Favorites and Super Bowl snacking with Whole Foods Market 365

Hi, my friends! A great big Happy Friday to you! So here we are into the second month of the year already, my goodness. Do you have any big plans for the Super Bowl? We’re having a couple of friends over, and I’ll talk more about Super Bowl food in a bit.

So what’s been going on this week? Other than the fact that this was another three-blog-post week, things have been going okay with the A Lady Goes West fam. We tried a few new things to help Brady sleep better at night, including purchasing the $40 Magic Merlin sleep suit, and that didn’t go over well. We had him out of it before midnight on the first night and before 11 p.m on the second night. He wasn’t a fan. Send help! And people swear by this suit, but clearly, Brady is in the minority.

We also had Brady’s 4-month doctor’s appointment on Wednesday and found out he now weighs 15 pounds and 10 ounces, which means he is way more than double his birth weight. I mean, look at this cutie during his appointment …

Dave and 4-month Brady at doctor by A Lady Goes West

4-month Brady at doctor by A Lady Goes West

Sweet 4-month Brady check-up by A Lady Goes West

Such a soft little man …

In other news, my workouts were pretty good this week too, usually 30 minutes of something, followed by a 30-minute walk, and that’s pretty much the report!

This weekend, we’ll be laying low tonight, I’m teaching Bootybarre on Saturday morning, and we’ve got some friends coming over on Sunday. Now, let’s hop into the favorites ….

Easy Super Bowl snacking with Whole Foods Market 365

This portion of the post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market 365 and Whole Foods Market Northern California. Thanks for supporting our sponsors, and I’m super excited about this one!

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to check out the new Whole Foods Market 365 store in Concord. What is a 365 store? Well, it’s not a Whole Foods Market, but is a more affordable and convenient option, with products that cost less, but still have the same great quality as Whole Foods Market. There are a lot of ready-to-eat foods, tons of products from the 365 brand, organic produce, etc..

You’ll notice when you’re inside a Whole Foods Market 365 that there are deals for loyalty members, flash sales and all sorts of promotions to save you some cash. Love that! Well, the newest location just opened in Concord, and there are stores coming soon to Oakland and San Francisco. You can also find locations on the East Coast, Southern California and Texas with more coming soon, so check the store locator here.

That being said, I browsed my local Whole Foods Market 365 to look for some healthy and affordable Super Bowl snacks, and here’s what I came up with … (And yes, these are ready to eat, because Brady does not like mommy spending too much time in the kitchen these days.)

Pita chips + hummus + baby carrots

Is it just me or could you eat hummus by the spoonful? Whenever I have a party, I like to put hummus out, and I typically like the plain or roasted red pepper variety. I picked up a bag of 365 Ancient Grains and Flax Pita Chips ($2.39), 365 Roasted Red Pepper Hummus ($2.99) and a small bag of 365 Organic Petite Carrots ($1.50) to go together — because it just feels healthier when you have a veggie dipper as an option, even if you don’t use it. Am I right? (Baby carrots are un-pictured today.)

Ancient Grain pita chips and hummus by Whole Foods Market 365 - Super Bowl snack - by A Lady Goes West

The pita chips are vegan and made with quinoa, millet and sorghum, but our party guests won’t need to know that. 

Sweet plantain chips

Something about plantain chips makes me feel like I’m on vacation. I happen to love all things plantains and never buy them, so when it came to planning my Super Bowl snacking, I had to fit these in. They are from the Terra line ($3.49).

Terra chips from Whole Foods Market 365 by A Lady Goes West

These babies are made with coconut oil, are non-GMO and gluten free too. But all I care about is the sweet taste and crunch.

Tortilla chips + spicy guacamole + green salsa

Colored tortilla chips are my jam! I know they don’t always taste that much different than the standard yellow ones, but I gravitate toward colored chips. I picked up a bag of 365 Lightly Salted Blue Corn Tortilla Chips ($2.69) to go with either the huge tub of 365 Spicy Guacamole (made fresh and from the dip aisle and $8.51) or 365 Salsa Verde (also made fresh from the dip aisle and $4).

While guacamole is pretty easy to make, I was looking for super convenient and ready-made items, and the 365 tub of guac perfect for that — there’s probably a lot of avocados in there, making it worthy of being the most expensive item I bought, still under $9. Guac is another thing I can eat by the spoonful, by the way. And I know for a fact that some of you can too.

