FitSnack Subscription Box Review – June 2017
FitSnack Box is a subscription box containing snacks that each have at least two of the following characteristics: GMO-free, high-protein, low-sugar, gluten-free, organic, raw, vegan, and/or all natural. (That is, any given item might be low in sugar and vegan, or organic and gluten-free but not vegan, etc.)
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: FitSnack
The Cost: $19.90 per month + shipping, or less with longer commitments
The Products: 7-10 full size and sample items including nut butter, protein supplements, healthy versions of more traditional snacks like chips, pantry items, and more.
Ships to: Worldwide. $6 U.S. shipping. Shipping varied internationally.
One side of the information card detailed some of this month’s items, and the other side included a workout.
There was also some product literature.
Rise Buddy Baked Rice Snacks in Sour Cream and Onion, 1.4 oz – Value $1.50 (Buy a 12 pack for $18 on Amazon)
I’ve had these before from another subscription box (I forget which one…), and what I like about them is they are actually made from brown rice, so they have whole grains. I do like the flavor of them, although they will leave you with onion breath for awhile, so be prepared.
Amsety Bars are supposed to support liver health, and they do so by including plant-based vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E that have some supportive research behind them in terms of liver health. There is a video on their website with more about this.
I have three things to say about these. One, I am really glad it seems the ingredients were researched by nutritionists and medical professionals and that there aren’t questionable supplements in here.
Two, because these are really low sodium, they are not super flavorful. This chocolate one was better than the peanut butter one, in my opinion.
Three, these are 30-50% more in price than other nutrition bars (if not more). Although I was happy to have the chance to try a new product, since I already take a multivitamin, due to cost and flavor issues, I would probably not actually buy these.
I have basically the same things to say about this one. My husband said that it tasted like unsalted peanuts (something he will eat for a snack, but I won’t). This bar was a bit more crumbly than the chocolate one, too.
Ellyndale Q Cups in Southwestern Barbeque, 2 oz – Value $3.39
Every now and then, we make something similar for dinner from scratch. I have not had what amounts to instant quinoa before, but this was not bad (I ate it at work, where I did not have a camera, so there is no photo of it prepared). This is high in protein and fiber and also has some iron. The sodium is sort of high (210 mg), but not bad for a packaged food. Plus, this only has 220 calories.
Whey protein is my favorite kind because it blends so well, and this brand was new to me. My usual method for using whey (or any other) protein is to put it in a smoothie, and this worked well in that context, plus the vanilla flavor was neutral and didn’t interfere with my usual recipe.
Swish4Energy, 12 ml – Value $1.83
This is actually a mouth rinse that includes xylitol sweetener (actually, xylitol is good for gum and tooth health), mint flavor to freshen the breath, and caffeine. You are not supposed to swallow this, which makes it hard to get used to. I have to say, this was interesting to try, but I think I am more of a fan of products like Vitermints where you don’t have to find a place to spit out the mouth rinse when you are done.
Fawen Drinkable Soup in Beet and Cabbage with Cumin, 16.9 fl oz – Value $4.49 (Buy a 12 pack for $53.88 on Fawen’s site)
I was first introduced to Fawen soup in Vegan Cuts (different flavor). In my opinion, this product is much better if you heat it up in the microwave (not in the original packaging…). I am actually saving this one because I am having oral surgery in about two weeks, and I am going to want food I don’t have to chew for a few days afterward. It is easy to get dairy and fruit (e.g., applesauce or pouch snacks), but not as easy to get vegetables that you don’t have to chew, so this will be useful.
Nutiva Organic Hazelnut Spread in Dark Chocolate, 13 oz – Value $7.99
This comes in a lot of subscription boxes, but usually only in foil packets. I have to say, this jar is much nicer because you can actually get all the product out. Between my husband and me, this will get used up, although he will probably eat more of it–I have to watch out because it has 190 calories per serving, which is kind of a lot. I think this was included in the box because it is vegan and lower in sugar than competing products. I would not recommend making a sandwich with this because I have tried it and a chocolate sandwich does not taste as good as it might sound. I prefer to spread it on a bit of fruit.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $28 for the June FitSnack Box. While that falls short of the promised $40+ value, it does exceed the cost of the box plus shipping by a little bit, which is honestly pretty good for a food subscription. There were a fair number of products and/or flavors that were new to me here, and nothing that really felt like filler. I liked the mix of sweet and savory items and that there were some pantry items included alongside snack-type items.
What did you think of FitSnack Box?