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  • {Product Review} Nourish Snack Box

    Monday, September 1, 2014

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    {I received a free box of Nourish Snacks in exchange for writing a review. I was not compensated for my time}

    Did you know that Americans have become serial snackers with many foregoing eating meals entirely in favor of noshing on a snack? Seems to me, if you’re going to grab a snack, it should be a satisfying and healthy one.

    It’s funny, this little box of snacks got me thinking about what an interesting time we live in. You can find a date, order your first date outfit, and have an amazing gourmet meal delivered to your house … all by the wonder that is the Internet. As a child of the 80’s and having lived my young adulthood in the 90’s, I see this as a little bit of a cop out. I mean, if generations before the millennials had to suffer the shame of face-to-face rejection, the frustration of spending your whole day shopping and gazing at your reflection in those freaky fun-house mirrors that every store seemed to have in the 90’s, and spending half your paycheck on a night out (because…ummmm, yeah….we didn’t cook in the 90’s) then finding a date (and cooking for said date) shouldn’t be so…easy. But, alas, it is.

    But I digress…

    If you’re someone who tends toward ‘on the go’ snacking, you probably find yourself in that land of fake foods and giant beverages–the convenience store. Or worse, staring down the glass front of a vending machine, wondering who’s going to blink first (trust me, the vending machine usually wins).

    Why not take the stress out of snacking? A little planning goes a long way in making sure that your nosh isn’t going to turn into a festival of feasting on fake food.

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    Enter a concept may help you avoid the potential pitfalls of snacking. Nourish Snacks, a company founded by nutrition expert Joy Bauer, delivers a delightful box of healthy snacks to your door. Every month. And, no trickery here, each ready-to-go size is one serving. Love that! When I recently received a free box to try and couldn’t wait to dig in!

    OK, first, the marketer in me LOVES the packaging. The box is small and simple with some fun little phrases like “open with Joy”. The product names are pretty clever, too (a bag of Mr. Popular, anyone?).

    First up, Menage-a-Mix. a blend of roasted corn, edamame, and chickpeas. I totally dig the satisfying crunch (a must for some snackers) and a not-too salty flavor that would definitely satisfy that “I could go for something salty” craving. The thing I like best about this little treat is that it’s high in protein and fiber, which helps make for a more satisfying snack. And, hello, all this packed into 160 measly calories.

    Ok Mr. Popular, it’s time to see why people love you. I have to admit, when I first saw the description of this one, I was a little apprehensive. I mean, ‘barely popped’ kernels of corn? Sounds like a one-way trip to the dentist. My bad. These are actually the perfect combination of crunchy and fluffy…how is this possible? These are seriously worth  smuggling this contraband in your purse or pocket on your next trip to the movies. They are not terribly salty, so if your popcorn is just a conduit to getting a lot of salt into your body in one sitting, this one may be quite what you’re used to. And with just three ingredients and less than 200 calories, it’s hard to find a reason not to love Mr. Popular.

    Of the snacks in the box, I feared Nutty ‘Nanas. Just a little. I pride myself on being open to all fruits and veggies, but there’s just something about banana chips I have never liked. Even when I was a chubby girl and I’d eat just about anything as long as it was covered in sugar, there was just something about their faintly fake taste that seemed to linger on the back of the tongue long after the last bite.

    So I proceeded with a little apprehension as I opened the package. As I lifted the first slice of banana from it’s clear confines and brought it to my lips, I kind of closed my eyes and popped it in. Wait, these are kind of chewy. And not fake-sweet. And totally packed with real banana taste. Combined with the huge pieces of walnuts, these are little bites reminiscent of homemade banana bread. Yum!

    Let’s face it, cover anything in chocolate and it’s pretty much guaranteed that deliciousness will ensue. Case in point: Cocoa Loco Dark Chocolate and Chia-Oat Clusters. These are just sweet enough with some great crunch and, as an added treat, little bits of cacao nibs. This just might be the perfect healthy weapon for satisfying your next (let’s face it–inevitable) chocolate craving.

    I saved the best for last. My favorite snack was the one I was most excited to try. And I was not disappointed. Enter….PB Jammin’. I love me some PB&J, but lord knows the classic kids lunchbox staple can be a calorie bomb. Especially if you like yours like I like mine….gooey with peanut butter and dripping with strawberry jam that oozes out of the sides of the bread with every bite. Former fat girl, remember? Up until I dug into this little bag of nostalgia, I’d never had a dried strawberry. Can I just say that I’d eat an entire bag. The slightly chewy texture with the sweet-and-tart flavor of the strawberry was the perfect mate to the crunchy and slightly salty peanuts. Who needs bread?

    So, there you have it, my thoughts on the Nourish Snack box.

    What I liked most: Whole real-food ingredients, low sodium and sugar, convenient travel-sized pouches, and no trickery with the labeling (each packaged snack is one serving). All of the snacks I tried were labeled gluten free, which is great if your avoiding or are allergic to gluten. They are also vegan and non-GMO.

    What liked least: I prefer my snacks to be a little lower in calories (I typically aim for under 150), so I’m not sure I’d eat the more hearty Nourish Snacks every day, though they would be my go-to for hiking or travel.

    Interested in getting Nourish Snacks delivered to your door? Check them out online!

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    I’m giving myself permission to digress one more time. Because, well, this is my blog and I can do that sort of thing.

    Who remembers music clubs? I happen to be a HUGE music fan. I mean, I am passionate about it. There is just something about a song that I can connect with, sometimes on very deep and profound levels, that fills me with joy. It’s been like this for me since I was a kid, when my mom would roll her eyes and tell me that if she “heard those songs one more time, she’d take away my record player”. Let’s pause and reflect for a moment. Record player. The offending songs? I had the 45’s (go ahead, Google what that is) of Gary Numan’s song “Cars” and Blondie’s song “Rapture”. It was 1980 and I was not even a teenager yet, but I was already showing signs of becoming a serious audiophile. Anyhoo…because I wanted to get my hands on as much music as I could (and for as little money as possible…I mean, I was a kid), I joined a monthly music club. The companies sucked you in by letting you chose a bunch of new albums or cassette tapes for like, a penny. I kid you not….one…penny. Imagine my glee at getting that first box full of all sorts of music to discover! Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk”, the Go-Go’s, Joan Jett, Foreigner, Roxy Music, Flock of Seagulls. I didn’t even know where to begin. Of course, these clubs had some serious pitfalls (what is this? Tiffany’s latest album? Did I order this? It costs how much!). Uh….mom…can I have my next 10 allowances early?

    Did I mention that if you loved one song by an artist that was a little on the obscure side (which was most of what I listened to), you had to buy the whole album. The. Whole (Sometimes Terrible). Album.

    That, my friends, was how we did monthly subscription clubs in the 80’s.

    {Product Review} Nourish Snack Box

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