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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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Sylvia Wood says …

I take healthy snacks to work. There is a refrigerator so I bring several containers of Hummus and a stock of celery. I love it together. Very refreshing. Sylvia Wood

Kathy Watson says …

The Whole Foods nuts are great snacks and a good value. I love the cashews and almonds right out of the bag.

gina babin says …

green smoothie! MmMmMmMm!!!

Lorien says …

Last weekend I shopped at Whole Foods and brought home Yaya's popcorn, Kettle Death Valley chipotle chips, and Kettle chili lime tortilla chips. None of them lasted very long, they were soooo good!

Mandi says …

Stacy's Original Pita Chips, fruit leather and milk...ok and I've had a couple of cookies...tis the season!

Monica says …

My go-to snacks are: * handful of pistachios or walnuts * low-fat string cheese * spinach with Greek dressing * Greek yogurt * low carb tortilla with a roasted green chile, garlic salt and a dollop of sour cream * berries and whipped cream * Canadian bacon * Muenster cheese * boiled farm eggs (because they're natural and healthy) * sliced kiwi * red grapes * whole wheat toast with almond butter * whole grain crackers with pesto * salmon or sardines with pepper * black bean and cheese burrito * fresh tomatoes drizzled with olive oil, lemon, salt and cracked pepper * bacon * cantaloupe * pomegranate and sunflower seeds * pumpkin seeds * cottage cheese * cucumbers and tomatoes * roasted green chile with fresh garlic and chips * low carb tortilla or pita with hummus, olives and feta * smoked sausage with melted cheese and kraut * banana * green tea with lemon and honey * smoked Gouda * tortilla with avocado and cheese * oatmeal with walnuts * handful of almonds * Miso soup * soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles) with green onions, white onions, soy, garlic and olive oil * pieces of roasted or rotisserie chicken * sliced apples * two tacos (with carne asada, onion, cilantro, onion and tomatillo sauce) * butter and garlic sauteed mushrooms * caramelized onions * shrimp scampi (usually leftover) * pico de gallo with shrimp and avocado (SO good) * crackers with cream cheese and salmon, olives, pepper and mozzarella * crackers with cream cheese and orange marmalade * leftover porkchop or chicken breast with small serving of couscous * white tea with small almond or coconut cookies * small piece of dark chocolate * brown rice and stir fry * mushroom baked with cheese and herb filling * steamed veggies

Kristin says …

pita chips and hummus

Abby says …

i'm snackin on lance's reduced fat peanut butter crackers... but cooking curried lentils!

Susan says …

I felt like snacking on something "chipy," so I grabbed some Veggie Stix chips just now.

Amanda says …

Pistachios, always pistachios. Also, 365 Blueberry Cereal Bars. and 365 Animal Crackers.

Rebekah Smith says …

I am snacking on my new favorite winter tasty treat- Olomomo Nuts!!!

Liz says …

Right now, my fav snack is an avacado half with some pineapple salsa over it - it goes with anything, flaxseed chips, in a mini pita... you name it!

Rita Goldman says …

yum sounds good

Marta says …

Gluten-free multigrain crackers and sunbutter!

Eva T says …

Stacy's Pita Chips!

greenbean says …

almond butter and raisins in a tortilla.

Janeen J says …

Greek yogurt with honey & slivered almonds. YUM! A great substitute for ice cream.

Noelle says …

Lara bars! Chocolate covered cocoa nibs, pumpkin seed fruit trail mix. Fruit. Dried apricots.

David Mitchell says …

Rye Bread and more Rye Bread!

lisa jensen says …

I've been snacking on apple slices and raw crunchy almond butter.....

Christiana says …

When I'm in the mood for a snack, I usually go for dried fruit like raisins or apricots with nuts like almonds or cashews, or a bit of cheese. I find that something high in protein usually keeps the next bout of munchies away! Another favorite is a bit of cheese on a wheat cracker with a dab of jam :)

angiolle says …

I love banana or apple slices topped with raw almond butter! :)

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!

Cynthia Mariscal says …

I have a great, big tin of popcorn that a friend sent me for the Holiday, so I've been greedily snacking on that today (and yesterday, and the day before that...) :D

Jessa Madosky says …

I'm snacking on ginger candies from the ginger people and drinking lots of juice - trying to ward off the cold thats been going around!

Marilyn says …

Whole Foods Market is brand new to me. Every time I go in there, there is something new and good to try. The staff are helpful too. I just want to say I am happy there is a Whole Foods Market near me. Love,Love,Love,this place!

