Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Sam's Club Sunny Day Snacks" Nature Valley Review & Giveaway




With warmer summer weather right around the corner, the perfect summertime snack solution is quick, easy and convenient. I want something nutritious, satisfying and kid-friendly packaged so I can stick it in a lunchbox for a quick snack at summer camp or take with us on the go for those sometimes long, if not boring, car trips we subject the kids to at times. (No, we are NOT there yet!! I am sure you all have said that at least once before, lol.)

The great folks at General Mills provided me through MyBlogSpark a "Sam's Club Sunny Day Snacks" prize pack consisting of a club sized box of the Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Fruit & Nut bars and a $25 gift card to Sam's Club so I could purchase additional yummy snacks. Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix bars are now available at Sam's Club in a convenient club sized box, perfect for stocking up those summer snacks now!

When the box first arrived, I have to admit I was pretty happy to see that you can get 25% more of the whole almonds, peanuts, raisins and cranberries in every bar! I just had to check it out, and sure enough, the bar was filled with nutty AND fruity goodness! I have to admit, I was a little hesitant because I am not really a cranberry and raisin fan, but the nuts and fruits complimented each other nicely, so I really did not have to worry about the tangy or tart taste I was expecting them to have at first. And I really did love all the extra nuts these bars have, because sometimes I would buy other snacks and I would feel so ripped off because maybe if I was lucky I would get 1 or 2 nuts in it, even though it was marketed as a "nut bar". These bars certainly had enough nuts in them to satisfy my craving.

They are definitely chewy, and a little on the sticky side-so make sure that you take your time eating them and take some wet wipes along if your little one likes to play with their food. My 12 month old grandson reached into the box, and we debated on whether or not to give a bar to him because we didn't want him choking but we just pulled small pieces off (without the nuts) and he happily ate them and ended up wanting more! He's got about 6 teeth now, and we made sure he took his time eating. My 8 yr old loved them, as did hubby and my son and even his girlfriend who hates raisins. Tiffany was impressed because she could not really taste the raisins that much with all the other ingredients in the bars, and she ended up eating more than one. (I will admit, the box is empty now after just a few days! Yikes-I think it's time to buy more)

I was impressed when I found out that they are only 140 calories and contain 8g of whole grains per serving. In addition, they don't contain any artificial flavors or colors either. To me, that's a great way to get a snack that is 100% natural and combines the flavors that my kids and I love. Thanks to General Mills and MyBlogSpark for providing me with that information and my "Sam's Club Sunny Day Snacks" prize package! My family really enjoyed the Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Fruit & Nut Bars and I think yours will too!

And the good news is... you also have a chance to try these out AND receive a $25 Sam's Club gift card courtesy of General Mills and MyBlogSpark! They have generously provided the same prize package I have received to one of my blog readers.
Read below for details on how you can win:

Giveaway begins today June 1st, 2010. Giveaway will end June 13, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST. Giveaway is open to US residents. You do not have to be a blogger to win, however you must leave a way to contact you either in your profile or an email address in your comments so that I can email you if you win! Speaking of winning, the lucky winner will be selected randomly, through Random.org and has 48 hours to reply to my winning email with your information before I select a new winner.

For the first MANDATORY entry you will need to tell me some of the healthy snacks you would stock up on at Sam's Club. Fruits, granola bars, etc... I'm curious!

You may also earn extra entries as listed below. Keep in mind that you will need to enter each comment separately, so if it says +5 you need to leave 5 SEPARATE comments.

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Good luck!

DISCLAIMER: I was provided product information and a prize pack from General Mills through MyBlogSpark which contained a $25 Sam's Club gift card and a 30 count club sized box of Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Fruit & Nut Bars for my eating enjoyment :) All product opinions in the above post are my own.

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hondaray6 said...

My grand kids love fruit kabobs~ and they make their own! I just buy wooden kabob sticks and put out a platter of fruits and cheese cubes. They eat as they construct their kabob and then its a to- go-outside lunch! yippee! Healthy- no cooking and no mess! Gotta love that!
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Mami2jcn said...

I'd stock up on fresh fruit and yogurt.

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I would buy fruit. Everyone in our house loves almost every kind.

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peg42 said...

I'd buy raisens, trail mix, yogart and dried fruit. Thanks so much.
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Denise said...

Love Sam's Club! I need to get apples and Fiber One bars.

ky2here said...

They have those fantastic bags of assorted nuts! I'd also like a big bag of wasabi peas.

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I would get Clementines!
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Kiara said...

I would stock up on fresh fruit.
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ohstac said...

I always buy the giant bag of string cheese at Sam's Club.

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Mysharona said...

I'd get some strawberries and bananas

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

dried fruit, fruit,

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My kids love tortilla chips and salsa!
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Anonymous said...

I would stock upon apples, banaa and granola bars
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dlhaley said...

I buy lots of fruits and veggies. Thanks

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cstironkat said...

My family likes string cheese, peanut butter and apples.

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Stephen Saunders said...

