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!

Diana's Dresses

I have been an Anglophile since the Royal Wedding. Not Kate and William - the other one. So when Scott and I first visited London together a few years back, he was very patient as I slowly strolled through an exhibit of Diana's dresses at Kensington Palace.

London is calling me again this year, with this new exhibition of Diana's dresses that marks the 20th anniversary of her August 1997 death. However, since we just visited London again last fall, and will be nowhere in the neighborhood of Kensington Palace this summer, I am enjoying scrolling through photos from the exhibition from the Daily Mail, and on the Palace web site.

In middle school, I thought so many of these dresses were quite stylish. I suppose they were at the time, but in hindsight, some of the early ones (like that billowing wedding dress) aren't really my cup of tea. A few - like the shift dress above left or the one below in which she famously danced with John Travolta at the White House - are a little more timeless than some of the other frothy frocks.

You can check out most of the dresses on display here. What are your favorites?

 

* Photos from The Daily Mail.