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Let Them Eat Snacks

Eva Amurri Martino wears a tan sleeveless turtleneck and eats Pure Growth Organic snacks at her kitchen table

I’m going to be really honest right now– and sorry if this seems a little dramatic– but the worst part of my day, every day, is figuring out what the heck I’m going to pack for Marlowe’s school lunch.  How come nobody warned me that this is a TOTAL nightmare! Add on top of that the trickiness that Marlowe will just pick and choose days at random where she will or won’t like something.  One day she loves quesadillas and gobbles it down when I put one in her lunch box.  The next week her teachers will tell me that she refused to eat even one bite of her quesadilla at lunch time and is now starving– resulting in a complete meltdown the entire car ride home.  It’s like riding on the edge of your seat, people! All of this, of course, is made even more complicated by the fact that I’m a busy working Mama of two– with a time crunch.  I need quick, easy options– that are healthy and fit in to our lifestyle.

an arrangement of fun and tasty Pure Growth Organic snacks

Eva Amurri Martino sits at her kitchen table eating organic snacks

Luckily, I’ve discovered Pure Growth Organic snacks– which have totally helped with the lunchbox drama!

Pure Growth Organic is an affordable and fun line of organic snacks that are sold at Walmart.  They are focused on providing tasty and nutritious snacks that are easy on your wallet AND good for you on the inside.  I just love this line because they also incorporate some of our kids’ favorite characters to help the more “reluctant” eaters.  The snacks really inspire me to create fun lunches for Marlowe that she will actually eat– every time, not just sometimes.  One of her faves right now is the Minion themed lunch that I pack her.  Everyone knows that a Minion’s favorite expression is “Banana!” This lunch is made up of banana chips with Sunbutter (nut free!) to dip, strawberry hearts, String cheese and raisin “Minion Eyeballs”, and of course the deeeeelish Pure Growth Organic Minion Animal Crackers.  The first time she saw these she squealed.  Her favorite little guys as crackers! Marlowe also loves the Pure Growth Organic cereal bars as a snack or as a little side-piece to her yogurt in the morning.

Marlowe Martino sits with a pile of snacks

Marlowe Martino inspects a chocolate snack bar

Marlowe Martino bites in to an organic snack bar

Eva Amurri Martino packs a Minion themed lunch her her daughter Marlowe

Eva Amurri Martino packs a Minion themed lunch her her daughter Marlowe

Eva Amurri Martino packs a Minion themed lunch her her daughter Marlowe

Eva Amurri Martino packs a Minion themed lunch her her daughter Marlowe

Eva Amurri Martino packs a Minion themed lunch her her daughter Marlowe

I will admit that I have even gotten on the train when it comes to these snacks. I really love the veggie chips (in my favorite flavor, BBQ!) and the snack mix and popcorn– which are the perfect accompaniment to an evening cocktail!  Sorry, Lowie, but Mama is stealing your snacks while you’re sleeping.  LOL. Knowing they’re all organic makes me feel great about what I’m putting in my body as well as hers.  Plus, if it’s organic it’s basically salad, right? Right? Ok maybe not, but just let me dream, ok? About salads that taste like cheddar popcorn…

Eva Amurri Martino uses Pure Growth organic snacks as bar treats for Mama Happy Hour

Eva Amurri Martino drinks Rosé and eats organic snacks at her kitchen table in Connecticut

And today I’m hooking it up for you Mamas with a Giveaway–  Enter to win Pure Growth Organic snacks for your family for A MONTH! To enter, just Comment below with which Pure Growth Organic snack seems the yummiest to you.  I will choose a winner in 24 hours and we will email you more info to claim your prize!  ****** GIVEAWAY CLOSED.  Congrats, Kerrine!! ******

Get yo snack on, get get yo snack on…

EVa Amurri Martino eats organic chips at her kitchen table in Connecticut

 

*Photographs by Courtney Ann Photography

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pure Growth Organics. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. kirsten says:

    Definitely the BBQ veggie chips! 🙂

    03.01.17Reply
  2. Sophie says:

    I agree, packing lunches is the worst with toddlers. The popcorn looks amazing!

    03.01.17Reply
  3. Lauren R says:

    Definitely the white cheddar popcorn!!

    03.01.17Reply
  4. Laura LaGroue says:

    Those BBQ chips look delish!!

