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BLERGH!

So I completely bumbled yesterday’s WIAW, because I failed to check out Jen’s post before writing my own. Turns out, yesterday wasn’t just any ole’ WIAW—it had a special theme!

How cute?!

So instead of sulking about the fact that I didn’t get it “right”, I’m going to make some deee-licious lemonade, and use this an opportunity to discuss Sensible Snacking, snack ideas and make an exciting announcement!

[Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The below is simply my opinion, based on my personal research and life experience]

What is Sensible Snacking?

To me, a Sensible Snack is one that you and your body have decided that you want—something that sounds and tastes good to you. In other words, one that comes about through intuitive eating.

Honoring your cravings and eating intuitively insures the following:

  1. You’re giving your body a nutrient/food group that it’s telling you it needs—even if that’s fat, sugar, carbs etc. We need it all!
  2. You’ll actual enjoy your snack. Food should be pleasurable whenever possible. Health matters, but so does quality of life! Like it first, and then decide how nutritional benefits should come into play.
  3. Along the same lines as #2: You will be satisfied with your snack, which will prevent you from mindless munching!

The cool thing I’ve learned is that when you give your body what it wants, most of the time it WILL MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES. When I listen to my cravings (for any of my eats) I generally find myself reaching for good-for-me foods.

We aim to peas.

The one thing I do try to keep in mind when I go a-snackin’, especially if it’s pre or post-workout, is choosing a snack that’s a combination of protein/fats and carbohydrates. The latter gives me noticeable energy, the former keeps me full. Again, however, I naturally gravitate towards this combination without putting too much effort into it.

During the work-week I tend to fall into a snack rut, because my routine is so similar that I often end up craving the same things (hello pb-pretzel paramours). However, I’ve definitely done my share of creative snacking over the years—particularly on the weekends—and have accumulated quite the delicious treasure trove!

Here are some of my tried and true favorites down to the brand that have gotten me through many-a long afternoon AND tickled my tastebuds:

Killer Combo: Cottage Cheese, sliced strawberries and oozy peanut butter

I could go on, but these are definitely the top performers!

You might have noticed (I’m giving myself way too much credit) that one particular product is missing from this list, one that I have RAVED about on this blog literally since day one…

Yoouuu nailed it!

All-weather friend.

This heavenly hockey-puck of delicious, wholesome ingredients is far and away my FAVORITE snack bar in the land!

I first tried a Grab the Gold with my mama several years ago, and I fell so hard that I began ordering them by the box, despite the steep price tag, when I realized nothing in NYC could stack up.

Honestly, I have yet to find another bar that tastes as good, has such fabulous nutritional stats, and gives me the same prolonged boost of energy.

THE BEST PART? A CASE OF THESE COVETED LITTLE-ENGINES-THAT-DO COULD BE YOURS ABSOLUTELY FREE!

That’s right folks, I will be hosting my first-ever giveaway on Beanie Bumbles in VERY soon, and the glorious prize is an entire box of GRAB THE GOLD BARS.

On the day that I announce the official beginning of the giveaway, I’ll provide you with detailed information on how to enter and any rules that may apply. So if you’re even the least bit curious to try one of these babies, stay tuned for the big day!

I’m off to pull something scrummy out of the oven that I’ll be sharing with you soon, but I hope you found my snack list useful, and that you’re as excited as I am for this fun giveaway!

What does Sensible Snacking mean to you? What are your favorite snacks?

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Despite the dreary weather, I’ve managed to have a lovely day so far! I snapped a photo on my walk to the subway–I don’t know what these flowers are called but they’re gorgeous. Any blossoms in early April set my heart aflutter with excitement for the coming Spring!

I met my friend Maria bright and early at Peels, one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the city.

As a southern girl, I find the cozy ambiance and sophisticated spin on comfort food very aPEELing (see what I did there?).

The 2nd floor of Peels is basically my dream kitchen

Plus, everything I’ve tried there is delicious! For breakfast, I particularly love their Bircher Muesli: “Cider and Yogurt-Soaked Oats, fruit, toasted seeds.”  I adore ‘Overnight Oats‘, which I discovered through Kath’s blog, and this dish is basically an amped-up version of overnight oats. Each serving of thick, creamy oaty (Greek?) yogurt comes with two generous layers of of sunflower seeds, topped with a handful of seasonably-fresh fruit and a dollop of what must be house-made jam. This breakfast is surprisingly filling, and I find myself CRAVING it during the week. Re-creating this at home is on my to-do list!

