Its Not Too Late, Start A Summer Bucket List Now!

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What’s that you say?

You haven’t even started your Summer Bucket List?? What-a-Ya Nuts?! 

We have finally made it to the middle of summer.  That means the summer is half-full and ready for use, so let’s fill up that bucket list with great ideas!

Drop the Remote

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In this day and age, we all know how much time one can waste channel-surfing even though there are plenty of other ways to have fun while still relaxing. That’s why no Summer Bucket List is complete without some ideas for productive relaxation!

  • Read a good book – And you shouldn’t stop at just one! Don’t worry if you need help finding a new book to read because we’ve got you covered. If you’re more interested in reading on your phone, tablet, or laptop, then check out Project Gutenberg for thousands of free ebooks!
  • Try out an audiobook – Not a fan of relaxing with your eyes open? Or do you plan on spending a good chunk of your summer traveling? Then get your fix of literature this summer with an audiobook!
  • Stock up on podcasts – Whether you’re looking for comedy, current events, political discussion, or just plain talking, podcasts are quickly becoming the go-to medium for on demand, on the go radio. Check out Digital Trends’ top 100 podcasts while making your Summer Bucket List!
  • Locate water – No matter how you choose to spend your time relaxing, there is no better place to do so than by the water! Go to the local pool, the closest lake or river, or just drive to the coast and enjoy some fun in the sun!

 

Move Around

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While most people’s summertimes are bound to feature some good rest and relaxation, there is no better time to get get out and enjoy the world. Every Summer Bucket List should include something to get you moving and having fun!

  • Plan a camping trip – Extend your time near the water or ditch the heat in the mountains by turning it into a full on camping trip! Check this map out to find a campsite anywhere across the USA.
  • Pick up geocaching – If you’ve never experienced the thrill of discovering a hidden treasure or leaving one for another to find, then you’ve got to add geocaching to your Summer Bucket List!
  • Find a festival – The summer is heating up as we get closer to August, and the music is getting even hotter! It’s not too late to score tickets to one of the big festivals like Burning Man, Lollapalooza or Lockn’, but if you want to stay close to home, there are still plenty of festivals across the country.
  • Play ‘trip roulette’ – Even though we shouted, “What-a-Ya Nuts?!” when we heard about Heineken’s roulette based campaign a few years ago, adding a bit of randomness to your next summer trip sounds like loads of fun. Flying is the most talked about method of departure roulette, but others have figured out how to safely unplan your next road trip!

 

Create Something

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We can’t always be on the go, which is why one of the best ways to spend free time is to tap into your creative side! Here are a few ideas for the Summer Bucket List that will both test and expand your imagination!

  • Write something – It can be a short story, a blog post, a poem, or even a song! Looking for some help with getting started or have a case of writer’s block? Click here for some inspiring writing prompts!
  • Make some tie dye – Are you someone who can’t seem to get enough tie dye? Save yourself the money and make your own, unique patterns! Never done it before? Well, here is a quick guide to get started, and, for those who learn better by watching, here is a quick how-to video!
  • Draw or paint a picture – It doesn’t matter if you’re already a master of the fine arts or if your current masterpiece is a doodle you drew on your notes last week. Everyone can enjoy and benefit from drawing or painting throughout the summer! If you’re feeling brave, you can try the Hundred Day Drawing Challenge (of course you can paint too, if you’d like).
  • Build it, don’t buy it – A Summer Bucket List is the perfect place to make time for starting your next project! Whether you want some chalk for the sidewalk, a new kitchen table or an add-on for the back patio, save yourself some money, learn a few new skills and do it yourself this summer!

 

Remember, Health Matters

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Without your health and well-being it would be impossible to attempt any of your Summer Bucket List! So, whether you’re at home or traveling around, make sure you save some room for a healthy lifestyle.

  • Start working out – Halfway through the summer is as good a time as ever to finally start working out like we all planned back in January. If you’ve got time to read a book, hit the beach, or go camping, then you can probably find the time to set yourself a goal, learn the proper exercises to reach your goal, and get into a routine.
  • Garden for Fall – The end of July and the beginning of August is essentially the perfect time for Fall gardening. If you’re unsure about what will grow in your area this time of year, this site will give you a planting calendar based on your zip-code.

