I love snacks. I especially love when they are healthy and tasty. But have you ever, like me, gone into the kitchen for a snack, opened the cupboards and fridge, and turned away dejectedly, only to return and do the same thing in five minutes? Or, worse yet, grabbed whatever was closest to munch on no matter how unhealthy it was? Enter NatureBox here to help.
NatureBox is a service that sends a package of nutritious snacks to your door every month. No more trouble finding a snack when afternoon hunger strikes, you need to grab something on your way out the door, or dinner isn’t ready yet and you need a nibble to tide you over.
But as its name implies, NatureBox doesn’t send candies or brownies or anything of the sort, they pick five different, minimally processed foods each month to keep their subscribers guessing. Standard fare looks something like bags of dried fruit, interesting combinations of granola, and flavored nuts and seeds. Some of the snacks are unusual, but all look worth a try, like Garden Tomato Crunchies, Big Island Dried Pineapple, Roasted Umami Nuts, and Country Ranch Peas. Each box contains fifteen to twenty servings.
We were sent the December box, which consisted of Masa Chips, Blueberry Flax Granola, Pistachio Power Clusters, Dried Pears, and Lemon Pucker Pistachios.
My favorites were the dried pears and masa chips. The chips are gluten-free and contain just four ingredients – corn masa, flax seeds, soybean oil, and salt. They were a perfect combination of salty and crunchy. The dried pears are exactly that with no preservatives of any kind and a whopping 8 grams of fiber per serving. They were very chewy, but that was a good thing as it slowed me down and made me appreciate their taste. The granola would be great in yogurt, and everyone in the office was a fan of the pistachio power clusters, which contained heart healthy, oven-baked cashews, pistachios, and almonds. A majority of the foods are vegan, low in calories and sugar, and one serving is a good-sized portion.
The only snack I didn’t care for were the lemon pucker pistachios; they really did make my mouth pucker when I tried them and I thought the flavor was just too strong. Luckily, on their website, NatureBox says that personalizing will be available very soon, so if you don’t like a certain product you’ll never have to receive it again. On the flip side, if you can’t get enough of those roasted pumpkin seeds or carrot chips, just let the company know and they’ll send it to you again next month.
On their site, Naturebox says that in their commitment to quality they will never send anything with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners, partially hydrogenated oils, or trans fats. Better yet, NatureBox donates a meal to Feeding America for each box they sell. Help yourself to healthy snacks and help others keep from going hungry sounds like a win-win to me.
It’s a concept we love – healthy food delivered right to you – and one we’ve seen before in the short-lived Lollihop. We hope the model is sustainable this time around and that better snacks are on their way to you soon!
January 17th, 2013