SNACK ATTACK

I am a foodie and my husband and I love staying in and enjoying yummy foods and treats and watching documentaries and hanging with the dogs. I used to go out like crazy and now that is much limited out to fashion parties and premieres – now it is a lot more about nesting in my house in Bushwick.

So I attended the superbly organized SNACK ATTACK event and learned about some of my new favorite items – This group is so organized if I had a food/ product I would totally want to share it here – the power of sampling is brilliant because I would say all these brands I am not using regularly because I tried them at this event. This is the best form of PR. Thank you RKPR

I loved meeting the folks behind this healthy innovative treat called QUINOA MEAL.  It is brought to you by  Cucina & Amore is a family owned company that started with Italian products (hence the name)    Each Quinoa Meal comes with a cup of fully cooked Quinoa, a sauce to mix in, and a spork is included for extra convenience. No preparation or cooking needed. It does NOT need to be refrigerated and can be eaten cold or hot. If you want, you can heat it up in its microwaveable-safe BPA-free cup. These Quinoa Meals are gluten free, not from GMO, preservative free, and vegan (except pesto flavor). I think this is genius especially to have in your bag after a hot yoga class – get reenergized with one of these and they are so neat and tasty !

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Another great snack food is by CHEESEWICH – such a cute name reminds me of school – but they have this great protein snack pack that I thought was genius – my dad especially loved trying this it is great for seniors who don’t like to eat a ton but need protein or people like me who are on the run from one showroom to the next and if I don’t have something in my bag I forget to eat – it is the sandwich without the bread – Cheesewich™ The ultimate healthy Grab-N-Go Snack, talk about convenience, just peel open and enjoy! Cheesewich flavors Cheddar, Colby Jack, Pepper Jack and Provolone all sandwiching a generous slice of salami.

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One of my favorite items I loved trying was the LIFEWAY KEFIR ELIXIR – it is amazing they say spellbinding refreshment and it truly is so good from ginger to hibiscus to elderberry to tangerine it is so very good! 

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HIBISCUS

A potent aphrodisiac, hibiscus is touted for its ability to incite passion, attract love, and induce prophetic dreams. Pagan rituals utilize hibiscus to protect against evil and invoke divination and clairvoyance. Lifeway’s Hibiscus Elixir will enchant you with its mystical probiotic powers and spellbinding refreshment.  It’s magical on its own but also sparkles as a mixer in a cocktail.

ELDERBERRY

Often associated with the Celtic faerie lands, Elderberry is sacred to many mythical goddesses including Venus and the Elder Mother, an ancient Celtic spirit. Elderberry holds the magic of tantalization and hope, protects against negative energies, and induces vivid dreams. Lifeway’s Elderberry Elixir will enchant you with its mystical probiotic powers and spellbinding refreshment. It’s magical on its own but also sparkles as a mixer in cocktails.

TANGERINE

Lively tangerine holds magical powers associated with solar matters. Its energizing nature has potent rejuvenating properties and has long been used in healing spells to promote illumination, success, and protection. Lifeway’s Tangerine Elixir will enchant you with its mystical probiotic powers and spellbinding refreshment. It’s magical on its own but also sparkles as a mixer in cocktails.

GINGER 

Since the time of Confucius, ancient Chinese medicine has relied on ginger for its ability to “build fire” both as an aphrodisiac and digestive aid. It’s also commonly used in spells to increase magical powers and attract love, money, and success. Lifeway’s Ginger Elixir will enchant you with its mystical probiotic powers and spellbinding refreshment. It’s magical on its own but also sparkles as a mixer in cocktails.

I loved meeting the folks behind COUNTRY ARCHER this was one of my favorites ! I love their website and packaging and vibe. Their current owners, Eugene and Susan Kang, discovered it on a road trip to the Grand Canyon and enjoyed it so much, they decided to track down the original owner. A butcher by trade and artisan by craft, Celestino Mirarchi was definitely a doer. In fact, he was so busy making jerky, he couldn’t devote much time to selling it. The trio became business partners and made it their mission to share the tasty secret with the rest of the world. Today, Country Archer’s line of healthy jerky and meat snacks are sold nationwide. Thier snacks are in small batches at their California facility using healthful ingredients and protein options like grass-fed beef, antibiotic-free turkey, and pork. Also check out their blog it is so well done tons of awesome tips -https://www.countryarcher.com/10-dietitian-approved-road-trip-snacks/