Tortilla chips and dips by Whole Foods Market 365 - Super Bowl snack - by A Lady Goes West

The tortilla chips are stone ground and organic, so woot woot.

Chocolate chip cookies

I spent far too long in the sweets aisle and ultimately decided on these 365 Two-Bite Chocolate Chip Cookies ($3.99), because they are always a crowd pleaser, and nobody will know they are non-GMO and made from cage-free eggs, they will just know they are tasty.

Yes, they are small, so you don’t feel like you’re eating too much. But yes, you are likely to eat multiple cookies. Perhaps I should have picked up more than one box? Okay, I’ll go back for more …

Two-Bite Chocolate Chip Cookies - Whole Foods Market 365 - Super Bowl snack - by A Lady Goes West

So that’s my spread for the big game, not including some adult beverages, flavored water and a great big pizza for dinner after half-time too. As you can see, I picked up healthier items, which were pretty well-priced and definitely full of good flavor! 

I had so much fun shopping at Whole Foods Market 365 and picking out food for the party, I also picked up some kombucha, fresh produce and 365 Organic Green Tea to fill out my pantry too. Three cheers for healthy and affordable foods. And P.S. These pull-able hand-baskets come in clutch when you’ve also got a sleeping baby in the stroller … 🙂 

Shopping cart at Whole Foods Market 365 - Super Bowl snack - by A Lady Goes West

Thank you to Whole Foods Market 365 and Whole Foods Market Northern California for sponsoring this mention! I received compensation and a gift card to shop, but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

My new tea kettle

Last weekend, I splurged on a new tea kettle, and I was definitely in need. I had been using my previous tea kettle for five years, and it had been a gift for our wedding in 2012 … yup. The plastic on the top was melted, and I’m pretty sure I was getting some form of toxic poisoning every morning when I used it. Well, a move into a new house seemed like the perfect time for a new kettle …

New cream tea kettle by A Lady Goes West

I picked this one up at Crate and Barrel, using a gift card from my brother and his fiance, and am so happy with it — cream is one of my favorite colors and is also the color of our kitchen cabinets, by the way. (You’re getting a sneak peek at our kitchen in this picture, and once we have more rooms filled up, I’ll share more of the house.)

The whistle is much more muted than my last kettle, and the top fits so nicely. Also, the plastic handle doesn’t get super hot, and it doesn’t melt, so it’s a major improvement. Simple design and functionality are all you need. I’m a fan!

Favorite links from around the web

  • FUNNY STUFF: This is by far my favorite thing I saw on the Internet this week. I have to thank Dave for texting it to me in the morning after another not-so-great night of sleep from Brady. Even if you aren’t a parent yet, you’ll get a kick out of this one.
  • FOOD & FITNESS STUFF: I have to give props to Erin for this great piece on what you should invest in for your food and fitness lifestyle. I want to get an Instant Pot and a Vitamix. What do you think? Do any of you have either?
  • BLOGGING AND READERS: Hope you didn’t miss the reader survey results I posted. Thank you to everyone who took the survey and provided input. You guys are the best! It means SO much to me to hear some of your kind feedback on what’s happening on A Lady Goes West, and I wanted to thank you again.
  • FITNESS TIPS: I LOVE using kettlebells. Now these are something I only have access to when I get to the gym, which as you know is rare these days. I’m also kettlebell certified, by the way. Kettlebells are very dynamic and they offer a different kind of workout that using dumbbells, which is why I enjoy them. It’s best to read up on form before trying your hand at kettlebells, and it’s even better to get a little help from a trainer. But if you’re game to try, here are some awesome moves. I particularly like the swing, of course!
  • COLLAGEN SALE: You guys know my love for Vital Proteins collagen. Well, if you are looking for a gift for a health-conscious friend, Vital Proteins is offering the cutest bundle packages for collagen peptides along with an adorable latte mug for Valentine’s Day. Check out the deal here. The creamer is perhaps still my favorite VP product though.

Have a WONDERFUL day and weekend, my friends! I’ll see you back here soon!

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23 Comments

  1. I totally want all the snacks now lol! Also, Brady is too cute, I love the snuggly little baby stage. While I primarily look forward to the super bowl for socializing and snacking purposes, I am planning to root for the falcons since the QB went to my school.

