Quaker Popped Snacks Giveaway

Today has been a super busy day! I was very productive and that makes me happy.

I just now got around to checking my email and saw Coach Steve posted a video from his experience at the Surf City Marathon. I make a little cameo at 2:36 – check it out!

You know else makes me happy? A knock at the door and a big delivery of Quaker Popped snacks – see the picture below?! Yes. I got one of every flavor a few weeks ago! This would be ridiculous for the average girl, but this b likes to eat…quaker pop snacks

(RER Instagram)

I’m obviously partial to the sweet flavas but they’re all good Smile

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I tried these snacks in the past, but Quaker recently changed the name from quakes to Pops so they look a tiny bit different. They are made whole grain brown rice, corn and love.

Want to win all 14 flavors of Quaker Popped Rice Snacks and $1,000 gift card to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions?!

Answer this question in the comments:

What 5 small steps are you taking toward a healthier lifestyle in the new year?

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  1. Amy says

    5 small steps toward a healthier new year: 1. moving 30 minutes a day, 2. keeping my water bottle filled all the time, 3. trading one of my two cups of AM coffee for a cup of green tea, 4. trading my morning snack granola bar for an apple, and 5. no technology (except the kindle) in bed! :)

  2. Lanie says

    I’m trying to drink more water (or seltzer), exercise at least 3 out of 5 days during the work week, park farther away at work, snack less, and sleep more!

  3. says

    5 small steps toward a healthier lifestyle in the New Year:
    – Confident self-image
    -Eating a paleo style diet (meat, veggies and fruit)during the week and on the weekends letting myself enjoy other things
    -Not sweating the small stuff
    – Enjoying life!

  4. hensley says

    sleep, drinking more water, turning off the computer more, saying yes to social opportunities and FORGIVING myself

  5. Shelly says

    1. Making sure to eat fruits or veggies everyday! 2. Drinking 4 nalgenes of water daily. 3. Working out at least 5 times a week. 4. Eating out only on weekends (yikes) and 5. Wearing a fit bit during the day

  6. Kate says

    1) more running, 2) stretch breaks during the day 3) posture checks during the day 4) hydration 5) reading a challenging new book.

  7. says

    1.No more soda!!!
    2. Taking lunch to work 3 days a week.
    3. Hitting the gym at least 3 times a week.
    4. Take the stairs whenever I can!
    5. Be happy! The happier the healthier so doing things that make me happy will be good!

  8. Michelle says

    I love Quakes!!! And I’m working on and accomplishing the following:

    1. Exercising at least once per day;
    2. Supplementing my breakfast or a snack with a protein shake;
    3. Incorporating more veggies with every meal;
    4. Drinking more water; and
    5. Attending one or more yoga sessions per week. This is something very new to me and I find it so beneficial to my mental health.

  9. Sarah says

    I am reducing the amount of red meat I eat, replacing my mid-morning snack with a fruit smoothie, doing strength training instead of just running, trying to get better sleep, and (bonus) trying to spend more time with friends! :)

  10. Lesley says

    I’ve been making it a priority to get up before work one day a week to get a workout in (5am!). Baby steps :)

  11. Hadas says

    5 small steps toward a healthier new year. Take at least 10,000 steps a day, avoid soda (especially diet coke), go to Yoga class once a week, run 4 days a week, do strength workout.

  12. sophie says

    5 small steps:

    1 – started counting calories again (myfitnesspal makes it so easy)
    2 – hiking on the weekends
    3 – drinking water more consistently
    4 – not snacking as much on the weekends (eating only when actually hungry)
    5 – no more diet sodas! or at least not as often

  13. says

    1. Just letting go. 2. Having faith that things will work out. 3. Stick to my workout plan. 4. Stretch more. 5. Actively think about the things I’m grateful for before bed everyday.

  14. Allie says

    1. Start to meditate
    2. Drink more H2O
    3. Try to strength train more
    4. Turn off my computer 1 hr before bed
    5. Read more!

