Saturday, July 21, 2012

NatureBox Giveaway!

Noah is home, safe and sound. My sister, Jeanie, and brother-in-law, Shawn, drove him here yesterday. They are staying for a few days to visit, and they brought their two basset hounds with them. Jeanie and Shawn don't have kids, and they treat their bassets like children. Jeanie was very worried about leaving Remy (short for Remington) tonight, when they go to Shawn's high school reunion.

Since she certainly did her share of spoiling Noah rotten while he was staying at her house, I decided to take Remy for a walk this evening. I am definitely not a "dog person", but it was the least I could do. We walked about 3 miles, and on the way back to the car, we stopped at a frozen custard stand so I could buy him an ice cream cone...
I wasn't really in the mood for ice cream. I KNOW--what the heck, right?! I must be coming down with something.



Anyway, on to the giveaway...

A company called NatureBox contacted me recently and asked if I would like to try their July box. I checked out their website, and was intrigued. When I was a kid, I used to LOVE buying grab bags from the dollar store--the whole mystery of not knowing what you were buying always sucked me in ;)

Which is one of the reasons I think this company is pretty fun--you pay a monthly subscription, and they send you a box filled with 4-6 different bags of snacks. Each month has different products, so you never know what you're going to get. A lot of the snacks look like varieties of nuts and dried fruits, which you know I LOVE. All of their products contain:

When I got the box, there were 5 different bags of snacks. I won't go into a lot of detail about the snacks themselves, because you would be getting different ones than I got. But they were really good! I pretty much inhaled the trail mix, and Eli claimed the BBQ sunflower seeds as his. Jerry and I both agreed the tomato almonds were our favorite (which is strange, because neither of us like tomatoes). Between me, Jerry, and Eli, all 5 bags were nearly polished off within two days.

NatureBox has very generously offered to give a box away to one lucky Runs for Cookies reader! (I'm sorry international friends, but you must live in the U.S. for this one). FYI, the box you get will not be the same as the box I got--it will be a future month's box. Also, they cannot customize the box for dietary needs (i.e. gluten free, nut allergies, etc) at this time--although it's a possibility for the future.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment here telling me what you look for when choosing a snack. I will select a winner Monday (7/23) at 8:00 a.m. EST. CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED.

NatureBox is also offering 25% off your first month of subscription if you use the promo code ZESTY (the 25% discount is only applicable to the month-to-month subscription. 6 month subscriptions receive 1 month free and 12 month subscriptions receive 3 months free).

(In full disclosure, I was given a NatureBox for free to review, but I was not paid for the post and all opinions are truthful).

162 comments:

  1. Ingredients I can pronounce!

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  2. My snacks have to be healthy and include both protein and carbs to keep me going and last me until the next meal! My favorite snack is a chopped apple or pear in greek yogurt with stevia and cinnamon

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  3. Ingredients I look for are protein, 'healthy' fats, and low(er) in sugar. I try to avoid anything artificial... but if cookies are involved, none of the above applies :).

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  4. My snacks depend on the time of day. For some reason, I look for crunchy snacks in the morning - like carrots or nuts. In the afternoon, after a day of dealing with my 8th grade students, I need chocolate. :)

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  5. Good balance, and of course the yum factor:)

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  6. Ooh, I've been looking to try this! I try to find snacks that are filling, and that fall squarely into salty, sweet, or savory depending on what I'm craving...

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  7. Protein! So it will keep my full longer.

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  8. This sounds awesome! What I look for in snacks depends on how hungry I am and my mood, if I'm grumpy/sad I will go for bad-for-me sugary snacks and if I'm feeling good I usually go for almonds & dried fruit. :)

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  9. I love chocolate flavored!

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  10. I always look at the number of calories in one serving.

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  11. I lie anything sweet and salty! And healthy of course! :)

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  12. I love fruit and cheese :)

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  13. I prefer anything salty with a tiny bit of heat. This sounds like a fun idea to get something different every month.

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  14. I look for something delicious and filling but healthy!

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  15. I like find some snacks with protien. So I tend to head toward the nuts first. However, I enjoy some sweet snacks too. So trail mix is right up my ally!

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  16. I look at everything. Calories, carbs, protein and I make sure the sugar content isn't over the top!