Yogurt! We love the stuff, would definitely stock up on it. And pretzels. :)

buzzd said...

almonds and other nuts

McKim said...

We usually get bananas, apples, grapes, watermelon.

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I usually get the giant bucket of trail mix there with the nuts and raisins!

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Linda said...

I've been buying alot of fruits, so I would stock up on peaches,apples,bannanas and grapes.
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Sarah said...

I would stock up on grapes and yogurt.

llinda29 said...

Fruits and popcorn

hbbs55 said...

baby carrots, the kids love them!

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Low Carb Bagel Snack Bar - 72 per case! Oh yes!

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scarter305 said...

I would get fruit for healthy snacks. I take an apple to work everyday as well as yogurt.

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Danica D. said...

We would stock up on Greek yogurt since we eat it every day for breakfast.

mogrill said...

We would stock up on meats for the bbq.
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cherriblossom25 said...

I stock up on string cheese.
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clc408 said...

I would stock up on fresh fruit and almonds.

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cmcathiem02@gmail.com said...

I would stock up on rice cakes.

dandmrobbins said...

I stock up on almonds and nestle quik and string cheese.

Sue said...

I always stock up on lots of fresh fruit at Sam's. Great quality and so much less expensive than the grocery store.
Thanks for the giveaway.

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Kimberly said...

Sam's Club usually has good deals on some fresh fruits. I like to get watermelon from there.
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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I would get pistachios and popcorn! Thanks!

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tatertot374 said...

I love Sams fruit. I got some rasberries saturday and they are so good!
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Erin M. said...

I'd get their Ritz crackers in bulk match it with skippy peanut butter and sliced apples! It's the best snack for a summer day.
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heaventrees said...

I'd stock up on Stonyfield yogurt, fresh fruit and nuts.

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Laura said...

I would stock up on trail mix and dried fruit

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Rachel G said...

I would stock up on the nature valley assorted granola bars :)

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Chisum's Crew said...

I would get fresh fruit and nature valley trail mix. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Deborah said...

I'd get dried cherries, frozen strawberries and string cheese.

Anonymous said...

I'd stack up with their granola bars and strawberries for fruit smoothies.

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jsc123 said...

Some of our favorite healthy snacks are fresh fruit and veggies such as apples, grapes and pineapples and celery and mini carrot sticks.
We are also a family that loves and eats a lot of yogurt and cottage cheese.
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paula michele said...

I would get some string cheese and fruit. My kids love fruit.

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Katie R. said...

My favorite snack to pick up at sams is fresh berries and yogurt. They always have great prices on berries.

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Meet the Browns said...

I'd stock up on baby carrots!

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Anonymous said...

Definitely granola, anything loaded with fiber.

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Hotsnotty2 said...

I would stock up on grapes, apples and bananas, thanks!

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Louis said...

I would stock up on grapes, yogurt, roasted nuts at Sams Club

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Anonymous said...

We always buy tons of fruit and veggies.
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Anonymous said...

Baby carrots and walnuts would be my first and second choice!

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Light474 said...

I love making my own trail mix so I pick up raisins, peanuts, dried fruit, and sunflower seeds at Sams.

ohstac said...

I like to buy string cheese from Sam's Club.

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Tracysweetangl said...

I would use it to get some fresh fruit. Thanks.

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h. mcnaron said...

bananas, carrot sticks, nutrasweet sweetener and iced tea

Crystal said...

I like that Sam's Club carries Boca Burgers. Some would say they are more for lunch or dinner than a snack but they are definetly healthy!!
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bridget3496 said...

Granola bars, oatmeal, almonds. string cheese and berries


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I'd stock up on fruits like strawberries, cantaloupe, and grapes :)
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Auriette said...

We bought some great all-natural breakfast tarts at Sam's Club once, but they don't have them anymore. I like the PB&J Jamz, but I don't know how healthy they are.

shiloh said...

It seems Summertime is fruits and veggie time around here.

chromiumman said...

i'd stock up on raisins

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vegan4life said...

fruit and nuts ty.

Erica C. said...

I'd get apple sauce, granola bars, bananas, and fruit juice.

cdziuba said...

Lots of melons for the summer, and sweet peaches!

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cindi said...

lota fruit i make my own baby food
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Sarah said...

We like their Member's Mark trail mix w/m&m's

mommyof3andworkingfromhome said...

My children love granola bars, yogurt and fruit. With a trip planned to Florida, we would stock up on these.

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Valancia said...

Cashew nuts, and Fresh fruits.

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Kim said...

i always get almonds, apples, and oranges at sam's avonbaby87@gmail.com

debbie said...

I would get some dried and fresh fruit, and some yogurt.
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Lori said...

Bananas and organic raspberries--Sam's has the best prices in town and they're favorites around here.
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Nicole said...

I would stock up on bananas since my 2 yr old is a banana addict ;)

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clynsg said...

I buy the bulk sizes of almonds and peanuts.

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Tim said...

Our family is a big fan of Fiber One bars.

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mail4rosey said...

Fruit roll-ups and frozen fruit would be on my list .msurosey@yahoo.com

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