How I snack on the go and a BIG summer essentials GIVEAWAY
If I’m going to be gone for more than an hour, you can bet that I’ve packed a snack in my purse. In fact, I’m known for having an “emergency granola bar” stashed into the little hidden pockets of my bag, even when going into places that don’t allow food. Shhh!!
And when I snack, I don’t go for chips … (not only would those be hard to hide, but they just aren’t as good of a choice, you know) I always go for healthier bars or nuts. How about you?
My snacking game improved a bit recently when I had the chance to try out a new grab-and-go snack option, and I’ve become quite the fan. (Short history lesson … I despised and refused to eat any type of nuts all the way until I was 25 years old, and now I can’t get enough of them. Funny how your taste-buds change, isn’t it? So if you’re cringing at the thought of something healthy, you may find yourself chowing down on it years from now.)
INTRODUCING ORCHARD VALLEY HARVEST SNACKS
Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like you to meet Orchard Valley Harvest. The company makes nuts, mixes, dried fruits, etc. that come in pre-packaged bags, and the nuts are extra tasty because they are picked at peak harvest. Oh and what else should you know about the brand? The products are free from artificial ingredients and artificial colors, and they are verified by the non-GMO project — a major plus.
Lately, you can find a bag of Orchard Valley Harvest snacks with me at all times. And because it’s summer, and we’ve been outdoors more than usual, I’ve been eating these beauties on picnics, at the park or walking around the City (wearing shades and sunscreen, of course). And yes, these snacks are Dave approved. In fact, I can’t keep him from eating them. I may have to resort to hiding the dark chocolate almonds though, because — MINE! They are the perfect healthier sweet for after dinner, and I can empty the whole bag into one hand as I walk to the couch to sit and enjoy them.
Oh and true story – outside of the taste and quality, I really, and I mean really, enjoy that Orchard Valley Harvest snacks come in pre-packaged bags and Multi Packs, which contain multiple pre-packaged bags with calories ranging from 150 to 300 total. Sometimes I need help with trail mix portion control. Like for real. It’s way better for me to see one serving sectioned out and reach the bottom of the bag, otherwise, I will keep going. (And going and going.) One big Multi Pack has eight one-ounce pouches, perfectly portioned, and they are so convenient. There are also the Grab & Go bags, which are a little bit bigger and can be bought separately as individuals — those are more filling, of course.
I tried, loved and finished the following flavors:
- Cranberry Almond Cashew Trail Mix – lots of fiber and magnesium in those almonds.
- Dark Chocolate Almonds – 64 percent cocoa used, which contains antioxidants.
- Chocolate Raisin Nut Trail Mix – salty and sweet and everything nice.
Where to find these snacks? They are available in the produce section at Walmart, and you can find more locations to buy here – (basically all over the U.S.). If you want to see more from Orchard Valley Harvest, check out the website or follow the company on social.Learn how to snack on the go with #OVHsnacks and a big #giveaway. Click To Tweet
A big “summer essentials” giveaway
And now, because I haven’t given you a chance to win in a while, why don’t we do a giveaway? This one is pretty big and valued at more than $450. In order to enter, click on the link in the graphic below, and fill out as many chances as you want. The more, the merrier.
Here’s what you could win for the perfect summer picnic:
- An assortment of Orchard Valley Harvest snacks
- An Evrgrn portable bamboo picnic table
- A Vera Bradley backpack
- A Vera Bradley throw blanket
- A glass CamelBak water bottle
- An Altec Lansing Portable Bluetooth speaker
- $50 Walmart gift card
There will be one winner randomly selected. This giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S., and will close on Friday, July 1. Enter now and tell your friends!
Have an awesome day. Happy snacking to you, and I hope you get outside to enjoy the summer!
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QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
What’s your favorite thing to do outside during the summer?
What’s your biggest picnic essential?
*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Orchard Valley Harvest. The opinions and text are all mine. There are also affiliate links in the post. Thanks for your support!
I always have a snack stashed someplace too! If I don’t – things can get bad fast. Haha! Those prepackaged snacks are a great way to keep from overeating.
Yup! Prepackaged is always a smart choice for portion control. Happy Friday, Megan! 🙂
These look great! I love a leisurely bike ride during the summer, but I definitely need snacks or the bike ride gets a lot grumpier as the day goes on.
