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How's your weather doing? Ours has been extremely interesting, with the emphasis on extremely. My grand-tween and I made it to church yesterday, plus did some shopping afterwards – dodging massive rain, prolonged thunder, and rooster-tail rain puddles in the street gutters all day! For this member of the always-fighting-aging Baby Boomers Generation caring for elderly parents and being a Granny Nanny, getting enough sleep is vital. Didn't happen yesterday! Between thunder and storm alerts, I was up after 5.5 hours of sleep and spent the rest of the day, I'm afraid I have to confess, a bit on the grumpy side. I kept fighting it and praying about it and dealing with it.
Then God gave me a big smile! Popping into Sam's Club for my last errand, I discovered that two of my favorite healthy snacks, which had both disappeared late last fall, were BACK! It was like a hug from God and such an encouragement. Then I came home and started visiting some of the Spiritual Sunday sites and got even more hugs and smiles and words of encouragement. I never saw a physical rainbow yesterday, but God definitely gave me several spiritual rainbows! 🙂
What were those healthy snacks, you ask? Of course I'll share them with you. 🙂
Late last summer and into early fall, I thoroughly enjoyed Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus on Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers. Hummus is very healthy for you, though a bit high in fat. The nice part, though, is that the fat is primarily olive oil which is a good fat. (Yup, I learned that from the South Beach Diet Recipes Books.) I am not a fan of plain hummus (Isn't that a tough name to spell? After "experimenting" with my spellchecker, I discovered it is NOT spelled hummis or hummos or humuus! 🙂 ). I am, however, a big fan of the flavoring of this delicious Sabra Hummus Dip. The Multi-Grain Crackers add a special tang to the flavor with their sesame and flax seeds (among other grains).
A couple of weeks ago, though, I bought some favorite crackers that also have a rather strange name – Kavli Rye Crispbread Crackers. These come in a variety of ways, including garlic, pesto, and thick. My favorite, however, is the crispy thin which disappeared from my local grocery store shelves quite a while ago. After much research, I discovered I could buy them from Amazon for the same price as the grocery store and, with my Amazon Prime Discount Membership I could get them in two days with no shipping fees! As a busy member of the Sandwich Generation dealing with the issues of caring for elderly parents, helping with the grandkids, writing, and more, I really appreciate that! And it turns out they taste delicious with my hummus as well! Woo Hoo! 🙂
My second treasure from the Sam's Club Warehouse was the Italian Rose Mango Salsa. This is a fresh gourmet tomato salsa that has a hint of sweetness from the mango. One of my daughters introduced me to it after discovering it at her Costco, and I'm so glad she did. It's delicious with Pita crackers, the Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers, or any tortilla chip. I try to stick with the baked ones to keep it a bit healthier, and when I can find the multi-grain chips, like Trader Joe's carries, I'm always thrilled. Sadly, we have no Trader Joe's near us. I am pleased to report, however, that Amazon has Garden of Eatin' Tortilla Chips with Flax Seed (I LOVE flax seed!) for a very reasonable price and they, too, are eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime Discount Membership. I'm going to give them a try!
For those of you who can't find the Sabra Red Pepper Hummus or the Italian Rose Fresh Mango Tomato Salsa, or prefer to make your own, I did find some intriguing looking recipes for you. I think I'm going to send them to a good friend, as well, before my next visit to her, with a bit of a "hint hint." 🙂 They sound really good!
Taste of Home is a favorite cooking magazine resource for both my senior mom and myself. When I saw their site was one with mango salsa recipes, I had to grab the link!
Pinch My Salt has a yummy looking recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. I'm not sure if it's the best hummus recipe out there, but it looks awfully good. And the article is really fun to read!
If you give these a try, or have your own resource or recipe, we'd love to hear about them. For the Sandwich Generation caring for elderly parents and chasing after grandchildren when playing tag, eating healthy isn't just tasty, it's downright important! Our healthy bodies can help give us the energy we need to keep up with all our family responsibilities! 🙂