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I know, you're probably like "Christine, Mom-Time Snacking Made Easy, what the heck are you talking about?" Stay with me and I'll explain.
Recently, I've been rationally explaining in some of my blog posts how I don't really eat what I want to eat throughout the day. I'm so spent on giving everyone else what they want, I just fold and eat what they are eating. For instance, a typical morning for us at breakfast time is bacon and eggs for one kid and oatmeal for another, and by the time I think of myself and making a third option, well, I just pick at whichever has the most leftovers. Gross, I know, but this is real life. Don't judge.
Lunchtime rolls around. Same ordeal, except only with one kid.
My youngest, Nora, is 5. She goes to preschool 3 days a week, from 9:30-12. Wow, 2 ½ hours to yourself, is probably what you're thinking.
Well, you are wrong!
Let me explain.
Her preschool is about 25 minutes away, so subtract about an hour for commute back and forth. Then, picture this, I come in, wash all the breakfast dishes, pick their pajamas up off the floor (why don't they ever make it into a hamper???). I then pick the endless buildup of toothpaste off the sink, make beds, and throw in a load of laundry.
Phew, good, done.
Now it's time for me. Yippee!
Oh, wait, I've only got about 15-20 minutes before I have to head back out to get my little precious princess. Holy heck, right? What happened to that massive 2 ½ hours?
Kids, that's what!
So here's where I'm going to tell you a little secret. I've turned that 15-20 minutes into a pretty darn good "Mom-Time".
I know, you are dying to know how, right?
Here it is: Philadelphia Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese Dip.
I plop myself on my reclining couch (one of our better investments). I kick off my shoes, turn on whatever mindless reality show I'm into (I don't dare admit to you what kind of garbage I watch), sip my coffee and open a nifty package of Philadelphia Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese Dip.
You know what I like most about this little private snack time?
It's mine, all mine.
The packages are portioned for one, so I don't have to portion anything out. I just open, dip and eat.
Where do you find such a tasty but convenient snack, you want to know, right?
Um, pretty much wherever. Yup, there is no secret, I first spotted them during my regular food shopping trip, right there in the refrigerated dairy section.
So, now even if I only have a few minutes to myself, I can make the most of it, with a snack all of my own.
There are four varieties of dips available; all containing multigrain bagel chips: Strawberry, Chive & Onion, Garden Vegetable and Brown Sugar & Cinnamon. So far, I've tried both the Chive & Onion and the Strawberry.
I'm always a bit nervous to try dips or spreads with "fruit" flavor because usually that is exactly what it is, artificial fruit flavor. After I read that the Philadelphia Cream Cheese dips are made with no artificial flavors and actually are made with real fruits and veggies, fresh milk and real cream, I knew I had to try them. I'm so glad I read that label and didn't just pass it by.
These snackers are so easy to enjoy that this week, I took a package along to my daughter's gymnastics. While she was tumbling away, I sat in my spot, watching her through the window, enjoying my Philadelphia Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese Dip and for once, I wasn't embarrassed by my loud grumbling stomach in the silent viewing room.
Just a note, if you are taking them on-the-go, like I did for gymnastics, you should pack it up in a cool lunchbox, as they do require refrigeration.
You know what I can't wait for? The warm weather, so I can skip the TV and couch and trade them in for poolside, feet in the pool, sun beaming down, snacking on Philadelphia Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese Dip. A girl can dream.
I've shared my Mom Time Snacking Made Easy tip with you, so now I leave you with just these two questions:
- What kind of "snacking made easy" or "mom time" tips do you have to share?
- Which variety of Philadelphia Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese Dip are you most excited to try?
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