CLEAN.FIT Box Review + Coupon – November 2018
CLEAN.FIT Box is a monthly delivery of natural, healthy fitness snacks and supplements. The products will never contain artificial ingredients (preservatives, flavors, colors, or sweeteners). Choose from a gluten-free, original, or lacto-ovo vegetarian box.
This is a review of the Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian, $34.95 a month, box.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
About This Box
The Subscription Box: CLEAN.FIT Box
The Cost: $34.95/month + free shipping in the US (when placing this in my cart, I was charged $2.10 tax)
COUPON: Use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first box!
The Products: Sample and full-size snacks and supplements without any GMOs or artificial ingredients; boxes are available for vegetarians and for those who need to eat gluten-free
Ships to: US for free.
CLEAN.FIT Box November 2018 Review
The majority of the items in this box are snacks, but you will occasionally get a supplement or other small fitness item:
There was an information booklet with more information on the brands and products in the box. There some product literature, too, and this month they also included a coupon and information on a bigger box the folks at CLEAN.FIT Box are launching.
Salty Viking Recovery Soak (7 oz) – Retail Value $5.25
Although this is primarily a food subscription box, every now and then you will receive a non-food item. It is always something that is gender-neutral and useful to pretty much anyone who works out. I was happy to see this item! I use a heated foot bath every night for my plantar fasciitis and I go through bath salts pretty fast (I put salts into the water). Because I am using just a small scoop of this per day, I have gotten quite a lot of use out of this package. It has a pleasant, herbal smell and it really does help make my feet feel better. This has a lot of minerals like magnesium (also found in Epsom salts) that are known to help with muscle soreness.
Buff Bake White Chocolate Protein Peanut Spread (13 oz) – Retail Value $9.99
I don’t always get excited about protein-enhanced nut butters because a lot of them have weird textures, but I am a longtime fan of Buff Bake. They use whey protein, which blends nicely, and this one actually works on a sandwich. Plus, getting a whole jar instead of little foil packets is nice.
This was a new brand for me. I have to say, I find the packaging nicely-designed and attractive, which would catch my attention in a retail store, though I rarely buy items like this in person. This has both peanut butter powder as well as a variety of plant-based protein sources (rice, pea, coconut, chia, sunflower, flax, and pumpkin) and then a lot of superfood ingredients as well (pomegranate, broccoli, etc.). As I usually do with protein powders, I mixed this into a smoothie. It blended well enough and worked with the other flavors I tend to use. This is also very low in sugar but high in fiber and protein.
This is very similar to the chocolate peanut butter shake (other than the fact that it doesn’t have peanut powder). I find the picture of the pomegranate on the label a bit confusing because, although it does contain a bit of pomegranate, that’s not one of the actual flavors of the product (it’s more in a supplemental amount). Anyway, this has less iron than the chocolate peanut butter shake but is about the same, otherwise, from a nutritional standpoint.
K Pop Foods Sea Snacks in Sea Salt (0.18 oz) – Buy 12 Packs for $8.99
I am a fan of seaweed snacks and eat them probably five times a week, so I was happy to see this (your mileage may vary). Typically I prefer flavored ones (onion or BBQ or whatever) but these were actually some of the better “plain” ones I’ve had. I would buy these again if I found them on sale. (I know they’re on sale right now, I just have dozens of others at the moment.)
These are thickened with pectin instead of gelatin, hence their inclusion in a vegetarian food box. They do not have artificial flavors and they do have more of a “natural fruit snack” taste as opposed to a “gummy candy” taste. These have elderberry, which I’ve seen elsewhere as an immune support supplement, as well as zinc, which of course has a long history for supposedly fending off colds. (WebMD says a specific elderberry syrup may help with relief from flu symptoms although there’s insufficient evidence for other uses. WebMD says zinc has been helpful at reducing upper respiratory infections but that it’s unclear whether you need to supplement beyond what your diet provides – vegetarians can get zinc from dairy, nuts, and beans, and it’s also in shellfish and meat for non-vegetarians.) I can’t say whether these work as advertised because there aren’t any colds going around among my acquaintances at the moment…
This was a new brand for me. These have only 8 ingredients. Sometimes the “few ingredients” strategy works and sometimes it doesn’t, but I’d argue it worked here. These had a good texture for a bar with a plant-based protein blend (usually whey-based bars have a somewhat better texture). Please note these are not vegan as they contain both honey and egg whites.
This bar, on the other hand, kind of fell apart as I ate it, resulting in a lot of stuff sticking to my teeth. It was tasty – I do like peanuts and peanut butter products quite a bit – but I think maybe it needed one or two more ingredients as binders. (This one is also not vegan, as it contains whey protein as well as honey.)
Pan’s Mushroom Jerky, Original (2.2 oz) – Retail Value $9
Vegan and vegetarian jerky products are strange to me. I don’t think I ever ate actual jerky before I gave up meat (but that was more than 25 years ago so it’s possible I don’t remember). But I never really felt it was something that was missing from my life, either. At any rate, I cannot make myself eat mushrooms in any form. Nothing activates my gag reflex more. It’s too bad because this product actually smells really good. Anyway, if you don’t have my hangups about mushrooms and are looking for a savory vegan snack, this may be worth a try. It appears to be sold in a lot of small, independent natural foods stores.
Rickaroons Coconut Energy Bar in Pumpkin Spice (1.6 oz x 2) – Buy 12 for $25
I know some people get annoyed by pumpkin spice everything this time of year, but I like it. This is a limited-edition flavor that will be available until the end of the year. This is somewhat high in sugar but it was pretty delicious (I ate it with some pumpkin pie flavored Halo Top the night before I had blood drawn and I still had good values for blood glucose and triglycerides, but that probably has more to do with the way I eat every day than a one-night indulgence). This does have tree nut ingredients (coconut and almonds) but is gluten-free and vegan.
Verdict: The November CLEAN.FIT Box had 11 items (counting the gummies as 1 item and the Rickaroons as 2 items), which makes the average cost per item about $3.18. Some of the items were full size, like the mushroom jerky and peanut butter spread, and had values considerably higher than $3.18, so I think those help average out the cost of the lower-value items, and that you are probably getting your money’s worth. I was happy to discover so many new brands this month (and to receive an old favorite), as well. Although the mushroom jerky didn’t work out so well for me, I was pretty happy with everything else.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? It may be too late to get November’s box (you can sign up for different variations, too, so while there will be some product overlap, not everything may be identical).
Coupon – Use code MSA5 to save $5 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $34.95 for this box, you are paying about $3.18 per item.
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