Overcoming a rut in eating habits can be tough. Even the most well-intentioned tendency toward personal betterment can get weighed down by boredom and bland options (not to mention ease and economics). But one company is setting out to simplify snacking by deciding what’s nutritious and delicious, and literally bringing it to your doorstep. All-natural, nutritionist-approved, gourmet treats arrive each month with NatureBox. Snacking is one of the most simple ways, the company explains, to shift unsavory eating habits. “We focus on snacks because that’s the easiest habit to change. Do you know that the average American eats almost 25% of their calories from snacking? In fact, snacking is the leading cause of childhood obesity.”
Here are three reasons I decided to give NatureBox a shot.
You’ve heard of clean eating. NatureBox snacks are “carefully sourced and nutritionist approved,” and, “Everything inside your NatureBox will be guilt free so that you can feel great about what you’re eating. You can trust that our products will be made from the most wholesome ingredients and will be minimally processed, if at all.” The NB site specifically lists standards such as no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no trans fat, and no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors.
It’s actually pretty cheap. Each Nature Box costs just $19.95, shipping included. I got five bags, which were comparably sized to a bag of Craisins or trail mix from a retail chain, so they could be considered four bucks a pop. Subscribers can skip a single month if it’s outside of the budget or the options aren’t optimal, and the membership may be cancelled at any time.
It’s charitable! In addition to being good for you, it’s a single effortless step toward doing a little good in the world. With every single box delivered, NatureBox donates one meal through their partnership with Feeding America to reduce the staggering number of children in America who go hungry daily.
Is NatureBox the next-generation in taking a more active role in our health and consumption? Or is it a cool concept that’s only around thanks to the subscription “box” craze? — Casandra Armour