Spring Clean Your Snacking Habits…? And More Cool, Free Stuff!

May 27, 2011

So.  What is your snack food of choice?  Chips?  Candy?  Cookies?  Soda?  Doughnuts?  Chocolate?  Sugary cereals?  Cake?  Pie?

I can pretty much go for all of the above, depending on my mood and the occasion:  party, boredom, stress, elation… I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who sometimes uses food for comfort.

I have gone through points in my life when I have worked pretty hard to cut back on quantities, eat more greens, and snack healthy.  A few times I even would buy all my produce on the weekends, and painstakingly chop and package it into snack-sized containers and Ziplocs.  I would make carrot sticks (this was before the “baby carrots” rage), and carrot shreds; the former was for snacking, the latter, for salads and cooking purposes.

And then? I had Claire.

Then Kate.

And – surpise, surprise! – Amy.

I am pretty strict with my kids and snacking.  We rarely have chips in the house, unless we’ve recently had a party.  We almost never have soda in the house, and except for a couple of very special times per year, my kids are not allowed to drink soda of any kind.  We buy a sugary cereal about once every 6 – 8 weeks; our standards are Cherrios, Life, and Rice Krispies.

I always have fruit on hand, including Dole fruit cups (mandarin oranges and pears are my girls’ 2 faves), fresh bananas, and apples.  We often have dried fruit on hand, though except for raisins, my kids aren’t too crazy about the texture of dried fruit.

I’ve been known to be lazy, though.  And once in awhile I can be convinced to buy fruit snacks (where’s the fruit???) or chocolate-covered granola bars.  I do keep peanut butter crackers on hand, simply for convenience.  (I purposely have NEVER looked at the nutritional labeling!)

The thing is:  if it’s easy to grab?  We will eat it.  If you have to take a couple of steps to prepare the food for eating?  We’re gonna bypass it.  Sad, but oh-so-very true.

Sargento has come out with a great idea to help you snack healthier.  Check this out:


Sargento Fridge Packs -- Healthy Snacking Made Simple!

As you can see in the photo above, your healthy snacks can be front and center – no more rummaging around through a drawer or on a remote back shelf trying to find them.  Four flavors satisfy most any palate:  Light OR Regular String Cheese, Colby-Jack Cheese Sticks, and Mild Cheddar Cheese Sticks.  And with 18 items per box, you’ll be supplied for awhile.

Now, I happen to LOVE LOVE LOVE dairy products (remember this?).  I have yet to meet a container of sour cream, a milk-based product, or a cheese I didn’t like.  (Well, OK, I won’t eat Limberger – the smell —  or Bleu Cheese – I DO NOT eat mold!)

So, as far as I am concerned, Sargento has demonstrated Dairy Brilliance, plain and simple.  Whether you’re rushing out the door for practice or needing a little something before the next meal to tide you over, Sargento’s Fridge Packs with individually packaged cheese sticks/string cheese will fit the bill.  A stick or two of celery and a Colby jack cheese stick, and you’ve nourished your body and avoided excessive sugar and sodium.

Or how about a juicy red delicious apple and a couple of cheddar cheese sticks?

Maybe a slice of leftover turkey wrapped around a stick of individually packaged light string cheese?  Oh!  Just think how yummy this snack would be with a little cranberry sauce… or dipped in ranch dressing!

Any of these combos would work for you – and the Sargento cheese dispensers ensure that we here in abcLand are only a step or two away from a quick, healthy snack that requires no prep or and very little advanced planning.

To Help With Your Organization Efforts

$25 Gift Card to The Container Store

Now, I cannot come and re-organize your fridge for you (first and foremost because I’m pretty busy dealing w/my own!), or prepare healthy snacks for you.


I CAN give you a coupon for a free Sargento fridge pack (any flavor).

And just in case your spring cleaning has found you needed a other kinds of supplies?  I’ll throw in a $25 Gift Card to The Container Store!

