Mixing It Up This Thanksgiving!

We're getting ready to head up to my parents' house for Thanksgiving this week. We all pitch in and help with the meal, but my mom is a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen! Her pies are legendary and I can't wait to over-indulge on Thursday (shhh - don't tell my doctor).  My favorite part of Thanksgiving though, even more than the eating, is actually the cooking and preparing part. Especially when there are a million people crammed in the kitchen and we're all joking and telling stories about Thanksgivings past. The best. :)

You can always count on the good ol' carbelicious, high-calorie standbys to be on our menu - turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato casserole and homemade rolls - but we like to try different foods for the side dishes and veggies each year.

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NatureBox, my favorite monthly snack subscription service, invited me to use some of their healthy and delicious snacks to make a few of our sides dishes. I made a kale salad with their Baked Sweet Potato fries and a roasted asparagus side dish with their Cheddar and Onion Sunflower Kernels. Both were super delicious and passed the Thanksgiving menu test! :)

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I tweaked this recipe for the salad and this recipe for the asparagus. The NatureBox snacks added a little extra crunch to both! Those sweet potato fries were already on my NatureBox favorites list though, so I knew they'd be great in the salad. I seriously could have eaten this whole giant bowl-full myself. YUM.

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Something that I really love about NatureBox is they have more than 100 snacks, so every month I can pick a few tried-and-true favorites and a couple new ones too. Having healthy snacks in new flavors at the ready has practically saved my life this pregnancy. For six months, just the idea of a hot meal made me queasy. I've been keeping a few bags in my car's center console, which has been a game-changer for both me and my kids. No more hangry Komendas!

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Something new and exciting: If you are a US-based first time subscriber, NatureBox will send you a FREE trial box of their most popular snacks by signing up here!

ALSO, NatureBox is giving away TWO six-month subscriptions today! You can enter to win by clicking here, browsing the NatureBox snack list, and then commenting on this post with the snacks you'd love to try. 

Open to US readers only. Contest ends Monday, Dec 1. Good luck! And thank you to NatureBox for sponsoring this post and LGN!  :)

110 comments:

  1. How do you choose?! I would have to say the Wild Blueberry Flax Granola and the Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Seeds - but they all look amazing!

    Melia
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  2. I love that the snacks are in categories. I would want to try all the Nutritionist Picks but my children would insist on nom noms!

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  3. I love the figgy bars and dried apples, oh and the lentil loops. All delicious and my picky 2 year old will actually eat them.

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  4. Coconut date energy bites. Yum!

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  5. Winning this contest would make my life! The cherry ganache granola is calling our name...

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  6. Lemon Tea Bisvuits and Everything Bagel Stix?? Yes please!

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  7. Now I'm starving! The lemon pucker pistachios, yum.

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  8. Love finding new gluten free options for my husband! I would get the baked sweet potato sticks and the coconut date energy bites! They all look great!

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  9. Chocolate quinoa granola?! Sign me up!

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  10. Peanut Butter Nom Noms... with a name like that, you know they'll be great!

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  11. Those roasted garlic pumpkin seeds sound amazing, and I know my kids would love the french toast granola. I love that all their snacks are surprising - everything has an unexpected touch (or two or three!) that keeps them exciting and interesting.

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  12. I have been wanting to get a subscription for my step daughter who doesn't get the healthiest snack choices when she's not at our house and I think she would love the garden tomato crunchies and the sriracha roasted cashews. Also, that kale salad looks AMAZING! Thanks Jenny!

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  13. NatureBox snacks look great! The dark cocoa nom-noms look delicious, so do the nut mixes and granola. Yum!! Its great not have to constantly search for healthy snacks and have them delivered to your door instead!

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  14. I would love to try the pear praline crunch, strawberry crispy chews, & lentil loops!

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  15. My kids would like the strawberry crispy chews!

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  16. I would gift this to my niece and nephews for Christmas!

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  17. The honey nut medley and dried cherries seem so right for this time of year!

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  18. Praline pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate almonds from Nature Box.

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  19. All of these look so delicious but I would love to try the Antioxidant Boost and Toasted Sesame Stix!

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  20. Since I love all things spicy - the Sriracha Roasted Cashews and the Sriracha Rice Crackers!

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  21. Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Seeds sound amazing, I'd love to try them in a salad!

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  22. They all look SO good and there are lots of gluten free options! Gotta love that. Dates are my favorite pick!!!

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  23. Hi Jenny,

    I've been a fan of your blog for a LONG time, and I have to say, it feels like more and more of your content is coming from sponsorship posts like this one. I might be wrong, but I'd guess that over 40% of all posts now are sponsored in some way. This saddens me and others who come to LittleGreenNotebook for your design work and DIY projects, not commercials!

