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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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nicki says …

I love to snack on (i mean throw all self control out the window and eat the entire bag of) BBQ Pirate Booty! The cheese flavor is good, and I like the Tings and Chaos Mix as well, but nothing compares to these little barbe-que puffs of amazingness. Wish they were sold at my St. Louis, MO Whole Foods... as well as Chaos Mix...

Bartholomew Henry says …

I live in Brooklyn, but every day I go to Manhattan, and there is never a day that I don't end up at Whole Foods. Merry Christmas, y'all.

Denice says …

Raw nuts or berries or melon

Betsy says …

My kids and I have been snacking on mandarin and tangerine orngages.

Donna Z says …

If I feel like snacking on chips, I grab some of Micheal Season's Unsalted Potato Chips. This is very tasty and the chips stays crispy even if the bag has been opened for days. I also like Terra's Plain Sweet Potato Chips. This is yummy as well. Other than paying attention to my calorie intake, I also try to pay attention to the sodium level of the food I eat. Both chips are very low in sodium.

Cynthia says …

Jeremy's Vegan crab cakes! To die for . . .

Elizabeth says …

i'm currently snacking on organic carrots with mustard and frozen green beans. :P

John Dotolo says …

I only snack at Swirls in Tampa, FL. The best gelato on the planet. Delicious pastries, bagels, and coffees!

joie Neuman says …

Metromint water & Berry Greens bar.

Christina Stephens says …

Twinkies and Doritos and lots of homemade stuff with pumpkin in it. Thank God for stairmaster.

Maria Henehan says …

Date roll and/or golden raisins (large ones) are the snack du jour.

Melissa P says …

Whole Foods 365 Trail Mix - delicious!

Holly says …

I also frequently "raid" the bulk section at Whole Foods for nuts (lately I am favoring the tamari roasted almonds and the raw Brazil nuts), and wash it down with GT Dave's kombucha (usually the Trilogy or Gingerade flavors). I also like Greek yogurt (Fage or Oikos), and my "naughty" treats are Jelly Belly beans and Dagoba dark chocolate!

Jessica says …

whole pumpkin seeds

Crystal Loftus says …

I am munching on some dried apricots and walnuts. Something about sweet apricots mixed with the nuts is so yummy!

Melissa Zacherl says …

Annie's Cheddar Bunny Snack Mix. Yum!

Lisa PIerre-Louis says …

My favorite snack is the 365 veggie chips, those were made just for me. I'm working out and potato chips is one of my bad foods that I can no longer eat while trying to lose 50 pounds but my trainer told me that I can eat the 365 veggie chips, I just love whole foods!!!!!

fireball1212 says …

I am snacking on some puffed sugar snap peas. way better than chips!

Donna Fritchman says …

In August I read the book "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman It changed my life, my health, and the way I view food. My snacks now are oranges, dates, apples, hummus with whole wheat crackers, carrots, and nuts (walnuts, almonds, and raw cashews). I never thought I would get to the place where I actually prefer good, healthy snacks over high fat/sugar processed food. But I do and I'm not going back. I appreciate Whole Foods because I can buy great quality, nutritious foods.

Luis Casstle says …

I'm snacking on Raw Coconut Butter with Organic Honey and Raw Cacao Nibs made into little balls then hardened through refrigeration, Delicious & Nutritious!!

Meghan says …

Raw trail mix all the way!!!

Suzan says …

Allegro Chai Tea and Bob's Red Mill Gluten-free brownies. Or Whole Foods gluten-free cranberry orange scones. Recently, roasted chestnuts.

Josh says …

at the moment, a fresh organic orange.

s. miller says …

Full Sail Wassail :D

Meghan says …

I like to make my own trail mix with different nuts, dried fruits and other items from the bulk aisle, alternating between sweet and savory mixes. Sometimes I spend a few minutes just staring at the bins in Whole Foods and thinking about how I might mix things up -- thanks for the great selection!

Michelle says …

So many to choose from! I love Newman's Alphabet Cookies and Annie's Bunny Cookies. Pretzels are also a favorite, and Stonyfield's Raspberry Yogurt (Raspberry Lemonade in the summer!). Fresh fruit, Nature's Valley Apple Crisp granola bars and anything dark chocolate also top the list!

