Thursday, July 11, 2013

Smartfood and the SMARTest Cities in America {Culinary Prize Pack Giveaway!}

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When you look around your city, what do you appreciate about it? The great school system? The comfortable homes? Your awesome friends and neighbors?

No matter why you think it is great, how would your city rate when it comes to being smart? And I don't just mean the average IQ or the highest standardized test scores, I mean a place that is filled with people who make it a goal to take care of themselves by living (and eating) well. Does your city measure up?

According to the Smartfood brand and SELF magazine, the top 10 smartest cities in America have now been named!

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That's right, Smartfood, known for their delicious, fresh-tasting, light-textured popcorn, puffed corn and popped chip varieties (with no artificial colors or flavors), teamed up with SELF and expanded the definition of "smart" to include five specific criteria in terms of living and eating well: Savvy, Motivated, Accomplished, Responsible and Thoughtful.

So which cities rose to the top? The winners selected include:
  1. San Francisco
  2. Seattle
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Minneapolis
  6. Portland, Ore.
  7. Denver
  8. Boston
  9. Honolulu
  10. San Jose, Calif.
Congratulations, San Francisco! Smartfood expanded on their top selection with reasons as to why this great city was named the most SMART in the country:

San Francisco

While I'm not living in one of the winning cities, I was happy to have a personalized video made for me by Chef Jody Denton, Executive Research Chef at Frito-Lay's Culinary Innovation Center, who expanded on the cities chosen, his recipes that can be part of a balanced lifestyle for summer, hot flavor and ingredient trends, and more!


Thanks, Chef Jody! Didn't all of his tasty summer dishes look delectable? YUM!

Chef Jody recipes

For an even easier way to sample some YUM, I was excited to have the chance to try out some of Smartfood's classic popcorn as well as three varieties of their new Smartfood Selects (which boast flavor combinations of real herbs and spices).

Smartfood review

How have I never tried these before?! While I appreciate that Smartfood makes their bags so easy to reseal to keep their snacks fresh, we've hardly had the chance to close a bag back up once we've opened it because they're so melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

Smartfood popcorn
Cinnamon Brown Sugar Popcorn, a HUGE hit!!

This summer and beyond, make the SMART choices when it comes to your family so that you can make the most of your city while you live and eat well! Be sure to check out all of the incredibly delicious Smartfood options that can help with this by visiting them at Smartfood.com and connecting with them on Facebook.

And, thanks to their generosity, one person will be even more prepared to spice up their kitchen in a healthy way, because...

One lucky person will win a Culinary Prize Pack* from Smartfood!

*Prize Pack includes (8) bags of Smartfood snacks, t-shirt, spice rack, product coupons, magazines and a special surprise! Total ARV $100!


I am working with Frito-Lay for this giveaway, but I am the sole sponsor of the sweeps and Frito-Lay is only providing prizes.

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Helga said...

Probably Berkeley where I am from or Mill Valley.

Marti Parks said...

I would like to think it would be Pensacola FL, but probably not, lol.

fresh modern said...

Sweden because of their healthcare, cleanliness and and it's a great place for women, very healthy.

Christine Sutor

latanya t said...

Seattle

MissieFaye said...

Definitely somewhere in flyover country, Lincoln, Nebraska, maybe. That's where all the common sense lives.

Amanda Rauch said...

I would have to say somewhere in Washington-since I live there :)

wigget said...

silver spring, md because i'm from there

KentuckyCooking said...

Louisville, KY - we're been named an International foodie destination, plus the city is focusing on health & fitness. They just converted one of our bridges that spans between Kentucky and Indiana to a walking pedestrian bridge. Lots of exercise!

Kimberly said...

I would choose San Francisco, Ca

Rita M said...

Keep hearing great things about Portland, Oregon.

tawndam said...

I'll go with New York... There's just too many people to believe they aren't at least a LIL smart on average... right?

SueZH said...

Austin Texas is my smartest. Love visiting that city.

Christy Cummins said...

I would agree with Seattle, my brother lives there and he says that residents there are very environmentally consious.

Laurie Nykaza said...

Irvine ca top 5 safest city as well

Barrie Mac said...

