Simply Delicious Holiday Treats Under 100 Calories

Yummy Treats Under 100 Calories

With the holiday season in full swing, we know it’s hard to say NO to all of the delicious treats and tasty snacks at parties, dinners, at home and the office! Sometimes it feels as though your favorite foods are actually following you around, taunting you to eat, eat, eat. Well, in honor of all of this holiday snacking, we’ve put together a list of simply delicious snacks that are under 100 calories to help you enjoy the holidays without all the guilt.


Holiday Snacks Under 100 Calories:

  • 1       Gingerbread Cookie
  • 10     Baby Carrots w/ 2 tbsp creamy hummus (try our Traditional Creamy Hummus Dip recipe)
  • 1       Biscotti Cookie, regular size
  • 25     Pistachios
  • 1       Brownie or Lemon Bar, approx. 1 1/2″ square
  • 1       Truffle, large
  • 10     Simply7 Quinoa Cheddar, Sour Cream & Onion or Barbeque chips
  • 1       Slice Pecan Pie, about 1/2 the size of your open palm
  • 3       Gingersnap cookies
  • 5       Dark Chocolate-dipped Strawberries
  • 2       Candy Canes
  • 1oz   Smoked Beef Jerky

Got tips or ideas to share? Send them our way!

Happy Holidays and happy snacking from the team at Simply 7 Snacks. 

7 Ways to celebrate Dad this Father’s Day

Some dads can be so easy to shop for: bow tie, baseball tickets, or new tool box. Then there are some that require days, maybe even months of thinking and planning for a clever and unexpected Father’s Day gift. If your Dad is one of those or you just simply need some suggestions, we’ve come up with 7 ideas that will show him he’s number one on this Father’s Day.

Most Dads spend this time of year outdoors. From BBQ‘s to camping they seem to gravitate to the outdoors. This can be a good thing for gift ideas. Depending on which outdoor activity he enjoys look to buy him a new or updated item he already owns. A new grill, tent, or even lawn mower is great idea. Visit your nearest outdoors store and shop around for some items like these.

Electronics, electronics, and more electronics! Dads are for some reason fascinated with electronics. Get Dad that new TV, or new surround sound system for the living room. We found some great ideas at http://www.sharperimage.com/si/view/category/Fathers-Day-Gift-Ideas/100111?mainCatId=200014

For the Dad that loves sports. If you’re thinking about getting him something from this department, it should be a little easier. Anything with his favorite teams’ logo will most likely do just fine. Anything from a jersey to coffee mug is a nice gift. To think a little bigger season tickets or new equipment for tail gating is something that would be unexpected. Check out this website for great sports apparel http://www.fansedge.com/fathers-day-gifts-ideas.aspx

Men usually don’t shop throughout the year unless it’s a holiday or for someone else. This would be a great time to get him some new clothes that he normally would not think to purchase for himself. A new shirt (casual or dress), pants, or even shoes. Check out his closet to get a better idea of what he needs most.

Make him his favorite meal or take him to his favorite restaurant. Men love to eat and you definitely cannot go wrong if you decide to simply take him out or cook that meal that he loves.

Buy something for his car. For the Dad that has a passion for his car or cars in general, buy him something that he can use or has wanted to upgrade his car. He’ll not only love the thought, but probably be totally surprised.

As we said for Mother’s Day a personalized gift is always a great thoughtful gift and can also be a great idea for Dad also. A personalized shirt, coffee mug, or even cell phone case are a few ideas that he might enjoy.

7 ways to stay on track this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is almost here! Simply7 knows it can be hard to stay on track with all the BBQ’s and gatherings that will be going on this weekend. We wanted to give you some tips on how to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend guilt-free.

Try grilling Veggie Kabobs! Try eating more of these to stay away from the potato salad and mac n cheese. Check out this website for some great recipe ideas http://weelicious.com/2011/08/30/grilled-veggie-kabobs/

Burgers and hot dogs are two of the most traditional food items you will see on the grill this Memorial Day weekend. This year try grilling turkey burgers and turkey hot dogs. Follow this link for an amazing turkey burger recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/seasoned-turkey-burgers/

Stay active! It is Memorial Day weekend after all and for most a long 3 day weekend. Get some exercise in. If there is a volleyball game or Frisbee game going participate! This weekend does not have solely be about eating.

Think and eat in moderation. Don’t arrive with the “all or nothing mentality”. Don’t deprive yourself of everything, but don’t eat everything in sight and tell yourself you will start over on Monday. Remember everything in moderation.

Drink plenty of water. We all know sodas, lemonade, and fruit juices are loaded with sugar. Remember staying hydrated and drinking plenty water also helps you know when you are really hungry. Not only will you avoid drinking your calories, but it will help you from over eating.

