While we were in Florida this past week, my mom introduced Hubs to these Sargento Balanced Breaks Snack Packs. He loved them! And I loved that he was getting a serving of fruit, protein, and dairy all in one simple energy packed snack!
What I didn’t love so much about these snack packs was the price! The suggested retail price is $3.69 for a 3-pack. But never fear, mom to the rescue! She mentioned that sometimes she just buys the pieces and makes up her own little snack packs. Sometimes when I try this technique it ends up costing me the same amount of money, but more effort…ugh. But I thought I would give it a try anyways…plus I could cater the snack packs to meet the finicky taste buds of my hubs.
So today we picked up a block of colby-jack cheese, a container of unsalted mixed nuts, and a package of dried berries. The total cost for all the ingredients $9.17….yikes! So after I put together our own Balanced Snack Packs, I sat down to crunch the numbers…was it worth it?
Wait a minute!! Something can’t be right! How in the world are my nutritional facts almost DOUBLE what we would be getting from the Sargento Packs?! So I went back and checked the serving sizes. Found it! The Sargento serving size is 43 grams and I had created 80 gram packs! So my servings were actually 2 per pack! When I look at the nutritional facts that way (per serving), it looks more like this:
Well that’s more like it! I see that as almost identical! So now that I am satisfied with the nutritional content, lets go back to the price….
Sargento works out to $1.23 per serving…or if you get a $0.75 coupon, you are looking at $0.98 per serving. Not bad…but let’s see how it looks on our end. Was it worth the 15 minutes it took me to put the packs together?
I would say so!! My personal balanced snack packs work out to $0.92 per serving (if you look at the double serving). BUT, if you take serving size into account, it is only $0.46 per serving!! WOWZA! That was totally worth it to put together a healthy, balanced snack that the Hubs will actually eat!! Try it out my friends!!