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Karate Snacks

Eleanor took fairy ballet classes through the park district for a little while, which consisted of an adorable group of little girls in ballerina outfits and wings, wandering around in a loose circle to classical music. I’m not sure how much she learned, but who cares? She liked it and had fun. She wasn’t taking any classes for a while because we spent the summer up in Wisconsin while we were between houses, but a couple of months ago, she brought up those dance classes again, asking if she could take more lessons. She didn’t want to do fairy ballet though — that’s for babies. She wanted to do ninja ballet, which sounds like an awesome (albeit nonexistent) fusion. Brandon and I explained that she could take ninja/karate lessons or dance, but not both, and she chose the ninja path.

Eleanor came with me to watch a class before signing up. We both liked what we saw, and she had her first karate lesson last month. The only problem is that her day at nursery school ends fifteen minutes before her karate lessons start. Twice a week, I pick her up ten minutes early so that she can get changed into her uniform before getting her winter gear on. She’s super-proud of her uniform, and I’m sure it helps that her school friends ooh and ahh over it. “Eleanor, you’re shirt is great!” “Eleanor, is that your karate uniform? Cool!” She feels rather chuffed with herself.

Eleanor

On days when she has lessons after school, she’s gone from lunch until dinner time, so we’ve talked about how she needs good food to fuel her body for a busy day. It must have stuck with her because after an energetic and successful round of kicks one day, she bowed low, and respectfully told her teacher, “I ate a taco.”

The kids eat a small snack at school each day, but Eleanor often needs a little something before her lesson too. We’ve been trying out NatureBox for snacks at home, and I usually carry a bag with me in my purse for the kids. They’re good, wholesome snacks (no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors, and no high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, or trans fats), and Eleanor refers to the Blueberry Almond Bites as her “karate snacks.” The bags each have 3-5 servings, and I like that we can put a subscription on auto-pilot and receive the same thing each time, or switch it up and try new flavors. You can also choose what size you want to arrive monthly from NatureBox: Deluxe Snacker (5 bags), Happy Snacker (10 bags) and Smart Snacker (20 bags), with free shipping in the US (or $1.97 to Alaska and Hawaii).

NatureBox Snacks

Of course, we’re enjoying the snacks here at home too. (Those Sweet Blueberry Almonds are so good!)

NatureBox Blueberry Snacks

Win a Deluxe Snacker Subscription

If you’d like to try NatureBox, they’re offering a discount for new customers, 50% off your first box of any size, using the code LOVELY. They’re also giving away two free 6-month Deluxe Snacker subscriptions here to two winners! The giveaway is open until midnight CST, January 23, to US readers only, and you must have a US shipping address. To enter, take a look at the snacks NatureBox offer, then leave a comment below with the one you’d like to try. Good luck!

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239 Comments

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Tuggle
    January 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    PEANUT BUTTER NOM NOMS look sooooo good!

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    Heather
    January 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Mmm… those blueberry almond bites sound yummy as do the salted caramel pretzel bites!!

  • Reply
    Jade
    January 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    this would be awesome! golden apple tea biscuits sound so good :)

  • Reply
    Annegirrl
    January 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Those raspberry fig bars look delicious. These snacks would be perfect for Taekwondo and swim class nights. My girls are always needing to munch right before or right after since we don’t eat dinner until late on those nights.

  • Reply
    Becky
    January 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Ooooh, those roasted kettle kernels sound delicious!

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    Rachel
    January 16, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Mmmmm, lemon pucker pistachios!

  • Reply
    Patricia
    January 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Oh, I’d love to try those sweet blueberry almonds. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply
    Robin
    January 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I’d love to try the masa chips!

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    Kelly P
    January 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Vanilla Macaroon Granola sounds delish!

  • Reply
    Jo
    January 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Raspberry fig bars!

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    L
    January 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    mmm…roasted kettle kernels

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    Victoria
    January 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    whole wheat raspberry fig bars? yes, please!

  • Reply
    andee
    January 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I have been wanting to try NatureBox snacks! It seems so convenient to have healthy snacks sent right to you!

    I would love to get my hands on some of the dried Big Island Pineapple!

  • Reply
    Marty
    January 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Ooh! Chipotle Maple Almonds sound tasty to me! Maybe my daughter would even eat them…she loves real maple syrup.

  • Reply
    Meta
    January 16, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I would love to try the cashew power clusters…yum!

  • Reply
    Sarah F.
    January 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Mmmm, the Apple Orchards Granola looks mighty tasty!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    January 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Ooooh, I want to try the tropical trail mix. Reminds me of Hawaii!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    January 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Peanut butter nom noms…mmmmm…

  • Reply
    Emma
    January 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Lemon pucker pistachios! I’d love to try those.

