Popchips’ nutter puffs x Art of Elysium: Spreading holiday cheer!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of popchips. All opinions are my own.

Raise your hand if you’re a popchips fan (*flails hands all over the place*). For some time, I’ve been a huge fan of these healthy snacks. Hold on to your seats, they’ve gone nuts!

For peanut butter enthusiasts far and wide, popchips has taken everything you love about peanut butter and packed it into one perfectly snackable puff: nutter puffs! Peanut butter nutter puffs are a symphony of salty-sweet memories born from a shared love of this popular spread, made with real ingredients. Flavors include plain ol’ peanut butter and peanut butter & chocolate – which I can totally get behind!

In the spirit of the holidays, popchips nutter puffs are styling limited-edition packaging available at select retailers. This cheerful look is in partnership with The Art of Elysium, an artist organization built on the idea that through service, art becomes a catalyst for social change.

What’s in it for you? A Spread the Cheer sweeps where popchips nutter puffs are giving away $1,000 to five winners to use toward holiday shopping, and they’ll donate an extra $1,000 to The Art of Elysium on behalf of each winner. To enter, visit www.nutterpuffs.com.

This crave-worthy snack is doing their part to spread the giving spirit this holiday season, how will you?

To learn more follow @nutterpuffs on Instagram.

The Holiday Soirée Solution: Chick-fil-A Catering

‘Tis the season… to start thinking and planning for the holidays!

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To discover some of the best must-haves for the upcoming season of cheer, I attended Babbleboxx’s Holiday Showcase last week. From accessories to seasonal sips, there were a ton of brands showing why they’d make the perfect addition to an upcoming soiree or friends’ gift bags.

There was one brand I was particularly excited to see, and you won’t be surprised by it. Upon walking into the event, I was excited to chase a familiar scent of one of my favorite restaurants: Chick-fil-A! A tower of Chick-n-Minis, a delicious sampler of their side dishes, and refreshing iced tea brought so much joy to that night.

Now, imagine recreating that same feeling for your guests this holiday season. That’s what Chick-fil-A was there to convince us of. And convince me they did. Their catering menu is both delicious and an easy way to make an impression at home during a holiday get-together. Snag a tray of nuggets for fanatics of the original, grilled chicken cool wraps or fruit trays for those looking for something light, and don’t forget delicious dessert like their melt in your mouth chocolate chunk cookies.

Ordering your catering online or on the Chick-fil-A mobile app is quick and easy. But, if you’re craving a fix during your planning session, there are currently six (!!) Chick-fil-A restaurants in New York City, including four in Manhattan, one in Queens, and one in Staten Island Mall.

So, what are you waiting for? Start making a list of invitees and menu selections for your next soiree. You’ll have zero regrets!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of Chick-fil-A, but all opinions are my own.







Juicing: A Beginner’s Guide

If you live life on the go, it gets difficult to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet. A great way to sip your nutrients while you run out the door is with a bottle full of nature’s gifts through juicing.

Time and time, we hear about the benefits of juicing and juice cleanses while the likelihood of investing in a juicer or program is ridiculously small. An apple a day might not keep the doctor away, but eating two whole fruits and three to four veggies a day will help keep your immune system in line and leave you energized throughout the day. An easy way to achieve this is through sips of a freshly made juice.

What is juicing, really? Separating juice from its fruit or veggie parent provides a way to access digestive enzymes and other important nutrients that are typically locked away behind the fiber. Commercial juices are often processed and lacking the nutritional benefits, while making your own – or getting it from a fresh source – gives you a dreamy concoction packed with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

Where art thou juice? The most convenient way for beginners is taste-testing your local fresh foods stores, juice shops and other healthy digs. In Miami, I swear by my local jugofresh at least once a week. If you’ve got the funds and time to dig deeper, you should definitely invest in your own juicer. The process of getting your own will feel a little like buying a car but it’s well worth the research.

Masticating vs. Centrifugal Juicers

If you’re taking the plunge toward making your own fresh sips at home, you’ll be wondering what you need to buy. Juice expert and best-selling author, Cherie Calbom, says “getting a juicer that is easy to use and clean is the best way to get started.” The less work on your part, the more time you have to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Centrifugal juicers are some of the most common and less expensive of the two. They extract juice by spinning pulp around in a chamber while being pushed through a mesh that separates the juice from the rest of the fruit. These are quick and perfect for beginners looking to start with basics and those using less leafy greens. The downside? The increased speeds will break up the nutrients faster, meaning you’re getting fewer goods in your cup than a Masticating counterpart.

