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‘The Grub’ Articles

Zimply Z-licious!

Mandatory equipment!!!  The sneaky & smart (we so admire those qualities!) folks at Clif Bar have taken to making delicious and super-nutritious snacks that mimmick some of the nasty snacks kids seem to love.  FFC recommends adding a box or two of Clif’s Z-Bars to your weekly grocery list to keep players AND coaches happy.  These yummy and oh-so-convenient snacks come in seven deLISHHHHHous flavors including Chocolate Brownie!!!  This is one treat that seems too good to be true- but isn’t!!  There’s no high fructose corn syrup, transfats or anything artificial!  What you WILL find in these little beauties is loads of whole grains, vitamins and LOTS of flavor!  Check out these stats for our favorite Chocolate Brownie variety:

120 calories

3 g fat

3 g fiber

and bunches of extra vitamins to keep your players growing the right way!  Load up and check out their cool website for more healthy ideas on feeding your troops, too!

Think Fast!

Cuz our latest find will be flllllllying off shelves once word gets out!!  The smart and sneaky folks at Annie’s Homegrown have created a deliSH and nutriSH munchie that will keep players of all ages snack happy!  Annie’s Bunnie Grahams are not only cute and yummy, they’re made of really great stuff too!  They’ll pass the if you can’t read it, don’t eat it rule with flying colors…..and speaking of flying colors- you should see the funky box!!  Soooo fun!  We even found these handy snacks in convenient single serve bags for tossing in lunches and backpacks- rock on, Annie!  These cuties have just 130 calories and 4.5 grams of fat (NO trans fat, of course!) per THIRTY crackers!  Just be sure to watch your portions, though, because they’re so delicious your team may find it hard to stop if they eat straight from the box (NEVER a good idea in the FFC playbook)!

Our buds at Zoe have been featured on Hungry Girl!

Hey, team!  Check it out…. our friends at Zoe who make the awesome granolas have just been featured on the famous Hungry Girl website with some stunning deals on their delicious and sneakishly delicious granolas!!  CLICK HERE to see what all the buzz is about!  (FYI- Hungry Girl is a pretty darn good site to add to your favorites, too, as she features tons of sneaky substitutions and sawps that rock!!)

Congrats, Zoe friends!  We couldn’t be happier for you- and your award winning granolas!!

Break out the Bagels!

Looking for a great pre-practice or after school snack your team will go for but still passes the healthy drill?  The team over at Thomas’ has come up with a fAAABulous solution~ 100 calorie bagels!!  That’s right, team- I said Bagel and 100 calorie in the same sentence!  WOOHOO!  In this age of ridiculously large serving sizes, we are thrilled to see such a reasonable and delicious snack option.  Perfectly packable and totally top-able, these little champions make the first string cut for sensible snack solutions!  Top with light cream cheese, or Skippy Naturals peanut butter for a satisfying and healthy halftime treat! 

Now, go get in the game!

Perfect, packable snack alert!

Heads up!  We just got the scoop on yet another super-easy and deliciously healthy convenience food!  The team over at Zoe foods just came out with a line of granolas that are out of this world!!!  Flavors like Honey Almond, Cinnamon Raisin and Cranberry Currant are packed with bunches and bunches of all-natural good stuff like flax seed, soy, omega-3s, protein and fiber.  The clincher is even better:  this stuff tastes FAAAABulous!!  Throw some in a small container for a healthy snack at school,  sprinkle some on yogurt or serve it warm for a healthy start to those cool fall mornings.  How about sprinkling a little over some baked apples for a delicious and healthy (Shhhhhh!) dessert?  The possibilities are endless, people!  So go get in the game with some healthy Zoe’s granolas! 

P.S. Check out their super-cool website, too!  This is one with-it company you’ll feel good about supporting!

 

Fruit Snack Frenzy!

