Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Special Snackbox (Giveaway - CLOSED)


With summer in full swing, I find it's helpful to keep the cupboard fully stocked with healthy snacks. With the kids involved in basketball camp, swimming lessons and soccer games, we are always looking for portable, easy-to-pack snacks to pop into a gym bag or purse.

That's why I love Snackbox. These curated boxes of gluten-free snacks are shipped across Canada from Vancouver around the 15th of each month.  I recently received the July Snackbox in the mail. This special box was curated by Erin Ireland, a Vancouver local and a contributing food reporter for CTV Morning Live and Shaw TV's The Rush.


As a supporter of the local food community, Erin chose goodies from local and often family-owned companies. One of my favourites is Skeet & Ike's organic fruit and nut trail mix, perfect for a healthy grab-and-go snack.

I also enjoyed Powerplant's raw whole food fruit bar. This family-owned company produces raw, organic, vegan, gluten-free and peanut-free bars. The sprouting process used on their seeds increases digestibility. Oh, and the fruit bar is actually a dark chocolate and fruit blend, producing a nice, chocolate flavour - bonus!

My favourite type of chip is salt and vinegar, so I was happy to see Hardbite's Rock Salt & Vinegar handmade chips in the box.


One of the great things about getting a new and different Snackbox each month is that you get to try all sorts of snacks you might not otherwise discover, like Hippie Foods Coconut Chips. This nutrient-dense superfood is fresh young coconut sliced and roasted to create a chip-like crunch. I ate them straight from the bag, but you can also sprinkle them on fresh fruit salad.


Another favourite for me is Organic Lives Chocolate Macaroons. Each chocolate macaroon contains the equivalent amount of antioxidants as 2 cups of fresh blueberries. These macaroons are so rich and chocolatey that half in one sitting is enough for me.


For those who love orange-flavoured chocolate, Urge Chocolates makes this tasty "Oranji" handcrafted dark chocolate bar with goji berries. A small, local business in BC, Urge creates their bars by hand using fine Belgian chocolate. They recommend you pair this bar with white wine. I am liking that idea!


While many of the Snackbox goodies are dairy-free and vegan, some are not. The Cocolico Sweet & Salty Pretzel Snack Mix contains dairy, so it went to my husband, who loves a good pretzel mix. He also claimed Kitchening & Co's ginger chocolate cookies, which are made in small batches with quality ingredients like fresh grated ginger.


For my son's soccer tournament on the weekend, I popped a bunch of the Snackbox goodies into a picnic basket for an instant picnic. We threw some water into a cooler and we were ready to go!

Visit the Snackbox website for more details. Or visit Snackbox on Facebook.


What activity are you doing this summer that calls for a grab-and-go snack?


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111 comments:

  1. Trip to a neighbourhood park.

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    1. If you want to stay more than a few minutes, snacks are always needed, right? ;)

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    2. For sure! Got to keep fueled and interested. Which will be helped by an assortment of snacks like this. :-)

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  2. I'm going camping this weekend and some fun snacks would be great to take along!

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    1. So true! Lots of snacks tend to be needed for camping. It would be great to just grab a whole Snackbox and go! ;)

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  3. Swimming, it really tires you out after a while!

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  4. Off hiking - I need snacks to keep me walking

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

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  5. Road trip through USA! well at least some part of it

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  6. Taking the kids to the park. They can run and jump all day!!

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  7. A trip to the beach - or even more fun for when we go fishing up north! (yes - totally roughing it, no cell towers!)

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  8. Trying again - this time will leave my name!

    A trip to the beach - or even more fun for when we go fishing up north! (yes - totally roughing it, no cell towers!)

    Kate

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  9. Beach trips always need grab & go snacks! Thank you!

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  10. I'm often running from work to an event/out to the lake and need a quick snack that I can munch on in the car...

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  11. Going on a roadtrip across the province with the kids, so I will be taking a lot of grab and go snacks.

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  12. Hanging out at the park!
    via Rhonda W G.

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  13. Hiking trips for the summer!
    Georgiana

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  14. Camping trips, always need snacks while camping!

    Tammy Dalley on rafflecopter

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  15. long walks in the sun/heat. i always try to to have a granola bar or quick snack with me to keep the energy up and avoid heat exhaustion (in addition to always having water along for the walk).

    entering in rafflecopter as jen s.

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  16. I will need these type of snack for hiking
    wildcardacehigh@yahoo.ca

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  17. We visit lots of parks with the children

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  18. It's my goal to swim everyday this summer. The days are getting shorter :( so soon I'm going to have to head to the beach straight from work. I need snacks!

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  19. Keeping up with my 4 year old nephew!

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  20. This summer I plan on just relaxing my mind and getting in touch with listening to my body. I think there are too many things and stress going on in my life that the harmful toxins are harming my body, so this summer I want to reconnect with my inner self, and find a bond between emotion and body so when September hits, I'll be in the right mindset to really kick off my fitness routine.