  15. Abby says

    My five small steps!
    1. Move every day
    2. Drinking more water (100oz day)
    3. Taking my vitamins (fish oil, multi…)
    4. Keeping up with old friends (through more than just FB)
    5.Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep!

  16. Stacey says

    1. Drink lots of water (this is HARD!)
    2. walk at breaks & lunchtime
    3. eat breakfast
    4. 8 hours sleep
    5. eat more fruit/vegetables

  17. Susan says

    These would not last long in my house! My girls love them as much as I do. To be healthier in the new year, I am doing the following:
    1. Training for my first half marathon.
    2. Strength training at least 2-3 times per week.
    3. Drinking more water and less soda.
    4. Trying to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies.
    5. Wearing sunscreen more often when I’m outdoors.

  18. says

    5 Steps – YIKES!
    1) more sleep
    2) trying not to stress about the small stuff so much
    3) stretching after my runs
    4) adding in weight bearing exercises at least 3 times a week
    5) meditating & being mindfully thankful before I go to bed

  19. Kelly says

    1. drinking more water (pretty sure this will be a common one, lol)
    2. incorporating strength training into my routine…even if it’s just at home and a few days a week
    3. working hard on my goal to run my first 5k this spring! I seriously NEVER thought that I would be a “runner.” I’m amazed at how much my body can do that I never thought possible!
    4. most importantly: working on being kind to myself. I’ve had a terrible habit of treating myself horribly for as long as I can remember…from being the token red head in my 4th grade class who was made fun of, to always feeling like the fat kid (because I was/still sort of am!). I’m working on transforming my attitude toward myself by keeping those negative thoughts in check. :)

    PS: HI!! I’ve been reading for a while now, but have never posted. <3

  20. Kelly says

    Oh whoops, pressed submit too soon.

    5. Swapping coffee for green tea. It sucked at first, but I think it’s helping me stay more hydrated. :p

  21. Heather says

    1. No more meat
    2. Run a little more
    3. Yoga
    4. Spend more time with my kids
    5. Roll with it more, stress less

  22. kerry says

    Continuing my training to run my first half marathon this year, eating a balanced breakfast each morning, Drinking enough water each day, stretching after each workout and eating less processed food.

  23. Jenna says

    1. workout out 5 days a week
    2. sleep-in every once and a while
    3. eat less sugar
    4. more yoga
    5. smile :)

  24. Cellabella says

    Stretch every morning, drink more water, drink less alcohol, rest days, and give everyone a smile!

  25. D says

    My 5 steps:
    1. Training for a marathon
    2. Eating fresh fruit and veggies with EVERY meal
    3. Yoga on Fridays
    4. Wall squats when I’m brushing my teeth
    5. FOAM rolling and stretching to keep my muscles happy after long runs!

  26. says

    1. Eat less sugar, kind of hard bc I love sweets
    2. Be more positive
    3. Be more patient with people
    4. Try to cut out snacks after 7
    5. Use proper recovery foods after long runs

  27. Madeline says

    1. Trust my hunger
    2. Spend time with friends and family
    3. Appreciate every day
    4. Allow myself me-time
    5. Stretch, drink water, and sleep!!

  28. Danielle J says

    Drinking more water, taking the stairs, going to the gym more often, less sweets, avoid mindless snacking.

  29. abby r says

    1. half marathon training
    2. attending boot camp class once a week
    3. eating more fruit
    4. meal planning and making pizza when i crave it instead of ordering out
    5. trying to avoid aimless snacking

  30. Amber says

    1. Exercising daily, even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes.
    2. Break my sugar addiction
    3. Eat more protein, less carbs
    4. Eight hours of sleep
    5. Run a race every month to keep me accountable.

