Raise the Bar is a subscription box offering snack bars and protein bars, teas, and samples of other fitness-related supplements (e.g., pre-workout powders, etc.).
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This review is of the Starter, $17.99 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: Raise the Bar
The Cost: $17.99 for the “Starter Box” with at least 5 protein and/or snack bars, $39.99 for the “Intermediate Box” with 10 bars and 10 teas, or $64.99 for the “Advanced Box” with 20 bars and 20 teas.
The Products: Protein and snack bars, immune boosting teas, and occasional other fitness supplement samples, all designed with your personal health goals in mind.
Ships to: US (free)
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This box did not include an information card, probably because boxes can differ based on how you fill out your profile. For example, I chose “Health Maintenance” since I am at my goal weight, and “vegetarian.” (You can also choose weight loss or muscle building-type goals, can choose a kosher box, and can list food allergies separately.)
Vicia Almond Noir (1.83 oz x 2) – Value $6 (buy a box of 12 for $36)
I got two of these last month as well, and the month before…I like them, but I would like to see a bit more variety. The chocolate coating did kind of melt in the heat this time. I changed my goal next month to “Muscle Gain” to see if I receive a different product.
Sante Matcha (2 g x 2) – Value $4?
This company requires registration to see information in their store, so the value is an estimate based on other matchas I found online (this is ceremonial grade, meant to be consumed as a drink, so it is greener than culinary grade and I estimated a higher value than last month, when we got culinary grade). I don’t really care for drinking matcha (have tried on numerous occasions, so I put it in a smoothie anyway). You get a lot more antioxidants from eating matcha than from just drinking green tea.
Pukka Clean Green Tea (1 bags) – Value $0.24?
So this variety isn’t listed on the Pukka website (only something called “Clean Matcha Green” which may or may not be the same). I also can’t find it for sale in the US. I have given it a value consistent with other Pukka teas from this website. I have received this same tea before and it seems to contain licorice, which is not my favorite.
Bar by Proteinbar.me in Vanilla Almond (2.08 oz) – Value $2.50 (buy a box of 12 for $29.99)
I received this in a past month but I see this company is now selling on Amazon and has reduced the price to something that is way more competitive with similar products. This has a texture that is an odd (but not bad) combo between a thick wafer cookie and a denser protein bar. You can taste both the vanilla and the almond. Apparently, only one flavor is available right now.
Manna Bar in Cacao Cashew Brownie (1.86 oz) – Value $3.81 (or buy a pack of 6 for $22.85)
I received this same bar in May. I did not notice a ton of cashew flavor although these had a little bit of a different texture than a date bar. Most of the flavor that I could detect came from cacao. The price seems to have come down on these as well, which is great. This one did melt a little bit in the heat, which gave it a somewhat slimy texture.
Manna Bar in Cherry Almond Chocolate Chip (1.86 oz) – Value $3.81 (or buy a pack of 6 for $22.85)
Here is another repeat product from May. These are advertised as tasting like a smooth and chewy trail mix, and I’d say that was accurate. These have almond butter instead of almonds, and the almond butter modifies the texture of the date part of the bar. I like it! I think the chocolate is just at the right level not to be overwhelming with respect to the other flavors.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $20.36 for the July Raise the Bar. This is a little bit lower than past months because some of the products have come down in price (which is great if you are interested in buying them on your own). I am somewhat disappointed that in only my third month of receiving this box, every last item was a repeat from either May or June. I have changed my health goals in my profile with this subscription so hopefully I will get some different products next month. Although I have learned about some new products through this subscription, I am coming to think of it as less of a sampling service and more of a restocking service (hence their offering of a box with 20 bars and 20 teas). If the bars you receive are something you would buy anyway, you would still be saving some money here.
Also good to know: I sent an email to customer service with a question this month and they got back to me in less than a day. So that was a positive experience.
What did you think of the July Raise the Bar?