NatureBox

May 20, 2013

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When KERF reader and UVA grad Molly emailed me about her company, NatureBox, this spring, she opened the door (box?) to all kinds of new snack flavors. NatureBox is a subscription service that offers the ability to discover and enjoy healthy snacks on a monthly basis. Their products are made from wholesome ingredients and abide by strict quality standards: No high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors. The first box is packed with a surprise selection of the most popular products and you get to choose your snacks for subsequent boxes.

I think this would make a wonderful gift for a college-bound friend or new mom! Or a great way to stock your appetizer table if you’re having a party or lots of guests in town.

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There are different sizes for different budgets too:

NatureBox is available in 3 sizes, at 3 different price points: Savvy Snacker (5 bags for $19.95), Family Snacker (10 bags for $29.95) and Professional Snacker (20 bags for $59.95). Your monthly box always ships free (except to Hawaii & Alaska- we have a $1.97 shipping fee to those 2 to ensure a more timely delivery.) Each bag has 3-5 servings of that snack within it.

You can find nutrition labels and ingredient lists for previous NatureBox packages on the website.

Matt and each were offered a box since we have different snacking preferences. Not surprisingly, mine was more on the sweet side with granolas and bars and his was a savory mix of nuts, seeds and trail mix.

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Matt liked all of his mixes – especially the Chipotle Maple Almonds which we loved over salads.

Southern BBQ Sunflower Kernels – Nice n spicy!

Taj Mahal Snack Mix – chewy and crunchy at the same time (texture!) and loved the hint of curry

Lemon Pucker Pistachios – an interesting flavor combo but it worked really well!

Chipotle Maple Almonds – classic, crunchy, sweet n smoky

Garden Tomato Crunchies – Really fun – like BBQ chips meet almonds

Lone Star Snack Mix {bonus} – Loved the little flax chips in this one! I ate them all out first.

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hers

Vanilla Macaroon Granola – Loved this!! Reminded me of Nature’s Path’s vanilla granolas – light and airy and loads of vanilla and coconut flavor.

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Cranberry Almond Bites – A cross between granola and a granola bar, these little cubes were a great pre-dinner snack when you just need a bite of something to tide you over.

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Lemon Meringue Waffles – Loved these ice-cream-cone-esque wafers. Lots of lemony flavor and great dipped into Greek yogurt.

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Whole Wheat Raspberry Figgy Bars – Like a raspberry fig newton. Whole wheat’s a plus!

Peanut Butter Nom Noms – These plump cookies reminded me of Mama Pea’s dough balls – almost like a granola bar in the shape of a cookie

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Some of the ingredient lists are better than others, but there aren’t any real duds here. NatureBox would be ideal if you have hungry teenagers to feed or get bored of your same old bulk bin options. And as I said above, I think it’s perfect as a gift subscription for those who would love a little extra to munch on around.

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A giveaway!! Enter this Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a 3-month subscription :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And finally, here is a promo code which will give you guys $10 off your first box of any size in a month-to-month subscription (which can be canceled at any time)! You can click here to have the code automatically fill in or type in KERF10 at checkout. Good for the next 2 weeks.

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This post was sponsored by NatureBox. I received snacks to taste gratis and was compensated for my time putting together this post. I don’t have any incentive for you to try out NatureBox – the coupon is for fun!

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1 Beth @ Mangoes and Miles May 20, 2013 at 8:21 am

Ahhh all of these sound delicious, the Lemon Meringue Waffles in particular. I love all of these boxed-food companies popping up; they’re great ways to discover new foods. I also love NatureBox’s commitment to minimally processed foods!

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2 Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles May 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

I LOVE my NatureBox and find that most of the treats make a great addition to a salad.

The Kidless Kronicles

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3 KIm May 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

It looks pretty healthy and seems very appetizing, but not for long period of time. I don’t think I would be able to continue to eat those food in a long period of time and probably crash and eat a bunch of junk food.

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4 lauren salak May 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

Fun! i was just on this website a few weeks ago and was wanting to sign up! all the snacks look and sound yummy.

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5 Kelly May 20, 2013 at 10:01 am

Ooo yum! I would definitely try out the saltier snacks!

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6 Em @ Love A Latte May 20, 2013 at 10:02 am

I love boxes like this and this one looks fantastic! I’ve done the VeganCuts snack box and really enjoyed that as well! Just found your site and excited to read more :)

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7 Jenny @ JeVois May 20, 2013 at 10:41 am

These look delicious and I appreciate the link to the nutrition facts. This is a great giveaway- I’m always looking for things to spice up my salads, although I stay away from baked goods as much as I can. Thanks for hosting!

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8 Lisa @bitesforbabies May 20, 2013 at 1:07 pm

These look delicious…can only US residents enter the contest?!

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9 KathEats May 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Unfortunately US only :(

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10 micaela May 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

A monthly box for a healthy snacker – definitely a treat I’d look forward to once a month!

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11 Carla May 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Is there a promotional period your discount code expires?

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12 KathEats May 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I just checked and edited the post – it’s good for 2 weeks from today

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13 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance May 20, 2013 at 3:01 pm

This is such a great idea!

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14 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane May 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I’ve been hearing a lot about NatureBox, nice detailed review! Wish I had of ordered this before my road trip!

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15 Kim @ Pollen Natural Energy May 20, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Thanks for the detailed review of Naturebox. The products will surely come in handy as snacks at work. Healthy alternatives to all the fast foods out there.

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16 Jennifer May 20, 2013 at 6:19 pm

What a great idea. I’m looking for healthier snacks to have around the house for both my husband and I and the kids.