  31. Lacey says

    1. Starting my day by drinking water.
    2. Signing up a week ahead of time for classes at my yoga studio, so they are scheduled in.
    3. Committing to taking my dog on at least 1 extra long walk a week.
    4. Focussing on exercise I like to do, instead of exercise I feel like I should do.
    5. Cutting down on my dessert intake (no more lunch dessert!).

  32. Vanessa says

    1. Floss my teeth every day
    2. Incorporating more vegetables into my diet
    3. Allowing myself to enjoy quality treats on occasion
    4. Running again!
    5. Having intentional time for myself in the morning before work

  33. Jackie says

    1. Meditation
    2. Yoga more regularly
    3. Walking with friends
    4. Finding a good way to Cross Train
    5. Buy some Hokas
    And special bonus 6. Eat lots of Quaker oatmeal (and other products!)

  34. says

    1. Run 3x a week
    2. No coffee or soda (Still very hard!)
    3. Write down all of the food I eat
    4. Make meals for the week so I always have healthy food on hand.
    5. Always bring a lunch to work so I’m not tempted to eat fast food

  35. Wendy B. says

    1. Trading whole milk for unsweetened almond milk.
    2. Doing more cross training.
    3. Signing up for more races.
    4. Eating more of a variety of foods.
    5. Going to bed earlier.

  36. Catherine says

    1. Running consistently (albeit slowly…)
    2. Strength training 2x week
    3. Water, water, water
    4. Tracking what I eat
    5. Reading motivating articles and blogs ( like this one!) that make me want to keep all of this up on those days I want to be a slug!

  37. Jenny says

    1. eat more greens and fruits!
    2. drink lots of water!
    3. exercise regularly!
    4. take time to relax and destress!
    5. love myself!


  38. says

    My 5 steps are:
    1 – less fast food
    2 – more water
    3 – adding extra steps in my day (parking in the back of a lot, stairs, etc.)
    4 – less sugary snacks
    5 – more sleep!

    Thank you so much!

  39. Tracy says

    1. More half marathons
    2. Strength training!!!
    3. Less dessert..ugh
    4. More veggies
    5. Stress less

  40. Ali says

    1. Drinking lots of water
    2. Eating at least 7-8 fruit and veggie servings per day
    3. Doing yoga twice a week
    4. Walking at least 7 miles per week
    5. Relaxing more!

  41. morgan says

    1. go to bed earlier
    2. less time on computer
    3. read more at night
    4. take vitamins
    5. stretch more

  42. Holly says

    1) Adding in healthy fats
    2) More strength training
    3) Signed up for team races (Tough Mudder!)
    4) Leave work stress at work
    5) snuggle my cat more :)

  43. Madison Montgomery says

    1. Running more!
    2. Being conscious of what I eat
    3. Staying accountable with others
    4. Blogging
    5. Remaining positive :)

  44. Nora Jones says

    Let’s seee… 1. Bought a new water bottle and Brita filter to DRINK MORE WATER.. 2. Got a new pillow so I can sleep better! 3. Set an alarm on my phone so I don’t forget to take my thyroid medicine. 4. Trying to eat my fruits and veggies everyday. 5. Made an actual training schedule and track all my workouts so I can see how I am doing in black and white!

  45. Taylor Woods says

    1. Runs tons of races!
    2. Lots of water
    3. Stay injurey free
    4. Take a rest day.
    5. Eat cleaner!

  46. Heather says

    1. Signed up for another half marathon:)
    2. Carrying my water bottle with me at ALL times
    3. Pack a lunch every day, never buy!!
    4. Automatic Coffee Maker goes off in the AM, can’t waste a perfectly good cup of coffee to sleep in when I can wake up and BURN.
    5. Log my calories, allowing myself to go OVER ‘goal’ as long as I’m not BINGING.