After visitng my SIL in Portland, ME I see a lot of healthy and smart eating. Many health food stores and farmer's market as well as healthy foods in stores makes me feel this way.

mellyrox said...

I agree about San Francisco & Seattle .. I've never been to either but it seems like the residents of the west coast in general are healthier & more active ..

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RJ said...

Atlanta, GA

Daphne Turner said...

Pittsburgh, PA

Georgette C said...

I'm from Chicago, but I don't see huge strides in environmental changes for the better; nor much of a healthier living aspect, either..so I'll vote for Portland, where they seem to completely embrace that style of life.
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Michelle S. said...

Omaha Nebraska

Debra said...

Miami Florida lots of great places to eat

B. Wilson @ Windy {City} Wilsons said...

San Fran.

Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

Kearney, Nebraska, where I live.

bettycd said...

San francisco

Kim Pinch said...

Before reading the list I was thinking Seattle for an American place. Worldwide I would pick Copenhagen.

Zan Caperton said...

I'd have to agree with Austin Tx. It's where I live and there are many health conscious people here and lots of healthy choices.

Karen Glatt said...

I am going to pick Seattle as the smartest city because they have so many pretty tree lined streets and nice places to go to!

SoccerMomKnits said...

Boston...because that's my hometown and it is the best.

janetfaye said...

New York City, NY.

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s said...

France

Carolyn said...

Ann Arbor, MI - college town

Sherry said...

Louisville, KY

Ken Ohl said...

would have to say delavan, wisconsin thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

Sandra Davis said...

Little Rock, AR since thats where i live

Bethany C. said...

Fairfax, VA!

Carrie Phelps said...

I would name Concord, New Hampshire!

captainliss40 said...

Minneapolis, MN :)

Ashley Tuckett said...

I would say NY City NY :)

Nicole Henke said...

i would say san francisco or mill valley (north of san fran)

Meghan said...

Philly! LOL...I am a South Jersey girl from just outside Philly.

peg42 said...

I'd name New York. Thanks so much.

Leslie Rigsby said...

I've always heard that Denver was pretty health-conscious.

Kayla said...

Des Moines, IA. Lots of great stuff there!

Candice said...

Portland Oregon has a lot of healthy traits.

billwinsbig said...

Indianapolis

slehan said...

As a native Coloradoan I have to say Boulder, Colorado is better than Denver (it just gets more publicity)
Thanks for the contest.

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Deal Bunny said...

i would have to say portland, OR or seattle, WA

Jose Benavides said...

I would have to say new York

Renee Walters said...

Simi Valley, California. It is safe and clean. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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Vunda Vall said...

i would say Connecticut!

debbie said...

I would say seattle

Danielle PB said...

Readfield, Maine where my family lives. It's a nice little town out in the country where we recycle everything we can. The school systems are nice. There's a public and very nice private prep school. The community is inviting. Neighbors are respectful. The scenery is beautiful. There are local farms where we can buy vegetables, berries, pick pumpkins, an orchard to pick apples. A few miles from us there's a public beach and picnic area to go swimming or have a bbq. Our house may be a bit of a fixer-upper but we lucked out getting into such a nice area when we did.

sparkedcat said...

I would say Santa Cruz, California.

ReviewsSheROTE Pamela R said...

NYC

Chisum Crew said...

Austin, TX

kellyr78 said...

I would name Philadelphia as the Smartest
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tat2gurlzrock said...

Columbia SC !

Anne said...

I'd go with Portland, Maine. It's small enough that it's not overwhelming, but it's large enough to provide thriving arts, food, and shopping opportunities.

blue65829 said...

I think that new york city is the smartest.

Tiffany Schmidt said...

NY, NY

Di said...

from that list I'd go with Honolulu -I'd love to live there

Vera Khule said...

Anywhere except Washington DC.

sparklingjul said...

I would pick Montpelier, Vermont, as it is the capital city, but it still feels like a small town..has a great deal of charm, and people are nice to one another.

Crystal Rose said...

I agree with Portland, OR.

PAIGE said...

Dallas is the smartest city.
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puye said...

I would choose San Francisco, Ca

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clc408 said...

I would choose Seattle

llinda29 said...

I choose Palatka

Larry Johnson said...