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17 Grace @ Grace Dishes May 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I love this review. I’m like you and would love the sweeter side whereas my boyfriend probably would prefer the savory side :)

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18 Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen May 20, 2013 at 6:49 pm

what a great idea! I love sending care packages to my sister at college. Always looking for healthy options

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19 Katherine May 20, 2013 at 7:07 pm

These boxes sound really interesting, and I would love to try them. Do you know if you can order them as a “one time only” thing? I don’t think I’d have the money to get a box every month.

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20 KathEats May 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I think you can, yes – at least you can cancel at any time

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21 Amy May 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I did this for a month or two. I would have kept doing it if they had a soy free option, but they didn’t. Neat concept though.

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22 Danielle May 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I keep seeing ads for NatureBox. I would love to try a box!

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23 Jennay May 20, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Love these healthier snack options! Will def check them out!

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24 Melissa May 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm

These look delicious, and I also, would definitely go for all those sweet ones first :) thanks!

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25 Tiffany May 20, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Hi Kath, just want to let you know that your KERF app is not updating on time. It’s showing your post for one week ago and does not show the newer ones, like the one from today or the weekend. Hope all is well!

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26 KathEats May 21, 2013 at 8:24 am

Yes, unfortunately the company who ran it (Blog Rocket) is no longer operating. So sad!! I need to find another app provider.

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27 Laura May 21, 2013 at 5:24 am

I would absolutely go for the sweet ones like you! Those peanut butter nom noms look AMAZING!

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28 Jamie May 21, 2013 at 5:25 am

Hi Kath,

. What about us people that don’t use Facebook or twitter?? I understand I am in the minority, but I would love a chance to win the giveaway too!

Jamie

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29 KathEats May 21, 2013 at 8:24 am

Jamie,

Thanks for bringing this up! I’m still learning how to use Rafflecopter. I added an email entry option!

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30 Jamie May 21, 2013 at 8:28 am

Yay! Thanks Kath!

Jamie

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31 Jo May 21, 2013 at 7:05 am

I’ve also seen these advertised. Thanks for the great review and the coupon to try them!

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32 Maria Tadic May 21, 2013 at 7:57 am

I’ve seen more and more of these types of companies pop up. They’re such a cool idea. Who doesn’t love getting packages in the mail? Especially filled with delicious treats! Thanks for the promo code!

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33 Alyssa @ Road to RD May 21, 2013 at 9:02 am

I think I’ve seen advertisements for those on Facebook. Thanks for the review!

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34 Susan May 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

Thank you! I’m trying to order the 3 month option as Father’s Day gift but the KERF10 is not working. Should it apply to this purchase option? BTW Maze is looking healthy and happy, congrats, it’s hard! :)

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35 KathEats May 21, 2013 at 9:23 am

Checking on this for you : (

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36 KathEats May 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

The code is only valid on month-to-month subscriptions (which can be cancelled anytime after the 1st box), but unfortunately, promo codes aren’t valid on any pre-paid gift boxes. So sorry for not clarifying that sooner!

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37 Laura May 21, 2013 at 11:41 am

I’ve been getting NatureBox for a few months now and enjoy it. My only issue is I’m still forced to get the Discovery box every month and they are not yet offering the option to pick what you want-I’m not sure how you were able to pick and I can’t! I was actutally going to cancel this month due to not being able to pick out my snacks but I couldn’t figure out how to cancel from the website. This is the message on my account about picking your own snacks:

Exciting changes are coming! We are currently testing out the ability to personalize your NatureBox. We are rolling this feature out over the next few weeks, please stay tuned to see when your account is activated!

That message has been there for about 3 months now! So frustrating!!

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38 KathEats May 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Maybe it’s a glitch! ? Have you tried customer service? I’m prettysure the ability to pick is live. I’ll ask

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39 Alex May 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Did you hear anymore on this?

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40 KathEats May 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I’m waiting to hear back

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41 Molly @ NatureBox May 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Hi Laura!

Thanks so much for being such a long-time member of NatureBox! I’m so sorry to hear that your account hasn’t automatically updated so you can choose your snacks- sounds like a glitch :(

If you shoot our Customer Care Team a quick email ([email protected]), we can get you set up right away so you can start choosing. Or, feel free to reach out to me directly ([email protected]) and I’d be happy to help you out.

Be well,
Molly @ NatureBox

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42 Liz May 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I have a minor OBSESSION with granola and healthy, non-processed foods! In love with this box; I see a subscription in my future!

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43 Ilana May 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Looks yummy!

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44 Liv May 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I received my first NatureBox discovery box last month and was super disappointed. Being someone who eats only real food, it is sometimes hard to find healthy, nutritious, snacks that aren’t overly-processed, so I was really excited to hear about NatureBox. My first box contained 5 different snacks, and I couldn’t have been more unhappy about them. 4 of the 5 snacks contained white flour — not something I would consider nutritious or healthy at all. Lots of them had ingredients that I would not expect from a company who claims to be natural and healthy, including MSG (in the form of autolyzed yeast extract)!!! Not sure how this qualifies as a wholesome ingredient with strict quality standards…

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45 CaitlinHTP May 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

all these products look great. i love granola!

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46 Crystal M January 24, 2014 at 2:27 am

Ohh goodness, I received my first naturebox yesterday… I am SO glad I didn’t receive anyy of that stuff or would’ve been so disappointed…. Somehow they pleased me very well, and without knowing a thing about me(guess I got veryy lucky). I wanted to post about what I got in my first surprise box, French toast granola!, granny smith apples(dried), pistachio power clusters(unsure of these), baked sweet potatoe fries, &&(last and certainly not least) honeycomb sunflower kernels!! Yep they got me good (=
Ordered because FB had a post from them with 50% off first month so I thought why not, glad I tried it even if I don’t stick around!! (=

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