    1. Hi Emily! Okay — your line — “I primarily look forward to the Super Bowl for socializing and snacking purposes.” — I LITERALLY had to read it twice because I thought I must have typed it out myself. I FEEL ya ahhahaha You are speaking my language. But that’s totally cool you have a connection to the Eagles QB! I’d say good luck to your team, but Dave loves the Patriots heheh! Have fun snacking and socializing! That’s what I’ll be doing too. Hanging out near the food table.

  2. Wow I can’t believe Brady is double is his birth weight, growing so fast! And definitely excited for the super bowl and all the snacks, haven’t yet totally decided what we’re making yet though. But blue tortilla chips and guac or salsa will definitely be on the menu! Have a great weekend!

  3. I love plantain chips! They are a great option for me as a gluten-free chick.

    Wish we had a 365 store near me. Maybe someday soon!

    No big Super Bowl plans for me other than laying low and meal prepping. I will watch the game {especially the halftime show} for sure, but we are having a big 90th birthday party for my Grandma on Saturday night so that will be my big weekend festivity.

    Have a great weekend! Xo

    1. Wow! Happy 90th birthday to Grammy!!! 🙂 You are so lucky to have your wonderful Grammy around still. Have a great time at the bash! Happy Friday, Courtney. Oh and hopefully your area will be next for a WFM 365 — you’d LOVE IT!

  4. I’m making guacamole for the super bowl since avocados have been so inexpensive lately! Also I found some multigrain tortilla chips at Costco made with chia, flax, and quinoa, which sounds super healthy but they are actually just delicious.
    The chips will probably be the only thing I eat during the super bowl that could remotely be considered healthy.

    1. Hi Julie! Heyyyy, guacamole has so many good nutrients — so eat it up with those chips heheh. And you are right, I’ve been pleased with avo prices lately. Happy Friday to you! Have a fab weekend!

  5. I know some people love the Merlin but we tried it and gave it away after one nap! We tried it for the transition from rock-n-play to crib, but what worked better for Zander was using a Swaddle Up. It’s not a real swaddle. It’s a sleepsack with “paws” so their arms are up by their head just like he loves to sleep if he’s on his back. He never liked his arms swaddles so this was great. When he was ready for a basic sleepsack, we just zipped the “paws” off! He just seemed so uncomfortable in the Merlin and he couldn’t wiggle into his preferred sleep positions.

    1. Hi Alyssa, You are the second person to mention the Swaddle Up, so maybe I should look into it. How long could Zander use it? We use a HALO Sleepsack right now, but Brady still needs his arms in. And I’m glad he isn’t alone in not liking the Merlin. Darn thing was expensive too hehehe. Anywho, happy Friday, Momma!

      1. The Swaddle Up comes in three sizes I think. He should already be a medium (13-18 lbs). Zander we bought two in the 50/50 style size medium when he was just two months old. He wore that size until I want to say 5-6 months? The large size is for the 18-24 lbs. I think they also make it in 50/50 (which stands for you can do one arm unZipped or both zipped or not, you can split it however you like!)

        Since we had both paws unzipped by the time he outgrew the medium we didn’t buy the large. Then we just bought a Halo sleepsack (not the kind with the band across the middle, it’s just a zipped up sack). Because we needed fleece for winter. Hope that helps!

  6. John hated the Merlin sleepsuit too! I already returned it but some mom friends told me he might like it when he’s a little bigger (I tried it when he was just barely 12 pounds). After that I bit the bullet and purchased the Dock A Tot which worked like a charm— he’s been out of his Rock and Play ever since!! I was hesitant at first because of the price, but it has been a lifesaver for us!
    PS Brady is so adorable!!

    1. Hi Maryann — good to know! We haven’t had a great night since we moved from the Rock ‘n Play to the crib, that’s for sure. Ohhhhh babies hehehe. Thanks for the tip on the Dock A Tot — I’ve heard great things. Do you put it in the crib? Happy Friday, lady!

      1. We still have John sleeping in our room, so we put it in the Halo (which you aren’t technically supposed to do but whatever! It fits perfectly). I think we will put it in his crib when we transition him to his nursery 🙂

    1. Hi Erin! Hope you had fun on your California trip! 🙂 And the 365 stores are pretty new, and I’m guessing that Chicago will be on the list for one soon. Hope you had a great weekend!

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