Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Healthy Surprise (Healthy Snacks) Subscription Box Review, June 2014 + 15% Discount Code!

If hard core healthy snacks are your thing, I predict you're going to like the Healthy Surprise box!  It is full of natural and vegan snacks that are wheat free, gluten free, soy free and corn free.  I first reviewed this box in May, so if you'd like to catch up with the pricing plans and other details about this service, please click here.

As you can see, I got a little carried away and ripped into the yellow and green tissue paper before taking photos so messed up their meticulous and attractive packaging. I promise it did NOT look like this when I first opened it!

You get your money's worth in a Healthy Surprise box. June's box came packed with all sorts of snacks covering a wide range of textures and flavors. There were 11 mostly generously sized snacks in this box...almost none of them being something you would typically find on a grocery store shelf.

The information brochure in the June box points out that alternative protein sources can be found in legumes, grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds....pretty much the basis of most of the products in this box. It also includes a recipe for "Nut Cheese" which is made with cashews, coconut aminos and a few spices.  Probably not something I would make.

There is a good sized package of 100% natural Apple Chips from "bare fruit".  These are in the Chile Lime flavor.  They are pretty tasty with a little extra zing added from the chile lime.

Next is a funny little package of GoGo Squeeze or "applesauce on the go", this one in Apple Strawberry flavor.  These packages are always so beat up by the time they reach you but they are built to survive!  This one has a cute green plastic propeller top...very kid (and hungry blogger) friendly.

Then we have a high enzyme energy bar called "Rawma Bar" in pumpkin flavor.  This is a raw product made from pumpkin seeds, figs, raw coconut nectar and dates.  I am increasingly wary of "healthy" snack bars like this because they contain so much fat...in this case 16 grams!  That is a LOT of fat to consume in one energy bar so this would need to serve as a meal replacement not as a mere snack.  For that reason, it better taste good!

Next comes a package of "Banana Pasa" or dried bananas from Nutryvitta.  I like dried bananas in various forms but these really do have an alarming appearance...damp thick black chewy strips.  The taste is o.k. but the form and appearance are turnoffs to me.

There is a big package of Sunflower Seed Sprouties by Gopal's.  These are marked "Cheesy" but I don't see anything that looks like cheese on the nutrition label.  These really don't appeal to me in this form but they'll be good sprinkled on salads.

I think the next item is similar to the chewy fruit leathers you find in the produce aisle, except this one is made from beets, apples, sweet potatoes, flax seeds and cinnamon. This comes from Veggie-Go's and the name of the flavor is "Cinnamon Spiced Beet".  They get points for creativity!


Small packages of hemp seeds have been appearing in a lot of the healthy snack subscription boxes lately.  I guess that means the hemp salesmen are doing their jobs well! It says you can eat these right from the bag but I've been adding them to fruit smoothies lately. You can also sprinkle them on salads, cereals and yogurt. These are called "Hemp Hearts" (raw shelled hemp seeds) by Manitoba Harvest.

One product I have received in several other subscription boxes (and don't particularly care for) are Beanitos.  These are made from navy beans and rice. A lot of people really like these but for me, just a few go a long ways...they are VERY filling.

The largest package in the box contains "Kalenola Chocolate" from Just Pure Foods. This is another snack with a scary appearance....like pieces of something you might find lying around on the ground of a barnyard.  I don't like kale so didn't expect to like these but they are surprisingly tasty, thanks to the sunflower and pumpkin seeds and cacao powder.  

The last item is a small Apple Bar from Oskri.  This is a multi-fruit bar that contains dried apples, dates, figs, raisins and cinnamon.  The label says it's composed of 99% fruit so I expect to like this one.

I have saved the worst for last.  If you read my Healthy Surprise review for May, you might guess where this is going.  Yep, another package of roasted seaweed, this time from Seasnax.  I try to keep a positive attitude in these blog posts but this stuff just defies gastronomic common sense to me....they are awful.  Fortunately, I have one relative who will eat them so that's where this package will go.  Healthy Surprise...you really owe me some dark chocolate to make up for this!

That's everything in the June box.  At $40 a month, Healthy Surprise is definitely one of the higher priced healthy snack boxes.  But as you can see, these are not run of the mill products and you do get a lot in each box.  I'd say Healthy Surprise is geared towards those who are serious about their diet; this is not a subscription for dietary lightweights.

If you'd like to try Healthy Surprise, use code LONESTARSHOPPER for 15% off your first order.

Thank you for reading,


P.S.  If anybody wants the seaweed snacks, just pay the postage (3 oz.) and they are YOURS!

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