Monday, January 26, 2015

Favorite Things

 Andrea and I are at it again!!  We got a new look.  What do you think??  (Andrea is the BEST!)  Usually the last Monday of the month, we host a "Favorite Things Party".  We encourage everyone to blog a favorite thing (or ten) under $10 and link up to join us.  

It's a new year and we decided to try something NEW!!!  Today we're sharing a few favorite things.  We'd love for you to join us!  We gave you NO warning, so if you want to blog it later this week and link up that's great!   Blog one or more of your favorite things and link-up.  Easy!!  We thought we'd change it up the rest of the year and have themes for our favorites...


This never happens, but today I have a theme for my favorites!!  Just like the rest of America we're trying to make better choices and eat healthy.  I didn't set any crazy unrealistic goals, but so far this has been pretty easy.  I'm making more protein/veggie meals and just overall making healthier choices.  We're all still alive, so that must be a good sign, right??  I think the hardest part is snacks!  Let me be really honest and say the perfect snack to me is chips and salsa!  But...that needs to be a special treat not my daily snack.  So today I'm sharing some of my favorite healthy snacks...(and I hope you'll share yours!)
Skinny Pop Black Pepper Popcorn
I'm a sucker for a delicious salty snack (remember my dream snack is chips and salsa??).  The black pepper is delicious on this and adds the perfect amount of flavor.  And...39 calories per cup!


Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt
My very favorite flavor is the Toasted Coconut.  It's a healthy way to trick myself into thinking I'm having dessert.  :)

Mio Liquid Water Enhancer
I drink an "okay" amount of water, but if I'm using this, I can put some water away.  I'll usually have two glasses of water and then a glass of "lemonade".  I make my self see the lemonade as a reward.  :)  My kiddos drink a lot of water if I put a little splash of this in as well.

Hillshire Grilled Chicken Bites
I saw these just last week at the store and grabbed one to try.  I'm super picky about precooked chicken, but I actually thought this was all pretty good.  Has anyone else tried this?

The queso loving side of me would prefer to have a creamy dressing on each and every salad, but the realistic side knows that isn't the best idea.  Balsamic vinegar has been my friend!  I'm a huge fan of this on any salad.  Tab's loving it too!

Please share with me your favorite healthy snacks!!  What's your go-to snack?

And...link up with us!  We love reading all about your favorites!  Happy Monday! XOXO

Emily and I are hosting a Bucket List link-up on Wednesday!  Blog about your goals or bucket list for February or the new year and join us!


24 comments:

Mix and Match Mama said...

I love your favorite things!! Now, I need to add all of these snacks to my grocery list!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Have you ever tried my Nut Thins at the pool? Even when I'm eating healthy I'll eat those with salsa for a snack! I'm going to have to try that popcorn for sure!

Erika Slaughter said...

Yes, but I never ate them with salsa! Genius! Adding to my grocery list now. :)

Narci said...

yum!! All of these snacks sound delicious!! The themed Favorite Things is such a fun idea! Can't wait to linkup! Xoxo

KW0410 said...

Hi Erika! Just wanted to share that although Mio is tasty, it is awful for your teeth; terrible on the enamel. Looking forward to more of your favorites!

Erika Slaughter said...

Oh no!!! 😩😩😩😩

Tara G. said...

We like Chobani Greek yogurt; the kids love the snack packs that have granola or nuts. We also enjoy chocolate or caramel rice cakes...they are good when you need something light but with taste (I have them during swim season at practice).

kimm atwood said...

I need to try some of these healthy snacks!

Candice Ibarra said...

Whenever I drink something that has a tendency to stain my teeth or erode enamel (coke, ice tea, or mio) I always drink through a straw! This helps a lot and prevents it from really hitting your teeth!

mrspacman said...

I'm the same with water if it has a little flavor I will drink more. Splenda is just as bad as aspartame in my opinion.

Bethany said...

I love the Skinny Pop too!! It says quilt free so I usually end up eating the whole bag. ;) Have a great day, Erika!

allisonwest said...

I blogged about our new healthier snacks on Friday--so I linked it here. There are so many options out I have a hard time choosing and have found some things I wouldn't buy again and some new things that are on my grocery list every week. I'm definitely trying your popcorn soon--maybe my husband will even eat it! Thanks!!!

Megan Steele said...

I went to the grocery store and picked up the first two this weekend! too funny! I am in love with both! I need to try that chicken next!

Megan Steele said...

also yoplait frozen greek yogurt is a yummy sweet treat that doesn't put you off the scale! ;-)

Anonymous said...

We just moved to Texas. What salsa is your favorite?

Olivia said...

This was perfect timing. I really need to buckle down and lose this weight and snacking is what kills me. Plus we're about to go to the grocery store. :) I love Skinny Pop popcorn and Ryan is OBSESSED with those Mio things. I think Crystal light has one too. When I was super fit I used to snack on nuts/dried fruit combo (or trail mix). What is your favorite salsa? I've been looking for a "fresher" type in a jar???

Maren Hall Arnold said...

I eat a serving of greek yogurt every morning and I feel like it really does curb my appetite. Also, I love balsamic vinegar on my salads! (especially with feta) I'm trying not to snack as often but when I do it's a few crackers and peanut butter.

live compassionately said...

I love low fat cheese sticks! Also just to make you feel better, I am on weight watchers and chips and salsa actually isn't a horrible snack as long as it is done in moderation! Salsa is zero points and 16 tortilla chips are only 4 points! I love the 94% fat free jiffy pop snack size popcorn too!

live compassionately said...

Also to clarify - I am in no way suggesting that you need weight watchers, just letting you know that your fave snack isn't all that terrible! I just wanted to make sure I didn't come across that way! :)

Leigh said...

That skinny pop black pepper popcorn is going on my list. I much prefer cheese or caramel popcorn, but black pepper sounds like something I can get on board with. I like to keep Lara bars in my purse as a quick snack. I also snack on almonds, nut thins and cucumber slices. I typically use lemon juice or lemon juice/olive oil combo as a dressing on my salads. Since you mentioned it, I am really craving chips and queso!

Christina said...

What are some of the healthy meals that you have been making? I'm looking for some healthy, but easy meals to try.

Queen In Between said...

My go to snack is black bean humus and nut thins...but I have to make sure to measure it all out or before I know it all will be gone...and that ain't good. I've also eaten the nut-thins with avocado and salsa. I also love, love apple with almond butter.

Amber Barrett said...

My fat ass will definitely benefit from this post today!!! Haha! Thanks Erika!!! Love your blog.

Whitney said...

I will have to try that popcorn! Skinny Girl Pop is so good too! I've only had the regular, but they have a lime kind that sounds so good! :)