(Family Features) Work, social commitments, kids’ activities and the daily grind can take over schedules and wreak havoc on your opportunities to sit at the table for meals. As your calendar seems to fill up with meetings, family occasions and more, you might just find yourself skipping breakfast or lunch and opting for filling snacks instead.
In fact, according to the International Food Information Council’s 2022 Food and Health Survey, 75% of Americans snack at least once per day, which means 2023 could become the year of the snack. Whether it’s forgoing breakfast at home for a bite on the go or powering up with an afternoon morsel, one flavor favorite and nutritional powerhouse you can turn to is the pecan.
As pecans are used in an increasing number of snack innovations, they’re being hailed as the fastest growing nut in new snack applications, according to Information Resources Inc. They’re an ideal snack for punching up your routine with great taste, plant-based nutrition and an easy-to-pair profile.
For example, they’re poised to remix your snack mix mentality as they complement sweet, savory, spicy and buttery combinations. Ready in less than half an hour, you can add some sweetness to your workday with this Pecan Snack Mix with Cranberries and Chocolate for a fruity, nutty, chocolatey twist on traditional trail mix.
If a saltier treat is more your speed, consider this Salty Pecan Snack Mix for a grab-and-go breakfast as you head out the door or an easy way to keep hunger at bay in the afternoon. Because pecans pair with a variety of ingredients and flavors, they’re a perfect partner for this combination of rolled oats, coconut, honey, cinnamon and more.
Find more sweet and savory recipe inspiration at EatPecans.com.
Pecan Snack Mix with Cranberries and Chocolate
Recipe courtesy of Jess Larson and the American Pecan Promotion Board
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes, plus 10 minutes cooling time
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1 cup rice squares cereal (wheat or cinnamon)
- 1/2 cup pretzels
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- In large, microwave-safe bowl, add pecans, rice squares cereal and pretzels. In small, microwave-safe bowl, add butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, salt and nutmeg. Microwave butter mixture 1-2 minutes until melted then pour over dry mix. Toss well to combine.
- Microwave snack mix in 45-second intervals, about 4-5 intervals total, until mix is fragrant, golden and toasty.
- Cool mix completely then stir in cranberries and dark chocolate chips.
Salty Pecan Snack Mix
Recipe courtesy of Mallory Oniki and the American Pecan Promotion Board
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
- 2 cups rice squares cereal
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 cup oyster crackers
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In bowl, add rice squares cereal, oats and unsweetened coconut.
- In small saucepan over medium heat, add honey, coconut oil, cinnamon and salt. Stir until mixture starts to boil then pour over snack mix and stir until well combined.
- Transfer to baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes.
- In saucepan over medium heat, add butter. Stir until butter browns then add chopped pecans and oyster crackers. Turn heat to low and stir while pecans roast.
- Remove snack mix from oven and add brown butter pecan and cracker mixture; stir to combine.
REIGN Storm Announced as Official Energy Drink of the Association of Pickleball Players (APP)
One-of-a-Kind Energy Beverage to Fuel World-Class Athletes
LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — REIGN Storm, the leading zero-sugar performance energy drink, unveiled today their official partnership with the Association of Pickleball Players (APP Tour), the first and only tour officially sanctioned by USA Pickleball.
The partnership between REIGN Storm and APP is set to finalize just in time for this weekend’s Atlanta Open, held at Spalding County Pickleball Complex.
“We’re excited to welcome REIGN Storm to the APP Family as our Official Energy Drink partner,” said Ryan McSpadden, APP Chief Revenue Officer. “Pickleball is a sport that truly brings the energy, and APP Tour events showcase that energy to the fullest – making REIGN Storm the perfect partner for our tour.”
REIGN Storm is a ZERO SUGAR, low calorie energy drink designed to give those with active lifestyles a guilt-free ‘better me’ energy surge. Offered in a 12oz slim line can, REIGN Storm is packed with a plant-based energy blend that helps accelerate metabolism while providing immunity support.
“The REIGN family is incredibly excited to be partnering up with the APP Tour,” added Dan McHugh, REIGN Storm Chief Marketing Officer. “This partnership will allow for new avenues to be created in fueling the best athletes in the world. REIGN Storm is dedicated to enabling all athletes to consistently be at their best.”
About REIGN Storm
REIGN Storm contains ZERO sugar, just 10 calories, 200mg of plant-based caffeine is packed with B vitamins, Biotin and an immunity support blend containing Zinc, Vitamin A and C. Available in four amazing flavors: Valencia Orange, Kiwi Blend, Peach Nectarine, and Harvest Grape. No added preservatives, no artificially sourced flavors or colors, and no high fructose corn syrup. Harness the power of great tasting clean energy and help take the world by storm. Visit your local retailer to try one today and make sure to follow on Instagram @reignbodyfuel … REIGN Storm is available in the US, Canada, Caribbean, Brazil, Chile, UK, and a number of European countries; ingredients and flavors featured in the above description vary for countries outside of the US. Please visit www.ReignBodyFuel.com for more information
About APP Pickleball Tour
Founded in 2019, the Association of Pickleball Players (APP) serves professionals, senior professionals and amateurs in the fastest growing sport in the USA. The first and only tour officially sanctioned by USA Pickleball, the 2023 APP Tour slate has 16 announced tournament stops, in addition to International and Collegiate Series events. The APP also prides itself on developing the next generation of pickleball champions through its Next Gen Series and other youth initiatives. To stay updated on the APP, visit theapp.global and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and LinkedIn.
SOURCE Reign Storm
Elevate Your Tailgate with Easy-to-Make Recipes
Concoct a winning game plan, gather the parking lot games and call the biggest fans you know – it’s tailgating season.
