Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nibblers Satisfy Our After School Cravings (and More)

Crystal Farms recently launched the latest cravable innovation for snacking: Nibblers, a new line of bite-sized, 100% real cheese snacks that provide a bold and unexpected flavor experience in every bite. 

Nibblers come in 1.5-ounce stand-up bags and are available in four flavors, including Smoky BBQ seasoned Cheddar cheese, Habanero seasoned Pepper Jack cheese, Chipotle Pepper seasoned Cheddar cheese, and Sour Cream & Onion seasoned Monterey Jack cheese.

Each of the conveniently-packaged single-serve bags contain 9-10 grams of protein, so they’re an excellent option for giving you and your family the energy you need while snacking on the go. Perfect for the busy fall, back-to-school months! 

Crystal Farms recently (or not so recently - I am a little slow in posting this review.) sent me several packages of their new Nibblers to try and review.   As soon as I received them, I quickly opened the Habanero package to give it a try.  I love spicy foods, and this snack didn't disappoint.  With a slight kick and amazing flavor, I was immediately appreciative that I was selected to try this new product. Unfortunately, Pumpkin also loves spicy foods, so I didn't get to enjoy as much of the Habanero Nibblers as I would have liked.  She ate more than half of the first package we opened, as well as the second.  We both especially loved eating them between Triscuit crackers.  Something about the combined tastes and textures just made them seem like the perfect fit.

I'm not going to lie.  I was a bit hesitant to try the Smoky BBQ and the Sour Cream and Onion Nibblers.  For some reason, while I enjoy both of those flavors in potato chips, I was a little apprehensive about how they might taste in cheese.  In fact, I actually waited until we had guests over to break these flavors open.  Being unsure if I would like them, and not wanting to waste them if I didn't, I figured the best way to make sure they were eaten was to share them with a larger group of people.  As it turned out, I didn't need to worry.  Each flavor found a person that could appreciate it. Even I found the flavors to be quite good - though not as good as the Habanero were to me.  While I couldn't sit and eat an entire package of the other flavors, I could definitely enjoy sharing a package with Doc, Peanut, or Pumpkin.

In addition to eating these Nibblers as a quick and easy protein filled snack, I've also discovered something else about them.  They are a quick and easy way to spice up a meal.   A little melted Smoky BBQ cheese on a burger or chicken sandwich really adds flavor!  Chipotle Pepper cheese is great on tacos - though I think it would also be good on a burger or sandwich.  There's no need to put dressing on your salad if you crumble some Nibblers on top.  The flavors allow you to switch up your salad routine without investing in a refrigerator full of dressings (and all the calories that come with them).

Now, if only Kroger would start to carry Crystal Farms Nibblers, then I'd be one happy girl.

Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this post.  I was sent a sample of the product and asked to provide an honest review.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What I Love Wednesday - Grass Stains

As odd as it may sound, I love when my girls come in from playing outside with grass stains.  To me, grass stains are part of childhood.  They symbolize running around outside, having fun, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.  While I want my girls to be careful, I don't want them to miss out on enjoying life by being too cautious.

Be brave!  Be adventurous! If you want to live a life with no regrets, then you have to live the kind of life that results in grass stains and great memories!