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  17. I like low-calorie snacks with a good amount of fiber to fill me up. i am constantly snacking throughout the day, so i usually look for small portions, whether it is individually packaged or easily packed up in a baggy or tupperware. anything with chocolate and peanut butter brings me to my kneeeeees

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  18. I try to find things that are mainly natural and contain no artificial sweeteners.

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  19. I always look for a crunchy factor. The more my mouth chews, the more full I feel. I know, it's weird.

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  20. I look for low calorie sweets! I'm a sucker for 'em!

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  21. This is a great giveaway and a great idea from a company standpoint. I've never heard of anything like it but what a cool idea to do a "grab bag" type subscription-Love it!

    Anyway, what I usually look for in snacks are salty mixed with sweet and prefer it to be things with less than 3-5 ingredients-preferably all natural. I love "trail mix" types of snacks and looooove me some dried fruit! lol

    Bridgette

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  22. When looking for snacks I am open to anything that is "real food". No fake/processed food. Lots of protein and yum too!

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  23. I snack a lot at work, so I like to find snacks that are "clean" on my hands - things that I can eat without feeling like I have to wash my hands after (like Pirate booty or heavily flavored pretzels, that sort of thing). I'd love to see if these guys have anything like that!

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  24. I look for snacks that have natural ingredients, something with a lot of protein (since I don't really like meat and have a hard time with protein) and something with a little crunch!

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  25. I look for something healthy and yummy! :)

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  26. I try to look for snacks that aren't too high in fat. Right now I LOVE a cup of white cheddar popcorn mixed with 1/4 cup of dark chocolate raisinettes. Yum!

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  27. Brittany from Kansas!July 21, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    I would love to try these. What I look for in snacks is the ingredients. I prefer all natural ingredients as those are healthiest! Good luck!!

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  28. I look for snacks with a good amount of protein and/or fat. It's REALLY easy to find carbs to snack on, but the other macronutrients sometimes pose a challenge.

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  29. Has to be tasty and have nutritional value (protein is always good). Have to admit convenience plays a part too...

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  30. I look for sweet, but not too much processed sugar. Snacks I can give my grandchild without her parents telling me I sugared her up. I'm also a trail mix addict!!

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  31. When I choose a snack I look for a combination of nuts, fruits, granola, and possibly chocolate pieces. That way, it's full of so much flavor, I can't eat too much of it at once.

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  32. I like a snack that is easy to make, and a combination of flavors is awesome! Dried fruit and nuts is a favorite. :)

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  33. I like a snack that is satisfying but also good for me. I don't like snacks with ingredients that I don't know. I also want it to be something quick, not something I have to take awhile to prepare.

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  34. I love surprises! This seems right up my alley. When looking for a snack, I look for something that will keep me full for a while, and something with a minimal amount of or no dairy.

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  35. When picking a snack, it really depends on the mood I'm in. Rarely do I like a salty snack, but I'm pretty partial to salty and sweet mixed. :)

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  36. Something that will satisfy for not a ton of calories.

    Sara H.

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  37. I look for healthy snacks but lately I've been using the fooducate app on my iPhone. You scan a bar code of the item and it gives it a grade- and then tells you how much sugar it has, it it has artificial colors etc. it has really opened my eyes to what I thought were "healthy" snacks!!!

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  38. I like snacks that are sweet and salty!

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  39. I just found your blog a couple of days ago and I love it. I try to stay away from all the sweet snacks that are out there. They are just to much temptation for me. I love raisin, especially yogurt covered ones, and sunflower seeds. I could eat my weight in both of them!

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  40. What a neat idea!
    In a snack, I look for something healthy, but that has enough protein to keep me full for a while!

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  41. When picking a snack I look for something that has very few ingredients and if I can't pronounce something on the label I pass on it.



    P.S your sister's dog is a cutie!!!

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  42. Healthy snacks, no long lists of chemicals, organic if I can find it.

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

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  43. I love things I can pronounce! And taste good, of course! : )

    kandm623@yahoo.com

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  44. I look for something tasty that is going to hold me over until the next time I eat :)

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  45. What dont I like about snacks? Lol
    I look for the fewest number of ingredients. The fewer the better. I do not overprocessed foods. I want real, natural snacks. :) And they have to taste good too :)
    Chris Newmark

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  46. I want snacks that are
    Healthy AND tasty!!