  47. Missy says

    1. drinking more water 2. not being my kids food disposal 3. running strong 4. have fun racing 5. be more positive

  48. Elizabeth says

    1. Exercising
    2. Drinking more water
    3. Eating breakfast
    4. Meal planning to help eat healthier
    5. Taking 5 mins to myself

  49. Amy says

    snacking on veggies instead of random junk, listening to my body and actually taking rest days, less alcohol, packing my lunches (which also saves $$!) and focusing on the positives :)

  50. says

    5 small steps toward a healthier new year:
    1. Appreciating the small things.
    2. Not being so negative towards myself. (I am my biggest critic).
    3. Not caring so much about what other people think. Or rather, what I think they are thinking.
    4. Be not afraid to try new foods! (Healthy ones)!
    5. Find a new exercise to try. I love implementing new things.

    I know a few of these are more focused on mental health, but hey they are important and have to be looked after as well!

  51. says

    1. Drinking more water 2. Eating more whole foods 3. Doing more yoga 4. Surrounding myself with happy, positive people 5. Stop sweating the small stuff!

  52. Grace says

    1. Snack less/ eat less sugar
    2. Drink more water
    3. Get more sleep – I’m night owl & a morning perso/early riser – crazy combo
    4. Switch up my workouts more – I lack variety & my body is starting to catch on to that
    5. Relax more/Stress less

  53. Lindsay says

    5 small steps towards a healthier me in 2013:
    1. drink more water
    2. get 8 (or ideally 8.5) hours of sleep per night
    3. cut waaay back on my sugar intake :(
    4. do more yoga
    5. make more time for friends!

  54. Ramiro says

    1. make my own lunch instead of eating out
    2. try to beat my half marathon PR to keep me motivated to run
    3. when eating out, get a take home box
    4. replace cake and similar stuff with healthier desserts like fruit
    5. sleep and rest more!

  55. Sarah says

    Drink more water
    Exercise 4-5 times per week (a slight increase from before)
    Eat more whole grains
    Take stairs more often
    Eat a wider variety of fruits and veggies

  56. Jenn says

    Healthy Living Goals for 2013:
    1) Incorporate 2 – 3 days of hip flexor and core work into my marathon training plan. I will be injury free this season!
    2) Water, water and more water.
    3) Go to bed at a decent hour and read a book for a bit rather then playing on the Internet. Much more relaxing!
    4) Keep the focus on the fact the glass is half full, not half empty.
    5) More smiles, more laughter and more gratitude. Positivity brings about more positivity.

  57. shelly says

    This year I am-
    1. Spending more time meal planning to ensure I have healthy options for dinner.
    2. Utilizing the crockpot for easy meals on busy days
    3. Trading carb rich snacks for higher protein options
    4. Walking every day
    5. More strength training

  58. Jess says

    My 5 small steps:
    1. Training for my FIRST half marathon!!
    2. Planning to run AT LEAST one race a month
    3. Following Weight Watchers
    4. Trying to be active 6 days a week
    5. Attempting to get 8 hours of sleep a night

  59. Jialin says

    5 steps to a healthier me?
    1: New attitude towards health! It’s about my future, not merely shallow appearance.
    2: Eat cleaner and reduce sugar dependency (so hard!)
    3: Sleep regularly (hard also!)
    4: Be active, even when not exercising. i.e. standing more
    5: Don’t stress! Everything will take care of itself.

    I hope this plan works out for me! :)

  60. Kaitlin says

    My steps will (hopefully) be… eating less sugar, stopping binge eating dessert like a crazy woman after dinner, doing more yoga, organizing myself better so I stress less, and spending more time outdoors! :)

  61. Genny says

    My 5 small steps
    1. Avoiding food temptations at work
    2. Consistently working out
    3. Healthy meal planning
    4. Getting my amity involved in more active activities
    5. Limiting screen time!

  62. Val says

    1) Drink more green smoothies
    2) Drink more water
    3) Wear a pedometer
    4) Write down weekly workout plans and stick to it
    5) Go to sleep earlier

  63. Kara D says

    Scheduling my workouts, planning dinners, sticking to my workout plan, walking my dogs most days, and eating natural, whole foods!

