Meet The Snack: Big Island Pineapple

Snacking is serious business at NatureBox. We work really hard to bring you the quality snacks that you deserve. But what qualifies as a food that's up to our standards? Read on to learn about one of our favorite snacks - Big Island Pineapple - and why it's so deliciously fun and good for you!

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Why do I love this snack?

Pineapple. It’s as simple as that! I love that Big Island Pineapple consists of one ingredient, pineapple - and has no added sugar or sulfites. We've made it easy to enjoy the great taste and health benefits of pineapple with the convenience of any grab-and-go treat.

This snack is naturally sweet, chewy and has that slight tropical tartness of fresh pineapple. It's also just a beautiful-looking snack; because it doesn't have added ingredients (like sweeteners or preservatives) the beauty of fresh pineapple is maintained. 

Plus, who wouldn't have fun looping all these pineapple rings onto your fingers?

Why is pineapple good for you?

Pineapples are full of manganese, a mineral that helps keep your bones strong. This tasty fruit can even help you digest food more easily. It contains an enzyme called bromelain, which helps break down proteins during digestion and may also help reduce inflammation. 

How can you add Big Island Pineapple to daily meals?

We love adding this snack to anything from main dishes to desserts to making other snacks. Try adding it as a garnish to a fruity cocktail, or incorporate them into tacos, kebabs and no-bake energy bites!

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Want to learn about other NatureBox snacks? Read more within the blog!

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Melanie Niland is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for NatureBox. Melanie is all about making snacking part of a well-balanced diet and she believes in eating a variety of foods that are nutritious, colorful and flavorful. She helps to ensure that all NatureBox foods are up to our standards - so we can confidently say that everything is nutritionist-approved.

Gotta Love... Pumpkins

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Pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Rich in vitamins A and beta-carotene, pumpkins are also low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol and sodium. Also, about a half-cup serving provides you with your Daily Value of vitamin A. 

They can be served sweet or savory. Everyone loves a sweet and smooth pumpkin pie! To change it up a little, try adding pumpkin to smoothies and cakes. Better yet, cook up a savory take by stirring chopped pumpkin into soups or pressing the puree into quesadillas.

They’re fun! Carving a pumpkin may not be the easiest task but what else can put you in the autumn mood better? Plus, scooping out the seeds and flesh makes for a delightfully messy stress reliever!

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Guess What: These Speckled Pods Are...

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What are these speckled pod-looking things, you wonder?

They’re cranberry beans!

Also known as shell beans and in Italian borlotti, these legumes get their name from their reddish/purplish specks. The beans are pretty similar to pinto beans in terms of texture and size. They’re also mild and slightly nutty in flavor.

You can look for these at your local gourmet grocery. It’s easier to find the dried variety year-round but if you’d prefer fresh beans, keep an eye out for them in the late summer to early fall!

What’s their nutritional value?

Like many legumes, cranberry beans are an excellent source of fiber - each one-cup serving has just over 17 grams of fiber, which is 71 percent of your recommended Daily Value (DV). Each serving also has 241 calories and 16.5 grams of protein or 33 percent DV.

How do you cook them?

These can be prepared similarly to other beans. If using dried cranberry beans, they’ll need an overnight soak. If using fresh beans, you can shell and boil them or shell and braise them. (Try using lots of garlic, herbs and tomato!)

Inspired to get cooking? Check out our recipes using beans!

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Guess What: These Little Green Fruits Are...

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What are these juicy little green guys, you ask?

They’re green zebra tomatoes!

First bred in the 1980s, this variety of tomato is created from four different heirloom tomatoes. They’re roughly the size of a golf ball and can be purchased at a farmer’s market or from your local community supported agriculture programs (or CSA’s).

How do they taste?

Picked sooner, green zebra tomatoes are tart and zingy with a slightly-sweet finish. When vine-ripened a bit longer, they become sweeter. Overall, they pack a full, rich flavor that’s unlike any other tomato.

When are they ripe?

These are ready to be picked when they’re firm yet yielding, and when the light green stripes start to turn yellow. The bottoms will also begin to lightly blush.

Looking for some tasty tomato recipes? Check out our ideas!

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Amanda really wants to help you cook delicious foods and sustain a healthier lifestyle. When she’s not goofing around on Twitter she’s probably noshing on the pile of NatureBox snacks at her desk.

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Cantaloupes are a great way for you and your kids to get more vitamin A, a nutrient that helps promote healthy eyes and clear vision. These melons are also rich in digestion-friendly fiber and energizing B vitamins. 

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    Plus, check out our recipes that you can make in 15 minutes or less!

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