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  47. I look for something filling and delicious! And hopefully not too bad for me :)

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  48. When I look for snacks, I look for real ingredients I can pronounce. I avoid artificial sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats. I try to also avoid high fructose corn syrup. I look for something that fuels my body and my children's bodies.

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  49. For a snack, I look for foods that are natural, and not processed. I like about 150-200 calories, and prefer something salty (though certainly won't turn down something sweet!). Favorites include a boiled egg, pita bread with hummus, an apple or any fruit, low-carb tortilla with peanut butter, or a handful of walnuts or almonds.

    Joan R.

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  50. I should look for things that have a combination of healthy fats, protein, and good carbs, but in reality taste is my biggest priority!

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  51. Something that tastes good, had something good for me in it, and doesn't have too many calories per serving.

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  52. I look for something that tastes good


    bmweida at yahoo dot com

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  53. In the past I would say that it didn't matter as long as it was chocolate but now I am trying very hard to choose healthier lower calorie snacks...wish me luck! :)

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  54. I always look for ingredients that will keep me fuller longer!! No more empty calories :D

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  55. I look for something yummy that's got enough protein to keep me full.

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  56. I'm not gonna lie, I look for CHOCOLATE, yummy yummy CHOCOLATE:) Ok and maybe some nuts, seeds, and dried fruit to justify the chocolate:)

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  57. I look for something yummy but low calorie!

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  58. I generally like sweet snacks. But I also love salty and crunchy!

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  59. oh my goodness, yum! this sounds exactly like something that i would love. i definitely look for the sweet/salty combo along with convenience and nutritional value.

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  60. I love salty snacks and look for something that is easy to grab quickly!

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  61. I look for what I am craving at the moment then I flip the bag over to see calories but also the serving size. That can trick you big time. Oh and price usually is last lol.

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  62. Oh how fun!:) sounds intriguing.

    I'm a big fan of salty snacks-- since tryin to eat healthier, I have traded my Doritos obsession for Pirates booty. At least those are baked right??:)

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  63. I like salty/sweet snacks like trail mix, or the sweet and salty granola bars. but i buy whats on sale, and lower calorie when possible.

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  64. Yum yum yum! I look for snacks that have a good combination of protein and fiber--that seems to keep me full the longest.

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  65. I like something like Gardettos for a snack and if not that something healthy and tastes great.

    Joanne H.

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  66. All natural ingredients!!! Awesome idea!

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  67. Snacks have to be simple and quick, I'll usually go for a piece of fruit maybe a granola bar. It also doesn't qualify as a snack if it has more than 150 calories.

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  68. I look for snack with protein a/o fiber.

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  69. I honestly just look at the calories because if I buy it I figure I'll inhale the entire bag within 24 hours!

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  70. Anything healthy and natural and definitely low sugar!

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  71. I look for snacks that are healthy AND yummy! I hate artificial flavors.

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  72. I try to look for healthy, crunchy and filling snacks. I don't always choose well, but I try!

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  73. I look for a snack that is nutritious and satisfying, but also delicious!

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  74. we have something similar here in the UK from http://www.graze.com/ that I tried out a couple of years ago, they come each week and you dont know what you're getting, but you can select at the beginning if there are things you dont eat or are allergic/intolerant to so you know you wont be sent something you dont eat, and then after you've had them, you can rate the things you like/dont like so that you'll either get them again or never again. It's all fruit and nuts and healthy snacks, some fresh items and some dried and they're all yummy.

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  75. ps. Obviously dont enter me in the contest as I'm in the UK, just wanted to pass on the info if there's anyone else over here that's interested in it

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  76. I look for snacks that are not processed and low in carbs, salt, and sweeteners

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  77. Usually, something crunchy and high in fiber.

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  78. That is SO awesome that you are getting recognition for your blog by companies trying to get word out on their products! I try to keep my snacks in the 100-150 calorie range.

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  79. I prefer a salty/crunchy snack, especially during the school year (I am a teacher). It also needs to be recloseable and portable, since I am usually eating 'on the run' between classes or before XC/track practice.

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  80. It depends on my mood as to what type of snack I want. Sometimes I want something salty and crunchy and other times I want something sweet and chewy. I like that they send out items that are not processed and have no artificial sweetners!

