NatureBox provides natural snacks on your doorstep each month as a subscription box. But is it good for people with multiple food allergies?
Did you now that 25% of the average American’s calories are consumed as snack foods? I don’t know about you, but I love snacks! My diet consists of small and frequent meals to help manage reflux and digestive issues, so healthy snacks make up a portion of my diet when I am traveling and on-the-go.
NatureBox hopes to improve the standard American diet by delivering natural snack foods to your door each month.
Each deluxe-sized NatureBox contains 5 full-size snack products that are nutritionist-approved and contain ingredients that are natural and free of:
- Partially Hydrogenated oils
- Trans fats
- High fructose corn syrup
- Artificial colors
- Artificial flavors
- Artificial sweeteners
Also, NatureBox has partnered with Feeding America and they are donating one meal for every box to feed the over 14 million children in America who go hungry.
NatureBox is not, however, something I would consider allergy-friendly. I knew ahead of time that some of the snacks contained gluten (the Orange Crush Granola contains gluten), but I was disappointed to find that many of the snacks in my box also contained soy.
Out of the 5 snack packs in the box, I could only eat 2 of them: the Cranberry Almond Bites and the Wild Berry Bunch. The dried berry mix also had sugar and oil added, and some of the snacks had canola oil and sugar in them, which I have been trying to avoid lately.
My children couldn’t eat any of the snacks in my NatureBox since every snack was processed in a facility with tree nuts and peanuts. The good thing is that NatureBox clearly labels the allergy warnings so there is no confusion about what is (or might be) in your snacks.
All in all, the snacks were delicious and natural, and many of them happen to be vegan as well, but I was rather disappointed in some of the ingredients. If you are looking for a natural and healthy snack box and are not concerned with the presence of soy, canola, or sugar, than NatureBox could be something fun to add to your list.
If, however, you have multiple food allergies or you are really conscientious about certain ingredients in your food, than you may want to skip a NatureBox.
If you want to try NatureBox, they offer different sizes for varying numbers of snackers and price points. But they also offer a satisfaction guarantee to purchasers: if you are not 100% satisfied with your box, you can get a refund and you can cancel your subscription service at any time without penalty.
Want to know the ingredients in some of their products before you buy? Stop by the NatureBox Foods page to see the ingredients in their snacks so you know what you can expect. Also, NatureBox is going to implement a new site soon that allows users to choose the snacks they receive so you can pick your own snacks.
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist