Monthly food subscription boxes for every lifestyle
Monthly food subscription boxes come in different flavors, but in my opinion, UrthBox is really the one company that caters to various lifestyles and diets. When you subscribe to UrthBox, you get to pick your box content based on your dietary concerns:
- Classic (anything goes)
- Diet (low-calory, low-fat)
The picture above is the content of the April small vegan UrthBox ($16.99 monthly) that contained 11 items (only ten shown, as I had two Mr. Popular in the package and ate one before I could take the picture).
A Vegan Food Subscription Box That Fits Your Budget
Another nice advantage of the UrthBox is that you get to choose the size of the box you want to receive every month. Most monthly food subscription boxes will give you only one size option, but with UrthBox, you have the following four sizes to choose from (prices were also recently reduced!):
- Mini (at least 6 products, $8.99 monthly)
- Small (at least 12 products, $16.99 monthly)
- Medium (at least 17 products, $26.99 monthly)
- Large (at least 24 products, $36.99 monthly)
I opted to receive the small box, as I live alone. A couple would probably enjoy the medium box, and a family, the large format.
Keep Track of Your Subscription Box When It Ships
All UrthBox subscribers receive an email around the 15 of the month to let them know that their box is on the way. The email also contains tracking information for the package. In a post about my March box, I had mentioned that I had received it quite late in the month. Shipping issues seem to have been adressed, because this time, I received it on April 21. Interested in getting your own food box delivered monthly? Click on the following link to subscribe to UrthBox.
UrthBox Offers a Variety of Food Snacks Every Month
I was curious if over time I would end up receiving only snacks that I had tried in the past… but so far so good. The Coco Libre coconut-pineapple water was the only item in the box that I had tried, everything else was new! I am really happy with the quality of the snacks in my UrthBox. Not only do they seem like full-size portions, but also I feel that the company makes a special effort to select really healthy vegan snacks. Many of the items are low in fat, low in calories, contain few ingredients and ingredients that I can recognize. A lot of the snacks are also gluten-free, and a few use organic ingredients.
I won’t review all the snacks from my April box, but to give you an idea of what kind of snacks are included in an UrthBox, I reviewed three items I found particularly tasty, and one that unfortunately I did not like at all (happens to the best of us).
Mr. Popular Half-Popped Corn Kernels
If you make your own popcorn, there are always some kernels left at the bottom of the bowl. Some clearly didn’t pop, and you wouldn’t to eat those unless you intended of keeping your dentist employed. However, a few wouldn’t quite pop all the way, and I often find myself nibbling at those. Well, here is a product that intends to mimic those half-popped kernels, and they do a pretty good job of it! The ingredients are pretty simple: corn, salt and a bit of oil. This makes for a simple, lightly salted snack that has more crunch than regular popcorn would. I had two bags of this in my box, and I had no problem finishing both. The portion size was also quite reasonable.
Super 4 Baked Bean Bites – Kale & Roasted Garlic
I wasn’t sure what these were, as they looked like short noodles. But these little bites are made from a mix of beans and grains: white beans, quinoa, lentils and chia. The texture is crunchy, not unpleasant to snack on, but it was the taste that won me over. The seasoning is perfect, not spicy but with some flavor that means you don’t feel like you are eating something too healthy. The color might be a bit strange, it’s a light green, but I guess this had to do with having kale as one of the ingredients. Again, the portion size was reasonable. As I write this, I’m thinking that for the next box, i’ll note the amount of calories and the weight of each of the snacks I describe! Might be useful information, right?
Multigrain Quinoa Crisps
I ate these last, because they seemed like they would be a little bit bland. I was on the contrary pleasantly surprised by the light texture and delicate taste of these little quinoa crisps. If in a past life, you have ever eaten these shrimp puffs they sometimes serve in restaurants, that would be what the texture that these crisps reminded me of. The bag was however quite small, but then maybe this is an indicator of just how much I enjoyed eating them.
The Bad (There is No Ugly)
Alive & Radiant Kale Krunch
I was really looking forward to trying these, as I make my own kale chips but sometimes it would just be easier to buy them already made. These were supposed to have a cheesy taste. I found them to be quite unpalatable. There was no crunch to them, it felt like eating chewy blobs of overseasoned kale. And I’m a big fan of kale in general, I eat it often, so I was saddened to find it in such a state, as it might stop people from trying the actual vegetable. I ate two or three pieces before throwing out the rest of the bag. If anything, this might be an advantage of getting a box of snacks to test every month. Because you don’t pay the full price for each snack, you don’t feel so bad if you can’t stomach one of them and it ends up in the garbage. Sorry Alive & Radiant Foods, this one, by my standards, is not a winner.
Not a bad bounty, considering that I ate most items with pleasure. The cashews were also delicious. I look forward to repeating the experience next month. If you are interested in getting your own box of healthy vegan snacks, here is a special link that gets you $5 off your first box: