Make sure to read to the end of this post to enter to win a month’s supply of EatStrong snacks!
Healthy Snack Wednesday is nearing an end. If you remember, this little project was started at the beginning of January as part of the weight loss challenge at work. I have to say, doing something like this in the midst of one of the worst winters in history is very challenging. Waking up at 5 am to get a workout in, when it is 10 degrees and there is a fresh foot and a half of snow on the ground…yeah…not so easy! I actually did very poorly on that aspect of things. To tell the truth, I didn’t get my butt back into gear until last week! I am proud to say that I am back on my regular workout regime, and thanks to the Virtual Trainer I discovered on Shape.com, I have a renewed passion for getting back in tip-top shape! The final weigh in for the challenge is on Friday, so I will let you know how that went.
There are 2 main reasons I am thrilled to have done the Healthy Snack Wednesday series. The first is that I had to go outside of my comfort zone to create new recipes during the time of year when the obvious ingredients (fruits and veggies) are at their least bountiful. I have truly created some recipes that will definitely remain in my regular rotation, and that I am still pretty obsessed with! My top 3 Healthy Snack Wednesday recipes? Easy!
My very first recipe, white bean bruchetta dip,
metch (which I have made 4 times since), and Beet Chips, which my taste testers are requesting more of!
Maybe a top three isn’t so easy, let’s make it a top four. I cannot leave out the “healthier” bread pudding! I made it 3 times in one week alone!
The second reason I am thrilled to have done this series is that it challenged me to produce a quality blog post EVERY Wednesday. That is much more difficult than it sounds when you work full time, are getting your masters degree, do some consulting, and are trying to get a creative dinner on the table every night. So this was a great challenge, and I am glad I saw it through to the end. I don’t think this is the end of Healthy Snack Wednesday, maybe it is just the cutting back. I think the series will still pop up on the blog once in a while, for sure!
On this journey, I have been so lucky to receive the support of so many great products as well! A special thank you to Dave Eats!, Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats, Popchips, Veggie Patch, Chobani, Pretzel Crisps, and EatStrong (whose giveaway is at the end of this post!). It was really fun to be challenged to use these products in our healthy snacks! I know I have a few very happy readers thanks to these sponsors as well!
I couldn’t end this series without a recipe. There is a restaurant in Cambridge called Sofra. It is a small cafe style place…oh yeah, and it is an Ana Sortun adventure, so you know it is good! I discovered the eatery when my sister was in town, and now it is a regular stop whenever she is here. I also run into them at the Copley Farmers’ Market, and can usually be persuaded to purchase one of their delightful tarts, whether it is sweet or savory. But my favorite item from Sofra is a Meza Platter! They have so many delightful meza, that it is always a hard choice, however you can’t go wrong! My very favorite items of the meza? Beet Tzatziki and Whipped Feta with Sweet & Hot Peppers. For this Healthy Snack Wednesday, I decided to make a hybrid of these two dishes…
Feta Beet Dip
- 1 small beet
- 1/4 lb feta
- 1 tbsp light sour cream
- salt to taste
- Peel and quarter the beet
- Place beet in a small pot and cover with water
- Bring to a boil and boil until the beet is fork-tender (about 10 – 15 minutes)
- Drain the beet and let cool
- Add the feta, boiled beet and sour cream to a food processor or blender
- Puree until the beet is mostly pureed
- Refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour so that the dip will harden
- Serve with your favorite veggies, pita chips, pretzels or crackers!
I was so happy to receive some delicious and ultra healthy samples from EatStrong. Up until I received the samples, I hadn’t even heard of the product, but now I am hooked.
Www.EatStrong.com is a great resource if you are looking for ways to live healthier, and who isn’t? EatStrong believes in real food. Made from all natural, rich and nourishing ingredients, we deliver satisfying healthy snacks to fuel your body. The combination of nuts, seeds and organic chocolate fortifies and revitalizes from toes to tastebuds.
