Angie’s Boomchickapop Review

Disclaimer: Angie’s Boomchickapop samples were sent to me free of charge and I was not compensated for my review. All opinions are my own.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved popcorn. And I’m no popcorn snob either. I love it the movies, the homemade varieties, and of course- kettle corn! When popcorn was deemed a “health food” a couple of years ago, it absolutely blew up the market with pre-popped varieties lining several shelves in grocery stores.

I was so excited.

Popcorn that tastes delicious and doesn’t require any loud popping? How ideal for a college student!

One of the first varieties I came across at our University store was Angie’s Boomchickapop.

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For the past couple of years, Boomchickapop has become a staple in my life, and is super popular amongst the students on Princeton’s campus.

When do I love to eat Boomchickapop?

  • When my friends and I are headed back to our rooms after a fun Saturday night and are looking for something to munch on while we debrief, Boomchickapop’s lightly sweet flavour is always the first item on our list.
  • When my team heads off on long bus trips, popcorn is always the first snack to be opened, and polished off before arrive at our destination. (That and chocolate covered pretzel thins!).
  • When I’ve got the late-night midterm munchies, and want something light to snack on, Boomchickapop is my go-to buddy (besides coffee!).

It’s pretty safe to say I’ve had a pretty solid relationship with Boomchickapop over my college years. So when I received four big bags of “samples” to try out, I was jumping for joy. (Not actually jumping, but there was definitely an extra pep in my step as I toted my cardboard box back to my room).

Angie’s Boomchickapop sent me four bags to try:

  • White cheddar popcorn
  • White cheddar baked ancient grain puffs
  • Sweet and salty baked ancient grain puffs
  • Sweet barbecue baked ancient grain puffs

IMG_6173I was so tempted to tear open every bag to try each flavour, but I exercised some self-control (whaaat?!) and started with just one, the white cheddar popcorn.

IMG_6178It was delicious, and is currently rivalling Lightly Sweet for my all-time favourite Boomchickapop popcorn.

What are these “Puffs”?

Along with the popcorn, Angie’s Boomchickapop also sent me 3 bags of their newest line: “Boomchickapuffs”.

 

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When I was younger, both the word “cheezies” also meant “cheese puffs”. I’ve never loved traditional cheezies, but have always had a bit of a soft spot in my heart for cheese puffs. They’re light, airy, and of course, cheesy- how could you not like them?!

Oh right, they’re basically made with chemicals.

I had no idea what the ancient grain puffs would be like, so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered them to be like my beloved childhood cheese puffs, but with real ingredients! 

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My favourite flavour was the white cheddar flavour, followed by the sweet and salty as a close second. I’ve never been a huge barbecue fan, but even so, I actually quite liked it. However, since I’m partial to cheese, I’ve got to give it my blue ribbon. That being said, I would most definitely not turn down any Boomchickapuffs that happened to land in my hand/pocket/pantry :).

Well shoot. Now I’m hungry and am craving some Boomchickapop. Is it snack time yet?!

Questions:

Have you ever tried Angie’s Boomchickapop or Boomchickapuffs?

Which flavour would you be most interested in trying?

 

 

 

Howe Cup Nationals Weekend {Friday Favourites}

Hello from Boston!

After ~5 hour drive up from Princeton, we made it safely to Boston late Thursday night. Thanks to some movies (The Town) and some work (Thesis, blog, etc), the drive went by smoothly. That being said, when we arrived, I was more than ready to climb off the bus and into my hotel bed!

And wait, I almost forgot- it’s Friday! (Just kidding, I didn’t forget). But still, this lovely last day of the week calls for a nice little recap to celebrate the beginning of the weekend: Friday Favourites! I’ve been loving a lot of things this week, which has helped balance out the little negative things that tend to arise from time to time.

Friday Favourites

  • Quest Bars

I stumbled upon Quest bars for the first time this past summer in Philadelphia at Unite Fitness. I bought one out of curiosity after one of my workouts, and was pleasantly surprised by this high-protein bar. It didn’t have a grainy texture, nor did it taste chalky like some protein bars, and I thoroughly enjoyed every last bite.

