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GIVEAWAY! Harvest Snaps Snacks

**Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed.

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It’s giveaway time! I have a package of six Harvest Snaps snacks for one lucky (snacky) reader, courtesy of the generous folks at Harvest Snaps! The package will include a variety of flavors of both the Lentil Snaps and Snapea Crisps, all perfect for snack time as well as an addition to your lunchbox.

There are two ways to enter the giveaway! To enter: 1. leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing you’ve eaten so far this week,  or 2. “Like” the On a Pink Typewriter Facebook Page. Doing both provides an additional chance to win (be sure to mention that you also liked the Facebook Page in your comment).

Contest open to U.S. residents only and closes at 11:59 pm PT Monday (September 15). Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email.

Good luck!

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Healthy Snacking and #HarvestSnapsFan

I’m SO snacky lately. OMG.

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This week I’ve just wanted to eat all the things. Which isn’t actually that different than most days of my life, except I’ve wanted to snack in between meals, which is pretty unusual for me. I’m usually a pretty set three main meals/two snacks a day type of gal. I’ll go ahead and blame it on all the traveling/lack of sleep/wedding-polooza of late.

But the snacks! I have been trying to keep my eye on the prize, aka the half marathon I have coming up in one stinkin’ month, and focusing on healthier snacks instead of, say, the tiramisu my coworker offered to share with me yesterday when my tummy is rumbling.

Say hello to Harvest Snaps.

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Um, delicious. And also sort of dangerous because I can’t keep my hand out of the bag.

Since I’m now a part of the Harvest Snaps blogger program, Harvest Snaps sent me a box of their crisps snacks to enjoy – both the Snapea and Lentil Crisps in various flavors – and maaaan. I honestly like them a lot, although I usually steer clear of packaged snacks in general (like chips or pretzels or even popcorn, my fav), because it’s so easy to just keep reaching for one more handful. You know what I mean.

I’m a big fan of the black pepper snapea crisps especially. I could easily devour one bag all by myself, which, considering all of the Harvest Snaps products are literally 60-70 percent real vegetables with only about three servings per bag (120 calories per serving), is not too crazy. I mentally compared that to my beloved Buried Treasure (the Trader Joe version of Pirate’s Booty), with its seven servings of cheesy, nutrition-defunct air.

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I’m a fan, and I could see these being a big hit with the kiddos I know! Healthy eating (and healthy snacking) for children is so important to me, and these crisps could be a great addition to a little one’s lunchbox (including mine…). Talk about lunchspiration.

Some other healthy snacking ideas include:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Raw veggies with hummus 
  • Whole grain toast with avocado + salt/pepper
  • Whole grain or gluten free frozen waffles with nut butter, sliced banana, and chia (my fav are the Trader Joe’s brand)
  • Greek yogurt (nonfat or 2% fat) with berries and nut butter 
  • One serving of plain oatmeal, mixed with fresh fruit
  • Fruit and nut bars that are low in sugar/high in protein, like Kind Bars in the Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate flavor 

Keep in mind, dehydration and a lack of sleep can also cause you to be more hungry or snacky than usual, so be mindful of your sleeping and drinking habits if you notice an uptick in your snacking. Sometimes drinking a big glass of water does the trick for me, although other times I really just need an extra snack. Listen to your body, yo.

On that note, have a happy hump day friends! Hump daaaaaaaaay.

Tell me- what are your go-to healthy snacks? Have you tried these Harvest Snaps crisps, too? If so, what’d you think?

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Homemade Soft Baked Pretzels

A couple of weeks ago, I whipped up some soft baked pretzels for a football game tailgate.image

Do you like how I just said that like it was no big deal? Oh, just some homemade pretzels like I’ve become Auntie freakin’ Anne. Whatevs. 😉

But really – this was SO easy! image

I don’t know much about football, but I do know that those big pretzels you buy at the stadium are a big crowd pleaser, so I thought I’d give making them homemade a shot. And what do you know – it’s WAY simpler than I ever would have imagined! I literally jumped up and down in the kitchen after they came out of the oven from excitement — I was so proud it was almost disgusting.

I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for a while now and just hadn’t gotten around to it til today….imageBut now that you all have it, get to it! You’re probably beyond sick of turkey and stuffing by this point, and these pretzels are a fun change of pace! Try them for the remainder of football season, or even just as a quick holiday party snack.

Enjoy!