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100% grass-fed is better… for your body and the environment! It’s lean, and contains a high percentage of good fats – Omega 3s and CLA — with beneficial antioxidant vitamins and minerals. Protein…the building blocks of life. Essential for healthy bones, muscles, cartilage, and skin. Protein repairs muscle tissue, aids in recovery, and keeps you feeling fuller longer.Superbugs beware! Their meat and poultry were raised without added hormones or antibiotics. Many companies add nitrates/nitrites to prolong shelf life and give color. They do not – check out all the facts on their website !

Ok now moving to the chocolate – who doesn’t love

Brownie Brittle. Seriously their new Gluten Free flavors as well as Brownie Brittle Bites and Cookie Bites -In 1992, Sheila G. Mains, better known in the food business as Sheila G, took a treasured family recipe for fudge brownies and baked her way into a thriving business. You may even have tasted one of her rich, dense squares of heaven at some of our nation’s finest restaurants and theme parks. So, where exactly did the inspiration for her scrumptious new Brownie Brittle™ snack come from? Like many brownie aficionados, Sheila is particularly fond of the crispy edges. In fact, on many an afternoon she would walk through the bakery gathering the crispy batter off the sides of the sheet pans as the chocolate brownies cooled in their racks. It had that same rich chocolate taste, but with an amazing crunch.  Go on their site and check them out https://shop.browniebrittle.com/collections/organic

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I love this brand because of their packaging –  G.H. Cretors, Since 1885, they have been creating handcrafted, gourmet popcorn one mouth-watering batch at a time. Every perfectly-popped detail is intentional—from the premium, aged cheddar cheese that smothers our fluffy, delectable kernels, to the creamy caramel cooked by actual Candy Chefs. Yes, “Candy Chefs” are a thing. NO to GMOs. To put it simply, if it’s not pure, it’s not in their popcorn. They use Non-GMO popcorn and Non-GMO ingredients whenever possible in all of our flavors, and only organic ingredients in our Organics line. A better way to sweeten : . Unlike other sugars that cause “sugar highs,” brown rice syrup offers a steady supply of energy over a longer period. Bonus: It also has a wonderful, crisp sweetness. Most caramel corns still opt for corn syrup. 100% gluten-free. 100% to-die-for.Popcorn is naturally gluten-free –  They don’t process gluten in their  facility, and all of  products are Certified Gluten-Free.

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Who doesn’t love PECANS ?  They are a healthy addition to your diet. Learn about the history of the PECAN here – http://americanpecan.com/heritage/an-american-heritage/#heritage-timeline

Did you know – Pecans are the only tree nut indigenous to North America, with a storied history among Native Americans and early settlers.

The unique mix of unsaturated fats, plant sterols, fiber and flavonoids all add up to make pecans a heart-healthy superfood.

If you want to read up on how Pecans could be good for your health check out some of these articles and journals here : https://americanpecan.com/health-nutrition/the-proof-for-pecans/

The American Pecan Council (APC) is a group of passionate growers and shellers whose life work is dedicated to growing, harvesting and processing America’s only native nut, the American Pecan. Founded in 2016 by grower and processor members from 15 states, the APC’s mission is to promote the many benefits of the pecan and help tell the unique story of this truly unique nut. Learn more about the American Pecan at americanpecan.com.

I loved loved the spirit of this company BAKERLY  – such fun guys and so much amazing product !

bakerly is a new US brand of the happy creators of the #1 bakery snack in France. bakerly produces fresh-baked goods with authentic ingredients you can trust: non-GMO and completely free of preservatives, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, zero high fructose corn syrup and zero trans fat. bakerly has two lines of products, the snack line with it’s famous crepes and the family line of brioches with delicious and most versatile breads.

