Snack Time: 6 Snacks To Check Out

From a new twist on to-go meals to vegan cookies that don’t suck, I was able to try a lot of fun new snacks in the latest Snack Attack Editor Showcase.

Check out some of my favorites below!

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Terra Sweet Plantains

I personally love that plantains are becoming more mainstream. As a Puerto Rican, I’ve grown up knowing there is no such thing as too much plantains. I’ve always been a fan of Terra chips (and by fan, I mean I’ve been known to devour a whole bag of sweet potato chips in one sitting) so I am excited to see them rolling out these two new flavors. They are addictingly tasty but also only have 3 ingredients, so don’t feel too guilty.

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Cucina & Amore Quinoa Meal

Guys, this one might be life changing. It’s your very own quinoa meal ready to eat, wherever you go and it actually tastes good. They are very generous on their topping, I just personally feel like I could eat a lot more of it. My trick? I bring a supplemental side to make this a meal, whether it’s leftover chicken or a simple soup.

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Farmer’s Pantry Cornbread Crisps

At first I was like ew, weird, but these crisps actually taste like cornbread. Nice and crispy, they make for a fun snack in the middle of the day.

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Sheila’s Cookie Bites

I’ve loved Sheila’s Brownie Brittle since day one. Now she has a gluten free option! PLUS she came out with these delicious crisp chocolate chip cookie bites. Having one alone is not possible, but I invite you to try.

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Naturipe Snacks

I had been having the Sargento Snack Packs, which I like, but felt like they were not enough. Naturipe gives it a nice healthy addition, you can get your cheese now accompanied by some sort of nut and fruit. They have different combinations too, so that you don’t get bored.

 

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Miche’s Kitchen

So now, I am not vegan but I can appreciate vegan meals and totally respect the lifestyle. For someone who loves diary, these were pretty good. I only tasted the coconut flavor, but if that’s any indication of the rest, it’s worth giving these a shot.

Have you tried any of these snacks? Any other snacks you currently can’t get enough of? Let me know, I am alway in the lookout for snacks!!

I received snacks to try for this post, opinions are my own.

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My First Ride

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Lights are off, I can barely see around me. The music is loud and it’s getting more intense by the second. I hear the instructor’s voice encouraging everyone to go harder and harder. I feel the air escaping my lungs, my legs are beat and I’m sweating profusely. I swear I feel like I’m about to collapse, I hold back my tears wondering why would anyone put themselves through this torture. Then just like that, it all ends.

Oh, did I mention this was my first Soul-Cycle class?

Ever since I started working in Manhattan I’ve heard people talk about Soul-Cycle and how it’s amazing and addicting. I usually try not to jump on bandwagons (I still refuse to go watch 50 Shades of Grey) but I kept hearing people that were never too fitness-driven raving about these classes and how they were just “different.”

I swear if I could have written down my thoughts while I was on the bike I would have made myself promise never to do that to myself again. Impressively, once it ended, I felt a rush, a good rush. I did a Soul-Cycle class and I did not die. I almost passed out, but I did not die. That’s an accomplishment, right?

I wanted to write this post right after my class, but I felt like I first needed to know how it felt to wake up the next day. Ouch.

Granted, let me tell you that it had been YEARS since I had taken a spinning class, so let’s just say some parts of my body were not used to it. It still hurts in places I wasn’t quite sure it could hurt. Funny thing is, I didn’t even do the class in full capacity, how do people do this everyday!?

I’m not the most athletic person, by any means. I’m a little embarrassed to say I can barely run one mile non-stop (and by barely I mean I can’t). I still don’t get people that are addicted to working out and actually enjoy it, but one thing I can say is that man, I really want to be able to do a Soul-Cycle class full out. Will this determination last? We’ll see. Soul-Cycle is also an investment, definitely not something you want to half-ass. I’ve been improving my running time on the treadmill (Thank you, winter) but I still don’t feel that urgency and fulfillment that people say to feel when they run.

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Whatever my soul-destiny shall be, I must say kudos to Soul-Cycle for having an awesome brand. I love their vibe and the way they have built a passionate (sometimes obsessed) community that attracts hard-working people that want to push themselves to the limit. Have I become someone that wants to physically push herself to the limit? Both possible answers make me worry.

Am I ready for my next ride? Probably not.

Am I going to do this to myself again? Probably yes. 🙂

Look mama, I can be healthy too

Veggies are good for your health and French fries are good for your soul.

You can imagine how excited I was to hear there were new prepared frozen veggie fries available in a freezer near me. You may think the idea is a little gross, but it’s actually quite delicious. As you know, I am no chef, but I can get creative.

Thank you to Veggie Fries for sending a variety of bags for me to sample and experiment with, definitely made my Monday night more interesting!

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Here are some combinations that I tried out, nothing too complicated here, but my tummy was happy and that is what matters. Mind you, while I was waiting for the chicken to cook, I basically ate all of the veggie fries… hence the small samples (they are that good).

  • Blue cheese and honey – Veggie fries topped with blue crumbs and honey, this was my personal favorite. My roommate loved this one, and ended up just dipping her veggie fries with honey. Let me tell you something, they are addicting

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  • A side to the classics – Chicken and mushrooms, with a side of veggie fries. You can’t go wrong with that and if you do, just add bbq sauce

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  • Just dippin’ – Edamame hummus is my current personal favorite, but of course the night that I want to make all of this happen, there is no edamame hummus at my local grocery store. You can also dip them in good old bbq sauce, as I said, you can’t go wrong with that

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I’m all for finding that perfect balance between healthy and delicious, although I usually go for the delicious side, let’s be honest.

To learn more about Veggie fries, visit their website. If you’re too lazy, here’s a little bit more about them here:

Veggie Fries are made from all natural USA grown potatoes, carefully selected real farm-grown vegetables, beans, spices and herbs to provide the most authentic and delicious flavors. Each batch follows a unique patent-pending process to give you the perfect fry texture – crispy on the outside, fluffy and tender on the inside. Each variety contains at least 25% of non-potato vegetables and beans for a substantial amount of extra vegetable nutrition in every delicious serving. Every ingredient is all natural, non-GMO and contains no gluten or wheat.

Disclosure: Veggie Fries provided me with free product for review. All opinions, ideas, and stories are 100% my own.