What frozen treats will you be biting into for springtime snacks this year? Outshine and Skinny Cow have created some #NewFavorites worth trying.
When the first buds of spring popped through out of the Earth outside my house in April, I was shocked. We were still bundling in parkas and shivering through biting winds as the daffodils appeared. When they bloomed, it still wasn’t feeling very spring-like. And even though a late season snowfall made the flowers bend to the ground, they bounced back when the sunlight and hints of warmth whispered around their petals.
Those daffodils were our Easter centerpiece. I sent the kids outside with scissors to pick bouquets for the table, which I set into a collection of vases. It seemed fitting to bring that bright reminder of the hope and renewal of spring to the table.
And that’s really what spring is, isn’t it? Renewal?
This spring in particular has been an exciting one for me. In the deep, dark, depths of winter this past year, something happened. It was a mental shift – one I’d been waiting and trying to make for too long. After years of struggling with my weight, suddenly the barriers seemed to melt away, and the pounds followed. It wasn’t easy — I had to be really creative with exercise since snow and polar vortexes conspired to make outdoor walks totally undesirable. But the hardest part was getting a handle on my eating habits.
It started with giving up foods that I notoriously eat too much of — chips, sweets and cheese. Add exercise. Drink more water. Pay attention to what I eat. And just like that 10 pounds disappeared. Then came the harder part: adding some of those things back into life. Cheese, for instance. That’s when I plateaued for two months. On one hand I was happy that I was maintaining my loss. But I want more – and as spring set in I shed another 10 pounds.
I’m not done yet. There’s still a journey to continue, which I will do as I have this year: quietly.
Still, with spring here I want to be able to enjoy our warm weather family traditions – like digging into ice cream cones on the beach and slurping popsicles on the porch.
I was recently asked to try the new SKINNY COW® Chocolate Mint Ganache Cone and OUTSHINE® Blueberry Medley bars, which are frozen treats. I said yes because I am always on the hunt for low-guilt springtime snacks that I can enjoy with the whole family. I mean, I certainly don’t want to give up our traditions.
The Outshine bars are made with a mix of fruits and veggies, which is a different — and tasty — take on frozen fruit bars. And with only 60 calories per bar for the Blueberry Medley, it’s fun without any guilt whatsoever. Gotta love that, right? I also love that my kids really loved these. That makes saying yes a whole lot easier.
As for the cones? Those are for me. I am a huge fan of anything chocolate mint so I couldn’t wait to try these and I hoped they’d be as good as they sounded. Fortunately, they were. Seriously, I have to tell you: I am totally wild for the SKINNY COW® Chocolate Mint Ganache Cone. It’s a delicious mixture of minty ice cream, chocolate ice cream, chocolate ganache and more – all in a chocolate cone. Swoooooooon.
Want to try them? They are both in stores now. I found both of these in the Novelty Ice Cream section at Wal-Mart. The Skinny Cow cones were also in a freezer endcap … so keep your eyes peeled.
Do you have any fun warm weather traditions with your family? What are they?
Disclosure: I was compensated for creating this post, but all opinions are my own. #collectivebias
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.