Nostril personalities and Peanut Butter Popcorn Nuggets {giveaway}

by Kim on January 20, 2014

Wow! I’m totally honored to have been selected to represent POPSUGAR’s fitness blogger team!

In case you can’t find me in the crowd (it took me awhile to pick out my own face), the feature page looks kinda like this…


Not sure about the humor thing, but I do try to show how un-seriously I take myself.

Speaking of humor, I was pretty proud of myself for keeping a straight face during yoga last night. The instructor was talking about our nostrils, and how the right nostril is the "sun" nostril and the left is the "moon." I’ve never even thought to give my nostrils individualized attention, based on their distinct personalities–shows you how much I know about life.

So yes, it was a little quirky and New Age yoga for me, but I researched it when I got home, and there are actually some cold, hard facts to back up what she was saying.

Apparently, 85% of people only breathe out of one nostril at a time, subconsciously switching back and forth all day long (and night, for that matter). When we get stressed, we favor our right nostril (the energy, aka "sun" side), and when we’re relaxed, we go for the left (the calm, aka "moon" side).

Part of our practice last night was to do some left-nostril breathing, the idea being that we could nudge our bodies into relaxation mode (moon mode?). I’m not sure what it meant that my left nostril was way more plugged than my right and I had to keep sneaking in air from the sun side. I’m sure it’s not good.

I mean, thought I was pretty relaxed, but my nostrils don’t lie.

In other news, we’ve submitted Mason’s photo for the next GQ cover:

IMG_4056Heeey, ladies, just lounging on the floor with my snack cup. How you doin?

(P.S. Photo shoots with this kid are a nightmare these days. All I wanted was one nice picture of him smiling, but the reality is that not-blurry and looking vaguely at the camera is the best I can hope for.)

In weather news, we’re getting hit by more ugly sub-zero temps (there’s even talk of "another polar vortex"–GAG).

This is the time of year when I try to cope by rebelling in small ways. I under-dress (we’re talking NO HAT OR SCARF) to show the weather that I’m not going to adjust to this crap. I fantasize about moving to far away places and sometimes–shamefully–even research houses for sale in those places (So-Cal…). If that doesn’t make the weather feel guilty, I don’t know what will.

I also make super summery caprese salads:


Rice pasta, spinach, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella pearls, basil, S&P, oil, and balsamic vinegar. Definitely a bring-floss-to-work kind of meal.

I was hoping this batch would get me through 2-3 work lunches, but instead, it got me through lunch and dinner on Day 1 that it existed. Oops. Starved for summer much?

Speaking of FOOD!

The kind folks at Smart Balance recently asked if I’d like to try their new product, Peanut Butter Popcorn Nuggets.

My brain: Umm…did I hear you just include peanut butter and popcorn in the same product name…

I literally couldn’t type out my reply fast enough. YES OF COURSE PLEASE SEND NOW GAHHH.

As anticipated, they were INSANEly good. That bag was actually pretty big (and not 80% air like so many products in the world), and I think it survived one night in our home.

Brent loved them even more than I did. He started calling them "peanut butter Cracker Jacks"–a pretty apt description–and talked about craving them a week later.


I thought the best part was actually the PB-coated peanuts at the bottom.


–Gluten-free, non-GMO, 0g trans fat

–Made with peanut butter, peanuts, oats, flaxseed, and popcorn

–In 1 oz: 130 calories, 6g fat, 80mg sodium, 3g protein

These are hitting shelves in March. Sadly, for many of you: they’re only going out to Costcos in the Midwest (at least at first).

BUT here’s the good news!! The nice Smart Balance people agreed to let me give away a bag of Peanut Butter Popcorn Nuggets to one of you lovely readers!

Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Contest ends Monday the 27th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The fine print: Smart Balance sent me a free bag of nuggets to try in exchange for a review. Opinions are my own.


{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

meredith January 25, 2014 at 7:15 pm

My go to snack is almonds


Jennifer January 25, 2014 at 6:44 pm

My go-to snacks are fruit or popcorn, depending on if I’m in the mood for something sweet or something salty.


Heather January 25, 2014 at 1:18 am

these sound awesome! my go-to snacks are apples, popchips, and some protein bars (i’m pretty picky about ingredients…love lara ALT bars and zing bars!)


Amy Lauren January 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Lately I really like snacking on kale chips. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!
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Kelsey January 23, 2014 at 2:14 pm

My go to snack is… a protein bar! But, I love anything with PEANUT BUTTER any time of day! :)
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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate January 22, 2014 at 9:17 pm

These look amazing and I want them right NOW!


Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate January 22, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Clearly I was super excited and hit enter before I could answer your question :) My favorite go to snack is usually hummus and veggies or some homemade granola bars!
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Kim January 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm

hahaha :)


Jennifer January 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

My go to snack is apples or oranges.


Emily @SinfulNutrition January 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm

A major congrats on the Popsugar deal! That’s so interesting about the nostril breathing (as I’m sitting here trying to figure out which one i’m breathing through)

I may have to travel to the midwest just to get a bag of those bad boys. Two of my obsessions combined?! I die. Thanks for the giveaway!


Kim January 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I’ve been paying attention to the nostril thing all week and I’ve noticed that one of my nostrils is always a little more stuffed up than the other one–and it switches at random! Crazy.


ErikaMC January 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm

My go-to snack is usually some type of homemade granola bar or trail mix. I love me some popcorn and have been known to eat it with a spoonful of peanut butter – yum!


Kristin @ A Mom on the Run January 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Either apples with peanut butter or apples with gouda.. YUM!
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Maria@TheBrooklynFig January 22, 2014 at 10:54 am

A go to snack for me is usually fruit- a banana, apple, or some sliced pineapple. I also love hummus and pita chips.
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Paige Callahan January 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

My usual snacks are either trail mix or pretzels and peanut butter!


Katie January 22, 2014 at 10:03 am

The costco near me is actually their smallest size, but hopefully I’ll get lucky enough to try these!
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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

These look SO GOOD! My go-to snack changes, but lately it’s been roasted almonds with dried cranberries.
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jill January 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

apples + pb!


Caroline January 21, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Almonds and cheesesticks are my standard snacks during the work day.
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Lisa @ Lisa Living Well January 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm

My go-to snack is a handful of almonds!
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine January 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Right now my go to snack is an apple with raw crunchy almond butter mixed with cinnamon!
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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Yum! My go to snack is usually a handful of nuts and unsweetened dried fruit.
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Britt @ A Life Worth Living January 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Oh my gosh. Popcorn. Peanut Butter. Yum!! Oh man I hope I win cause I don’t live anywhere near where those will be sold. How bout I trade you for 70 degrees temps and sun from the California coast for one of those bags :)
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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat January 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm

My go to snacks are either granola bars or veggies/hummus!
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