Sharing Snacks to Lose Weight AND the winner of “Jesse Bryant’s” Raspberry Almonds!

So, I have a cherished friend named, Jeannette. (You may or may not have seen her photo on Facebook so here she is).  As you can see, Jeannette is way skinny and gorgeous, right.  I, on the other hand, struggle with the old “w” word (weight).  Now, a couple of years ago I began to notice something…every time I was over at Jeannette’s house and the evening rolled around to find us both sitting at her kitchen table chatting (one of my favorite pastimes, by the way), Jeannette always, always says, “Hey…do you want some candy?”  Not wanting to be rude, of course, I always say, “Sure!”  Each and every time this happens, Jeannette the proceeds to pull a giant bag of candy out of her cupboard (usually one of those mixed candy bags that has like mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, bite-sized Snickers, etc. in it).  She then tears the giant bag of candy open, plops it down in the center of the table, sits down across from me and we each choose a piece.

Now here’s where it gets interesting.  Jeannette will eat her one bite-sized snickers or her one mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, then as we sit at the table for several hour, she’ll watch me eat piece after piece and never, ever eat another one herself!  One night a few years ago, I realized something about this little routine.  It was like a light went on in my dark brain!  I think watching me eat candy satisfies Jeannette’s need to eat it somehow.

Upon the sudden realization of this I exclaimed, “Hey!  I know what you’re doing!  You get your jollies out of watching ME eat the candy and get fatter…that way YOU don’t eat it and gain any weight!”

Jeannette laughed and denied everything.  But here’s the deal…I think she really does do that…only it’s subconscious and not intentional.  I’m serious!  She would never sabotage me that way…but I do think she gets some weird sort of satisfaction out of watching me eat candy that helps her not to eat it.  So guess what?  I tried it myself!

The other night when Kevin’s parents, sister, niece, nephew and brother were over…as it started to get late and Kevin and I hadn’t had dinner yet…I started to get really really snacky feeling.  BUT I am trying to eat better and cut out things like super cheesy Twirly Cheetos, peanut butter and milk chocolate chips, BBQ Pringles, etc.  So here’s what I did…as part of my ‘eating better’ goal, I’ve gut out cheeses.  So I had all this delicious deli cheese in my fridge that I thought I should maybe give to my mother-in-law and father-in-law to take home and use.

Well, when I got the cheese out of the fridge, I noticed everyone wanted to taste the different kinds.  There was a package of pepperjack, some provolone and some white cheddar with horseradish (mmmm!).  But when everyone started sampling cheeses…well guess what…I sort of felt satisfied by their enjoyment of it and wasn’t as tempted as I had been when I was simply thinking about snacking.

I then went to the fridge and pulled out a new back of “Jesse Bryant’s” Raspberry Almonds.  I wanted my sister-in-law to try them and then found out that my nephew is a nut fan as well, so I opened the bag and watched as everybody went crazy over the raspberry almonds!  It helped!  I’m not kidding!  Watching everyone enjoy some of my favorite snacks really did give me some much needed satisfaction where the munching problem was concerned!  It’s a miracle!

Furthermore, I find that I can enjoy baking again!  All I do is bake a big old batch of cookies, brownies, etc. and then give them to my kids or take them to people as a random “cheer up” thingy!  It’s amazing!  Can you believe it?

Well, there is still one problem…and that is that all day long I’ve been thinking about nothing but my favorite store-bought cookies!  Mmmmm!  Here they are in order of favoritism:

1.  Keeblers’ Fudge Stripe Cookies (I’m salivating over here!)
2.  Nabisco’s Traditional Chips Ahoy (Aye Yi Yi!)
3.  Keebler’s Sandies Pecan Shortbread (OUCH!!)
4.  Nabicso’s Nutter Butter Bites (Gulp!  Delicious!)
5.  Nabisco’s Double Stuff Oreos (Help Me!  I’m Melting!)

AND…a couple of rather seasonal favorites are:

6.  Royal Dansk Danish Butter Cookies (Hallelujah!)
7.  Girl Scout Thin Mints (Naturally!)

So, now that I’ve already explained my theory of enjoying junk food through feeding it to others, today’s ridiculously Marcia-style contest is this…leave a comment (or email me) listing your favorite store-bought cookies and you’ll automatically be entered to win a care package stuffed with as many kinds of MY favorite store-bought cookies as I can find this time of year!  (I’m really only worried about the Girl Scout Thin Mints.)!  Okay?  Yep!  An entire box of cookies to share with others or sit down and eat yourself sick on!  What do you say?  I would LOVE to get a box of cookies in the mail!  It’s so…sort of something your grandma or favorite auntie would do back in the day, right?

Now, there’s one other item to address today…the winner of Jesse Bryant’s Raspberry Almonds!  I just picked a random entry and it is….Debbie Budge!  E-mail your address to me at, Debbie and I’ll get your almonds in the mail!  I LOVE edible contest prized!  Bwah ha ha ha ha!


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27 Responses to Sharing Snacks to Lose Weight AND the winner of “Jesse Bryant’s” Raspberry Almonds!

  1. Nikki says:

    Lorna Doones are pretty darn fabuloso!

  2. Nikki says:

    We say, “Top o’ the Lorna to ya!”