Well, there you have it folks. If you can’t find something in there to help you enjoy and make the most of the summer, then I don’t know what to tell you (except to follow the links listed below). We hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer and don’t forget to Snack In Sanity!

Spend your Summer indoors? What-a-Ya Nuts?!

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Well, we’ve finally made it, folks.

Made it to what, you ask? What-a-Ya Nuts?!?

Father’s Day is tomorrow, falling directly on the Summer Solstice! On top of that, the dog days of summer and Independence Day are RIGHT around the corner!

After learning how to pack for any Summer activity last week, it’s time to pull out our calendars and fill the longest and hottest days of the year with the nuttiest of adventures! Not sure what to do or where to go? Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered with a list featuring some of the best outdoor activities to liven up anybody’s summer!

Go to a game

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Now that the finals are over for hockey and basketball, it’s time to enjoy the sports under the sun! Between baseball, golf, and soccer, everyone should be able to find some competitive entertainment this summer.

Nothing beats the enjoyment of the national pastime of the United States; Baseball. Between the minor league and major league, you are bound to be close enough to join in the fun! Not sure where the closest park is to you? Well, here is a map showing the hundreda of places to catch a game in the States!

With July coming up fast, baseball is closing in on it’s mid-season break. If the regular season isn’t exciting enough for you, then the All-Star Summer Events should keep you entertained! On top of the exhilarating Home Run Derby, you’ll get a chance to see the sports best players go head to head for home field advantage in the World Series.

Not a fan of baseball? Don’t worry! There is plenty of soccer around the States too! If you’re lucky enough to live near a Major League Soccer team, you won’t regret joining in the madness! The MLS isn’t the only soccer organization in the States though, so you can enjoy the sport in just about any city!

Don’t feel like going crazy in the stands, screaming for your favorite team? You might enjoy a day of leisure in the sun, following the slower pace and grace of golf! The PGA Tour is in full swing and pops up all over the country, so everyone should have a chance to catch a match. If you prefer to play as opposed to watch, then check out this handy tool for finding a course near you!

Follow the sound

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Sports aren’t the only events that love taking advantage of such pleasant weather. The longer days, sunny skies and starry, temperate nights are perfect for musicians and music lovers alike!

There is no doubt you’ve heard about the Grateful Dead’s final reunion coming up this 4th of July weekend in Chicago. While ticket sold out like hot cakes nut clusters, the surrounding park and parking lot are bound to be swarming with fans and fun!

Already have plans for your 4th of July weekend, but still want to make it to a festival soon? You’re in luck! Festivals are all over the county and happen almost every weekend! Michigan’s Electric Forest Festival is perfect for those looking to get their fix of dancing the night away to electronica, while the West Virginia All Good Music Festival is a great place to jam out and go with the flow of sound!

Beat the heat

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The Summer heat is not always a win-win situation. While the nicer weather allows for most activities to occur in the fresh air, the heat can definitely get unbearable!

That doesn’t mean we need to retreat indoors!

One way to stay outside and rescue your electric bill from the A/C, even in the worst heat, is to dive right into the cool, refreshing water! While some may have their own pool to relax in, most aren’t so lucky! For those looking for a place to cool off, check out this map of public pools around the USA.

While hopping into a man-made pool is surely a good time, the long daylight hours and the added Summer heat are great for getting on the water too. Canoeing, kayaking, floating or boating; it doesn’t matter! Grab your friends and family, pack the coolers, and hit the water! Not sure where to start your trip? We’ve got you covered with a map of rivers and lakes to launch your vessel!


So, there we have it, folks. As you can see, the beginning of summer is the true beginning to having fun in sun! Whether you decide to watch a game, enjoy some tunes in the fresh air, take advantage of the perfect weather to relish in the water, or build any combination of activities, there are plenty of ways to fill your calendar this summer! Get out there, build a relationship with Mother Nature and your friends at the same time, and don’t forget to stock up on your favorite flavor of delicious nut clusters so you can power through any event you jump into this season!

Packing for your summer on the go!

