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What is Your Snack Personality?

I just got off my cellphone from a phone interview for an internship. I think it went well, but does anyone else notice that they start to repeat words when they get nervous? It would be impossible to count how many times I said “so,” “or” and “in the end” during those 30 minutes. What I can share though is the advice to never schedule an interview at 7:30 in the morning. Your voice will crack and the interviewer will apologize for getting you up early (it was all said in good spirit though. I didn’t yawn or fall asleep during the interview!).

But now that is over and done with. Next Monday I have an in-person interview about 2 hours away so I’m currently figuring out how I am going to manage my last class of the day. It will all work out… in the end. Ugh. I seriously used that phrase more times in the interview than I have in my entire life. Stab me with a rod and stick my marshmallow brain over the fire, I don’t think it’s burnt enough.

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Speaking of marshmallows, do you like yours golden or black? I personally am a fan of catching mine on fire and waiting until the outside turns a deep charcoal. Yum. Over the weekend though I went to a friend’s cookout and I realized that everyone has a lot of different opinions on how marshmallows should be cooked. Very similar in all aspects of food really.

Since today is Thinking Out Loud Thursday with Amanda at Running with Spoons, I want to talk about the various food categories that people are passionate about. Perhaps passionate is the wrong word, but I think you know what I mean – everyone has that one type of food that is their favorite, that they LOVE to talk about. I believe that a person’s favorite kind of food can tell a lot about them.

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So, what I’ve devised for today is to break down these food categories and share my personality specialist opinion on what they really mean. And then, because this week I have been promoting an awesome cookbook kit (affiliate links), I am going to match your food personality up with which cookbook I think you would be most interested in. Obviously I’m going to try and sell you the kit because I think you’ll love it (and I’ll make a little money ūüėČ ), but even if you don’t buy the kit, consider purchasing one of the cookbooks individually. The whole package is a much much better deal and either way supports fellow bloggers just like you AND provides some delicious recipes in return!

First up, the categories… Muffins, Smoothies, Nut Butter, Granola, Chocolate, Crackers. Notice I didn’t include main meals. The main reason is that everyone has different opinions on what to eat for dinner. Meat, vegetarian, vegan, etc.? I just picked the options I see most frequently on blogs as snacks.

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Now, pick which category above is your favorite snack and read on to find out your snack personality!

Muffins

You want everything to be happy. If things go awry and people get upset, you are the first to jump in and try to provide comfort. You reach for muffins because they are sweet and well-rounded. In your day to day activities you don’t like having negative thoughts and try to be positive no matter the circumstance.

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Suggested Cookbook: Top 10 Muffins of 2013 by Fast Paleo Contributors

Recipes that sound amazing: Pecan Molasses Mini Muffins, Lemon Blueberry Nut Muffins, and Banana Vanilla Spice Muffins

Smoothies

You appreciate simplicity. Whether you are on the go or just wanting to take a minute to relax, you pick up a smoothie because you can get all of your nutrients in one sitting. Much like in life, you don’t like a lot of fluff and try to only commit to things where you are able to give 100%.

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Suggested Cookbook: Top 10 Smoothies of 2012 by Fast Paleo Contributors

Recipes that sound amazing: Green Frozen Lemonade, Chocolate Avocado No-Milk Shake, and Creamy Coconut Macadamia Coffee Smoothie

Chocolate

You like to indulge. Not only in the creamy blissfulness of nut butter, but you cannot go a day without your favorite activity. It doesn’t matter if it is running, baking, reading or watching your favorite show, your day is not complete without it. You believe that no matter what is going on in your life, it is important to make time to put yourself first and do what you love.

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Suggested Cookbook: 30 Minute Paleo Dessert Recipes by Louise Hendon

Recipes that sound amazing: Chocolate Coconut Fudge Cups, Chocolate Coffee Pot de Creme, and Chocolate Truffles

Granola

You like staying busy. While some people fail when life gets stressful, you thrive. Granola is perfect for batch-making and helps you to plan ahead for what you know will be a full schedule. To feel accomplished you want to be able to check everything off of your to-do list and get things done.

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Suggested Cookbook: Paleogasm by Camille Macres

Recipes that sound amazing: Banana Blueberry Breakfast Bars (like granola bars) and Pumpkin Flax Granola

Nut Butter

You enjoy down-time. Just like everyone else you like to be involved and finish your work, but you truly appreciate taking time out of your schedule to just relax and relish in a peaceful hour or two. Nut butter is the perfect snack for you because it is simple to scoop out and enjoy while taking your mind off work.

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Suggested Cookbook: Caveman Feast by George Bryant and Abel James

Recipes that sound amazing: Pumpkin Pie Espresso Hazelnut Butter, Cocoa Espresso Almond Butter, and Almond Coconut Chocolate Drops (with almond butter)

Crackers

You are a multi-tasker. Crackers are the best choice for you because you take on a lot of responsibility both at home and at work/school. You don’t always have enough time for everything you would like to do during the day, but when you do get the chance, you know what you love. In the meantime, staying involved is enough to satisfy you.

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Suggested Cookbook: The Paleo Snack Recipe Book by Suzanne Crawt

Recipes that sound amazing: Coconut Chips, Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips, and Sweet Potato Crisps with Rosemary Salt

If any of these recipes or cookbooks sound like something you would be interested, check out the Primal Life Kit page to find out more. There are more than 49 products included at a value of over $1500. But the cost to you is only $39. That’s a 95% discount. So far over 2,000 kits have been sold! There is no limit; however, the sale is only running until April 28th (Monday) so you need to jump on this deal now ūüėČ Yesterday for WIAW I posted a few recipe reviews for what have tried out so far from my personal purchase of the kit and the cookbooks inside. Pancakes and Sweet Potato Chili. Definitely worth it.