  3. I would have to say nutter butters.They’re so yummy!

  4. Dawn Jensen says:

    Pepperidge Farms Milano Cookies!

  5. Stacey says:

    Oh my!! Cookies! My favorites were Keebler Chocolate peanut butter filled cookies, and at Christmas, they have Merry Mint ones that are to die for! Oh, and girls scout ones…..One good thing now with being diagnosed with Celiac disease, is I CAN’T eat them, so it makes it easier to tell myself no! Love this post, so fun!

  6. Debbie Budge says:

    Yeah!!! I can’t believe I won those Raspberry Almonds! Thank you so much. I’ve wanted to try them ever since I first read Take a Walk with Me!!

  7. Crystal J. says:

    I have a hard time resisting the Danish Butter Cookies that you can buy this time of year! I love them!

  8. Becca O. says:

    Ooooh- yum! The Keebler Fudge Striped Cookies. They are perfect for making s’mores- already have the built in chocolate and way tastier than graham crackers! 🙂

  9. Jaime Comer says:

    Do you have a recipe of the Jesse Bryant Raspberry Almonds???

  10. Brooke says:

    Oh, mint filled oreos are divine. But I do love fudge stripe cookies. And Samoas and thin mints. Who am I kidding, I am not a cookie snob! If it tastes good, you can pretty much guarantee I will eat it.

  11. Heather says:

    Double stuffed oreos. Oftentimes I eat just the frosting and throw the cookie pieces away. In my mind, I’m saving calories by doing that, right?

  12. Chelsea B. says:

    If I had to watch people eat my favorite snacks while I didn’t…. I would go NUTS! You have WAY more willpower then me, girly! 🙂 Hmmmm…. You listed a lot of my favorites! But have you tried Wedding Cookies? Oh, my gosh! YUM! They are small and white and come in a pink box…. If you have a splurge-y day– TRY THEM! 🙂

  13. Megan E says:

    Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the iced animal cookies … not the Mother’s brand, the kind of cinnamon-y animal cookies with the pink icing on them. Although, they are getting harder and harder to find now-a-days. 🙂

  14. Marie V says:

    Pepperidge Farm Cookies! Milano! And they have a Milano with a rasberry layer in it. It’s the first time I saw it and when I tried it, it was divine! By the way, I plan on sharing these and try your theory out if I win! 🙂

  15. Jan Verhoeff says:

    Sandies does it for me… A big ole up of hot tea and I can whittle my way through a whole bag of them. Does my heart good to watch someone else eat them now days though.

    Then there are those Milanos… Oh yum… I’m not sure I’ll share those! LOL

  16. Mary Jones says:

    I love Nutter Butters.They are soooooo good. By the way one of my more healthy snacks to lose weight is almonds and carrots. You put the almonds in a baggy with some baby carrots.Let them sit in the frige over night. It makes the almonds a little softer and together they are very good.

  17. Emily says:

    Peanut Butter Oreos!
    I’m going to have to try the sharing idea.

  18. Emily says:

    Peanut Butter Oreos!

    I’m going to have to try the sharing idea.

  19. Lisa J says:

    I’ll eat anything with chocolate in or on it! The more the better. Add peanut butter or caramel and I’m hooked!

  20. Tacia says:

    Samoas!!!!! My mother LOVES coconut and caramel and I guess it just rubbed off on me 🙂

  21. Laura K. says:

    Most definitely the Samoa Girl Scout cookies…. hands down the best cookie EVER! And I don’t share…

  22. Karen says:

    I didn’t think anyone would say Lorna Doones! They’re my favorite too! I’d never heard of them until I started having kids. The hospital where I give birth gives you them in little 4 packs to snack on after you’ve had your baby. I was instantly hooked! Now I almost have a baby just to get my Lorna Doone fix! Haha! Not really, but almost! 😉

  23. Heather Duke says:

    Oreo’s are my downfall!!:)

  24. Lindsey Olmstead says:

    I really love Keeblers E. L Fudge’s stuffed cookies. Those just remind me of the good old days of going to my grandmas house as a little girl. I also really love oreos and the fudge striped cookies also. Yum.

  25. Megan says:

    There are so many yummy ones! Today I will say my favorite is Nutter Butter.

  26. Shannon says:

    I love this blog and wish I had seen it earlier! My favorite store bought cookies are grandma’s Taffy cookies and Biscoff (lotus brand) cookies or we also call them airplane cookies, which is where I first fell in love with them on a flight to somewhere. (too bad the airlines are too cheap to give you a cookie anymore!! What is wrong with this country?) Also Anna’s Ginger thins are to die for especially when made into a homemade ice cream sandwich with vanilla bean ice cream. I think walmart is calling me……..

  27. Re Emmons says:

    Agreed ! Sharing with others is much more enjoyable ! Myself, and my spouse as well as our one son, we always fight the big “W” problem. We do NOT keep soda’s of any variety, whether zero of not (we aren’t diabetic, so why) in our home. It has probably been 2 years ++ since I last had a coca cola, and dont plan on breaking that record. Our favorite treats absolutely are Doritos, Double-Stuff Oreos (we luv’d loved Hydrox, the makers of Oreo’s bought out the rights? Do you know?), and Ritz Crackers, definitely!
    re** emmons from GdReads

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