I never leave home without a book, or a snack.

I never leave home without a book, or a snack.

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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

NatureBox has over 100 snacks to choose from. (Don’t worry: if that’s too many choices for you, you can easily filter by ingredient, flavor, or dietary needs.)

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).

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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.)

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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.)

To answer readers’ questions: my (old) 41 Hawthorne tote is from StitchFix and that’s a Tundra paperback edition of Anne of Avonlea.

This post is sponsored by NatureBox, a service my family happily uses. 

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354 comments

  1. Kristin says:

    Too many to choose from! The blueberry greek yogurt preztels and the dark cocoa almonds would by my first pick!

  2. Steph says:

    I also have low blood sugar issues, plus children with many dietary restrictions – this subscription service is going to be wonderful for our family! For me, I would love trying the cocoa almonds. For my kids, any of those whole wheat figgy bars would be sure winners – they haven’t had anything like that since we had to start avoiding soy!

  3. You’ve sold me on the Teriyaki Beef Jerky and the Salt and Pepper Pistachios. Always on the lookout for gluten-free snacks I can enjoy on the run. I make sure to keep a book and snack in my van in case I can steal a few minutes of quiet reading while waiting for my next school pick-up or practice run.

  4. Robin says:

    I would love for my kids to eat healthy snacks. I think they would if it came in the mail.

  5. Cindi says:

    For a start – the apple pie oat clusters sound delicious and my 5-year-old would love them.

  6. Brigid says:

    I would love the pistachios or greek yogurt pretzels. Always looking for protein packed snacks!

  7. Kristen says:

    Any of the seasoned nuts sound good…especially salt and pepper pistachios! Sour cream and onion almonds sound intriguing, too.

  8. Michele says:

    jalapeño white cheddar popcorn sounds amazing. We are also a baseball family, so we need a lot of snacks!

  9. Carrie says:

    I would usually say anything with chocolate, but since I’m trying to cut back I’d reach for the dried fruits this time!

  10. Anna says:

    Probably the granola, I love it! 🙂 And I love the advice to always take a snack and a book. I’ve long since adopted the “carry a book” rule but am definitely not as consistent with the snack rule. I think you might have just helped my summer. 🙂

  11. Amy says:

    I’ve tried Nature Box before, and we loved the snacks. It just didn’t fit our lifestyle or budget at that time. One of my favorites was the dried mango pieces.

  12. Virginia Vandenberg says:

    I’d love to try all of the flavoured nuts, especially the Sriracha Roasted Cashews, but I’d also like to try the dried fruit chews. Having healthy snacking options would be so great for my marathon study sessions!

  13. Krystal P says:

    I love all things nutty, so the citrus kick or blueberry almonds sound excellent. Also can we talk about the dark chocolate berry trail mix? Sounds heavenly!

  14. Denise says:

    I love this idea for healthy snacks. My sweet tooth is intrigued by the mini Belgian waffles though 🙂

  15. Sarah R says:

    NatureBox combines two of my favorite things: snacks and surprises! I love trying different kinds of popcorn so any variety would be great. Now if NatureBox included a book, it would be perfect! 🙂

  16. Jenna says:

    I’d try the dark cocoa almonds!

    Also, since you had a post the other day about Trader Joe’s favorites, they have some salt and pepper pistachios that are great as well!

  17. Erin says:

    The cheddar and asiago cheese crips look delicious and I’m sure my husband would love the pistachio power clusters. Also the chocolate hazelnut granola sounds like a wonderfully delightful snack that may need to be hidden from me.

  18. Katia says:

    I have heard great things about NatureBox and have been meaning to try it for a while now. I love dark chocolate-covered almonds, so that would be my first snack to try.

  19. Kacy says:

    My kids are ALWAYS hungry. I would love this! We are lovers of sweet and salty, so chocolate covered nuts or yogurt covered nuts are the go to in our house!

  20. Diane says:

    The dark cocoa almonds would be a big hit here! Thanks! What a great idea…an online snacking service!