  • Reply
    Tracey
    January 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve been considering trying this service! Everything looks so delicious. I’m especially curious about the peppery chickpeas!

  • Reply
    Colleen K
    January 16, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Those peanut butter nom noms look delicious! (I’m sure my daughter would love to try the figgy bars too.)

  • Reply
    Margaret
    January 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Cherry Crumble Granola! So many yummy options!

  • Reply
    beth
    January 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Wow, yum! Whe whole family would love this!

  • Reply
    Caroline
    January 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    The peppery pistachios and the peanut butter nom noms. The perfect combination of salty and sweet!

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    Tara
    January 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    How can one choose? The mango almond bites sound awesome!

  • Reply
    Jennifer.
    January 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Lemon Pucker Pistachios? Yes please!

  • Reply
    Carrie
    January 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try these for a while now. I think I’ll take advantage. The mango almond bites look good.

  • Reply
    kirsti
    January 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    all of it;) peanut butter nom noms, please!!

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    Sangeetha
    January 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    We just started Karate in RFCC for my 4 year old too.
    I do the same thing – pick up from daycare, feed him some snacks and off to Karate. Maybe we could compare notes after the session?!
    I think my kiddo would love the baked sweet potato fries and I would like some of the mango almond bites!

  • Reply
    melissa
    January 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    It all looks so yummy!!!!

  • Reply
    GG
    January 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Sweet potato fries would def be my karate snack of choice!!

  • Reply
    Sara
    January 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I want to try all those yummy granolas!

  • Reply
    Leigh
    January 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    The dried peaches look wonderful.

  • Reply
    Amanda
    January 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I’ld love to try the figgy bars!

  • Reply
    sheema
    January 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    dark choc berry trail mix

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    Michelle
    January 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I know this is a sponsored post but I really like how you tell a story about your family and integrate the item into your actual life. It feels less like an ad and more like a recommendation. I like that a lot.

  • Reply
    Kate
    January 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I’d love to try the cherry berry bonanza

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    Liz R.
    January 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    BBQ Kettle Kernels, please! I often find myself grabbing something unhealthy to eat between lunch and dinner. These snacks would be much better than what I reach for these days…

  • Reply
    Keri
    January 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    golden apple tea biscuits, please! YUM. My friend subscribes and has yet to get anything gross.

  • Reply
    kali
    January 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Salted Carmel Pretzel Pops look delicious!

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    Courtney
    January 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Of course I’m looking at this right before dinner so I’m basically drooling all over my keyboard! I would have to agree with kali – those Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops look amazing! I have two little girls and this would be a perfect snack system! Thanks for the heads up on NatureBox!

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    Kayla
    January 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I can’t decide between Pear Praline Crunch and Vanilla Macaroon Granola!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    January 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    the whole wheat figgy bars look really good! so do the chickpeas!

  • Reply
    Wendy
    January 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    For sure: Autumn Eats and Treats!

  • Reply
    Neen
    January 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    These healthy snacks definitely sound like a good idea. Please put my name in for the drawing.

    Best, Neen

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    Neen
    January 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Oops, I forgot to mention in my previous comment that the “Peppery Potato Fries” look delicious”!

  • Reply
    Elle B
    January 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    All of them! But at this exact moment, the Italian Pretzel Bites…yum.

  • Reply
    Mrs Ronso
    January 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I think the French Toast Granola sounds yummy and interesting! Thanks for hosting such a yummy giveaway.

  • Reply
    Heidi Parker
    January 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Yum- I think I could eat them all- but I’d start with the cashew power bites!!

  • Reply
    Raquel
    January 16, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    There’s not one thing there that I wouldn’t enjoy! Honestly! But how about I check out the Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops!

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    January 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I’ve heard great things about NatureBox! Everything looks delicious, but I think the chili lime pistachios would be my first pick.

  • Reply
    Laura
    January 16, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Oooh, I am excited to see that they have so many dairy-free options! I’d love to try the ‘Big Island Pineapple.’

  • Reply
    Mary
    January 16, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Wow! Everything looks awesome! I know my husband would love the everything bagel stix and I am drooling over the whole wheat blueberry figgy bars or the salted caramel pretzel pops. yum all around.

  • Reply
    emily
    January 16, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    those dark cocoa almonds sure look good!

  • Reply
    Mrs. Kinne
    January 16, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    How great do those “peanut butter nom noms” look? Admittedly, I am pregnant and hungry, so they all look good.

  • Reply
    ashley!
    January 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I want to nom on that pear praline crunch! DANG!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    January 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Salted caramel pretzel pops all the way. They look and sound amazing!

