FitSnack Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 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 Box
The Cost: $19.90 per month + shipping, or less with longer commitments
LIMITED TIME DEAL: Use this link to get a $10 bonus snack pack + $5 off any 3, 6, or 12-month subscription!
The Products: $32+ worth of full and sample size snacks, protein powders, pantry items, and other healthy consumables selected by a nutritionist. (Fit Snack Box used to promise a $40+ value but they were including the value of the workout – see below – and they have stopped doing so. Subscribers received an email about this change.)
Ships to: Worldwide. $6 U.S. shipping. Shipping varied internationally.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
On one side of the information card was details about some of this month’s items, and the other side included a workout.
There are also usually some coupons and/or product literature.
Beanitos Baked White Bean Crunch Mac n’ Cheese (1 oz) – Buy a 7 oz bag for $3.29
I opened the box and my first reaction was OMG CHEEZ DOODLES. I get irrationally excited about these things. Even though I buy them at Whole Foods every single week and eat them for lunch every day at work. They have a little plant-based protein and are lower in sodium than you would expect for a salty snack. Also, if I put them in a bowl to weigh them (I eat precisely 1.25 oz every day), Mr. Kitty likes to lick the cheez flavor powder out of the bowl afterward. (And yes, when I talk about these I always spell “cheese” incorrectly.)
Zippy Bites Dark Chocolate Energy Truffles (2 pack) – Buy an 8 Truffle Sampler Pack for $15.99
These have a lot of caffeine – I think I remember seeing the value 152 mg when I was researching these (of course I can’t find it now…), which is a cup and a half of coffee worth. They are low in calories (45 calories per truffle, not bad for chocolate) but they are honestly kind of bitter because of all the caffeine. Also, I didn’t know they had caffeine when I ate the first one and it kept me from sleeping at night. These could work in the right situation, but 9PM is not the right situation.
Zippy Bites Raspberry Chocolate Energy Truffles (2 pack) – Buy an 8 Truffle Sampler Pack for $15.99
These were also kind of bitter but they were sweeter than the dark ones above. I had this in the morning and that was definitely better than at night (I only ate one at a time). I am not sure I, personally, would pay $2 each for these little things, but they do seem to have a following online.
Herbal Strategy (3 packets)
This has a lot of superfood ingredients of the sort I like to put in my morning smoothies, so that’s what I did here. It wasn’t really enough to taste, but I like the idea of getting nutrients from foods I wouldn’t normally eat (like mushrooms). There is nothing wrong with consuming superfoods to get some additional nutrition, especially if your diet is not as varied as you’d like, and this was a convenient source.
Meyer Lemon Wicked Lekker Rooibos Tea Beverage with Moringa (14 fl oz) – Buy a Case of 12 Bottles for $42
Meyer lemons are supposed to be sweeter and less acidic than regular lemons so they should pair nicely with rooibos. I was reluctant to try this, though, because a whole bunch of solid stuff had settled out of the tea and collected against the glass in a few places on the bottle and even vigorous shaking didn’t get it back into solution/unstuck from the side. So I was worried that this was kind of old. I’d definitely be willing to try this if I had some I could be sure was freshly-bottled.
Zensweet Monkfruit Sweetener – Buy 1 Pound for $12.99
This bag says one pound but it is most definitely not one pound. I think they reused their regular packaging for a sample size. I’m seeing more monkfruit sweetener in food products lately, but this is the first time I’ve seen it on its own. This product has zero calories but do watch out, as it is monkfruit sweetener blended with erythritol. I am not sensitive to sugar alcohols but some people are. You wouldn’t want to substitute 100% of the sugar in a recipe with this because it wouldn’t bake correctly (caramelizing sugars are important to the outcome of baked goods), but it works pretty well in hot beverages, which is how I tried it.
Chops Original Beef Jerky (2.75 oz) – Value $6.99
This was included because it is gluten-free and all natural (remember that list of criteria from up above?). I know jerky is a popular snack right now, thanks to ketogenic and Paleo-style diets, but I have been a vegetarian for over 24 years so this was not for me. I dropped it off on the free snacks table at work. This has been seasoned with black pepper and a little brown sugar, and it does also contain low sodium (GF) tamari sauce.
Vitalfit Tart Cherry (5 vegetarian capsules) – Buy 60 Capsules for $45
Tart cherries are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and one capsule of this product has the same anti-inflammatory value of 212 tart cherries or 17 ounces of tart cherry juice. These capsules are vegan and sugar free. I am having surgery next week so I am avoiding supplements for now but I am saving these for after the surgery, because relieving inflammation, oxidative stress, and soreness will be three things I am absolutely interested in during my recovery.
Natural Wellness Ultra Nourish Chocolate (2 servings) – Buy 30 Servings for $49.99
I am one of those people who actually love receiving protein powders in subscription boxes. This one is gluten free and vegetarian (but not vegan). However, if you have allergies, this may not be for you. It has bee pollen powder and royal jelly powder, soy lecithin powder, and milk thistle. The thing about milk thistle is, if you look at bottles of plain milk thistle at a drugstore, there’s usually a warning about not taking it if you are allergic to ragweed, and I am definitely allergic to ragweed, so I avoid milk thistle (I can tolerate it in small amounts but when it is listed prominently on a product, I stay away). I did mix up a little of this for the purpose of a review (I usually find that one sip won’t hurt) and found the flavor reasonable for a powdered chocolate product in almond milk. I personally think it would be better in a smoothie because I just don’t like the texture of plain powders blended into liquids, but your mileage may vary.
Verdict: The October FitSnack Box had 9 items, which makes the average cost per item about $2.88. This was not the best month of this box for me, personally, but I do think the contents stay true to the stated purpose of the box, and I can believe it meets the promised value of $32+, especially with the full size jerky and spendy little truffles and tart cherry capsules, all of which go for more than the average item price (counting the 2-packs of truffles as one item each).
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