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  81. I read that if you won't give it to your kids, don't give it to yourself! Care THAT much about yourself. So, that's what I consider when I pick a snack. If it's healthy and I wouldn't think twice about letting my precious ones eat it, then I will snack on it. If however I hesitate thinking, "I don't like this option for my kids" then I don't eat it myself.

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  82. When I'm eating between meals, I like snacks that are more bang for my buck nutritionally-- like fruit, yogurt, or something with protein. BUT when I eat snacks to just indulge, it's all about the sweets :)

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  83. I look for something that will satisfy me for a while and won't break my calorie bank =)

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  84. I look for higher protein and fiber to sustain me longer. I love snacking - a little too much I'm afraid.

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  85. I look for something that is salty, crunchy, low carb and easily portable....something I can just grab and go!! (-:

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  86. I look for sweet/salty mix, something quick and easy.

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  87. I really enjoy the sweet/salty combo in a snack. It's a bonus if it contains crunchy and chewy elements like nuts and dried fruit! It needs to be something that I can measure and put into a snack bag too!

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  88. Like so many others, I like sweet and salty together.....or spicy! Heck. I just love snacks!

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  89. I make sure it's not loaded with HFCS and sodium and has some protein to keep me full.

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  90. I like snacks that offer a few flavors/textures in the same bowl, like chewy and crunchy or sweet and salty.

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  91. This is a cool idea! I definitely love snacks that are crunchy...it's all about the texture for me!

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  92. I like salty snacks with a little fat & a little protein. Something to keep my salt craving happy!!

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  93. I look for something that is filling and that tastes good. I also try to buy snacks that are easy to grab and take with you since it seems like I'm on the go a lot.

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  94. Low in sugar, but high in fiber, protein, and healthy fat. I try to get the portion sizes under 200 calories and the cleaner the ingredients, the better.

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  95. It depends on my mood, sometimes sweet, sometimes salty, sometimes healthy, sometimes not so healthy, but it always has to taste good!

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  96. low in calorie, protein, and no artificial sweeteners...

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  97. I look for something that is quick, healthy and will keep me satisfied in between meals!

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  98. The first thing I look for in a snack is protein! The fact that it's quick and easy makes it that much better!

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  99. I want my snacks to be healthly and BIG! I dont want a snack to be three bites and its gone! Draftlover

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  100. How fun to "spoil" her dog in return!!!!!:-)
    Not in the mood for ice cream?!?!? That's never happened to me!!!!!;-)
    I like my snacks to be a good amount of protein, fiber, healthy carbs and fats.
    ~Laura

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  101. good taste and good for me

    pat(douglassandpat@yahoo.com)

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  102. All natural ingredients and usually with chocolate!

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  103. I like things like trail mixes. A little sweet and salty with some protein from the nuts. yum!

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  104. There is not really one thing I look for...my cravings change but I try to get snacks that have 'real' ingredients. I like to be able to pronounce the food I am eating :)

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  105. I try to look for healthy satisfying snacks.

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  106. I want my snacks to be healthy, quick to prepare, high fiber and protein. It would be nice if they all tasted like a cupcake too. Just a wish.. Julie

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  107. I am getting better at picking all-natural snacks. If I can't prenounce something on the ingredient list, I usually skip it!

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  108. Salty and sweet, of course! :)

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  109. I love snacks that are a good mix of salt and sweet!

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  110. I look for protein/carb ratio and calories. And yumminess, of course. :)

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  111. I look for snacks with protein, fiber, and no sugar and/or artificial sweeteners - tasting good is always a bonus, too! :)

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  112. I look for snacks that are portable... a little bit of chocolate is always a bonus :)

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  113. I like snacks that are salty and sweet.

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  114. i try to make sure my snacks have a good amount of protein in them to keep me full....but let's be real...sometimes you just need to indulge in a little bit of what you're craving, so sometimes snacks are indulgent.

    schutrek01@mail.buffalostate.edu

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  115. Christine RogersJuly 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    This is the type of snack I look for. :) I love nuts and chocolate the best.

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  116. I love healthy snacks like nuts and dried fruit (and dark chocolate!) :)

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  117. I look for snacks that are tasty, nutritious (no empty calories), and the more natural and unprocessed, the better.

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  118. I look at the calorie to serving size ratio. I want a snack that will fill me up with one serving not 3 or 4 (chips!)

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  119. Neat idea! I look for no high frutuse corn syrup and no artificial sweeteners. Thanks!

