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Brickman's Bag of Goodies

jimbrickman4Jim Brickman ("America's romantic piano sensation" who was just nominated for a Grammy for Faith as Best New Age Album) is a dedicated Whole Foods Market customer and shares his thoughts here about which healthy snacks he packs on the road. Share your thoughts about which healthy snacks you pack in your bag of goodies! We'll choose one winner at random from the comments to receive A Better Bag filled with some of our favorite goodies. Get on it! The deadline for responding is December 13th. jimbrickman1Going on tour is kind of like taking a trip to visit family. In every city there are fans and friends who consider me part of theirs. After all, we have a very personal relationship. They have used my music for everything from falling in love (weddings and proposals), relaxation in the bubble bath, recuperation and healing - and even in the labor room when they give birth to their babies. My tour this year travels to over 40 cities in nine weeks. I spend a lot of time on the tour bus with my musical guests and the crew. It's really not very glamorous, and I always say it's a good thing we all get along so well - because there is no where to hide. So, just like packing up for any road trip, jimbrickman2we need plenty of munchies to keep us occupied. Of course, we can't go crazy with sweets because our wardrobe still has to fit by New Year's Eve. So, we try to eat as healthy as possible. Thank goodness for Whole Foods, which is always the last stop before we get on the bus. You can watch a short video of Jim shopping at Whole Foods Market. During the day, I have radio and TV interviews and it's really easy to grab some raw almonds or dried fruit to eat on the run. I just discovered the Think bars - super fruit and super food. You never know what kind of drinks the stations will have, and I really like to drink green tea. So, I stick a few tea bags and a Think bar in my jacket just in case they only serve coffee and donuts. Before each concert we do a sound check to make sure our mics and earpieces are working and the sound is balanced throughout the theatre. Then to dinner, which the theatre provides. Sometimes it's absolutely delicious and sometimes - not. I can't afford to be "sick" in the middle of a concert, so I keep 365 Simple Digestive tablets on hand. Here's a sample of what our concert guests are hearing:

I know most artists don't do this, but I have a Meet 'n Greet for members of my VIP Club after every concert. That adds up to over 200 hugs or handshakes every evening. It's not that I'm a "germ-o-phobe," but I can't tempt fate and get sick. I do take a lot of vitamins and just in case - I have 365 Flu Ease, Guard or Sambucol Immune. The show must go on! I think I've been a good influence on the cast and crew. When we're exhausted after a concert we all pile onto the bus, get in comfortable clothes, maybe open a bottle of wine - but immediately go for the veggies and hummus, Organic White Cheddar Popcorn, Paul Newman Protein Pretzels and cookies. Personally, I LOVE the Organic Natural Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, which are my treat to myself after the concert. Let me just say, that I couldn't think of a more appropriate store than Whole Foods to help sponsor my Beautiful World Tour. I'm in Whole Foods at least once a week throughout the year. Whether I'm looking for a healthy snack, vitamins, or picking up something for dinner, I'm hooked. jimbrickman3When Jim was preparing to head out on tour this holiday season, he wanted to make the whole experience greener for his fans. Whole Foods Market became a sponsor by providing our reusable Better Bags to pack up the merchandise sold at his shows.

So, what are you snacking on? Leave a comment below and you may be randomly selected to win A Better Bag full of all things good!

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Ruth says …

veggie crisps, juice, pudding & popcorn

Kika Davis says …

Currently snacking on Whole Foods peanut butter covered pretzels... still have some olives from the olive bar this weekend to get into later!

Mitra Huber says …

Coffee and a piece of whatever WFM bakery item I have left from the weekend grocery shopping, or, if I'm looking for protein, I just grab a piece of Applegate Farms cheddar from the fridge.

Sandie says …

I love snacking on nuts and fruit, usually dried. Since the holidays are here, hazelnuts are aplenty, and since they're my favorite I am enjoying those most right now! And I usually pair them with grapes, fresh McIntosh apples, dried apricots, dried cherries, or any other fresh fruit that looks good. And, of course, I can't leave out my favorite snack of all - homemade Oatmeal Cherry Cookies!! Yum!