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It’s already mid-June and the summertime fun is heating up! With the dog days of summer right around the corner, there are dozens of events and activities outside the office and house to prepare for!

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Are you going to one of the many festivals coming up? Or maybe planning on a camping trip with friends and family? Even if you’re just going for a day hike, it’s always best to be prepared with food and supplies that are built for life on the go! Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with a great mix of lists to help you prepare for whatever your summer may bring!

No matter where you plan on going this summer, it’s likely to include at least a small road trip. Nobody wants to lose steam or get cranky in the closed quarters of a car, so be sure to stock up on the best snacks for your road trip!

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While it’s always good to be ready for a long drive, nothing is worse than showing up to a festival, looking to have some fun, only to realize you forgot something! You may not be attending Bonnaroo, but this Pinterest has an awesome list of snacks, gear, and goodies to bring to any festival.

When you are out camping, there is nothing quite like food that’s been cooked over an open fire. You don’t always want to wait for the fire, though, which is why packing snacks to munch on throughout the day is so important! Take a look at these 10 great camping snack ideas!

Summer Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail

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Do your summer plans include hitting the hiking trails? Well, if so, you never want to forget the snacks that are perfectly compact, light-weight, yet filling and stuffed with energy. Luckily, Chow has got your back, providing 27 awesome snack options for any trail!


Whether you benefit from one of these lists or all four, there is no doubt that you’ll want to pack a snack! If you check out the NUT-rition of our delicious, all-natural nut clusters, then you’ll find that they are perfect for any of this summer’s activities. Give them a try on your next trip and you’re sure to have a great time!

UCBC and What-a-ya Nuts?!: Let the Summer Begin!

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Welcome and Happy Memorial Day 2015! The schools are closed, pools open, the BBQ’s are out, and the summer is almost in full swing! We’ve all been here before, and we all know the importance of a perfect food & drink combination.

This year, we took the perfect pairing to a whole new level, joining up with the St. Louis local brewery Urban Chestnut for the tasting-testing of a life-time!

As the beer began to flow, the bowls of nut clusters began to empty, and the conversations grew louder with the increase of laughter, we knew the products weren’t the only things that went well together! Our two companies share similar philosophies and are equally as nutty!

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After talking to their brewer, Florian, we discovered our two companies were a match made in heaven!  While Florian tries to make their beers all about about balance instead of extra strong or potent, Howie is working equally as hard trying not to overpower your taste-buds with too much spicy, savory or sweet!

Luckily, when we showed up to the brewery we weren’t too inexperienced with the taste of beer, as you can see from last year. To help bring out the kick of our spicy mix, we needed the refreshing taste of a light beer, like most lagers and pilsners. For the perfect combination with our chocolatey flavor, we needed a darker, rich beer like a Porter or Stout.

The Perfect Pairings

So, enough about us and the fun we had during our joint-company tasting that we like to refer to as “work” or “market research”. Here is what you came for, the perfect combinations of What-A-Ya Nuts?! & Urban Chestnut!

Jalapeno Hysteria + STLIPA

The Jalapeno Hysteria nut cluster is a spicy little number that kicks you in the tonsils and makes you beg for more. Combining almonds, pecans, honey and cashews with real jalapeno, this savory snack gives your the flavor and spice of the delicious pepper without overpowering your sense! The St. Louis India Pale Ale is actual a Double India Pale ale, featuring double the states of a traditional pale ale.

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Because the Jalapeno Hysteria can be a little sneaky, the STLIPA was the perfect pair with it’s double-dose of pale for what “ales” you. The beer’s extra flavor helps enhance the heat and flavors of the jalapeno, while the nut cluster’s delicious flavors help offset the beer’s hoppy bitterness.

Cracked Pepper Parmesan + Fantasyland

Our Cracked Parmesan Pepper is a savory little snack that offers all the flavor of happy hour hors d’oeuvres in a snack you can eat at any hour. Easily one of our most flavorful nut clusters, the CPP features almonds, cashews, honey and pecans subtly combined with the perfect mixture of cracked pepper and Parmesan cheese!

Urban Chestnut’s Fantasyland brew is a copper colored West-coast India Pale ale. It holds the biggest punch of hoppy bitterness, flavor and aroma out of all their beers. Fantasyland: A copper colored West-coast IPA.