How to Enter

For each of the items you do below, you’ll receive one entry into the drawing for the coupon for a free Sargento fridge pack, and a $25 Gift Card to The Container Store:

  • Leave a comment with a tasty — preferrably UNIQUE — healthy snack.  For each snack idea, leave a different comment so you get an extra entry into the drawing.
  • “Friend” my A Broken Compass page on Facebook.  Be sure to leave me a comment below telling me you did that.
  • “Friend” Sargento Cheese on Facebook.  Be sure to leave me a comment below telling me you did this.
  • Share the link  to this post on YOUR Facebook page.  This is easy-peasy:  just click on the little Facebook “like” icon that’s at the bottom of this post, right under before the comments section.  Again, sorry to be repetitive, but after you’ve accomplished this simple point-and-click action, leave a comment below to tell me you did that.
  • Follow me twitter.com/_abrokencompass. Be sure to leave me a comment telling me you did that.
  • Tweet the link to this post via YOUR Twitter account.  Be sure to leave me a comment – and your Twitter name – so I can verify you have done this.
  • For this one?  I will give you 2 entries (!!):  subscribe to emails of my posts.  This, too, is super simple — just scroll up and look for the purple and white box in the lefthand column, and enter your name and email address.  Then, be sure to leave a comment letting me know you did this.

How This Works

This drawing/contest is open as of this posting, and will finish on Friday, June 3 at 10 a.m. (Central time).  Random.org will be used to select a winner, and I will then notify that winner via email.  The winner has 48 hour to respond and provide a mailing address.  Should I receive nothing in response to the notification by the deadline, I will choose another winner and proceed as I did with the first winner.

Good luck!


Oh!  One last thing:  do you like having the opportunities to win cool free stuff here on A Broken Compass?  If so, please click the Top Mommy Blogs box below (or the button in the upper left-hand corner of the blog)!  This will help me have more fun stuff to give away to you!


I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Sargento and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.



{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erin S. June 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

Healthy snack- broil a piece of whole wheat bread with spicy mustard and a cheese slice and after broiled top it with a tomato slice.


2 Debbie Kennedy June 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

healthy snack : cheerios, raisins, dried cranberries, almonds, and sunflower seeds – kinda like a trail mix


3 Dorothy June 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

Yogurt pretzels are a good healthy snack


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6 jacqueline June 3, 2011 at 11:00 am

i think plain cut up cucumbers are a great snack for the summer! and of course watermelon! healthy and refreshing


7 jacqueline June 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

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8 Kathi June 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

We love apple slices dipped in peanut butter!


9 ashley r. June 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

frozen grapes. they taste like a real treat, but they’re just frozen grapes!


10 Rebecca Shockley June 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

slice of diet bread with a slice of tomato and a melted slice of mozzerella


11 Rebecca Shockley June 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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13 Rebecca Shockley June 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm

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16 domestic diva June 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

We like apple slices with peanut butter.


17 domestic diva June 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Banana slices with peanut butter are also great.


18 Liza June 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Don’t know how unique this is, but I find that a jar of baby food will last almost forever banging around in my briefcase and–if you choose carefully–doesn’t have anywhere near the add-ins and sugars of a lot of other grab ‘n’ go snacks.

Thanks for the chance to win!


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19 very married June 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm


i like putting cream cheese and jam on a saltine – not SUPER healthy but better than a candy bar and it satisfies the sweet tooth if you’ve got it.


20 April Grimm June 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

My healthy snack is apples with crunchy peanut butter.


21 S Carter June 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

My healthy snack is celery w/ peanut butter. Yep, not for everybody but I like it.


22 nik June 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm

One of my favorite snacks is apple slices covered with peanut butter and sprinkled with granola and flax seeds…super yummy and super healthy!


23 Crystal June 3, 2011 at 8:01 pm

i like to make Pesto with my homegrown Basil,it’s good on Whole Wheat Pasta or Toast


24 Mary LaVick June 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I love Gardetto’s Original Recipe snacks and a dry red wine…but I should probably stop before, a. I retain too much water overnight because of the salt, and b. I write something silly because of the wine. :)


25 Missy July 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

An English Muffin topped with peanut butter and sliced apples.


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