Earlier this year, I started subscribing to a healthy, all-natural snack delivery service called NatureBox. According to NatureBox’s website:
NatureBox helps you eat healthier without needing to change your eating habits. We focus on snacks because that’s the easiest habit to change. Do you know that the average American eats almost 25% of their calories from snacking? In fact, snacking is the leading cause of childhood obesity. NatureBox helps you get more out of your day without wasting calories on the bad stuff.
Now, I’m not sure that that 25% applies to me – I really don’t have too many snacks, and I mainly focus on just trying to eat right at meals. But of course, there’s always days where I need a little something to get by until dinner, and I like taking snacks to the movies. I figured it would be interesting to give NatureBox a try and see if I could make those snacks a little healthier.
My first box came in January, and I really loved all of the snacks – they were delicious! My only complaint was that the 5 bags of snacks were sort of on the small side. The bags claimed that there were 3 – 4 servings in each bag, but those servings were tiny. I thought that for $20/month, the bags should either be a little bigger, or the box should come with 6 bags. Well, the next box came recently, and lo and behold – there were 6 bags (one marked “bonus snack”), and a few of the bags were bigger! NatureBox allows you to choose between getting a box of “mystery snacks,” or choosing some or all of your snacks. This month, I chose two, and the other four were surprises. Here’s the snacks I received:
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- Sunshine Chips – these are crunchy vegetable chips made from sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, etc. They’re good, once you get used to the fact that you’re eating vegetable chips not of the potato variety.
- All Natural Yogurt Pretzels – yogurt pretzels are one of my favorite snacks, so I chose these to be included in the box. These were really good. It sort of tasted like they were sweetened with cranberry juice or something instead of sugar, but it wasn’t unpleasant. Yum.
- Dried Pears – I did not like these, unfortunately. Maybe I’m just not a huge fan of dried fruit in general, but the texture of these just turned me off – way too chewy. It got my TMJ raging!
- Harvest Fruit Granola – NatureBox really excels at granola. They have several different types, and all that I’ve tried have been outstanding. This was no different. It was soft and sweet, and full of good stuff like pecans, pepitas, and dried apricots.
- Peppery Pistachios – this was the other snack that I chose. I loved these because the pistachios were super fresh and high-quality. And each nut had a little bit of black pepper on it. So good!
- Mexicana Mango – again, sadly, not my favorite (same reason as the pears). I’m hoping to re-purpose these and put them into some sort of tropical-flavored baked good like bread or muffins. Stay tuned for that adventure. (Update: I did it! I made a loaf of Tropical Mango Banana Bourbon Bread!)
My thoughts on the NatureBox service overall:
I really like it, and want to stick with it for at least a few more months. It may not be the most economical snacking system in the world, but natural food is pretty expensive at the grocery store, too – just a bag of good granola alone can run $5 or more.
Turns out, I’m really not a fan of most dried fruits, so I don’t want to receive any more of those. However, there’s so many things on their site to choose from that I could still get a different box every month, but make sure it’ll be things I think I’ll like.
I think this would be a great service for a family with young children. I think kids would like the snacks, and they’d be great to pack in lunches for them. They’d always be getting something new each month, which would keep eating healthy interesting for them. But hey, this also helps me pack lunches for just my husband and I, too.
Despite just a few drawbacks, I can recommend a NatureBox subscription for anybody who’s looking to have healthy food delivered right to their door!
Update: A few weeks after I published my Tropical Mango Banana Bourbon Bread recipe, NatureBox contacted me to ask if I would like to do freelance recipe development for them. I jumped at the chance, and have since developed tons of great recipes using their snacks, including Lightened-Up Buffalo Chicken Dip and Sriracha-Cashew Fried Rice. However, this review was written before that relationship started, and everything I’ve stated in the NatureBox review above is 100% honest.