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Healthy mail-order snacks for college students

newfound1 Sep 27, 2011 02:26 PM

I would like to send my niece something tasty, but I suspect that she is going to be horrified by cookies or the like. Does anyone have any ideas for a mail order place that does a particularly good job with healthy snacks? It's the thought that counts, of course, but I would also rather spend a bit (a BIT) more to send something she'll enjoy instead of something that gets thrown out. And yes, I could assemble something on my own, of course, but sitting in front of my computer and clicking a button is so much easier.

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  1. operagirl RE: newfound1 Sep 27, 2011 09:18 PM

    479 Popcorn is reasonably healthy and comes in lots of delicious, foodie-friendly flavors.

    You'll find those, along with some other possibilities (roasted nuts, granola, etc.) here:

    1. inaplasticcup RE: newfound1 Sep 28, 2011 12:14 AM

      Depending on how much a bit more is, since it's Fall, Harry and David are shipping their apples and pears, which are always sweet and flavorful.


      And then this place was discussed quite extensively on another thread. Lots of people thought them tacky, but a lot of people also chimed in to say how much the people they knew who received one liked them.


      Good luck. :)

      1. Brianne920 RE: newfound1 Sep 28, 2011 10:02 AM

        If you know some of her flavor likes and dislikes, you could custom-mix her a granola---I usually put it over yogurt or mix it into plain bran flakes, so it lasts a while!


        Also, if she likes tea, this website is amazing-might be nice with fall/winter coming-basically, every kind of tea imaginable.


        1. shanagain RE: newfound1 Sep 28, 2011 03:40 PM

          We LOVE nutsonline.com for our kids (one sophomore, one freshman). And ok, I might be a bit addicted to their fried peas. (I toss them with a bit of sriracha or Tabasco and dry them out on a baking pan in a low oven - amazing.)

          ETA: Everything from nuts to dried fruits to seeds, six million trail mix combos (literally - you can also make your own)... it's fantastic stuff and something different always catches my eye.

          Like this:
          Thai Pineapple Sprouted Trail Mix
          This Thai Pineapple Sprouted Trail Mix is nothing short of amazing. Sweet, crunchy, salty, with the perfect little kick of heat. Made with all natural and organic dried fruits and nuts such as pineapple, jungle peanuts, raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, apples, lemon,lime, and even chilies. This mix will make your taste buds dance!
          How good does that sound?

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            newfound1 RE: shanagain Sep 28, 2011 07:55 PM

            Awesome! Thank you so much, everyone! I'm off to nutsonline first, but all of the others will stay on my list.

          2. Rodzilla RE: newfound1 Sep 29, 2011 10:12 PM

            nuts online has some great options - little energy bites, etc.

            you could also try pennys low fat desserts, her healthy cookies are actually pretty tasty.

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