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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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Doreen Merkel says …

I love shopping at Whole Foods. My only complaint is that our store isn't bigger! :) As a music teacher, I rely on the herbal teas like "Throat Coat" to keep my voice in top shape.

Lisa Allongo says …

I just love the pumpkin seeds from there...i love to sit down and down 1/4 pound of them and then share them with my 4 kids...it's a great thing....

Jessica Dreger says …

I am snacking on some homemade potato, veggie and Qjourn Turkey Burger soup :) Making a mass amount since its starting to snow outside.

Debby says …

Hi , I lead a very hectic life as well but good health is always formost on my mind. I am always reaching for a healthy snackin between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Right now I am enjoying, Justins maple almond butter packets. They are premeasured so you don't have to worry about portion size. They are also very handy and make eating healthy on the go easy. Sometimes I eat the nut buttter right out of the wrapper for a quick burst of energy. If I have time I add the nut butter to smoothies or my two favorite ways of eating Justines amond butter is: On top of Macaines steel cut oatmeal with flaxseed, wheatgerm adn soy or nonfat milk. I also like to slice an apple in half, spread on the nut butter dip into sunflower seeds and raisins and drizzle with honey! Yum. If you want you could also melt down an oz of dark chocolate(endangered species) is great and drizzle on top! I hope you enjoy these snacks as much as I do! Enjoy Your tour! Sincerely, Debby P.S I shop Whole Foods every week and couldn't agree more that they make a great partnership with you.

thewrightmom7 says …

Snack food for us- humus, carrots, olives, pretzels, and cheese sticks, popcorn and granola bars- yummy!!

Christina Moser says …

I love the Kashi granola bars or Glutino Blueberry Bars as a late night snack. It's not as sweet as the other brands and tastes delicious.

Sara Pritzl says …

Hi, Always snacking on 100% Natural Black Licorice stick :)

Jennifer Pasquale says …

For me & my music group that I'm with. We also like to eat healthy & I always like a hot soup or broth. I like the low sodium tomato soup with fresh cilantro and a couple of pieces of flat bread, & the butternut squash soups are really good to with some cinnamon chips that are in the organic sections. & if all else the good old stand by Fat Free Jello cup with coolwhip topping! ~ Soups have come along way and in the organic sections you can find a wide variety. Happy Snakin to all... Jen*

Suzanne Kostman says …

I love to snack on fresh Strawberries from Whole Foods. They are always so perfectly ripe and sweet. My kids love them too! Great source of vitamin C that is especially needed at this time of year!

sydney says …

I am enjoying the seasonal grapefruit! I love it, and right now our local Texas Grapefruit are 2/$1!!

Amie Breedlove says …

I SO wish there was a whole foods here in Charleston. I miss the locally owned Natural Pantry in Alaska. We do have a Healthy Life Market, a very small whole foods type store...so I love grabbing anything organic...like the Terra veggie chips, raw garlic (fun breath with this one), honey crisp and golden delicious apples, kiwi's and poms. =)

Margo says …

Snacks these days vary. I had rice cakes on Friday, and today it was an apple and tangerines. Another favorite is raw almonds, but I just had to treat myself to a few cashews with sea salt as well recently. Oh so yummy.

John Farley says …

I have a gluten allergy, as well as a lactose intolerance. Whole foods has the best variety of each I can find. I buy Rice Milk and bionaturae pasta, as well as gluten free cereals.

Regan Zacharko says …

I am snacking on peppermint bark! I love the Holidays!!!

Lee Annette Johnson says …

When I am at work - I get the munchies in the afternoon. I work in an office environment and I stock one of my drawers with great snacks. My most recent favorite is wasabi coated dried peas. I also have lightly salted peanuts, low fat Triscuits and a variety of healthy nut and oatmeal bars. Kind regards, Lee Annette Johnson

S. Dainko says …

My son loves the frozen orzo pasta with meat sauce baby food. I love the fresh "grape" tomatoes, pretzels, and guacamole. The Irvine store is our favorite!

Tracy says …

I love snacking on Kashi soft baked cereal bars...especially the blackberry!

Sue says …

I had some almonds a little while ago.

anon says …

crunchy, cold organic radishes with some salt. yummm.

Portia says …

Apples and almond butter

Kathleen Serafin says …

Of course, Christmas cut-outs are my snack for the month of December. Most months I love raspberries!

Maren says …

Clementines.

Greg Richards says …

cleaning up after my little ones, watching some football..go packers...and snacking on some carrots, and amazing organic raisin cinnammon toast!

Carie R. says …

I've been making Spinach Dip and eating it with whole wheat and savory crackers. Yum.

