Enjoy the Holidays with Planters Mixed Nuts

Planters Mixed Nuts

Being a southern mom means I am always happy to see friends and family stop by for a big helping of southern hospitality! No matter how last minute or unexpected a guest might be, I never sweat it. I have a few secret weapons for entertaining that ooze southern charm. You are going to want to file a few of these away for the next time a friend pops by.

Being a southern mom means I always have some fresh iced tea in my fridge. I am always ready for guests to have the best cup of tea ever by adding frozen tea cubes to the glass. It keeps the drink from being diluted and everyone LOVES a good glass of southern style sweet tea!

In my pantry, you can always find a few cans of Planters Mixed Nuts. I love that the mix contains peanuts, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans in each canister and is the perfect offering for anytime. You can offer guests something delicious, easy and with enough variety to please anyone. Serving Planters is as easy as opening a can, sneaking a few choice nuts of your preference, then pouring them into a bowl. Your guests will love the snack and no one will have to worry about ruining a meal from too many snacks! You also won’t have to spend your limited visiting time in the kitchen.

Planters Mixed Nuts

My final trick to entertaining is to smile! When someone drops by, I know they didn’t really come for great tea and tasty snacks like Planters Mixed Nuts. They are coming over to see my family and that is enough to make me smile from ear to ear! A big smile can make anyone feel welcome, no matter how unexpected the visit might be.

If you have a great tip for last minute entertaining I would love to hear about it in a comment! As we get into fall it is time to start thinking about holiday entertaining and parties and I know I will have lots of chances to try out your tips and tricks!

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may also contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Perfect Snack: Go Organically Fruit Snacks

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As a mom of 3 boys, I spend a lot of time planning and preparing meals and snacks! It seems that regardless of the time of day, one of the boys is so hungry! With all of the meal prep that goes on, I am always looking for good options for the boys when it comes to lunches and snacks.

The boys are busy! They play sports, have friends and belong to clubs. We spend a lot of time on the go and I like to be prepared. Having a few snacks in my bag helps me to fuel them for the fun of childhood, and it helps us to avoid making unhealthy choices on the run. Anytime we can avoid hitting a drive thru is a good thing!

Go Organically Fruit Snacks

I keep a few packets of Go Organically Fruit Snacks in my purse for when the boys really need a snack. I love that these are a healthier option than a bag of chips from a gas station, and they are made with real fruit and have the nutritional benefit of vitamins A and E and a full recommended serving of Vitamin C.

Features: 

  • Made with real fruit
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • 100% DV Vitamin C
  • GMO Free
  • Excellent source of Vitamins A & E
  • Made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources
  • Gluten-Free
  • Contains no preservatives
  • Delicious taste and texture

Go Organically® Fruit Snacks are available in three flavor assortments including:

  • Fruit Medley, featuring flavors of Strawberry, Orange, Apple, Peach, and Cherry
  • Mixed Berry, featuring flavors of Raspberry, Blackberry, Strawberry, and Blueberry
  • Tropical, featuring flavors of Tangerine, Strawberry-Kiwi, Mango, Pink Grapefruit, and Pineapple

These are not only a natural snack, but they are a really tasty one too! I may be keeping a 4th pack in my bag to satisfy my own sweet snack cravings without the guilt of turning to a candy bar!  As the name suggests these are an organic option that the entire family will love. You can feel good about offering these fruit snacks after school or even in a packed lunch to give the kids both a sweet treat and the nutrition that growing bodies crave!

Have you ever tried Go Organically Fruit Snacks as an after-school snack or a lunch box offering? I would love to hear about which variety you like best!

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may also contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Back to School Routine with FitJoy Bars

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As we establish and adjust to a back to school schedule, mornings can be a little hectic at my house. With the 3 kids to get ready and out the door, in addition to myself, sometimes breakfast seems to be a whole lot of work when we are short on time! No matter how much work it may be to get breakfast underway, it is maybe one of the most important things I do in the day. When I know my kids have had a good breakfast, I know they are ready to learn.

When the clock is working against us, and we have to go, go, go, I turn to FitJoy protein bars to pack the kids with protein and fuel them for the day! With 20 grams of protein in a tasty bar option, we can all enjoy a breakfast or afternoon snack on the run and reap the benefits of our protein packed bar all day long!