For sure, Anna heheeh. Best to be prepared then … 🙂
YES! Which beach??? 🙂
I live on the east coast – Rhode Island. Lots to choose from!
I bet! I’ve never been. Enjoy your weekend!
Yes!!! I always have emergency purse snacks! Glad im not alone on this!
Not at all. I nearly panic when I’m empty-handed hehehe. 🙂 Have a great day, Heather!
I love running outside during the summer. Yes, I have to get up earlier to beat the heat but it’s so much better than the treadmill.
It is, for sure. Plus, when you get it done early, you get to enjoy the rest of the day knowing you already exercised. Good work, Brittney!
Snacks are the best!
Sure are! 🙂 Hope you’re doing well lady. Happy Friday!
I love going for early-morning runs when the sun isn’t too hot and the city is still sleeping. (Bonus: I live in DC and love seeing the sunrise over the monuments.)
That sounds BEAUTIFUL to see the sunrise then, Beth. Take a pic heheh! 🙂 Have a great day, lady. Thanks for saying hi!
Sounds like the perfect snack to bring on our usual summer picnics and hikes. We go on looooong hikes, and, if I don’t pack well, I often feel incredibly depleted afterwards. Blame the Denver heat! But these looks like a fantastic addition to the snack group!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Denver heat! Your hikes are also at a much higher altitude than most of us, so maybe you need extra snacks? haha Happy Friday, Jessica!
Ha – definitely extra water. But I’ll take any excuse for extra snacks. 🙂
hahaa yup!! 🙂
With me living in Atlanta and my boyfriend living in Savannah we love to hike or go to the beach! But running downtown Savannah I think might just be our favorite with the puppy in tow of course!
Is the puppy a good runner? 🙂
I love reading by the pool during the summer and almost always bring some mixed nuts or trail mix with me. I literally almost picked up a bag of Orchard Valley Harvest mix at the grocery store yesterday because it looked so good., but knew we had some at home. I think I might get some single serving packs because I definitely struggle with portion control when it come to delicious trail mix! Have a fabulous weekend!
Me too, Patricia. That’s why I prefer these individual bags for that kind of thing. hehe. I have no OFF button for snacks. And reading by the pool sounds fabulous!
I love spending time at the pool, or when it’s cooler, spending time outdoors biking, hiking and walking. I love spending time in nature 🙂
It’s so good for you to be in the fresh air too. So good work, Kayla. 😉
What a giveaway! My favorite thing about summer is simply being outside, being happy, and trying new things in the sunshine. VITAMIN D BABY
You have to enjoy those warm days when you have them in Chicago, right? 🙂 Happy Friday, Susie!
I used to hate nuts too!! The only way I’d eat any nut was peanut butter, but now I love raw nuts? since I live on a lake my favorite thing to do is spend time swimming, boating, and just relaxing by the water!
I like almost all nuts now too. So funny how things change! Hope you get to relax by the water soon, Rachael. 🙂
Woohoo, I am 100% for taking snacks everywhere. I may be guilty of taking them into places where they might not be allowed. 🙂 This year I’m loving just going outside and gazing at the stars or basking in the sunshine. <3
Those are two great activities, Emily. And your secret is safe with me about hiding snacks … hahaha 😉
Going on the boat has to be my favorite thing to do during the Summer months! We live in MN, land of 10,000 lakes so this is how we spend a lot of our time : ) Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
That’s awesome, Angie! I haven’t been on a bought in FAR too long actually. Being on the lake sounds fab. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂
Yes!! That’s a good one too, Judith. Have a great day!
Great giveaway. I live in Santa Cruz so for us life is all about the beach !!!
On Fridays we all take the day off , set our chairs out for the boardwalk concerts
go for a hike, surf or swim and have lunch on the wharf , ,then gather and kick back for the night boardwalk concerts on the water with all our friends and community. Its a summer ritual for us. The weekends are for tourists here so we like to get our beach and concert time in on Fridays.
I am hypoglycemic so snacks are my life, I will be sure to buy some of these. Have a great weekend.
Wow! Beach life sounds amazing! My little sis-in-law is going to work for Santa Cruz Warriors! She is moving there soon!
swim or go to the beach 🙂
Good choices, April!