  21. Stephanie Ryan says:

    Hard to decide if I would confess that my choice to consider naturebox snacks may be strictly self motivated! I would be inclined to ravishly devour Asiago cheddar cheese crisps ( how can one fail with crispy cheese) and for my peeps–the mini Belgium waffles!

  22. Erin says:

    I’d love to try the asiago and cheddar cheese crisps. Actually there is a lot that I’d like to try 🙂

  23. Michele says:

    Mmm. The Peanut Butter Nom Noms look like just the sweet, protein kick I need when that mid-afternoon slump hits! Paired with some good coffee and a book, it would be like a mini retreat.

  24. AnnaC says:

    I would go for anything that is tree nut free, the dried fruit and yogurt pretzels look tasty.

  25. Mia says:

    Yum! I would love to try the different flavors of pop-pops, and my kids would surely enjoy the fun strawberry lemonade fruit stars. And I concur regarding the books. 😉

  26. Alicia says:

    Honestly everything looks delicious, but I think I’d want to try the dark chocolate pretzel pops first.

  27. Susan says:

    I’ve seen YouTubers having Nature Box promotions and they all seem to really love the dried pineapple!

  28. Lisa L says:

    ohh, the jalapeno white cheddar popcorn sounds so yummy! and the Lemon Tea biscuits look great as well! Thank you.

  29. Sara K. says:

    I couldn’t get the link to work, but the cocoa covered almonds sound like they are right up my alley! I would also love to try some dried fruit!

  30. Londa Sneller says:

    I have 6 wonderful kids and each would like something different! Bethany would like the toasted cheddar stix. Ruth would like the chocolate hazelnut granola to put on her yogurt. Elena loves the double berry fruit peels. Micah loves salty snacks so the asiago and cheddar cheese crisps would be perfect for him. Dried peaches or pineapple would make my fruit-loving son, Philip happy. The salt and pepper pistachios would thrill Caleb. My husband, Jon loves popcorn. Parmesan garlic popcorn for him. I grew up in India and love mangos, so either the dried mangos or the mango orange fruit chews for me!

  31. Stacie says:

    Um, all the snacks? Chocolate hazelnut granola is tempting but I’d like to get the kids snacking on the probiotic power mix!

  32. Susan says:

    I love that they have a less than 15g of carbs option for diabetics. I’d like to try the coconut cashews.

  33. Linda Brannnon says:

    The mini belgian waffles look perfect for my grandson who is two! Can’t wait to try a sample.

  34. Suzy says:

    The Chipotle Maple Almonds sound awesome! So do all the dried fruits and the different pretzels. Yum!

  35. Alicia says:

    i’d love to try the blueberry greek yogurt pretzels! They sound delicious! With 3 boys, snacks are an essential in our house, too. Thank you for the giveaway!

  36. Debi says:

    The Big Island Pineapple looks great! I like the idea of being able to choose what comes each month, as I have food allergies. Thanks!!

  37. Meg Thomas says:

    Those dark chocolate almonds look heavenly. And my kids would love any of the dried fruit!

  38. Laura says:

    Why hello there, praline pumpkin seeds! Don’t mind if I do! Although now that I’m skimming through other people’s choices in the comments I am really getting sold on the coffee kettle popcorn or the chocolate hazelnut granola…

  39. Karen says:

    Oh my goodness, they all look delicious! I would have to order those mini belgian waffles and apple and cinnamon oatmeal to start – yum!

  40. Seastar says:

    The Probiotic Power mix or the Antioxident boost sound like great snacks that will hold off the hunger for awhile.

  41. Anne says:

    The cinnamon spiced almonds look amazing! Definitely something to keep stashed in my desk at work to avoid the 2:30 hangry feeling 🙂

  42. Whitney says:

    I would love to try the Greek yogurt pretzels or the salt and pepper pistachios (I know my hubby would love those!).

  43. Margaret says:

    I LOVE pistachios, and the tiny ones that can’t be opened always drive me crazy. Big ones that are easy to crack sound great! I hope I win. 🙂

  44. Katherine says:

    I would love the asiago cheese crisps but I also have a huge fetish for granola…all kinds. This third pregnancy has me snacking on everything I can get my hands on!!!

