You Could Win Six Months of Delicious Snacks from NatureBox!

February 3, 2014 | By | Comments (227)

February is National Snack Foods Month, 28 days for celebrating all the in-betweens. That is, the foods you get to enjoy in between your meals. Some people (wrongly) think snacking isn’t healthy, but we don’t agree. Smart snacking is a way to combat hunger between meals, sneak in some extra vitamins and nutrients, and even try exciting fun foods!

To celebrate, we’re teaming up with NatureBox to give away a great snacking subscription. NatureBox is on a mission to change Americans’ snacking habits and promote healthy snacking habits–now that’s a mission we can get behind. Plus, these snacks are good, really good. Many Cooking Light staffers were stranded in our offices here in Birmingham, Alabama last week because of an unexpected snow and ice event. When hunger pangs began knocking, we turned to a supply of NatureBox snacks we had on hand. We particularly enjoyed the Baked Sweet Potato Fries–crunchy, snappy, and delicately sweet.

NatureBox with Snacks_mHere’s how you could win. Describe for us here in 100 words or less: What is your best healthy-snacking tip? Entries should be typed into the comments field of this post. Entries are due by Friday, February 7 at 11:59 P.M. EST.

One grand prize winner will win a six-month NatureBox subscription.

Two semi-finalists will receive Cooking Light’s Lighten Up, America! Cookbook.

Editors will select their favorites based on originality, creativity, and how well you address our question. Winners will be notified via email by February 24, 2014. See the full contest rules.

Plus: Try NatureBox for yourself! Everyone gets 50 percent off their first box. Click “join,” and the discount is automatically applied.

Once you’ve entered the giveaway, check out our collection of Healthy Snacks. And if you’re looking for tips on smarter snacking, read our Snacking Strategies.

COMMENTS

  1. Nancy SY

    Having just had bariatric surgery 6 months ago I have learned that protein is my best friend! I still do get hungry so now I reach for low fat /low sugar snacks like a protein drink or nuts like almonds. Chips and cookies are in the past! I do what’s best for my body now!

    February 7, 2014 at 11:01 pm
  2. Catherine Roberts

    My husband is a cardiac patient and a snacking maniac. I always keep unsalted almonds, vege sticks, edeamae in the shells (it takes him longer to munch), Kind granola bars, and lowfat Chobia yogurt.

    February 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm
  3. Holly B

    I try not to shop while hungry so the bad stuff doesn’t even make it to my house, and once a week or so I’ll take the time to whip up some healthy snacks that I can easily grab…even if it’s just pre-cutting veggies.

    February 7, 2014 at 9:25 pm
  4. Stephanie Biermann

    We snack smart in our house by only stocking smart snacks in our home! We don’t even purchase potato chips, processed frozen foods, ice cream or candy! Our pantry and fridge are filled with nuts, fruit, and veggies. I only purchase my bread and pasta in whole wheat, and all my dairy products are fat-free. I bring home a bunch of veggies every time I go to the grocery store, and then I get them washed, cut, and prepped as soon as I get home so they are ready to grab anytime we feel the urge to snack! I never purchase and bring home soda or juice – we drink water instead!

    February 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm
  5. Karen Miller

    It’s this simple: “Nature Snacks” never go anywhere without them!

    February 7, 2014 at 7:32 pm
  6. Debbie Lurvey

    When I am choosing a snack it is important that I find something that will be filling and that will satisfy the craving that I am having, whether salty, sweet, etc. Being very aware of the serving size while snacking is also important. My best tip is not to deprive yourself because it will just make you want to cheat and give up! I have found a great oatmeal ‘cupcake’ with banana and/or applesauce and chocolate chips. Yummy and only 88 calories. We just gave up junk food in our house, so 6 months is snacks would be great! Thank you!

    February 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm
  7. Lisa Casey

    I have a snack basket that I fill with healthy snacks that are prepackaged with the 100 calories or less snacks. I also have nuts, fresh veggies, and pop my own popcorn. These are snack for my children and myself.

    February 7, 2014 at 5:25 pm
  8. Susan Taylor

    Using the serving size and package in snack bags and always making sure that there is a choice. Get bored with the same snack and choose something unhealthy instead.

    February 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm
  9. Nancy

    When I open a bag of chips or crackers or pretzels (Snyders of Hanover is a fave) :) I check to see what a serving size is and I dole out that amount. I keep a 1/3 cup scooper in my pretzel bag and literally scoop that onto a plate and that’s all I can have. Or I’ll see that 15 crackers is a serving and I count that out. Makes me saver it rather than continuing to absentmindedly keep going back into the bag/box.

    February 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm
  10. Tricia Clark

    Planning ahead is key! I plan 2-3 snacks a week and prep them ahead of time. Our favorites are 1)the Nuts and Bolts Snack Mix from last months issue. I make a double batch and put together single serving lunch box packs. 2) sugar snap peas and hummus. I put 2 tablespoons of hummus in 2oz disposable condiment cups, and 3) an assortment of Kind Bars for a pre-workout snack. Everything is ready to grab and my family loves it!

    February 7, 2014 at 3:26 pm
  11. Jennifer

    The healthiest snack is as much about the portion size as it is about the food. Keep to an amount that fills the palm of your cupped hand or only as much as you can close your fingers around. Since it is a snack and not a meal the idea is not to fill you up but to satisfy a craving or fill a space of time between meals. This allows you to add some variety to the kinds of foods you consider for a snack as well.