My favorite thing is hanging with friends either for a beach day or around a fire pit. Even better if we can score a firepit ON the beach, but man that’s so hard down here in SoCal!!
I bet! I’ve always liked a good bonfire hehe! Have a great weekend!
Hah! My husband always shakes his head when he sees me packing snacks on my way out the door, even if I’m headed to the supermarket! You never know how long the trip may take..
Better safe than sorry hehee!! Have a great weekend, R!
Those snacks look delicious! Drinking wine outside & having a picnic.
Yes! I’m in for both of those activities!
Fun giveaway! Favorite summer activities: beach, swimming, hiking, biking, and paddle boarding.
I’m loving your list, Becky!
This is a great giveaway! Thanks for hosting . I used to despise nuts as well, and now I can’t get enough of them! There must be something about that 25th year. My tastebuds changed a lot!
How funny! Quarter century changes heheh! Yay for nuts! Have a great weekend, Heather!
I like running and going to the beach.
Good choices, Amy!
All about them snacks! Summer time is great for going out on the lake, trips to the park, and laying out by the pool! The heat index has been in the triple digits this week in KCMO, ick! So we don’t go out in that, only before 8 AM to walk the dog.
Wow!! Super hot!! Stay cool, Jessie.
My favorite outside summer activity is walking around the neighborhood!
That’s a good one, Katie. Enjoy!
I love to be in my garden!
Oh how nice you have a garden, Livivua! 🙂 Have a great weekend!
I love taking bike rides outside!
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Me too, Kelly! 🙂 Have a great weekend!
I love to garden and also to make homemade icecream with my kids with fresh berries.
I love hiking and biking. kraftmaking at gmail dot com
Thanks for linking up! This is a great giveaway.
I love going to the Green City Market after running in summer!
Thanks for hosting!! 🙂 Have a great weekend!
Morning walks, grilling, hikes, fires at night…I just love being outdoors in the warm weather!
Those are awesome outdoor activities, Jordan. 🙂 Hope you get to do some of them soon.
Picnicking is definitely my favorite thing todo outside in the summer! Hot weather + sandwiches and cold beverages = heaven!
AGREED! 🙂 Happy weekend, Diana.
What a fun and awesome giveaway! I love to spend time outside with my dog at the park or Lake. I like to read and go swimming with my dog!! He loves it, especially when it is so hot outside.
Dog time is the best time. 🙂 Love it, Karen!
I used to say swimming but we don’t have a pool anymore (I think there was a leak). Now I just stick with gardening. Love watching it grow and eating from it!
That’s cool you have a garden, Cassi! 🙂 Enjoy!
I love hiking, playing tennis and biking in the summer!
Good stuff, Lisa. Hope you get outdoors this weekend! 🙂
We love to go swimming at the river as much as possible!
That sounds like fun, Brenda! Thanks for saying hi.
I love being outside during the summer! we like to go to the beach, hike, and take bike rides!
I like all those things too, Paige!
I love going for an early morning long run or hike during the summer months.
Definitely early mornings before it gets too hot. Good choice, Sarah!
I love reading outside 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!
You are so welcome! Hope you’ve got a good book currently, Edye!
In the summer I love having campfires outside with friends and roasting marshmallows!
Oh that sounds awesome, Taylor!
I love gardening and going on bike rides during the summer months.
Great choices, DJ! 🙂
Life lesson #295: Always pack snacks 🙂 These look like the perfect way to abide by that rule!
I love long weekend-morning walks with my dog in the summer.
ALWAYS, Ellen. ALWAYS! 🙂 heheh! Hope you are having a nice weekend.
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Sure. 🙂 Thanks!
My favorite thing to do is go to the beach or the pool
YES!! The beach! I haven’t been in far too long. 🙂 Thanks for saying hi, Carolsue.
My favorite thing to do during the summer is hike at state parks.
That’s a great activity, Rachel. Do you have any favorite parks?
Run or blade!
I like to spend time on our boat in the summertime.
Hi Sheila! That’s a great way to be outdoors. I haven’t been on a boat in way too long. 🙂
I like playing outside with our dogs.
YES! And your dogs love it too. 🙂 Thanks, Sarah!
