearly $5.00 a bag, but I think it is worth it.

I AM WORTH every penny :-)

And last but not least, do you remember when I discussed my new obsession with The Laughing Cow wedges?

Well I am still including those in at least one meal a day (calcium is fantastic for those bones!) but I also mentioned I was disappointed I had not been able to find their new Cream Cheese spreads.

I FOUND THEM!

NEW! Strawberries & Cream 1/3 Less Fat Than Cream Cheese

Not all the flavors, but our local grocer has the regular, Strawberry and Garden varieties!!!

I was so excited and even though I froze the last few of my Wegman’s bagels, I cannot express to you how yummy the strawberry is on top of a Trader Joe’s Low Fat Blueberry Bran Muffin.

Paired with a glass of Vanilla Almond Breeze, I thoroughly enjoyed this snack two days in a row!

Cinnamon, I will find you next! ;-)

I hope everyone is having a stellar week, and please remember to read these WIAW’s with the awareness that meal plans are not one size fits all.

YOU need to do what is right for YOU in order for your body to feel healthy, happy and whole.

(Yes, I am a cheeseball! :-) )


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