I keep a few FitJoy bars in my bag as an alternative to fast foods when the boys are starving, or as a way to keep me up and running and free from the dreaded afternoon hanger episodes that can happen.

FitJoy Lemon Bar

I love that FitJoy is free of artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners. These are GMO and gluten free options for the family that will appeal to everyone, even the pickiest of eaters. With flavors like Birthday Cake Batter and Frosted Cinnamon Roll, it is easy to see why this has become a family favorite for on the go nutritious eating! Each bar is made with the belief that you shouldn’t have to choose between happy and healthy!

FitJoy Lemon Bar

I highly recommend FitJoy bars to busy families that are trying to make better choices for eating on the go, or healthier snacking in the afternoon.  These are easy, tasty and good for you bars! I love that they are GMO and gluten free. They are easy to grab and enjoy on the go which is perfect for our busy lifestyle!

Have you ever tried a FitJoy bar? I would love to hear what your favorite flavor is or how you incorporate protein bars into your diet.

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers

JUNKLESS Chewy Granola Bars – No Junk Added, Minimally Processed

If you are looking for a healthier granola bar, then look no further! Try these JUNKLESS chewy granola bars, they are minimally processed, non-GMO Project Verified, and contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Produced by small startup Simply Eight LLC, all are made with less than eight ingredients.

JUNKLESS chewy granola bars

JUNKLESS chewy granola bars are a perfect snack for any age group. My son, Clay absolutely loves them, as well as my husband and I! I would say the chocolate chip is my favorite, the cinnamon roll is Clay’s and my husband said he likes them all! These granola bars are a delicious and clean food made with simple and real ingredients! They come in four flavors: chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip, cinnamon roll and strawberry!

Junkless Chewy Granola Bars

No Fake Stuff Added 

No Hydrogenated Oils

Non-GMO

No High Fructose Corn Syrup

No Artificial Flavors, Colors, Or Preservatives

0g Trans Fat

Ernie Pang, who used to do the marketing for Kellogg’s, came up with this idea after he and his son were shopping and begin asking about the list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients on the side panel of frozen food. I am sure we have all felt that way, you are buying foods that you have no idea what they are or even how to pronounce it.  

Feed Your Child Something That Is Clean and Healthy, and You Can Read Ingredients! 

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For me having a son, I want to try and provide clean foods for him to eat, that are healthy and delicious. I know that some foods that are healthy for you, don’t always taste the best, and then you force eating them or skip it all together. With these granola bars, they are absolutely delicious, and I am not just saying that. I love how soft and chewy they are, and the flavors are on point!

We got all four flavors to try, and I can’t tell you how much we love them. Clay ate one for breakfast the other day, and Adam takes them in his lunch box to work. They are a great snack option for sure.

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Where to Buy Bars 

The bars are available nationally on Amazon and in select grocery stores around the country, including Kroger stores in the Atlanta area.  They are totally worth trying! If I were to recommend one flavor, it would be chocolate chip, but I love the classic flavor. The strawberry ones use real strawberries, and are really tasty! I can’t complain about any of them! 

 

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received the above-mentioned products for free in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This post may also contain affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation fee in you make a purchase after clicking on the link. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers Perfect for Busy Families

“Thank you to Healthy Choice for sponsoring this post and sending me these Cafe Steamers to enjoy with my family.

Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers Perfect for Busy Families!

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I was recently given the opportunity to try Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers just in time for school to start. Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers launched four new USDA-certified organic ingredients meals; Three Cheese Tortellini, Sweet & Spicy Asian Style Noodle Bowl, Creamy Spinach & Tomato Linguini and Unwrapped Burrito Bowl. These meals contain 270 calories or less and can be prepared in less than five minutes. The four new Simply Cafe Steamers recipes feature on-trend flavors using a special steaming basket to unlock freshness you can see and are also made using all Non-GMO ingredients.

With school starting soon I am preparing ahead and searching for quick dinner ideas and healthy meals that my family can enjoy. Who says you have to eat unhealthy just because you are on the go or super busy. What I love about Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers is I get to spend less time in the kitchen preparing healthy meals, rather than an hour or more preparing any other meal. Preparing these bowls are effortless. The bowls have your seasoning/sauce at the bottom and the steamer basket has your organic foods that you place in the microwave all together and cook, evenly. When ready simply remove the basket and pour into the bowl and stir. Simple as that. The food comes out tasting as if you made it from scratch.

