I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! I had a great 3 days out of town for ShiftCon, and then I came home to spend time with my little family. Highlights on Sunday were a relaxing few hours at the mostly empty beach…
…and making vegan s’mores via our fire pit under the Blood Moon:
I’ve been wanting to make s’mores for months since finding these vegan marshmallows at my natural foods store, and even included it on my Before 30 Bucket List. Mmm, now I can check that one off the list!
I’m going to share some highlights about ShiftCon – a conference that puts the topics of wellness, health, and the environment front and center – in my next post, but today I want to chat with you guys about new snacks that I’ve tried lately. As of late I’ve been obsessed with both popcorn and cereal, so here are my recent favorites of those, plus a few other yummy snacks I’ve been noshing on!
ICONIC Protein Drinks. Recently ICONIC sent me their Cafe au Lait, Vanilla Bean & Chocolate Truffle flavored protein drinks to try. While I typically don’t go for milk or milk-based protein drinks, I was intrigued in trying ICONIC because their products come from grass-fed and hormone free cows and include organic fair-trade blue agave.
Naturally, I liked the chocolate flavor the best. It reminded me of these Special K protein shakes I used to drink as a teenager – only with a much healthier ingredient list, less calories and more protein. Each bottle contains 20 g of protein and 130 calories, making it an ideal easy snack post-workout when I want to fuel my recovering muscles with a nice dose of protein.
479 Degrees Sea Salt Caramel Artisan Popcorn. [gluten free] Ooh baby baby, sweet and salty popcorn! I love the short and sweet ingredient list on this popcorn and the fact that it’s made with organic ingredients and rBST and antibiotic-free butter. At 100 calories a cup, this popcorn is a perfect sweet & salty snack.
Van’s Cocoa Sensations & Blissful Berry Cereals. [gluten free, vegan] Recently Van’s sent me these boxes of their new gluten free cereal line flavors to try, and I’ve been snacking on them often. The cocoa cereal is obviously my favorite given my love for anything chocolate. I’ve been eating some with protein powder, blueberries/sliced banana and almond milk for breakfast, and noshing on it when I’m starving waiting for dinner to cook or just want a little something sweet at night.
Made with a blend of oat brown rice, millet, quinoa, and amaranth flours and sweetened with cane sugar, these cereals are a great alternative to the artificially dyed and corn syrup-filled cereals that you (and your kids) might normally eat.
Made in Nature Dried Bananas. [gluten free, vegan] Made in Nature, one of the vendors at ShiftCon, sent me a cute package with some of their products prior to the show, and their dried banana slices were definitely my favorite! Containing just organic banana and lemon juice, they make for a perfect healthy grab-and-go snack, and I have been adding a couple of them to my smoothie bowls.