I never leave home without a book and a snack.
I’m sure the book is no surprise: that’s been my rule of thumb since I was 8 years old. Now my kids are required to have a book with them—if not in their hand, then at least in the car.
The snack has been essential since pregnancy #2, when I started having issues with low blood sugar that never went away. Luckily, it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with food—I’m okay if I skip the sugar and eat the protein, at the right times—but that means that if I pull out of the driveway and realize I don’t have a snack in my purse, I’m going back for one.
This is a hard time of year for regular meals: it’s baseball season, which means we’re often away from home from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., right in the dinner window. During spring season we rely heavily on the slow cooker, planned leftovers, and rotisserie chicken. We also pack snacks. Lots and lots of snacks, to keep us all from getting hangry, and me from getting woozy.
For special snacking, my family uses and loves NatureBox: a subscription service that delivers delicious and healthy snack options right to your doorstep.
NatureBox costs $19.95 per month for 5 full-size bags of snacks, each with 3-5 servings. At first I thought that sounded expensive but the cost is about the same as Whole Foods, and you can save on your subscription by paying for multiple months at a time. (Also: because I usually order the high-protein stuff that’s pricey everywhere, I feel like we get a good value for our snacking dollar.)
I love NatureBox because my kids think anything that comes in the mail is a special treat—and that does wonders for their moods when they’re tagging along to yet another of their big brother’s ball games.
All snacks meet their strict quality standards: no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, ever. You can choose what snacks are included in your box every month, or you can let them surprise you. Because of our food restrictions, I usually choose ours.
We especially love the salt and pepper pistachios (huge and easy to open), citrus kick almonds, and teriyaki beef jerky. My kids love their dried fruit, and the dark cocoa almonds are seriously delicious (I’ve asked Will to hide them from me before).
If you’re more the chips and pretzel type, you have a dizzying array of options to choose from: greek yogurt pretzels, asiago & cheddar crisps, lemon almond biscotti bites, 9 kinds of granola. (My kids will happily eat plain Greek yogurt with a sprinkling of their granola on top.)
Today, NatureBox is giving two lucky winners each a free 6-month subscription. To enter, check out NatureBox’s snack selection, and then comment here with which snack you’d like to try. (18 and older, US and Canada only. Giveaway ends Monday, May 18 at 11:59 pm EST.)
Bonus for all readers: Try some of NatureBox’s most popular snacks for free: click here to get started. (New US and Canadian subscribers only. May not be used on gift subscriptions or combined with other offers.)
This post is sponsored by NatureBox, a service my family happily uses.