Homemade Soft Baked Pretzels

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (i.e, one packet)
  • 4.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter (half a stick), melted
  • 10 cups room temperature water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp water, whisked together
  • coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Directions

1. Combine warm water, sugar, and Kosher salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast on top. Allow mixture to sit for about 5 minutes, until it has begun to foam.

2. Add flour and butter to bowl. Mix vigorously with a wooden spoon to combine ingredients, continuing until dough comes together and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

3. Remove dough and place into a larger bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick spray (or coated lightly with canola oil). Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until dough has doubled in size (note: I left the bowl on top of the stove, which was hot from the oven heating  up). This will take approximately one hour.

4. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Combine remaining water and baking soda into a large, wide pot and bring to a rolling boil. In the meantime, turn prepared dough out onto a floured surface and divide into eight separate sections. Roll each section into a rope using your hands and form into a pretzel shape. Set aside.

5. Drop pretzels (as many as can fit – I did about 3 at a time) into the boiling water/baking soda mixture for 30 seconds a piece, scooping them out with a spatula. Place each one onto a baking sheet and brush with egg wash.

6. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm, with hot cheese dip or mustard.

Makes 8 pretzels

Foodie Finds

Hey guys!

Happy hump day. 🙂 I wanted to share some of the snacks/food products I’m loving lately. They’re not necessarily new, but new to me…. and delish!

1. Blue Diamond Almonds – mocha flavorIMG_7716

2. The Original Donut Shop Coffee – coconut mocha flavorIMG_7714

Apparently I have a mocha theme going on…. the smell of this (Keurig cup) coffee brewing is out of  this world!

3. Larabar Alt bar in Lemon Pound Cake flavorIMG_7715

Larabar had sent me some samples of these “powered by peas” protein bars a while back, but I recently rediscovered these pound cake ones. They are seriously SO tasty!

4. Justin’s Almond Butter IMG_7723

So, okay… this isn’t that new… but I just tried a full jar versus the squeeze-and-go travel packets because Trader Joe’s has been out of my go-to almond butter (their raw, unsalted version). Major yum, and the price tag is a teensy bit better than many others I’ve seen (and no scary ingredients or added sugar).

5. Plant Fusion Protein Powder

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This stuff is great! I prefer soy-free and dairy-free protein powders, as well as ones that don’t contain any fake sugars. In the past, I’ve used Sun Warrior and loved it, but wanted a protein powder this time around that I could find in stores versus online, and that would hold me over better (I’m a hungry girl in the mornings). Success!

 

What are your recent foodie finds? I’m always on the look-out for new snacks!

Paleo snack spotlight: Larabar Uber bars

Hi!

So clearly I’m not on the Paleo wagon right now, just in case any of those photos from this weekend’s wedding weren’t a clear enough indication. I’m okay with that though, and I’m fine with just going with the flow. Eating veggies at every meal possible, grains in moderation, and peanut butter at breakfast.

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Some days I’m Paleo by accident, sometimes not one bite of meat shows up on my plate. Anyways, regardless of Paleo or not, I’m always looking for a snack… usually around 3pm.

Oh, you too? Great.

Recently the sweet folks at Larabar were kind enough to send me some of their Uber bars to try out. Larabars have long been one of my go-to bars, and I’ve found that they make for a fantastic {Paleo-friendly} snack.IMG_5748

Almost all Larabars are Paleo, with the exception of the few that contain peanuts or dairy (like the chocolate cookie dough flavor). The Uber bars are made primarily of nuts, honey, and dried fruit, and reminded me of a grown-up version of a candy bar or these chewy, nut bars I used to eat when I was younger (only minus the corn syrup).

Out of the four flavors I sampled [cherry cobbler, roasted nut roll, bananas foster, and apple turnover], the roasted nut roll was my very favorite!

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They were all pretty yummy though. In my opinion, the Uber bars are heartier than the standard Larabar, and far more filling. This is helpful for a person who’s hungry every 2 hours (hiiii!).  The only complaint I had was that they tasted a teensy bit too salty in some bites.

What I especially like about all Larabar bars is that they make me feel like I’m not being lazy by reaching to a bar as a snack instead of whipping up something with whole foods…… because they ARE whole foods (and sometimes, in my cubicle, I am lazy). We all win here. 😉

Happy Wednesday!

 

What are your favorite snack bars? I also love Kind bars and Pure bars!

 

**Although Larabar sent me these bars at no expense to myself, views are 100% my own.

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