Hip, hip, hooray!  We’ve found more FAAAAAB-U-LOUS fruit snacks made of…..you guessed it, FRUIT! (what a concept!)  The folks at Fruitabu (cool name, too!) have come up with some s-s-stunningly delicous and totally portable fruit snacks you can feel good about tossing in lunches, snacks or sports bags.  They come in Smooshed Flats and Smooshed Rolls (a HUGE  improvement on the popular snack Fruit by the Foot)!  Recently, a very official Family  Fitness Coach tasting panel (AKA Ms. Esselman’s third grade class and Mrs. Gantner’s first grade class!) gave Fruitabu in all varieties rave reviews!  Good stuff that tastes great!  Winner, winner!!

p.s.  the flats make especially great Halloween treats, too!  BOO!

FFC loves eating naked!

Oh, don’t worry~  this is STILL a family site!  I’m just all worked up over Stacy’s Simply Naked Baked Pita chips!  These babies are an awesome school snack or cold lunch side!  We’ve only tasted the most basic version ‘Simply Naked’ but they come in tons of other (and we’re sure equally DELISH!) flavors including Tuscan Herb, Hot & Spicy, Cinnamon Sugar and Parmesan Garlic & Herb- YUM!  This easy chip-type snack is a great healthy on the go choice!  It’s low in calories and fat (NO transfat, of course!), has a little fiber and protein and less than one gram of sugar PLUS it is super satisfying and the kids love it! Can you say WIN-WIN?! Serve it instead of tortilla or potato chips- your team will thank you & you will feel great knowing you’ve snuck in another awesome play!  Here are the stats on the ‘Simply Naked’ version per serving:

130 resonable calories; 5 g fat (NONE trans!); 2 lovely grams fiber; 3 adorable grams of protein and less than 1 gram of sugar- WOOHOO!  Go, Stacy, go!

For stats on the rest of Stacy’s Pita Chips, or to learn more about this awesome company, visit their nifty website .

Nutty Good Natural Peanut Butter!

OK, so most of us know that the ‘regular’ peanut butter on store shelves is loaded with artificial junk like trans fats, high fructose corn syrup and other flagrant fouls we’d never want to serve our kids.  But, in desperation, most of us serve it to them anyway after trying many soupy, oily and EXPENSIVE natural versions that just don’t fly with the troops!  Well, compromise no more!  Skippy has a natural brand that looks and tastes just like regular peanut butter, requires absolutely no stirring and is sure to fool your finickiest family member.  Better yet, Skippy makes their yummy natural peanut butter in creamy AND super chunk varieties!  You’ll find it right next to the regular Skippy in the peanut butter aisle at your grocery store.  YAY, Skippy!  We think choosey moms should choose YOU! 

Check out these stats:  (per 2 tablespoons) 180 calories, 17g fat, 2g fiber, 7 g protein and only 3g sugar!!!  Skip on down to the grocer and grab some!

Fruit Leather????

Ok, this snack may not have the MOST appealing name, but you gotta trust us- it’s GREAT stuff!  Fruit leather comes in 10 amazing flavors, so you’re sure to find something for everyone on your team.  FFC can’t get enough of the Pineapple Cocnut Paradise or the Orchard Cherry~mmmmmmmmmmmm, yummy!  Plus, fruit leather from Stretch Island Fruit Co. scores bonus points for being super-convenient and ridiculously easy to take anywhere- lunch boxes, school snacks, sports practice, in a purse, anywhere!  I mean it!  Oh, and by the way, check out these amazing snack stats:  only 45 calories and no fat or artifical ingredients!  Take that high-sugar imitation ‘fruit’ snacks!

For more info, or to order online go to www.stretchislandfruit.com .  Snack away!

Ahoy- Pirate’s Booty!

Check this out, mateys!  FFC has found another awesome backpack, lunch-bag friendly snack you can feel good about sending with your team!  Pirate’s Booty is a gluten-free, peanut-free snack that everyone will love.  It tastes just like cheese popcorn only without the gross sticky orange fingers and nutritional nightmare!  Pirate’s Booty is made from all natural ingredients, has no preservatives and tastes absolutely amazing!!  Check out these impressive snack food stats: Each 1 oz serving (the snack food standard) has just 130 calories and 5g fat plus 1g fiber and 2g protein!  WOOHOO!  Check out the super simple ingredient list, too!  We can’t wait to try the Caramel Booty and the BBQ Booty too!!  Booty on!