August 25th, 2014

Naturebox Canada Review

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

I’ve never been one for subscription boxes. Things like Birchbox, and Glossybox, which send you a surprise selection of beauty samples each month for a set fee, hold little appeal to me.

For one thing, I’m very choosy with makeup and know exactly what I want (and don’t want). Giving up the ability to choose for myself in order to get a bunch of randomly-selected miniature products and potions that will just clutter up my bathroom counter is just not my thang.

Naturebox takes the idea of the subscription box, and applies it to healthy(ish) snack foods. Now this is exactly my cup of tea. Here’s why.

a) I’m a snacker.

b) I’m not a picky eater.

c) eating healthier is much easier when the food comes to you!

Subscription boxes are ideal for people who aren’t too picky and don’t really know what they want. You get to try a bunch of different things, and getting a package of edible goodies is like Christmas morning…once a month!

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

Naturebox has been a hit in the U.S. for some time now, but has only recently graced those of us north of the border. Right now, Canadians have access to a beta version of Naturebox, but they promise to add all the features soon.

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

Each box features five full-sized snacks for $19.95 US + $4.95 shipping.

Americans have the ability to browse through all the available choices (and there are many!) to pick their five favorites. They can also filter by taste or dietary preferences, such as vegan or gluten-free. You let Naturebox know your personal preferences, too – like whether you prefer salty snacks, sweet ones, crunchy textures, or chewy things.

I’m very jealous. In the Canadian beta version, each box has five pre-selected snacks. Ho hum.

What is particularly wonderful though, is that for every box Naturebox delivers, they donate one meal through Feeding America to help the millions of Americans who go hungry.

You can pay for multiple boxes at once and get a discount, but since it was my first time I just bought a single box to see how I liked it. (Use the coupon code ”radiolab” to get 50% off your first box and free shipping!)

Here’s what came in my box.

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

First, black and white (cocoa and vanilla-flavoured) granola.

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

Pretty good stuff! I enjoy it on its own, or sprinkled on top of yogurt with berries. (Which you’ll have just recently seen on instagram.)

There’s not much else to say, I mean…it’s granola. Delicious but nothing revolutionary.

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

Next up come the cinnamon swirl kettle kernels. These I have mixed feelings about.

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

They’re corn kernels covered in a flavoured powder that’s slightly sweet. They kind of hit the spot when you’re craving crunchy junk food-type snacks, but they’re a bit…weird. I think they’re just too dense, and I wish they were more salty rather than sweet and cinnamon-y.

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

The third snack I got were granny smith apples. These pleasantly surprised me!

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

If I’m being totally honest, my initial reaction was, “Ugh. Great. My least favorite type of apple. Dried.”

And while these are nothing new, somehow…they’re fun and get kind of addictive. I think it’s the chewy texture and the slightly sweet, slightly tart taste. It’s just something nice to munch on while watching Netflix. I was sad to have finished them!

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

Now these guys were my favorites of the bunch, which did not surprise me at all, given the name: sourdough cheddar pretzels.

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

Yep. I would say of all the snacks, these were the most “junk-foodie”. They’re crunchy pretzel bites covered in generous amounts of a cheesy flavoured powder, which tastes totally like the stuff on Doritos. They’re very salty and very unnatural-tasting. Which…I like.

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

The last snack in my Naturebox were these coconut date energy bites. I used to eat these as a child, and hadn’t had them in years, so the taste definitely transported me back through time a little.

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

If you like sweet, sticky things, these are for you. Dates are a delicious and natural source of sugar, and these are great to pop in your mouth when you’re running late but don’t want to leave home hungry.

Naturebox Canada Review - Sara du Jour

If I were to rank the five snacks from my favorite to least-favorite, they’d probably go:

  1. sourdough cheddar pretzels
  2. granny smith apples
  3. black and white granola
  4. coconut date energy bites
  5. cinnamon swirl kettle kernels.

My overall impressions? It was fun, but for the price, I’m not sure I’d do it again. At least, not until Canadians get the full-functionality of Naturebox and get to choose our snacks according to our own preferences. Of these five, none of them really blew me away – and definitely not enough to justify spending $5-6 on one bag of snacks.

Have you tried Naturebox yet (either in Canada or the US)? What did you think? xx

– Sara

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