Snacks for the Road (and the Sky)

Several years ago, I found a yummy recipe for roasted chickpeas in a magazine. 

They were delicious, inexpensive, and healthy - and I could season them however I wanted (pass the cayenne pepper, please!). But, they required a bit of a time commitment (drying out the garbanzo beans, and keeping a close eye on them in the oven) and they weren’t exactly portable for my frequent travels.

So, I was super-excited to come across Biena Snacks - which is sponsoring this post and my recent segment at CBS in Los Angeles. These crunchy little snacks, loaded with flavor and texture, satisfy my need for a combination of salt and just a little bit of fat. Think potato chips, but protein-packed chickpeas instead. The savory ones also make a great topping for soups and salads (just sayin’). Don't let the “all-natural, gluten-free, vegan” label scare you - they are THAT GOOD, and receive two thumbs-up from my decidedly non-vegan husband.

I showed a variety pack with Sour Cream & Onion, Habanero, and - my personal favorite - Rockin’ Ranch. While I am partial to the savory varieties, for those with a sweet tooth, Honey Roasted or Cinnamon Crunch might fit the bill. If you have an affinity for chocolate - they even have a variety that tastes like Girl Scouts Thin Mints Cookies

You can find them at a wide range of stores, but buying them online lets you pick from all of their varieties and save when customizing your own variety pack of favorite flavors.

On the sweet side, granola bars and granola “minis” from MadeGood snacks are another new favorite in my carryon bag. They come in tiny portions for when you want just a little something sweet, which also makes them perfect for kids. And - they are “school safe” (and airplane-friendly), since they are free of the eight most common allergans like peanuts and tree nuts. But again, don’t let that scare you away! With a chewy granola texture and yummy flavors like chocolate chip, apple cinnamon, and chocolate chip banana, there is something to suit just about every taste.

Happy snacking!

A Spotty Situation

When we bought our apartment six years ago, we ripped out the nasty, buckling parquet floors (yuck) and installed wall-to-wall carpet.  It was quicker and easier than doing hardwood floors, and with a couple of rooms with odd corners, we realized that carpet would also be a lot less expensive than hunting down rugs for each room.  

As much as I love warm, cozy carpet under my feet in the morning, I was quickly reminded that keeping carpet looking clean and bright can be a challenge.  Especially when one of us (me) tends to walk around the apartment with a full cup of coffee early in the morning.

But now, I feel a bit more at ease if coffee, red wine, or dirt gets into the carpet.  This fall, I am doing a series of TV segments for Carbona, which is sponsoring those segments and this post, showing their Oxy-Powered Carpet Cleaner.  To test this out at home, we tried it out on some set-in dirt stains that had been in our living room for way-too-many-years. We brushed it into the stains, and they came out immediately!

Since red wine tends to be one of the most dreaded carpet spills, in each of these segments, I spill red wine onto carpet and show how quickly and easily Carbona cleans it up! (in case you’re wondering - that is why there is a glass of merlot in front of me on this table).

You can check out the full segment from the syndicated "Daytime" show here.

Happy cleaning!

On-the-Air: Nashville

As a little girl, I was not a big fan of Easter.

While I was perfectly fine with getting a basket of candy, I was utterly terrified of the Easter Bunny.  I'm not really sure where that came from, but I'm thinking the bunny's crazy eyes and giant fangs might have played a small part.

As the years went on, and I learned what Easter was really about, the holiday took on a whole new meaning. 

These days, after church, we generally have friends over after services to gather around our table for brunch.  Of course, there is always a ham on that table!  When they are already cooked and perfectly sliced, like the hams I showed for Smithfield this morning on CBS Nashville, it makes getting a meal on the table a breeze.  This segment and post were sponsored by Smithfield.

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You can find a ton of great recipes and Easter meal planning ideas here.  Happy Easter!

On-the-Air: Los Angeles

I am an early riser.  As in by 4:30 a.m. most days, sometimes earlier.  I wake up without an alarm clock, which means that during my frequent trips to the west coast, I'm up and ready to go between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.  I usually follow the same sleep routine whatever time zone I am in, which means I am usually sound asleep by 8 p.m.  That routine definitely keeps me well-rested, even with a crazy schedule.

Sleep is definitely on my mind today, with Daylight Saving Time just hours away (!!!).  I am flying to London tonight, which being several hours ahead of New York, theoretically means I should be able to sleep past 6 a.m.  We'll see!

Before I leaving, I stopped by KCAL-TV in Los Angeles to share a few tips on getting a good night's sleep.  You can check out the segment here.

Sweet dreams!