Diana Law says …

when I'm running around I like to throw a couple of Larabars in my bag to snack on. They're raw, gluten-free and come in a variety of flavors, so it seems like eating something different each time, well, ok, each flavor is a little different :)

Sarah W says …

One of my top snacks at the moment is Horizon organic yogurt with granola or trail mix from the bulk foods section. Today it happens to be a mix of dried cranberries, coconut flakes, pepitas and almonds in vanilla yogurt. Seriously. Delicious.

Jennifer says …

Today I had cracker with red pepper hummus.

Katherine says …

I am snacking on dark chocolate-covered espresso beans we buy from the bulk section of Whole Foods. I have tried many other brands and Whole Foods tastes so much better.

Julie K says …

i am snacking on hummus + pita chips. my favorite... yum....

debi moore says …

hummus, both homemade and store-bought, carrots and celery, genisoy soy crisps, smokehouse almonds, oven-roasted tomatoes with olive oil & garlic, homemade salsa and food should taste good chips

mary says …

i know this isn't anything new to most people, but i recently became a fan of smart puffs (by the folks who make pirate's booty, which is also delicious). it's a good thing they're all natural, because i am truly addicted!

Amy says …

Today's afterschool snack was a new one for me. I have two avocados that sorely need to be used, and I've read about raw vegan chocolate pudding before, using avocado as the base. Since these were a touch past prime I added more cocoa and sweetner than was probably necessary, but WOW! It was good stuff! And filling! And Healthy!

Jennifer says …

Today my snack is Cashew butter spread on celery and then sprinkled with chia seeds, it's better with almond butter but I aim for variety!

Jo Ann Thomas says …

I love to snack on hummus and crackers, salsa and chips, cheese with chutney on crackers and fruit of all kinds. I love your music! Peace! Jo Ann

Florence says …

I like Kettle popcorn, yogurt, fruits except some that I'm allergic too

Claire M says …

I love to pick up many items in my Whole Foods bag, which I got at a Jim Brickman, 'Beautiful World" concert recently! I come home, listen to Jim Brickman's Grammy nominated, FAITH, CD while snacking on almonds, dried cranberries, PopChips or the whim-of-the-day. Hmm, Jim Brickman and Whole Foods do make a 'beautiful world' = my world!!:)

Wendy Calvert says …

Have you ever made homemade ricotta? My daughter and I are snacking on Granny Smith apple slices topped with homemade ricotta! Delicious!

suzanne didiano says …

I and my family are snacking on peeled and cut into small bite size pieces,fresh vegetables, carrots, anise, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs, parsley, mint, oregano, peppers, purple onions, spring onions, root vegetables Please enter my name in your Better Bag Draw. Thanks, sincerely, suzanne didiano 1418 woodeden drive, mississauga, ontario canada l5h 2t9 9058218093 work s.didiano@hotmail. com

Renee says …

I like frozen grapes. You pop them in the freezer and when you want them just take them out, and they are great frozen, or they stay cool all day to take with you.

Dawn Hurst says …

Definitely clementines :)

Ms DRUE CAIN says …

Have you every tried Green Tea with Jasmine Tea? I have an electric tea pot at work that I put one Green Tea bag and one Jasmine Tea bag in it and it makes about 3 mugs of tea. I found that Jasmine Tea is a little to strong be itself.

Jacob Lilly says …

Wheat crackers with Cedars roasted garlic hummous, peanut butter sandwiches with Ezekiel 4:9 bread, organic PB, and a few drops of agave nectar. :)

Pat Keogh says …

I have always shopped at the Whole Foods in Carmel. When visiting Sarasota, Florida, this weekend, I found a huge store in downtown Sarasota. It was like visiting a great friend. Speaking of great friends, all of Jim Brickman's songs are very special to me. I also love attending his concerts and appreciate how kind Jim and all of his co-musicians are to the audience after the performances!!!!!!

Michele McClellan says …

I often for a treat go to whole foods and find fun and wholesome food. Hummus and organic crackers, prepared crudites, the best cookies and chocolates. The already prepared foods have saved me several times when unexpected events make it unable for me to cook, like my broken hand. Thanks so much

Elisha says …

Grapes!!!

Kelly says …

I'm snacking on Clementine Cuties. They are delicious!

Lori says …

I love trail mix for my daily driving as a sales rep!

Lisa Swindler says …

I enjoy going to whole foods and buying the nuts, black salt and bread the store offers.

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