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    1. Sounds good Deirdre! I hope you are able to reduce your stress and enjoy the summer. :)

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  21. I'm walking. I need to get fit again after a month-long bout of shingles!

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  22. going for walks in the forest

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  23. Driving from Toronto to Timmons in one day requires grab and go snacks

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  24. I'm going hiking, so snacks are much needed!

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  25. I need snack when I go to the beach

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  26. Love those snacks!! I can be doing just about anything when I crave a snack but I think watching TV or sporting event makes it a better time with a snack!

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  27. I need to get fit for my own health.

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  28. Hiking!

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

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  29. We will be taking a road trip to the West Coast!!

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  30. entertaining grandchildren!

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  31. we are driving to NewYork and need snacks for the drive so we don't have to stop too often slhaydon at hotmal dot com

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  32. I love to go hiking, and a grab and go snack is great to have along the hike!

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  33. Hiking and camping are always times when snacks are required.

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  34. Trips to the beach and to the park as well as road trips are times when snacks are definitely important to have on hand!

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  35. July 27-I am doing the usual caring for a husband recuperating from surgery, advising and helping my adult daughters, knitting for my grandkids and looking after a yard full of flowers.

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  36. Hi,

    I'm planning a trip to the beach with friends this summer! I'm still learning which gluten-free snacks are good and where to get them so having some tasty on the go snacks would be fabulous!

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  37. Doing Vacation Bible School, going to the beach, going climbing

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  38. everything! My kids are always asking for snacks!

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    1. Tell me about it, honey. My daughter asks constantly...all day! ;)

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  39. I volunteer at a lot of events. I have 3 more coming up in the next 2 months. I have allergies so this prize would be perfect.

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  40. lots of long mountain bike rides
    jan

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  41. A snack is always welcome after my daily two hour walks with friends.

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  42. going cliff jumping !

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  43. Love trying new snacks....especially healthy ones.

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  44. This summer I will be travelling across the country, then I will be setting up house in a new province. Both these require easy on the go and fun snacks! Thank you for the contest!

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  45. I get out walking every day and can't always plan when to go - grab the moment when it arises. Thanks

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  46. swimming ,having some quick on the go snacks after swimming is great :)

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  47. Playing outside needs snacking time, summer calls.

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  48. camping with two of my teen boys!

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  49. Trips to the beach with the kids:)
    Angela Mitchell

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  50. off to the park with the grandchildren

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  51. i drive a lot. i need snacks to keep me awake.
    (stacey h)

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  52. Off to a friends for a summer BBQ

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  53. Im out in my garden pulling weeds.

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  54. I'm going to be doing some hiking this summer and fishing!

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  55. Everyday seems like a grab and go...took the park, walking the dog, day trips to the beach...busy summer here!

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  56. I am carting my kids around from one activity to the next. ALWAYS need snacks in the car!

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  57. We're hoping to make a trip to the beach - it's not far away, but now that the kids are grown we don't seem to make the time to go. Being at the beach seems to make us hungry, so a quick, healthy snack is a great idea.

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  58. A trip to our local splash park!

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  59. I need them for son when I pick him up from summer school He is starving and needs a snack!

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  60. I need them when I go to the beach!

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  61. We've been doing lots of swimming, it's good to have quick and easy snacks for before and after.

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  62. lots of trips to the splashpad / park and beach

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  63. Being at the pool side :) Snacking is perfect!

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  64. We do a lot of swimming and put in a ton of beach time!

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  65. Take it on our vacation to the Gulf Coast!

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  66. We like to go on picnics a lot so easy snacks are always fantastic

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  67. To the pool or the one of the picnic tables in the park

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  68. On trips to the park I like to have grab and go snacks.

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  69. we have been going to the water slide park near our place and it is so easy to just grab fast snacks for the cooler. this would be a fast easy way to keep our energy up while enjoying the water slides

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  70. We're spending a lot of days at an amusement park where we walk all day. We could really use some healthy snacks to bring with us.

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  71. day trips near our camping site

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  72. We are doing a month long "undercover tourist" in our own town of Niagara Falls with the kids. I can't wait!

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    1. That's so cute! Sounds like so much fun. We love Niagara Falls. Enjoy. :)

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  73. My son is attending track practice twice a week this smmer so on those days we need a grab n go snack to tide us over until we get home for a late supper.

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  74. Hiking and also taking my daughter to the wading pool.

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  75. Road tripping!

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  76. We are heading on a mini roadtrip to seattle and will be in desperate need for snacks on the go.

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  77. A grab and go snack would be perfect for work in the summer!

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  78. biking on trail. there is always a place to stop for a snack
    tis-so at hotmail dot com

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  79. Daily trip to park with 3 kids....exhausting :)

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  80. I need to grab a snack before going to the beach

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  81. A walk along the seaside always needs a snack!

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