Boxwalla Food “When the 4pm Hunger Pangs Strike” Review – April 2018
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This review is of the Boxwalla Food, $49.95 a month, box.
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Boxwalla Food April 2018 Review
In addition to their beautiful cloth boxes, Boxwalla always has a really nice info card that gives a short description of each item and their retail value. The theme for April is “When the 4 pm Hunger Pangs Strike” and delivers some high-quality snacky foods you can reach for that also happen to lean to the healthier side of things.
Let’s get to it!
Hungry Bird Eats Multi-Seeds and Oregano Nordic Crisps – Retail Value $4.88
Ok, I don’t dislike these. They taste kind of exactly how you’d expect: like a bunch of really healthy seeds (sunflower, flax, pumpkin, sesame, and chia) pressed into a cracker-like snack (along with brown rice flour, olive oil, and buckwheat, along with oregano). My roomie pointed out that there is an incredible amount of calories in these (one serving is 7 crisps which contain 140 calories + 10 grams of fat) but it’s all “good fat” and really pure ingredients. One serving isn’t so scary, as he explains it, but tearing through a whole bag (which is 3 servings) would be overdoing it. As far as the flavor, this has just a hint of salt and a very subtle oregano flavor which I think makes these enjoyable enough to keep eating. This variety also happens to be gluten-free.
Hungry Bird Eats Rye and Sea Salt Nordic Crisps – Retail Value $4.88
This flavor has many of the ingredients (flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, chia), but fewer. It’s made with rye flour, olive oil, rolled oats and seemingly more sea salt because it’s overall saltier than the previous flavor. That may be why I prefer this flavor unless it has something to do with the rye that I enjoy. I think both of these are a great alternative to potato chips or other less healthy food for when you have a snack attack.
KiiNOA! Quinoa Superfood Snack in Honey Mustard Jalapeno – Buy a pack of 12 for $29.99
Nope nope nope. I do not like these. The texture is similar to any cheese puff, but it has a really sweet honey flavor with a spicy jalapeno flavor that packs quite a kick. I definitely would like these more sans the sweetness because that’s just how my tastebuds work.
KiiNOA! Quinoa Superfood Snack in Cheddar Cheese – Buy a pack of 12 for $29.99
Although the cheesy flavor is better, it kind of declines to an earthy finish that makes it clear that these are “healthy” and made from quinoa. Although I will say that I bet I’d acclimate to these if I ate enough. If you’ve had natural brands of cheese puffs (or a snack like Hippeas) it’s a similar off-putting flavor for a regular junk food eater like myself.
Rich Bar Mango Walk Candy Bar – Retail Value $2.99
This totally raw “candy bar” is made of only a few ingredients: organic dried mango, raw cashews, dates, unsweetened coconut, and hemp seed. This is also a really good option for snacking healthier and tastes REALLY good! I am obsessed with dried mango and also love coconut, so both come through in this bar which makes me like it so much. Seriously so yummy.
Elements Truffles Peppermint and Lavender Artisanal Chocolate Bar – Buy a 3 pack for $20.00 (or just one here for $9.99)
Seriously, load me up with all things lavender! I love the smell of it, taste of it, and anything that has it as an ingredient (I recently bought lavender extract to put into lemonade). I also happen to adore peppermint, especially when it’s in chocolate, so this is quite a treat! Ooooh, the marriage of these two is sort of intense but deeply decadent. The 70% cacao is creamy and dark, then gives way to the lavender, and finishes with the cool peppermint. Elements Truffles is also no stranger to the Boxwalla Food box since another flavor of their chocolate bar was featured back in October, as well as their turmeric-infused hot chocolate back in December.
Elements Truffles Ginger and Black pepper Artisanal Chocolate Bar – Buy 3 for $20.00
Oh my, the other flavor from Elements comes in the form of another 70% cacao chocolate bar that’s infused with ginger and black pepper (essential oil). Both are clearly recognized in this deliciously subtle bar of goodness. It’s not as spicy as the lavender/peppermint flavor but has a similarly amazing combination. As you can tell looking at the photo of the bottom of the chocolate, this one also has roasted sesame seed in it.
Bija Bhar Resilience PURE Turmeric, 1 oz. – Retail Value $20.00
So funny- I was JUST talking about the turmeric elixir I received in Boxwalla Food a year ago (and was my very first MSA review!) and this one arrived. Unlike the elixir (which is combined with ginger, whole lemon, lemon peel, maple sugar and black pepper), this one is pure organic turmeric from Hawaii that was finely ground in Brooklyn before being packaged. I am crazy about turmeric (as you can tell by my review of the Go Native! turmeric themed box from last month) so this tin of the beautiful deep yellow/orange powder is a welcome addition to my spice rack. Turmeric has a great little zing to it so it’s great to add to dishes but can also be used for teeth cleaning, oil pulling, and first aid.
Verdict: The April edition of Boxwalla Food introduced me to some healthier options when I need to snack. Some are delicious, and some fell flat for me, but overall I received eight mostly new products that I otherwise would have never found. The Mango Walk bar and turmeric came out on top for me, with the chocolate bars also being clear favorites because I’m a sucker for spices in chocolate.
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: At $49.95 for this box, you’re paying about $6.24 per item.
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