The Nutribox comes in three sizes; standard, mini and corporate. The standard size contains 16-20 snacks, the mini contains 8-10 snacks and the corporate size is for businesses that wish to supply healthy snack options to its employees. I was kindly sent the mini size and received 9 snacks in total.
Firstly, I was sent two packets of nuts from The Ludlow Nut Co. The Brazil Nut Mix contains sultanas, Brazil nuts and banana chips. The Nuts About Nuts mix contains pistachios, pecan halves and hazelnuts. I really enjoyed eating both and while not necessarily exciting, they are incredibly handy to have and a healthier alternative to chocolate. Both were 40g which works out to be worth 62p each.
I was kindly send two Nakd bars to try. The first was this Apple Crunch bar. It contains raw fruit, crunchy goodness and nuts. It's full of protein and is also gluten/dairy/wheat free which is great for anyone who is intolerant to these ingredients. It is 100% vegan and supports Animal Aid, an animal rights campaign. The bar contains dates, soya crunchies, cashews, raisins, apple and apple juice. While the apple was quite subtle in this, I enjoyed how soft yet crunchy the bar was due to the soya and tapioca starch. Nakd bars are around 75p each. The Apple Crunch bar has 108 calories.
The Cocoa Delight bar definitely had more flavour than the Apple Crunch and for this reason, I prefer it to the Apple Crunch. In this bar, there are dates, cashews, raisins and cocoa. While the other bar is not one of your five-a-day, this one is and has 135 calories.
I was also kindly sent a bar from Rude Health called The Beetroot. The bar doesn't really taste much of beetroot which could be a good thing if you don't like that sort of snack bar. But it didn't taste much of anything, just mush in a bar. It wasn't sickly to eat but I wouldn't purchase this myself with my own money. This bar is also dairy, gluten and wheat free and has 118 calories. Also vegan-friendly, this bar is worth 99p.
Next were two energy bars, the first was a Peanut Energy Ball by Bounce. Since these cater for those looking for quick protein and energy fixes, I gave it to my brother to review as he enjoys resistance training and energy bars/drinks. He said that it tasted artificial and not very pleasant to eat. However, he did state that not a lot of protein-focused nutritional snacks taste nice, with protein shakes being his main example. Sadly, my brother did not save the wrapper for me but as you can see from the photo, it is gluten free and 100% natural. I vaguely remember it having around 280 calories. This retails for around £1.79.
I decided to try the Raw Choc Crisp Energy Bomb by Pulsin purely because it was chocolate flavoured. This was quite tasty and contains chocolate, guarana and ginseng. It's vegetarian and gluten free. High in fibre, it has 187 calories and retails for £1.60.
This pecan brownie by Happy Kitchen was sadly the most disappointing of all the snacks I received. It comes adorably packaged, contains no gluten, dairy or eggs and only has 8 ingredients; fruit extracts, cacao mass, brown rice flour, coconut oil, pecan nuts, baking powder, sea salt and pecan flavour. It's also vegan-friendly, contains roughly 270 calories and worth around £1.40. This was very unpleasant to eat. The texture is soft and the smell is ok but the taste was what really put me off. It tastes of artificial chocolate and leaves the most plastic-y residue in your mouth that is hard to get rid of.
The Mulu Raw Chocolate was my favourite from the box. It's deliciously rich without being overly sweet. When I first opened it, I noticed just how thick the slab of chocolate was and instantly, I was put off as I assumed it would be sickly-sweet. When I bit into a chunk though, I noticed how softly it crumbled and how delicious it tasted. If you are a fan of rich chocolate and not so much sweet milk chocolate, this if definitely for you. It too is vegan-friendly and free from dairy, gluten and soya. The only ingredients are raw cacao butter, raw agave nectar, raw cacao powder, sunflower lecithin, ground vanilla and cacao solids. It retails for about £3.
In total, the contents of my box works out to be worth £11.52 with the box itself priced between £10.95-£12.95 which doesn't show much of an excess in worth, although the worth of the service in terms of convenience is entirely subjective. I was sent 9 products in total and tried 8 of them. Of those 8, I enjoyed 6. While this is a positive result, I would probably choose and continue with my Graze Nibblebox subscription over The Nutribox Mini as I favour savoury taste palettes over sweet and the Grazebox is much cheaper. This box would be ideal if you are a vegetarian, vegan or have specific nutritional intolerances. This box would also be great for those who are always on the go, have a protein-heavy diet and/or have a sweet-tooth.
The Nutribox team have kindly given me a code to pass on to my followers which entitles you to 35% off your first box. The code is TSOH35 but hurry, this code is only available to the first ten people! I think it's incredibly important to eat healthy and have a balanced diet. This doesn't necessarily mean no chocolate and no steaks. I just think people need to be more aware about what they're putting inside their bodies. It's been proven that a healthy diet leads to a happier mind and I truly think that what you eat has an impact on your mood. Not to mention any exercise that is done boosts happiness. Eat good, feel good!
, by TSOH