Saturday, February 2, 2013

NatureBox Review (and Deal!)

Y'all know I don't do reviews very much. When I do, it's because the product peaked my interest and is something I would want to be able to tell my readers about.

NatureBox hit the nail on the head.

When I was first emailed by a rep for NatureBox about reviewing their item, I immediately did my research. It's a monthly subscription snack food service. You pay a flat fee each month, they automatically mail you a box of goodies. These aren't processed, full of chemicals and crap, high sugar, low nutrient snacks, either. They are healthy- no high fructose corn syrup, no trans fat, no artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors. I'll bite, sure. The website said the snack foods "taste great", but you know me- I'm a skeptic. Most snack food that is healthy tastes like cardboard and isn't sweet at all. I'll have them send me a box so I can tell let people know what's really going on.

The coolest thing I found out on Naturebox's website: They donate one meal to Feeding America for every Naturebox sold. I'm getting healthy snacks for myself and my kids, AND helping to feed a hungry child in America. Amazing!

When the box arrived, I opened it to find 5 snack foods, individually bagged in a paper-like material. No full plastic bag, which sucks for the environment. Even the packages are environmentally-friendly. They are all resealable, meaning I could throw them into my purse for when I was on-the-go. Plus, they felt cool. Seriously. The package was soft to touch... not that I pet the packages... nope, not me...

The Girl and I dove in. Each month of NatureBox is different. Their 5 snacks each month are seasonal. For January, we were sent Wild Berry Bunch, Lone Star Snack Mix, Chocolate Ginger Bliss, Cranberry Almond Bites and Orange Crush Granola. I immediately flipped the packages around to the ingredients- no partially hydrogenated oils, no fake sugar, no fake anything. Even the chocolate chips in the Chocolate Ginger Bliss
were made with cocoa, sugar cane and other natural ingredients.

My favorite out of everything was probably the Lone Star Snack Mix. It contained mesquite almonds, cashews, peanuts and all-natural crackers. It had an amazing flavor, and The Girl kept picking out the crackers and eating them. After she had shoved about 5 into her mouth, she said, "Mom, what are these?" I told her they were multi-grain crackers that were healthy for her. "WHAT? These are healthy for me?" She had no idea, and couldn't even tell these snacks were actually good for her. She tried to run off with the rest of the bag. No ma'am, those are mine...

The Girl's favorite was the Wild Berry Bunch. Dried cherries, raisins, golden raisins and blueberries, sweetened with juice. So much better than the ones found in the grocery store, and if you eat those, flip the package over- they have over 20 grams of sugar in them because they are sweetened with sugar. NatureBox's aren't sweetened with sugar, meaning your kids won't bounce off the walls after eating them.

The Cranberry Almond Bites combined the cranberries and almonds with crispy rice cereal. They were light and fluffy, yet satisfying. I found myself continuously popping them into my mouth.

The first thing I noticed about the Orange Crush Granola was the fact that it wasn't heavy. I love granola- I'll eat it as cereal, put it in my yogurt or even over ice cream, but every granola I've ever had has been heavy feeling. Not the NatureBox granola. It's light, crunchy and tasted awesome. It was flavored with pure orange oil- not artificial orange flavoring, and organic agave nectar- not sugar.

The last bag we opened was the Chocolate Ginger Bliss. I immediately grabbed for what I thought was a huge chunk of dried pineapple. Come to find out, it was a huge chunk of dried ginger. I wasn't a fan. The chocolate chips were good, and the rest of the mix was good, but the huge ginger chunks threw me off. Taste is completely subjective, though, which was proven when a friend of mine came over for a day of crafting. I opened the NatureBox for her to try and she grabbed for the Chocolate Ginger Bliss. She loved it. She liked the spice that the ginger gave and the sweetness of the all-natural chocolate chips. So, while my family didn't love the Chocolate Ginger Bliss, she took it home and her family loved it.

Overall, I highly recommend NatureBox to all of my readers. The snacks are nutritious, taste better than any healthy snack I've had before, and subscribing to NatureBox helps feed hungry children. You really can't lose.

Their service is $19.95 a month (free shipping), which gets you a box of 5 different healthy, seasonal snacks mailed directly to your door. For Inklings' readers, though, they've extended a deal of 25% off your first month with the promo code PISTACHIO. That means you can try NatureBox for just $15 for the first month. Satisfaction is guaranteed, so you can pause or cancel your subscription at any time, and if you aren't 100% satisfied, they'll refund your money.

At least go check them out over at NatureBox. Get one month, see how you like it. That one month feeds one hungry child, as well as giving your family healthy snacks to enjoy! It's totally worth it, and the snacks are amazing!! Hell, this company has been featured on Rachael Ray, Shape and Disney Family Fun- they can't be wrong, either!!

This review is my opinion and my opinion alone. While I received NatureBox free from the company to review, they did not pay me for a favorable opinion. No one can tell me what to say, y'all should know that by now.

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1 comment:

  1. I'd totally hit that. The cranberry almond thingers look BOMB