WIAW: Snack Talk

July’s almost over and I haven’t even done a WIAW post that really fits with the theme for this month…sorry to disappoint, but this one doesn’t either! Oh well, I play by my own rules 😉

As you can probably guess by the title, this WIAW is all about snacking. I am big on snacks and have at least 2 per day, along with little bites and tastes of fruit and nuts here and there. I can’t do the 3 square meals a day because I get full fast but I also get hungry fast so my 5 meals a day are all fairly small and snack-sized but that’s what works for me. And I love getting to eat a little bit of a bunch of things rather than one big thing so snacks are perfect! These are some of the snacks I’ve been enjoying this week…

One of my favorite new finds: Alter Eco dark chocolate with quinoa crisps.

Chocolove used to be my favorite chocolate brand because of all their creative flavors, like ginger dark chocolate and chilies and cherries in dark chocolate. But once I discovered Alter Eco chocolate, I’m not planning on going back to Chocolove. For one thing, Alter Eco’s chocolate is organic and fair trade. But it also tastes richer and more like chocolate. Oh, and it comes in a quinoa crisp-studded flavor. Yeah, it’s like those chocolates with rice crisps in it, but way better. Quinoa may seem weird in chocolate but it so works!

Nothing better than fresh mango!

I didn’t eat this bad boy all at once, but I probably could have. I love the juiciness of a ripe mango and don’t really care how messy and sticky it is, it’s just so damn good. They’re so hard for me to cut, but it’s well worth the deliciousness.

Homemade trail mix: dry roast edamame, freeze-dried mango, pistachios and mini chocolate chips.

I’m a trail mix lover for sure. What I don’t love is the price–store-bought trail mix is pretty pricey and not always tasty. That’s why I like to make my own because I can put only the stuff I like in it and it’s cheaper to buy all the ingredients I need in bulk. That’s a win win in my book.

Outfit break! Red flutter-sleeve shirt (American Eagle), aqua cami (Aeropostale), denim cuffed shorts (Abercrombie Kids).

I always say that I don’t really have a set style. It’s kind of a mix of girlie, preppy and boho but it’s all me. This outfit was more on the breezy, boho side. I bought this top a couple summers ago and I love it. I don’t have a lot of red in my closet but some days I like wearing the color if I’m feeling really bold and fun.

Nighttime snack: vegan chocolate chip cookie, Nadamoo mint chip coconut milk ice cream.

I recently discovered Nadamoo and their coconut milk ice creams and I can’t get enough of them. So far I’ve had the maple pecan, java crunch and now the mint chip. My favorite is hands-down the mint chip. Everyone has a favorite ice cream or froyo flavor that they go back to over and over and mine is anything pairing mint and chocolate. The coconut milk ice cream version is super creamy and reminds me of Christmas because it’s more pepperminty but I love it. And I love that it’s colored slightly green by spirulina instead of artificial colors!

Who said vegans couldn’t have maple bacon waffles?

This wasn’t a snack, but I just had to share it. I have no idea where I came up with this waffle flavor, but I realized I had a package of smart bacon in my fridge and wanted to experiment with it. I’m not the hugest fan of it because it’s pretty processed, despite being low in calories and stuff, but it does taste good when it’s crisped up in the microwave. I decided to put it in a waffle and this sweet and salty combo was born. It was actually decent, but next time I’d drizzle more maple syrup on top. Oh, and I’m a huge fan of real, pure maple syrup. None of that low-cal, fake syrup stuff for me!

What’s your favorite frozen dessert flavor? What’s the weirdest waffle or pancake flavor you’ve ever seen?

24 thoughts on “WIAW: Snack Talk

  1. Emily says:

    I’m the same way with eating- I’d rather eat smaller meals/snacks throughout the day than 3 big meals. I just get full too quickly and get hungry if I go too long without eating! So snacks are perfect. (:
    I just saw that quinoa chocolate at whole foods today- it sounds sooo delicious! As soon as I finish the stash I have, I’m definitely going to be trying it. And your ice-cream/cookie dessert is perfection. I’ve been having similar night-time snacks all week!
    You look adorable (as always!), by the way!

  2. Quinoa in chocolate doesn’t sound weird at all,I mean,I’ve made vanilla cinnamon quinoa cereal once and it tasted great as well,so why not chocolate?! 😉
    I love that T-Shirt of yours,it looks super cute – but you know that I am a fan of your outfits anyways,so this is actually not surprising,I guess.
    By the way,I’ve made chocolate and bacon.pancakes for my mom lately and she loved it!

  3. The nighttime snack looks tasty (*nag alert* but tiny, it could definitely stand to be at least double as big). I like not having a set ‘style’ for fashion – why tie yourself down? Eclectic is where it’s at!

  4. I’m with ya on having multiple smaller meals throughout the day– I feel like it tames the hunger beast haha 😉 That quinoa chocolate sounds interesting! I’d love to give that a whirl one day!

  5. Aja says:

    That chocolate sounds interesting, where did you get it? I like having snacks rather than 3 big meals. I feel more fulfilled.

  6. caloricandcrazy says:

    That maple “bacon” waffle looks so delicious!
    I haven’t tried smart bacon or even morningstar’s version!

  7. I am soo much more of a snacker too… but like I said it one of my posts a while back, I do wonder how much more it makes me focus on food. Like If I just ate meals and tried to be satisfied with them, would I actually think about eating as much as I currently do? Not sure, could be something to try in time at least! Although, I don’t want to right now haha
    Mango season… ahh I am loving it too! I just made a rice with avocado and mango in it last night 🙂

  8. I’m totally a 5 small meals a day girl as well. If I try to fill up on just 3 meals I get stomach aches and then get hungry 3-4 hours later anyways. So snacks are my best friend as well 🙂
    Favorite ice-cream combo is definitely mint and chocolate as well – sooo yummy

  9. Hi Ashley,
    I recently discovered your blog, and I love it!! I actually started my own blog a week or so ago; feel free to check it out:) Oh, and I COMPLETELY agree that coconut milk ice cream is the best!! And I love mangoes too, but I agree that they are quite difficult to cut up without getting mango juice everywhere:)

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