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Brickman's Bag of Goodies

By Jim Brickman, December 6, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jim Brickman

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!




Aaron says ...
I am snacking on some home-made beef jerky while writing my final. Spiced up with fresh ground pepper, Himalayan pink salt, curry, chili powder, onion powder, and red wine vinegar. I commonly mix this with some assorted raisins and almonds/walnuts.
12/06/2009 3:55:50 PM CST
@julie_slp says ...
seeduction bread and brothers apple chips!
12/06/2009 4:03:12 PM CST
Clare says ...
What am I snacking on? Anything homemade. I spent the morning making snickerdoodles and eating banana bread (made yesterday morning) :)
12/06/2009 4:05:40 PM CST
Amy McGee says ...
Almonds. All about the raw almonds these days. OK, and its Christmas. Lets not kid ourselves. There has been a cookie or two.
12/06/2009 4:08:44 PM CST
Sarah Crock says ...
I LOVE snacking on Barbara Bars Wheat Free Fig Bars! They are so sweet and delicious! And the even cooler thing? They are fat free! Yummy!
12/06/2009 4:08:59 PM CST
Allison Costlow says ...
Currently snacking on chocolate pudding, chocolate chip cookies, Cheezits, leftover Halloween candy (I have 192 pieces left), poptarts, and barbecue flavored potato chips.
12/06/2009 4:14:14 PM CST
Roseanne says ...
...mmmm, raw almonds, sometimes with Seaside cheddar, sometimes not...always good.
12/06/2009 4:18:02 PM CST
Michael says ...
Just sliced up a crisp apple with my Benchmade 722SBT in my hotel room in DC.
12/06/2009 4:18:03 PM CST
Sarah G says ...
I love carrots and hummus, for a healthy snack. On days that I'm not health conscious, chocolate is the answer to all my problems. :)
12/06/2009 4:18:31 PM CST
A J says ...
My fav snacks are cashews and fresh fruit, especially pineapples!
12/06/2009 4:19:39 PM CST
Julie D says ...
Pita Chips and Hummus or taziki sauce is my favorite snack. I also eat a lot of popcorn.
12/06/2009 4:19:41 PM CST
Avery Burns says ...
Hummus and pita. And also smooth move tea...keep things moving right along so that there is room for more!!
12/06/2009 4:22:10 PM CST
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.
12/06/2009 4:22:11 PM CST
kathy says ...
I snack on gluten free crackers, cookies, animal crackers, cup cakes and chips. I also snack on raisins cranberry, and grapes.
12/06/2009 4:24:03 PM CST
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:)
12/06/2009 4:24:04 PM CST
sierra says ...
not being as healthy as usual :) im haveing pumpkin pie, white corn chips-scoops(not telling a brand), and im baking some giant cheese popovers- Yum!
12/06/2009 4:24:21 PM CST
angiolle says ...
I love banana or apple slices topped with raw almond butter! :)
12/06/2009 4:24:40 PM CST
Irene says ...
Definitely fruit! Apples are the easiest, since i just wash them and start chewing away, but any kind of fruit is great - grapes, oranges, grapefruit, bananas. It's healthy when I just need something to chew on, but not necessarily hungry.
12/06/2009 4:29:18 PM CST
julie says ...
mmm my fav snacks are definitely air popped popcorn with cinnamon and carrots with salsa (SPICY salsa!)
12/06/2009 4:29:47 PM CST
Emily says ...
I love snacking on raw nuts. I always get mine at the bulk section of Whole Foods! If not raw nuts, some simple organic carrots and celery are a great snack, too.
12/06/2009 4:31:58 PM CST
Patricia says ...
I'm snacking on sunflower kernels right out of the jar today. I like to roast them in the oven with garlic powder and a little bit of soy sauce.
12/06/2009 4:33:04 PM CST
Dana Joy Sartin says ...
Today it's white cheddar popcorn and a juicy fresh, cold apple! Also keep pretzels and cookies on hand. Favorite cookies are oatmeal with fruits/nuts and peanut butter ones!
12/06/2009 4:34:19 PM CST
Nicole says ...
We're snacking on a piece of pumpkin pie picked up today from the store along with some oolong hot tea and honey.
12/06/2009 4:36:11 PM CST
kiky says ...
Not fair !!! I started a diet so of course i was good for a few days but today a bad craving took over and I end up with some cheesecake chocolate on my plate ! i'm back to the diet : lots of veggies and fruits :) btw hummus + avocados + sliced tomatoes are GREAT !
12/06/2009 4:37:24 PM CST
Veronica says ...
I like to snack on the Student's Trail Mix from the bulk aisle or carrots and broccoli dipped in garlic hummus.
12/06/2009 4:37:30 PM CST