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.
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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)
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 December 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 were also two inserts giving you some ideas on using items from this month’s box and some product literature with a coupon code.
Resistance Loop Band
Although this is mostly a food box, there’s often one small fitness item (or sometimes a bath and body item). This month, it was a resistance loop band. This is unbranded and also not marked with a resistance level (these vary in resistance based on thickness) but I can compare it to ones I already have to get a good idea. I like receiving these in fitness boxes because items like this do wear out over tine and need to be replaced for safety reasons (you don’t want one to snap on you while you’re using it, which can happen with very old ones). A workout was also included so you would have some ideas of how to use this.
Glean Beet Powder (16 oz) – Retail Value $14.99
Wow, this is A LOT of beet powder. A lot. A whole pound. The recipe included this month uses one teaspoon of this (I couldn’t try it before this review because we didn’t have all the ingredients at home). I am going to start putting this in smoothies because there probably are a lot of nutrients in beets (since they are so highly colored) but I don’t like to eat them whole because I kind of think they taste like dirt. But in a whole smoothie, there is a pretty color effect (beet can be used as a natural food coloring) and the beet flavor is masked.
That’s It Bites Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit Truffles (1.83 oz) – Buy 6, 5 oz Bags for $38.99 (found here for $33.14)
I think these have undergone a packaging change, but the product appears to be the same. It’s kind of like a healthier, fewer-ingredients version of chocolate covered cherries. These are a little dry but that makes sense because they are pretty much just chocolate and dried fruit. I have seen this brand at Target if you are interested in picking up just one bag to try instead of ordering 6 bags at once.
Bumbleroot Hydration Drink Mix in Raspberry Hibiscus Mint (0.4 oz) – Buy 10 Packets for $20
This has a ton of minerals and some vitamins (it has baobab which is high in vitamin C, for example) and is marketed as a natural hydration mix (as opposed to something like Gatorade which is full of artificial colors and the like). I do like the potassium levels (and other minerals) but I’m kind of not feeling the stevia and monk fruit sweeteners. Yes, these are natural and from plants, but I find that stevia, especially, has an aftertaste I don’t care for (it is OK in foods but for some reason, it just doesn’t work for me in drinks). Anyway, I am unlikely to need something like this on a regular basis as I am not really at risk of dehydration on a daily basis. The hibiscus and raspberry are super tart and the peppermint actually does kind of work here.
Bumbleroot Hydration Drink Mix in Turmeric Ginger (0.4 oz) – Buy 10 Packets for $20 (found here for $15)
The basis of this one is the same as the other (coconut water and baobab) and the sweeteners and minerals are also the same. I think I liked the other flavor better, this one has a bit of a kick from the ginger and I’m not sure that’s something I want in a drink without some fruit or something to soften the experience.
Moon Cheese in Pepper Jack (2 oz x 2) – Buy 3 Bags for $14.97 (found here for $11.97)
This is freeze-dried cheese, which seems to be a thing lately. I like it – in small doses. It is SO SALTY that I really can’t eat a full serving at once. But, it is shelf stable and comes in a resealable package so that’s fine. (My local Publix carries this in the refrigerator case, which I find terribly funny. Whole Foods just has it out on the shelf. But anyway, it’s available from a wide variety of merchants if you’d like to try one bag instead of buying a bunch online.) I didn’t notice much of the hot pepper flavor here, to be honest.
The Dough Bar Crispy Bar (original, 2.05 oz) – Buy 12 Bars for $34.99
This is kind of like eating a Rice Krispie treat (or so I assume, not having had one for probably 30 years). These have a lot of protein but also some fiber to balance things out, which I appreciate because a lot of protein bars kind of skimp on the fiber part of things. (They also have some fat. These would probably be a decent quick meal, maybe with a piece of fruit, if you are in a hurry.) They are lower in sugar than I expected, which is a bonus, and they are vegan and gluten-free if either of those is of concern to you. I don’t know that I’d buy a case at almost $3 per bar, but I am not going to complain about receiving them in a subscription box.
The Dough Bar Crispy Bar (chocolate chip, 2,05 oz) – Buy 12 Bars for $34.99
I also received one of these in the Vegan Cuts Snack Box this month. Only, that one, I ate after something spicy called “Dragon Puffs” and the Dragon Puffs totally ruined the flavor. So, when I ate this one, I made sure to not eat anything strange first, and it was a much more pleasant experience. I’d be interested in trying other flavors of these, too, it seems at least three new ones have been released recently.
That’s It Bar in Apple + Blueberries (1.2 oz) – Buy 5 Bars for $8.99
I’ve had these before (if you get a lot of food subscription boxes, you will likely have seen them). They are pretty simple fruit bars and could be a good product for travel or anytime when keeping fresh fruit isn’t convenient. I’ve seen them in the Target checkout line if you’d like to try one before committing to a whole case (although you can get discounts on larger quantities, ordering online). These have a good texture and aren’t too sticky and although they have 19 grams of sugars, they’re all natural fruit sugars (none added).
Verdict: The December CLEAN.FIT Box had 10 items (counting the cheese as 2 items since we received 2 bags), which makes the average cost per item about $3.50. Some of the items were full size, like the beet powder, 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 a fan of this month’s box, overall. I had tried some other brands of freeze-dried cheese but the Moon Cheese was new to me, and although I’ve had the crispy bars and That’s It products before, I generally enjoy them so I don’t mind seeing them again.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? It may be too late to get December’s box (you can sign up for different variations, too, so while there will be some product overlap, not everything may be identical).
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Value Breakdown: This box costs $34.95 + free shipping, which means that each of the 10 items in the box has an average cost of $3.50.
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