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As I rush around with kids from day to day and time just slips away.  I wanted to share some great snacks that really come in handy for me as I am rushing out the door.   Even though I like to think I always have time to package up snacks myself ( previous post: Slimming Snack + Homemade Protein Bars), I don’t!, some days yes and other days are just plain crazy.

Well, here are some “cheater” products you can purchase when time is crunched.

I love these Nature Valley Protein Bars, so delicious!  There was one day last week when my daughter didn’t have time for lunch before school, so this was her lunch (plus apple), yes, I know . . .not the best, but it filled her up.  I love having these bars for breakfast or for snack!

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Nutrition facts

190 calories; 12 g fat; 3.5 saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 2 g polyunsaturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 180 mg sodium; 14 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 10 g protein.

Not too bad, even the ingredients are very basic, woohoo!  Don’t fret about the fat grams! The fat is coming from the almonds and nuts, look at the polys and monos! SIX grams of monounsaturated fats!

 

Next up . . . prepackaged nuts!  Good for women too!

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Again don’t worry about the fat!  I have these stashed in my car and they come in handy so I won’t much on the kids’ goldfish/bunny crackers.  We all know when we munch on carbs (without protein) we reach the bottom of the bag way too soon!  Sorry kids, oops. 

 

Anyway, I like the variety!  They are low in sodium, good source of protein and fiber to fill you up!  AND look at all those minerals and vitamins! 

 

 

Ok, my latest favorite today is not a product but a recipe I tried from Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day.  And let me just say OH MY GOSSSSHHHH!   I can’t wait to make this again!   I just had to share, sorry it does not jive with the snacks but seriously try this recipe. Here is the recipe -  Lentil Soup with Kale and Sausage

Of course I had to make a couple changes to the recipe due to my pantry and frig inventory.  I used fresh oregano instead of rosemary, organic ketchup instead of tomato paste and no wine.  But it still turned out fabulous!  I was excited to even eat the leftovers, that doesn’t happen much in our house. 

I was so happy my husband entertained the kids so I could enjoy cooking this recipe.  Seems like dinner always comes too fast any not enough time to make a recipe I pin or pull out of a magazine, sound familiar?  This recipe does take some time but well worth it!  My husband said it tastes better than it looks, ha!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Today’s Favorite Snacks!

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