Monday, April 27, 2015

Naturebox April 2015 Review and Unboxing

I cannot believe it's already time for my April Naturebox review! Time is seriously flying by...I cannot believe how close we are to summer! Since I work at a school aftercare program, I also get the same Summer vacation as the kids do. I am already checking off the days before I'm spending my mornings lounging on my front porch sipping iced coffee with my best friend and snacking on my Naturebox goodies!

About NatureBox
Naturebox delivers a world of carefully sourced and nutritionist-approved foods right to your door. Each snack contains wholesome ingredients - with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. Snacking has never been so deliciously fun and naturally easy.

How It Works
Naturebox has you choose a subscription plan from the following options:
 Free Trial
This option is a small sampler box that contains 5 different snacks. It's free, however they have a $2 shipping charge on this box, AND it rolls into a monthly subscription. So if you are interested in this option but do not want a subscription, make sure you cancel as soon as your box ships.

Monthly
You can also choose to pay month-to-month for your subscription, which is $19.95 per month. 
There are also discounted rates for subscriptions that are paid in advance, so if you know you'll be subscribing for awhile, these are good routes to take.
Each box contains 5 snacks, and to my knowledge, an occasional "bonus snack" that Naturebox chooses and adds into your box.

Many Options
You can leave your box up to chance, which has NatureBox choose all the snacks that will be in your box, or you can browse their snack library and add things to your "pantry." This will let Naturebox know which snacks you are interested in trying, and they will incorporate them into your box.

Add-Ons
You can also add extra snacks into your box. Each snack costs a different price to add on, however the more you add on, the less the snacks cost.

So now that we've got the basics out of the way, Let's take a look at what I got in my Naturebox, and what I thought of each snack!

Salt and Pepper Lentil Loops
I actually had no idea what these would taste like when I chose them, but I was definitely curious! I have to say that these are super yummy and satisfy my salty chip craving. They kind of have the consistency of Cheese puffs with a salt and pepper taste. My one warning with these is not eat too many at once. At first, the pepper flavor is perfect but if you eat a few too many, your entire mouth will be on fire. I always forget how intense pepper can be! 

Cheedar and Onion Sunflower Kernels
If you have read my past Nature Box reviews, you may have noticed I don't get fruit-based snacks very often. That's really because I have lots of fillings as well as sensitive teeth and chewy fruit is just not a good thing for me to be eating. Having said that, nuts and seeds can get stuck in my teeth too- I just could not resist these sunflower seeds! These are SO good. Like amazingly good. My fiance doesn't like seeds of any kind (especially sunflower!) and he actually said these tasted "pretty good" which was shocking! I could not stop snacking on these, which might be their downfall- they're so tasty you'll just keep eating them until they're gone! I'm going to try the other flavor they have available next month (I think it's Ranch?) so we'll see how they compare!

Cinnamon Swirl Kettle Kernels
I was a little unsure of these at first. I love "corn nuts" as I like to call them, as long as they're not tooth-breaking hard in consistency. I've also never tried a sweet version of them before. My mom used to make my sister and I buttered popcorn with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top when I was younger, and the flavor of these kettle kernels is very close. I do think that they're a bit too hard for my teeth, but they were happily scooped up by my roommate who said they were delicious!

Lemon Almond Biscotti Bites
So I really wanted the Belgian Waffle Bites that they have available, but for some reason they always sell out  before my box ships and send me a different snack from my "pantry," which is a list of the snacks I like or I am interested in trying. I have received these in a past box, and I think they are super delicious. Even if you're not a huge fan of lemon (which I'm not) these are still so yummy. Having said that, I really wish Nature Box would send a message letting the customer know the things they chose for their box wouldn't be available, and give the customer the opportunity to choose a different snack. They have substituted a snack in 3 of my boxes so far and I would really prefer to choose my own. Having said that, I chose the waffle bites for next month and I'm crossing my fingers they actually show up!

Chocolate Hazelnut Granola
So I really love the taste of granola, but I rarely eat anything that it goes well with. I'm not a huge cereal or yogurt person, so I usually like to eat granola right out of the bag, as is. For that to be good, it needs to have lots of flavor and not be too sweet/dessert-like. I thought this one was going to be that way, but it actually had just the right amount of chocolate bits in it. The only bummer was I couldn't taste the hazelnut at all. I love chocolate/hazelnut together, so I was sad to find it just tasted more like chocolate granola. This was pretty good objectively, but it's not something I would choose to get again.
Overall Thoughts
I really liked all the snacks I got in this month's box flavor and freshness-wise, however I didn't like how hard the kettle kernels were and I was a bit let down by the lack of hazelnut flavor in the granola. I think my favorite snack in the bunch by far was the Cheddar and Onion sunflower seeds- I seriously could not stop eating them! I have chosen some interesting snacks for May's box, so I'm hoping they all show up and there aren't an unwelcome substitutes! I also wish that Nature Box would release a wider selection of snacks each month- I feel like I've tried most of the ones I'm interested in, so let's see some new ones! I'm still happy with my Nature Box overall because I think the portions are usually generous and I'm able to have a variety of snack choices for my lunch at work. I can't see myself ending the subscription unless I start to get tired of the options and there aren't new ones becoming available.

COUPONS and Deals!
If you're interested in trying Naturebox, you can do so two ways:

Free Trial
If you simply want to give this service a try and are interested in trying a few of their snacks, go for the Free Trial! You get 1 full size bag of snacks, and 4 trial-size bags. It doesn't cost anything, however you do have to pay $2 shipping. This trail does roll into a monthly plan though, so if you just want the one box, make sure to cancel before the next month! 

Coupon Code
There are a wide variety of coupons constantly available for Naturebox. Some give you a percentage off, others will take $10 off etc. They are always changing though, so I'll link you to the retailmetnot page so you can pick which one works best for you!
See Coupons here.

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