Sunday, October 7, 2012

Naturebox Product Review and GIVEAWAY!

I recently won a NatureBox from MCM Mama.  I was super stoked because 1) I never win anything and 2) I love delicious food (who doesn't, right?)

So first, a little about NatureBox.  NatureBox is a company dedicated to delivering healthy and delicious snacks directly to your door.  Each month you receive 4-6 high quality snacks made from wholesome ingredients.  The snacks vary every month, so you get a wide variety of flavors and ingredients.

In my NatureBox, I received Toasted Sesame Stix, Apple Orchards Granola, Pistachio Power Clusters, Umami Roasted Nuts, and Big Island Pineapple.  And here's what I thought:

Pistachio Power Clusters

This snack reminded me of Okoshi, a Japanese puffed rice treat we ate as kids in Hawai'i.  The Pistachio Power Clusters are made of pistachios, almonds and cashews with a touch of sea salt.  I first tried these after a hard 5-mile run when I wanted to treat myself to something sweet - mmmmmm....perfect.  The name is a bit misleading; Pistachio Power Clusters consists mostly of almonds and cashews, and barely any pistachios.  Perhaps they should change the name.  But still, these were delicious.

Naturebox Pistachio Power Clusters

Umami Roasted Nuts

Almonds, sunflower seeds, amazing flavor ...oh my!  These roasted nuts come in on the savory end of the taste spectrum; Umami is known as the "5th taste" and describes a savory flavor that adds depth and richness to foods.  I really enjoyed these as a midday snack to tide me over until dinner.

Naturebox Umami Roasted Nuts

Apple Orchards Granola

Wow.  This was like apple pie melting in your mouth.  The granola is soft-baked and chewy, rather than crunchy like most granolas.  I was really surprised by this, and actually really enjoyed it.  Apple Orchards Granola is sweetened with agave, which helps keep your blood sugar levels from spiking.  This was a great morning snack, enjoyed with a cup of coffee.  

Naturebox Apple Orchards Granola

Toasted Sesame Stix

These were Nugget's favorite snack.  We eat sesame sticks fairly regularly around here, which I purchase from our local organic market.  What I really liked about the NatureBox Sesame Stix is that each stick is smaller and crunchier than the sesame sticks I normally buy; even DJ Research commented on how fresh they were right out of the bag.  We took these with us to the zoo, and Nugget loved holding a handful in his little hand while looking at all the animals.  

Naturebox Toasted Sesame Stix

Big Island Pineapple

Ok, so these were my FAVORITE.  I cannot emphasize enough how much I loved this snack.  The scent of the pineapple was so strong when I opened the bag, I was immediately transported back home to Hawaii.  I'm not a big fan of dried pineapple (or dried tropical fruits in general.  Dried mango? Yuck.), but these were amazing.  DJ Research thought they were great too, and had ONE before I told him he had eaten too many and the rest were for me.  I'm so proud that I managed to save two for the picture; they were immediately devoured after the photoshoot.

Naturebox Big Island Pineapple

If you're like me, and struggle with keeping a stash of delicious AND healthy snacks around the house, NatureBox is a great option.  I don't even have to think, they'll just send different delicious healthy snacks to my door every month.  Also, I get bored when eating the same foods over and over again (I guess I have culinary ADD), so I really like the variety NatureBox provides.

What I love about Naturebox
  • The ingredients are high-quality and healthy
  • The snacks are super FRESH when they arrive at your door
  • You get a variety of snacks every month--from sweet to savory
  • You get a variety of snacks month to month--the snacks do not repeat
  • The snacks are DELICIOUS
  • You don't have to think about having healthy snacks around the house; Naturebox does all the work for you and you just enjoy delicious, healthy snacks every month
If you want to give NatureBox a go, you can enter to win a free NatureBox below or you can jump right in and get 25% off your first month using the code APPLE25 (please note that the 25% discount is only applicable to the month-to-month subscription. A 6 month subscription automatically receives 1 month free and a 12 month subscription automatically receives 3 months free).  


Since I totally fell in love with the company after trying their product, I emailed them to ask if I could host a giveaway on my blog.  They said Yes!  So here we go: my very first giveaway, featuring Naturebox!

A few details:

  • The winner will receive a different NatureBox than the one that I reviewed.
  • NatureBox is only able to ship to US addresses
  • At this time, NatureBox is unable to customize their NatureBoxes for specific dietary needs or personal preferences.

To enter, just follow the prompts below.  The giveaway will run for one week, from Sunday, October 7th to Tuesday, October 16th.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was not compensated for or even asked to do this review.  I won a NatureBox and was so impressed by the company, I asked to host a giveaway on my blog.  All opinions are my own.



  1. Thanks for the info! Iʻm totally going to try and order from them...your description of their snacks makes me want to try it all.

    YAY for giveaways!

  2. My favorite snack....I love hummus and pita chips.

  3. I snack on homemade granola throughout the day! I love it plain, on yogurt, to add crunch to apples with a little peanut butter....

  4. Usually I snack on almonds, but my favorite is marzipan, it's nutty and sweet and only 150 calories.

  5. I love snacking on celery and peanut butter for a protein snack!
    Thanks so much! -Georgiana

  6. These all sound amazing! My favorite snack... Probably cheese and crackers :)

  7. Mmm... I love anything with pistachios. All of these sound amazing! (Well, except the sesame sticks because I don't like those, but I can give them to Robin apparently.)

  8. I usually snack on apple sauce and a banana. Sometimes a cookie too :) My favorite is probably peanut butter on a slice of bread, though!

  9. My favorite snack lately has been frozen greek yogurt or cottage cheese!

  10. I enjoy snacking on trail mix with a combo of dried fruit and nuts - thanks!

  11. I love snacking on big juicy Medjool dates and figs when in season! So yummy! Thanks so much for the great review and giveaway too!

  12. I love snacking on dried fruit. Yum! The pineapple here sounds awesome.

  13. My favorite snack is greek yogurt with crunchy granola. Keeping fingers crossed, because these snacks look delish!

  14. My favorite snack is chocolate but... my fav. healthy snack is stove-top popped popcorn with a bit of salt.

  15. Does coffee count as a snack? I do most of my snacking at night, which is bad, bad, bad.

  16. Honestly...I think about snacks all day and although I hear the word about 50x4 times a day, I never remember to STOP and have one. Unless there are some oatmeal cookies or a tub of theater popcorn around.

  17. Yum! Thanks for hosting such a delicious giveaway!

  18. Very excited about the prospect of winning. I need healthy, yummy snacks!

  19. That sounds so good! I especially am curious about the Big Island Pineapple of course... Living on the Big Island since June :)

  20. I snack on a variety of different things, it just depends on what I have stashed at my desk. I love anything chocolate!

  21. I snack on nuts.
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  22. I snack on chips and bananas.
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