(Family Features) Concoct a winning game plan, gather the parking lot games and call the biggest fans you know – it’s tailgating season. This year, before you root on your favorite team, make sure your pregame party matches the intensity of the fourth quarter with recipes that really fire up the crowd.
For a pregame meal that gives diehards the energy they’ll need to stay on their feet, turn to easy-to-prepare Kielbasa and Veggie Kebabs. This tailgate-friendly recipe relies on smoked pork sausage from Coleman Natural Foods that’s blended with flavorful spices, naturally cured with cultured celery powder and sea salt then slow-smoked for rich flavor.
If a morning kickoff at your alma mater calls for a breakfast-friendly beverage, these Chile Bacon Straws offer a perfect complement to a Bloody Mary. With a perfect touch of pizazz, they’re a simple yet impressive garnish that pairs well with other toppings like olives, pickles, peppers and more.
As a delicious way to add bursts of flavor to favorite dishes, pork from Coleman Natural Foods provides premium quality you can feel good about serving to your family and friends whether you’re tailgating in the parking lot or home-gating in your own backyard. It’s humanely raised by family farmers in the U.S. with no antibiotics, added hormones or artificial ingredients to give fans countless ways to elevate favorite game day dishes.
Visit ColemanNatural.com to find more easy-to-prepare tailgate recipes.
Kielbasa and Veggie Kebabs
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
- 4 wooden skewers
- 1 red onion
- 2 bell peppers
- 2 ears of corn, cut crosswise into 2-inch rounds
- 1 package Coleman Natural Polish Kielbasa, sliced thick
- 12 whole mushrooms
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- Soak skewers in water 30 minutes to prevent burning. Preheat grill to 300 F.
- Cut red onion, peppers and corn into bite-sized chunks.
- Alternate placing kielbasa slices, onion, peppers, corn, mushrooms and tomatoes on skewers.
- Grill, rotating every few minutes until veggies are tender, about 20 minutes.
Chile Bacon Straws
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
- 6 slices Coleman Natural Hickory Smoked Bacon
- 6 wooden skewers
- 1 teaspoon Mexican spice blend
- prepared Bloody Marys
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Wrap one bacon slice diagonally around each skewer, making sure to overlap edges of bacon so there are no gaps. Don’t wrap too tightly or it will be difficult to remove skewers; try to ensure each end of bacon ends up on same side of skewer.
- Place each wrapped skewer on wire rack set over sheet pan with end seams down. Sprinkle spice blend over each skewer.
- Bake 25-30 minutes until bacon is brown, crispy and fully cooked to give straws their shape. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Gently slide skewers out of each straw using twisting motion.
- Insert straws into Bloody Marys.
Coleman Natural Foods
Protein-Packed Snacks Hit the Pickleball Scene: Fueling Players for the Biggest Amateur Tour in the World
Chomps and World Pickleball Tour join forces to offer protein snacks and elevate the pickleball experience.
The World Pickleball Tour (WPT), the largest amateur pickleball series in the world, has announced an exciting new partnership with Chomps, the fastest-growing meat snack brand. Chomps, known for its high-quality, sustainably sourced protein snacks, will serve as the official snack partner for the WPT’s upcoming tournaments. This collaboration aims to enhance the experience of players and spectators while providing them with nutritious and delicious snack options.
Elevating the Pickleball Experience:
With a shared commitment to delivering exceptional experiences, the WPT and Chomps are dedicated to putting the needs of players and spectators first. Chomps offers a range of mouthwatering flavors made from real ingredients and without any added sugar. Their meat sticks are crafted from grass-fed and finished beef and venison, as well as antibiotic-free turkey. By providing these nutritious snacks, the partnership aims to support the energy and performance of participants throughout the WPT events.
As the official snack partner, Chomps will bring a multitude of offerings to the WPT tournaments. These include sampling sessions, giveaways, on-site activations, and various branded experiences. Moreover, Chomps will be the official golden ticket sponsor, with gold medalists proudly displaying the golden ticket at the medal podium during each division of the tournament. This collaboration promises to add an extra layer of excitement and engagement to the already thrilling world of pickleball.
Enthusiasm from Both Parties:
Corey Poches, head of partnerships for the WPT, expresses his excitement about the unique collaboration, confident that it will benefit both Chomps and the players. Meanwhile, Chomps CEO & Co-Founder, Pete Maldonado, emphasizes the brand’s mission to provide clean protein that consumers can trust. Partnering with the WPT allows Chomps to fulfill its purpose by giving players the energy they need to compete at their best.
About the World Pickleball Tour:
The WPT is renowned for its player-centric approach, constantly striving to elevate the pickleball experience. As the world’s largest amateur pickleball series, the WPT organizes events across the country, offering opportunities for players to showcase their skills. Additionally, the WPT provides camps, clinics, luxury sports tourism options, and charity activations, further fostering player communities and enhancing user experiences. https://www.wptevents.com/
Chomps is the fastest-growing natural meat snack brand, recognized in both the Natural and Conventional retail channels. Their products are crafted from sustainably sourced proteins, ensuring the highest quality. Chomps meat sticks are free from added sugar, soy, dairy, artificial preservatives or colors, MSG, fillers, binders, or artificial nitrates or nitrites. The brand holds certifications such as Whole30 Approved, Certified Gluten-Free, Certified Paleo, Keto Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Allergy-Friendly. https://chomps.com/
The partnership between the World Pickleball Tour and Chomps marks an exciting moment for the pickleball community. With Chomps as the official snack partner, players and spectators can enjoy nutritious and flavorful protein snacks throughout the tournaments. This collaboration not only enhances the overall pickleball experience but also aligns with the shared values of both organizations – to prioritize the well-being and satisfaction of their audience.
SOURCE World Pickleball Tour
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