  64. says

    1. Less Sugar
    2. More WHOLE WHEAT and NOT White grains!
    3. Strength training
    4. Try to not STRESS over EVERYTHING
    5. Sleep more at night

  65. Courtney says

    Meal planning, get outside once a day, don’t be so hard on myself, get a massage once a month and trying a boxing gym out!

  66. Rebecca says

    My 5 steps to a heal their year
    1. Drink more water
    2. Drink less alcohol
    3. Eat more veggies
    4. Sit less
    5. Socialize more often

  67. Emily Julia says

    1) Eat more fruits and veggies
    2) Cut back on sugar :'(
    3) Listen to my body to avoid injury
    4) Regular sports massage! :)
    5) Take lots of omega 3s

  68. Laura says

    1.Cut out gluten
    2. Cook from scratch at least 2x a week
    3. 2 runs a month….run naked (aka no Garmin)
    4. Do more yoga
    5. Less facebook, more “real” friend face time

  69. Akemi says

    1. Drink more right after exercise
    2. Eat more leafy greens
    3. Cross train
    4. Get up from sitting every hour
    5. Sleep!

  70. Caroline says

    what a giveaway!
    1) drink more water
    2) walk wherever I can
    3) STRETCH (I’m so bad about doing this!)
    4) keep a running log
    5) try new recipes

  71. Johnna says

    1. BE HAPPY
    2. More balanced meals
    3. Drink more water
    4. Run more consistently
    5. Less sugar

  72. christine says

    Drink more water
    eat more fulfilling calories
    keep up with my vitamins
    be a happy and healthy mom!

  73. Sarah says

    1. Eating a protein filled breakfast.
    2. Getting more sleep.
    3. Not keeping wine in the house (so I’m not tempted for a glass as often!)
    4. Packing my lunch everyday.
    5. Forgiving myself and moving on when I make a mistake! (In general, not just relating to food!) :)

  74. jennifer says

    1) drink more water
    2) go to bed on time
    3) drink less soda
    4) run 3 halfs
    5) play outside with kids more

  75. Juliene says

    1. staying active during my current pregnancy
    2. striving to eat more fruits and veggies
    3. remembering to take time to chill out
    4. indulging every once in awhile
    5. spending time cuddling my little one since mental healthy is important!

  76. says

    Workout 6 days a week
    Log my calories
    Try to eat clean
    Set some race goals this year
    Really try to get 8 hours of sleep

  77. Isis Gaber says

    I’ve always been self-conscious about the number on the scale, so in 2013 my biggest goal is to not weigh myself, but to just be healthy. In conjunction with that, my 4 other goals are: to run 5 days a week (no matter what the mileage is), eat vegetables every day, drink enough water, and smile and just enjoy the life I was blessed with!

  78. Carmen says

    1. Take time for myself.
    2. Stretch more.
    3. Lift more consistently.
    4. Cross train instead of running everyday.
    5. Try new things!

  79. marie says

    1. Be in bed at least 8 hours before wake-up time
    2. Eat at least 5 servings of veggies & 2 servings of fruit per day
    3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water or unsweetened tea per day
    4. Move every day, even if it’s just a walk around the block
    5. Volunteer at least 1x/week

    I’ve met goals 1-4 about 90% of the time, and I’m at 100% with # 5. :-)

  80. Meghan says

    1. limiting carbs at dinner 2. more exercise 3. smaller portions – eating from salad plates and small bowls 4. taking more time for me 5. eating out less

  81. Jennifer says

    1. Exercise 30 minutes 5 times a week
    2. Eat fruits and vegetables every day.
    3. Sleep more.
    4. Take time to relax and de-stress.
    5. Spend more time with family and friends.

  82. Jessie says

    Love your blog!
    My 5 small steps:
    1. Rn/Exercise at least 5 days a week (but shoot for 6!)
    2. Play outside with my kids more
    3. Make healthier food choices
    4. Stretch everyday
    5. Remember to take my vitamins everyday