    03.01.17Reply
  5. aeg says:

    Thanks for the post! Feeding a toddler is SO challenging. I would definitely enjoy another post on toddler meals and any tips/tricks on getting their veggies (a major struggle in our house these days. Last night, after a green-bean induced meltdown, I through together “pea-zza” aka crackers with melted cheese and mashed peas on top). Ideas, strategies, and even sommelier recommendations welcome!

    Have a great day!
    A

    03.01.17Reply
  6. Mikie says:

    White cheddar popcorn!

    03.01.17Reply
  7. Cortney says:

    Would love to try these snacks for my family – especially the snack mix.

    03.01.17Reply
  8. Kelly says:

    Would love to try the BBQ veggie chips.

    03.01.17Reply
  9. Khristene says:

    All about that white cheddar popcorn!

    03.01.17Reply
  10. Leslie says:

    Love the lunchbox – where is it from?
    The popcorn sounds super nummy.

    03.01.17Reply
  11. Jennifer says:

    Toddlers *eye roll* I would love to try the chips, I think the toddler would want the breakfast bar!

    03.01.17Reply
  12. Sam says:

    I love all of these lunch ideas. My kids would LOVE the veggie chips! Thanks for the ideas!

    03.01.17Reply
  13. Marcy says:

    The jalapeno chips and the biscuit bites!!! Thanks for hooking a mom up with a tip for a new line of snacks. Lunch packing can be the worst!

    03.01.17Reply
  14. Rhiannon says:

    Those veggie chips!

    03.01.17Reply
  15. Anne says:

    We’ve had the snack mix at our house – it’s delish!

    03.01.17Reply
  16. Brittany says:

    The BBQ veggie chips, all of it looks really yummy though!

    03.01.17Reply
  17. Karen D says:

    The Barbecue veggie chips sounds delicious! But I’m sure any of these my 2 year old would looove!

    03.01.17Reply
  18. Shauna says:

    OMG! I was hoping you would do a Q&A so I could ask for help with preschool lunch packing!?! It’s like you read my mind! I (I mean my lil Betty) would totally mow down on the popcorn or anything Paw Patrol themed.

    03.01.17Reply
  19. mar says:

    where is the bento box from? I love it!

    03.01.17Reply
  20. Arielle says:

    It’s gotta be the Breakfast Bars! I never have time to make breakfast, so it’s perfect — quick & easy!

    03.01.17Reply
  21. Abby says:

    We LOVE Pure Growth Organic snacks in this house!! My two year old is obsessed with the BB-8 breakfast bars. They are great from mornings when we are already pressed for time.

    03.01.17Reply
  22. Um, white cheddar popcorn for sure!! Yum! Totally agree on the lunch dilemma, my kindergartner and 1st grader are so random! We do a lot of rice cakes with peanut butter and apple for the “main meal” and these Pure Growth organic snacks sound like the perfect compliment!!

    03.01.17Reply
  23. Megan says:

    My favorite would be the breakfast bar I am guessing as a quick breakfast if my littles won’t eat anything else before school/preschool……and of course the popcorn and veggies chips look fantastic for me. LOVE YOUR BLOG! (and instagram) 🙂

    03.01.17Reply
  24. Amy says:

    I’m a sucker for BBQ! Those veggie chips look amazing!

    I have to admit too I kind of love that they have characters my kids love on them. Usually those products aren’t the best and I’m left saying no at he store. Finally they can get the characters they want and I can feel good about what I’m giving them.

    03.01.17Reply
  25. Anna says:

    Great post, I can so relate (I have a 3.5 yo) I would try the BBQ veggie chips for sure! BTW where is the lunch box from? Adorable!

    03.01.17Reply
  26. Stephanie says:

    Mmmmmm! White cheddar popcorn! I hear ya on the school lunch thing. It’s still a struggle even at 10 & 11 years old!

    03.01.17Reply
  27. Rocio says:

    Yummy… The white cheddar popcorn looks delish!
    popcorn is my 3yr old’s favorite snack at the moment, he wants it as a snack and even ask for it for breakfast. But who knows he might decide he absolutely hates it in next day. The struggle is real. lol

    03.01.17Reply
  28. Annie says:

    White cheddar popcorn!
    I love the idea of these palatable but healthy snacks. Can’t wait to put my toddler’s taste buds to the test 🙂

    03.01.17Reply
  29. Melanie Westmoreland says:

    My twinions would love the minion crackers!

