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Snacks On a Plane! I Mean, In a Box.

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This post is sponsored by NatureBox.

As I have previously, excruciatingly, thoroughly documented, my children are hollow. Possibly hobbits.They are never NOT HUNGRY. They eat and they eat and they eat. An entire box of cereal can be emptied by the end of breakfast, and apparently fully digested an hour later, which is when they start pestering me about lunch. Can I have a snack? Is dinner ready? What's for dessert? 

Last night, after a dinner of fish, sweet potatoes and corn, they finished off all the ice cream in the freezer, and THEN mass-demanded the peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches I'd just finished making for their lunchboxes. 

Fine. I'll make more. Just don't eat me.

(In other words: If I'm asked to do a sponsored post that involves me getting free food, I'm going to hurl myself at said sponsor and hug their leg while quietly weeping on the floor. Save me! Feed them!)

So let's talk about snacks. So, so many snacks. When Noah was little he liked to ask for "a tiny, tiny snack" while scrunching up his face and pinching his fingers together, supposedly to represent the minuscule tininess of the snack he was requesting. Just a few bread crumbs, is all! One particularly wee raisin! Please, Mother, you cannot deny such a modest and reasonable request!

And then 10 minutes later there'd be an empty box of granola bars on the counter, surrounded by a land-mine-like explosion of shredded wrappers. Tiny, my ass.

Speaking of my ass (NICE SEGUE, SELF!): we don't buy snacks around here with HFCS, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, but that still doesn't mean everything in our pantry could be considered "healthy" or "good for us." Jason and I were definitely a testament to that: We added "no late night snacking" to our health and fitness behavior chart because it was a chronic bad habit of ours. Eat dinner, head to the couch, get bored after an hour and then open a bag of something carb-y and eat the entire stupid thing. 

And while my children have the metabolism to inhale late-night peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches with a chocolate cookie chaser, we very obviously do not. Or did not. We've gotten better. We each lost more than 15 pounds over the summer (NICE BRAG, SELF!) thanks to regular working out and drastically improving our eating choices and portion sizes. 

So when I was originally asked if I'd consider writing about NatureBox — a monthly subscription service that delivers a big ol' stash of snacks that meet all my ingredient-related twitchiness standards — I figured it would be great for the kids. Fun new things to stave off lunchbox boredom!

Turns out it was pretty great for ME, too, finally getting to indulge in some delicious snacks that fit in with our new eating habits without having to resist the siren call of the Doritos bag at the grocery store. I went to their website picked five snacks to try, which, okay: I'm downplaying the ease of that step because there are well over 100 to choose from and I agggggonized over my choices for days until finally I got yelled at by my nice project manager for taking too long. 

You can search and screen for dietary concerns like nuts, gluten, soy, milk, vegan, low-carb and non-GMO, in addition to sorting by sweet or savory. After finally winnowing down my top 50 favorites to five, here's what we got:


Apple pie oat clusters, baked sweet potato cracker sticks, sunshine chips, Sriracha roasted cashews and whole wheat blueberry figgy bars. 


Perfect lunch-y sizes. I got about five portions from each bag, as long as I kept them up and away from the children themselves, who would have likely inhaled the entire shipment within minutes, like the cow-feeding raptor scene in Jurassic Park.

Ezra loves anything and everything sweet-potato like (these had a great spice flavor too); Noah loves anything in chewy bar form. The apple pie oat clusters were like if apple pie married some granola and had a cookie for a baby. 


And despite being my pickiest eater, Noah has always, ALWAYS loved any type of spicy cashews. These Sriracha ones became his go-to homework snack. Jason and I loved these too — a little sweet and spicy handful of protein. 


And then there were these. These I picked just for me. I am a sucker for a good crunchy sweet/savory vegetable chip. 


This is me attempting to practice good portion control.


HA HA HA HA HA yeah right. Even Max is judging. 

Okay, so I think the bag actually lasted maybe two days. Nobody else got a bite, and I refuse to feel even a little guilty about that. I would drop-kick a bag of Doritos in exchange for another bag of these. 


Two randomly chosen commenters will win a free 6-month subscription to NatureBox! Think of all the sunshine chips you will get to eat that I will not! So unfair! Here's how to enter:

1) Go here and look at all the snacks NatureBox offers. Find your favorite. (SUNSHINE CHIPS.)