Heike C. says …

I'm snacking on Kashi soft-baked cereal bars :)

Cincy Woods says …

Right now...left over pizza.

Scott Schneider says …

I drive around all day for work transporting cars, so I'm Mr. Snack man. One of my favorite things to chew on is beef jerky from the Meat Locker near my work in Thousand Oaks. When that's all gone, I usually turn to the Asian rice snack mix from Whole Foods to keep my mouth entertained!

Angela says …

Raw Spinach leaves sprinkled with Ancient Sea Salt. (From my favortie WFM, Northbrook) I buy a few bunches of spinach every time the organic variety from Cal Organic is offered, wash the dirt off, spin dry, and store in plastic bags for the week. The sweetness of the spinach paired with the pink Ancient Sea Salt stop all snack food cravings.

Jacqueline McGann says …

Right now it is lunch time and I am "snacking" on some of Wholefoods Popcorn Chicken.....the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Devon Hernandez says …

Right now I'm having some crisp baby carrots and Liberte Mediterranee Lemon yogourt! Great afternoon snack to keep me working :)

M Williams says …

Dried apricots - I love them!

Joyce says …

I love to snack on low-fat pita chips and red pepper hummus. But today's snack is some baked marinated tofu I bought at my Whole Foods this week. A new flavor. I can't wait to try it! Westsoy's Tomato Basil. There was a lovely display of Pink Lady apples too, at a great price. (thanks!) So it's some cubed up tofu with a sliced apple. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. Can't wait until 3 pm!

Dacia says …

Organic cherry tomatoes!

Sarah says …

I am snacking on nuts-always unsalted and raw. Delicious and healthy!

Donia says …

Lately it's been sea salt roasted peanuts or ruby red grapefruit with honey and yogurt. I can't believe how good it is!

Christine Oh says …

I love snacking on Trail mix, consisting of dried fruits and nuts:-))

Erica Bruielly says …

I really like organic pear wedges with a touch of balsamic vinegar drizzled on top. Its quick and healthy and when I have guests over and want to make it special and fancy, I grate a tiny bit pecorino romano cheese on top. It seems like a strange combination but it tastes delicious. And as for the balsamic, a little goes a long way!

Andrea says …

Dried mangoes. They are the best snack food. My 1 year old loves them too.

Jamie says …

I am snacking on slices of granny Smith apples with fresh Mozzarella drizzled with a Balsamic glaze(the glaze comes bottled at Whole Foods. Last night, I had some Cashews sprinkled with Cinnamon sugar and A few slices of Manchego – washed it down with a nice Pinot while putting up the tree. Tonight it will be fresh figs with vanilla yogurt and granola. MMM MMM!

Torrie says …

I like nuts, veggies and let's not forget chocolate! The bulk food isle is a perfect way to contol portions and have great variety.

Melissa says …

spoonfuls of peanut butter...I have a problem!

Janet R. says …

Grilled cheese made with Jarlsburg light swiss cheese and apple sandwich on spelt bread! Yummy!!

Stephanie says …

I love snacking on yogurt, pecans, granola and whole wheat crackers.

Jamie says …

I was just snacking on some uncured beef balonga and rbgh free chedder cheese, yummm!

DJ Colwell says …

Venison Jerky! Also oranges, but not at the same time.

Larry says …

Belive it or not, some organic Pink Lady Apples that I bought from Whole Foods Market on Saturday. Ahhh...and yes some 365 organic whole almonds, love organics. Peace.

Vicky says …

Whole Foods is one of the only national chains that carries the Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter by the New York restaurant "Peanut Butter & Co." I love to dip apple slices in the dark chocolate peanut butter. It satisfies my chocolate cravings and it is still considered a healthy snack.

