Guest Post: Snack Snoop

November 6, 2009

Here’s a snackalicious guest post from Lisa at Snack Snoop as she shares her dad’s favorite breakfast –


Healthy snacking is a great habit once you form it.  Including a fruit or vegetable at snack time gets you nutrients you need and energy to keep you going.  Avoiding snack pitfalls such as junk food can be a real problem.

I try to make something that tastes BETTER than anything I can purchase so I am not motivated to eat something crappy.  Here is my Dad’s favorite breakfast.  The great thing about it is that incorporates tomato into breakfast.  Tomato isn’t usually a breakfast food – but it should be.

This breakfast has protein, fresh fruit (tomato is a fruit actually), and whole grains to start your day well.  It is only a 100 calories so you should probably eat a few to get you off to a good start (and not end up too hungry before lunch)


Wasa-Jarlsberg Breakfast Snack

  • 1 Wasa Cracker
  • 1 Slice Jarlsberg Cheese
  • 1 Slice Tomato

Heat broiler or toaster oven. Slice tomato and sprinkle a little salt to taste. Place cheese on tomato and run under broiler until grilled (about 1 minute).


Wasa Crackers are usually whole grain and yummy (about 60 calories). They can be found in the cracker section of any supermarket. Jarlsberg is a tasty and naturally lowfat cheese (40 calories for a slice). And tomato – well it is just good for you. Having a tomato around the house will force you to add it to salads or sandwiches just to use it up – and you will be healthier for it.

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1 Katie November 6, 2009 at 10:19 am

oh that sounds great!

but confession… i read this as a guest post from “snack poop.” no lie. whoops!


2 Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 6, 2009 at 10:31 am

great idea! your dad is one smart cookie!


3 Sarah November 6, 2009 at 10:43 am

Mmm – looks delicious.

Geeky side note- while I think the distinction between fruits and vegetables is pretty arbitrary (we should just eat lots of plants, right?), tomatoes are sort of a vegetable. In the US, the USDA uses the distinction that the Supreme Court made in 1893: “a vegetable is a plant grown for an edible part that is generally eaten as part of the main course, while a fruit is a plant part generally eaten as an appetizer, a dessert, or out of hand.” (Quoting from the Encyclopedia of Healing Foods – GREAT resource.) So, legally speaking, tomatoes are usually a vegetable.

Supreme Court opinions aside, the tomato is a member of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, as are bell peppers, potatoes, and eggplants. Botanically, yeah, they’re fruit. As are peppers and eggplant. :)


4 Snack Snoop November 6, 2009 at 11:00 am

Wow – great point. I finished a PhD years ago for which I took plant anatomy, taxonomy, etc. – so I couldn’t let it slide when I wrote the post that tomatoes are a fruit – but I don’t think it really matters. Lisa


5 Caitlin November 6, 2009 at 10:44 am

My mother and I used to make this all the time! Probably the closest she has ever come to cooking vegetarian… :)


6 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 6, 2009 at 10:53 am

Looks like a delicious snack!


7 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans November 6, 2009 at 10:55 am

I love Wasa crackers! Thanks for the snack idea!


8 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 6, 2009 at 11:02 am

Jarlsberg is make favorite cheese! This looks like a greaaaat snack!


9 Fallon November 6, 2009 at 11:15 am

Great snack! I love having tomatoes in the morning with my eggs.


10 Julie @savvyeats November 6, 2009 at 11:19 am

This looks like such a great snack! Love it!


11 skinnyrunner November 6, 2009 at 11:22 am

i never thought of tomatoes and cheese as a breakfast food, but that does look tasty!


12 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 6, 2009 at 11:34 am

Cute post.. I actually never knew Jarlsberg cheese was actually so lowfat and low in cals.


13 K November 6, 2009 at 11:58 am

That sounds so simple and delicious! Great post!!


14 Lu November 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Now that’s my kind of breakfast! Looks great!


15 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) November 6, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Great idea! Love it 😀


16 Cait (Cait's Plate) November 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm

That’s an awesome tip Lisa :) Thanks for sharing!


17 Diana November 6, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Sounds yummy! :)


18 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) November 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Wonderful idea, and I love Wasa crackers. Thanks for the post!


19 Monica @ Convince Me DC November 6, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Really a tomato and cheese could be a meal itself, add some crackers or bread and you’re golden!


20 Willow November 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm

I guess Ive been lucky! Tomato has always been a part of breakfast in my family. My mother and aunt would just slice tomatoes and put them on the table as a breakfast side dish. Boiled green bananas, plantains and a spinach like vegetable called callalloo were also a part of breakfast though. Sometimes I forget how healthful the foods of my parents islands are! Yay for tomatoes for breakfast!


21 Jenn (www. ) November 6, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I love cheese + tomato, great combo! :)



22 maria November 6, 2009 at 5:35 pm

I prefer my tomatoes cooked, so I think I’ll be trying this. Sounds sooo good!


23 Lele November 6, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Mmm I love tomatoes with breakfast. I think it’s pretty common in Europe lately, whether they’re raw (like our breakfast buffet in Greece) or roasted/grilled, like when you get a “full English”. Love em!


24 deisegirl November 7, 2009 at 5:18 am

I always have to have tomato in about 10 different forms (passata, tinned, puree, sun dried, fresh – large small etc) in my kitchen, I just love tomatoes 😀


25 Jenna November 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm

yummy snack idea :)


26 Sharon November 9, 2009 at 10:49 am

Great article and your website is great looking with interesting content. Whole grains need to be a part an individual’s routine diet. I have some recipes you might enjoy which are tasty and include different whole grains:

Feel free to comment and keep up the good writing!


27 Carolyn November 10, 2009 at 11:41 am

I’m gonna use this idea as an app for Thanksgiving.


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