While nobody was sold on the pair right out the gate, we all grew to love combination. Kind of like a relationship, the strengths of each taste grow together and compliment each other more and more after every bite!

Maple Cinnamon Madness + Winged Nut

The Maple Cinnamon Madness is quite the treat, tasting just like the top of Grandma’s coffee cake. Featuring Almonds, pecans, honey and cashews, it’s like breakfast without the double stack of guilt!

Urban Chestnut’s Winged Nut is brewed with finely milled chestnuts (genus castanea..for you nut freaks out there!), Willamette hops, and then fermented with a Bavarian Weissieber yeast to build a ‘nutty’ flavor and personality!

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With the group agreeing as a whole, this combination was by far one of the best matches ever! After just one taste, the combination was a no-brainer!

Stark Raving Chocolate + Harwood Myth

Our Stark Raving Chocolate is like a chocolate-chip cookie without the post-cookie regrets! With the perfect combination of Almonds, pecans, honey and chocolate chunks, these nut clusters make a delicious dessert after any meal!

The Urban Chestnut Harwood Myth is an English-style, brown Porter with a nicely rounded, roasted malt flavor. Made with chocolate malt, you might detect some caramelly cocoa surrounding the bitterness of the sides of your tongue.

Described as getting a scoop of chocolate ice cream and then adding some chocolate syrup on top, or even like getting coffee with a dessert, these two treats make the perfect pair for anybody with a sweet tooth!

Let the party begin!

Hopefully everyone found at least one pairing they can take to their next picnic, BBQ, or party! Keep an eye out for more about our experience with Urban Chestnut and for more perfect pairings we come across as the Summer starts to heat up!

Graduation and Snackification

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Currently, we are in the midst of graduation season, but students aren’t just educating themselves towards a graduation. As we’ve seen plenty of times before, there are a plethora of articles about food health available, and this fact is leading to a world where snack-foods are no longer exclusively junk-foods.

Thankfully, we were fully prepared to be a part of, and even help lead, the snack-food industry during this important stage of evolution. After all, studies like this continue to show a shift in what we eat and the way we eat, mostly towards on-the-go foods and high-quality proteins like seeds and nuts!

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What we weren’t expecting, though, was for nut clusters to graduate into the class of gourmet dishes! Thanks to the likes of Herbie’s Vintage 72 and Clementine’s Creamery (and popular demand of course!), the various flavors of our nut clusters have been turned into deliciously unique treats.

So, as you can tell, students aren’t the only one’s becoming smarter or graduating this time of year! Consumers and businesses alike are educating themselves and pushing the snacking industry (ourselves included) towards a much needed graduation away from the typical, boring junk-food!

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Happy Nutty Fudge Day!

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There can never be too many holidays, especially when they are centered around food! So, today we are here to celebrate National Nutty Fudge Day!

Evidently, the development of fudge in the United States of America primarily took place in women’s colleges during the 1880’s! Using gaslights and chemistry sets, these females made it possible for us to celebrate deliciousness today!

This Nutty Fudge Day, why not honor our history by making some of your own? You can even use one of our four flavors of nut clusters, using the recipe below!

What sounds good? An exotic Jalepeno Nutty Fudge? A sweet Maple Cinnamon Nutty Fudge?  Or maybe the classic A Stark Raving Chocolate Nutty Fudge? Choose your favorite and give it a try!

Recipe (edited from Joy of Baking recipe)

  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite bag of What-a-Ya Nuts?!
  • 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pound of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

Begin by chopping the nut clusters into smaller pieces.

Line an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil.

Combine the condensed milk, chopped chocolate, and butter in a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan of simmering water. Melt the chocolate mixture, stirring frequently, making sure the mixture doesn’t get too hot or the fudge may be grainy. Stir until smooth (it will be very thick).

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and chopped nut clusters. Spread the fudge into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula. Let stand at room temperature until cool (this can take several hours).

Carefully remove the fudge from the pan by lifting the edges of the foil. With a long, sharp knife cut the fudge into one inch (2.5 cm) pieces. Store in the refrigerator for several days or freeze, well wrapped, for several months. Let thaw at room temperature, unwrapped, for a few hours before serving.


