This is the time of year when I’m dreaming of fall and everything pumpkin spiced, but for some reason, I’m all for summer this year. Sure, it’s scorching hot outside, but spending time floating down the river, picking fresh produce at the farmers market, swimming in the pool, playing tennis, and going on long trail walks makes this weather all worth it. I’ll be missing it once the cold weather arrives, so for now, I’m soaking it all up!
I am very active in the summer. There is this thing inside of me that has to be outside when the sun is out. My mom used to have to beg me to come inside as a kid. She used to leave snacks on the porch because I’d refuse to come inside to eat. 😆
My activities start at 6:00 am every day when I wake up and head out for a three-mile dog walk. My high activity level always has me searching for delicious snacks. I love easy fixes and quick snacks for on the go. That is why I am so excited to be partnering up with CVS again this year! Have you ever heard of their Gold Emblem Abound snack line? It’s amazing. It contains more than 250 great-tasting snacks, beverages, and groceries. I love the unique flavors they offer, and their wasabi almonds are so addicting. I can’t wait to show you which Gold Emblem Abound products I’ve been snacking on this summer!
+ I’m giving away a summer basket filled with my favorite Gold Emblem Abound snacks to send to one lucky winner! Details will be at the end of the post 🎉
One of the cool things about living near the river is that my friends and I can float down it whenever we want! It’s the perfect summer activity and doesn’t cost a dime. We love to fill a cooler with beverages, sunscreen, and snacks! Because when you’re stuck on a river for three hours, snacking is the best part, especially when they’re Gold Emblem Abound brand!
Before we headed out, we stopped at CVS and picked out a few snacks for us to take. You can find Gold Emblem Abound, the better-for-you snack line, exclusively at CVS Pharmacy. Luckily, CVS is all over the U.S.
The options are endless. All of their products are convenient for on-the-go lifestyles, so if you have a road trip coming up, they’d be ideal for you! My favorite is the generous mix of snacks! They also carry grocery items (I’m constantly running into CVS when I forget something), snack bars, popcorn, pantry staples, all kinds of mixed nuts, and healthier beverages.
These Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites were dangerously delicious. They were sweet and crunchy! I had to tell my friend to hide the bag otherwise I would have eaten them all.
Dill Pickled flavored cashews, this is what I meant by unique flavors! These definitely go up there with the wasabi flavored almonds. We ate these with a bowl of fresh fruit because mixed nuts and fruit go hand in hand.
We also packed Gold Emblem Abound Brazillian Coconut Water! It’s a great drink to have to help you stay hydrated under the hot sun. I take this to play tennis if it’s sweltering outside. It’s a great source of potassium, and I think the Gold Emblem Abound brand tastes the best.
I’ve already bought the Gold Emblem Abound Teriyaki Turkey Jerky three times since this river float! It’s a great source of protein.
The Gold Emblem Abound products are so flavorful, but also free from artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, and trans fats. You can feel good about eating them! The price of this turkey jerky was awesome compared to the other brands on the market.
Paying attention to the ingredients I eat has been a big priority in my healthy lifestyle and journey. I love that it’s Gold Emblem’s commitment to have high-quality products. They shop carefully for ingredients, adjust recipes, and taste-test everything. Whoever is doing their tasting, is talented. Also, how do I sign up for that job?
When I visited NYC for an event with CVS last year, they asked us for our ideas on how we could improve their products, and took an interest in what we had to say. I loved that. This is a company that truly cares about the health of their consumers, and it’s why I’ll always love CVS.
Instead of diving into candy, I always stick to dried fruits. They have so many available, which makes me so happy. The dried figs are my favorite 🙂 They have dried fruit mixed with trail mix, dried cranberries, dried apricots, and more.
I love the single-serving snacks as well. These are great for stashing in your purse for when hunger strikes (or for sneaking into the movie theater.)
CVS also carries a lot of vegan snack foods. You’ll be able to find different products that fit into different dietary lifestyles. The packaging will have the dietary details right on the front of the package. You’ll be able to notice right away if something is gluten-free, USDA organic, non-GMO project verified, heart-healthy, a good source of protein or fiber, low sodium, low cholesterol, and sugar-free.
My FAVORITE activity is tennis. 🎾
I spend so much time on the courts, and sometimes I’m out there for five+ hours. I bring a ton of water and plenty of snacks for energy. I love the Gold Emblem Abound energy blend trail mix because it’s a great source of healthy fats and protein for quick energy.
I also love that the mixes stay fresh and don’t have ingredients that’ll melt. These trail mix blends can hold up in the southern heat. But if we’re not outside, I’ll go for their mixes with the chocolate pieces!
- Gold Emblem Abound Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Bites
- Gold Emblem Abound White Cheddar Bite-Sized Quinoa & Rice Cakes
- Gold Emblem Abound Roasted Chickpeas
- Gold Emblem Abound Heavenly Light Popcorn
- Gold Emblem Abound Barbecue Quinoa Chia Chips
- Gold Emblem Abound Pure Brazilian Coconut Water
- Gold Emblem Abound Pistachio & Almond Blend
- Gold Emblem Abound Deluxe Mixed Nuts
- Gold Emblem Abound Almond Butter
- Gold Emblem Abound Organic Black Chia Seeds
- Gold Emblem Abound Organic White Quinoa
- Gold Emblem Freeze Dried Blueberry with Yogurt
- Gold Emblem Single Serve Milk Chocolate Coconut Almonds
- Gold Emblem Kettle Roasted Quinoa Cashews
I am so excited because I just found a lake beach not even a mile from my house! I knew there was a campground there, but I had no idea it was filled with so much to do. It’s always fun to find little gems like this, and taking photos of the boats on the water was so fun. Between the neighborhood pool and this little lake, I know I’ll be spending a lot of time by the water this summer.
And what is a fun water day without snacks?…well, the opposite of a fun water day!
Gold Emblem Abound snacks are great for your summer picnics. You don’t have to worry about packing things up because they’re already made for on-the-go situations. I highly recommend bringing the Heavenly Light Popcorn and the Barbecue flavored Quinoa Chia Chips on your next lake day. I couldn’t get enough.
If you’re a salad lover, like me, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on these Sweet Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas! They make the perfect salad topper! And speaking of Sriracha, Gold Emblem Abound has Sriracha popcorn and it’s INCREDIBLE! My friend and I downed an entire bag by ourselves on a road trip home from Charleson. The snacks are so fun and unique to try.
I topped my lake picnic salad with Gold Emblem Abound’s Figs, Sriracha Roasted Sweet Peas, Unsalted Pistachio Kernels, and Dried Cranberries!
My pantry is filled with more fun and unique Gold Emblem Abound products that I can’t wait to try out. I want you to try them out too! I’ll keep you posted on the tasting updates 😊
Leave a comment with which Gold Emblem Abound product you’d like to try from the photos above for a chance to win a personalized picnic basket filled with yummy Gold Emblem Abound products to take with you on your next summer picnic!
WINNER: Rebecca Forney (look out for an email!)
Questions for you!
- What is your favorite summer activity?
- Have you tried out any of the Gold Emblem Abound products?
- Which Gold Emblem Abound Product would you like to try?
This post was sponsored by CVS, and all opinions are my own!