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I love the crepes there is one with a crunch – these are so DARLING – it is the best gift to bring as a hostess gift to someone’s home – authentic french recipe no preservatives
no artificial coloring NON-GMO

Bakerly began when Julien and Fabian, two Bretons (from Brittany, in the North West of France) decided to combine their efforts and talents to convince American consumers that crêpes, brioches, and other traditional French products deserved a place in every American household. Julien’s company has decades of experience in manufacturing delicious wholesome bakery products in France. being half-American, he has been waiting for the right time to move to the US and introduce his products here. Fabian used to have his own restaurant and made the best crêpes in Brittany (and perhaps in the world!). he has been hoping to sell crêpes and other bakery items on a large scale ever since moving to the US more than a decade ago. All products are non-GMO and completely free of preservatives, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, zero high fructose corn syrup and zero trans fat. just check out our bakerly “no no list

They have developed with our farmers enable us to use only pure, top quality ingredients with honest origins:

the milk we use is real milk, or milk the way nature intended – meaning it’s never from concentrate and free of rBST. and let’s talk about our eggs! they are never processed or dehydrated * chocolate comes from real cacao trees, not some version of chocolate you’d find in a laboratory test tube. Behind every brioche, croissant, or crêpe stands a capable team of artisan bakers! 

 

I loved meeting the Farmer’s Pantry team – such a great idea & so delicious –

Farmer’s Pantry debuts two new snack lines that truly push the boundaries of what snacks can be: Farmers Pantry Cornbread Crisps and Farmers Pantry Meal Snacks. Both snack lines are designed to feed a hungry nation, which is fast moving away from the traditional “3 meals a day” routine.

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I spoke of Pecans now let’s talk about Giant Snacks specializes in the highest quality pistachios, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds on the market. The highest quality product with the most innovative flavoring in the world produce mouth watering snacks that keep customers coming back for more. I tried the new Dill Pickle flavor which is soaked in real dill pickle juice for a flavor too good to believe. Their Salty Sweet pistachio is the perfect mix of salt and sugar for a delicious treat. They also feature an Original salted pistachio which gives you a perfect roast and salty treat on the highest quality pistachio. Giant Snacks was founded in 1996 and has over 20 years of branded success at retail stores throughout the United States. Giant Snacks is a family owned business and delivers farm to package on all sunflower seeds produced. Giants Pistachios launched in February 2017.

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Godshall’s Artisan Butcher- The specialty line from a family of butchers famous for their real wood smoked turkey bacon. Since 1945, Godshall’s has been feeding families fresher, healthier alternatives and Turkey Bites are no exception; a juicier, more flavorful twist on jerky in flavors that break from the ordinary. Containing 10grams of protein and just 3.5 grams of fat per serving, Artisan Butcher Turkey Bites are perfect for snacking after a workout or exploring the great outdoors. Loved the flavors – in Mango Sriracha, Korean BBQ, and Teriyaki Pineapple. Named #4 of the top 50 snacks you can feel good about!

Every year we go to GLEN HIGHLAND FARMS to go glamping with our doggies and guess what we make SMORES so I busted out my SMORES kit and everyone loved it – we make a huge fire and enjoy some treats – The quintessential S’mores brand trio, HONEY MAID Grahams, HERSHEY’s Milk Chocolate and Jet-Puffed Marshmallow!

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These were adorable – TEDDY, a Mondelēz International brand,now has  TEDDY Soft Bakes! TEDDY Soft Bakes are fluffy, soft-baked filled treats created in the shape of a bear . TEDDY Soft Bakes have a hidden flavored filling that kids will love to discover and are a delicious snacking option that helps spark playful moments of discovery and natural curiosity – available in Chocolate Filling and Vanilla-flavored – they are pretty cute !

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I am a fan of Muuna – is on a mission to change the way consumers think about cottage cheese. Muuna has reimagined cottage cheese with a new line of melt-in-your-mouth creamy, single-serve cups with delicious pieces of fruit, including Strawberry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Peach and Mango. Each 5.3oz cup has 15 grams of protein and 130 calories. Muuna also offers its single-serve cup in Lowfat Plain, which contains 19 grams of protein and 120 calories.

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And I also love my CHOBANI –  I love going to their little cafe in SoHo when I do pulls downtown this is always a little stop for me – Greek yogurt brand and the second largest yogurt manufacturer in the U.S., yogurt is made with only natural, non-GMO  –  Chobani is committed to using milk from regional farms and strengthening its surrounding local economies. Chobani gives a portion of its annual profits to charities worldwide through the company’s charitable foundation.

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