So I decided to create a new category to my blog posts reviewing some boxes my friends and I have ordered over the last year. These specialized boxes usually contain a few select items of a particular theme - anything from like food (FarmBox), makeup, clothes (Stichfix), hair products (Curlbox) etc. Recently boxes have become even more niche-y - I have seen some that are just natural hair products boxes (Naturalhairbox) or pricey trendy clothing boxes (Cakestyle). Usually the going prices for these boxes range from anywhere between $4.99-$39.99, with shipping included.
Every NatureBox item is carefully sourced and nutritionist approved. Everything inside your NatureBox will be guilt free so that you can feel great about what you’re eating. You can trust that our products will be made from the most wholesome ingredients and will be minimally processed, if at all (source)
I wanted to review one of my favorite boxes, the Nature Box, because I have been so satisfied with the quality and selection of their healthy snacks. If you are one of those people who work a desk job, like myself, I am sure you snack at some point in the day unless you are admirably disciplined! Granted snacking can be good for you, arguably increase your metabolism and also a great source of energy food before a workout - those were actually some of the reasons I was interested in the Nature Box.
My office is pretty small unfortunately and so we don't have a large budget for company bought snacks; the snacks we do end up getting tend to be peanut butter filled pretzels, red vines and lightly buttered popcorn - that's it. All artificial, high in sodium and doesn't really stave the hunger. I usually bring an apple and some protein bars but the bars tend to pack a lot of calories for just satisfying a hunger craving. So I thought investing ($19.95 a month including shipping) in a Nature Box would be the way to go.
In this box I got the Banana Bread Granola, Taj Mahal Snack Mix, Lemon Meringue Waffles, Whole Wheat Raspberry Figgy Bars and Italian Bistro Pretzels. The Banana Bread Granola is by far my favorite snack of the box but it comes in the smallest portion out of all the snacks - about 5-6 snack servings. At first I was confused on how to eat the Taj Mahal Snack Mix because it could be kind of messy to eat with all the spices coating the sesame seeds and almonds but I was so happy it came with a recipe suggestion on the card on how to make a curried chicken salad that I am loving to eat for lunch everyday this week (I just substituted Miracle Whip for Greek yogurt).
The Lemon Meringue Waffles are strangely addictive but so light and definitely taste good with some afternoon coffee or tea; they also definitely taste like Lemon Meringue! The Figgy Bars, taste like your typical Fig Newton Bar (which I love!) except they are a little bit larger. It's a great snack I usually eat right before going to the gym after work (they only provide five though). The Italian Bistro Pretzels are a great salty addition to the other sweet snacks - I usually grab a few of those and some of the Banana Bread Granola for my midday snack - I really like balancing the sweet with the salty.
All in all I think the portions and variety are great and so far my Nature Box stash has been holding up well the last few weeks. Depending on how much you snack, the $19.95 portion box is definitely enough for one person if you moderately snack everyday, Mon-Fri, like myself. I also found I save more money from eating the snacks from this box than buying a box of Balance Bars at Target every week, plus Nature Box is just healthier and has more to snack on. I am looking forward to next month's box, especially if it includes any dried fruits!