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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    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.

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    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.’

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    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.

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    January 16, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    those dark cocoa almonds sure look good!

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    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.

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    January 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 7:19 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I’d love the Tuscan Summer Mix!

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    January 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    dark cocoa almonds for me please!

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    January 16, 2014 at 8:39 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 8:47 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm

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

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    January 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    The dried Granny Smith apples look great to me!

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    January 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    What a deal!

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    January 16, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Apple Orchards granola looks great.

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    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!

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    January 16, 2014 at 11:37 pm

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

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    January 17, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Definitely the Peanut Butter Nom Noms!

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    January 17, 2014 at 12:40 am

    the salted caramel pretzel pops look delicious!

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    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!

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    January 17, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Holy moly! Everything sounds so good!!

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    January 17, 2014 at 2:26 am

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

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    January 17, 2014 at 5:28 am

    toasted cheddar sticks!

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    January 17, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Peanut butter nom noms!

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    January 17, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Salted Carmel pretzel pops FTW!

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    January 17, 2014 at 7:07 am

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

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    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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    January 17, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Peanut Butter Non noms please!

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    January 17, 2014 at 8:09 am

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

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    January 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Salted caramel pretzel pops?! Sign me up!

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    January 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

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

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    January 17, 2014 at 8:34 am

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

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    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!

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    January 17, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I would love to try the peanut butter nom noms!

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    January 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

    The salted caramel pretzel pops look yum!

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    January 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

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

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    January 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Peanut butter nom noms!

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    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!

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    January 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

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

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    January 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Those salted caramel pretzel pops look amazing.

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    Kelsey W
    January 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

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

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    January 17, 2014 at 11:14 am

    The salted caramel pretzel pops for me please!

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    January 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Mmm, sourdough cheddar pretzels sound yum!

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    January 17, 2014 at 11:35 am

    The toasted sesame sticks look delicious!

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    January 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

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

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    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?

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    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.

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

    Salty caramel pretzel pops, please!

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