Happy 2016 my friends, I am so super glad that we are all still together in “the land of the living”. As most of you know the 2nd half of 2015 got a bit rough for us after hubby was diagnosed with small intestinal cancer in March. Although he had surgery and the tumor was removed, little did we know that in less than 3 months later two additional tumors would appear on his liver and a lymph node.
This diagnosis came with the realization that he would have to undergo Chemo treatment every other week for 12 weeks and it was rough going for him. The poison that is supposed to kill the cancer also takes a toll on an otherwise healthy body but he did great. After his 6th chemo treatment the CAT Scan revealed that one of the tumors was undetectable and the other one had shrunk in size by 50%. Needless to say, we were both extremely happy.
I am not sure if you’ve ever had to endure a full day at a Cancer Treatment Center but it’s not fun and really boring, however, The Junior Board volunteers at this Helen Graham Cancer Center makes it better when they come around with a cart full of goodies all for .25 cents each. Now you know, it’s rare to find any place that sells full size snacks for only a quarter.
On our scheduled treatment days I would normally pack a lunch with a few snacks and we never really took notice of what was available on the cart. However, after this 6th treatment we decided a special treat was in order so we checked it out and decided on a Nature’s Bakery Fig Barwith both of us choosing the Blueberry flavor.
To my surprise they were really good and hubby and I were hooked, we even kept the wrapping as a reminder to locate stores that sold them when we would no longer be buying them at the Helen Graham Cancer Center.
You know me, I even posted pics of the Fig Bars on Instagram #foodie and then the following two weeks instead of purchasing one for each of us, I purchased two including the Strawberry flavor which was equally good. One evening after work I stopped in at Shoprite to pick up a few items for dinner and to my surprise there was a full display of the Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars in even more flavors.
It’s funny how life works…with hubby having only two more treatments it was great to not only find a store that carried the Fig Bars but even more amazing was an Instagram Contest that I had entered which was sponsored by @bunniekins I actually won!
I not only won one box of Fig Bars but five in my choice of flavors and you’ll never guess when they arrived – on a Monday, the final day of hubby’s chemo treatment and just a week before the New Year – a year that we pray will be cancer free and healthy!
Disclosure: I received these Slimfast products in exchange for an honest review, however, all opinions are 100% my own. #Slimfast #Influenster #igotitfree #ItsYourThing
I know…I know…everyone is talking about eating right and losing weight but as we all know words means nothing – action means everything! So mark my words, I am going to start the new year eating healthier, drinking more water, less wine and incorporating the Slimfast Advanced Nutrition meal bars, shakes, smoothies and 100-calorie snacks into my meal plan.
I will begin my day with a nutritious and delicious Meal Replacement bar while commuting to work and this Dark Chocolate Sea Salt bar not only fills me up while on the road but it also tastes great! This Advanced Nutrition bar contains 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 18 vitamins and minerals and is Gluten Free and when you mix chocolate with sea salt, there’s definitely going to be a party in your mouth!
My second meal will be replaced with a Creamy Chocolate, High Protein Meal Replacement Shake along with a piece of fresh fruit and water. I love my shakes cold so I will either pour it over ice or put the bottle in the freezer about 30 minutes before drinking. This high protein shake contains only 1 gram of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, 24 vitamins and minerals, contains antioxidants, and is both Lactose and Gluten free.
And of course, when the 3:00 o’clock munchies hit, instead of hitting the vending machine for a bag of chips, I will grab a pack of these light and crispy 100 Calorie Snack Baked Crisps. If you like sour cream and onion you will love these, a lite and tasty treat containing 2 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber will satisfy your hunger between meals.
Once home at the end of the day, dinner will be a healthy meal consisting of a little protein, a few carbs and of course fresh veggies, most likely a salad which is my favorite and of course more water.
Other than the convenience of packing Slimfast products for work during the week, having a large assortment of flavors keeps my taste buds from getting bored.
As you can see from the pictures below, these tasty treats are definitely inline with what I consider to be savory snacks and I can’t wait to try them all.
The box arrived during Easter week but I didn’t have a chance to try any of them due to the holiday, but have since taken them to work to try and will let you know what I think in the next video. In the meantime, please take a few minutes to watch the unboxing video.
Herby Bread Basket: mini basil bread sticks, garlic crostini and oregano rice crackers
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Black Pepper Pistachios: Black Pepper Pistachios
90 calories and 95 mg of sodium
Chili and Honey Almonds: Honey and Chili Almonds
130 calories and 170 mg of sodium
Graze is introducing aromatic afternoon broths including Japanese Miso, Thai Tom Yum and Vietnamese Pho which I may add to my “Try” list. The broths are inspired by the big, bold flavors of Asian street food and are a perfect pick-me-up for an afternoon snack.
If you are interested in trying the Graze box subscription, click on the link below to be taken to their website and if you do place an order, I will get a few discounts on my future orders.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter whether or you work in an office or at home, there are times when you hit a slump and feel the need for an afternoon pick-me-up. I try to remember to pack a piece of fruit or keep peanut butter crackers in my desk but if you work in a building with vending machines you may be tempted to slip in a dollar or your credit/debit card for a small bag of air chips or a chocolate bar.
For the longest time, I have watched vloggers and read blog posts featuring food subscription boxes so I’ve finally taken the plunge and signed up with one. A few weeks ago, I signed up for Graze.com, a snack subscription box that has a variety of over ninety tasty snacks including nuts, seeds, juicy dried fruits, tasty crackers, dips and dippers, and natural treats.
The box I ordered contained 4 savory treats at a cost of $6.99 plus free shipping and the packaging size and contents were perfect for a mid-afternoon snack. After you have received and tried the products you can go online to alter the box size, delivery frequency and dates as well as update your preferences. You can rate the foods with a like, love, trash or even check others as a try, then Graze will put together the box based on these ratings ensuring you always receive the foods you like.
Fruity Mango Chutney with Black Pepper Dippers
Punchy Protein Nuts
Salt & Vinegar Almonds and Peanuts
Spicy Sriracha Peas witj Jumbo Corn Graze
After signing up with Graze.com, you’ll automatically receive a box every week or every two weeks depending on where you are located or your preference and you can cancel at any time.
I like spicy snack so I chose the “Savory Box” Spicy Sriracha Peas with Jumbo Corn, Punchy Protein Nuts, Salt & Vinegar Nuts and Fruity Mango Chutney with Black Pepper Dippers which was my absolute favorite!
Click here to view the short unboxing video of my first Graze.com box then go online at *Graze.comand let me know which box you would choose.
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