Jen says …

Don't have alot of money for snacks these days, but when I do, Dark Chocolate, almond and cranberry trail mix by Amy's House. A banana, or uh hem (sunchips) I have an addiction to those chips! :( I also like raw broccoli, hummus, plain cooked chic peas, Oikos organic Yogurt with honey in the bottom, peanut butter toast, etc.

Kay Frier says …

Raw almonds. Yep...I'm boring.

Erin G says …

Hummus and pita! (my new love affair!) Raisins, 365 cereal bars, bananas... Currently it is Golden Stoneground Wheat Crackers, though.

LAURA SPRAGUE says …

I am snacking on chocolate by Lindt.

Jo Smith says …

Not being able to have anything with gluten or dairy makes things a bit more difficult for me in the snack dept. That's one of the reasons I love visiting Whole Foods. They have such a wide selection of healthy gluten free snacks to choose from....let's see - sushi, rice crispy bars, gluten free cookies, tons of good fruit, vegees and hummus, gluten free crackers and hummus, rice chips and NUTS! Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Maxine says …

Cottage Cheese and Peaches, makes a great breakfast. Popcorn for snacking, sometimes even for dinner if the day has been especially long!

Tracey says …

I like to snack on almonds, pretzels, apples, but I do admit that my favorite snack is chocolate.

Carla says …

Well, I've been eating lots of apples lately but in things like pie and crisp, I need better choices close by. I love the whole foods store. wish there were one in my town.

Aileen says …

I am snacking on some greek yogurt with organic raspberries, drizzled with a little honey. Other favorite snacks are Lara bars, peanut butter and toast, and veggies dipped in hummus.

Elena Register says …

I like fresh fruits, cheese, almonds and other nuts I buy at WF.

Thien-Kim says …

My new fave snack are lightly salted roasted almonds!

Judy says …

I wish I was snacking on good things. Lately - Little Debbie cakes keep appearing in my pantry. LOL I love to snack on hummus, crackers and fruit.

Teresa Daniels says …

I'm keeping it simple: comice pears, grapes, and bits of cheese (type varies as to mood).

Juanita says …

I enjoy snacking on cheese and grapes, crackers, or nuts--especially almonds or pecans.

Patricia says …

bulk raw organic brazil nuts, walnuts and pumpkin seeds, raw organic goji berries and raw organic cacao nibs! ;D

AW Dorminy says …

Yumm... we are snacking on a fresh bag of banana nut Bear Naked granola =- with 5 children still at home, it is just the right amount for an afternoon snack. Yummy!!

mithu says …

I love WFM too! Luckily, there's one very close to school, so I go there at least once a week. The snacks I usually buy from there are Annie's Bunny Graham Friends, Annie's Cheddar Organic Snack Mix Bunnies, SKYR.is Yoghurt, raspberries, grapefruit, apples + cheese, natural peanut butter + raw honey spread + sea salt on whole wheat toast, marinated mushrooms + mini mozzarella balls + olives + roasted garlic + fresh tomatoes, Bell & Evans' chicken nuggets + dijon mustard + gouda cheese + raw celery sticks + raw carrot sticks. homemade spelt english muffin pizzas with sauce, fresh basil, sliced mozzarella and portobello mushrooms. ALL terrifically YUMMY!!!

Betty Mercier says …

I rely on Whole Foods for the wonderful organic whole-grain breads, the wide selection of organic teas, and of course, vitamins! Whole Foods is also a great place to buy herbs and spices, and whole grain organic cereals and crackers too!

Luke S. says …

Most often I like to snack on some delicious kettle style potato chips. Though I also frequently enjoy some good organic chocolate chip cookies with organic fair trade coffee, both with a hint of peppermint. MMMmmmm!

Maryellen Zuniga says …

Snacking is creativity. I love sliced apple with peanut butter. My favorite is sliced red grapes in low-fat cottage cheese. Yum, Yum.

Pamela Curry says …

What I am and what I wish I was snacking on.... Granny Smith Apples, Organic Boca Burgers, Nasoyo Chocolate Silk, raisins, eggnog coffee, smart balance milk, when I can afford to eat.

Danielle M says …

Right now? Stacy's Pita Chips.

Rachael says …

I am snacking on mini kosher dill pickles! Of course, I'm 3 months pregnant, so that might have something to do with it!! ;)

krista says …

snacking on homemade granola and carrot sticks.

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