Unplug. Pop. and Connect. with JOLLY TIME Pop Corn

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn. All opinions are 100% mine.

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My kids spend way too much time in front of a screen – computer, TV, tablet and Xbox. That’s why I always encourage other activities like playing outside, reading and playing cards or board games with the family.

We take walks around the neighborhood every day after dinner or go for bike rides when the weather is nice. We also really enjoy playing card games or Yahtzee. The kids love it when I pop a big batch of popcorn and we huddle around the dining room table or living room floor and play games together.

Since popcorn is low in calories and high in fiber I enjoy serving it to the kids just as much as they enjoy eating it, plus it’s a whole grain and I don’t even have to tell them! I’m also thrilled to know that JOLLY TIME Pop Corn is the only microwave and Ready-to-Eat popcorn endorsed by Weight Watchers® so I love eating it along side the kids.

Did you know that JOLLY TIME was the first ever branded popcorn? For more than 100 years the American Pop Corn Company, an independent and family-owned company, has produced and marketed JOLLY TIME Pop Corn. Because the company is family owned they are family oriented and they are inviting you to take the JOLLY TIME Pop Corn family pledge to Unplug Pop Connect.

Disconnect from technology and spend some quality time with your family. If you share your Unplug Pop Connect pledge on the JOLLY TIME website you will get a high value coupon and you could win a prize package. While you’re at it, be sure to visit JOLLY TIME Pop Corn on Facebook.

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Mix Recipe

Disclosure: The information and promotional items have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Mix

With everything going on during the holiday season – lots of extra shopping, visits from family, school parties and office luncheons, its great to have some quick and easy snack recipes on hand and I really love this festive Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Mix recipe. We made a double batch and stored the leftovers in zipper style plastic bags so we could enjoy it for a few days.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Mix

The kids had a blast helping make this holiday Chex Mix and of course we all had to taste test it just to make sure it was as good as it looks. Each kid got to help with a step of the simple recipe and they all had a hard time trying to wait for the mix to cool so we could eat some.

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Mix Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Vanilla Chex cereal
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Chex cereal
  • 2 Cups Cinnamon Chex cereal
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup flaked coconut (optional)
  • 1½ cups mini marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Measure cereal in a large microwaveable bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat butter and chocolate chips in a two cup microwaveable measuring cup on high one minute or until almost melted; stir and microwave another 30 seconds or until mixture is smooth; stir in condensed milk, heat 30 seconds or until boiling; stir in cinnamon. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated.
  3. Microwave on high about 3 minutes, stirring every minute, until mixture is glazed. Stir in coconut and marshmallows. Pour onto waxed-paper lined pan to cool.

 

Mexican Hot Chocolate Chex Mix

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Shopping for Cheap Gas and Healthy Snacks

So one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to lose six pounds before the Blissdom conference next month, but somehow since I made that resolution I’ve actually gained two pounds!  My problem is not meals so much because I plan out healthy meals in advance for the family.  My problem is with snacks!  I’m too busy to eat very much during the day so I’m usually starving by suppertime.  I’ll get full with dinner then start snacking for the rest of the evening and lose all track of calories.

I seem to gain and lose the same 6 to 8 pounds over and over and I know myself well enough to know that if I try and deprive myself of chocolate, or the occasional yummy snack, I’ll never stick to any diet.  Sooooo – this year is all about portion control!  My plan is to eat three small balanced meals (including the occasional meal bar or shake) plus a couple of snacks each day.

Now instead of starving then splurging I’m going to eat my snacks but try to select healthier options and keep a close eye on the fat, calories, and number of servings per package.  For example, I’m a big fan of Hot Fries, but I’d never really paid attention before to see that there are actually three servings in this bag!  The good news is that they were so warm it really turned out to be more like four servings, plus they’re baked not fried like my favorite potato chips so a small serving is a good substitute.

Hubby and I were out running errands the other night and we stopped in at our favorite Murphy USA gas station for some cheap gas and I wanted to check out the snack selection.  The prices were reasonable and the selection was actually pretty good considering its one of the Express locations where you pay at the window and the snacks are arranged outside leading up to the window.

I was hoping for fruit but since they don’t really have shelves I’m sure that was too much to ask.  I bought Fig Newtons instead and we split the cookies even though the package said it was one serving.  They were filling and hit the spot so I was proud of that substitute for a fatty snack.  I bought some cheddar crackers for hubby and some miniature Oreo and Nutter Butter cookies for me.  The price was great at two for $1.39 and with three servings each they’ll actually last me awhile.

They did have a good selection of fruit and vegetable juices, however I opted for the water instead.  Other choices I considered were cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.  While not necessarily health foods, I think these are much healthier choices than my previous cinnamon roll, candy bar and potato chip selections.

This experience has been part of a study with Murphy USA. All opinions are my own.