I stumbled across NatureBox on facebook and decided to reach out to them about reviewing the product. There’s something about the idea of having healthy snacks delivered right to my door that evokes happiness from my inner lazy side.
But aside from that, why would I reach out to them? Well, snacking accounts for about 25% of the average person’s daily calorie intake. Unfortunately, many of those snacks are often not-so-healthy choices and often consist of empty calories. In fact, research from the USDA
suggests that about 1/3 of empty calories (added solid fats and added sugars) that people eat each day come from snack foods.
On their website, NatureBox describes how they offer snacks that are less processed than many traditional items in the marketplace. Their snacks contain no high fructose corn syrup, no trans fat or partially hydrogenated oils, and no artificial sweeteners/colors/flavors.
NatureBox sent me a package with 5 different snack items – each reviewed below…
Lone Star Snack Mix
This was a blend of cashews, peanuts, almonds, and multiseed chips, all tossed in a mesquite seasoning. It was really delicious. Each bag had 4 servings at 160 calories each. Just like any other nut blend, you definitely want to measure out your portion rather than eating straight out of the bag – it’d be easy to overindulge. Overall, I really liked this one.
Orange Crush Granola
This granola was made with oats, barley, sesame seeds, agave nectar, non-GMO canola oil, and orange oil. I liked the taste of it, and it made a great topping on my yogurt mixed with fruit.
However, keep in mind that agave nectar – while often considered to be a more “natural” sweetener – actually has the largest fructose content of any of the sweeteners currently used in food production! In fact, the high fructose corn syrup most commonly used on the market contains about 55% fructose, while agave nectar contains around 90% fructose. Now of course, any sweetener is fine when used in moderation – but it does mean it’s important to keep portion control in mind for these products as well (even though they are produced with less processed ingredients).
Cranberry Almond Bites
These were my favorite in terms of taste. It was kind of like a more crispy, non-sugary rice krispie treat mixed with nuts and dried fruit (if that makes any sense, haha). We brought them along with us while snowshoeing up in Maine and enjoyed having them as a snack.
Wild Berry Bunch
This was a mixture of dried fruit – dried cranberries, golden raisins, dried cherries, and dried blueberries. Tasty and easy to carry in my purse as a to-go snack. With any dried fruit option, it’s a more concentrated source of energy since the water has been removed. But in a portion controlled amount, dried fruit is a great snack choice. Plus, all you endurance athletes out there might enjoy this as a source of carbohydrates to eat during your long runs or rides. Research has shown that using dried fruit as your carbohydrate source results in equal performance compared to sport blocks and gels!
These were basically like a more natural, less processed version of Fritos. They were made with corn, flax, soybean oil, and salt. They tasted good, and actually had 3 grams of fiber per serving, which is nice for a chip option.
Overall...I think NatureBox could be a nice supplement to your grocery/farmer’s market shopping trip. While it’d benefit a lot of people to focus their snacking on more fresh fruits and veggies, a lot of times we might enjoy something that’s a bit more portable or long lasting. For example, I like to keep snacks in my purse or car so that if I end up stuck in traffic or at a long meeting, I have something to hold me over until my next meal. This is one area where I really see the NatureBox snacks having a positive role in people’s diets.
Hope you enjoyed the review! If you’re interested in trying out NatureBox, I came across the code REFER25 for $5 off your first box.
Disclosure: NatureBox provided me with one free box containing 5 snacks to try. As always, all opinions are my own.