Will You Be My Valentine? (GIVEAWAY)

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a great weekend and are having a fantastic week so far. In case the candy covered grocery store aisles and constant Victoria Secret ads on t.v. haven’t tipped you off, today is Valentine’s Day! Though it is traditionally viewed as a strictly romantic holiday, I look at it as a day to celebrate all those that you love.

So let this be my little love letter to all of you. Over the past months I’ve spent blogging, I have loved nothing more than getting to know bloggers and readers. Bloggers pour their hearts and souls into their blogs and it truly shows. So many of you continue to impress and astound me daily and I feel that I learn so much from all of you. I can’t tell you how much my heart delights in getting a comment or tweeting back and forth. This is truly an incredibly loving community and I am so privileged to be a part of it.

I’m also so lucky to have such wonderful, supportive friends and family. I’m blessed with a tight-knit group that knows what I’m thinking before I say it and is there for me without ever having to ask. I can’t imagine my life without these people in it and I hope they know everyday (but especially today) how much they are loved. I may not have a “traditional” Valentine this year, but I’d say I’m a million more times blessed.

And like every good declaration of love, this one comes with treats and this one  will satisfy that eternal sweet and salty craving. Remember when I attended the Luna bar Power of Snacking event a few weeks ago? Well it was then that I first tried the brand new Peanut Honey Pretzel bars and instantly fell in love.  This snack tastes perfectly decadent while still providing 9 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. My only complaint was when I realized mine was all gone!

Now it’s your turn to try this highly sought after bar! The winner of the giveaway will receive a BOX of LUNA Peanut Honey Pretzel bars, a LUNA hat and a LUNA water bottle!

To enter:

Leave a comment telling me your favorite sweet-salty combo or tell me about a person you love- a pet, family member, friend, significant other, etc.

For Additional Entries:

1. Follow me on twitter and tweet “Hoping to win a @LUNAbar Sweet and Salty #giveaway on @EmilyatGGG http://wp.me/p1xugt-hh” and leave me a comment letting me know you did.

2. Like me on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.

This giveaway will be open until 5 pm PST, Monday, February 20 and the winner will be announced the next day!

The Power of Snacking Event

Hi lovelies! I hope that your week is going great and you are as excited as I am that we are one day away from the weekend! Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Luna Bar and IFTF Study event at the W Hotel! At the event, I got the chance to meet the lovely Kristine in person! Her blog is one of my favorites and I can attest that she is just as funny and sweet in real life!

After arriving at the event, chatting with Kristine and sampling a few delicious appetizers, it was time for the panel to commence. Sponsored by Luna, the Institute for the Future conducted a study about the future of women’s snacking, in hopes to “identify, analyze and forecast significant trends and forces shaping the way women snack.” One thing that came from this was the idea that snacking will be accepted and become mainstream in the next 10 years.

With this, they found that six key behaviors emerged:

  1. Adopting more lifestyle-appropriate eating patterns
  2. Eating with deeper enjoyment
  3. Finding ways to sort through the deluge of information about food health
  4. Designing customized feedback loops for information and cues
  5. Preparing snacks more creatively
  6. Understanding bodies at a finer level of granularity

The panel discussion (made of up of a nutritionist, blogger, researcher and professor) had a lot to say on all of these behaviors but a few stood out to me. I really appreciated that women’s attitudes toward snacking tend to change as women juggle more and more these days. As a young professional, snacking is essential in my life and eating 2 breakfasts, lunch, snack and dinner works for me, given that my days start at 6:30 and end around 12:30 am. Keeping my blood sugar stable throughout the day and my many often changing, unpredictable activities means that I feel good and healthy. I asked the panel about this and whether they noticed a generational shift when it came to snacking, i.e. do younger generations embrace it due to their often hectic schedules more than older generations? Miriam Lueck Avery, the Research Manager from IFTF informed me that the difference comes not from age but life events. For example, the correlation between snacking attitudes was high between young professionals and baby boomers whose children are out of the house. I found this interesting and made the connection that people who most embrace snacking tend to have more unpredictable schedules.

The panel

Another change I found interesting was the shift towards eating with a deeper enjoyment. The panel discussed how in the past ten years, everything has been fat-free, sugar-free, carb-free or as they said “taste-free”. These mechanically engineered foods were as far from clean eating as you can get and I used to live on them! But it was a time when these were considered “health foods” which seemed synonymous with being healthy. Now women are starting to pay more attention to what’s in the foods that they put in their bodies and they want it to wholesome and nutritious. That’s where Luna comes in- they wanted to make something that would give meaningful nutrition to your body and mind while still tasting indulgent.

As you can see, I found this study fascinating and could probably write you an essay on it. But since this is a blog, I’m going to leave it at that. Based on the study’s predictions, I think we can be really excited in the direction things are heading and feel proud in our changing attitude towards food. (i.e. Let’s get rid of the guilt!)

On the way out of the event I picked up the generous Luna goodby bag and am so excited to try their new Peanut Honey Pretzel flavor. I’m saving it for a snack tomorrow afternoon, which in my opinion is true will power. (However, a mini Luna White Chocolate Macademia Nut was consumed immediately!) And thank you so much to Danielle for inviting me to this fantastic event too!

Questions:

-What are your views on snacking/mini meals?

-What is your favorite snack/ what do you look for in a snack?

-Which of the above behaviors are you most excited about?