Moon Cheese For Summer Snacking (YUM)

This post has been sponsored by Moon Cheese in collaboration with Blog Meets Brand.

We love Moon Cheese for summer! #MoonCheese #SummerSnackingwithMoonCheese #LoveCheesetotheMoonandBack #SummerSnacking #SummerTravel #Snacking #HealthySnacks

Surely by now, you’ve heard of Moon Cheese™, right? I remember the first time I saw it at Starbucks.

I was initially curious, or more like intrigued, because I never turn down the chance to try a new cheese product. (and chocolate too) Especially when it’s a delicious yet healthful snack that is high in protein, low in carbs, all natural, gluten free, and is a great source of calcium. It’s the “Cheese that crunches” and boy, I love that crunch. There’s only 1 ingredient!

And yes, you guessed right if you think that cheese is that one ingredient.

I am an enthusiastic snacker. It’s in my nature and it’s how I operate best. During my hungriest days – a major growth spurt in high school – I had to snack every couple of hours. During my busy days now, it’s honestly about the same. Especially with work and travel, we have to rely on GOOD snacks! Now you’re probably wondering about me giving you snack tips, right?

Right. I’m a professional snacker! I have credentials! Not really, but what I am is a busy and fairly fit working mother of two, who favors better-for-you snacking. When I worked in an office job, many moons ago, the vending machine options were deplorable. I didn’t yet care because I was younger and fairly convinced of my own invincibility, but something about turning 30 or turning into a parent changed that for me. It’s all about various flavors and better options during my snack breaks.

Let’s talk more about Moon Cheese, because it’s the perfect choice for road trips, beach bags, plane snacks, car rides, and lunch boxes. Since it’s non-perishable and portable, Moon Cheese has you covered whether you’re hiking, swimming, driving, flying, boating, riding, or just taking a day for yourself at home. There are three varieties: Cheddar, Gouda, and Pepper Jack. I really like all, but Pepper Jack is my favorite. It has that little kick and with that extra crunch, it’s like when I was a kid and cheese balls were my favorite food. My childhood dreams have come to fruition because Moon Cheese is just like cheese balls, but with 100% natural, delicious cheese. It is ketogenic, low-carb diet friendly, and protein-packed.

For a bit more about nutrition, each variety of Moon Cheese has 70 calories and 4-5 grams of protein per serving, making it perfect for snacking on-the-go or topping your favorite salad. I also like to make a well-balanced, healthy snack by pairing it with fresh or dried fruit, as well as nuts. Moon Cheese is also vegetarian – made with 100% bacterial enzymes.

Moon Cheese is THE go-to snack – so convenient with no refrigeration required, and contains nothing but 100% cheese. They Crunchify™ 100% natural, delicious cheese into the tastiest snack possible that is packed with all the goodness of cheese, while being a perfect on-the-go healthy snack. High in protein, low-carb, all natural, gluten free, and a source of calcium!

Moon Cheese sells for $3.99-$4.00 a pack and is available at select Target, Whole Foods, CVS, Starbucks, Wegman’s, Weis, and REI stores. You can find it in Cheddar, Gouda and Pepper Jack flavors. And remember – no refrigeration required!

Where would you take your Moon Cheese?

We love Moon Cheese for summer! #MoonCheese #SummerSnackingwithMoonCheese #LoveCheesetotheMoonandBack #SummerSnacking #SummerTravel #Snacking #HealthySnacks

Mindful Eating Made Easy: Why Happy Chickens Matter

Thank you Perdue for sponsoring this post.

Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

One of the coolest parts of parenting is being able to help my kids care about the foods they choose.

And of course, that helps me to do the same, and together we choose brands that care. We love that Perdue® is truly working to be more forward-thinking in raising chickens for food. They are doing this by creating a set of best practices that we can feel good about! On July 11th and 12th, 2018, Perdue Foods hosted its 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit in Salisbury, MD. This summit brought together animal care experts and advocates, customers, farmers, and Perdue leadership to have an open and transparent dialogue about advancements in animal care.

Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

Perdue welcomes consumers to review its progress in animal care, as well as its plans going forward. In 2016, they launched an industry-first plan to accelerate and better communicate its progress in animal care. It was titled, “2016 and Beyond: Next Generation of Perdue Commitment to Animal Care”. Perdue’s revolutionary plan moved beyond the welfare measurements most commonly used in the U.S. poultry business – those associated with productivity – and started to consider what chickens want. This is a four-part plan that encompasses not only the animals, but the people who care for and handle them, and the stakeholders who have an interest. The plan’s parts include:

Part 1: Our Chickens’ Needs and Wants

Part 2: Farmer Relationships

Part 3: Openness, Transparency and Trust

Part 4: A Journey of Continuous Improvement

Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

Also, Perdue charts its animal care progress against a globally accepted standard for animal husbandry, called “The Five Freedoms.” Here they are:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst

  2. Freedom from discomfort

  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease

  4. Freedom to express normal behaviors

  5. Freedom from fear and distress

Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

As you know, we raise chickens but only for eggs. That said, we’re well aware of the work that goes into their well-being and care. It matters for the eggs on your plate, and just as much, if not more, for the meat on your plate.

As we move towards more mindful eating practices, we know that it starts with the brands you choose. Do their values align with yours? If not, say something! And if so, that’s awesome. This is the start of thinking about where the food you eat comes from, and how it can better your life. I love that we’re having these discussions and I hope it spreads.

Perdue Farms 3rd Annual Animal Care Summit

Do you practice mindful eating too?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.