Salads and Snacks with NatureBox

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Gone are the days of iceberg lettuce topped with limp veggies and bottled, processed dressings. No wonder I didn’t really enjoy salads until recently…I thought that’s what they were all about! It’s amazing how incorporating fresh greens, roasted nuts or seeds, distinctive cheeses, fresh fruit, and homemade dressings can change everything. And I know I am late getting on this bandwagon, but I’ve recently discovered what a real gem dried fruit is as a salad topping as well. I wish I would’ve figured that one out much sooner!

So today I am taking the idea of a fresh, tasty salad a step further with one of our sponsors, NatureBox. Their company delivers attractively packaged whole food snacks to your door that include everything from nuts to seeds to dried fruit to trail mixes. Their offerings are more than enough to keep things interesting especially if you use their snacks to create a “make your own salad bar.” Who knows, maybe you could even pique the interest of your previously skeptical child? Seriously, who wouldn’t like to prepare their very own dish? Even if they end up with just 2 pieces of lettuce and loads of dried fruit, seeds, and cheese, don’t judge…everyone has to start somewhere. :) I can tell you my daughter was (not so patiently) waiting for me to finish these pictures just so she could dig in to all this deliciousness herself. Presentation can make all the difference even for a our little ones.

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Make Your Own Salad Bar: Lettuce, Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Seeds, Parmesan Cheese, Zingy Currants, Almonds, Dried Apricots, Goat Cheese, Apples, and Homemade Dressing

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Even if you don’t have time to make such an elaborate display, there is a simple salad recipe below and still plenty to enjoy from NatureBox. Signing up for their service means you get a different box of wholesome, minimally processed snacks (at least 15 – 20 servings worth) delivered to your door step each month. You can either choose your own combination of snacks or be surprised (like a CSA box!). They sent us a box to try and so far our favorites have been the roasted garlic pumpkin seeds, dried pineapple, and currants (my daughter says “Like raisins, but different!”). We’ve toted these snacks on road trips, added them to school lunches and, as mentioned above, used them as salad toppers. Sometimes trying something new and different can just help you get out of a rut.
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Nature Box Snacks Delivered to your Door

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NatureBox is offering our readers $5 off their first box using this discount link. You can choose from the following packages (which all include the price of shipping and can be canceled at anytime):

  • Deluxe Snacker – 5 bags: $19.95/month
  • Family Snacker – 10 bags: $29.95/month
  • Professional Snacker – 20 bags: $59.95/month

Now let’s get back to those delicious salad combos. Here’s one to try…

Salad

 

4.0 from 3 reviews
Roasted Pumpkin Seed and Currant Salad
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 8 cups lettuce leaves like Bibb, mixed greens, and/or spinach
  • ½ cup roasted pumpkin seeds (regular or garlic flavored)
  • ½ cup currants (or raisins)
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Dressing options: 1 tablespoon olive oil mixed with 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar or homemade mustard vinaigrette
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Toss all ingredients together and serve.

Disclaimer: Not all NatureBox products follow our real food rules although the ones highlighted in this post are real food approved. As always, it’s advised to read ingredient labels before making any purchasing decisions!

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52 comments to Salads and Snacks with NatureBox

  • Nicole

    I find the intro to this so funny. It reminds me of my husband. When we met he swore he hated salad, but what passed for salad where he was from was old iceberg lettuce with a wedge of mushy tomato and ranch. Gave me a good giggle.

    I have recently heard about naturebox as well, and although I decided they weren’t the right choice for my family, they are still a much better choice than a lot of snacks out there. For those of you looking for a similar snack box, healthysuprise.com might work for you. They are mostly vegan, gluten free, soy free and mostly certified organic.

    Thanks for the fun post!

  • MegG

    Looks yummy! I think we’ll give this a try! Did anyone else find that the $5 off link didn’t work?

  • stephanie

    I want to order this, but the link for the $5 off isn’t deducting the discount from my shopping cart, which is kind of annoying. Is the offer over already?

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Thank so much for your message and interest in NatureBox! I am so sorry to hear that the link isn’t giving you the $5 off properly- we are taking a look to see why this might be!

      In the meantime, you can type in the code REALFOOD under “Promo Code” and then click APPLY and the $5 should discount that way as well. If you have any problems with that, please feel free to email me personally ([email protected]) and I would be happy to assist!

      Be well,
      Molly @ NatureBox

  • MalVivsMomma

    Yes, I too am disappointed — the Family Snacker is also no longer available to Personalize. I am just guessing but I feel like they were not ready for Lisa and her readers. Live & Learn. Thanks so much anyways — I love. love 100 Days of Real Food!!

  • Sharon

    I ordered from Nature Box and am awaiting my order. Tonight I decided to show my husband the site so he could see what I ordered. I ordered the Wild Berry Bunch because I thought it would be a good “fruit snacks” replacement for my 4 kids or something to put on our salads. As we looked over what was in it, I am pasting it below I noticed SULFUR DIOXIDE in it. Is this the same toxic gas that is released by processing plants… Maybe this is not a question for you, but the website. Nature should not be toxic correct? I would love to know your thoughts. Thanks

    Ingredients: Dried Cranberries (cranberries, sugar, sunflower oil), Golden Raisins (dried Thompson seedless grapes, sunflower oil, sulfur dioxide [to preserve color]), Dried Cherries (cherries, sugar, cherry juice, sunflower oil, citric acid), Dried Blueberries (blueberries, sugar, sunflower oil).

    • Hi Sharon,

      Thank you so much for your message and for joining NatureBox. I hope to be able to be of some assistance! While a few of our dried fruit blends (such as the Wild Berry Bunch) do contain naturally-occurring sulfur dioxide, a majority of them (including pineapple, apples, cherries, mangoes, figs, pineapples, currants, and apricots) do not and we are continually adding more and more unsulfured fruits as we know that this is important not only to us, but to our customers as well. For a better fruit snack-alternative or salad topper, may I recommend the Dried California Bing Cherries? If you’d like, I would be happy to work with our Customer Care Team to swap this out in your most recent order to ensure your box is full of snacks that are the best fit for you.

      Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you’d like ([email protected]) and I look forward to assisting!

      Be well,
      Molly @ NatureBox

  • Kristy

    I was about to leave a comment regarding some of the ingredients I noticed, but I see many of you have noticed them too. Although your website may not specify things to be organic, I’m certain many of the ingredients this company uses would not be considered within 100 Days of Real Food worthy, and thus you shoudl reconsider this sponser. Sure, perhaps a few of their items are considered ‘clean’, but most are not, and your supporting the company as a whole, which means your supporting the use of:
    Natural Flavors, Canola Oil, Processed Sugar, Citric Acid, Soy Lecithin, Non-Whole Wheat Flour and Modified Corn Starch.

    I love your blog and visit it daily, but this choice of sponser really makes me wonder about its (the website’s) credibility anymore.

    • Kristy – I really appreciate your feedback…I care deeply about retaining credibility with my readers. I have added a disclaimer above to clarify that not all NatureBox products follow our real food rules and that this post highlights some of the ones that do. We work with companies that offer products we agree with, but it’s not a requirement that 100% of their line follow our rules. For example some of our meal planning sponsors offer different tracks that are not “real food friendly,” but I am always careful to highlight the ones that do. I think the great thing in regard to this post is that NatureBox is reading every single one of these comments and taking the feedback to heart. They already emailed me and said “We have a lot of new things in the works. Our goal for 2013 is to bring many, many more organic and non-GMO snacks so regardless of what grocery store is within driving distance, it will be easier to have access to the best snacks.”
      And as always I hope readers remember what I like to say over and over again…read ingredient labels before making any purchasing decisions! It sounds like you are already doing a great job of that for your own family.

  • Becca

    Hi, my 2 year old is sick with a cold/cough, and just wondering what you give your kids when they are sick? A lot of the reccommendations are ice cream pudding etc, but I know sugar does not promote healing & is hard on the body. We do yogurt w/honey & blueberries, but any other suggestions for soothing foods on the throat that are healthy? Thanks!

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Becca. Hope your little one is feeling better. My kids don’t tend to want to eat much when they are sick, but, they usually like soup. Applesauce is also a popular one for us. Again, hope everyone is healthy! Jill

  • For those who were interested in Healthy Surprise, click here (http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/real-deals-discounts-promo-codes-coupons/ ) to save $20 on your first box! Like Naturebox but snacks from all different companies each month!

  • Sara

    I tried naturebox and hated it. Way too expensive and the snacks didn’t taste good. Especially considering they aren’t even organic, I would never buy it again.

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