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A few of the bars I bought off Amazon

 

Sadly, Quest bars aren’t sold anywhere in Princeton (the nearest store is driving distance away), so my fascination with Quest was cut short. However, it was reignited a couple weekends ago when we were in New Haven playing Yale, as I stumbled upon a plethora of the yummy bars at Gourmet Heaven. After stocking up with several bars, I left, sad but determined to find them elsewhere. And sure enough, whatever you don’t find in the stores, you can find online- Amazon Prime to be exact!

IMG_6180So, that’s exactly what I did. I searched for a good price on a variety box, and purchased it! I’ve since been enjoying about a bar a day, sometimes as part of breakfast, other times as a snack. So far I haven’t met a flavour I didn’t like, and although I still have many more flavours to try (they have SO many flavours), I am fairly certain I will like them just as much!

  • Howe Cup: Nationals at Harvard

As I mentioned earlier on, this weekend is the women’s intercollegiate squash championships, held in Cambridge. We are seeded fourth, and will be playing Yale first round. I can’t believe that this is my fourth and final Howe Cup- it’s really gone by so fast.

IMG_6128I’m especially excited for the weekend because my parents are flying out to watch (and bringing my grandma’s cookies with them for the team!), and I will get to see all of my squash friends from other teams. It’s kind of like junior squash all over again, except in college squash you have a team to back you up, which I’ve got to say, is pretty awesome :).

Image 5I’ll make sure to write a recap post on Monday to fill you all in!

  • Boomchickapop

What would a Friday Favourites post be without at least two Foodie Favourites? Boring, and non existent- that’s what! I think I fall in love (or back in love) with a new food every week, which is great because I always have something fun to write about on Fridays!

A few days ago I received a package from the kind people at Boomchickapop, which included 4 packages of snacks! I’ve only had a chance to try one so far (the white cheddar popcorn), but am planning on getting to the others next week. I know that taste testing four bags of delicious snacks is such hard work, but I’m sure I’ll manage :).

IMG_6173Once I’ve tried all of the flavours, I’ll be posting a review, so stay tuned for that! If you haven’t tried Boomchickapop, I highly recommend that you do- it’s low in ingredients and calories, and high in taste!

  • Classes this semester

It’s my final semester at Princeton, and I may have finally mastered the art of finding the perfect classes for me. Okay, to be honest I had to take one of them (Comparative Physiology) to satisfy a requirement, but it’s turning out to be really cool! On Tuesday we learned about different skeletal systems, which relates quite a bit to my thesis, and today we went over nutrition/digestion/feeding/absorption. I’m really interested in how nutrition affects performance and our day-to-day lives, so it’s pretty neat the science behind it.

Anyway, I feel as though I could go on for ages about it, but I doubt you want to read about a class second hand that you’re never going to attend, so I’d better stop. However, at some point you will definitely be hearing about my class called “Foodways: Biocultural aspects of the human diet”, because it’s sick. (What a terrible use for the term “sick”, but you know what I mean!).

Alrighty, that’s all from me today. Time to go off and kick some Bulldog butt!

Questions;

What are you loving this week? Anything foodie?

 

What “Healthy” Means to Me

Let me preface this by filling you all in on how I came up with the idea for this post…

It all began Saturday morning…

I woke up earlier than expected, and therefore decided to stay in bed and do some blog reading/catch up on emails before heading to the library. Of course, within a few minutes of waking up, my first thoughts drifted to food, however my urge to stay in my jammies and comfortable bed trumped venturing outside to get real food. So, what did I do?

I ate my U-store snacks.

snackcollageBoomchickapop and dark chocolate bark thins. It’s the breakfast of champions, I tell ya.

Except for the fact that…it’s not. In my mind I knew that this was probably one of the least nutritious breakfasts I could be eating, so why was I doing it? As a self-proclaimed health nut, isn’t this kind of behaviour complete taboo?!

