Check out lifestyle expert Brian von Dedenroth talking about Med Snacks back in December in his gluten-free snack segment on San Diego Live!”
We have a busy month this May as it’s Celiac Awareness Month, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, National Bike Month, and National Runners Month. Which one or ones resonates with you?
We want to support and bring awareness to all of these because we support the Celiac Disease with our gluten free snacks, we support an active lifestyle, therefore fitness and sports, bikers and runners, we all love!
Below are direct links to learn more about each of these awareness topics!
1. Celiac Awareness Month – Celiac Awareness Month is an event held throughout the United States each May and is supported by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (and other relevant organizations). This event raises awareness about celiac disease, and highlights the work of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) which provides support for those affected. The NFCA, in collaboration with scientists and other organizations, also supports research into celiac disease.
2. National Fitness and Sports Month – National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active. Getting regular physical activity can benefit everyone – children, adolescents, and adults alike.
3. National Bike Month- Bike to Work Day is an annual event held on various days in the Spring across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work. Bike Month is May each year, and Bike to Work Week is the week of Bike to Work Day, which varies from city to city.
4. National Runners Month – Seems that Dick’s Sporting Goods has unilaterally deemed May “National Runners’ Month” – and is sponsoring 10 races around the country as part of the effort. The company also developed a free iPhone application called RunnersUnite! to help runners connect with one another.
You could win over $300 in prizes!
More and more snack lovers are transitioning to healthier options for their daily diet. What happens when you combine a healthy attitude with an active lifestyle and nutritious snacks? At Mediterranean Snacks®, we call it Living Snactive™!
We wanted a way for you to engage with us and show how you Live Snactive™ by eating healthy snacks. So grab some Mediterranean Snacks, take a snap, and upload your photo!
Entering is easy!
1. Simply grab any of your favorite Mediterranean Snacks products.
2 SNAP a photo of yourself eating, dipping, crunching, ENJOYING our snacks – Snack and Snap™!
3. Upload your photo on any of the social platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or FaceBook and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win over $300 in prizes. Post one photo or post a few for multiple entries. Each platform will get you another entry! NOTE: In order for us to see your post, you must be connected to us on the social platforms to ensure the tag is active.
Example: Upload to Pinterest and get one entry, upload to Pinterest and Facebook and receive two entries. Note: You must be in the photo with the snacks!
Rules and Guidelines:
Our Snack & Snap Sweepstakes starts now until December 20, 2013 with three (3) lucky winners selected at random.
First winner will be announced on: June 3, 2013, second winner on September 3, 2013, and third winner on December 20, 2013!
What MUST be included in your post:
- 1. Use hashtag: #LiveSnactive™
- 2. Name the store (or event) and location (city,state) of where you purchased/received our snacks.
- 3. Be sure to TAG us in your posts! NOTE: In order for us to see your post, you must be connected to us on the social platforms and the tag is active.
Love your Baked Lentil Chips! I purchased them from #WholeFoods, #MorrisCounty #NJ #LiveSnactive™
I received your Lentil Crackers from GFConnect in my mailbox #NY #LiveSnactive™
Any photo that may be disrespectful in any way, we have the right to remove. We also have the right to use your photo as part of our marketing for the Snack & Snap sweepstakes on social media platforms if we decide to use it for an example. USA and Canada only. NOTE: In order for us to see your post, you must be connected to us on the social platforms and the tag is active.
Snacks for Supper! 30+ Fun Recipes That Turn Snack Foods Into Meals
We were so excited to discover this unique article written by Perri O. Blumberg with additional reporting by Rachel Hofstetter. Add a little out-of-the-bag thinking to your favorite packaged snacks and you’ve got dozens of recipes for fun desserts, party food, and more.
Mediterranean Snacks was featured in slide number 7:
Loaded Tortilla-Free Nachos For spin on regular nachos, layer kettle-cooked chips (They’re thick enough to hold up under melted cheese) with cheese, refried beans, shredded chicken and whatever toppings you like for crunchy, corn-free nachos.
Crunch-loaf: Swap out bread crumbs for crushed chips in savory flavors (think: barbecue, maple bacon, ranch) for a flavor-boost in meatloaf or hamburger patties. To add body and filling fiber to burgers or meatloaf, try folding in crumbled whole grain crackers
Crispy Lentil Chip Crusted Chicken: Instead of breadcrumbs, crush a bag of lentil chips and use it to bread chicken for a healthy protein and fiber-filled alternative. Dip chicken cutlets in egg and drop them into chips and bake. For a Latin flair, use tortilla chips (preferably pulverized in a food processor, but hand-crumbling works) to bread chicken or even veggies like onions and zucchini.
Everything you could ever want to know about our snacks, plus a sneak peek of our newest innovation! Be sure to share and spread the legume love!
Can you believe that 40% of adults aged 25 and up have high blood pressure? At least that is the statistic World Health Organization is claiming.
High blood pressure is also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension. This increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. When was the last time you had a physical? I bet many of you reading this will say that it’s been years. This isn’t good enough for our health because our health is crucial to our everyday happiness. Make sure you fuel your body with exercise; the right meals, and the best, healthy snacks will not just support a healthy blood pressure, but give you an overall balance.