Fruit, fruit, and more fruit! Cold fruits make a great dessert. Watermelon, pineapples, strawberries, and melons will be popular this weekend as well.  Choose this to satisfy your sweet tooth after your meal instead of cake and cookies.

If you happen to be a meat lover, stick to the leaner meats like grilled chicken breasts or fish if available. Try to avoid all of the mayo filled dishes.  Load up on the good stuff and enjoy yourself.

Thinking about hosting your own Memorial Day cook off? Here are a few websites to check out for some delicious recipes ideas.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_memorial_day_recipes

http://main.kitchendaily.com/memorial-day-recipes/healthy/

http://veganyackattack.com/2012/05/28/memorial-day-recipes/

Mother’s Day Is Right Around The Corner, Here Are 7 Ways to Celebrate Mom!

Mother's Day Gift Ideas!
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas! (Photo credit: The Greenery Nursery)

As children in school we make finger painted cards and noodle necklaces for Mother’s Day. As we get older the search for the “Right” gift becomes a little more stressful and time consuming. Simply7 came up with 7 tips to help you find the best gift for mom this Mother’s Day.

  1.  Personalized Gifts always tend to touch the recipients heart a little more than a traditional gift. Giving mom a personalized card, piece of jewelry, or photo related gift will give her an item that connects you and her to the special occasion and relationship you have. To find reasonably priced personalized gifts for her go to http://www.personalcreations.com/mothersday?REF=PCRSRCHgoog_kwd_personalized%20mother%27s%20day%20gift_b&NoExitPopup=Y&MATCHTYPE=search&KEYWORD=personalized%20mother%27s%20day%20gift_b&ADTEXT=23825586899&NETWORK=google2.
  2.  A gift basket of her favorite scents, lotions, candles, or soaps is a traditional, yet thoughtful gift. A woman can never go wrong with a basket full of her favorite goodies. A great website to shop for gift baskets is http://www.gifttree.com. A custom made basket makes a great gift as well.
  3. Gift cards are easy and a great way to get mom to spend money on herself in places she wouldn’t normally. A gift card to a spa day, her favorite restaurant, pottery class, or a wine tasting are some great ideas to surprise her with.
  4. Flowers are the more traditional and popular gift choice on Mother’s Day, yet it still is a beautiful and colorful way to brighten her day. You can also, have them delivered to her job or house to make her feel a little more special around the office or house. Wanting to order flowers to get delivered?  Try ordering through www.proflowers.com or your local florist.
  5. If she enjoys cooking, gardening, travel, or crafts find creative gifts that match her interest. I would suggest looking on http://www.amazon.com to have a variety of choices.
  6. Mothers are always the first and last to be in the kitchen. This Mother’s Day be the one cooking a home cooked meal for her and the family.
  7. Take her to a restaurant she has never been to or has wanted to go to, but has not had the chance to treat herself. Wanting to make reservations? Visit http://www.opentable.com/ to avoid the wait.

Great start to 2013!

Simply7 is starting this New Year on the right foot. Yesterday we had Lauren Hartman the Editor-in-Chief from Snack Food and Wholesale Bakery Magazine down from Chicago, Illinois to interview Rashim and Paul on behalf of Simply7. When they were down here they took a tour of our production and manufacturing facility and took some great pictures of the executive team and of our products. We had a great time working with the Magazine’s photographer as well as Lauren and ended up with great photos.

This magazine focuses on snack and baking companies, their developments and everything that is included in them, including new ingredients, the newest technology, and of course the hottest and upcoming product trends. We we’re honored to be a part of the magazine and ecstatic when we found out we would be on the cover!

But that’s not all of it; when Ms. Hartman visited us in Houston she told us that she had a present for the Simply7 team and to our surprise the present was a “Snack Manufacturer of the Year” this award is a great start not only to this New Year but also to the many awards that we are hoping to achieve this year and many more to come.

 Award

Father’s Day is Coming Up, Here Are 7 Phenomenal Ideas on How To Make His Day Great with The Perfect Gift!!

Dad may not ask for a lot during the year, so Father’s Day is the perfect time to show him your appreciation. Maybe this year we can leave the ties behind and move on to better things. Here are our top 7 recommendations for simply marvelous gifts!

1. Personalized Double Insulated Cocktail Shaker from William Sonoma.

2. Mesh Grilling Basket-Perfect for veggies, meat, or seafood! Find it at Sur Le Table

3. A Personalized Skin or Case for His Cell Phone. Find it at the Personalization Mall.

4. The Art of Shaving, Starter Kit, Unscented, Lemon, Lavender, and Sandalwood.

5. 6 months of Hulu Plus + Reciever (Just $79) Check it out here.

6. Home Beer Brewing Kit from William Sonoma. 

7. A hug and a rolex, and a bag of Simply7 chips. (Just kidding about the rolex) But, if you want to order some chips, try us on Amazon.com and use the code 25simply for 25% off!