Vivian says …

I love to snack on apples with Justin's maple or honey almond butter, and Larabars!

Franchesca Aguilar says …

Homemade vegan rosemary garlic crackers with red beet white bean hummus delicious!

Orneryswife says …

we love chocolate--Green and Blacks organic dark is our fave, but we'll take others. We LOVE the garlic/dill cheddar cheese and nut thins crackers, and apples--gala, especially, but any good crisp sweet ones will do. I also pack fresh ground peanut butter, celery sticks with salmon cheese spread (cream cheese, smoked salmon, green onions, shredded dill havarti), and a selection of nuts from the bulk department. I also take my own granola--made from organic oats I buy in bulk--and creamy yogurt. When we travel, we take food to cook in our room, even though sometimes it means we have to search harder for a room with a stove and refrigerator. It is so worth it to stay healthy!

Mark says …

I am snacking on pretzels and dark chocolate (72%).

Robin OSullivan says …

I snack on almonds, dried apricots, banana chips, and chocolate-covered ginger from the bulk bins. Yum!

Deb says …

I am snaking on sesmark rice thins and cheese

Jen says …

Right now I am snacking on a Stonyfield organic Limited Edition Pumpkin Pie flavored lowfat yogurt with Organic Flax Plus Granola with Pumpkin Seeds (bulk @ WF). So good!

perle champion says …

Cold pizza and a Dos Equis. To busy for lunch and that was convenient in my fridge. Late afternoon and late night, it's usually air-popped corn.

Sandra says …

Cheese and crackers.

Lizette Krajnak says …

I'm snacking on dried cranberries, leftovers of T-day. Why? Because I grew tired of the leftover pecans and walnuts from T-day. This time of year is all about leftovers in my house, better eat them fast before all those Christmas goodies begin arriving!

kimberlee says …

I snack on pecans and almonds! My healthy friend just told me about soaking the nuts first and then baking them at low heat till dry. Really brings out the yummy rich nuttiness!

Kristen says …

I love to snack on apples with cinnamon sprinkled on them and I sometimes put it in the microwave for a warm dessert-like taste!

fact says …

I snack on granny smith apples and chocolate covered raisins.

Amanda Choiniere says …

My favorite snacks are 365 Brand Veggie chips with hummus. Some other yummy things to accompany hummus are celery sticks or Whole Foods homemade pita chips. It always yummy to grab a nice piece of fresh fruit from Whole Foods. I have never been disappointed.

Jennifer says …

I love snacking on Greek-style yogurt and dried apricots.

cindy wilde says …

You already mentions my favorite raw almonds recently I found a small tin from califoria almonds it holds 21 almonds easy to carry any where same size a breath mint tin I'm sure an old breath mint tin could be reused to carry the raw almonds on the go.

Debbie McKnight says …

I always find a V8 and string cheese to be a satisfying snack.

JaclynS says …

Like Clare, I also like to homemake as many of my snacks as possible. I've got a good recipe for whole wheat cracker. Smeared with a little peanut butter, it is a great snack that gives me a little energy too! When I need a sweet fix, I make a batch of the flourless brownies with black beans from Whole Foods' recipe page. My boyfriend won't eat them, soo more for me! :) Aaron's beef jerky sounds soo good!

Sarah Marie says …

Tart dried cherries with almonds make for snacking heaven. And if I'm in the mood, I throw in some dark chocolate or carob chips. Mmm.

LeeAnn P. says …

I'm snacking on my "go to" snack for when I don't have time for a sit down breakfast: walnuts with dates and craisins. The kids are snacking with me too! murphykatt(at)yahoo(dot)com

sara loud says …

I love a small bit of really good cheese and whole grain crackers.

Siri Devta says …

I make a mean "Whole Meal" Muffin with bananas, zucchini, walnuts and raisins. I usually make them in big batches, freeze some for later and keep some out for a quick snack. When I run out, or can't make them, I snack old-school style, raisins, apples and bananas (peeled from bottom!). They even come with edible & natural wrappers!

Molly says …

Homemade granola with dried blueberries and pecans (fresh Texas pecans from WF!). It's addictive.

Mariah says …

Nothing beats a handful of sweet and tart dried cranberries when my sweet tooth kicks in. I always have reduced-fat string cheese on hand as well, it gives me the energy i need right before a work-out.

KatieK says …

I snack on edamame

karen Botos says …

Hi ,Id love to win this bag of goodies I too am trying to make my life holesome again.im 5 ft 230 pds and trying to eat what is good for me and my husband of 38 yrs who has been batteling cancer for last 3 yrs its areal struggle for him and I have to do my part to help himHe has larynex cancer! P.S,We love homemade everything

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