WWW.OMEGAJUICERS.COM

WWW.OMEGAJUICERS.COM

A Masticating juicer, sometimes labeled a cold-press juicer, is the more expensive of the two but trumps in quality. The system works by “chewing” the fruits and veggies to separate the juice from the core. The Omega Vertical Slow Juicer is an example of a system that brings produce to life by creating juice that’s full of flavor and more nutrients. This one rotates at 43 revolutions per minute (RPM), one of the slowest you’ll be able to find. This slow rotation keeps nutrients more intact and leaves room for a seamless rinse and repeat.

Don’t forget the fiber! When you juice, the machines are removing the skins and other pulp material full of healthy fibers that you’ll also need in your diet. You can opt to drop in some pulp into your juice or use it in another cooking recipe to keep your body fortified.

Calbom also mentions that the top health benefits to juicing include “an improved immune system, better and happier moods, clearer thinking through better cognition, recall and memory, healthier looking skin, better sleep cycles and lots of more energy.” She says, “One of the first things people are usually surprised by is how much energy they have!”

What do you say, are you going to give juicing a spin?

United States of Food: America’s Most Popular Tastes Identified

It’s finally Summer in Miami — although I’d like to argue that summer really started at some point in February.

With school being on hold, college grads traveling home for a “gap year,” and the lucky few enjoying the glory of Summer Friday, we finally have more time to enjoy the luxury of our very own backyard. Try new foods, try new gyms, shop somewhere different, walk to a park, take a local road trip and explore what your city’s made of.

Oh, you heard me say food and tuned out after that, right? Lucky for you, readers far and wide, Foursquare just shared their interactive Unique Taste Map of the U.S. analyzing data and consolidating it into a graph that you – and that guy from your hometown still trying to become a rap star – will understand.

What does “unique taste” actually mean? Every state is bound by its culture and culinary influences. Most states have popular dishes that others won’t care about elsewhere, or don’t have access to elsewhere (ask Wyoming how often they serve “catch of the day”). So, ladies, gentlemen and foodies, click and indulge in America’s Most Popular Tastes.

Wait, there’s more — you know there’s always more. The interactive map helps guide you to the most popular restaurants (by check-in activity) to find these so-called unique foods.

Florida‘s staple is Conch Fritters and here’s what “survey says…”:

Alabama Jack’s, Key Largo, FL

COURTESY OF ALABAMA JACKS

COURTESY OF ALABAMA JACKS

“PULL YOUR BOAT UP AND TAKE A SEAT. THIS IS A KEYS TRADITION.” – RYAN

BO’s Fish Wagon, Key West, FL

COURTESY OF FLICKR

COURTESY OF FLICKR

“LOOKS LIKE A HOLE IN THE WALL. BUT VERY GOOD SEAFOOD, NO MATTER WHAT YOU ORDER. CONCH FRITTERS ARE THE BEST. WE COME HERE EVERY TIME WE’RE IN KEY WEST.” – MICHAEL

Scotty’s Landing, Miami, FL

COURTESY OF MIAMI EVERYDAY PHOTO

COURTESY OF MIAMI EVERYDAY PHOTO

“GET A PITCHER AND ORDER THE CONCH FRITTERS. DELISH.” – KRISTIN

Conch Shack, Key West, FL

COURTESY OF JET SET SARAH

COURTESY OF JET SET SARAH

“CHEAP PBR TALL BOYS AND AWESOME CONCH FRITTERS… WHAT MORE COULD ONE ASK FOR?” – DWAIN

Hogfish Bar & Grill, Stock Island, FL

COURTESY OF KEYSTV

COURTESY OF KEYSTV

“THE FOOD HERE IS AMAZEBALLS! AWESOME BURGER, AWESOME COCONUT SHRIMP, AWESOME LOBSTER BISQUE, AWESOME CONCH FRITTERS!” – JOHN

What’s the verdict? Yay or nay to these recommended Conch Fritter havens?

What are some of your unique tastes of Florida? Let’s chat below!