Archive for September, 2012

Check Out My Contributing Post Today!

Sunday, September 30th, 2012
 

 

Today I am excited to be a contributing blogger over at Stockpiling Moms!

Take a moment and go check out my post here: 3 for 3 Lunch Challenge!

If you have come to visit from Stockpiling Moms, I welcome you! I hope that you’ll look around and stay connected with iPackLunch.com! You can subscribe for email updates by finding the follow bar on the lower left. You can also find me on:

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You will also find me back on Stockpiling Moms next Sunday!

Sincerely,

Deb

Wanted: A Better Snack… (A Product Review)

Saturday, September 29th, 2012
 

 

A Way Better Snack.

OK maybe that isn’t the cleverest of titles but I think you’re with me, right? We are a nation of snackers in search of something better to feed our cravings. A few months ago I found that very thing! A Way Better Snack!

Back in June, my youngest child went through a brief hospitalization (don’t worry he’s fine now I promise). While stuck in the hospital 24/7 over several days I was often forced to eat food from the cafeteria. I am obviously a big lunch packer and a home cook so eating hospital cafeteria food was not very appealing to me! Scanning through the selection of munchies offered I came across a bag of Simply Sweeet Potato tortilla chips. I had to try them and I don’t regret it! They are incredible! A naturally sweet, lightly salty chip, yum! It certainly left an impression on me and I began to pick up a bag on each of my visits to the cafeteria.

My family loves a crunchy snack and I am always searching for something to replace the standby traditional potato chip. On my next trip to the local grocery store I was determined to pick up a bag of Way Better Snacks for my family but to my dismay they were not there! Oh no! I certainly wasn’t going back to the hospital cafeteria! Lucky for me a mere week or two later a Fresh Market opened in our community. I made a beeline to the opening and sure enough my Way Better Snacks was there! Hurrah! My family instantly loved them as much as I do! My one complaint? I NEED a bigger bag! I have a big family!

 

 

What is way better about these snacks you may ask? Let me break it down for you!

Taste

Way Better Snacks are yummy! Trust me! Go try them! They are great with salsa, guacamole and dip or also great just eaten alone as is!

Selection

They have a great selection!  Simply Sunny Multi-Grain, Simply Beyond Black Bean, Simply Sweeet Potato, Simply Naked No Salt Blues, Simply So Sweet Chili, Simply Unbeatable Blues.

All Natural

Never contains Trans Fat, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Sprouting

They are sprouted! Sprouting is the practice of germinating seeds to be eaten either raw or cooked. Why does that matter? Sprouting has been known to enhance the bio-availability of nutrients and aid in digestion!

Non-GMO

What does that mean? No “Genetically Modified Organisms” are in this product! That’s Verified!

Not to Mention

Vegan, Certified Gluten Free, Certified Kosher, Excellent Source of Whole Grains, Low Sodium

Click image below for more nutritional information!

 

Now you’re probably wondering… where can I get them? Head on over to Way Better Snacks to find a retailer in your area or to buy online! You can also find Way Better Snacks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

 

So here is the real question, how do they look in lunch? Well here you go:

 

All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I was not compensated for this post but did receive complimentary product to assist me in giving an assessment. Thank you! Enjoy!

Sincerely,

Deb

It’s New! A CuteZcute review!

Friday, September 28th, 2012
 

 

I am very honored to be amongst the first to get one of these new cutting tools. The CuteZcute! Within an hour of receiving my package I was in the kitchen checking it out. In the matter of minutes I whipped out a simple panda pizza for my little guy Trevor! Isn’t it cute? I used the CuteZCute to cut a panda face out of mozzarella cheese! That pizza sauce, by the way, is loaded with pureed carrots!

 

 

I have to tell you I accomplished this task without even a glance at the instructions. OK I know my way around a sandwich cutter but I’m telling you this one is sooooo easy to use! There is one main outside cutter that makes the basic shape and then 4 plates that you can use inside the cutter to make different faces: panda, pig, cat and a frog! There is even a little tool to help you push the smaller pieces out!

 

After a little more thought I created my frog lunch pictured at the top of the post above. I feel like a rockstar lunch packer after creating this one but it was so easy I almost feel guilty accepting compliments! It was this simple:

  • I cut out the bottom piece (I use Pepperidge Farms Whole Grain or Wheat in case you ever wonder). Tip: Use a cutting board underneath!
  • I cut out the top piece in the same way but this time inserted and pressed down firmly on the frog face plate.
  • I used the provided assist tool to push out the small cut out pieces.
  • I spread the bread with Fluff, Peanut butter and a smidge of Nutella. I was artistic but you don’t have to be!
  • I topped with the face.
  • I cut a raisin in half and inserted in to the eyes.
  • Then for fun, I used an Archer Farms All Natural Fruit Peel along with a paring knife to create a tongue to catch those raisin flies! Easy right?

 

I can’t wait to think of more cute foods to create! In case I (or you) need more inspiration, check these out:

Are you ready to give it a try? Wait, are you concerned about those small pieces left behind? Don’t worry, just bag them up and try some of these creative ways to use the scraps the next day! Click on the photo to link off site to the instructions!

If I haven’t answered all of your questions then connect with CuteZcute on Facebook! Now I hope you’ll go make my frog or something really great of your own!

If you are on Instagram you can tag your photos #ipacklunch for me to see!

Sincerely,

Deb

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