  • Reply
    Tara
    January 16, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    So I want to try them all. What a fab idea. I’m signing up right now.

  • Reply
    Carolyn
    January 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I’d love the Tuscan Summer Mix!

  • Reply
    lilcg
    January 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    dark cocoa almonds for me please!

  • Reply
    Laura
    January 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I love anything tropical, so the Big Island Pineapple for me!

  • Reply
    Kim
    January 16, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Oh! Would love to try the whole wheat blueberry figgy bars and the peppery potato fries!

  • Reply
    ribbon
    January 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    They all look great- the granolas would be my first snack pick.

  • Reply
    Jill
    January 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    The dried Granny Smith apples look great to me!

  • Reply
    Nancy
    January 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    What a deal!

  • Reply
    Kate
    January 16, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Apple Orchards granola looks great.

  • Reply
    Meredith K A
    January 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Toasted sesame sticks! YUM

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    Erin R.
    January 16, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Okay, everything looks delicious, but I would try pistachio power clusters and south pacific plantain chips first. Yum!

  • Reply
    Kathy
    January 16, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    while I think everything looks delicious, I have a soft spot for seasame sticks. yum.

  • Reply
    Jenny
    January 17, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Definitely the Peanut Butter Nom Noms!

  • Reply
    karen
    January 17, 2014 at 12:40 am

    the salted caramel pretzel pops look delicious!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta
    January 17, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Um.. salted caramel pretzel pops look pretty awesome! I guess those healthy looking pistachio power bits look good too.. HA!

  • Reply
    Nadia
    January 17, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Holy moly! Everything sounds so good!!

  • Reply
    Jenny
    January 17, 2014 at 2:26 am

    They all sound great but peanut butter nom moms sound yummy!

  • Reply
    melissa
    January 17, 2014 at 5:28 am

    toasted cheddar sticks!

  • Reply
    Julia
    January 17, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Peanut butter nom noms!

  • Reply
    Aliya
    January 17, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Salted Carmel pretzel pops FTW!

  • Reply
    CourtneyV
    January 17, 2014 at 7:07 am

    I love them all, but I think the whole wheat figgy bar sounds delicious!

  • Reply
    Connie W
    January 17, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I have to bring snacks once a month for my son’s kindergarten class. I try and bring fruit but some of the kids don’t like that. Other parents bring a lot of processed carbs. These would be a great way to change it up and be healthy about it!

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    Ashley
    January 17, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Peanut Butter Non noms please!

  • Reply
    Rae
    January 17, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Peanut butter nom noms!!!! Ooooo hope I win! ; )

  • Reply
    Cortney
    January 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Salted caramel pretzel pops?! Sign me up!

  • Reply
    CSB
    January 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Everything looks great — especially all the variety of dipping stix and the peanut butter nom noms!

  • Reply
    Kate
    January 17, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Love that there are so many vegan options! I’d totally go for the firecrackers.

  • Reply
    Samae
    January 17, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Soooo many tasty looking snacks. The Peppery Pistachios look amazing. But so many of the snacks look delicious!

  • Reply
    Meegs
    January 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I would love to try the peanut butter nom noms!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    January 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

    The salted caramel pretzel pops look yum!

  • Reply
    Kimberly
    January 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Well, I’d like to try them all, but those Peanut Butter Nom Noms sound especially delicious!

  • Reply
    Chelsey
    January 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Peanut butter nom noms!

  • Reply
    Katie
    January 17, 2014 at 10:48 am

    citrus chipotle chickpeas- could be great…could be terrible. love that you can try something and change it up for later!

  • Reply
    Erin
    January 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

    It’s so hard to choose, but I’m sure I’d love those mango almond bites!

  • Reply
    Christa
    January 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Those salted caramel pretzel pops look amazing.

  • Reply
    Kelsey W
    January 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Salted caramel pretzel pops and sweet blueberry almonds look amazing. I love snacks!

  • Reply
    Crystal
    January 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

    The salted caramel pretzel pops for me please!

  • Reply
    Tonya
    January 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Mmm, sourdough cheddar pretzels sound yum!

  • Reply
    chrissta
    January 17, 2014 at 11:35 am

    The toasted sesame sticks look delicious!

  • Reply
    Erin
    January 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Those salted caramel pretzel pops sound fabulous. Would love to try them!

  • Reply
    Debbie
    January 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

    HEL-LO, pistachio power clusters! You’re coming home with me. Who can pass off a 50% coupon code?

  • Reply
    Violet
    January 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Gah, that is so cute! I remember when I started my first karate lessons. I love that she is such an adorable fusion of girly bad-ass.

  • Reply
    Lauren E.
    January 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Salty caramel pretzel pops, please!

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