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Entries in snacks (4)


Riceworks - good snacking giveaway and confession

Have you ever come across a new kind of chip that you simply fell in love with?

The kind of chip that made you think about snacking differently? A chip that had a richer flavor, and didn't leave your finger greasy?

For me, this was Riceworks.

Made with whole grain, brown rice, Riceworks chips satisfy my chip craving, but are nutritionally better than the standard corn or potato chip. Also, I LOVE brown rice. Period. It's good for you, it's filling, and I love the slightly nutty flavor. So, a chip made with brown rice? A chip with no artificial flavors, no cholesterol, and no trans fat? Made for me.

Confession time

Do you have a snacking confession to make? Here's mine...

Occasionally I still buy the large multi-pack of chips for the girls to pack with the school lunches. I hide the whole bag in the basement. If I don't, The Mister will eat every last bag. But also? I have to hide it from me! I can't eat just one chip, curl, or puff.

Tell Riceworks your snacking confession on Facebook and you can get a $1.00 off coupon to help you make the switch!

Win 5 Bags of Riceworks

Riceworks is giving me coupons for 5 bags of chips that I can give away to one of you! Here's how to enter: (each counts as a separate entry - just leave me a comment for each one)

1. Confess your snacking sin right here in a comment

2. "Like" Riceworks on Facebook and confess your snacking sin there too!

3. Post a link to this giveaway on twitter and mention @JanineNickel in the tweet (put the URL to the tweet in your comment)

Contest open to residents of US and Canada 18 years and over, and ends Saturday, 9/17/11 at noon Eastern. Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner.

Good Luck!

Disclosure: I will receive coupons for 5 bags of chips as a thank you for helping spread the word about Riceworks and the Facebook app. But, if you think I'm writing about this just for chips, you are crazy and need to confess more than your snacking sins I bet. I love love these chips. I met the Riceworks folks at Blogher. And I'm excited to have you try them too!


You Don't Have to be a Hippie to like Melba Toast

The very first time I tried Old London Melba Toast I was maybe 7. My mother was going through what I can only describe as a "hippie" phase when it came to food. Out went the white bread and Twinkies and in came the brown (wheat) bread and carob chips. I have no idea who she was kidding with the carob chips since she LOVES good quality, dark chocolate as much as I do.

One of the few things she introduced that I LOVED was Melba Toast. It's light and crunchy with lots of flavor. Melba toast was great with cheese, peanut bugger, or just plain butter and jelly!

Old London has Healthy Snacks

 Old London Snacks

Recently I received three packages of Old London snacks including Bagel Crisps, Melba Snacks and good old fashion Melba Toast (no added seasoning) to try. These are great snack options for my family as they are all low in calories with no trans fat and the melba toast has whole grain.

The girls loved dipping the bagel chips and round melba snacks into hummus along with fresh carrot and celery sticks. We also found out there were a very filling snack when paired with cheese and a piece of fruit. I'm trying to cut back on my bread intake these days so I devoured them with tuna, and along side my daily salad, instead of my usual sandwich on two slices of high-calorie bread.

Want more recipes? Check out the Taste for Everyday Health website where there are all kinds of great things to try like lasagna, tiramisu and quesadilla dippers all made with Old London products!

Say Aloha with Old London when you win a trip to Hawaii

Be sure to enter the Aloha Old London Sweepstakes on Facebook where you can enter to win a trip to Ohau!

The Old London website has easy fitness tips and living healthy tips so you can enjoy Hawaii AND your new beach-ready figure. But hurry because the sweepstakes closes in June!

Then come back and let me know if you've ever tried Old London melba toast. And be sure to leave a comment telling me my mother is not the only one to went through that "hippie" phase.


Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Old London and received product samples and a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate. All opinions are my own and my stories are true - my mom really did introduce me to melba toast when I was a kid during her hippie food stage. I think she also introduced me to some seaweed stuff but thankfully I blocked most of that from my memory.


MorningStar Farms Veggie Corn Dogs for breakfast, lunch or snack




Where is this review going? Get your mind out of the gutter please.

Yes, I decided after much debate to use the photo above.

I took the photo.

It's representative of the product.

The fact that it *may* or may not make you think of other things is completely out of my control.

But if it entices you to buy MorningStar Farms Veggie Corn Dogs then I don't think anyone's going to have a problem with me/it/this post.

Also, you should totally buy them.

Why buy MorningStar veggie corn dogs?

Taste - these were deelish! I wouldn't say they tasted like hot dogs cause they aren't hot gos. They are also not greasy and heavy like 'real' hot dogs. They just tasted good and we ate them up! Maybe lighter, lower salt too. I had mine with honey mustard sauce. The Twofer liked ketchup. What will you use?

Convenience - pop them in the microwave for a few seconds and you have a quick and easy breakfast! They store nicely in the freezer too.

Snackability - I am always looking for new after-school snack ideas. The Twofer come home from school famished and could eat and eat right up until and through dinner if I let them! I need snacks that keep them focused on homework but don't ruin their appetite. These were perfect!

Also, at just 150 calories with 2.5 grams of fat, they are definitely better for you than real corn dogs. Those vegetarians may be onto something.


Disclosure: I revceived a box of MorningStar veggie corn dogs at no cost for the purpose of this review. They really tasted good. All opinions expressed here are my own as was the decision to use that fab photo (you know you love it). This post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published - duh - or I would have probably had a more professional photo!


Review: GoGo SqueeZ - making school lunches got a little easier.


I dread the start of school and being a slave to school lunches. I resist buying the 'snack' size foods because they usually have too much sugar, salt, or preservatives and things that I can't pronounce

Recently I had the opportuniyt to try GoGo squeeZ squeezable, resealable, 100% fruit & applesauce snack.

Here's what I like about the GoGo SqueeZ snacks:

no spoon needed

I resist using plastic utensils for school lunches as much as possible because I'm a greenie in some ways and so for applesauce I give the Twofer real spoons that sometimes come home but always leave the inside of their lunchbox sticky. I mean, can't they lick it off?

 healthy and all-natural

Here's the list of ingredients for the apple-strawberry flavor: apple, strawberry, banana, apple juice concentrate, blackcurrant

No added sugar, or malthedexah;adjf;ksdhjf or hiuoieruwnfsd <-- stuff I can't pronounce.

neat, portable, non-perishable

That means it can sit on my pantry and I can grab one whenever i need it! No need for cooler thingies taking up room in the lunch box, and a perfect snack for the 'snack time' they have in their classroom (yes, our school does this for the younger kids and grades that eat later).

For more information on GoGo Sqeez products including where to buy you can visit their website, their blog, follow them on Twitter, and find them on Facebook.

What products help you make better school lunches?


Disclosure: I received GoGo SqueeZ samples to review at no cost. Opinions expressed here are mine and were not reviewed nor approved by GoGoSqueeZ prior to posting.