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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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Michele Peters says …

When I'm in the mood for crunchy...Air popped popcorn sprinkled with Spike or pretzels. I also like Zen Bakery blueberry fiber cakes!

Heidi says …

This is awesome!!! I got to see Jim Brickman a few years ago on his Christmas tour. ONe of the best concerts I have ever been to. I love that Jim supports Whole Foods. This was a great blog!! Yah!

Ron says …

I am snacking on homemade chocolate peppermint squares! They are sooooooo good and not super sweet so I can eat a lot of them in one sitting! http://ifyancanyoucan.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/chocolate-peppermint-squares/

Jo-Ann Eckart says …

Hi Jim, Have you ever tried baked Turkey Pepperoni dipped you favorite hummus? It is awesome!!

Yongwoon Kim says …

I am snacking on some "trial mix", homemade is better. Prepare good old raisins, cranberries, cashews, almonds, banana chips, pretzels and little bit of chocolate chips just mixed together and put it in a small bag and bring with everywhere. If I want to make more little more sweet, put all the nuts in a pan and toast it little bit, and put some of honey on it.

Jennifer says …

I love Jim Brickman and Whole Foods! I have recently started to eat mostly raw during the day. Raw pecans and dates eaten together are a special treat for me. I've also started eating Lara Bars, which are mostly raw, if I'm having a busy week. Of course, the Fuji Apples at Whole Foods are the best on the go snack, especially if you add some almond butter. Yum.

Bree says …

My snack of choice tonight is Whole Foods' 365 brand Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. Delicious!

Greg says …

I am snacking on Persinnamon - a quick bread made with persimmons, walnuts and cinnamon. Persimmons are in season this time of year and look like tomatoes that don't turn to mush too quickly.

Florence says …

It's been a snacking kind of day for me. Breakfast: Banana, peanut butter, Sunspire grain-sweetened chocolate chips and decaf coffee. Lunch: Avalon bakery multigrain bread with cream cheese and St. Dalfour's Black Cherry fruit preserves.

Rosalind Taylor says …

I am snacking on apples and baked sweet potatoes because I have started a heart healthy routine. I put walnuts, raisins and cinnamon on my sweet potatoes. Or I cut the sweet potatoes in strips and bake them with olive oil and cinnamon.

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.

julie says …

mmm my fav snacks are definitely air popped popcorn with cinnamon and carrots with salsa (SPICY salsa!)

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 !

Veronica says …

I like to snack on the Student's Trail Mix from the bulk aisle or carrots and broccoli dipped in garlic hummus.

dan brennan says …

I just had this conversation with my lady this afternoon. I really need to get into better snacking. Not only that, but getting into the habit of preparing in advance. Today for instance, I am working retail near downtown Detroit, and I'm just about the only store open in the immediate area, and the only thing our store has to offer is soda, chocolate and sugary|salty covered nuts. So once I'm get home, I'll be so hungry, it's hard to avoid eating the fastest meal possible, which isn't always the healthiest. I recently signed up to get twitter updates from whole foods. With better planning, and some good ideas, I will 'break the habit' and make a healthier me!

Shelly says …

carrots and hummus or vegan taziki (soft tofu instead of yogurt)

iamnotstarjones says …

i'm snacking on dried mango.

Alicia says …

Fruits and veggies are always preferred in our house for a midday snack time. But for a bed time snack, you can't beat one of those freshly baked cookies from WF's bakery! Chocolate chip will always be my favorite.

Tracy says …

I'm snacking on chex mix. Too salty!

ANNE ELIZABETH says …

I LOVE SNACKING AN MEXICAN LAYER DIP, W/CORN TORTILLA THE SAVORY TASTE OF THE DIP (CAN TASTE THE INGREDIENTS) .

sarah n says …

We love hummus, it's great with veggies, on chips, or even tortillas. Currently I'm snacking on whole foods roasted salted plantains, we can't live without in our house and at work!