I am actually originally from the bay area, I think it could use some work. but Ill just stick with SF. :)
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ffc57d54-1f8d-11e2-86df-000bcdca4d7a said...

Philadelphia

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

Marion Ohio
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Robert said...

I would pick San Francisco or Seattle

greenhome said...

Salt Lake City

LIDARKSIDE said...

I would say the Japanese are better educated.

abfantom said...

I would say NYC

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Liz said...

Definately New York!!

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dlhaley said...

I would pick Seattle.

Cooking Made Simple said...

Austin TX. I love my city !

Leslie Galloway said...

I'd choose Austin, Texas.

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Angela M. said...

I would pick Seattle, WA!

Jennifer Q. said...

I'd say NYC

debra daigle said...

I would Say Philadelphia!

MiniMeeh said...

I would think san fran...there's so much choices

AnnaLiisa said...

Did not know there are this many flavors--am eager to try!

Brit Christianson said...

Twin Cities, MN!!

Dave said...

Tucson, because we ride a lot of bikes!

Rachel Carroll said...

I'd say Seattle!

Daraya Johnson said...

I'm not sure, but definitely either San Francisco or San Jose! California is an extremely health concious place to live!

Ruby said...

I'd say Los Angeles, california.

Amy Honious said...

not my city for sure (dayton, oh). i feel that the smartest city is portland, or! thanks for such a nice prize pack :)

Saver Sara said...

Minneapolis, MN

Allyson Bossie said...

I would love to say where I live, but really, we have a Golden Corral and then fast food. That's it. I think the NOVA/DC area was the chicest places I have lived and had great restaurants

Karen said...

Seattle, WA :)

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traci jarrett said...

maybe New York?

walk9 said...

Connecticut.

julis55 said...

Seattle

Robin O said...

I would choose Austin, Texas as the SMARTest city in America!
Fun contest!

Jakes Movie Reviews said...

I heard San Fran was

Growl Tiger said...

I'd pick San Diego because it is beautiful and easy to get organic food there.

Kitty said...

I'd choose Austin Tx!

CSeppala said...

I would have to agree that it is San Francisco. It's a beautiful city with active people and an amazing array of restaurants. : )

Christine Denton said...

Bellingham, Washington. Very healthy city :)

Jackie said...

Since I live on the east coast, I'd have to say New York City.

Kera Brown said...

I would say Beaufort SC, they strive to eat local, shop local, and eat only from local sources such as our own supply of shrimp and fish in the Beaufort River.

Shan said...

Fayetteville, NC

Jennifer T. said...

Sydney, Australia
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Janell Durr said...

Ohh my I don't think there is a smartest state or city I'm sorry but I believe that smarts has to be based on an individual not a group.

Niclan80 said...

I would name Portland, Oregon as one of the SMARTest cities.

nicolesender said...

I think Seattle is the #1 city.
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Debra papay said...

I would say Pittsburgh Pa as that is where I am from.

Donna Pyszk said...

I would have to nominate New Orleans.

jmajor4870 said...

Minneapolis mn glad to see we made the list

w l burro said...

Homer, Alaska is by far the smartest city/town in the world.

CHRIS HOEY said...

I would have to nominate New Orleans.

Unknown said...

New york city! We walk everywhere and now have citibike too!!
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Miss Sarah said...

I have no clue, so I'll just name Joplin, MO. :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

maryjaco1 said...

I would agree with San Francisco.

Darlene said...

I would say Buffalo, NY

Stacy said...

Definitely not anywhere in my state (FL)! I would say maybe San Francisco.

Carolyn Gonzalez said...

Portland

/\Heather/\ said...

Austin, TX

brnmanis said...

Cleveland! Go Browns!

emeraldmaz said...

Des Moines, because of all the sky walks!

Jennifer McClearn said...

I would have to go with Boston :)

momtoem said...

I'd go with Seattle!

April M said...

Seattle, future home of a public park food forest!

Klydra Pugh said...

I'd choose Boston as the smartest city
Thanks for the chance

Jim Cabaj said...

Chicago!

kathy f said...

Seattle

Treesa said...

I would name Madison, WI

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tina reynolds said...

portland

Becki said...