Leslie Bush says …

Lime and salt flavored popcorn!! Pita and hummus as well!

mary beth lynn says …

The latest snack to become popular at home is my homemade granola with lots of almonds, oats, dates, pistachios - mmmm

cary says …

Cranberry butter on toast

Andrea says …

In this cold weather, I love sipping on some hot mulled mead (honey wine) while nibbling on cashews.

mom23 says …

We snack on soaked then dehydrated crisp almonds, dried pear, dried apples, fresh fruits, kale chips, crispy onions, butternut squash latkes, seasonally picked and frozen berries with goat milk yogurt, dried peas, dried carrots, dried sweet peppers etc... My kids are very healthy snackers!

Lekki says …

Pecans that I have toasted with chilli, rosemary, a pinch of garlic and a tiny bit of brown sugar.

Candy Cornucopia says …

baby carrots and hummus!

Tiffany says …

We snack on wonderfully fresh organic fruits and veggies, raw almonds, and the kids love Annies Bunny Crackers & 365 Golden Round Crackers!

Renata Rogeres says …

Yummy! I'm snacking on toasted whole wheat flax bread with almond butter and sprinkled with fresh ground cinnamon accompanied by sliced gala apples. What a delicious treat!

Kim Summerfield says …

I love to snack on nuts. A mixture of unsalted peanuts, almonds, cashews and pecans can really go a long way. I also like organic popcorn with a light drizzle of salted butter. Not too much though!!

Juliana Russell says …

I love raw almonds, they keep me going and cut those hunger pangs!

Laura H says …

fat free/Low fat greek yogurt is AMAZING! I love mixing dried or frozen fruit, whole grain cereals (kashi go-lean crunch), or nuts. Also, mixing in a little bit of canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and stevia makes an amazing alternative to pumpkin pie:)

Avery Burns says …

Hummus and pita. And also smooth move tea...keep things moving right along so that there is room for more!!

Darlene says …

@JimBrickman, blueberry pancakes, not the healthiest and random but what do you expect from a pregnant women. ^_^ Thats just today. Tomorrow will be something better, it is usually fruit or crackers, not as exciting.

kathy says …

I snack on gluten free crackers, cookies, animal crackers, cup cakes and chips. I also snack on raisins cranberry, and grapes.

John S. Leonard says …

I am snacking on almonds and anything I can afford that is natural, even herbs. Love pistachios. Also, love beef jerk to the max. Not good with words but would love to have a free bag of something you would suggest would be better. I am from farm country and so will eat almost anything. Thank You for listening and your time. Very Merry X-mas. John & Charlotte.

Carolyn Handler says …

Can you suggest a breakfast snack to be used for a private school that is nut free/not processed with nut products and kosher. I must be something that can be eaten as finger foods (muffin, cereal bar etc.). As I mentioned it must be kosher and nut free.

Margo Haak says …

Hi! I love your music and your show! I was able to see you once in Billings, Montana. Soooo romantic! You and Kim are so much fun to listen to! I would love to go shopping at Whole Foods. I am a vegetarian and am allergic to 27 different foods! The only place I can shop is in a health food store! Thank goodness we have some here, but we have no Whole Foods. I was in one in Fort Worth once, and it was awesome! Please keep doing all you are doing. It makes a better world for all of us! Keep your face toward the sun! Margo Haak :)

Kana Rolex says …

It is so great that people know how to choose healthy snacks. Whole Foods motivates people to live healthy life styles. It is such a great environment.

sylvia says …

I love love love plain nonfat greek yogurt! add fresh bluberries strawberries or any fruit and it is sooooo delicious. I love Whole foods products! They have great deals also.

Julie Campbell says …

I love to snack on hummus with kashi crackers. Then, I also like goji berries with almonds and pecans.

Christine says …

Jim & Whole Foods Beautiful hands, beautiful music, wonderful food! My season snack, love butternut squash with maple syrup:) Love it and learn from it, most of all enjoy it. Christine

Angela says …

Pita and hummus makes the best snacks!

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