Snack Attack! Healthy Tips from Gum Chums

Love junk food, hate junk in your trunk?

We know the feeling, and that’s why we we’re thrilled to be included in the new book Unjunk Your Junk Food!

Unjunk Junk FoodThis handy, dandy guide shows you healthier alternatives to nearly every snack you crave. Bubblegum Glee took the coveted spot as a yummy, all-natural option for chewing gum!

This past January, we asked our gum chums to tell us their favorite alternative snack food or recipe. One lucky winner received a copy of the book, plus gum samples. But all the suggestions sounded super tasty, so we wanted to share ’em with you. Next time you’re hungry for a treat, try one of these!

  • “Air popped popcorn dipped in salsa!” – Crystal M.
  • “Edamame steamed with a little bowl of kosher salt.” – Tammy W. C.
  • “Cooked oats + almond butter + fresh raspberries = PB&J sandwich. (Sort of!).” – Sarah M.
  • “Ants on a log- celery, peanut butter and raisins.” – Elizabeth S. W. * Runner-up winner!*
  • “Homemade salsa!” – Rebecca L.
  • “Frozen grapes.” – J.K. *Runner-up winner!*
  • “Chilled lychees! Naturally sweet, fragrant and refreshingly delicious!” – Deb W.
  • “I use flax seed in everything I can. I replace candy or toppings in my yogurt and yogurt ice cream with flax cereal, and replace oils and eggs in recipes with flax. It really is great! I can’t eat nuts, soy or gluten so I get a ‘nutty’ taste too that I miss so much in my treats!” – Teri I.
  • “Apples with peanut butter.” – Stefanie S.
  • “Popcorn with cinnamon and sugar.” – Jordan F.
  • “A good trail mix. I usually can buy mixed nuts on sale, then I add Ghiradelli 60% cacoa chocolate chips (secret ingredient) and dried cranberries.” – Kraig M.
  • And, from the winner, Sam W.: “I don’t know if granola bars are considered junk food, but they sure have a lot of junk in them when you buy them from the grocery store. Here is the recipe we use & love.”

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium-size mixing bowl, cream together the butter, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. (I use an electric mixer for this step.)
2. Add flour, baking soda, and oats. Stir until well-mixed. (Mixing with clean hands works great for this step.) Mixture will be a soft, fluffy, and somewhat crumbly. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Press mixture into a lightly-greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-22 minutes, until edges are just starting to brown. Remove from oven and place dish on wire rack to cool.
4. After granola bars have cooled for 10 minutes, use a smooth-bottomed measuring cup or glass to press the bars flat. (Pressing while too hot will smear chocolate everywhere!) Allow to finish cooling and then cut into 18 bars using a pizza cutter or thin sharp knife.
Store in a sealed container or bag at room temperature for up to a week or so, or freeze for later use.

Yum, huh? Eat up! And stay tuned for a new interview with the author of the Unjunk Your Junk Food, and another chance to win a copy for yourself! Coming to your favorite mascot’s blog next week…

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