Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Svelte Snacks: Healthy Treats Under 250 Calories!

“If I had my little way, I’d drink coffee everyday…”

You know that feeling. That 2:30 afternoon feeling. No, this is not a review for 5 Hour Energy (which, in case you were wondering, tastes gross and makes me awkwardly jittery). But that mid- to late-afternoon slump has been extra tough for me lately, especially as I have ….wait for it…GIVEN UP COFFEE. That’s right – no more of my three cup a day Joe habit; energizing my body naturally is the way to go.

So how have I been keeping my focus strong without the help of my caffeine IV drip? By imbibing on nutrish and delish mid-afternoon snacks. For the past week, I’ve replaced my 2:30pm Starbucks’ Tall Vanilla Iced Latte (~250 calories) with healthier yet still satisfying and convenient snacks.

My snacks last week as follows...


Day 1: 210 calories
8 oz Earth Balance Chocolate Soy Milk (130 calories) and one medium apple (80 calories)
Since I’m slightly lactose intolerant (like most Asians), its soy milk to the rescue for my calcium needs on my brittle Asian bones! Earth Balance is the only refrigerated soymilk product that is both organic and non-GMO project verified, so drinking this product is not only good for me but good for the environment as well.

Day 2: 190 calories
6 oz serving of Roba Dolce Lemon sorbetto (120 calories) and 16oz bottle of Honest Tea Lemon Ginger Kombucha (70 calories)
I love Roba Dolce’s Lemon sorbetto, as it tastes like a less artificial version of Lemon Ice from my childhood days at Six Flags. But in all “honest(ea)”, I only drink kombucha because aids in digestion and supports a healthy G.I. tract (the slightly medicinal flavor of kombucha is not something I run over obstacles for). However, Honest Tea’s organic and Fair Trade Certified kombucha is enhanced with a touch of cane sugar and flavoring to make this beverage more drinkable than its competitors.
Day 3: 240 calories
Four Pillsbury Sweet Moments Chocolate Caramel Bite Sized Brownies (60 calories each)
Ok so this isn’t super nutritious, but a girl has gotta indulge once in a while right? (Plus that’s why I take my multivitamins :). These bite-sized treats are just the right size to grab and go for a quick pick-me-up.

Day 4: 250 calories
2oz Jovial penne pasta (200 calories) topped with 6 Tbsp Picante Sauce (50 calories)
I love picante sauce on everything – including pasta (weird combo, but it works)! I especially love Jovial’s Einkorn pasta because this PASTA IS INHEIRENTLY FLAVORFUL ON ITS OWN (sorry Barilla – but you cannot compete against this wonder pasta)! Einkorn pasta is also higher in fiber and protein than other whole wheat pastas, and has a higher concentration of important vitamins and minerals (i.e. thiamin, phosphorus and magnesium). And those are all good stuff my body and mind can use!

Day 5: 250 calories
2 Tbsp of Rigoni’s Fiordifrutta Seville Orange organic fruit spread (70 calories) on 5 water crackers (180 calories)
Imported from Italy, this line of no sugar added jams are bursting with fruit in every bite (literally – as over 2 kg of fruit is used in each jar). These jams are so fierce – it would be an atrocity to my tastebuds and body if I went back Smuckers after having these organic fruit filled babies!

Simple, healthy, and satisfying (SHS)! I’ll follow up this post next week with more SHS snack options (that is, if I manage to stick to my no coffee plan). So until then – happy and healthy snacking!

***Giveaway***

Congrats #10- Courtney
"My grandma deserves a sweet treat! She's been a bit depressed lately & I think this would cheer her up a bit."

Pillsbury wants one of my lucky readers to indulge moderately while snacking by sending them a "Sweet Moments" prize pack. The prize pack includes 2 VIP coupons for Sweet Moments Brownies and a Sweet Moments t-shirt, magnet and very pretty necklace.

There are THREE ways to enter:
1. In my comments section, tell me who in your life deserves a “sweet moment”
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends October 25, 2010 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night!

Pillsbury provided me with the Sweet Moments brownies to review and the products for the giveaway through MyBlogSpark.

99 comments:

slb3334 said...

As I'm in the middle of moving, myself

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

my son deserves a sweet moment- alot of stuff going on and he is the rock of life and still works and goes to college

Stephanie said...

Honestly I do. Fighting cancer right now and will be dealing with treatment during the upcoming holidays (and my salivary glands will bye bye with) so something sweet sounds amazing right now while I can still taste it. (yes, I am a chocoholic)
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sweepmom said...

My best friend deserves a sweet moment. She was ill last week but still managed to find time to listen to a problem I had. Just knowing she was there for me really helped me out.

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THIS MOM DESERVES IT BECAUSE SHE IS GOING TO WORK HARD TODAY

Anonymous said...

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delta dawn said...

My hubby and I need to share a sweet moment together. He works twelve hours on night shift and sleeps during the day. So not much kid free time.

jenspurg said...

I think my daughters deserve a sweet moment. They work hard in school every day.
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5webs said...

My husband deserves a Sweet Moment because he never complains and does without so that the rest of us can have what we want.
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Courtney said...

My grandma deserves a sweet treat! She's been a bit depressed lately & I think this would cheer her up a bit.
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Have A Sweet Day! said...

