Good morning!  Thanks for the nice comments on yesterday’s post.

Limiting myself to only smoothies didn’t make room for healthy snacks, which I rely on to keep me satisfied and fueled up throughout the day.  I try to think about snacks as mini-meals – rather than just a source of fruit (pure carbs), I try to incorporate a source of healthy fat and/or protein too – like a banana with peanut butter or crackers with hummus.  Thinking of your snacks as mini-meals, with multiple macronutrient sources helps to keep your diet well-balanced and ward off hunger, which can lead to over eating.

Some of my favorite snacks:

 Granola Breakfast Cookies: 115 calories, 3 grams fat

 

3 Ingredient Power Balls – raisins, almonds, cinnamon (oats optional)

Shamrock (vanilla/mint) Shake: 140 calories, 10g protein

Perfect Granola: 120 calories, 3 grams protein per 1/4 cup

Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking or pulling out your blender, so it’s good to have your pantry stocked with snacks that you can feel good about eating.

When I was asked if I’d like to try the healthy snacks that NatureBox sends their subscribers each month, of course I said yes!

The packaging was adorable!  They also donate 1 meal for every box purchased through a partnership with Feeding America – so you can feel even BETTER about your snacking.

The box they sent me (for April) included dried pears, peppery pistachios, smoky pumpkin seeds (LOVE), zingy currants (SO much better than raisins in overnight oats), and cranberry jubilee (a trial mix).

All of their handpicked FULL SIZED snacks have:

  • no high fructose corn syrup
  • no partially hydrogenated oils
  • no trans fats
  • no artificial sweeteners
  • no artificial flavors
  • no artificial colors

They include a detailed description of each of the items in your box, too:

You can read the full description of the April products here.

I really enjoyed the products and the whole concept of NatureBox.  For $19.95 a month you can subscribe on their website.

It’s like Birchbox (which everyone loves and I finally subscribed too), but edible and with full sized products.  Win-win. :)

Want a free box?  Leave a comment telling me your healthy favorite snack.  You can earn an extra entry by following me (@clairetherd) and NatureBox (@naturebox) on Twitter and tweeting: “I want to win a box of healthy snacks from @clairetherd and @naturebox – http://wp.me/p2dcjI-15o

THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – COMMENTS ARE CLOSED.  The winner is #11, Tianna!  Congrats!  I’ll be e-mailing you for your information.