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Foodie Swellness: How I snackKIND

Kind Snacks

I’m always struggling to add more routine to my schedule but the nature of my work means I’m almost always running around the city and fitting in things whenever I can, and that includes working out, spending quality with friends and, of course, the pets (Billie Jean needs to get plenty of exercise!), and eating well.

Having healthy snacks makes my life a helluva lot easier. I don’t always have time to make a smoothie or bake superhero muffins, so snacks from Kind Snacks, for one, often save the day. So I’m so happy to join the #snackKIND movement as an ambassador!


I’ve long been a fan of their bars. You can see the whole ingredients they’re made of, and when you compare it to other bars on the market, they contain much less sugar (5 grams compared to 23 grams). And they have such a variety of flavours (and gourmet combinations at that!), so there’s always something that appeals to me (almond sea salt and dark chocolate when I’m craving something more dessert-like, or almond coconut when I want something with a hint of tropical funcoconut always takes me away to a faraway beach).


Add to this some of their newer offerings and I’m a snackKIND fan for life. The Breakfast Bars are more substantial in size and it’s something I can eat quickly and easily as I’m rushing out and onto a streetcar to get to a meeting. The Almond Butter Breakfast Bar has saved me from starting off the day hangry more times than i can count. And because some days I schedule my day so tightly going from one event to another and I forget to schedule in important things like stopping for a bite to eat, I always try to keep either a Kind Bar or a Kind Healthy Grains bar in my purse. The Healthy Grains bars are more like the granola bars I grew up with (and they’re thinner and crunchier than the Breakfast Bars) and these convenient 150-calorie bars are filling enough to keep me going until I have time to stop for a meal. My fave is the Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt, perfectly sweet and savoury. (Oh, and the Healthy Grains bars are all gluten-free, for those of you who follow a GF diet!).


Last but not least are their Pressed by Kind Bars. I think of these as healthy versions of a fruit roll-up. They’re only made of either fruit and veggies or fruit and chia, and sometimes I’m just more in the mood for something fruity and not nuts, grains or seeds, and since I can’t stash a fresh fruit in my purse all the time (I’ve had too many apples and bananas get too bruised and forgotten about in the depths of my handbag!) I can stash one of these bars as an essential emergency fruit snack. Since these are conveniently portable (more so than fresh fruit), I also often travel with a Pressed by Kind bar when I’m out of town. Oh, and each bar is two servings of fruit (and getting my RDA of fruit and veggies is something I’m always working on!).

Are you a Kind Snacks fan, too? I’d love to hear your faves (I’m sure I haven’t tried all the flavours yet!).




Leave a Comment November 19, 2018

Foodie Swellness: Wonderful Pistachios


The Super Bowl is on Sunday — go Broncos! (After my visits to Colorado in January, they’re “my team” now, haha). The Super Bowl is the one time a year I maybe watch football (not that I dislike football, I just haven’t followed in many years). And, hey, it’s an excuse for prime snacking, right? And there’s always that big halftime show.

I only just discovered there are flavoured pistachios from Wonderful Pistachios, what?! Sweet Chili and Salt & Pepper (and they also offer unsalted ones, which is great if you’re being careful about your salt intake). I love pistachios (one of my fave nuts, actually), plus since they have fewer calories than other nuts and provide minerals such as copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium and magnesium, they make a healthy snack (that is if you can stick to a serving size, which, admittedly, I typically can’t stop at one serving…oops).

If you’re looking for snack ideas for game day, Wonderful Pistachios suggests pistachios (doy!), and galas apple wedges drizzled with honey, aged gouda, and ginger beer (hello, another one of my favourites!). You’ve got crunch and salt from the nuts, caramel=y richness from the cheese, which both go well with the sweet juiciness of the apples.

And as for a bevvie with booze, this cocktail recipe will appeal to those who like Caesars:

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. tomato juice
  • 1 spoon of wasabi paste
  • dashes of balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, horseradish, lemon juice and Tabasco

Add  all ingredients to the glass end of your shaker and fill to the top with ice. Shake until frost starts to collects on the brass end of your shaker. Pour directly into cocktail glass.

Ready for game day? Who are you cheering for??


Leave a Comment February 1, 2016

Healthy Swellness: Pro protein-rich breakfast


Greek yogurt. Bacon. Eggs. Sausages.

All typical breakfast foods for me. Not altogether. Ick. Although I suppose if you threw it all into a burrito with some salsa, it’d work together tastily (I sub yogurt for sour cream all the time, after all).


On second thought: yum.

In any case, they are all good foods for the first meal of the day according to some new research. A study has found that a protein-rich breakfast (and those foods boast protein) helps reduce snacking on junky high-fat, high-sugar foods at night. So catch up on Scandal sans bag of potato chips, fancy that. They don’t have to go hand in hand.

(Greek yogurt with berries, toasted oats and pecans, Eat Like a Girl

3 Comments April 3, 2013

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