Olives to Go & Other Fun Snack ideas

This post is sponsored by Olives to Go, all opinions are my own.

With busy season in the spring, my office had no shortage of snacks and food around. Unfortunately, the nutritional value of these snacks is less than I would like to brag about. However, we were lucky that there’s always fruit around which is nice and all. But sometimes, when the 3PM snack crave comes along, you kind of want something a little more fun.

So when Olives to Go reached out to me to try their new snacks, I was excited!


These delicious little things come in  Kalamata (120 cal per cup), Black Olives (40 cal per cup), Sliced Black Olives (60 cal per cup), and Stuffed Spanish Olives (80 cal per cup).

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Pearls Olives to Go! are easy to open individually packed and are great for packing to add to a lunch or a snack. Plus they’re healthy and wholesome snack that’s a bit more satisfying than an apple (sorry apples, lately I haven’t been into you).

I’ve tried them with salads, humus/pita bread and my current favorite option cheese! (although cheese might be my arch nemesis lately, but so good)

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It’s not that I’m olive biased, but the green ones are my favorite.

If you want to learn more, check them out online (http://www.olives.com/pearls/), Instagram (@Pearls_Olives) & Twitter (@PearlsOlives)

And because they’re pretty awesome, I wanted to give one of my readers a chance to try them too! You too can receive a similar lunch pack as I did.

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And just in case you don’t win, there’s always some coupons out there:

For those of you in Boston, look for a coupon for Pearls Olives to Go in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Wall Street Journal and many other Boston-area newspapers on Sunday, May 3rd!

For those of you in Milwaukee, look for a coupon for Pearls Olives to Go in The Journal Sentinel, The Wall Street Journal and many other Milwaukee-area newspapers on Sunday, May 3rd!

Controlling the Munchies & #SpecialKSnackBars

The past few months, which have felt like years, have been on and off in regards to running.  You’d figure my stomach would eventually catch on to less running, less eating… but old habits die hard, or least require some adjustments. When you’re running 80 miles a week, you don’t really question your runchies… when you’re running 8 miles a week, you probably should (unless you replaced it with other activity).

So I started paying closer attention to habits and altering them a bit to stay in line with my fitness activity.

Hydration – Sometimes I’m not so hungry as I am thirsty. I like to add lemon or a splash of juice to my water.  Also since I don’t like cold water in the winter, sometimes I add a few splashes from the hot water line to make it more room temperature.

Man drinking water from huge water bottle

Break Time– Around 2PM I get a craving.. but it’s really not a craving.. it’s more of a desire for an excuse to take a work break. I don’t drink coffee in the afternoon, but I’ll walk over to another floor or a water blubber further away from my desk to refill my bottle. Sometimes I just take a few minutes and walk around the block to clear my head on really busy days. It’s not hunger for food, but a hunger for a brain break. It’s okay, sometimes we feel so busy and so overwhelmed that taking a few minutes from our desk feels like cheating, when really it’s just an aid to recharge. You don’t need a purpose, just take a breath of fresh air. Assuming the office elevators aren’t doing some creepy American Horror type thing, I am usually in and out in about 7 minutes and completely spacing on those munchies I wanted earlier.

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Okay so this is actually a photo from the summer… but nothing like a nice short walk in negative 20 degree wind chills to wake you up? Right?

Healthier Treats– And sometimes you really are just a bit hungry and just a bit munchy so picking out a low calorie (but sweet cause I like treats) snack is needed.

Recently I had a chance to try the new Special K Chewy Snack Bars that come in Berry Medley, Blueberry Bliss, Salted Caramel Chocolate and Salted Pretzel Chocolate.

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I loved the Chewy texture and being able to see the Wholesome ingredients (chunks of chocolate, pretzel, fruit pieces, rolled oats).

And my favorite part is that these bars are on the smaller side and only 100 calories. I’m guilty of constantly eating half a granola bar and then finding the other half weeks later in my purse looks a whole lot less like a granola bar.

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Yup, there’s totally a bite in each…

One caveat is that they are relatively nut free abut with that, they are also low in protein and fiber.

Visit www.specialk.com for more information on the new Special K® Chewy Snack Bars, available January 2015 at grocery and mass retail stores nationwide. You can also find out more by joining the chatter on Kellogg’s Facebook ( Special K) Or Twitter ( Special K ).

What flavor Special K Chewy Snack Bar are you most excited to try?

Do you ever have munchies? What’s your favorite way to combat them?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Special K.