I wish it was New Orleans where I live : )

Connie said...

Miami, FL

cheryl lister said...

My husband is pretty smart, and he lives in Palmdale, California!

Kerri said...

Boston, MA

Chantel said...

Denver. :)

Allison said...

Chapel Hill, NC :)

Ryan said...

How about Winter park, Fl?? Don't know.

Mary said...

New York

Allie G said...

Philly

Crissy Durst said...

I would say Portland or Seattle is the smartest.

Cindy Brickley said...

Philadelphia1

Nikki Strong said...

Tokyo, Japan...

Kaila said...

Portland, Oregon

sweetsue said...

It's already on the list, but I live in Portland OR and we are very smart (and pretty)!

channallocks said...

philadelphia

Katie Ashley-Bascombe said...

Portland,OR

Tara said...

chicago

Jessica Houston said...

Um..... Portland, Ore.!!!!!!!

Pixystik4U said...

Leesburg, vA!!!

Lynda Del Castillo said...

Seattle, WA or Washington D.C.

Sherry Butcher said...

Las Cruces, NM

Beef McBig said...

Greensboro, NC

Kim said...

I would say San Jose, Calif. since I am from California.

Becca said...

I think Santa Barbara is doing alright :)

Meaghan F. said...

I think it would be Portland, OR.

kmcgrew213 said...

Pittsburgh :D

me in millions said...

DC is the smartest!

Dawn Monroe said...

Id nominate Columbus Ohio. We always have fitness events.

jcwega27 said...

atl ga
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kyl neusch said...

Austin Texas

Kathy Lane said...

I would pick Denver!

maria smith said...

I'd say Boston, MA.

mecarolks said...

I'd say Norfolk, VA

Jennifer said...

Portland!

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Diane Cooper said...

I would have to choose Denver.

CricetJean Gentry said...

i would have to say,,,, Janesville, Wisconsin

Sharon Kaminski said...

i would name milwaukee, wisconsin

crankyyanky1 said...

Palo Alto Ca that is where a lot of the microchip cos and facebook and companies like that are housed

cekaplan1009 said...

cherry hill, nj

Lisa R said...

New York City

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Teresa Young said...

I'd have to say Rochester NY - a mid-size city - lots of colleges here!

shirley said...

I would say Seattle!

Jammie Morey said...

I would have to say Portland.

Angela Zimba said...

Fairfield, ME

Jodi Holmes said...

New York City of course!

Michelle said...

Boston! Lots of bicyclists (and a great bike-share program across the city and surrounding areas), free outdoor fitness classes at City Hall Plaza in the summer, and plenty of fabulous farmers markets and natural/co-op stores.

Isaac Jameson said...

I would say San Francisco.

Melissa Storms said...

I think NYC, or at least parts of it.
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Gennie Lancaster said...

I would choose Flagstaff, AZ!

carolb said...

Boca Raton

bloomerbear said...

Mc Connellsburg PA

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Krista Grandstaff said...

I would def pick Austin, TX :)

Joan Kubes said...

Tokio Japan

polly said...

I live an hour from San Francisco so I was glad to see it on the list

ginahull said...

Silicon Valley, CA

Susan Johnson said...

I honestly couldn't say. I live in Oregon, and Portland, where everything is organic, vegan, gluten free, locally farmed, sustainably farmed, blah blah blah, has the highest amount of human trafficking in the United States. I guess it depends on what "smart" is...

psnyder said...

Traverse City, MI!!

Couponing with Christy said...

I would say San Fransisco, CA.

Elvira Prunn said...

I think maybe Portland. It's definitely not little old Plant City where I live.

heatherp626 said...

I would have to agree with San Francisco and Seattle! It is definitely not here in Northern KY!

Lisa Pecora said...

I'd say Boston.

Kelly Amos said...

I would say Los Angeles.

Pat said...

I would say Portland, Oregon.

Bo said...

I'd have to go with Seattle, WA.

Kristin sims said...

i would say denver, colorado

Jennifer R said...

I am going to say Bloomington, IN in the smartest town.

barkergirl33 said...

Syracuse NY! We're pretty healthy here! (Raine D. buzzyngabe(at)yahoo.com)

judy gardner said...

denver

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