    February 7, 2014 at 3:08 pm
  12. Christina brioso

    When you buy or make snacks, like steamed veggies, always portion or reportion the whole amount into individual single servings in sandwich bags or containers so they are readily available when your hungry.

    February 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm
  13. Momonfarm

    Just found your web site. Excited to order and continue my journey eating healthy!

    February 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm
  14. serendibbeginnings

    Over the past several months, I have made conscious efforts to make sure my family, especially my kids learn to make better food choices. One of the things that have worked for our family is ensuring there are healthy alternatives to any snack items they enjoy. For example, I purchase FF or light popcorn for extra butter, flavored Greek yogurt for ice cream and plenty of dried fruits and nuts instead of chips. Also if hungry mouths start lurking in the kitchen before dinner is ready, I quickly cut up a platter of veggies with a light dressing. Voila!

    February 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm
  15. William Mixson

    In the battle to eliminate unhealthy choices from my diet, snacking took a huge loss. No more late night bowls of chips or ice cream. After returning close to my ideal body weight, I found myself more concerned with the subjects of sugar content, types of sugars, protein, fiber and the sodium contents in the food that I choose to eat. Now I always keep a large supply of fresh fruits, dried fruits, and nuts of all varieties on hand to help satisfy those epic cravings.

    February 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm
  16. Jennifer Hetz

    Snacking is great! Unless you have no willpower, then snacking can turn in to a meal-sized feast. My snacking secret is to master portion control. I found the best way to do this is to have the right tools. No, I’m not talking about measuring cups or a scale. I keep snack size baggies and bowls on hand to help prevent a snacking disaster. Works great for my kids too! They never have to worry that they’re “not getting enough” and I never worry that they might be spoiling their appetite for lunch or dinner.

    February 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm
  17. Sheila Edmond

    My best healthy snacking tip is to take time to snack, stop what you’re doing, sit down if at all possible, and pay attention to what you’re putting in your mouth. Place small bits in your mouth, and really taste it,-appreciate it. You’ve made the effort, taken time, to shop and prepare these wonderful, satisfying, nutritious, portions, taking time to appreciate that snack is a well deserved time out for your body and brain, and will help curb mouth stuffing and the desire for more.

    February 7, 2014 at 11:51 am
  18. Hazel Peters

    Be proactive in preparing snacks in advance for the entire week. Pack everything the night before because the mornings tend to be hectic which may lead to rushing out without your snacks. Change it up so you do not become bored with eating the same thing. Always have a healthy snack on hand. If you crave something sweet, do it in a healthier way by having a piece of dark chocolate. Always remember moderation. Be honest with what you put into your mouth each day by tracking it. Accountability is the key!

    February 7, 2014 at 11:47 am
  19. Meredith

    I like popcorn or anything with protein in it.

    February 7, 2014 at 11:41 am
  20. Carolee

    My best healthy snacking tip is to give up black and white thinking. I once believed that “healthy” meant eating perfectly ALL the time. No sugar, no fat, etc, but after years of the “deprivation-misery-binge-guilt” cycle I realized that sometimes it’s better to eat the treat of choice than to overindulge later. I still carry pre-portioned snacks with me so I don’t get over hungry or eat mindlessly, but now that I don’t have such restrictive food rules I actually enjoy eating and have become more in tune with what and how much my body needs.

    February 7, 2014 at 11:36 am
  21. Kim Ellis

    I keep a plastic basket in the refrigerator with healthy snacks that are ready to grab and eat- rinsed and cut fruits and veggies in bagggies, single serving cheeses, yogurts, nuts in baggies. I have a second basket in the pantry with non-perishables divided the same way- trial mixes, pita chips, pretzels, etc. This way I pick the right food and the right amount.

    February 7, 2014 at 11:34 am
  22. Danielle Krautmann

    My secret to healthy snacking is to keep unhealthy snacks out of my house. Instead I keep lots of berries (YUM!), walnuts (salted or slightly candied), and healthy cheeses around to satisfy my sweet and salty cravings. When all you see are healthy options, they look REALLY tasty. Junk food makes me feel junky. The longer I go snacking on healthy treats, the more I love them and the better I feel.

    February 7, 2014 at 11:30 am
  23. Jacquie Le Juge

    Snacking on healthy fruit, freshly squeezed veggie and fruit juices. Recently made oat banana snack with a bit of dark chocolate, miced and out into oven for 15 min, so very yummy and quick.

    February 7, 2014 at 11:20 am
  24. Jen

    I make my own pecan butter. Lightly toast pecans and throw them in the food processor with sea salt! Soo good!

    February 7, 2014 at 11:18 am
  25. Sloane Peterson

    Chick peas with curry powder and the. Roasted in the oven until crunchy! Yum!

    February 7, 2014 at 11:18 am
  26. Deb Lacey

    Almonds, kale chips and for an indulgence I do peanut butter on bananas with a few dark chocolate chips.

    February 7, 2014 at 11:12 am
  27. Annie Henson

    Snacktime – my favorite time. The mid-afternoon pitstop that keeps me going until dinner. It can certainly be tricky to stay healthy, those chips and cookies look oh-so yummy! Here’s the fix though! To make sure you stay on track with your snack, make it pretty and public.
    Pick your healthy snack, arrange it in the prettiest/silliest/oddest way, snap a picture, and share it on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook — it’ll keep you accountable because people know what you’re nommin’ on, plus potato chips aren’t as pretty as a peach…

    February 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

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