Michelle says …

I am overweight and have started a new eating plan and learning to snack wiser. My fav is carrots and humus, raw almonds, and granola. Have lost 20 lbs with this new plan and going strong!

Hermenia D says …

I love snacking on flaming hot potatoe chips, fritos and cheetos and skins.

Lorrie H. says …

My family pf six is addicted to Larabars. And my three year old and I love to share GT's Kombucha!

Sara Weinreb says …

I am snacking on delicious, juicy clementines!

Sarah M says …

Living in a college setting makes it tough to maintain a healthy diet, similar to the way it would be on tour... although I won't deny my love for late night pizza. In order to stay healthy, especially in the winter months, my housemates and I stock up on sources of vitamin C and protein. Clementines taste best when it is cold outside! Omelets with spinach and cheese fill you up in the morning so you're not snacking too much during the day. And I firmly believe that eating the actual food is better than loading up on vitamins - not only because it's healthier but it tastes good :)

Adrienne says …

Pita Chips and Hummus! Mhmmm good!

Gabby says …

My favorite snack is Udi's Hawaiian granola or Bear Naked Mango Agave Almond granola with some dried fruit and vanilla yogurt. It really is a magic fix for most any time of the day.

lucy says …

candied walnuts and a honeycrisp

rebecca says …

i love getting a whole bunch Whole Foods Seeduction bread rolls. i just stick them in the freezer and whenever i want one i just pop it in the oven for 5-10 minutes and eat them with dinner, lunch, or just a snack! their perfect with all the seeds and nutrients packed in them.

Anna says …

I love snacking on dried prunes and nuts (almonds and cashews), as well as carrots with some yummy hummus!

Dave B says …

My wife makes a killer homemade Chex mix. Always good for a quick spicy snack.

Melina says …

Well, right now I've been sick with the flu so I've been snacking on mandarins and oranges. Though Ikve also been eating cookies and potato chips.

Kate McClintock says …

I am reading this on Twitter while snacking on Glutino gluten free pretzels-delicious! I love Brickman-cool!

erin says …

kalamata olives!

Susan says …

I'm snacking on these Kale Chips I bought at Whole Foods. I just love them! [IMG]http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll284/susanc1007/1257552590.jpg[/IMG]

lisa says …

reduced fat Triscuits

ashley says …

I'm snacking on Pennysticks Brand Multi-Grain pretzel nuggets with sesame <3 so delicious

Heather Hicks says …

Fresh local pecans that my husband's grandmother shelled and bagged for us.

Food Makes Fun Fuel says …

Right now a So Delicious Agave Sweetened Plain Yogurt

Job Seeker says …

Canned lentil soup from Whole Foods. High in fiber and protein, tastes great and perfect for a cold afternoon.

Susan says …

I'm snacking on my fresh made holiday cranberry nut bread. Yummy and low carb, sugar free! Made with almond meal, stevia, walnuts and cranberries for a no guilt holiday treat.

Kyndal says …

I've been study snacking all day between slices of Granny Smith's dunked in Nancy's Organic plain yogurt, and dried, unsweetened pineapple rings smeared with almond butter! MMM, not everyone is a fan of the pineapple-almond butter combo, but I've got all my friends and family hooked on the apples and yogurt. So delicious and refreshing, you've got to try it!

Rosa says …

Chobani Greek yogurt with a spoonful of honey and cinnamon mixed in.

Dan says …

Ksar Pistachios with Sesame Seeds, Pepitas, Fig + Moroccan Harissa An exotic, piquant combination of Pistachios and Pepitas, sweetened by figs and honey, and finished with a peppery kick of Moroccan Harissa.

Jan Bills says …

I am snacking on pumpkin pie without the crust! I bake the pumpkin in small Ramekins so I do not overdo it! I simply add the same spices, etc. that is required for pie and leave out the crust. This dessert is delicious and just enough! P.S. I love Whole Foods!

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