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Healthy Snacking with Musselman’s {Giveaway}

Full Disclosure:  I was sent some goodies from Musselman’s in exchange for posting about their products.  They are also supplying the prize for the giveaway winner.  I am not being otherwise compensated for this post and, as always, the opinions are completely my own.

Applesauce has pretty much been a constant in my snacking routine. Though the variety has changed over the years (I now definitely prefer the unsweetened variety, and Musselman’s seriously has the best texture and flavor that I’ve found) and it isn’t always eaten out of those little plastic cups anymore, it is one of the healthy foods that I’ve always enjoyed.  Other than eating it plain, though, applesauce is a wonderful way to healthify other dishes as well.

A few weeks ago Musselman’s sent me a package with some of their applesauce as well as some recipes and tricks for making healthy swaps! One of my favorite things that was in the package was this great guide for proportions for applesauce substitution in various baking mixes and recipes.

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I’ve seen some mixes list applesauce as a substitution for oil, but it is usually in a little blurb on the side of the box that is easy to miss.  With this handy chart, you can substitute applesauce in whatever recipe you are making! The nice people at Musselman’s even made a printable version for me to share with you! Click on the image below to get the full printable PDF.

musselswapchart

I will admit I was a bit skeptical about substituting applesauce for oil at first, it just doesn’t seem like the same type of ingredient! But now, after doing it several times, I do the substitution whenever I can.  I also tend to look specifically for recipes that use applesauce instead of oil to start with.  In quick breads and muffins especially, it makes them so much more moist!

When I don’t have time to bake, plenty of Musselman’s Big Cups get eaten as a snack.  I have a stash for when I’m home, and also when I’m at work.  I just love the larger size – it makes it feel like a little more of an “adult” snack.

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Are you an applesauce fan?  Well, you’re in luck! Musselman’s is giving away a pack of Musselman’s Big Cups and a set of recipe cards to one lovely reader! Enter through the Rafflecopter Widget below! Giveaway ends Friday October 24, and I will draw a winner on October 25th.  If the winner does not reply to my email within 48 hours I will draw a new winner.

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Making Lunches

I feel pretty fortunate to have a job that is located within a short walk of a grocery store. This grocery store in particular has a great hot bar, salad bar, and lots of other grab-and-go food choices.  Normally, this is where I go for lunch.  It is convenient, there is a good variety, and it is fairly inexpensive.  Unfortunately, there is a construction project going on that makes the walk to the grocery store a more difficult one – especially once the weather gets less desirable.  Because of this – and because, well, I’m pretty sure most normal people don’t walk down to the grocery store to pick up their lunch every day – I’ve been trying to get better at packing a lunch.

Snacks and “sides” are pretty easy for me to figure out.  We have a refrigerator where I work, and I have my own little cubby space so between the two I have plenty of spots to keep food.  Fruit Snacks (Annies or Clif Kids), chips (Pringles), granola bars (Quaker Chocolate Chip), applesauce cups (Musselman’s Unsweetened), string cheese (Sargento), fruit, etc., are what I commonly keep there.  (I’m not mentioning the brand names because I’m getting any kind of compensation from them. I’m not.  I just really love those brands and products and thought I’d share in case you were curious.) The hard part of packing a lunch, for me, is the “main course” of the meal.  And this has gotten more difficult as some things are no longer options because I am pregnant. For instance, ham (or other deli meat) sandwiches would be an easy lunch choice – but deli meat is something I’m supposed to avoid. (I’m pretty sure my first meals after giving birth will be a medium rare steak, and a ham sandwich)

snacks

I’ve actually been making the husband lunches every day as well, which makes it easier to remember to bring something for myself.  He eats some of the same sides as I do, but his “main courses” are much easier to figure out than mine.  He usually gets a peanut butter and jelly, or some other kind of easy to make sandwich.

So I’m kind of stuck.  Sometimes I have leftovers that I can take with me to eat for lunch, but other times I just end up eating a variety of snacks for lunch.  Luckily the weather hasn’t gotten bad yet, so I do still go to the grocery store to grab food sometimes, but I am trying to get myself out of that habit and into the habit of bringing my own food.  I probably should get in the habit of doing some kind of Sunday prep an do some batch cooking of things that I can take/make during the week, but I really like my lazy/relaxing Sundays….

Tell me: Do you bring your lunch to work?  What are some of your go-to lunch ideas? I need your help!

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