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Our Favorite Healthy Snacks

Triple Knots is back from a whirlwind of a wedding weekend in Beverly Hills! On April 23rd, Meredith said “I Do” to the man of her dreams Denison, and Bri and Kris were honored to be by her side.

…yup, more details on this fairytale wedding are coming soon!

In the weeks leading up to the wedding, we ALL started thinking a bit more about what we were eating — hello dress fittings!

In an effort to increase our menus of healthy snack options, we reached out to each other for inspiration!

Below, we discuss our favorite “go to” healthy snacks.

Mere… Veggies and hummus is my go-to healthy snack, but recently I’d been feeling a bit bored with my staple. That is until I found Sabra Lemon Twist Hummus! This is my new favorite hummus—the classic hummus taste and texture with a zesty, citrus punch! In order to keep “mixing it up” I try to rotate my veggies—carrots, snap peas, mini tomatoes, bell peppers—or prepare a combination! Dip your favorite veggies in and enjoy!

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Kristi…While I try to minimize snacking overall (because I don’t have a ton of self control!) I do try to stock our home with as many ‘healthy snack’ options as possible. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes a package of Oreos or chips will somehow sneak their way into my shopping basket, BUT for the most part, I tend to be pretty good.

For me I try to have smaller snacks that are protein rich and low in sugar. Right now, I’m really enjoying Mini Babybel cheese wheels. Not only are they incredibly fun to unwrap from their wax packaging, but they’re a great size for a quick snack.

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I also try to keep a large bag of good old plain almonds in the house. Let me be frank, these are NOT my favorite snack, but they give me a boost of protein which typically curbs my hunger. Also, because I do not really like them, I tend to close up the bag faster than say a bag of popcorn, chips or pretzels!

Bri… Seasonal fruit is always on my list! Sweet, affordable and filling, I tend to keep my “fruit shelf” stocked up by heading to the local farmers’ market most weekends. Right now, spring fruits are just coming into season in the northern hemisphere and there is certainly no shortage of late-winter citrus including California Navel oranges.

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With summer on the horizon, now’s a great time to commit to healthy snacking. We’d love to hear what’s in our pantry—please drop us a line on what you snack on, in the comment section below.

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Vegan Cheese Taste Test

I’m not vegan. However, I’m on a nutritional path that might just lead me there someday. If I tried to explain that path here, I’m afraid we’d have a novel instead of a blog entry! Suffice to say, I’m on a search for tasty vegan alternatives to dairy cheese.

If you’re not familiar with the benefits of eating vegan, I recommend reading these posts:

Below is a summary of tasting notes from my friend (also not vegan) and me. 

(If you’re viewing this on a desktop computer, you can click the image to enlarge it.)

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Vegan Cheeses from L–>R: Chao’s, Treeline, Follow Your Heart, Miyoko’s and Heidi Ho.

A few weeks after I did the comparison of the five cheese above, I also bought a package of Chao’s Creamy Original, and put it up against the Follow Your Heart Provolone-style cheese in a meltability battle royale of grilled cheesy goodness. The verdict? Both were great! I do not feel the need to buy conventional dairy cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches anymore; both completely satisfied the grilled cheese craving for me in terms of taste and texture. For bread, I used the Alvarado St. Flax Seed Wheat (delicious!) and instead of butter on the outside I slathered on some of the Heidi Ho Smokey Chia Cheeze.

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Have you tried any vegan cheeses? Did you like them? Hate them? Let me know in the comments below!