    03.01.17Reply
  30. Savanna says:

    I think we would love the Pure Growth Organic cereal bars. Perfect to have on hand as a snack!

    03.01.17Reply
  31. Britta says:

    Chocolate breakfast biscuits for sure! I feel like they would do the least amount of damage in the car. I am constantly finding my daughter’s leftover “snacks” in the various crevices in the car seat. The biggest offender is usually those pesky goldfish, but teddy grahams are a close runner up. Anything big that doesn’t crumble is a winner in my book.

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  32. Stephanie Waldeck says:

    I am always trying to find new and healthy things to add to my toddlers lunch boxes! I think they would love the cereal bars and animal crackers. And I would love to try the BBQ veggie chips!

    03.01.17Reply
  33. Amber says:

    POPCORN! My almost 3 yr old son eats an enormous amount of food- your lunch box= his snack… We pack an adult size lunch box for him every day with full breakfast and lunch and 2 snacks. ( yogurt, Cheerios or Breakfast Bar, fruit= breakfast; cheese stick/ cucumber+ ranch = snack 1; fruit + nuts= snack 2; tomato soup, sandwich or leftovers like pasta, fruit= lunch) My favorite activity this winter is popcorn and a movie after work 🙂

    03.01.17Reply
  34. Kirsten says:

    Popcorn! I always keep little snacks like these in my classroom for hangry 4th graders and hangry teachers.

    03.01.17Reply
  35. jo says:

    ANIMAL CRACKERS!

    03.01.17Reply
  36. Ashley Sager says:

    I eye the snack mix (for myself 😬) every time I walk down that aisle at our Walmart grocery store! Looks so good!

    03.01.17Reply
  37. Lauren M says:

    Oh man, I’m going to have to try that white cheddar popcorn…

    03.01.17Reply
  38. Meaghan O'Shea says:

    Always looking for healthy snacks! The popcorn would definitely be a hit in my house, but I see Paw Patrol on that snack mix and they are my daughter’s favorite.

    03.01.17Reply
  39. Leslie says:

    Snack mix is calling my name. I don’t shop at Walmart for groceries usually so nice to hear about new brands out there.

    03.01.17Reply
  40. Erica says:

    Hi, love your site and seeing your snaps/instastories!!! The Mickey Mouse chocolate animal crackers look the yummiest.. for my 3 year old and myself!!

    03.01.17Reply
  41. Popi Shinas says:

    Veggie chips look yummy for me and the hubby…and my teenagers!

    03.01.17Reply
  42. Rachel Plotkin says:

    The veggie chips look amazing!!!

    03.01.17Reply
  43. Shari D says:

    Cheddar popcorn looks amazing. My 2.5 year old changes her mind about what food she likes every day but does love little snack items no matter what. Takes after her mama!

    03.01.17Reply
  44. Claire says:

    The pretzel mix!

    03.01.17Reply
  45. Mayra salinas says:

    Those barbecue veggie chips are calling my name 🙂

    03.01.17Reply
  46. Sally Blanchard says:

    Banana chips sound delicious!

    03.01.17Reply
  47. Jaimee says:

    Definitely the white cheddar popcorn!

    03.01.17Reply
  48. aliza says:

    Blueberry Breakfast Bars look awesome :0)

    03.01.17Reply
  49. Kris says:

    Anything with BBQ is awesome…so it has got to be the BBQ veggie chips!

    03.01.17Reply
  50. Christina H says:

    As a Disney fan I’d have to say the animal crackers!

    03.01.17Reply
  51. Aubrey Clary says:

    My five year old son really loves the pretzels and the chocolate Mickey Mouse cookies. he is severely allergic to corn and pretty much everything has corn in it in some way and when we came across these, we were over joyed because he could have snacks just like his big brothers and he didn’t feel like he was missing out!

    03.01.17Reply
  52. Kerrine says:

    I am dying over this post because just yesterday my 2.5 yr old daughter had thee biggest meltdown, hysterical crying – tears and all bc bad Mommy forgot a snack for the car ride home, a distance of less than a mile! Packing lunch is the bane of my existance and reading the daily report that she “just picked” at her lunch makes me want to cry! HELP! Could totally kill some of those BBQ veggie chips yummm!