We hope you choose our nut clusters as you remember and honor our fudge-loving female ancestors! So, one last time, we want to wish you a very Happy Nutty Fudge Day!

Snack Smart to Work Smarter

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The old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” This means that for school and work we should be eating the smartest, healthiest foods around!

Whether it’s getting ready for the next big presentation at work, studying for finals, or just trying to preserve a youthful mind in old age, we always recommend eating brain-food! After all, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind!

One study we came across highlights everything from Whole Grains to Wild Salmon to Nuts & Seeds to Avocado. Another study we found brought up the importance and benefits of Oily Fishes, Tomatoes, Pumpkin Seeds, and Nuts! Finally, a third article points to Spinach, Beets, Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds, and even Bone Broth as beneficial brain-food.

Notice anything interesting while looking through each of the full lists? Nuts & Seeds show up across the board!

We definitely did our research when preparing our delicious nut clusters, and, as you can see in our picture of ingredients above, they contain the following all-natural booster foods:

Almonds

Cashews

Pecans

Pumpkin Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

While we aren’t sure about all the other foods, we know that each of our nut clusters is packed with beneficial and essential vitamins and minerals. This article will help anybody interested in learning about the specific benefits of each type of tree-nut!

So, whether it’s writing that paper, preparing that big presentation, or studying for finals, be sure to snack smart!

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Happy Pecan Month! – Part Two

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Welcome back and Happy Pecan month, once again! We are almost out of April, but that gives us one more chance to celebrate the Pecan before May arrives!

Last week we covered the extraordinarily American history of the Pecan. That means that this week is dedicated to the MANY health benefits of the Pecan (and we even threw in a few recipes)!

Plenty of studies have taken a look at the health benefits of the Pecan. According to the USDA, Pecans are one of the top 15 foods known for their concentration of vitamins and minerals.

Evidently, the Pecan offers dozens of nutrients and minerals that the body needs, including: Manganese, Vitamin E, Fiber, and Copper! These nutrients provided by Pecans can help you with anything from cell protection to hearth health to immune system health! They are just plain good for you!

To read up on the specifics of Pecan Health, Benefits, and Uses, check out the links below.
http://foodfacts.mercola.com/pecans.html
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pecans.html
http://www.ilovepecans.org/pecans-101/history-of-pecans/

For recipes that utilize the natural deliciousness of Pecans, check out this list of links:
Pecan Breaded Chicken Breast
Roaster Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
Pecan Honey Butter
Fettuccine with Zucchini and Pecans

So, go forth and celebrate the Pecan like our forefathers and the Natives before them! Grab a handful, make a pie, top your ice-cream, or grab a bag of your favorite nut clusters! OR all of the above! Enjoy & #SnackInSanity!”

Happy Pecan Month! – Part One

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If you haven’t heard, April is, above all else, National Pecan month! Over the next two weeks, our final days in April, we will be dedicating our celebrations and head-space to the most famously American tree-nut. We will celebrate the Pecan!

In a world where “food”, as our grandparents would call it, has to be labeled as “organic”, “all-natural”, or with “real ingredients”, it’s nice to know that April is National Pecan Month and not something along the lines of National “Twinkie” Month or “Bacon” Month. Celebrating this special month, dedicated to one of our favorite ingredients in each delicious flavor of nut cluster, we are taking a look at the history & benefits of the Pecan.

Coveted by the Natives of America, the Pecan was one of the only natural tree nuts to grow in the North American Continent. Thanks to their extensive knowledge of the crop, the Natives helped teach our ancestors how to adapt to the harsh environment of the New World. This included the large variety of uses for and benefits from the Pecan!

Next thing we know, our nutty forefathers, George Washington & Thomas Jefferson, were planting them too! You know who else uses Pecans? What-A-Ya Nuts?! uses Pecans!

Not every country has the history or luxury of enjoying the Pecan the way America does. Only four other countries across the world house “sizable growing operations”. No wonder we go nuts over Pecans for an entire month!

For more information about the history of the Pecan, take a look at these articles: