The kids have grown so much since we found out that they have multiple food allergies. Along with this growth is the reality that they need to eat more too. Gone were the days I can portion a bag of chips or a big apple for all 4 children. Even the allotted leftovers for tomorrow’s dinner often turns into an afternoon snack at 3pm. Any mom out there who can relate?
Oh did I mention that the girls are only 11 and 13? Plus the boys are just 7 and 9 years old. I can’t even imagine what my mom friends with teenage boys are warning me about groceries.
Anyway, as I try to catch up with the increasing food demand of the kiddos (I wish I could eat the same way as they do without gaining any weight too!), I learned that snacks are definitely my “helper” if I want to keep my planned dinner menu from becoming afternoon treats.
As big family, I’ve been buying snacks in bulk for years. Recently though, I realized that two budget busting things happen if I let the kids open that warehouse club size bag. One, if they liked it, they wouldn’t stop until everything is gone. Two, if they can’t finish it in one sitting, the opened bag will stay in my pantry for months and eventually becomes stale.
Also, each of them now have varied food restrictions and food preferences to deal with too. Child#4 for instance, only avoids peanuts, tree nuts and sesame. Child#3 – wheat/gluten dairy, egg, soy, tree nuts and peanuts. Child#2 – wheat/gluten, egg, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, sesame and shrimp.
Then, last month, I came across a healthy snack delivery subscription box cleverly called SnackNation. Is it a new company? Well, not really. SnackNation was launched in 2013 to address the huge demand of healthy snacks in the workplace. For the past three years, the company successfully catered to offices and businesses. Earlier this month though, they decided to also cater directly to households like us.
Each SnackNation box contains 15 carefully selected healthy snacks. Above is the one I got last month. It is technically, the gluten free box but with some modifications.
I love that there’s a big variety of snacks in each box – sweet, salty, low fat, low sugar, fruit, seeds, chocolate and even jerky. When I informed them about our food restrictions specifically free of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanuts and tree nuts, they tried their best to accommodate.
Aside from having 6 expertly curated theme boxes – Gluten Free, Best in Class, Family Favorites, Health Champion, Bar Only and Healthier Indulgences, they also provided a Create Your Own Box option. SnackNation also has a wide variety of snacks available to fit any diet or restrictions.
One thing that made this subscription box stood out is that for each box sold, the company donates 10 meals to those in need via the organization, Feeding America. Sounds good right?
Now, here’s the sweet deal. Our friends from SnackNation is currently offering a FREE Box for you to try. (There’s a $9.99 shipping though but believe me, it is totally worth it.) They will also donate a meal on your behalf for that trial.
Once you receive your free box, you can cancel your subscription to avoid shipment of future boxes or do nothing to continue receiving a box every month for just $24.99 with free shipping. To be really honest, I haven’t tried cancelling yet. However, I’m quite impressed with their customer support when I contacted them about the food restrictions we manage.
So, give yourself a treat this Holiday season. Get your trial box now. I’m sure you will like a SnackNation box too. If you’re looking for a gift for someone you know who likes snacks or have food restrictions, this is a great idea as well.
What are you waiting for?
(Note: I received a free box for this review. Please see my full disclosure here.)