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Snack Review: NatureBox

Nature Box Snack Selection
All Photos By Gail

Do you like to snack? I sure do. I am too lazy to wash and peel fresh fruit, so, ideally, my go-to snacks tend to be packaged and ready to serve. I generally try to snack on nuts or whole grain chips, which are convenient and delicious. But often I just become unimaginative when it comes to choosing snacks that are safe to keep in the house (i.e. not cake, a thing over which I have no self control). And then I get bored. Sigh.

Imagine my extreme feelings of good fortune then when I met up with folks at NatureBox at a recent Food Show here in NYC. NatureBox is a snacker’s dream come true, in that they offer highly customizable subscriptions to receive boxes of packaged healthy, natural and – most importantly – insanely delicious snacks each month! Snacking need never become boring again!

Nature Box Nutritional Info

You can design your NatureBox subscription to receive as few as five or as many as twenty bags of tasty snacks shipped each month right to your door! Likewise, you can also select whether you’d prefer to choose the snacks you will receive or be surprised. Personally, I like surprises, because it is like Christmas. But if there are certain foods that you don’t care for (example: Figs. I hate them) you probably want to choose your own snacks. It’s all good!

NatureBox offered Worleygig.com a free three-month Subscription and here is a rundown of all the healthy goodies that arrived in our first shipment, which we have been snacking on for the past week:

Masa Crisps

Masa Crisps: Corn Chips with Flax Seeds

If you love Fritos – the Crack of Snacks – you are going to lose your mind when you try these chips, because they are just insane. Serve them with your favorite hummus or guacamole and gain a dress size by eating all of them yourself.

Pistachio Power Clusters

Pistachio Power Clusters: Nut Squares with Almonds, Cashews and Pistachios

OMFG. Crunchy, sweet nut things. Totally Addictive. I am not sharing.

Cherry Berry Bonanza

Cherry Berry Bonanza: A Medley of Dried Cranberries, Cherries and Blueberries

Dried fruit, but especially dried Cherries and/or Cranberries, is awesome. You can be a purist and eat it out right of the bag, or throw it on top of some yogurt, ice cream, hot or cold cereal – whatever! So versatile, this Cherry Berry Bonanza is!

French Toast Granola

French Toast Granola: Maple flavored Granola with Pecans

Like the Cherry Berry Bonanza, this snack is endlessly versatile. Try it as your morning breakfast with milk and a sliced banana (old school) or mix it in with some yogurt. Or add it to a favorite cookie recipe. Or just eat it with your hand while sitting in front of the TV, which is how I roll. Love me some toasted pecan pieces.

Roasted Kettle Korn Kernals

Roasted Kettle Korn Kernals: Honey Coated Toasted Corn

You could make almost anything with corn as the primary ingredient and I would eat it, with one caveat. As a child, I often enjoyed chomping on Corn Nuts and, in adulthood, I have thousands of dollars worth of dental work to show for it! The truth is, Corn Nuts are a Dentist’s best friend. Happily, these Roasted Kettle Korn Kernals have a crunch factor comparable to, say, Wasabi Peas, so you need not fear a cracked molar. If you dig the slightly sweet taste of fresh Kettle Corn – and who doesn’t? – you will go nuts over this toasted corn snack.

NatureBox has a nearly exhaustive pantry stocked with every kind of snack you could imagine, which you can even scroll through Right Here. You could subscribe for years and never get bored because they are adding new snacks all the time!

Subscriptions to NatureBox start at just $19.95 per month, depending on how many snacks you choose to receive in each shipment. Right now, Gift Subscriptions (five snacks per box) are on sale as well: give three months of NatureBox snacks for $59.95, six months for $99.95 (discounted from $120) or twelve months for $199.95, (discounted from $240). That is some crazy savings right there.

You can also refer a friend through the NatureBox Website and not only will your friend get $10 off of their first box, but you’ll get $10 as well. Start your own NatureBox Subscription right now by visiting Nature Box Dot Com!!

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Product Review: Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola

Quaker Oats Packaging
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Breakfast? I sure do. The thing is, on weekdays I don’t have time to make breakfast for myself at home – plus, who can eat that early! So, I like breakfast foods that I can keep at the office and eat at my desk; you know, after I have had my coffee and am fully awake. Because, mornings!

For convenience sake, I eat a lot of cold cereal, which is delicious. But sometimes, and especially with the frigid winter weather we have been forced to endlessly endure here in NYC, I like to change it up with something warm and comforting. A recent discovery which fits the bill of being convenient, delicious and warming is Quaker’s new Warm & Crunchy Granola. Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola is delightfully innovative in that it’s like a combination of oatmeal and granola with added ingredients such as dried fruit and nuts that add flavor and crunch! Awesome!

Quaker Oats Goodies

Quaker sent me a care package recently that not only included three different delicious flavors of Warm & Crunchy Granola (see top photo ), but also the colorful insulated lunch bag, measuring cup and ceramic spoon and bowl set you see above. Swag!

And also this cool notebook:

Quaker Oats Notebook

Apparently, Crunch Day is the new Hump Day!

Quaker Oats Ready to Prep
Ready to Prep!

Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola is insanely easy to prepare, per the four-step instructions printed on the side of each box: one of which is “Pour the granola into a microwave-safe bowl” and another of which is “Stir and Eat.” All you need to add is a quarter cup (2 ounces) of any kind of milk or milk alternative (such as soy or almond milk) – but it must not be water – which you add to the dry granola and microwave on High for 25 seconds.

After 25 seconds the granola will look like this:

Quaker Oats Prepared Product

The thing is, don’t expect it to taste or have a texture like instant oatmeal. Your bowl of Warm & Crunchy Granola will not be soft like oatmeal – it will be Crunchy like Granola (hence the name). If you want it to be a little bit softer, microwave for an additional 15 seconds or so to your desired texture. It will still have crunchiness to it because of the nuts and specially baked granola clusters that are part of the mix.

Of the three flavors I received – Honey Almond, Apple Cinnamon and Cranberry Almond – my favorite is the Cranberry Almond. I love the contrast of the soft tart/sweet cranberries and the crisp sliced almonds as they mingle with the sweet granola that tastes like you are eating a warm Oatmeal cookie. Fabulous.

Quaker Oats Back of Box

Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola is low in fat, has no cholesterol and is high in fiber, containing 4 grams of fiber and 32 grams of whole grain per serving. With 2 ounces of milk it clocks in at 220 calories, which isn’t bad. Plus it’s very filling and will help to keep you feeling satisfied until it’s time for lunch! The Worley Gig grants Quaker Warm & Crunchy Granola Two Spoons Up! Find out more about this product and where you can buy it at This Link.