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.


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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    Elizabeth Tuggle
    January 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    PEANUT BUTTER NOM NOMS look sooooo good!

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    January 16, 2014 at 1:07 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

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

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    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.

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    January 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Ooooh, those roasted kettle kernels sound delicious!

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    January 16, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Mmmmm, lemon pucker pistachios!

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    January 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

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

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    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!

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    January 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Raspberry fig bars!

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    January 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    mmm…roasted kettle kernels

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    January 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    whole wheat raspberry fig bars? yes, please!

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    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!

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    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.

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    January 16, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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

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

    Mmmm, the Apple Orchards Granola looks mighty tasty!

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    January 16, 2014 at 2:21 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Peanut butter nom noms…mmmmm…

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    January 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm

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

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    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!

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    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.)

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    January 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Cherry Crumble Granola! So many yummy options!

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    January 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Wow, yum! Whe whole family would love this!

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    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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    January 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Lemon Pucker Pistachios? Yes please!

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    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.

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    January 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

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

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    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!

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    January 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    It all looks so yummy!!!!

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    January 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I want to try all those yummy granolas!

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    January 16, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    The dried peaches look wonderful.

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    January 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I’ld love to try the figgy bars!

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    January 16, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    dark choc berry trail mix

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    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.

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    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…

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    January 16, 2014 at 4:04 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Salted Carmel Pretzel Pops look delicious!

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    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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    January 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    For sure: Autumn Eats and Treats!

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    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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    January 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

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

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    Elle B
    January 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm

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

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    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.

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    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!!

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    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!

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