  45. Stacey says:

    I always have protein based snacks in my purse too! Have always needed multiple snacks a day! Salt and pepper pistachios please!

  46. Alison S. says:

    I am drooling over the dark chocolate berry trail mix. I am becoming more and more of a fan of having things shipping directly to my house. I might have to give naturebox a try.

  47. Emily H. says:

    Oooh! Maybe the dark chocolate pretzel balls as a treat, but I want to try the mango orange chews.

  48. Erika says:

    Cocoa almonds sound amazing to me! My husband makes (loving) fun of me for taking food with me everywhere when I’m pregnant or nursing 🙂

  49. MelissaJoy says:

    The nut selection looks delicious! S&P Pistachios and Coconut Cashews are where I would begin.

  50. Meg says:

    I adore pistachios, but rarely buy them, so my choice is salt and pepper pistachios!
    You made me laugh….you said they have 100+ choices and I immediately felt overwhelmed….but you saved the day by making the choices easier!! We are soooo much alike with this decision fatigue thing! I love that you frequently acknowledge it ;). Thank you

  51. Stephanie says:

    They all look delicious – especially since we just got home from a cross-country trip to Florida and there is no food in our house! 😉

    The praline pumpkin seeds especially look interesting. Great combo of flavors.

  52. Laura says:

    I am definitely interested in those Sweet Blueberry Almonds…but I can see how fun it would be to get surprises in the mail! My kids would love it, too!

  53. Jill says:

    Amazing choices and they ship to Canada!
    I would love to try the figgy bars and the cocoa almonds sound fantastic.

  54. Coleen says:

    I’m interested in the sweet blueberry almonds (can’t quite imagine the combo, but I’m curious) and sriracha roasted cashews.

  55. Jody says:

    Ok this looks like an awesome thing to subscribe to. I can’t wait to poke around the site more. First glance though the savory lemon bell pepper kale chips sounds really intriguing and tasty.

  56. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I think I’d try the cheddar and onion sunflower kernels first.

  57. Courtney says:

    Their Cranberry Almond Bites and Apple Pit Oat Clusters look delicious! I have a hard time finding healthier snacks unless they’re straight-up veggies or fruit (and I tend to find nut bars or such either too much work to make or too expensive to buy!) It’d be interesting to try something like this where it just shows up at my door!

  58. Jess says:

    Our whole family would love any of the dried fruit chews, and I think the siracha cashews sound amazing.

  59. Ashley says:

    Jalapeno White Cheddar popcorn?! I’m totally there. I’m also a sucker for yogurt pretzels, so I think it would be fun to try some of their flavored varieties.

  60. Cori says:

    Yum. I love how you can filter by ingredient. I would love to try the blueberry almond. Never heard of such a thing, but looks delish!

  61. Valerie W. says:

    Hard to choose! Nuts and popcorn are now out for my kiddo who just got braces, but I’d love to try the cocoa dusted almonds and the coffee kettle corn. I’m sure both kids would like to try the yogurt covered pretzels.

  62. MK says:

    What a fun giveaway! I would be all over any variety of the figgy bars…or anything else from the baked goods section 😉

  63. Christa says:

    The probiotic power mix, or the coffee kettle corn. There were a lot of things I’d love to try.

  64. Kristie says:

    I’m a nut girl, so I would pick the harvest nut mix, the cocoa almonds and those jalapeno cashews. Oh and those salt and pepper pistachios. Yum!!!!!

  65. Jennifer says:

    I think my kids would love the Strawberry Lemonade fruit stars! I’m definitely going to play around on their site for a subscription.

  66. Kel says:

    Dried pineapple is my favorite dried fruit, so, that! The cocoa almonds also sound awesome, and my husband loves all biscotti.

  67. Kara says:

    Everything sounds great…but I think I would order the asiago and cheddar crisps first. Yum!

  68. Heidi F. says:

    Dark cocoa almonds are calling my name. I always have a purse full of snacks too, with a 4 year old type 1 diabetic child. Protein with sweet is great!