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  120. i look for salty things! with no sugars (artificial, HFCS or otherwise), and minimally processed.

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  121. The perfect blend of salty and sweet!

    ashley at freckleberryfinds dot com

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  122. Healthy, but tasty. And budget-friendly.

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  123. When I am looking for a snack, I tend to look for something that is pretty healthy (or the healthiest choice I can make) because I know I'll gobble it all up within a short amount of time anyway. When I say pretty healthy, if it's chips I'll try to go for baked rather than regular.

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  124. Definitely salty, crunchy and a tiny bit sweet!

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  125. I look for no high fructose corn syrup, complex carbs and healthy.
    jednc @ hotmail .com

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  126. Outside of fruit and yogurt, I am not crazy about sweet things. I like a snack to be light, spicy, salty, and crunchy.
    Pam

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  127. When looking for snack that isn't a whole food I try and find something with less than 10g of sugar, a fair amount of protein, and some fiber. If I can find all that in an organic snack- even better!

    julie.vankalken@gmail.com

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  128. I try to pick a snack with protein and that I won't feel too guilty for eating. But sometimes those gummy worms call my name, and I succumb to them and their little bear friends.

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  129. I like snacks with as few ingredients as possible.
    Sweet and salty!
    Jennifer Bass

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  130. I look for a snack that is the most bang for my buck...something that makes me feel full and tastes delicious!!

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  131. I look for a snack that will leave me full enough to make it to the next meal. That is why I usually stick with nuts and dried fruit, they really hit the spot!

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  132. I look for a snack that will fill me up quick until my next meal. And let's be honest - something that's fun to eat!

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  133. I like to have some protein, plus something that will hold me over for a while and not make me hungrier.

    Dede

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  134. High Protein and Natural Ingrediants

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  135. I like snacks that will keep full and with little fuss

    Michelle W- From Wisconsin

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  136. I usually like salty snacks...but now that I'm moving towards a healthier diet I want quality...but also quantity. When it comes to a snack I want to be able to munch on something for more than just a minute...it needs to laaaaast. : )

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  137. I love trying new snacks so I look for ones that are different and leave me feeling healthy instead of guilty. I also love discovering new ones that I can get my friends and family hooked on. ~Alicia R.

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  138. Protein and fiber, I like a sweet and salty mix :-)

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  139. Sweet and salty snacks are the best! Add chocolate and you can't go wrong ;)

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  140. I like a snack that is healthy, easy, and fills me up, and that my kids will enjoy

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  141. Mostly, I just look for almonds when I look for a snack. Seriously, I could live off almonds, sometimes with a few raisins or a few extra dark chocolate chips. Yum.

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  142. Calories and "munch factor" do I can enjoy them longer!

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  143. Mainly something that will satisfy a craving and not contain too many calories (unless I'm really splurging!).

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  144. I usually mix almonds with craisins

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  145. try and figure out what I am craving and try and choose a healthy alternative because I usually grave something bad and it would be ok if I could just eat the serving but noooo.....so the go to snack I never get tired of is.....natural pb and a banana

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  146. I look for a snack that will give me sustained energy.

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  147. I like snacks that are filling since I usually eat one right before fixing dinner. I want to be full enough that I don't munch on dinner while preparing it.

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  148. I look for snacks that are filling.

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  149. I look for snacks that seem tasty and don't contain a lot of unnatural ingredients or added sugar. It's always a plus if they are filling as well!

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  150. I like a snack that is nutritious, somewhat filling and most definitely great tasting.

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  151. I look for all natural ingredients, if I can't pronounce It I won't eat it. HFCS is out and trans fat too.

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  152. I look for snacks that satisfy my cravings without being loaded with stuff I don't need (fat, too many calories, etc.)

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  153. I would like to say that I look for snacks that are healthy and natural, but actually my favorite things are processed and oh so not natural!! oopsie......

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  154. Since I'm a vegetarian, I look for snacks with a lot of protein! I am also a HUGE fan of dried fruits and nuts, so this is right up my alley!

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  155. I prefer my snacks to be organic, and non-processed.

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  156. Lately I want protein in my snacks, but also something crunchy.

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  157. I look for snacks that have very few ingredients. I want to be able to pronounce all the ingredients. I avoid high fructose corn syrup and food dyes.

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