In the office, we are constantly bouncing around new ideas off of each other. One of the latest ideas really stuck though; breaking down the latest subscription box craze. I first saw healthy snack boxes advertised on Facebook, and like most ads, I didn’t give it much thought. Being a subscriber to a beauty box though, I know how exciting it is to get a box in the mail each month with new brands and products. So when we started talking about a monthly healthy snack box subscription, we thought what better way to review them than to try them. We sent out a few emails to some of the most popular boxes available today, and with great response, we received five snack boxes in the mail over the past month.
Here are the overall scores:
With all of the categories in consideration, our overall winner and favorite box is LoveWithFood. Their packaging is something that really sold us though; it was bright, inviting, and still in great condition when it arrived at our office. And when we opened the box, the first thing we saw printed on the inside is “YOU donated a meal. YOU made a difference.” We love the fact that they donate a full meal to hungry children in the US when we purchase a box, as if getting an exciting box full of tasty snacks each month wasn’t incentive enough. And maybe the health rating wasn’t the highest, but we are talking snack foods here, so it could be worse.
A little more behind the health rating from our health and wellness coach, Jessie:
Nibblr: Not certified organic, no list of ingredients, not GMO free, but cute presentation.
VeganCuts: About as good as you get (for snack food). All certified organic, no added sugars in anything.
Boxtera: These snacks are not technically health food, the fact that there is not a lot of added ingredients, it is neither organic nor certified GMO, but it is a good junk food alternative.
Urthbox: They focus on organic, non-GMO, vegan and gluten free products while using simple and healthy ingredients. Doesn’t get much better than that from a snack food!
LoveWithFood: They focus on organic, GMO free and gluten free options (with other filters like fair trade, which is great). However, the box is still full of cookies, fruit gummies, chips and dried fruits covered in sugar. They have some options that are truly healthy, hot tea medleys for example, but the majority of options are not nutritious.
Extra thoughts on each box from the Collective:
Nibblr: They had the best customer service, with fast response and answers to our questions. And their snacks were shipped in tiny and cute packaging.
VeganCuts: Under a maybe not-so-cute cardboard shipping box were healthy and (actually) delicious snacks.
Boxtera: “The BBQ banana chips are growing on me” Kristin, our beauty expert.
Urthbox: Great packaging and we loved the variety in tastes of snacks that we received.
LoveWithFood: Overall favorite packaging, tasty snacks (maybe not the healthiest), they included a coupon or discount code for almost every product in the box, AND they donate one meal for every box that is purchased.
If you try out a snack box subscription, let us know what you think!