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    1. Seems to me Jenny shared a couple recipes with readers in this post....so the content of her post is certainly not just sponsored content.
      Also, I am sure so many of us readers fail to remember......her blog is part of her job. Sponsorships generate income. It makes perfect sense to me why this would be beneficial.......after all.........most of us don't work for free. :) I actually think it is rather selfish of readers to shame a Blogger for their sponsored posts. Not to mention, Jenny often does relate her sponsored posts to some awesome diy project.

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  24. So many wonderful options! The lemon pucker pistachios, dark cocoa non noms, dark cocoa almonds, and sourdough cheddar pretzels would be a great start!

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  25. OOh sour dough cheddar pretzels! But really anything sounds amazing. :)

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  26. So hard to choose! For sweet, the dried pears, and the orange apple fruit chews. For savory, peppery pistachios and the garden tomato crunchies. Everything looks so tasty!

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  27. I'd try the Orange Apple Fruit Chews. I need a replacement for fruit snacks, and this looks really close. Thanks!

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  28. Lentil loops, kale chips, zesty noodle crunch. Yum!

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  29. That cherry ganache granOla sounds amazing!

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  30. Roasted garlic pumpkin seeds for the win!!

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  31. Any of the Nom-Noms and the honey mustard dipping sticks!!!

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  32. Almond cocoa bites and garlic pumpkin seeds sound yummy,,, as does it all!

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  33. dried fruit for me! I signed up for the trial

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  34. Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops sound delicious!

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  35. Yum. Garden tomato crunchies sound like something we would all love in this fam

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  36. Praline Pumkin Seeds would be a must, but i'd love to try the Sweet Potaoe Fries, the lemon tea cookies, and quite a few more two! Thank you!

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  37. The honey nut medley looks delicious!

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  38. Hi Jenny,

    I'd like to echo G's comments. I'm a long time fan who is disappointed by the number of sponsored posts - Nature Box, Blue Apron, Sonoma etc. have flooded the DIY blogs of late and I think it's a real shame and turn-off. I for one will be tuning into those blogs that are making the choice to stay true to their identity as design blogs, and will be regretfully leaving the sponsored-post-heavy blogs behind. I'll miss you!

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  39. Sourdough cheddar pretzels! Thanks, Jenny, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  40. Hi - I agree with G and Anna. Love your DIY but it feels all sponsored content all the time these days - miss your projects and authentic content.

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  41. I would love to try the dried fruit snacks

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  42. That Cherry Pecan Granola looks delicious! So many fun snacks!

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  43. I'd love to try the lemon pucker pistachios, and any of the snacks with chocolate :)

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  44. Those blueberry almonds would make our drive to Thanksgiving way more enjoyable! And guacamole bites! You had me at guacamole!

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  45. I understand that you're a busy bee, but please make a decision on the blog - it feels like a weird violation of my readership loyalty that all of the recent postings have been blatantly sponsored one - if you're just an advertising force in my blogroll, I'll be super sad to unsubscribe, but it feels manipulative to only make the time to post really sponsored posts.

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  46. Hi Guys!

    Just wanted to chime in and say thanks for your feedback on the sponsored posts. Sponsorships are the way I can justify spending time away from my family and design business to post here. I would have had to stop writing LGN long ago if I didn't have the opportunity to work with these wonderful companies.

    Sponsorships are always a little more frequent around the holidays, so thanks for hanging in there with me (if you choose to do so!) :) I promise to do my best to keep these sponsorships honest, interesting and informative. I hope at the very least you can enjoy the pretty photos! :)

    Thank you for your continued support!

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  47. Everything bagel stix, what??! That sounds amazing.

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  48. Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels and Lemon Tea Biscuits. Sweet and savory...

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  49. I love your blog and I'm going to keep reading it because I like watching what you do with your cool house. But I am going to scan posts before I really read them now and if they are for Nature Box or Blue Apron or that water carafe or anything that every other blogger has promoted over the last few months, I'm going to skip that particular post. I'm never going to pay a premium to have bags of snacks come to my door, nor bags of uncooked food with a Bigfoot-sized carbon footprint.

    I wish you and other bloggers would be a bit choosier about which sponsored content to pen.

    Like I said, I still love your design how-tos and information and that will keep me reading, but the sponsored posts really bring me down. And they aren't doing a service to those companies any more either.

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  50. p.s. I absolutely, 100% support your finding a way to make blogging a paid endeavor. You aren't required to entertain us for free.

    I just think perhaps some curation of which partnerships you choose would be helpful. Paint company sponsorships make sense to me, etc.

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  51. Gonna have to agree with the others about the sponsorships. Also, why do these companies never space out the posts? It seems like every blog is doing Naturebox in the past week or so. Would love to see some of your design work on the blog! That's practically free content, since I assume you're charging clients, and you could use some of that stuff for a portfolio, etc. Keep up the good **DESIGN** work!

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  52. I'd love to try the everything bagel stix and the dark chocolate berry trail mix!

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  53. the lemon pucker pistachios look amazing!

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  54. I'd love to try the nom noms! Any kind will do!

