We are a family of snackers over here. Since we are all home most of the time (Hubbers works from home and the kids are homeschooled) someone in our family is usually in the kitchen grabbing a snack or drink at any given moment. We try to keep the snack options healthy, but sometimes the variety seems to wane and we get in a snacking rut.
After debating it for several months, I finally decided to take the plunge and join Naturebox, a monthly, biweekly, or weekly (depending on what you choose at sign up) service that delivers healthier-than-the-average snacks to your door. Our family’s first box arrived just a few weeks ago and I decided I would review the snacks we chose and let the blogosphere know what we thought of our inaugural box. This is my unbiased opinion, and I was not asked or in any way compensated to post a review. So here goes!
First, the basics. When you sign up with Naturebox, you first select your desired frequency of delivery and the number of snacks in each box. This determines the price you pay. We selected the monthly delivery option, with 5 snacks per box. This option costs $19.95 a month ($3.99 per snack.) It’s not cheap, but when I considered the fact that many of the organic, “healthier” bagged snacks I purchase at the store cost at least $4.00 – $6.00 for a comparable sized amount, the price point made more sense (and shipping to the U.S. is free.) So, my advice here would be to consider how many specialty bagged snacks you buy at the grocery or health food store and decide if you would be spending this much anyway per month. If your family munchies consist mainly of less expensive produce items, for example, this service might not make sense to your pocketbook. These snacks will be our monthly “treats” and I plan to (hopefully?) purchase less of these kinds of snacks at the store to help compensate. Over the next few months I’ll determine if it’s worth it or not.
Next up, you pick your snacks. The site boasts over 100 snacks to choose from, and they run the gambit from sweet to savory, simple to more complex. Among the many options, they feature dried fruit, flavored popcorn, savory crackers, sweet cookies, nut and trail mixes, even oatmeal. Some snacks pack a spicy punch, while others are mild. Each snack is described thoroughly on their site, and you can easily view nutrition information and ingredients before you decide on a snack. The site states that all of their snacks have NO high fructose corn syrup, NO trans-fats or hydrogenated oils, and NO artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors. There are snacks for folks who would prefer Non GMO, vegan, gluten free, soy free, milk free or nut free options. While all of their snacks are “processed” to one degree or another, there are options for those who would prefer their snacks be closer to their original form (the Big Island Pineapple Slices and Salt and Pepper Pistachios come to mind.) But really, if you’re considering this service, you’re probably already in the “I don’t mind a processed cracker here and there as long as it’s healthier than Cheezits” camp. Like I said, they do an excellent job displaying all their ingredients and nutrition information so you can easily judge for yourself.
Here’s what I chose:
These are the Sourdough Cheddar Pretzels. They are described as pretzel bites with cheddar cheese and a hint of beer.
The kids loved these. I had to hold them back from blowing through them in one sitting. My daughter made me promise to request them again. I thought they were good. Not my absolute favorite of the box, but very enjoyable with a cool beverage. Hubbers tried them too, he liked them but said there was one flavor that was throwing it off for him. When I mentioned the “hint of beer” he said, “That’s it! That’s what’s throwing it off!” I thought they were tasty – hint of beer and all.
Next up, Salt and Pepper Pistachios. Pistachios are a favorite of Hubbers, and he enjoyed these. They have a nice peppery kick (but not too hot) and seemed very fresh (and easy to open! Oh, how I hate it when they are hard to open.) I went to snack on more today, but alas, the bag was empty. I’d say they were a hit.
These are the Asiago and Cheddar Cheese Crisps. These crunchy guys were quite good. They have a nice flavor, and I can definitely taste the asiago. You know what they reminded me of? You know when you’re baking nachos and some cheese gets on the tray and turns into a thin crunchy crisp? Not a gross crisp, but a yummy crisp that actually tastes good? That’s what the asiago/cheddar on these tasted like. It has a very baked, savory flavor. Not precisely what I was expecting, but still yummy. These also have a nice spicy note of cayenne.
These are the Blueberry, Apple and Sunflower Seed Oatmeal. Three of these single serving containers count as one snack in your box. I didn’t hold out much hope for these, because in my opinion, it just seems like it’s impossible for oatmeal packs to be both healthy and yummy. I was so pleasantly surprised by these! Not too sweet, but not bland, just the right flavor and a nice crunch from the sunflower seeds. I added a little extra fresh fruit and a small homemade yogurt and this made a completely satisfying breakfast that held me all the way until lunch without a pang of hunger. These were very easy to make too – just pour hot water over, recover with the lid, and let sit. Yum.
OK folks. I saved the very best for last. These are the Honey BBQ Crunch. They describe them as honey roasted and BBQ flavored nuts with pretzels. And you know what’s funny? I don’t even remember selecting these. I went back and checked, and I did indeed select them, but they must have been an afterthought as I put together my order. O my. These were so good. Sweet from the honey and cane sugar (yes, there is some sugar, let’s all take a deep breath and relax about the sugar for a moment) and savory from the BBQ flavor. These were seriously the yummiest nut mix I’ve tried. Total win, and they are already in my Naturebox pantry for delivery next month.
So that’s an overview of our first Naturebox. Overall, I’m pleased. Time will tell if these snacks continue to be “worth the thyme” (see what I did there?) But so far, so good. How about you? Do you subscribe to any food delivery boxes? If you get Naturebox, what snacks are your favorites? Let me know in the comments!