2) Come back here and leave a comment telling me which snack you'd like to try. (THE CORRECT ANSWER IS "SUNSHINE CHIPS.")

On September 17th, I will chose two winners using random.org and will absolutely not actually judge you if you chose a snack that is not sunshine chips. I'm sure your choice is delicious too, WHATEVER. Please leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win.

(Giveaway is limited to U.S. readers only, sorry. Please click here to read the full rules.) 

Never win anything? Don't even see the point in trying because life is already meaningless and random enough? Want to try NatureBox anyway? Join using this link and get a FREE sample box of their most popular snacks. 

(Free trial is available for new and US subscribers only. Not valid on gift subscriptions and may not be combined with any other offers.)



Sunshine Chips please!!!


sunshine snacks for me please!! :)




Amy, I love ya, but nom, nom, nom!!! Dark Cocoa Nom Noms!!! Gimme, gimme, gimme!


Sorry Chocolate Nom Noms for me (please don't take me out of the running) :)


Chili lime pistachios! (And sunshine chips)

Liz H.

I want to try the sunshine chips!


All of those snacks look delicious! I think the pb&j granola sounds soooo good!


Clearly dark chocolate num nums are the winner. I mean, sunshine chips.


OMG - Cinnamon spice almonds??? Sign me up!


OMG, I totally want to try the sweet potato cracker sticks. For my kid, I mean. It's TOTALLY for my kid.


Well obviously the answer is: SUNSHINE CHIPS.

However, PB&J anything is my jam (see what I did there?)


Sorry Amy but I have to go with they Sriracha roasted cashews because I love Sriracha sooo much. I'm with Noah on this. But if it will help me win I will say Sunshine Chips.

Martha H.

Sunshine chips or Apple pie oat clusters or....well, you get the idea!!!


SUNSHINE CHIPS! no, seriously.


Mmm. Sunshine chips! Or anything, really. It all looks delicious!


Life IS random and meaningless.
But, what the hell; I'll try: I pick the SUNSHINE CHIPS. (Though the Sriracha Cashews and Guacamole Bites sound pretty damn good, too).


I'm going to have to go with salted caramel pretzel pops -- seems so yummy! But the sunshine chips seem yummy to :D


Dang, I thought you were kidding about the difficulty of choosing. This looks like a better selection than any subscription box I've seen. Sourdough cheddar pretzels... cherry ganache granola... GUACAMOLE BITES YES PLEASE.

(Is there a better link to the free sample box? Looks like that one's broken.)


Sorry Amy but I, like Noah, am a sucker for any sort of chewy bar fruit thing and the mention of the blueberry figgy bars immediately grabbed my attention like whoa. I would order ALL THE FIGGY BARS.


sunshine chips! but also cashew power clusters and guacamole bites and smoky bbq peas, because REALLY.


Cinnamon spice almonds!

Stacy P

Honey Crunch Crisps!


Toasted Sesame Stix. I used to buy these from the co-op at the University of Maryland and eat the whole frickin' bag in about 10 minutes. YUM!


Um.....Sunshine chips? Or (please don't hurt me!) I actually reeeealy like the sound of the sriracha cashews.


Oh god seriously. Just one? Dark Cocoa Nom Noms. I mean, they called them Nom Noms. I HAVE TO HAVE THEM.


I didn't get very far on the site. Anything called Dark Cocoa Nom Noms needs to be tried. The Sunshine Chips sound perfect for my chip scarfing partner.


Sunshine chips! And also everything else.


Duh, sunshine chips


Pear praline crunch!


Dark Cocoa Nom Noms!


Well.... SUNSHINE CHIPS, of course!


Baked Cheddar Potato Sticks


Sunshine chips and Baked Cheddar Potato Sticks! Yummy!


Sweet blueberry almonds (i don't like almonds, but these are so good) and sunshine chips


Sweet blueberry almonds (i don't like almonds, but these are so good) and sunshine chips


And also, your join link doesn't work. :)




Salted caramel pretzel pops!


Sesame sticks for me please!

Erin Cinelli

Sriracha Roasted Cashews, pretty please!


