Sunday, August 19, 2012

NatureBox Review: August 2012

Last month, I wrote about NatureBox, a subscription service delivering healthy snacks. Because I signed up between snack cycles, I ended up with the June box last time (even though it was July). This time, I'm back on the normal track and received my August box on Saturday. If you recall, last month's review was mixed, but I wanted to give it another shot. Here's the result:

My Review - August 2012 NatureBox

Top (left to right): Dried Fancy Figs, Far East Rice Crackers, Bombay Curried Cashews, 
Bottom (left to right): Maui Onion Crunch, Mexicana Mango

The theme of the August box was "Snacks From Around the World."

Far East Rice Crackers
This was a mix of various Japanese crackers, sprinkled with dried peas. I have had lots of these snacks before, so they weren't anything new to me, but I imagine they would be novel to some. It was good! I have always liked these kinds of snacks, and this was a relatively mild mix, which I consider a good thing because I'm a spiciness wimp and other times you get really weird flavored crackers. Not the case here. Good, solid snack, and I love how (like all NatureBox snacks) it contains no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, and no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors.
No sugar, fat, or cholesterol. Serving size: 1/4 cup.
35 calories (0 from fat), 55mg sodium, 8g carbs, and 1g protein.

Maui Onion Crunch
The only way I can think of to describe this snack is: savory almonds covered in a light, powdery sweet Maui Onion dry marinade. Crunch and flavorful and so, so good. Definitely a hit in the salty snack department. Jacob loved this one too. I had to hide it because, well, it's mine!!
No cholesterol. Serving size: 1/4 cup.
160 calories (130 from fat), 14g fat (1.5g saturated), 460mg sodium, 8g carbs, 3g dietary fiber, 2g sugar, 5g protein.
2% vitamin A, 2% vitamin C, 8% calcium, 6% iron.

Dried Fancy Figs
Okay, I'll admit it. I really dislike figs, so this was not my snack. I left this unopened so I can give this one away.
No fat or cholesterol. Serving Size: 40g.
132 calories (2 from fat), 6mg sodium, 31g carbs, 6g dietary fiber, 23g sugar, 1g protein.
5% calcium, 1% iron.

Bombay Curried Cashews
This was definitely the "interesting" snack of the bunch, to me. Curry flavored snack? It does have a strong curry flavor, which was a little odd to me on fruits and nuts, but it wasn't bad. I would say this was a medium snack in my book - I wouldn't buy it specifically, but I will probably eat most of the items in the bag.
No cholesterol. Serving size: 1/4 cup.
140 calories (90 from fat), 10g fat (1.5 saturated), 35mg sodium, 12g carbs, 2g dietary fiber, 5g sugar, 4g protein.
2% calcium, 6% iron.

Mexicana Mango
Definitely my favorite snack! I am a completely mango lover. I've tried all sorts of dried mangoes. These were divine. I used to go for the Philippines brand dried mangoes, which are delicious but have tons and tons of added sugars. These were light, natural tasting, and delicious. The snack was gone within two days of opening the box!
No cholesterol or sodium. Serving size: 3.5 pieces.
130 calories (5 from fat), 0.5g fat, 34g carbs, 4g dietary fiber, 30g sugar, 1g protein.
30% vitamin A, 90% vitamin C, 2% calcium, 2% iron.

Each NatureBox comes with a little description card, including a recipe and snack details.

Once again, the snacks were a little hit or miss for me, but I preferred these overall to the snacks in the June box. Two soaring favorites, two good but not exceptional, and one miss for me. Not too bad for a blind subscription box.

Bottom Line
I will give this box at least one more month and decide then.

Signing Up
I wrote about how to sign up along with additional information and a coupon code in my June box review.

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1 comment:

  1. Gosh now I feel hungry... the mango and crackers sound so yummy :3 I simply love your posts!
    Mind checking mine? ^-^ I’ve just updated it and don’t have many followers :) It’s - I always follow back ♥


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