I’ve tried numerous steamers and when you cook them in the bags they come out all mushy with hardly any flavors but not with these cafe steamers because they hold their texture and are flavorful. These meals will definitely be my go to easy week night dinner without the hassle.

Our favorite out of the four were:

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The Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers are perfect for moms, teens, college students, people who work in the office and anyone who is looking for a healthy meal in the matter of minutes. Moms no need to worry about your teen messing up the kitchen when they’re hungry, these meals as you can see are easy to prepare. I want to especially let all college students know these are perfect for the dorm room if you have a small refrigerator with freezer because the meals are easy to store, pop them in the microwave and enjoy. No need to spend extra money ordering pizza, eating in the cafeteria when you are trying to study. No need to dirty any dishes because you can enjoy it in the package it comes in. Are you busy at the office and you don’t have time to head out for lunch, no worries pack a Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamer in your lunch bag, head into your break room and with little to no prep at all you can enjoy a delicious bowl at your desk while still working. These meals not only saves you time but also money.

All Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamers, including the all new organic varieties, are available in the freezer section at grocery stores nationwide and can be purchased for a suggested retail price of $3.29. (Pricing is consistent with any other Heather Choice Simply Cafe Steamers recipes so Healthy Choice eaters won’t have to pay premium prices to eat organic ingredients.)

Healthy Choice is the only major brand in its category that can call 100% of its products “healthy” as approved by the FDA. Healthy Choice offers more than 60 deliciously inspired varieties in the frozen food aisle, as well as low-sodium canned and microwave soups. For a full list of deviously inspired products from savory soups to great-tasting meals and frozen treats, visit www.HealthyChoice.com.

From quick lunches and balanced dinners to delicious treats, Healthy Choice offers a variety of tasty options to help consumers live a healthy lifestyle. Visit Healthy Choice on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

Disclosure: Thank you to Healthy Choice for sponsoring this post and sending me these Cafe Steamers to enjoy with my family. Visit your local retailer to pick up your own Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamer or Original Cafe Steamer meal today! If you are a company and would like to see your product featured on Life of a Southern Mom, please contact Jennifer at lifeofasouthernmom@gmail.com.

Satisfy Your Cravings With Snickers Crisper

*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/MARS. However, all thoughts are my own*

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Snickers Crisper

We have all experienced that feeling of feeling hangry, that feeling of being hungry and angry. Well, that sneaky little feeling is learning to adapt to the ways we are calming that hangry beast and evolving. Snickers recently came up with a wonderful idea to put that beast to rest once and for all. Meet the Snickers Crisper.

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If you haven’t heard of Snickers Crisper then you are probably living under a rock. Well, not really, but you need to visit the store and purchase some. The Crispers are made up of crispy rice and peanuts. Then it is topped with a layer of ooey gooey caramel. Finally, it is coated with a creamy milk chocolate. I know, I know, you are probably wondering just what this is going to cost you, as in how many meals do you have to skip to be able to just eat one. Would you believe me if I told you that you do not have to sacrifice anything to be able to enjoy this deliciousness? The fun size and we all know fun size is the perfect size for snacking, is only 100 calories per square. Snickers Crisper come in a pack of two squares. Share one with a friend, save one for later or go ahead and enjoy them both. I won’t tell if you won’t.

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My Thoughts: I am already a huge fan of Snickers. When I go pick up my kid’s from school nine times out of ten I will have a Snickers bar somewhere in my purse. While I love them, they are not filling. The Crispers fill in the gap, making this the perfect snack for car line or anytime. I was wondering how the crispy rice was going to fit in with the taste, but it gives the Crispers a unique taste that pairs perfectly with the sweet taste of the Snickers we all know and love.

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(Me trying to get my day started and needing that boost of chocolate.)

Snickers Crisper are perfect for keeping in your desk at work to share with coworkers or including in your lunch bag for a treat to enjoy at lunch. They are available at Walmart and come in three fun sizes; Single, 4 to Go and in a bag of 12 individual pieces. Visit your local Walmart today and visit the candy aisle or order online.

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What is your favorite treat to enjoy?

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