Love the prepackaged trail mixes- a must!
Me too, Maureen. Hope you are having a nice weekend!
I love summer running! Most days I’m the only one out on the trails and it’s so peaceful!!!
My favorite thing to do outside during the summer is taking long power walks in my hilly neighborhood! Thanks for an AWESOME giveaway!
My favorite summer activity is coming up next month – camping in Yosemite NP! I love playing in the river, hammocking, hiking, and exploring meadows.
Other than the beach or the pool, my favorite thing is to go camping
I just like soaking up the sunshine. I’m very boring
Soaking up the sunshine sounds pretty nice to me, Darla! 🙂
These sound like the perfect on the go snack! Thanks for sharing!!
Thanks for saying hi, Rachel! 🙂 They are tasty! Hope you had a nice weekend!
This sounds like the perfect snack for me and my little man on the go! Fingers crossed I WIN!!!! EEK!!
Hi Sarah! Good luck!! 🙂
I never miss an opportunity to read by the beach or pool on these warm summer days. Snacks are always a must, since being hangry isn’t ideal. And you can never be beachside without some fresh watermelon to snack on.
Fresh watermelon beachside sounds AMAZING! 🙂
At some point every week, you can find me outside playing soccer! (Of course, this is a pretty much year round thing for me 😉 ). I also love going for hikes in the mountains with my husband and our two dogs. We have a black lab and she loves to find a creek to stop and cool off in. Thanks for the giveaway!
Two dogs in the mountains? Nice! Sounds lovely, Amanda.
Favorite summer activity is golf, and trail mix is a perfect snack to pack in my bag. Great source of protein to help me walk all 18 holes.
Good work, Susan! I’m not much of a golfer, but my husband loves it. It’s a long activity so yes to bringing snacks!
Thanks for the awesome contest! Everything looks awesome and useful!
Yup!! You are welcome! Hope all is well with you, Alexa!
My favorite summer activity is definitely swimming. I grew up with a pool and spent every day of the summer in a bathing suit. I absolutely love the water! I won’t get to be in it much this summer because I will have a newborn within the next couple weeks but next summer we will both be enjoying the water.
Oh wow!! I bet you are excited to meet your new little one!! The pool can wait. 🙂
I love the dark chocolate Almonds! Yummy!
They are so good! Me too, Jessie!
I have an emergency snack stash in my purse/bag/car/etc. too! 😀 Those Orchard Valley Harvest snacks sound amazing, and holy crud, that giveaway! :O Thanks for having this! 😀
I especially love frolicking outdoors (beaches and/or hiking! <3) in the summer!
Hi Farrah!! Or should I say doc?? 🙂 YES for emergency snacks. And playing outside. Hope all is well!
Oh my goodness, I hear you on the ability to eat an endless amount of trail mix. Our favorite kind of trail mix comes in a big tub, but because we eat so much of it in one sitting, we have a rule not to buy a new tub whenever the old one runs out!
Hahaha — you know it’s good when you have to set a rule hehe:) Nice, Marissa!
These look amazing, especially those chocolate almonds! I completely agree about needing some portion control help!
Yup! Dangerous, but good. 🙂 Hope all is well, Ashley!
I love these for my daughter for snack at school or in her lunch. I order them in bulk bulk bulk from Amazon!!
Ahh yes, bulk is a good way to purchase, Carla. 🙂 And your daughter is well-prepared in the snack department thanks to you!
Amazing giveaway! I love to get outside and run or just read a book! Fresh air is amazing!
Snacking on the go for me is pretty hard because of my food allergies – but I can bring pre-cooked sugar free hot dogs with me, or I can stop at really any grocery store and get some chicken or fish off their salad bar! 😉
So you are a meat snacker?? Hehee good work, G!
Love me some MEATTTTT lol!
I love swimming
Summer is the perfect time to do that. Enjoy, Jen! 🙂
We love to go the the beach! We’re on our way there today!
Awesome!! Have so much fun, Kim! 🙂
We love taking our pup to the beach!
Yes, Danielle!! I bet your pup loves it too.
My husband and I love to go on long bike rides and walks in the summer
Those are great activities to do together, Jill. 🙂
I love swimming with my kids in the summer!
Fun! Enjoy the summer, Michelle!