Saturday, May 6, 2017

Moms need healthy snacks too

I think most moms out there can agree that when life gets crazy, taking care of yourself becomes less and less of a priority. I mean, we all have good intentions, right? But between diaper changes, meal planning, errands, housework, chauffeuring the kids around, homework, and the billion other little tasks on your daily to-do list, mom's needs kind of take a back seat. One of my biggest chores I find myself facing every day is feeding myself. It sounds kind of silly, but it's the truth. I either get so busy that I forget to eat or I end up reaching for empty calories and processed junk. By mid-afternoon I'm grumpy, tired, drained, and starving! I spend so much time worrying about the kids eating healthy snacks that I forget that I need a healthy snack too. 

After scouring the grocery store aisles for mom-friendly snacks, I came across one of my favorite brands, Arla cheeses. Who doesn't love cheese? I grabbed everything I could find, knowing I could whip up some yummy snacks and filling lunches with these packaged cheeses that all tout no added hormones, no artificial flavors, & no preservatives. I could also pronounce all of the ingredients on the back of the label, which is always a plus!

The Mediterranean Garden cream cheese spread is probably my favorite, with the sliced Gouda being a close second. I love spreading it on crackers, dipping pretzels in it, dunking celery sticks in name it! I'll eat it. The packaged cheeses are great for quick sandwiches, grilled cheese, stacking on crackers, and just plain eating them by themselves. I'm definitely guilty of grabbing a slice or two and just gnawing on it while I wipe off the kitchen counters or load the dishwasher. Arla cheeses are perfect for the multitasking moms who need some quick fuel to get through the rest of the day. 

Here's 10 ideas for quick, easy, delicious snacks with Arla products:
  • Cheese & crackers
  • Bagel with cream cheese & fruit 
  • Veggies dipped in cream cheese spread
  • Pretzels dipped in cream cheese spread
  • Turkey and cheese roll ups
  • Grilled cheese sandwich
  • Tuna on crackers with cheese
  • Crusty bread topped with tomatoes and cheese
  • French bread with cream cheese spread
  • Avocado toast with cheese and tomatoes

Arla is encouraging families to live unprocessed. Remember how I mentioned there are no weird sounding ingredients in their cheeses? Well, they asked kids to draw some of those ingredients that are commonly found in dairy products, like Sorbic Acid, Xanthan, and rBST. I asked my nine year old what she thought Sorbic Acid was, and this is what she came up with. When I told her it was actually found in most cheeses, she asked me why someone would put that in our food. Good question! Arla's cheeses are made without it. 

Check out this fun video to learn more about the "Live Unprocessed" campaign. Leave a comment below with your favorite part for a chance to win a sample pack of Arla Products!

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