Summer-licious “Hunger” Treats

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Fruity treats? I’m in!

This girl has Gone Bananas! …one bite at a time, chillin’ in her freezer, all summer long. For someone who doesn’t eat much ice cream, Trader Joe’s got it right for me (especially at $1.99 a box).

One serving is four pieces of frozen chocolate banana and that’s plenty to satiate almost anyone’s need for an ice cream-free snack. One serving adds up to 130 calories, 8 grams of fat, 1g of fiber, 12g of sugars, 2g of protein, a touch of calcium (2%), and a little iron (4%). This product also contains soy. If you’re ok with the math and the ingredients, you’ve got to try Gone Bananas’ at least once. Don’t hate me if you flip out over them! I purchased mine at Trader Joe’s in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

So, are you ready for a cool flick to go with your new treats…?

Hunger’ on DVD

The day I watched The Hunger Games, I knew I wanted to own a copy of it and was drawn to read the books as well. On August 18, 2012, The Hunger Games, will be available on DVD. A serious blockbuster, this movie’s gross box office earnings are at $405, 882,323, to date, with a production budget of $78 million, according to

I plan to buy it and marvel in disbelief (once again) at author Suzanne Collins’ ability to pull us into her unhinged, post apocalyptic world.  Panem is a nation characterized by man’s worst case scenario of cruel, despotic, and let’s not leave out barbaric horrors colliding with the gravest and greatest paradigms of the human spirit (the greatest being demonstrated by child/teen characters). All that meshed with heart-bursting innocence, courage, romance, and hope can transfix your mind long after the film’s 2 hours and 22 minutes have passed. I admire director Gary Ross’ piercing adaptation of Collins’ characters/dystopian society on the big screen. Again, I will tearfully cheer for her 16-year-old, Girl on Fire, Katniss Everdeen whose selfless moral compass (at least in the first book) embodies everything we hope to cultivate in all of our daughters. Actress Jennifer Lawrence’s performance confirms that she may have been born to play Katniss while other key cast members, like Josh Hutchenson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, and 12-year-old Amandla Stenberg were also well chosen for their roles.

I invite you to join me in being mindful of who gets to watch this movie on your watch, in your home. The Hunger Games is rated PG-13, however, I would bump it up to age 15 (with thoughtful exceptions) for viewer maturity preference. It’s disturbing and merits good old fashioned family participation with parents and more mature sibling being there for their teen viewers. Remember, back in the day, when watching a movie was family driven recreation? Why not use the opportunity to engage your teens in conversations about the parallels they are facing in their own world, their own self image, their fears, competitive situations, and managing relationships? The Hunger Games serves all that up and more.

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About Light Stream

Casandra Moreno Lombera is an author, blogger, and Emmy nominated television producer who grew up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver communities. In junior high school, she promised her single mother that she would get straight A’s in order to graduate early and help her relocate to Aurora, Colorado. She did… and though women and Latinas were scarcely visible in television, she dreamed of a future in broadcast journalism. From an early age, Casandra wanted children and loved to write. She began her career in television (writing and reporting on camera) at the age of 18. She also began raising two very successful children as a single mom. Throughout her career, she became an award winning, television producer/program creator (receiving both the Imagen and Golden Eagle Awards); was executive producer of both public affairs and children’s programming at KWHY-TV, Channel 22; and worked on camera hosting public affairs talk shows for many years. More distinctive opportunities came her way, however her desire to write children’s books and to blaze new trails in the publishing world became irrepressible. Her dreams today focus on empowering youth, writing (particularly about God’s love for them), and raising money for the impoverished through organizations like Hope Worldwide Throughout her life, she has been passionate about hands-on giving to the community and has received many forms of appreciation (including a congressional commendation) for her efforts. She has served on several boards including Communications Bridge Institute, training disadvantaged youth in television production; St. Anne’s, building futures for at risk teens and unwed mothers; HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality; the American Diabetes Association fund raising committee; and the Consumer Advisory Committee for the California Contractors State Licensing Board. Casandra is also a recipient of La Opinion’s 2012 Mujeres Destacadas (Exceptional Women) Award. She is completely smitten with her husband, two children, and four grand babies who inspired Light Riders. Follow her @casandratweets and @Lightersbook on Twitter. Her blog is at Direct Contact:
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14 Responses to Summer-licious “Hunger” Treats

  1. Maria says:

    My 12 yr old has read the complete series. she’s very excited about the movie and has even gotten her grandmother to read the series. Talk about varied generations!

  2. paola says:

    I seriously need to get those bananas, so yummy! I also can’t wait for The Hunger games to come out, I went to the premiere and loved every second of it!


  3. bohemianbabushka says:

    Great combo- movie & munchies! My kind of post. ; )


  4. pattie says:

    I have yet to see Hunger Games OR try out this delicious looking TJ treat. I have one super close to me so I’ll have to make it a movie night too! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Ashley Pena says:

    Those bananas look SOOOO good right now! Yay! I enjoyed the Hunger Games movie!

  6. Sujeiry says:

    I really want to watch The Hunger Games but first I want to read the book. I heard its amazing!

  7. Laura says:

    Love chocolate bananas, although I confess, I love ice cream too! You’ve been recommending some great TJ treats to me lately. Although I find myself at Fresh and Easy more often than not, I’m going to have to take a trip to TJs to invest in some healthy, yummy snacks. I just recently got a chance to watch the Hunger Games on a business trip flight and I absolutely loved it! Great blog entry! Xo

  8. xurun says:

    Hey! I stored it to my computer^^ Cool post.

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