The salted caramel pretzel balls look so tasty & perfect for the peanut free snack at school.

Stacey Brown

Sunshine chips for meeeeeeeeeeeeee!


Coffee kettle popcorn! Or sunshine chips...whatever. LOL


I love LOVE the allergy filters. I have 2 guys (one w/milk allergy & one w/nut allergy) and I bet they'll love trying some new snacks (like south pacific plantains).


I am going to say the Cherry Crumble Granola, however I have no idea how I am supposed to really choose because they all look so good!


Pistachio power clusters are speaking my love language.


the sunshine chips look pretty tasty, but not as tasty as the blueberry nom noms!!


sunshine chips!


Hard to pick just one. I'd go with the chili lime pistachios for me, I think, but the various fruit chews also look like they'd be a big hit.


Pear Praline Crunch and the Sunshine chips (for realz).


OMG the southern BBQ sunflower kernels would not last a day in my house! Oh also, sunshine chips of course!


Chile lime pistachios! (and sunshine chips, of course)


The salted caramel pretzel pops look amazing!


they all look SO GOOD!!! but the coffee kettle corn has got to top the list.


Sticks and stones looks pretty yummy!


All are Sunshine Chips. Sunshine Chips are all.


The dried pears look amazing to me!


My pregnant (potato-chip-craving) self would love the sunshine chips! And all the other snacks, please.


Dark Cocoa Nom Noms


Apple pie oat clusters


chocolate quinoa granola!


Big Island Pineapple!

Amy Hutchison

Pear praline crunch sounds amazing.

Laura L

Honey Macadamia Pretzel Pops. That's a combination I'd never thought of but would like in mah tummeh now.


Dark cocoa nom noms please!


dark cocoa nom noms!


sounds like fun! i am always up for new snacks!

Kristen Hart

Sunshine chips!


sriracha roasted cashews FTW!


As good as the sunshine chips look, I think I'm going to have to go with the sriracha cashews as my favorite.


Those sunshine chips look great! But so do the guacamole bites! And the carrot strawberry chews! :)


The banana bread granola is to die for. Just trust me on this one.


Cinnamon Swirl Kettle Kernels


Guacamole bites...yellow curry peas...sunshine chips...maybe just one of each.


Sunshine chips FO SHO aaaaaand, apple pie oat clusters please!!


Sunshine chips!!


Those praline pumpkin seeds look yummy.


Most def not going to win because I only win stuff that doesn't matter. But I would LOVE to try the sunshine chips or the chocolate nom nom dealies. :-D




Either the salted caramel pretzel pops or the roasted garlic pumpkin seeds!

Also, 9/17 is my 9th wedding anniversary!


I'm thinking the Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops sound pretty yummy!!


Black Sesame Seed Clusters. YUM


Baked sesame sticks--yum!

Suzy Q

Pear praline crunch is caaaaaaaaalling me!

Mindy Barker

Um, Sunshine Chips, I guess. :-)

In all seriousness, I went and drooled over all their selections, and would sure like to try some interesting-sounding ones like guacamole bites, lentil loops, and any of the fruit chews!


Sunshine chips!


Prefer pear praline crunch but will take pistachio power clusters or pumpkin cranberry crave or salted caramel pretzel balls or any of those fruit chews!


Praline pumpkin seeds FTW!

Cheryl S.

How can I pick just one?!? I think I'll have to go with Praline Pumpkin Seeds and Sunshine chips, of course!


Also...I can't get the link to work for the free sample.

Jacki @ Two Forks One Love

I'm between the Harvest Nut Mix and Zesty Noodle Crunch. I get bored with the same taste and texture in every bite, so this would be an awesome compromise.

Megan H.

I'm on team Noah. Sriracha. Cashews.

Ms. Huis Herself

I think the Umami Roasted Nuts sound yummy and satisfying!

Laura 6

I'm with you on the sunshine chips. Yum.


All of 'em. With a side or 2 of sunshine chips.....


Pear Praline Crunch! Sounds almost too good to be true.


the lemon pucker pistachios sound amazing! ...basically everything sounds amazing.


ohh... Chili lime pistachios!


Praline Pumpkin Seeds...if i have to pick just one!

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