As I sat in my bed, popcorn crumbs (yes, popcorn crumbles- fun fact) sprinkled over my shirt, I felt, honestly, quite pathetic. Despite my pitiful state, I remained relatively immobile, using my long arms to reach over to my desk to pick up  my laptop without even getting out of bed. Now is that laziness to the extreme, or what?

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Okay, okay- this picture was actually taken at the airport when I was feelin’ just as lazy.

The Realization

However, it got me thinking: If I know what I’m doing is so “unhealthy”, why am I doing it? What have happened to the usual cues that motivate me to eat nutritiously, and frankly, not act like a lazy bum? Then it struck me: my body felt fine, and I didn’t feel disgusting. Somehow, downing an entire bag of popcorn and chocolate covered coconut didn’t leave me feeling sluggish or sloth-like. I was, however, cognizant of the fact that this was an unusual behaviour (even pizza for breakfast would have been a better choice), and knew that this was a one-off kind of thing.

Sometimes Your Body is Fine With Junk

There’s a reason why people swear by the 80/20 rule. It’s no fun to be constantly stressed about eating the recommended requirement of veggies every single day, measuring out your 1/2 cup servings of rice, or whatever it may be. Some days are just going to be filled with chocolate, cookies, and snacks on snacks. (Ahem ahem, this may have been my entire Friday). However, if you make sure at the end of the week that you roughly stuck to healthy foods 80% of the time, that 20% really shouldn’t pose too much of a problem. At least that’s my philosophy!

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I see some raisins in there! Does that count in my 80%? 😉

The More I Work Out, The Healthier I Will Be

I have a confession to make: I’m one of those annoying people who indulges less the more I work out.

I know that some people like to “reward” themselves with a treat after a hard workout or race. After several years of competing and training, I’ve realized that this “urge” doesn’t apply to me. Instead, I find that exercise makes my body crave nutrient dense foods, as though it knows it needs to prepare itself for the next training session. Hey, I’m not fighting this one, but I do have to acknowledge the fact that this tendency is not always appreciated by others, especially those who find sweets dangerously tempting.

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Pretty happy about some M&M’s and ice cream

All or Nothing Principle

So, you may be thinking, what happens when I don’t work out? Do I still eat as healthy as when I’m training?

To be honest, sometimes the answer is “yes”, but often times, no. Saturday morning’s popcorn/chocolate extravaganza is a perfect example. I woke up, and I was tired, sore, and wanted to stay in bed. The only form of physical activity I had on the agenda for the day was possibly a light bike to relieve soreness, followed by lots of dancing later that night. Therefore, why not have some “unhealthy” snacks?

True, I did indulge more at once than the average person. However, I didn’t feel too badly (physically and mentally) about this, because for the most part, I had made good, nutritious choices all week long. In other words, my entire week had been composed of ~80% healthy foods, which meant I could cram my 20% of junk food into one sitting. I don’t recommend doing this (I’m actually pretty surprised I didn’t feel like a sloth afterwards), but it didn’t pose any problems. In fact, it motivated me to get back on track.

Moral of the Story: What does “healthy” mean to me?

To me “healthy” means: feeling good, inside and out. 

It’s not about following the latest “health fad” that’s plastered all over the TV or the internet. To me, being healthy isn’t a direct function of how many vegetables you eat, how many hours a day you exercise, or how little dessert you eat. In my opinion, if you’re too worried about being perfectly “healthy”, you’ll only wind up stressing yourself out, and won’t be able to enjoy the beauty of rest days, cheesecake, and chocolate. And who wants to live without those?!

Image 25As far as I’m concerned, if I look good on the outside, and feel good on the inside, I’m doing something right.

So! Now that my long rant is over, tell me…

What does “healthy” mean to you? 

Whether you’re a blogger, or a “silent reader”, please feel free to comment, or to send me an email with your thoughts at squashonsquashblog@gmail.com! I’d love to hear your definitions of “healthy”, and what it means to you.