EatStrong has even developed their own healthy snacks. How appropriate for Healthy Snack Wednesday! I am honored to offer the winner of my final Healthy Snack Wednesday contest a MONTH’S SUPPLY OF EATSTRONG SNACKS!! A month’s supply! How awesome is that?!
Here is what you need to do to enter:
- You must live in the Continental U.S. You must also leave a way for me to get in touch with you if you win.
- REQUIRED ENTRY– Comment on this blog post about what your favorite high energy snack is!
The remainder of ways to enter are optional, and you may do one, or all of them. You will get an entry for each that you do.
- Bonus Entry- Follow EatStrong on Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did so.
- Bonus Entry- Become a fan of Eat.Live.Blog on Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know you did so.
- Bonus Entry- Tweet about this contest. Your tweet MUST contain @renh77 @eatstrong & http://wp.me/pVsto-j3. Leave me a comment letting me know you did so.
- Bonus Entry- Write on EatStrong’s Facebook Wall “Eat.Live.Blog sent me! ” and leave me a comment letting me know you did so.
- The winner must leave contact information for me to notify them
- The winner will be asked to send me their mailing address
- The prize will be mailed to you directly from EatStrong’s representative
- Winner will be chosen using Random.org
- Winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 by noon.
- Contest will close to entries on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 9pm.
Disclosure: EatStrong did provide me with one sample of each snack and is solely responsible for the prize in this contest. As always, all opinions are my own, and I was under no obligation to review or giveaway these products.
My favorite high energy snack? Probably a banana with peanut butter (who doesn’t love nut butters?). I’ve enjoyed all the Healthy Snack Wednesdays on yours and Lara’s blogs – congratulations on nearing the end of the challenge!
Thanks Jaime! It has been so much fun!
I LOVE almonds. They’re so satisfying.
My fave high energy snack is mountain trail mix I like to add extra pretzels & dried blueberries to mine
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I enjoyed your Wednesday series! For a high energy snack, I turn to yogurt or a chocolate + nuts mixture. Or white bean dip!
I love that you made the beet feta dip! I recognized that immediately from Oleana/Sofra. It’s such an amazing color. Fave snack: nuts and carrots all the way.
My favorite high energy snack is also highly addictivie – baked crunchy chickpeas!
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Liked you on facebook!
All the snacks sound fantastic. My favorite that you
introduced me to is Kashi Crunch Cereal with low fat
yogurt.:) Another very healthy snack would be our
favorite Charoset in apple season 🙂
and Cranberry relish when available.
Love larabars – lots of good fruit & nuts for energy.
I’m your fan on FB 🙂
I follow EatStrong on twitter!
A snack size baggie filled with Quaker Oat Squares & cocoa almonds…and a mozzarella stick!
My favorite energy snack is cashews and chopped dates. Sounds weird, but it tastes fantastic! Just have to watch the portion size.
An apple sliced up with any type of nut butter is the perfect “get up and go” snack for me!
SO GLAD YOU MADE A WHIPPED FETA DIP! LOOKS DELICIOUS! I’M TOTALLY GOING TO TRY IT WITH ROASTED RED PEPPERS…
I LOVE a hard boiled egg with a dash of tobasco sauce on top! Or a banana sliced in half lengthwise and filled with peanut butter!
I follow eatstrong on twitter (corgipants)
I follow eatstrong on twitter! (@lilmissrunshine)
My fave high energy snack is a bagel with chocolate peanut butter!!! MMMM followed by a banana!
I am a fan of you on facebook!
my favorite snack is apple slices with honey or peanut butter and cinnamon. Bananas are really good with peanut butter and cinnamon as well.
i am a fan on your blog on facebook
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i wrote on eat strong’s wall that you sent me
I like the idea of a beet and feta combo! Nice to have another recipe to use our beets in. Thanks!
Ok, that Feta Beet Dip is just awesome! Plus it looks really cool! Thanks for the recipe..
Feta beet dip looks like an experience.