    03.01.17Reply
    • CONGRATS, KERRINE!! You win the Pure Growth Organic Giveaway of free snacks for a MONTH!!!

      Happy Snacking 😉

      xoxo
      EAM

      03.02.17Reply
      • Kerrine says:

        Yay!! Month made!! Thank you so much!

        03.02.17Reply
  53. Amber says:

    BBQ veggie chips

    03.01.17Reply
  54. Debra says:

    I applaud your diversity in healthy snacks! Even as an adult, I find I need to snack more at work or play! Also, I need more water!

    Thank goodness your little girl has a mind of her own. She’s a leader-in-training!

    03.01.17Reply
  55. Nichole Y. says:

    My 3 year old daughter just started preschool, full-time. I know how you feel when it comes to packing lunch & by having a fickle eater. How can someone LOVE something one day & then the following day NOT?? My daughter’s favorite Pure Growth Organic snacks are the cereal bars. Rarely do those come back home uneaten 🙂

    03.01.17Reply
  56. Laura says:

    I’m a huge animal cracker fan and so is my daughter so I definitely want to try those!

    03.01.17Reply
  57. Abby says:

    As a newly preggo mom-to-be, I am finding that the only food that looks at all appetizing is toddler food. My doctor refers to this as the BRAT diet. With that in mind, I will say that these toddler approved snacks look amazing! I love that they are organic and come in combinations of salty AND sweet. The BBQ chips are now in my cravings memory bank. I am always trying to find foods that will satisfy cravings, not offend my sensitive gag reflex AND are not terrible for you. Thank you for sharing these snacks that hit all three of those markers!

    03.01.17Reply
  58. Cari W says:

    I think the BBQ Chips! My kids love BBQ chips, so the Pure Growth ones would be great for them.

    03.01.17Reply
  59. Alex says:

    The white cheddar popcorn and veggie chips sound so good!

    03.01.17Reply
  60. Stacey says:

    The White Cheddar Popcorn and Super Chips look delicious! My little nugget would absolutely love the animal crackers. Minions and Mickey Mouse? How could you go wrong?

    03.01.17Reply
  61. Kaleena Harrington says:

    The BBQ veggie chips look amazing but wth red wine haha

    My son will love these 🤓

    03.01.17Reply
  62. My little one would love the granola bars!

    03.01.17Reply
  63. Kristie says:

    Veggie chips for me and animal crackers for my baby boy, or as he calls them, coocoo’s. 🙂

    03.01.17Reply
  64. Lauren says:

    Fun! I don’t have a Walmart close by so I haven’t heard of this brand before! Hands down the popcorn. With the rose. Our happy hour is after our daughter goes down for the night!

    03.01.17Reply
  65. Mariel says:

    Their mini chocolate Mickey Mouse cookies are a new fav in our house!

    03.01.17Reply
  66. Jessica C says:

    For sure the white cheddar popcorn! Thanks for doing this giveaway, Eva! Love the blog!

    03.01.17Reply
  67. Jordyn says:

    The cheddar popcorn looks great to me!

    03.01.17Reply
  68. Molly says:

    The white cheddar popcorn sounds delicious!

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  69. Alexis Denn says:

    My Step-Son, Jackson is a HUGE Apple Cinnamon fan, and still a very finnicky eater, at the age of 8! Sorry, Eva, it doesn’t get easier.

    Would love to incorporate more and try out the Apple Cinnamon bites even if it is to get Jax to eat a little more during breakfast!

    Thanks,

    Alexis

    03.01.17Reply
  70. SJ says:

    White cheddar popcorn, with an adult beverage sounds like the perfect evening snack!

    03.01.17Reply
  71. Jen Wagar says:

    White cheddar popcorn sounds delicious!

    03.01.17Reply
  72. Nicole Sweeney says:

    Are we allowed to just say all of them?! Or ok maybe the cereal bars and popcorn. I’m a new (breastfeeding) mama, and trying to stock healthy snacks is my current goal and these would be perfect!! Love your blog and thanks for the opportunity!!

    03.01.17Reply
  73. Aneta says:

    Great post. Can you do a blog with toddler meal ideas? I am always struggling with creative, tasty and healthy options for breakfast/lunch/dinner!!

    03.01.17Reply
  74. Kate Lee says:

    I would definitely like to try the popcorn, and since it has Mickey on the. Ah, I’m pretty sure my kids would eat it too. Feeding toddlers is the worst!!!!

