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Nature Box – June Edition

Happy Friday!!

Can you believe we are already HALFWAY through June?  Ughh I feel like summer has barely even begun, thanks to the less-than-desirable weather lately.  Hopefully, this just means a later start to winter this year and no snow until mid-December.  One can only hope!

Nature Box – June

Although I received my June box at nearly 2 weeks ago, I have been so crazy busy and just haven’t had the opportunity to taste-test all my monthly goodies.

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Too busy to eat?  Never thought that was possible. 😉

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But I finally opened up all the bags and dug in!

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If you’ve never heard of Nature Box before, it’s a subscription service that sends 5 different healthy snacks at the beginning of every month.

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This June box is my 3rd one and I’ve been enjoying sampling unique health(ier) snacks without having to buy a ginormous bag!  Just the right amount to satisfy a snacky mood. 🙂

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The company sends a card detailing each item and offers suggestions of how to enjoy your snacks.  The theme for June is “Picnic Season”.

Cherry Ganache Granola

nature box june cherry ganache granola

This was my breakfast this morning.  A yogurt bowl with all kinds of goodies – blueberries & bananas (on the bottom), Greek yogurt, sunflower butter, and the Cherry Ganache Granola.  It was very tasty with the big plump dried cherries and whole roasted almonds mixed in with the crunchy granola clusters.

Peanut Butter Nom Noms

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These are soft little cookies made with oats and peanut butter with chocolate chunks.  It tasted like an oatmeal raisin cookie (minus the raisins) as the base but with a hint of peanut butter and giant melty chunks of chocolate.  Delish!

Salsa Spiced Nut Mix

nature box june salsa spiced nut mix

Just a hint of zesty flavor coating a cashews and almonds, plus a crunchy corn-type chip.

BBQ Kettle Kernels

nature mix june bbq kettle kernels

Love these things!  I believe they are the similar to the roasted kettle kernels (but with a BBQ spin on ’em) from April’s box which I adored!  They remind me of those half-popped popcorn kernels at the bottom of the bowl. 🙂

And of course, Mr. Mac had to photobomb my picture!

Guacamole Bites

nature box june guacamole bites

These were good, but not my favorite.  They tasted like your typical corn chip (aka Frito, etc.) but with a tangy flavoring.  I mean, they were definitely yummy but I’m not the biggest fan of Frito-type snacks and I was hoping for more of a ‘guacamole’ emphasis.

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Have a fabulous weekend!

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WIAW #18: Bowls of Goodness

Gooood morning!  Hope you’re having a fantastic week so far!  Only a couple more days before the long Memorial Day weekend. 🙂

Before I head off to St Louis for an audit this week, here is another What I Ate Wednesday post.

Breakfast

I’m pretty much obsessed with this scrambled egg combination and I’ve been eating it up like crazy lately.  Since I’m taking a few days off to recover, I have extra time in the morning to prepare a hot bowl of eggs.

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Three eggs scrambled with a splash of milk and dash of salt and pepper, topped with half a diced avocado, lots of crumbled feta cheese, and few shakes of Cholula hot sauce.

mcdonalds coffee

When I arrived up at my desk, I had a piping hot cup of coffee from Mickey D’s waiting for me, courtesy of one of my coworkers. 🙂

Mid Morning Snack

I dove straight into work and was able to accomplish a lot without checking the clock every 20 minutes which definitely made the first half of the day go by in a flash!  Love days like those.

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My bowl of eggs fueled me nicely throughout the morning and my only indication that it was past 10 am were the growls escaping my stomach.  I munched on baby carrots and snap peas dipped in roasted red pepper hummus while I continued working away at my desk.

Lunch

I finally broke for lunch and went downstairs to eat with a few coworkers.

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Holy cow.  This salad was DE-licious!

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Spring mix, cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, craisins, macadamia nuts, goat cheese, and blackened chicken (leftovers from Monday night’s dinner).

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I poured this Lite Sun Dried Tomato dressing into the bottom of the container along with the cucumbers so the rest of the salad remained fresh.  When I was ready to eat, I shook everything up so the dressing could evenly distribute.  Very tasty!

Afternoon Snack

The other day Jewel was offering two 1 lb containers of strawberries for $4.  Although I intended on purchasing blackberries instead, the decision was a no-brainer – a tiny clamshell of blackberries for $3.98 vs 2 lbs of strawberries for basically the same price.

And now I’m stuck eating 2 lbs of strawberries! 😉

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I snacked on a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with cut-up strawberries and Reginald’s White Chocolate Macadamia Peanut Butter.

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A perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

Dinner

The positive side to skipping a morning workout is getting out of work a bit earlier.  I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening relaxing and enjoying some leisurely cooking in my kitchen.

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I snacked on a few Italian Bistro Pretzels from my Nature Box this month and pepperjack cheese slices while I worked in the kitchen.