My muesli today included a selection of citrus fruit slices and what tasted like a mixed-berry jam. SO good!

Maria ordered one of their signature ‘Build-A-Biscuits’ with eggs, sausage and cheddar. Also super yummy! I highly suggest hitting up Peels if you live in the city. Note: Reservations for Saturday and Sunday Brunch are taken only for parties of six of more guests.
Walk-in’s are encouraged at any time. They only seat complete parties on a first come, first serve basis (read–come early).

Maria and I had a great time catching up. We stayed at our table for a while after we were finished, which was clearly frustrating to our waitress. I generally think it’s rude when people abuse their right to stay at a table after a meal, but Maria and I rarely see each other and wanted to soak up every minute before she had to leave for work. We tipped well!

After Peels, I headed over to the Whole Foods in Union Square to pick up a bag of one of my favorite snacks–unsulphured dried apricots.

My understanding is that unsulphured dried apricots are simply dried apricots that have no additives whatsoever. The neon-orange (when is neon food ever a good thing?) ones that you usually see have had sulphites added to them that help preserve their color.

Less nutritious AND blinding

Not only are unsulphured apricots preservative-free, I personally think they taste a million times better. Unfortunately, the only place I’ve been able to find the ‘good ones’ is the bulk section at Whole Foods (Union Square and Chelsea locations, that I know of). I’ve stumbled upon one or two other health food stores that carry them, but they’ve been overly-dried and tough. The Whole Foods ones are large and juicy, just the way I like ’em! 🙂

While at WF, I also snagged a Poland Spring flavored sparkling water.

I LOVE flavored sparkling water/sparkling water in general and would drink it completely in place of still water if I could afford it. WF sells these babies for 79c each, which seems like a pretty good deal to me, so I usually treat myself to them when I’m there. My fave flavor is the Raspberry Lime, pictured above, but today’s selection was slim pickins’ so I had a Mandarin Orange. Still tasty.

I decided to stay at WF and read for a while before heading uptown. I’m currently reading An Island at the Center of the World, which is fascinating so far. I will post more on this book when I’ve finished it!

I headed home around noon, tummy grumbling for lunch, and I made myself an fab-u-lous Green Monster Smoothie.

Using frozen bananas gives it that thick, spoonable texture

I just recently got on the Green Monster train and I’m never looking back. I like my veggies, but let’s be honest–I’d take a peanut butter banana smoothie over them any day.  Now I can have the best of both worlds! You TRULY CANNOT taste the spinach, I promise.

Today’s Green Monster included:

  • 1 scoop banana-flavored Spirutein (a plant-based protein powder that tastes great and comes in a variety of flavors)
  • 1 tbs Trader Joe’s chunky peanut butter
  • 1 frozen banana, pre-cut, peeled and baggied to make life easier
  • 1 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 c Fage plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs flax meal
  • 3 ice cubes
  • dash of cinnamon
  • several LARGE handfuls of spinach

Then I just stuffed it all in my shoddy but still kickin’ $20 Hamilton Beach Blender and blended away! I cannot get enough of these smoothies, honestly, despite the chilly weather. I may or may not have gotten under the covers to take this one down…

I also tried a few pieces of a Trader Joe’s chocolate bar that I picked up last weekend. Unlike the other chocolate products I’ve tried from TJs, this one was disappointing :(.

Disappointment

Still ate the portion I broke off (hello chocolate is chocolate), but might try to find a recipe to use the rest of the bar in, since it’s not great on its own. I am, however, a huge fan of  TJs 72% Dark Chocolate Pound Plus bar.

Delightful!

Now I’m off to run some errands, get in a little cardio and get ready for dinner tonight with my friend Christina! We’re going to Bareburger, which gets rave reviews. A really good burger is definitely a top five savory meal for me, but I am picky about them. Look forward to seeing how Bareburger stacks up!

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!

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