Sunday, January 12, 2014

NatureBox: Healthy and Delicious Snacks Delivered to Your Door!

As a runner, healthy eater, and blogger I tend to follow several other blogs that interest me and for some time now I have been reading about NatureBox.  NatureBox is a snack box delivered directly to your door with healthy, yummy, nutritionist approved snacks!  I am all about healthy eating but still crave good tasting food so this seemed like the perfect fit!  I came across a link on Carrots 'N' Cake and since the link gave me 1/2 off my first box, I had to try it out!

I clicked the link and signed up!  I didn't do too much exploring as to whether or not I could choose my own snacks but since part of the fun was to experience and try something new I figured I'd take whatever came!  I chose the NatureBox Deluxe which comes with 5 snacks and since I was paying $10 for the box, it made each snack only $2!  Win!  I went with the smallest box since it would just be me eating them as my husband continues to fill his tortilla chip addiction.  NatureBox is great because you can pause your subscription at any time so for this month, I still had some snacks left over from my last box so after these 5 snacks came I knew I wouldn't need another shipment at the end of January so I paused it for a month and my next set of snacks won't ship out until February 22- plenty of time to savor the others!  

In my first box came:

All of these snacks were awesome!   I loved in even in the "Surprise Box" they sent me both savory and sweet snacks- a nice balance to cover every craving I might be having!!  I loved adding the granola and dried fruit to my morning yogurt and the pistachio clusters were a great quick and sweet bite when the mood struck!  The Roasted Kettle Kernels tasted *exactly* like honey roasted peanuts but were a bit too hard for me to crunch.  With that said, if you like corn nuts- you'll LOVE these roasted kernels (they come in BBQ flavor as well!)!  Although I loved the array of snacks I received, I figured I'd try something new for my second delivery!  I perused the NatureBox website and found 5 awesome snacks that I couldn't wait to try.  I wanted to go with the sweet and savory but I am trying to eat more proteins to help my snacks last a bit longer so I can focus on work without having to stop every hour to grab something to eat!  I chose:

Baked Sweet Potato Fries (which I basically inhaled within a couple of days!)
Flax Fortune Coins (I'm a HUGE fortune cookie fan and these tasted *exactly* like fortune cookies!)
Sunshine Chips (which were easily my favorite choice from the box)
Harvest Nut Mix (the attempt to get more protein)
Dark Cocoa Almonds (wait, maybe these were my favorite- they didn't last more than a day!)

Although I was pretty happy with the order I decided for my next shipment to swap out the Flax Fortune Coins for the Far East Rice Crackers which, being so low in calories, is pretty much a bag I can inhale in one sitting!  Each of the snacks has anywhere from 3-5 servings though since they're all so good (and healthy) it's hard to stop at one serving!  The ingredient list for these snacks is usually pretty short and nothing like "dimethylpolysiloxane"<-- say what?!!

Each snack is labeled as to whether it's gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, savory, sweet, spicy, low sodium, vegan, etc.!  You can even sort on their website by these different categories to make it that much easier to find snacks that meet your dietary guidelines!  

You can't beat the $10 first-time promotion (click here to try for $10 to start) which makes each snack only $2 and really, even the full price for the smallest box of $19.95 makes each snack only $4- a great price for healthy, nutritious, yummy snacks delivered directly to your door with no extra shipping or tax!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Saturday Morning 17 Miler

except in the summer in florida its toooooo hot to just go at anytime. morning or night. period. lol

Well I'm at that point in my training where those obnoxious numbers like 17, 18, and 20 show up ;)  This Saturday was 17 and man was it fun....right!  I headed out about 8:30 am, the forecast for the day was cloudy and cloudier so I wasn't in a rush to get out the door.  I don't have many friends locally who train for long races like these so I usually run, which I like, but it is nice to have company when you're running for 2.5 to 3 hours.  When training for my marathon last year my husband rode his bike along with me as it's a great way for him to get out of the house and get some exercise as well so he decided to pick that up again this year.  He wasn't quite ready when I was so while he was finishing his coffee and a morning snack I headed out the door to run a mile around the neighborhood to meet him at home so we could head out for the rest of the run.  I ran about 1.2 miles by the time I got home to pick him up and he was just about ready.  Since he was riding his bike I ran ahead and let him catch up.  

I ran my normal long run route which is about 8 miles so combined with the mile I had already run I turned around at about 9 miles.  I headed back the 8 miles and with an extra lap around our section of the neighborhood I was done!  17 miles even at an 8:38 pace!  
My run lasted 2:26:46.  I of course had to look up the stats of my 17 mile run from last year's training (I am hoping for a PR here!) and 2:28:02, and 8:42 pace- boom!  4 seconds faster per mile, a total of 0:1:16 faster total time, PR here I come!  
Last year of course being my first every 26.2 my goal was just to finish, nothing more.  Well once I realized that I was speeding along I decided to keep it going and finished in 3:49:33, an 8:46 total pace.  Now of course, being the runner that I am, I feel I need to aim for a PR which of course not aiming too high is a finish time of 3:48:00 to 3:48:50  can't have it be 3:49.... because when I shorten my time to just the hours and minutes and most people do when recapping race results in conversation it will seem like I got the same time.  So there it plans to the perfect second marathon.   

This weekend  I have 18 on the calendar and no bike riding buddy to help me along but alas, run 18 miles I will!  Last year's 18 mile run took me 2:38:03 with a pace of 8:46 so I guess I'll aim for an 8:40 to 8:44 pace to keep it faster than last year's run!

Question of the day: It's January 2014- what does your race calendar look like this year?