My hubbs for being awesome
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Have A Sweet Day! said...

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

My husband deserves a Sweet Moment-because he has to put up with me! LOL

Kimberly said...

My fiance is very deserving of a "sweet moment". He's been working a minimum of 60 hours a week for the past month.
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Kimberly said...

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Kimberly said...

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llinda29 said...

My husband deserves a “sweet moment”

Kiara said...

My grandma deserves sweet moments because of all the hard work she does.
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Sarah said...

My friend, Jill, deserves a sweet moment as she is recovering from surgery.

tamathamc said...

I deserve a sweet moment after having to deal with a football day for hubby & all his buddies

susitravl said...

My best friend LeAnn deserves a sweet moment. She organized our Bunco group and we had our first Bunco Night recently and it was a lot of fun!

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Angela said...

My son deserves a sweet moment as he is going through a hard time at school with being bullied. He works really hard and is a good kid.

Angela said...

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Jane said...

My boyfriend deserves a sweet moment because he works so much. But since he doesn't like sweets much, I'll have it for him!
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Steve S said...

My wife deserves a sweet moment

Steve S said...

I Follow you on Twitter

Kristy said...

I'm a mom of 3, homeschooling one of them, college student, volunteer, and a military wife so I hope it isn't too darned self-centered to say I am the one in this house who deserves a sweet moment!

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Kristy said...

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Bebe said...

My mom deserves a sweet moment because she's always worked hard. Thanks for the nice contest! :)

Bargain Mom said...

With 3 kids and very little "me time" I need it!
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Anonymous said...

My Brother, who recently found a job after seeking one for eight months!

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Sherry said...

I am being selfish but I deserve a sweet moment...I am trying to quit smoking...

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msvickik said...

My husband deserves a sweet treat for always taking care of me! Thanks!

Erica C. said...

My guy definitely deserves a sweet moment because he works super hard.

beckytag said...

Actually, I could use a moment, or two or three! With three boys I'm constantly on the go.
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beckytag said...

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Julie said...

My sister deserves one-she is always doing for others :)
thanks
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Homemaker said...

My Grandma deserves a sweet moment. She just turned 90 a few months ago and she is maybe more energetic then I am..Maybe it's the chocolate she loves.
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Homemaker said...

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kroch said...

My mom deserves a sweet moments because she is always trying to make others happy and never takes time for herself.

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Valancia said...

My son deserves a sweet moment as he's been thru alot

Valancia said...

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theolotto said...

My mother needs a sweet moment.

kakihara said...

I could use a sweet moment--because I have been job hunting and it is not going well, me self esteem is shot--I could use something yummy to lift my spirits.
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chazvgo said...

My husband deserves it, his works hard so I dont have to :)

susan said...

My husband and I deserve a sweet moment. suelee1998 @ gmail.com

we work hard!

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Julie said...

My husband does-he is very sick
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Melissa B. said...

My mom deserves a sweet moment.

pmj said...

My mom and dad-My dad still goes to work every day, he's 84 and does construction and my mom is 83 and battling cancer. Yeah they could use a sweet moment!
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Kristie said...

My sister deserves a sweet moment-she turned 30 last week and was dreading it :-/

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07violet said...

my mom does, she loves chocolate

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07violet said...

following you on twitter (07violet)

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Nancy said...

My very hard-working husband - we've been married 33 years - deserves a Sweet Moment.

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FDP 4 Life said...

my husband deserves a sweet moment, he has really been having a rough go of it lately.

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FDP 4 Life said...

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FDP 4 Life said...

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Andrea D said...

i think i deserve a sweet moment..i need a break

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Annette D said...

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susan1215 said...

I deserve a sweet moment with two teenagers and a Mom who has Alzheimers

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Heather said...

My boyfriend deserves a sweet moment after I spent our entire week-long vacation sick in the hotel room with the flu. Not very romantic but he was so supportive.

Gianna said...

My husband because he is so sweet :)

amyd said...

I am going to say me,have way to much on my plate and could use a moment!
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Atreau said...

My aunt deserves a sweet moment because she's currently going through a rough patch.

MAC Mom said...

My husband does because he's been so helpful during my pregnany.

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My mother deserves a sweet moment.

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js22 said...

I do! I've been job hunting for a couple years without success. I could use a pick-me-up!
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Renee said...

My daughter deserves a sweet moment because she has been sick lately.
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kathy pease said...

my hubby deserves one he works very hard :)

kathy pease said...

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Jennifer Neal said...

My mom deserves a sweet moment, she works so hard!

Smarti said...

me- i'm moving too- such a hassle
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Sheila P said...

I do! Need a sweet treat once in a while!

carolpie said...

My hubby. He is the best and puts up with me and never gets mad at me. Pretty amazing!

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SalanderServant said...

No one deserves a sweet moment like my Mom who is the most loving person I know.

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My husband deserves a "sweet moment." He is unemployed. garrettsambo@aol.com

SalanderServant said...

Twitter follower. Fatally_Flayed

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Bakersdozen said...

I think that, as a hard working mom, I deserve it. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sweeter the berry said...

I REALLY REALLY DESERVE A SWEET MOMENT.

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tina reynolds said...

My husband does he is so sweet and gives up so much for me and the kids eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

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