Below is a list from World Health Organization on ways to reduce your risk of high blood pressure:
• reducing salt intake;
• avoiding harmful use of alcohol
• taking regular physical activity
• maintaining a healthy body weight
• avoiding tobacco use
• eating a balanced diet
Learn more about World Health Day and how you can reduce the risks by click here.
As we gain knowledge about what we’re eating, protein is becoming an increasingly important nutritional factor in our decisions. From providing energy, to building and repairing muscle, protein is an essential part of a full and balanced diet. Recent research from Mintel suggests that, for consumers, protein from non-animal sources is in growing demand. For those of us who are vegetarian, gluten intolerant, or just health-conscious, satiating, low fat legumes are an ideal ingredient base.
Our protein snacks = 5 grams in a 120 calorie serving
Protein’s benefit of satisfying hunger longer plays a major role in its high demand among snack foods. According to the same Mintel research, 87% of us say satiety is an important factor when choosing a product. With 5 grams of protein in a 120 calorie serving of 15 crackers, our Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Crackers offer the satiety we desire as well as the pleasing crunch and satisfaction of a substantial portion size. They also contain no trans fats, are all natural with no preservatives, gluten-free certified, and non-GMO verified. Paired with hummus for example, a serving of Lentil Crackers can conveniently provide an easy nourishing mini meal.
Since the body does not store protein, it is essential to take in sufficient amounts through food. The importance of eating enough protein is paramount to maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Our vision is to enable you to ‘Live Snactive™,’ which means offering choices for healthy, nutritious snacking, so you can feel good about snacking, while leading an active lifestyle.
 Source: Mintel GNPD press release: US consumers have a healthy appetite for high protein food. The US leads the way in global launches of high protein products
It’s National Nutritious Month and guess what’s trending? Protein and The Mediterranean Diet. Take a look at this CBS News Special we found on The Mediterranean Diet. They discuss how it’s recommended to eat legumes at least 3 times a week to possibly help reduce heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
Guest Post By Lindsay Vastola
Risk factors of chronic heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol aren’t necessarily visible on a scale, or even on a blood pressure monitor or a blood test. Here are five simple habits to incorporate into your daily life that will keep your ticker going stronger, longer!
- Be a label-reading vigilante! Even seemingly simple foods and snacks can serve upwards of 30-50% or more of your daily allowance for sodium (a heart-healthy adult should consume no more than 2000mg of sodium per day). Watch your labels; steer clear of any food more than about 10% of daily sodium per serving. Also be wary of claims of “lower sodium,” it may not be “low,” just lower than the original product.
- When eating out, go for the vegetarian or fish option over the red meat option…and don’t think you always have to order meat, you can get great protein from beans, lentils, legumes and whole grains that give you the perfect balance of heart-healthy fiber, quality protein and energy-rich carbohydrates.
- Invest in a heart rate monitor for more effective workouts. You can find a fitness professional to teach you about heart rate training and to learn about your personal training zones. Not only is heart rate training effective for fat loss and overall fitness conditioning, it empowers you to listen and connect to your body and know when something just isn’t right.
- Plan, plan, plan. Don’t leave anything to chance so you must plan your meals and snacks. Do your shopping for the week and create a “rolodex” of go-to recipes that you know are quick, easy, and that the entire family will eat. When you plan, you are less likely to eat on the run and make poor choices.
- Take the time to learn about your family history of heart health and don’t skip out on your annual physicals (even if you “feel” healthy).
Your body is the most intricate, incredibly complex, and utterly amazing machine. Let’s make a vow to give it the respect it deserves, the appreciation it needs, and the opportunity to live as long as possible! February is National Heart Health Month – I encourage you by the end of this week to take one concrete action that will connect you closer to your heart.
Lindsay Vastola is a certified fitness professional and the CEO and founder of Body Project Fitness and Lifestyle in Central New Jersey, www.BodyProjectFitness.com, facebook.com/mybodyproject
We welcome our first Guest Author, Jennifer Miller for our February Heart Health Month! She provides a few great starting steps to keep your heart in check.
February is Heart Healthy month and I wanted to talk about our experience to be heart healthy in our family.
About two months ago we went in to see his doctor because my husband was having irregular heartbeats. The doctor suggested him wearing a holster and also suggested a pacemaker and defibrillator. The reason he suggested this is because my husband had scar tissue and lesions from his surgery back from his surgery when he was six months old.
It is very important for us to stay heart healthy in our family and my husband appreciates that we are there for him. Below are a few things we look for in keeping our heart healthy:
- We look for items with reduced sodium. Low sodium it is important if you want to be heart healthy.
- Exercise is good for the heart, as many of us know.
- We try to eat foods that are reduced fat to keep our weight down.
- Soda is a big no-no because of sugar, high fructose syrup and we all know soda is just not a heart healthy choice.
So for us and our family being heart healthy is so very important and we hope that carries on to our children.
Guest Author: Jennifer Miller