Hello friends! Here is what you’ve missed if you haven’t visited me in a while: the movers are coming in 2 days and we should be in the car on our way to Washington on Thursday or Friday!
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Do you remember eating boxes of raisins as a kid? I do and I rarely buy them for my kids, because well to be honest I just figured there were “cooler”, more fun snacks out there. We do eat the Sun-Maid raisins out of the big container, mostly with our cereal, but not so much for snacking. So when the nice people over at Formula PR sent me the box of CalNatural shakes and wine, they also sent me some Kashi and Sun-Maid products to sample.
My 3 year old daughter ate every box of the yogurt covered raisins and the rest of us enjoyed the plain ones. How fun is that little box for a little kid? I also found that they were the easiest thing to throw in my gym bag for an post-workout (and sometimes during workout) snack. With early morning nursing and trying to get my 5 year old to preschool on time, I often don’t eat as much as I should for breakfast. So when I get to the gym I am often starving and that isn’t too great when starting a run/workout. Several times I devoured a box of the plain raisins to get my through my workouts. They provided the perfect amount of energy in this low fat snack: 45 calories, 11 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of fiber (remember these don’t have added sugar, just the natural sugar found in fruit). You’d be amazed at what 45 calories does for a grumbling stomach. They saved me several times over the past couple weeks.
Now I’m not big on celebrating all the food holidays out there, but tomorrow just happens to be National Raisin Day so here are some fun ways to incorporate this tasty and nutritious snack into your day: bake into muffins or pancakes, enjoy some raisin bread or bagels, snack on a mini box for a quick pick-me-up, sprinkle raisins into cereal, yogurt or oatmeal, add to salads, couscous or any other grain-based salad, make “ants on a log” for your kids, enjoy in a chicken dish or sauteed dark green vegetable!
Another snack that we sampled were these banana chocolate chip bars from Kashi. They tasted very natural and homemade. They tasted healthy. The chocolate chips were not very noticeable, but the name of the bar sure piqued the interests of my kids when I offered them this snack. They are made from a puree of pumpkin, apples and bananas and of course whole grains: wheat flour, whole oats and barley. While I try to avoid buying “snacks” that I can make at home (such as bars), for the non-baker who wants a healthier snack bar these are a good choice: 140 calories, 3 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and 9 grams of sugar (some coming from the fruit purees).
Kashi is truly one ofmy favorite brands of cereals, whole grain snacks (and no I did not get paid to say that). I love their cinnamon shredded wheat and have always enjoyed their other high fiber, high protein cereals. When I tried this one, it got bumped up to my top 3 favorite Kashi cereals. I loved the texture of the different grains and I just love a cereal with cinnamon flavor! Like all Kashi cereals, this one is high in fiber, 9 grams per serving and has 10 grams of protein. That is the reason why it keeps you feeling satisfied for longer!
This was my snack all week: Vanilla Greek yogurt mixed with a banana, topped with strawberries and Kashi Cinnamon Crumble cereal
So meal planning…. I don’t think anyone will be coming to me for ideas this week. I am not even sure when I will be out of my kitchen depending on if it’s one of the first or last things to be packed up. So, here are the rest of my clean the cupboard ideas. We will be eating on the road starting on Thursday of this week so I will have to skip meal planning until we get settled again. Wish us luck! 6-7 day road trip with 3 young kids….should be full of excitement. Then we will stay in temporary lodging until we find our new rental house. Washington here we come!!!!!
Chicken Cacciatore with Orzo, Roasted Potatoes (have some I need to use up), Any frozen veggies left
Egg Tacos, Sauteed Peppers and Onions, Fruit
Packers will stay late- not sure?
On the road- probably Subway or Panera
On the road- ??
On the road ??
See I told you this week’s meal planning would be pretty sad!
Questions: Have you ever taken a long road trip with little kids? What are you meal planning for this week? Any tips for me as I try to feed the family on the road for 7+ days???
Disclaimer: I was sent free samples of Kashi cereal, snack bars and Sun-Maid raisins to try. All opinions expressed, as always, are my own.