Afternoon Snack Perfect for Work

By the time 3 p.m. rolls around each day, my energy is dwindling fast and I definitely need a pick me up!  And after dealing with all the crazy that goes on here each day, I definitely feel like I deserve a special treat!  But I can't just take a break of leave the office whenever I want to go out to get a treat and my waistline definitely doesn't allow for an ice cream cone or candy bar every day. 

Recently, I've been keeping these little Kozy Shack Simply Well pudding cups in the office fridge. They are the perfect treat to get me through the last few hours and satisfy my cravings for something sweet.  Even better is that they taste like a little reward that I can eat right at my desk!

The great thing about Kozy Shack Simply Well pudding cups is that they are gluten free, have no sugar added, have only 1.5 grams of fat, and they are ONLY 90 CALORIES!  These have quickly become my go to better-for-you snacking option!

Check out the Kozy Shack Instagram page for more ideas and recipes for Kozy Snack Simply Well pudding!


Just Because My Dog Barks Doesn't Mean She's Aggressive

I'm going to tell you a little story and I'm going to rant for a second here because this is my blog and my boyfriend is tired of hearing me bitch about it.

Between me and my boyfriend, we have three dogs.  We have two rescue hound mixes that weigh about 60 lbs each and a golden retriever who weighs about 75 lbs.  I mastered walking all three of them at once a long time ago.  They are generally good on the leash...

...unless we see another dog (or stroller, or bicycle, or god-forbid a motorcycle - but that's not the point).  The point is that when we see another dog, they bark.  All three of them bark.  All three of them just want to go say hi to the other dog.  Now, I'll admit, they are three big dogs and they have big dog barks but, like I said, I have control over them and do make them sit while the other dog walks by us or out of view.  This doesn't stop the barking though.  It is a nuisance but, come on, they are just dogs and they just want to say hi.  As soon as we get close enough to the other dog to say hi, they stop barking and greet each other in typical dog fashion, by sniffing all the butts.

Well there is this lady that lives down the street.  I would guess she's about the same age as I am, maybe a few years older.  Her and her husband have a very cute, long-hair, medium size dog with a beautiful brindle coat.  Their dog must not bark though because she thinks that because my dogs bark, they are aggressive and are going to attack her and her dog.  This is obviously what she should think based on what I just told you, right?

My dogs have never gotten anywhere near her or her dog, much less lunged at or snapped at them.  Yet, whenever this woman sees us coming, even half a mile down the street, she gives me the. dirtiest. look. and turns around and walks away from us as fast as she can.  She doesn't just wait for us to pass or walk on the other side of the street, she walks in the complete opposite direction she is going! Sometimes she does this before the dogs even notice them and start barking.  The other night she turned around and went back in the house while her husband stood bewildered in the middle of the street.

I know that the dog is friendly and she must be friendly with other people because I've seen her talking to another neighbor while they were both out walking their dogs.  So why does she hate me and my dogs when she's never even met me or my dogs?  The only conclusion I can come to is because they bark.

This enrages me.  Yes, enrages!  It is utterly ridiculous and unfair that she acts like my dogs are such terrible dogs she can't even walk near them.  Even though they have absolutely no idea, my feelings are hurt for them and it makes me feel like a terrible furry parent.  I imagine this is what it will feel like when my future kid gets called a name by the other kids or doesn't get invited to a sleepover.

I know there is nothing I can do about this and I shouldn't let it bother me but it does.  Every single time.  Then I feel ridiculous for letting something so silly get to me like it does.

What do you think?  Am I absolutely crazy for getting my feelings hurt over this?


My Favorite Heart Healthy Snacks

In addition to February being the month of love, it is also the month for Heart Health!  In honor of Heart Health month and wanting to keep my heart healthy for my own Valentine, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite, easy, heart healthy snacks.

A big thanks to General Mills and Linqia for sponsoring today's post!  All opinions and heart healthy suggestions are my own!

1. Yogurt & Granola 

Yogurt and granola is probably one of my all-time favorite snacks.  Just start with your favorite yogurt, mine happens to be black cherry greek yogurt and add a handful of granola.  I love this new Gluten Free Chex Granola Mix.  In addition to the granola and berries, the chex pieces give it a really fun. light crunch.  I also love that it is made with simple ingredients that I can pronounce!

2. Protein-packed smoothies

Another fun way to enjoy the Chex Granola Mix is by adding it to your favorite smoothie!  One of my favorite quick, easy, on-the-go breakfasts is a smoothie!  I used to add a handful of oats to my smoothie but I've recently been swapping that out for a handful of the Chex granola mix.  It's packed with protein and lots of other good nutrients.  

Here is the recipe I usually use for my smoothies:

- 1 banana, broken into pieces
- 1/3 cup of plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup of frozen berries (or other fruit of your choosing)
- small handful of Chex Granola Mix
- large handful of spinach leaves
- orange juice to taste and desired thickness

Add all ingredients to your blender.  I usually pour enough orange juice in to cover about 2/3rds of the other ingredients.  Blend together until all ingredients are well mixed.  Makes 6-8 oz servings.

You could also add some Cherrios + Ancient Grains in place of the granola mix for some added grains!

3. Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bars

These little bars are so quick and easy, they don't even require any prep work!  I love to keep a box of these in my desk at work for that afternoon slump that always hits.  There are quite a few yummy flavors but these Salted Caramel Bars are my favorite! Packed with naturally good ingredients like roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds, then lightly dipped in delicious caramel flavor, this Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bar is the perfect wholesome snack.

How yummy do these snacks look?? The best part is General Mills have graciously offered to give away $15 in paypal cash to help you stay heart healthy this month!  Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter!

Also, make sure to print out the coupon here to help you save on some heart healthy snacks!

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