Being the mom of five daughters is not easy, but when you add ‘work from home entrepreneur’ on to that list it makes everything more complicated. My schedule is kind of insane. Particularly when my girls have separate activities on the same night in opposite directions–usually a 45-minute drive away.
This is complicated by the fact that I’m the sole chauffeur of the family.
My husband is working temporarily out of state, and my two oldest do not have their driver’s licenses yet, even though they are both old enough and able to do so (but don’t have a car to drive).
It’s tough enough to get everyone where they are going on time, let alone worry about feeding them in-between activities. Some nights we don’t eat dinner until after 9:30 or 10 pm.
It’s a long time to go without food when school lunch is served around 11 am and you don’t get dinner until almost 10 pm. So, we rely on snacks, a lot. I keep our pantry stocked up with all varieties of things my girls like, granola and cereal bars, trail mix, crackers, dried fruit and nuts, just to name a few. I also keep a stash in my car and in my purse, just in case.
The beginning of the year was even more problematic because my 17 yo, a junior in high school at the time, was also taking night classes at a community college about 50-minutes from our home.
Two nights a week I had to drive her to school (during rush hour no less), wait around for 2 ½ to 3 hours and then drive home. Thankfully, the security guard saw me sitting in my car with my laptop and told me I could work in the student lounge while my daughter was in class.
This is where I discovered one of my most favorite snacks.
One evening while waiting for her to get out of class I was suddenly starving and decided to check out the vending machines to see what I could snack on.
At that time of night everything “good” was already gone. Unless you like chocolate covered coconut candy bars (not a fan) or chips that give you dragon breath (love the flavor, hate the aftertaste).
But there, nestled in-between a pack of chocolate-covered raisins and a bag of boiled peanuts, was something I’d never seen before. Nature Valley Granola Cups.
I was a little wary of the almond butter. I’d never tried it before and wasn’t sure I would like it. I didn’t have a lot of other choices so I decided what the heck! At the very least it would keep my stomach from growling and disturbing the students studying in the lounge.
Oh my goodness! It was so delicious I couldn’t wait to have another one.
A couple of weeks later I found the Nature Valley Granola Cups in my local Walmart. I bought a box and put them in the pantry so I could have something yummy to snack on between lunch and dinner, a time when I get particularly hangry.
The next day I went to grab one for my afternoon snack and they were GONE. My bratty girls had eaten the whole box the night before!
I was not a happy camper.
My girls had enough snacks, they didn’t need to eat the one thing I was completely obsessed with. Why do I have to share all the yummy things?!?
I also started locking them in my desk drawer. (I may even occasionally hide in my walk-in closet with my laptop, a cup of tea, and a package of Almond Butter Double Chocolate cups so I can watch a movie and enjoy my treat without sharing.)
Skip forward to last week….
I was shopping at Walmart and went to grab a few (dozen) boxes of my granola cups from the cereal aisle when I discovered something different on the shelf!
I just knew that if I liked the granola cups I was going to love these, as well.
I grabbed some boxes off the shelf and took off for the checkout.
I was so excited–not to mention hungry, I nearly opened the box right there at the store, but I managed to control myself until I got home. I didn’t even get the rest of my groceries out of the car before ripping open the box and trying one of the biscuits.
They did not disappoint!
The scrumptious, crispy cinnamon granola biscuits filled with creamy almond butter tide my hunger over until my next meal, give me the energy I need to get over my afternoon slump, and make me feel like I’m eating an indulgent, tasty treat, just too good to share!
They’re perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or snack when I don’t have time to make something. The biscuits come in several different lip-smacking flavors, Almond Butter, Cocoa Almond Butter, Coconut Butter, and Peanut Butter, but the almond butter varieties are my favorite.
With the low prices at Walmart, I started stocking up on all my beloved biscuits and cups AND I decided I would share some with my girls.
Just like their mom, they can’t get enough of the Nature Valley Biscuits and Cups. Even Sparky is trying to snag a taste!
Nature Valley Biscuits and Cups are regular items on my shopping list. I don’t even bother buying other types of breakfast/snack bars. My girls don’t want them anymore, just the biscuits and cups.
I still lock some in my desk drawer so I’m sure to have a few around for those times when I’m hangry and nothing else will satisfy my cravings.
When the supply of the biscuits and cups is nearly gone, the girls make sure to let me know we need to pick up more. They learned the hard way there is only one condition where I will share my stash….
Once, after finding the box in the pantry empty, my 10 yo tried to pick the lock on my desk with a paperclip so she could grab a snack for herself. I just happened to walk in while she was under my desk, “lock pick” in hand.
I gave her a package of biscuits… after making her load the dishwasher. 🙂
Have you tried the Nature Valley Biscuits and Cups yet? What is your favorite flavor?