This post is sponsored by NatureBox.
The last time I ordered a delivery of snacks from NatureBox, I specifically picked out lunchbox-friendly snacks that my kids would like. From over 100 snack options! Which was like, ACK SO MANY OPTIONS! But it was a hit! I stole one bag of vegetable chips for myself and watched as the other four bags were quickly inhaled by my ever-ravenous pack of calorie monsters.
This time? I was like, NOPE IT'S ALL FOR MAMA.
We had an economy-size box of cheddar crackers, five varieties of cereal, and a dozen boxes of granola bars in my pantry (they were buy two get one free oh yeaaaahhh). I'd just made and froze a double-batch of mini banana muffins and we were fully stocked on bananas, apples and oranges.
So with the kids clearly set on snacks for like...oh lord, the next 24 hours...I decided to see if I could find some snacks for me, and for my New Diet World Order (of Not Eating So Freaking Much and Backing Away From the Crap).
Good snacks have been absolutely essential to my food plan: Since I'm eating much smaller meals, I need *something* to hold me over until the next one, and while that *something* needs to be healthy, it also needs to scratch whatever craving itch I have going on. If I want something salty and crunchy, some fruit ain't gonna do it, and like five minutes later I'll be raiding the pantry in search of something else, and oh look leftover tortilla chips from our last dinner party! LET US EAT ALL OF THEM IN WILD CARB ABANDON.
I searched for my NatureBox selections using a few search parameters: I wanted low-carb, high-protein, and/or low-calorie options. I also opted for savory over sweet, with one exception that I picked for the boys, because I am not a COMPLETE jerk.*
From left to right: mini Belgian waffles for the kids, garden tomato-flavored almonds (omg), asiago and cheddar cheese crisps (OMG), guacamole bites (ARE U KIDDING ME), and a "harvest nut mix" that contains just about every crunchy cracky salty savory thing you can imagine (HAPPY DORK DANCE).
Almonds have been my go-to afternoon snack for ages now. Usually raw and unsalted, because I don't know, I hate joy and happiness. But most of the flavored varieties I can find in stores opt for sugar-y sweetness and syrups, which are not my jam. These tomato-seasoned almonds were a revelation.
(What, you don't have a Lego Simpsons House on your desk at work? I'm sorry, that's a real shame.)
And don't even get me started on the cheese crisps. These are delightfully low-carb, according to the bag's nutritional information, but my brain and tongue refuse to believe that, because these are like a potato chip had a baby with a cheesey cracker and then turned that baby up to 11. THERE'S WITCHCRAFT AFOOT.
I don't have photos of the guacamole bits or harvest nut mix. Because Jason and I ate them all. (Each bag is three to five servings. The almonds and cheese crisps lasted me about five days each, but all bets were off once I had to share with my husband, boo.) Jason was like, "And why haven't we signed up for this yet? This is amazing."
So yeah, I'm signing up for the free trial, but maybe won't tell anybody about it, so I can have more interesting snack options that I don't have to feel guilty about, and will help me stay on track with that whole mindful eating thing that's working pretty well so far. (Jason can buy his own box.)
*I am actually a complete jerk. I gave Ike exactly one of the mini Belgian waffles and that was it, and mostly just so I could take a photo for this post. But then I discovered they taste really really really really good dunked in my morning coffee and I don't let my kids drink coffee so oh well I guess they are mine now.
(CHECK OUT DAT PORTION CONTROL, THO.)
Giveaway timez!!! Two randomly selected commenters will each receive a FREE six-month membership to NatureBox! To enter, just go here and check out NatureBox's snack selections, then leave a comment below telling me which snack(s) you'd like to try. (U.S. and Canada only, giveaway will close in one week, please see full giveaway rules and terms here.)
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