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I finally sat down to a big bowl of pasta.  I layered baby spinach on the bottom, which wilted down nicely from the hot fettuccine, along with steamed broccoli and cauliflower, roasted garlic dressing, red pepper flakes, and parmesan cheese.

veggie garlic pasta bowl

I had a real craving for marinara sauce which is what inspired me to cook up the pasta, but I failed to realize that I had no sauce in the pantry until the very last second.  Instead, I tossed the pasta lightly in roasted garlic dressing and it tasted great!

trader joe's dark chocolate almonds

I cuddled up with blankets and my furry friend to watch TV and munch on a few dark chocolate almonds.

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These things are dangerously good!

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Nature Box – May Edition

Now that we’ve got just a little over a week of May under our belts, I’ve been able to try the next batch of snacks from my Nature Box monthly subscription.

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As someone who loves to try new and different foods, I was eager to open up this month’s goodies.

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In addition to 5 health(ier) snacks, the Nature Box comes with a card summarizing the contents of each item.

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Banana Bread Granola, Lemon Meringue Waffles, and Taj Mahal Snack Mix

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Whole Wheat Raspberry Figgy Bars and Italian Bistro Pretzels

Now let’s take a look at each one!

Banana Bread Granola

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This granola was pretty good, though I could hardly taste the banana flavor.  It was very crunchy, almost like a crisp cookie would be crumbled up.  Very tasty over some yogurt.

Lemon Meringue Waffles

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect with these.  They are light, crispy with a nice sweet lemony flavor.  The card suggests to sandwich a little frozen yogurt between two waffles or snacking on with some tea, though I ate them straight out of the bag, as well as with a bowl of strawberries and cool whip.  Didn’t really ‘knock my socks off’ but still tasty.

Taj Mahal Snack Mix

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As someone who loves a good trail mix of nuts and dried fruits, this was right up my alley!  I enjoyed the unique mix of sweet mangoes, almonds, sunflower seeds and raisins all coated in a smoky (subtle) curry spice.  The recipe card suggests incorporating into a homemade chicken salad… I may just have to try that if I don’t eat it all first! 😉

Whole Wheat Raspberry Figgy Bars

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Think of these as a healthier, whole wheat version of Nutri Grain bars crossed with Fig Newtons.  Although I’ve never really been a fan of Fig Newton, these tasted pretty good still but not my favorite.

Italian Bistro Pretzels

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Even though these are called pretzels, they taste a bit like crunchy garlic breadsticks.  Never said they weren’t delicious though!

 

Enjoy your Thursday! 🙂

Nature Box

Remember my Daily Dose of Green boxes?  While I really enjoyed getting a little package of goodies every month, I also realized after giving it a fair shot of 4 months, I just wasn’t using many of the product samples.  After the initial excitement wore off, many of these samples are still sitting in their boxes (even as we speak!).

However, I did use (read: eat) all of the food products from each one, so I searched around online for a monthly subscription box tailored towards healthy foods.  Little did I know, there is an entire world of these monthly food boxes out there, let me tell ya!

Are you a foodie, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, Paleo, or going green?  Do you desire gourmet, organic, or just plain healthy snacks?  Is it for you, your family, or an entire office?  There is something for literally everyone!

I decided all I was looking for was a little excitement in my food world.  I love sampling new healthy foods but I also do not intend on spending a fortune to do so.  Personally, I like a couple extra snacks now and then as a supplement to my normal groceries.

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I finally came across Nature Box that appears to suit my needs wants.  The company sends out a small box of about 5 different healthy snacks for only $15 per month.  I’ve been meaning to share the goods for the last couple days but wanted to taste-test them all first.

So let’s take a look inside!

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This one came with a little card describing each of the snacks and a few suggestions on how to enjoy them.

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Honey Mesquite Almonds, Toasted Cheddar Stix, and Roasted Kettle Kernels

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Dried Granny Smith Apples and Sunshine Chips

I’ve now tasted them all and am really happy with each one!

Honey Mesquite Almonds

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You may know how much I love to snack on all kinds of nuts and nut butters so it’s a no-brainer that I love these.  They have a very subtle smoky flavor with a hint of sweetness.

Toasted Cheddar Stix

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These reminded me of those sesame sticks that sometimes come in a package of trail mix, only cheesy!  Quite addicting!

Roasted Kettle Kernels

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I briefly mentioned these in my WIAW post earlier this week.  They are a bit like half-popped popcorn kernels with a little sweetness and have an after-taste that made me think of corn puffs cereal.  Super crunchy treat and would be a great addition in a trail mix!

Dried Granny Smith Apples

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The ingredient list was “apples”.  Can’t get much simpler than that!  The apples were a little chewy and not as tart as a fresh granny smith apple would be, but they were very fun to eat!

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For a snack, I spread some Reginald’s Apple Sin Peanut Butter and sprinkled cinnamon on top, then squished together for a little sandwich.  Yummy!

Sunshine Chips

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This was a mixed bag of several different dried, crispy baked veggies.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I imagined greasy, salty chips much like a potato chip would be but to my surprise, they were not greasy at all!

Plus, the ingredient list was pretty simple too: sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, taro, beets, and green beans, plus a little canola oil and salt.  Not too bad!

The verdict?  Overall I am very pleased with my change in monthly subscription boxes!  It hasn’t even been a full week and I’ve tried every single one, unlike my previous subscription.  Plus, I know nothing will go to waste.  Now, that’s being more green! 🙂