  69. Amanda S says:

    The mini belgian waffles, the blueberry greek yogurt pretzels, the honey dijon pretzel bites, they all look delicious!!!

  70. Steph J says:

    This looks great–I’m loathe to buy snacks, but most of the snacks I make are not easy to pop in the bag, which is becoming important now that my oldest (6) is in activities.

    I like the look of the sun bites (cocoa or sea salt) for the lower sugar and protein we need.

  71. Beth says:

    I can’t decide between the blueberry Greek yogurt pretzels and the salt and pepper pistachios. Lots of good choices!

  72. Katrina Carson says:

    Ok, so the list of what I would like to try is seemingly endless!
    Strawberry Lemonade Fruit Stars
    Mango Orange Fruit Chews
    Dark Cocoa Almonds
    Salt & Pepper Pistachios
    I could go on but I’m getting a little hungry 🙂

  73. Ashley says:

    Blueberry yogurt pretzel sounds delish! I’ve thought about trying this for quite some time, but Couldn’t get past the cost. However I can relate to your low blood sugar issues. I’ve always struggled with that and when I was pregnant last year it was horrible! Now that little miss is getting older it’d be nice to have good snacks around!

  74. Rachelle Rodriguez says:

    All of the snacks look delicious! I would love to try the figgy bars and the dried pineapple. Thank you!

  75. Amy says:

    Yes, we love to have chilled water bottles and healthy snacks ready to go whenever we need to leave the house! My sister loves NatureBox, she has several food allergies and appreciates the choices she can have with this company. It’d be exciting to win so I can try out new snacks – the Mango Almond Bites, Salt and Pepper Pistachios, Dark Cocoa Almonds and the Strawberry Lemonaide Fruit Stars look yummy. 🙂

  76. Heather C says:

    I’d like to try the Pistachio Power Clusters. Actually, they all sound great! Thanks for the giveaway. I look forward to MMD each day!

  77. Elizabeth says:

    I’d like the praline pumpkin seeds or the black and white granola… But it all looks delicious.

  78. Kari says:

    I would love to have the mini Belgian waffles as a treat, but all the nuts look so yummy and are usually a go to for a healthy snack!

  79. Cathy says:

    So hard to choose one! The Dark Chocolate Berry Mix looked yummy, something I’d pack along with a book!

  80. Laura K says:

    I love anything with dark chocolate so I would love to try the Dark Chocolate Pretzel Pops. Yummy!

  81. Any of the seasoned nuts sound wonderful, though if I’m feeling indulgent, I’ll go for the dark cocoa almonds! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  82. Ashley Dickerson says:

    Everything looks so yummy! I would love to try the mango orange fruit chews or the sweet blueberry almonds.

  83. Cindy Moore says:

    The praline pumpkin seeds sound amazing but seriously so did all the snacks. Yummy!

  84. Megan Schmieder says:

    Those cocoa covered almonds looks divine! Or any of the popcorn, I LOVE popcorn!! Thank you!

  85. Nicole N. says:

    I have been meaning to try nature box, they salt and pepper pistachios look amazing as do the cocoa almonds. Thanks for sharing!

  86. Joy V. says:

    I would love to try PRALINE PUMPKIN SEEDS and Cherry Berry Bonanza. These look amazing!

  87. Rachel says:

    The chocolate hazelnut granola is just what I need. I’ll feel a lot less guilty eating that instead of a spoonful of Nutella!

  88. Traci says:

    Oh my! So hard to choose..love all dried fruit and of course anything with chocolate but for something different the praline pumpkin seeds sound fun and interesting.

  89. Sara S. says:

    It all sounds amazing but I would definitely love to try the Asiago and cheddar crisps the most! Yum!

  90. Natania says:

    It was difficult for me to choose only one! I think I’d want to try those dark chocolate pretzel pops.

  91. Stacey Clark says:

    Would love to try the Cashew Power Clusters! What a great service – thanks for introducing me!

  92. Renee A says:

    Tart and tangy fruit, all the way. Or maybe something covered in chocolate… Or many somethings covered in chocolate… Off to order a sampling of treats!

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