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KalorieBox: Product Review

Snack Attack Volume II will be centered around snacks in a box!  The first Snack Attack post focused on what you can find in the grocery store or put together on your own.  This time it’s a little different. There is a great company who offers to bring tasty, healthy snacks direct to your doorstep and donate a meal to a child in need for each box shipped out.  Here’s what it is:

KalorieBox = a great answer to the snack-attacker with little to no time on their hands—and you’ll be a do-gooder too!  For every KalorieBox shipped, a meal is donated to a less fortunate child in America.

I was very excited to receive my very own KalorieBox, and here’s what it contained:

KalorieBox, inner

Fit Frappe: Fit Frappe is a grab-and-go protein mixture that will provide 20+ grams of protein in addition to your morning cup of joe in a single pack!  If you’re pressed for time or need to fuel up during a long day out, this is an easy way to go—just add liquid (like almond milk!).

Simply Snackin’:  This is not your ordinary jerky!  Meat mixed with fruit?  Delightful!  I received one beef sirloin with pineapple and one chicken with mango and papaya.  I asked my best friend to do a taste test in front of me (since I don’t eat meat), and got the response I was hoping for: deliciousness!  The description: Tender and tasty.  The jerky is gluten free, low calorie (only 60 calories in 1 pack), and high in lean protein.

Plentils chips:  Plentils are made by the “Enjoy Life” brand—a brand I am very fond of that makes fantastic gluten free items.  If you need to have something crunchy and feel like you’re indulging in some chips but don’t want all the extra calories and oil, Plentils are a great go-to item.  There are four flavors they offer: Light Sea Salt, Dill & Sour Cream, Garlic & Parmesan, and Margherita Pizza which is what KalorieBox sent me.  They were YUMMY.  I have tried the light sea salt before and didn’t think much of them.  The Margherita Pizza flavor’s where it’s at!

Stubb’s BBQ sauce:  What a great way to make a simple, plain meal burst with flavor.  Add it to chicken, steak, tofu, or veggies for a healthy, low calorie, tasty meal.  The sauce is only 30 calories for 2 tablespoons.  This too is gluten free—and up until now I didn’t know there was gluten free BBQ sauce available.  I’ve been making my own now for 10 years—what a treat!

Hint Water:  This was right up my alley.  I tend to hint my own water with lemon, so this was such a nice change.  Not overpowering in flavor, no calories, no additives and fake sugars–just a ‘hint’ of flavor that made ordinary old water grand.  Trying to kick the soda habit?  Here’s your chance!

Thank you, Michael, at KalorieBox for asking me to review your service!  The snacks are great and affordable.

If you are interested in ordering a KalorieBox of your own, you can subscribe  to the service and have the snacks delivered directly to your home!  Just visit the KalorieBox website to learn more and get the Box for you: KalorieBox.com.

Happy, Healthy Snacking!

 

How You Can Be Busy AND Healthy

Hi Leah Renee!  

I’m having trouble finding good, healthy snacks to eat while I’m at my desk during the workday.  Can you suggest a few tasty options that are healthy too?  Thanks! ~Bella, AZ

It’s not easy conducting a balancing act every day!  Whether you’re working full time, going to school, or busy as a full time Mom, time seems to be the one thing we can’t get enough of.  Seems a little backwards too; we sure had a lot of time as a kid, and that’s when someone was there to pack us a lunch for the day!  Now it’s up to us to choose and prepare our snacks (and meals) wisely.  With so many different options out there, whether you’re finding something ready-made or making it at home, that’s a lot of label reading and even then we may be getting a little confused or frustrated at all the info listed on the back.

A good rule of thumb is to stick to options that are as close to their natural state as possible.  Another good rule to stand by: DON’T EAT it if you DON’T LIKE it!!!  If you’re looking to lose a few pounds and you think just snacking on celery sticks will help, and you can’t stand celery, I can almost guarantee you that one will backfire.  Eating is enjoyable, so when we are hungry we should like what we have, within our calorie limits.  We don’t have to compromise between a healthy diet and maintaining our busy lifestyle, but strike a balance between the two that works for us.

In order to make sure we’re eating the right servings of our snack items, unless it is already packaged per-serving, make these your best friends, you’ll need something to put those tasty snacks in!:

A healthy snack will combine a little fat, fiber, protein, and carbohydrates.  That’s of course if you’re pretty hungry between a meal.  If not, it’s OK to have a snack, such as an apple, if you just need a little something to get you through.  Snacking is best kept between 100 to 200 calories.  Any more and you’re starting to step into “meal” territory.  It’s also smart to watch how much sugar is in your snack since that will likely make you feel drained after the effects of the sugar wears off.  Additionally, snacks should not be synonymous with desserts.  Cookies are yummy, small, tasty, easy…but they’re a dessert item.  It’s best to have what you’re eating contribute to your health, providing you with some nutritional value; that is rather than consuming “empty calories” which are foods that provide next to zero vitamins and minerals (like chips or pretzels)…but they do provide you with plenty of calories!!!  I have provided a collage below of the some great snack options, one or more of which I hope will suit you!

It was challenging choosing selected items to feature in this post, which is why I titled it Volume I.  There are endless options, combinations, and products out there with new ones constantly popping up.  A timeless treasure with unlimited combinations not shown: Trail-Mix (or shall we call it Desk-Mix?!  Car-Mix?!).  This is something that can be purchased or made at home.  I love this snack because we can add more of the most beneficial ingredients while still enjoying those items that we wouldn’t want to eat a whole bag of alone (OK, maybe we would, but we’ll save that for a special occasion).   Some great items to mix include: Almonds, Goji Berries, Raisins, Cashews, Sunflower Seeds, Dried Apricots, and some of your favorite cereal (such as Chex or Puffins).  You choose!

 Wait!  You didn’t think I was going to leave without including chocolate, did you?!  No way.  Staple item.  The catch: have ONE square of DARK (70% or higher-then it can qualify as a non-dessert item).  These are my favorite.  They’re organic, fair-trade too, and individually wrapped too!  Enjoy a square with your latte or with some almonds!  One square yields 50 calories, healthy antioxidants and a whole lot of YUM.  🙂

Happy Snacking!  Stay tuned for Volume II!