Posts tagged ‘snacks’

November 1, 2011

Holiday Cookie Swap!

On Saturday I thought it was ridiculous to see snow and, even though we are working on our holiday content at work, the holidays just seemed so far away. It was October, after all.

Then, this morning it was as if the holiday season was in full force! First I spotted a little red Starbucks cup, then I saw them putting up Christmas decorations at Rockefeller center, then one of my bosses passed out Halloween candy–only the “Halloween” candy was wrapped in red, green and gold! (By the way, the amount of candy in this office today is a true test of willpower…)

Only a few hours later, Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life posted about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  This really got me into the holiday spirit! I love making Christmas cookies! Plus, it sounds like such a great way to connect with some more food bloggers. I can’t wait to get to work planning what I’m going to send out.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

In case you’re interested, you’ll receive the addresses of three other food bloggers once you sign up. You’ll then send them each one dozen homemade cookies and, in turn, you’ll receive a box of cookies from three other bloggers.

In other news, I made a homemade pizza last night with some proscuitto I got at work but, even though the flavor was delicious, I was disappointed because the dough just would’t get crispy! I used the Trader Joes’ whole wheat dough. I’ve used it before, and it’s always crisped up very nicely. I’m wondering if this is because I had always used my mom and dad’s pizza stone? Any ideas or tips would be much appreciated!

I’m headed to class in about an hour–not only is it lamb night (I’m very interested in learning about this, since I never make lamb), but it’s also my last day of level one. My final exam (a written and a practical test) is on Thursday night. Sometimes it’s hard to believe how quickly time passes…

October 6, 2011

Healthy Snacks to Keep at Work

For lunch this afternoon I had a delicious soup that I made for dinner last night (I’ll be sharing the recipe later in the week). I really enjoyed it and it left me full, but I am craving something sweet.

I’ve noticed that after both lunch and dinner I absolutely am dying for something a little sour or a piece of chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth.

I always have a host of snacks at my desk, because we tend to receive a lot of samples here at the magazine but, as I look around, nothing is just right. Here’s a list of my favorite healthy snacks to keep at my desk or in the fridge here at work.

1. Cheese. My favorite is Laughing Cow’s Mini Babybel Light. They keep for such a long time in the fridge and they don’t taste “diet-y” at all.

2. All-Natural Peanut Butter. I don’t really have a favorite brand, but I love the chunky kind. This is also one of the few things I’ll never buy the diet version of–diet peanut butter just tastes so weird to me. I especially like to fill my spoon with half honey (they have little packs of honey here in the office) and half peanut butter.

3. Oatmeal. I’ve only recently gotten into oatmeal, and the Maple and Brown Sugar instant oatmeal from Trader Joe’s is definitely a new favorite.

4. Cereal. I never really loved cereal either. I always thought it didn’t fill me up and wasn’t tasty enough to waste too many calories on. A few weeks ago, I received a box of Kashi’s Cinnamon Harvest cereal through work and it is so good. I finally cracked it open early last week, and I’ve had a bowl almost every day.

5. Tea. When I really don’t want any added calories but I want to have something sweet, I have a cup of tea instead. My recent favorite has to be Yogi Lemon Ginger with a packet of splenda for a little extra sweetness. I also like Tazo’s Passion tea.

6. Hummus. I have always liked Sabra’s hummus, but I decided to try their chipotle flavor one day while walking through the grocery store (I love all things spicy–especially chipotle flavored!), and it is so good. I love to have a spoonful of this as a snack. On days when I’m lucky enough to get some good grape tomatoes from the farmer’s market, I mix the two together.

7. Dark chocolate covered cranberries. I absolutely love the dark chocolate covered cranberries from Trader Joe’s. They are like a much better version of raisinets.

What are your favorite things to snack on at work or throughout the day?

*Note: all of these opinions are my own. I did not receive any samples for review other than the cereal which came to me through work, but I really do love them!*