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Start Your Day With a Good Breakfast

I eat a lot. Especially breakfast. And snacks. When I work at home, I snack all day (who am I kidding — when I was working full time on site, I also snacked quite often!). I think of myself as a “frequent fueler.”

Happily, Stonyfield Yogurt and Nature’s Path cereals partnered up and offered me some stuff to try. Nature’s Path sent me their Pumpkin Flax Granola as well as a funky new cereal I hadn’t heard of before, Qi’a (pronounced “key-ah”). It’s a gluten-free blend of chia seeds, hemp seeds, and buckwheat, with some vanilla, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds in it.

People, this Qi’a stuff is not your grandmother’s granola. It’s not even granola. It’s way better, in my opinion. (The Pumpkin Flax Granola is very good, by the way, not too sweet, great flavor, nice and crunchy, with oats, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon, and molasses. The Qi’a, though!) I have eaten my fair share of chia seeds (and hemp seeds, and almonds) but this cereal puts it all together for me in a whole new way. It’s great.

You only need two tablespoons of it. You mix that with 1/4 cup of milk (or almond milk, or hemp milk, or whatever — but I think it goes especially well with unsweetened almond milk) and let it sit for 5 minutes so the chia seeds can soften. Then you eat it, and it is delicious. It’s also the perfect amount of calories, Omega-3s, protein, and fiber.

But I like a little more volume at breakfast (come on, I am training for an ultramarathon right now!). So I take this combo and add some yogurt (Greek if I have it, plain whole milk if I don’t). My photos of this weren’t so pretty, but Micaela at Mindful Momma had the same idea and took much better pictures of the combination. Follow the link and go see hers.

This makes an excellent breakfast, snack, or (why not) simple dinner.

As for the granola, I like mine dumped on top of a bowl of yogurt. I don’t make pretty parfaits or eat it with milk, usually. I like to put it on top of yogurt and then mix it in.

Yes, I used the bunny bowl.

Yeah, I am not always super-original with my food, but I like good food. Especially when they’re organic and non-GMO verified, as Stonyfield and Nature’s Path products are.

This will keep me well fueled for the first part of the day! How do you fuel up?

Disclosure: Stonyfield and Nature’s Path provided me with free product to facilitate this review. I am a Stonyfield ambassador. All opinions are my own.

Late July Chips and Stonyfield Dip: You Don’t Need a Party

Late May/early June is a pretty busy time around here, with several family birthdays, including my own kids’.

We’d prepped carefully for Ben’s birthday party, planning out all kinds of activities plus, of course, a lot of healthy snacks. And cupcakes. The boys worked hard to decorate them in a madness of sugar (it was a birthday party, people).

Busy cupcake decorating team. One is all chocolate all the time, the other one wanted vanilla with blue frosting. Sure!

My mother made a beautiful pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game.

Just as the party was about to get going, a delivery truck dropped off a package: Late July chips! As a Stonyfield blogger, I was to create a yogurt-based dip to go with them. (I mean, I didn’t have to do it right then, but the timing was perfect!)

Ready, set, make a dip!

No problem. I always have a big tub of Stonyfield yogurt in the fridge (plain, whole milk). I put some into a bowl and began to mix in grated Parmesan cheese, sea salt, garlic powder, dried parsley. Onion granules, green goddess dressing base. Mix and taste, mix and taste.

Some of what I mixed to make my dip.

More Parmesan, a little more salt. It was pretty good.

I set them out on the table next to the veggies and hummus and the fruit platter and began to help set up the seltzer can bowling (hint: weight the cans with a little water if it’s a breezy day).

While the dip could have used just a little more oomph, it disappeared fast. So did the chips. In fact, when I first opened the package of chips, all I heard was, “Oh, I love Late July chips!” Seriously, the chips kind of stole the party.

I didn’t measure anything when I made my dip. For a more surefire dip, try one of the great recipes at Stonyfield: http://stonyfield.com/recipes/all/dips. You can’t go wrong.

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. As a Stonyfield Blogger, I received free product from Stonyfield and Late July for this post. All opinions are my own.