Tropical Popcorn Crunch Featuring SkinnyPop

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Summer is in full swing and that means beach days and hanging by the pool. Well…maybe for you, but this grad student isn’t going to see the beach for awhile. But I can dream right?

And nothing helps me dream about sand in my toes more right now than this Tropical Popcorn Crunch. The flavors of pineapple and coconut make me close my eyes and picture Gulf waves and warm breezes. It’s almost like having a Pina Colada in my hand…almost. 

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Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks. It’s light, but satisfying. Crunchy and flavorful. One of the brands I always reach for? SkinnyPop. Their popcorn comes in a few simple, yet flavorful flavors, including Sea Salt and Pepper, Jalapeno, White Cheddar and Naturally Sweet. It’s ready for snacking right out of the bag. I love it for afternoon snacking or night time movie watching.

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And it’s great to get creative with! This Tropical Popcorn Crunch is a cinch to put together, making it easy to throw in your beach bag or to whip up before an impromptu get together. I used SkinnyPop’s Sea Salt and Pepper flavor because it’s one of my go-to’s, but really any flavor would go great with this mix. 

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Now, don’t let me hold you back from your beach day planning. Just promise you’ll pack this snack and let me know how the salt air felt against your face.

Tropical Popcorn Crunch
A quick and easy snack that will have you dreaming of the islands.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag SkinnyPop popcorn
  2. 1 cup diced dried pineapple
  3. 1 cup chopped raw cashews
  4. 1 cup shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients together. Feel free to add more of anything you desire. Enjoy!
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Disclaimer: I was not compensated by SkinnyPop for this post or given free product. I agreed to share a Summer recipe using SkinnyPop simply because I love it!

Foodie Finds June 2017

Boy, do I have some yummy finds for you all this month! Also, let me know what you’d like to see more of…Snacks? Bars? Drinks? Let me know and I’ll keep an eye out!

Now, let’s get into it shall we?

Dang Chips

All I can say about these is: dang, they are good! Sorry…been waiting a while to say that one. But really, if you have any type of chip addiction it may be best to stay away from these. Because once you pop, you won’t stop. They’re small, crispy and flavorful…I’ll be trying ALL the flavors, please and thank you.

Found at: Rollin’ Oats in St. Pete

Also seen at: Lucky’s Market in Orlando

Trader Joe’s Veggie and Flaxseed Tortilla Chips

Speaking of chips these are my new fav tortilla chips. I was intrigued because they’re made with a ton of veggies, which means more nutrients than your average tortilla chip. They are as yummy as they are hearty. They held up great when I made a healthier version of skillet nachos, and are also good for a chips and salsa snack. Oh and duh, guac also.

Found at: Trader Joe’s

Cucina & Amore Quinoa Meals

These babies are hunger savers when you’re short on cooking time. It’s precooked quinoa that you heat up in the microwave or on the stove, add the accompanying sauce and boom, you’re ready to chow. I tried both the basil pesto and the roasted red pepper and both are delicious. I paired them with chicken and veggies for a complete meal.

Found at: Target

Aloha Bars

I always have bars on hand. I’m not always a big breakfast eater and am usually on the go, so being able to grab something quick, flavorful and nutritious is always a plus. These were new on the shelf at Rollin’ Oats when I spotted them so I had to give them a try. Verdict? They are tasty without being too sweet and I love the punch of protein they give. Great for getting my morning started or after an intense workout. 

Found at: Rollin’ Oats in St. Pete

Heard they’re also at: Target

Vegan Rob’s Brussel Sprout Puffs

So the first time I bought these Jon ended up eating them before I could even try them *sad face*. But I took that as a sign they were really good. Once I got another bag, it was confirmed. These puffs are YUMM-Y. If you’re not into brussels don’t worry…they don’t taste too brussely (they also come in different flavors!)…but they have enough brussel flavor to make us brussel lovers go gaga over them. Great texture and are great as a side for your sandwich or some afternoon munching.

Found at: Rollin’ Oats in St. Pete

What foodie finds have you found lately?

 

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Oat Balls

Anytime I try to clean up my eats one of the hardest hurdles is snacking. Don’t get me wrong…I love healthy snacks. I’ll usually slice up an apple or grab a handful of almonds. But I like variety and my usual go to’s can get old fast.

One snack that doesn’t get old? Oat balls!

Do a quick search on Pinterest and you can find a wide variety of oat balls. They are my favorite healthy snack…not just because they’re yummy and healthy…but also because you can create a million different versions. So no getting bored with the same old thing!

Somehow I’ve accumulated a surplus of peanut butter in our pantry…does this happen to any one else?? I’ve had a jar of Peanut Butter & Co.’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, which I only have once in a blue moon and wanted to use it up. I thought it would be perfect for oat balls!

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Cinnamon Raisin peanut butter, rolled oats, dried apples and honey are all it takes to make these little balls of goodness. Just mix these ingredients together, form them into small balls and voila! You have an easy to reach for healthy snack throughout the week. I especially love them as a pre or post workout snack. I also suggest keeping them in the fridge to keep them fresh and so they keep their shape. 

Enjoy!

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Oat Balls
Yields 12
Oat balls made with cinnamon raisin peanut butter and dried apples. Perfect for snacking!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup rolled oats
  2. 1 cup dried apples, diced
  3. 1/2 cup cinnamon raisin peanut butter*
  4. 2 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl.
  2. Mix together.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you cannot find cinnamon raisin peanut butter you can use regular peanut butter and add 1/4 cup raisins and 1 tsp cinnamon.
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