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Questions for you:

So, how did I do? Is your “snack personality” anything like your real personality?¬†

Do you think what someone eats says anything about them as a person?

What is one recipe that you would like to try from this list?

Take a look at the Primal Life Kit and tell me which product you’d be interested in! (I need some help on deciding what to read/try next ūüôā ).

Marvelous is my One Year Blogiversary Giveaway

Many of you may not know this, but this isn’t my first blog. I had another blog before Eating 4 Balance where I professed my love of peanut butter. It was pretty sweet. But… I barely posted more than once a week with WIAWs and even when I did the pictures and commentary were not very interesting for most I’m sure.

I posted mostly healthy recipes and little life updates with a small following of readers. Then I started getting stomach pains out of the blue and couldn’t figure out the cause. Most people say that the internet is not a trustworthy source of information, but really, the internet saved me.

It was through blogs that I first learned about the concepts of being gluten and lactose intolerant. I would have never even thought that food could be a contributing factor to my ever-worsening gastrointestinal issues. I would have believed my doctors when they said that I had a “sensitive” stomach and that it “wasn’t anything serious.”

I really wish my doctors could have seen me when I was walking through Wal-Mart and wasn’t sure if I could keep going down the aisle because my stomach felt like it was going to explode. I wish they could see me the past year and a half where I spend countless hours everyday reading health journals, medical studies, (and yes) food blogs looking for something to tell me what it is going on when I was going in for test after test with no answers.

So while some of you may think that I was being over dramatic when I stated that the internet saved me, I can assure that I wasn’t.

Am I better now? No, not even close really. I am still in pain every day and I can eat a total of three foods without laying awake at night with a painfully bloated stomach (or even worse, not being in bed at all but constantly running to the bathroom).

The thing is though, it’s not the wealth of information from blogs that I am most appreciative of. It’s the community. The friends I’ve made. You all.

I may not be the most consistent or interesting blogger out there. Actually, I’m positive I’m not.

I may not take award-winning photos or share ground-breaking recipes. Again, I can show you my blogroll for those who are more apt at that.

The one thing that I will say however, is that I have a love for blogging that could rival anyone. Even though I may fall behind on replying to comments or may not adequately express my thanks in my posts, I seriously don’t know what I would have done without you all.

You have listened to me as I’ve visited all of these doctors. This past Spring you gave me the courage to go out of my comfort zone and move three hours away for an internship. You have heard me complain about school, work and (of course, my stomach).

Most importantly though, you keep coming back.

Although I have already written over 500 words in this post, there are thousands more that I could say and really words can’t express how much this blogging community means to me.

Thanks for being a listening ear. An advice-giver. A friend.

You have given so much and now it’s my turn to return the favor.

In honor of my one year (and a few days) blogiversary, I am hosting a giveaway!

Since this was originally intended to be an allergy-free blog (before I got all boring and stopped eating real food), I tried to keep that in mind as I was making my purchases for this giveaway. I tried to find the most tasty products that the majority of my audience could eat. Almost all of the products I have tried myself at one point or another. Sadly I cannot eat anything of them at this point in time, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying them!

For each product (except for the edamame) I am going to give a link to both the product description as well as the allergy statements made by the manufacturing companies. There are quite a few products that literally should be able to consumed by all who enter, but please don’t just assume. If you find something in this list that you can’t eat, still enter! If you win I am happy to take out the offending product, or I can still send it to you and you can pass it on to someone else that might enjoy it.

With that out of the way, check out the six things that you can win in this giveaway, and the five ways that you can enter below.

Funky Monkey Freeze Dried Organic Apples

Top 8 Free

(product information, allergen FAQs)

Enjoy Life Foods Sunbutter Crunch Chewy Bars

Top 8 Free

(product information, allergen FAQs)

Chiquita Super Crunchy Pineapple Chips

Gluten/Wheat, Nut and Dairy-Free

(product information, allergen information)

Back to Nature Sunflower and Pumpkin Seed Granola

Contains Dairy and Soy, Processed with Wheat

(product information, allergen information on Nutrition & Ingredients tab)

Sea Snax Premium Roasted Seaweed Snack

May Contain Trace Amounts of Fish and Shellfish

(product information, allergen information on non-affiliated site)

Fresh Finds Roasted and Salted Edamame

Processed in a Facility with Peanuts and Other Nuts, Contains Soy

(bought product at Big Lots. No company website. Allergen information listed on bag)

This giveaway is available to U.S. and Canadian residents only. If you win and live in another country, I will pick another winner for the giveaway and offer you the opportunity to guest post on my blog (sorry for limiting this as some of my favorite bloggers live across the sea!).

There are five ways that you can enter to win this giveaway (leave a separate comment for each):

  1. Leave a comment about something that you have learned from reading blogs that you never would have otherwise.
  2. Follow my blog by clicking the Follow button on the right under Follow Blog by Email.
  3. Follow my blog on Bloglovin.*
  4. Follow me on Pinterest.
  5. Pin any allergy-friendly recipe on Pinterest (it doesn’t have to be mine) and leave the link in the comments.

*If you use a blog reader other than Bloglovin (like Feedly) then you can use that “follow” in place of #3.

This giveaway will last until Thursday night and I will post the randomly chosen winner Friday morning. You will have the weekend to contact me (at alleyhays at gmail dot com… again, don’t ask about the name… pet fish… long story) and if I do not hear from you by Sunday night with your full name and address then I will have to pick somebody else.

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Thank you Katie for hosting this awesome weekly party!