    03.01.17Reply
  75. Jessica says:

    I have to say that as a new first time mom I would go with the cereal bars. Anything that’s quick, easy, and healthy is right up my alley these days!!

    03.01.17Reply
  76. Stephanie Almhem says:

    This week my 18month old son was pushing out his last two teeth, 102 fever, cough, snot and no appetite. He was even refusing bread and banana which are his absolute favorite. The only thing he would eat was his quinoa puffs and I felt like a terrible mom. Having an assortment of healthy snacks would have been helpful this week for sure that way I know he’s getting something in his little belly.

    Being a full time working mom myself I know the struggle of meal prep ideas for him. Like Marlowe he will love chicken and veggies one week and hate it the next. I then have to get creative with purees just so I can make sure he’s getting his veggies. The struggle is real!!!

    I mean all of these products look delicious but I think Axel would devour those snack bars for sure.

    PS. He finally ate an actual meal last night so appetite is coming back FINALLY!

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  77. Chelsea F. says:

    Animal crackers sound yummy, I used to love those when I was a kid.

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  78. Samantha says:

    The cereal bars seem like they would be amazing. I am always trying to find healthier options for my little guy. He is such a picky eater sometimes but loves any type of cereal/ granola bar.

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  79. Jennifer Loving says:

    Packing lunches are the worst. Definitely the bbq veggie chips for me!!!!!

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  80. Jessica says:

    White cheddar popcorn ALWAYS! YUMM

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  81. Jennifer Baker says:

    The white cheddar popcorn looks delicious!

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  82. Lyndsey says:

    White cheddar popcorn FTW!! 😋

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  83. Julie says:

    You had me at BBQ 😉 Although I spotted the Secret Life of Pets package and will head to WM tomorrow – items from that movie have been hard to find and my youngest will be thrilled. As always, thank you!

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  84. Erin R. says:

    White cheddar popcorn sounds yummy! Also – nice ode to Missy Elliot in that last line. 😉

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  85. Christy says:

    My daughter loves bananas so I’m sure the banana chips and dip would be a hit! Snack time is challenging for us, too – I want healthy and she wants fun!! This is both!

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  86. Lauren B says:

    The white cheddar popcorn!!

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  87. Amber says:

    BBQ veggie chips? I might have to give that a try. My son would love minion snacks! Would you give information on the lunch box pictured?

    03.01.17Reply
  88. Jenny says:

    Cereal bars! I’m up nursing twins, and it looks like a perfect snack right now! I’m sure my toddler would love the minion crackers though, too cute 🙂

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  89. Maura says:

    I go through the same exact lunch packing issues! I will definitely check this out 😀!!!

    03.02.17Reply
  90. Shirley says:

    BBQ Veggie Chips (with a fun drink of course)!
    =)

    03.02.17Reply
  91. Kristen Santoro says:

    The snack mix looks yummy and my preschooler is totally into Paw Patrol! Thank you thank you for introducing this line. This may help transform lunch as I pack the same thing Every. Single. Day!

    03.02.17Reply
  92. Nina Greenblatt says:

    Every morning is a shot in the dark over here regarding packing lunch for my 15 month old! She always leaves me guessing what she will turn her nose up at that day. Bananas and string cheese remain favorites, and your lunch idea with the animal crackers is a great idea. I think she would love those. And mom too!

    03.02.17Reply
  93. Jordan says:

    These look awesome! I’m a salty gal myself (in life and in snacks); the white cheddar chips look delish!

    03.02.17Reply
  94. Donna Lackey says:

    My Son LOVES the Minion crackers and I do to!!! Thanks for the chance to win these snacks 👍🏻

    03.02.17Reply
  95. Those look absolutely delicious!
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  96. Angela says:

    Get a Yumbox. I am obsessed. It has made lunch and snacks so much easier because the compartments are labeled (protein, vegatables, etc.), it doesn’t leak and keeps the food in the compartments so it isn’t all over the place when your child opens the box. And I’ve tried every bento box on the market (including a few from Bento & Co (which has the cutest bento accessories).

    I also started putting Herban Essentials towelettes in his lunch bag and now he is an obsessed 4 year old.

    https://www.yumboxlunch.com/

    https://en.bentoandco.com/

    03.08.17Reply
    • Thanks, Angela! I will definitely have to check that out!

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