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  55. I want to try all the nom noms, especially those pumpkin ones. And I would love to eat some whole wheat blueberry figgy bars right now. They look amazing.

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  56. Everything Bagel sticks and Dark Cocoa Nom Noms! Yum!

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  57. Well, anything with granola would be my choose but those foggy bars sound yummy as well. thanks for the giveaway!

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  58. Peppery pistachios and coconut date energy bites. These all look great!

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  59. I would love to try the Baked Sweet Potato Sticks

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  60. I'm totally intrigued w/ the baked sweet potato fries. The everything bagel strips look delish too!

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  61. Salted caramel pretzel pops are calling my name!

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  62. Bagel sticks and sweet potato fries!

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  63. I would love the mini medjools, yellow curry peas, and garlic plantains!

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  64. You had me at Sriracha! Would love to try the smokey pumpkin seeds and Sriracha cashews!

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  66. Cheddar pretzels and the spiced pistachios. Sound delicious.

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  67. I would love to try the pistachio power clusters and beef jerky!

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  68. I'm not sure what a Nom Nom is, but all those Nom Noms look SO amazing!

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  69. Sweet potato sticks and quinoa granola. Thanks!

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  70. We dont do thanksgiving here in the UK but the food looks so nice! Making me so excited for Christmas!

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  71. Would love to try the roasted garlic pumpkin seeds!

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  72. Figgy bars are amazing, they are my favourite. Love that all snacks are separeted in different categories and is easier to choose.

    Carpet cleaners Fulham

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  73. You seriously want me to list a few? I would like to start at the top of the page and work my way down. They sound wonderful! I can't pick just one. But ok, Chile Lime Pistachios, Mocha Almond Bars, Lemon Tea Biscuits, etc. etc.

    Thank you!

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  74. Those sunflower seeds above look great, but also the cashew power clusters or the antioxidant boost would be great at work!

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  75. I would love to try the salted caramel pretzel pops and kung pao pretzels. Your Thanksgiving sides look delicious, enjoy the holiday with you family!

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  76. I COMPLETELY agree with what Unknown said ^ and I'm dying to try the coconut date energy bites!

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  77. Thankfully there are a lot of choices that look delicious! :) I'm going to say that those Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Seeds and the Cherry Pecan Granola sound the best right now :)

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  78. I would try the blueberry nom noms and the honey dijon pretzels! I basically eat little snacks all day, so this would be perfect!!

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  79. Pumpkin spice nom noms and tart apple mango crispy chews look delicious!

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  80. Nature Box has fun interesting snacks, but they are pricey and not cost-effective. I would love to enter the contest and try them out, but unfortunately, they don't pay much attention to food allergies or sensitivities. My son has celiac disease. He can't eat any food that has been processed along-side wheat/gluten. So while they offer great gluten-free options, they do so to give lip service to the fad-dieters, but not for the people who could really use safe gluten-free options to be healthy.

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  81. dark cocoa nom noms and sourdough cheddar pretzels, mmmm

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  82. Oh my! So many options....the Praline Pumpkin Seeds look amazing!

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  83. The praline pumpkin seeds look awesome!

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  84. Vanilla Macaroon Granola. Yummy!

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  85. I'd love to try the Tart Apple Mango Crispy Chews

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  86. Apple mango chews, chili lime pistachios and praline pumpkin seeds would be at the top of my list to try. Thanks!

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  87. Carrot Strawberry Fruit Chews. Yum Yum

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  88. I would love to try the Dark Cocoa Nom Noms, Garden Tomato Crunchies and the Toasted Cheddar Stix!

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  89. Sounds great. Easy and delicious, just for me :) Thanks for sharing!
    Carpet cleaners Clapham

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  90. Apple Pie Oat Clusters sound delicious.

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  91. Dried peaches and lemon pucker pistachios--please and thanks!

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  92. I would like to try the beef jerky and praline pumpkin seeds ;)

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  93. What's not to love about those snacks?! They all look fabulous!

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  94. I love to add unique ingredients to turn around a bland salad. The Citrus Kick Almonds, Poppy Seed Sticks and Cranberry Medley would pair perfectly with spinach leaves and my favorite Poppy Seed Salad Dressing. YUMM!

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  95. I love to add unique ingredients to turn around a bland salad. The Citrus Kick Almonds, Poppy Seed Sticks and Cranberry Medley would pair perfectly with spinach leaves and my favorite Poppy Seed Salad Dressing. YUMM!

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  96. I love to add unique ingredients to turn around a bland salad. The Citrus Kick Almonds, Poppy Seed Sticks and Cranberry Medley would pair perfectly with spinach leaves and my favorite Poppy Seed Salad Dressing. YUMM!

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  97. they all look so good but i'd start with the pistachio power clusters, sourdough cheddar pretzels, jalapeno cashews and the sea salt sun crunches!

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  98. Yum! That Lone Star Snack Mix would disappear quickly in my house...and, of course, I never met a pistachio I didn't like!

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